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Radio and Podcasts / Re: 5 Worst Talk Radio/Podcasts
« on: June 23, 2017, 11:19:38 PM »
You people have no idea what bad is.

How could any of these have been as bad as Kenny G's old WFMU show, whose last run was titled "An Hour of Pain"?  Kenneth Goldsmith's conceptual art included such things as readings in intallments of all the previous year's weather forecasts off WINS.  It's not only hard to think of anybody's program as bad as Kenny G's, it's hard to conceive of any program as bad as Kenny G's.

However, I've heard some really bad radio talk shows by people who were not trying to be bad.  One of them was a guy whose name I forgot who leased time on WVNJ to emcee a phone-in talk show.  He kept referring to "that whole setup there" and similarly vague ramblings.

WFUV had a program called "That's Interesting" which was anything but.  The m.c. sounded like she was falling asleep.  Every.  Time.

Then there was Paul deBrul's extremely strident WNYC program, "CSS [Communithy Service Society] Hotline".  He brooked no opposition from phoners-in like me.
Gah!  Now I see I posted substantially the same material when this thread was new!  Maybe we should just reduce these to a hash address.  Like, "gha08y9", and people would react "LOL" like the prisoners invoking old jokes by #.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: 5 Worst Talk Radio/Podcasts
« on: June 23, 2017, 11:09:48 PM »
You people have no idea what bad is.

How could any of these have been as bad as Kenny G's old WFMU show, whose last run was titled "An Hour of Pain"?  Kenneth Goldsmith's conceptual art included such things as readings in intallments of all the previous year's weather forecasts off WINS.  It's not only hard to think of anybody's program as bad as Kenny G's, it's hard to conceive of any program as bad as Kenny G's.

However, I've heard some really bad radio talk shows by people who were not trying to be bad.  One of them was a guy whose name I forgot who leased time on WVNJ to emcee a phone-in talk show.  He kept referring to "that whole setup there" and similarly vague ramblings.

WFUV had a program called "That's Interesting" which was anything but.  The m.c. sounded like she was falling asleep.  Every.  Time.

Then there was Paul deBrul's extremely strident WNYC program, "CSS [Communithy Service Society] Hotline".  He brooked no opposition from phoners-in like me.

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I'm just wondering what the story was behind that adorable "Fuck" Like a Comma pose.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 27, 2017, 06:55:40 PM »
What's great about that avatar is I can't help but hear whatever you write in his voice.

Me?  I got this wolf here.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Most hated radio commercials anyone?
« on: May 27, 2017, 06:51:06 PM »
In general, I dislike any commercials where music is played over someone talking. I know any commercial might lead in or lead out with music. But, I do not care for talking with some shitty fucking music playing behind it. Whomever though of this is the Devil!!
The unintentionally funniest one I recall like that was for a gas appliance dealer.  I think it was during Barry Farber's program on WMCA in the 1980s.  I phoned in to call att'n to it, asked the lady if she recognized the tune, she said, "Yes: Mash."  I said, "Suicide Is Painless [it was instrumental]...for a gas appliance dealer.  She drew in a breath thru her teeth, then said, "Oh, that's right!"  They changed it shortly afterward.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Most hated radio commercials anyone?
« on: May 27, 2017, 06:45:16 PM »
Any commercial put out by the Ad Council.  You hear them all the time as filler when there aren't enough legit, cash paying commercials to be played.  They are so syrupy sweet that I feel like I'm going to get sugar diabetes just by listening to them.
In general, yes, but they also had that great one about opening the ketchup bottle.  (Co-sponsored?  Co-produced?  Or Ad Council alone?)

PSAs (not necessarily from the Ad Council, which formed to sell US involvement in World War 2) include some of the most awful and some of the best.  The awful include spots that count as PSAs only because of being run by a not-for-profit; I'm thinking now of the Lung Ass'n ad that's so ridiculous when you realize all it's doing is touting their success & continued effort on behalf of coercive anti-tobacco (not even necessarily anti-smoking) efforts -- why don't they publicize the actual scientific research they've funded?  Great is one I hope won a Cleo: the Credit Fairy phone call, by the banking interests.

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Almost all best parts of The Men Who Stare at Goats were in the thirty second trailer shown on TV. I did have fun wondering what happened to the guys who took in helicopter while tripping their brains out, though.  :D
That reminds me:  Bert Stubblebine's wife, Dr. Rima Laibow, was going to participate in seancing Bert using Bob Blumetti's runic Ouija board at my house, but I preferred to go for a walk with some other pagan friends on the Sussex Branch trail instead that day.  Latest plan is to do the seance at Bob B.'s instead.  In case you didn't know, Gen. Stubblebine was the one in charge of the projects that movie made fun of, and he died this winter here in NJ.

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Or like everything else it can go back to The Simpsons and there being a gas leak making everybody hallucinate
Was that lifted from Dashiel Hammet's Dain Curse?

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I read recently that "toomeric" is a common British pron. of turmeric.

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Random Topics / Re: how can straight people take back the rainbow?
« on: May 18, 2017, 07:33:32 PM »
i think I still have a rainbow ribbon from ~1979.  It was an anti-draft thing IIRC.

Heck, I'm wondering how we can take back the swastika. Or the word "gay".  Or "gender" & "sex".  At least we got folk music back, I think.

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Random Topics / Re: how do i become a wizard?
« on: May 12, 2017, 11:19:00 PM »
and a supple wrist helps, too.
If you're a gumball wizard, you need an iron fist.

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I do not understand the root cause of his habit of asking a question that was just answered, sometimes in excruciating detail. I doubt that even he can be that stupid.
Maybe he's just imitating Bob & Ray, who did that routine a lot, most famously in the interview of the expert on the Kimodo Dragon.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 02, 2017, 08:08:10 PM »
Asa Bell.  Is that clear?

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 02, 2017, 08:04:16 PM »
Albert Armand Bell, or for short....

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 02, 2017, 07:57:09 PM »
Alexander Bell. Has a nice ring to it.
So does Audi Bell.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 02, 2017, 07:54:47 PM »
Time to break out the drone!

Any guesses for the next Baby Bell's name?  You know it has to start with an A.
Alexander/Alexandra too obvious?

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Politics / Re: The Libertarian Way to Leave a Tip
« on: May 02, 2017, 07:43:40 PM »
Someone I knew had printed cards (same wording as on the pictured envelope) decades ago.  Might've been Jim Lewis, I forget.  Maybe Andy Melechinski.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 29, 2017, 05:59:06 PM »
We know Art still comes on here sometimes. Oh, how I'd love to see his face as he scrolls down his thread to see post after post going on about his luscious moobs.
Was that entirely a product of someone's image composition, or is there a story behind it?

I got 'em just from being fat.  If you subtracted the belly, then it would look like gynecomastia.

Know who gets gynecomastia most often?  Alcoholics.  Liver fx declines to where the estrogen that's a catabolite of androgens builds up to female levels.  Can happen sometimes just from getting old.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: has george noory ever told a lie?
« on: April 29, 2017, 05:50:42 PM »

Where to start.  How about 'I do 8 hours of prep work for each show, then I come on the air and do 4 more hours'.  Followed up with having Lisa Lyings sending out emails in responnce to complaints that George is the hardest working man in radio.
 
If any of that is true then he may as well stop, because the show sounds like he walks in completely cold just about every single night.
No, it often sounds worse.  If he came in completely cold & conducted the show that way, all golly gee whiz, that wouldn't be so bad, and sometimes it is indeed that way.  I've heard emcees w that style who were pretty good.  But often it sounds like he prepped a little in some retarded way, seizing on some irrelevancies while missing the big picture.  The interviewee mentions something Noory recognizes from his prep, & he thinks, "Aha!  This is where my preparation pays off."  Then he jumps in & derails the interview.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: has george noory ever told a lie?
« on: April 29, 2017, 05:42:40 PM »
Noory stated he was #2 behind Rush Limbaugh, never mentioning that he was #2 in affiliates, not listeners.
Oh.  Looking at the subject line, your not having quoted anything, I thought you meant Noory stated he & Limbaugh were #2 & #1 in lies, respectively.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: The "Exposing PseudoAstronomy" Podcast
« on: April 29, 2017, 05:38:14 PM »
Impact craters form from hypervelocity impacts, where when the impactor strikes, it's moving faster than it and the ground can react: Sound speed.  Sound speed isn't just how fast sound travels, it's how fast each adjacent molecule in a material can move to let the ones next to it that something has happened.  That means that your intuition about what "should" happen goes away.  In a hypervelocity impact, almost nothing matters except for the total kinetic energy of the impactor.  Direction doesn't matter -- it would in a non-hypervelocity impact.
It's like when people see JFK's head on film jerk backward from an ostensible gunshot, they think it must've been from a shot in front, to conserve momentum, when actually the chief effect of the bullet is to pressurize the skull contents, which pressure is relieved mostly thru the biggest opening, the exit wound.  So the main thing here is the pressure xmitted to the ground by the impact, which tries to relieve itself isotropically.

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What is the story there Gravity?   Hell, in Texas I would figured thirty ought six casings would be so common they are mixed in with gravel..............
In Nevada too, which is why a casing found in the BLM plot behind the Bells' would mean nothing.  I found casings in New York City too.

No, I think John Kennedy had the severe misfortune to get in the way of, 1st, a bullet intended for John Connally, 2nd, a bullet that would've been intended for Oswald had a finger not found the trigger prematurely.  Remember, folks, that's not where your finger should be while you're finding your target.

But he was good at dodging bullets metaphorically.  At least he never got another chance to kill the rest of us.

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Paranormal - Conspiracy - UFOs - Etc. / Re: Joe Friday And The UFO's
« on: April 28, 2017, 12:11:03 AM »
One thing the series did very differently from Dragnet was to use an old technique from serials: the misleading cliffhanger.  Project UFO would go into a commercial break with a puzzling or shocking shot from a certain POV, then not at the next resumption but maybe the one after that, maybe even after 2 breaks, "explain" it with a more informative shot.  Very effective, lots of fun.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 21, 2017, 09:28:33 PM »
NewtRadio.org shut down beginning of this mo., slightly less than 3 mos. of oper'n.

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Random Topics / Re: Weird Geographical Information
« on: April 14, 2017, 09:49:58 PM »
One might think that C2C folks and the like are a new phenomena but really our country was often founded, explored, or developed by zealots, crackpots, flim-flam artists, fundamentalists, crazies, drunks, and the like, in addition to the Founders etc (though some of them could be questionable even.) I love it. This stuff is nothing new and I hope it doesn't change (no violence or abuse though.)
That's why when I get a chance, I should get & read The Rogue Republic.  Maybe should combine it w a trip to today's Dominion of West Fla.  Like when I addressed a post card to my friend Nancy in Mich., "Upper Canada".

But I think I first want to get & read Continental Dash.  I figured the companion music to it should be Brian Eno's "Taking Tiger Mtn. (By Strategy)":

We climbed & we climbed, oh how we climbed, my how we climbed

Up the poles, of course.

Over the stars

Over, in the sense of "north of", the stars as in Stars & Stripes, i.e. north of the USA.

to top Tiger Mtn.

Which exists in Wash. state near the telegraph line.  There is no real Tiger Mtn. in China, although there is a Dragon & Tiger Mtn. there.

forcing the lines thru the snow.

Of course, the telegraph line thru the snow of Russian North America (now Alaska).

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Hated radio hosts/personalities
« on: April 12, 2017, 04:43:04 PM »
Is this about those we love to hate, or just those we think perform badly?  George Noory performs badly, and some find it fun to discuss how bad his shows get -- some Nooryisms are hilarious -- but does anyone enjoy hating him?

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Random Topics / Re: Weird Geographical Information
« on: April 10, 2017, 11:24:23 AM »
As an aside, Leonora is somewhat famous for having a connection to Herbert Hoover.
I flew as a baby with Herbert Hoover.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: April 09, 2017, 09:00:32 AM »
You just need a mic and a computer to do a podcast.

Why the need for this whole expensive live streaming setup? Why keep some bloated operation around if it is not making money?

If it is for the fans then why charge for archives to listen to Heather Wade?

Ok so the idea is we gotta take live calls..

therefore,

Does needing to take live calls justify the huge expense of the entire bloated Dark Matter Network business?

Why can't Art just drop a podcast occasionally for his fans? Forget live calls. It would literally be free and Apple would pay for the hosting. Wouldn't be long before major advertisers came knocking. He could work with "Podcast One" or a similar company who knows what they are doing.

Surely that would have been better than this current situation with so many unhappy fans who not only felt duped by Sirius but were also feeling duped into supporting a network that now has a totally different person heading the flagship show.
Do we know that DMDN as a whole does not make $ as a streaming service?  Did it ever occur to you that the marginal cost of staying on 24/7, therefore having an overnight slot to fill, may be nil?  Or that "the flagship show" is now mostly filler on the schedule?  What station has its flagship show or talent overnight?  What movie house makes its $ chiefly on midnight shows?

You can get some idea of the cost of keeping a stream online by looking at the books of a not-for-profit foundation doing so.  I gave WFMU as an example a while back.  It may be a little hard to tease out the cost of an individual stream from their books, but it's not insuperable.  One of their services, the Give The Drummer Stream, is on 24/7 with a slowly increasing number of live-emceed programs (mostly DJs) and the rest a curated automated recorded music program; the live-emceed programs originate from various locations.  Donations to Auricle Communications support that alongside WFMU's broadcasting, streaming, and other projects.

Over this winter (they seem to have pulled the plug) there was NewtRadio.org , an advertising-supported project of The Newton [NJ] Theatre, that was run by former staff of a Centenary College station that was sold.  Largely it existed to promote the Theatre.  It was a 24/7 stream that was majority live DJ'd, the rest curated automated music, and they also originated at least one program for another streaming service that simul-streamed them.  The fact that they got off the ground shows it's not that expensive, but the fact that they stopped shows the costs of streaming aren't trivial.  They were in a storefront in downtown Newton.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Missing Richard Simmons
« on: April 08, 2017, 09:51:29 PM »
Maybe he lost so much weight he disappeared.

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Random Topics / Re: 2017 BellGab Awards - Best Use of a profile avatar
« on: April 08, 2017, 09:48:38 PM »
Am I the only one who appreciates the way Wolfie laughs at stuff posted here?

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