Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I'm thinking about moving my whole operation over to the Examiner Website. Frankly, it pays a lot more than these goofy Google and Amazon ads. None of you click on them and buy anything....
I make about a penny a hit at the Examiner, which is adding up fast.
Find me over there and subscribe at www.examiner.com, sf radio examiner.
Friday, November 7, 2008
The day after the majority of the country's voters celebrated the election of a new, Democratic president, talk hosts Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly took the high road.
Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage went back to the sewers and, like monkeys in a cage, started throwing the dung.
It's sad that this is the state of "talk" radio, which really is less about discussion than shallow thought and the kind of name calling you would hear in a grade school playground.
In Hannity's first show he said he would wait to see what Obama does and instead of continuing his pre-election bashing, he started questioning what the Republican party should do to improve its standing with voters. (No one can make the case that these shows are anything but partisan.)
O"Reilly also stepped back, saying he would analyze anything Obama did with an open mind. On his TV show that night, he broke a story I didn't know about Sarah Palin: McCain advisors said she didn't know that Africa was a continent. She thought it was a country and that South Africa was the southern part of that country.
And this was the woman John McCain thought was capable of the presidency?
Also, O'Reilly's staff reported, Palin was talking to the person she thought was the president of France but was really a radio prankster, without clearance from McCain.
And lastly, that not only did she spend more than the $150,000 she claimed for clothes at Nieman Marcus, but that she shopped for her husband and family at the expensive haberdashers. "Wasila hillbillies" indeed.
(This is the first time I have ever used O'Reilly as a source for breaking news, the first time I saw he was fair and balanced.)
PLEASE READ THE REST OF THE STORY HERE.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
All last week after he gave his "endorsement" of John McCain, narcissistic talk show host Michael Savage claimed that his nod moved the Republican candidate up in the polls.
Over and over, in his school marmish way, the man born Michael Weiner claimed that his listeners would determine the election. Not could, but would. It was ridiculous on its face, but no one ever calls him on his lunacy.
He had me fearful that this country could really be that dumb. After all, it elected the failed administration of George W Bush not just once, and mounted an even more ignorant candidate in Sarah Palin.
It was a night of glee to see the Savage Nation for what it is. A load of bull, led by a charismatic but powerless demagogue.
Savage, by the way, is behind the energy drink Rock Star, which his son owns and the rest of his family sits on the board of.
You can buy plenty of other drinks, without supporting this racist homophobic hustler.
Dear Rush, Sean, Ann, Bill et al:
I have a request in the interest of the country we all love so much. Give the new president 100 days, the time the mainstream media has traditionally laid off an incoming chief executive, the same amount of time you would ask for your candidate had he won.
Three months of unity, sort of like we had after 9/11, when people rediscovered what it meant to be American, as our freedom and peace were threatened.
As President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama said tonight, the country had been more divided during the Civil War, and it healed its wounds, under the leadership of another Illinois senator. How about letting Obama settle in a bit before you renew your junkyard attacks? I know, it may not help the ratings, propelled as they are by anger and fear. But you know, and I know, a truce and an open mind could be the best thing for a troubled country.
Give him the respect that John McCain gave him tonight, the acknowlegement that he is president to all of us, and that we need a leader who can mend the divide, but can only do so if we give him a chance. McCain showed class while his booing followers didn't, showing pride in serving a president, even one who just defeated him. You can lead those voters who now feel disenfranchised out of the hatred, into the kind of America you who profess to love so much in the name of patriotism.
You just spent a year calling him a socialist, a communist, a dictator, a Muslim, a terrorist, a Manchurian candidate, a follower of a white-hating preacher, a hate monger, a man supported by U.S. enemies, a man who will tax you to death. You heard little or none of the same vitriol from the other side. You saw instead a concerted, organized campaign that stuck to its message, included the Joe Sixpacks and real Joe the Plumbers and brought a surprising landslide of a vote.
How about stepping back for a bit and looking at the possibility of a united America, one that can take on its problems together, crossing party lines. Show some real patriotism. Support your new Commander in Chief as if he were your own---which he is. Give him the respect you would want from the other side, and show your listeners that you really do have some class.
Focus for a minute on the way Obama tried to include a great Republican, Lincoln, at least taking the first step toward mending the fence.
It was one of the highlights of a great speech, the kind of statesmanship, you must admit, that is too rare in American history and deserves to be celebrated when we see it.
"Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House – a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity.
"Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too."
Here's how Lincoln asked for the same thing from both sides of the Civil War in his second inaugural address. Maybe you could keep it in mind today and until next May.
"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan–to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."
You are the opinion leaders and you know it. Your words on the radio ring through the population. This is your chance to show us how much of it is an act to scare the population into listening more, and how much is genuine love and concern for this country.
I'll be listening. And if it's back to the same old hate talk, I'll turn it off.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Let's say that English radio scandals are a bit jucier than ours...and maybe harder for us to understand.
If I have this right, comedian Russell Brand, who hosted this year's MTV Video Awards, was fired for making a prank call to Fawlty Towers 78-year-old actor Andrew Sachs, saying he slept with his granddaughter.
This was after Sachs missed a scheduled radio interview, and it sounds like something Howard Stern would do.
But, in this case, not only has Brand and partner Jonathan Ross been suspended, but the granddaughter, Georgina Baillie, admited it was true, and apparently works as a pay by the hour dominatrix.
Check some of the details here.
In outrage about the scandal, Britains are also finding out that radio execs at government-funded BBC are making more than $1 million pounds each. It took a sex scandal for someone to realize that?
Meanwhile, Ms. Baillie, who is calling for Brand's firing for breaking a confidence (this is against the law?) is part of a burlesque troupe called the Satanic Sluts (which might be illegal in some U.S. states).
Howard Stern only wishes he was in the middle of a scandal like this here. People would remember him. You can hear his mind working...maybe if I slept with one of the Bush daughters....oh no...I'm married now....
Stern, by the way, used to be one of America's top shock jocks. He's now on Siriius Satellite Radio, which charges $15 a month to hear him.
Can anyone tell me if he's still funny?
M. Dung, who flew to San Francisco fame with his "Idiot Show" on KFOG-FM, will relaunch the wacked-out musical extravaganza Sunday November 16 on KYCY-AM (1550).
Dung, whose fans include Les Claypool of Primus, was last heard on KDBK in 1992--a 16-year hiatus.
He promises to bring the goods again.
Here's an excerpt from his bio at www.idiotshow.net:
My radio journey began in Allendale, Mi. I was a student at Grand Valley State Colleges now known as Grand Valley State. The year was 1977 and I was the Program Director at student radio WSRX, my overnight guy stopped showing up for his show from midnight till six am, so I started doing it myself to keep the station on 24 hours. I lasted about a week before chucking the station’s format to do something else...I went nuts...yelling...playing anything and everything...taking live calls on the air...just to stay awake for the 6 hour show.
How I got the name M. Dung is another story :) in 1977 everyone was punk and a guy named Dung caught on quick, soon the “Idiot Show” was the talk of the campus and I found myself with an unexpected hit.
During my senior year I landed my first professional radio job at WLAV in Grand Rapids, Mi. I was “Mike Richards” from 7-12pm :D WLAV was a top 40 station on the am dial. The sister station was WLAV-FM a 50,000 watt FM serving half of Michigan.
Enter Dave Logan... Dave came to work at LAV-FM from the LOOP in Chicago, his roommate used to listen to me on WSRX doing the Idiot Show! I would work at WLAV from 7pm-12mid, race over to WSRX to do the Idiot Show from 12mid-6am OOWWW!
Logan found out mild-mannered “Mike Richards” was really the crazed M. Dung he would listen to with his roommate and laugh his ass off...he hired me to do that very show on a 50,000 watt commercial FM radio station!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Check out this conference being held Nov. 14-16 in Santa Cruz to study the ways the Internet can be used for radio news and for the future of media.
KUSP-FM's (88.9) Margaret Rosas got $327,000 for the study and conference from the Knight Foundation. You can see the other big winners here. She calls her project, Radio Engage, a way to collate news from other sources onto a station's website. Her station no longer has a news department and does a terrible job covering the local community, when it used to be a community beacon.
I don't know...what happened to hiring reporters, who are trained in synthesizing, organizing and critically analyzing material from sources into something credible?
I know that during the Santa Cruz fires she talks about here, I had to turn to the KSCO-AM to get some real live breaking news in my car. But she says her website went from 15,000 to 90,000 users a month, which is significant.
Sorry to say the deadline for new applications was this weekend, but there's always next year.