Feb 28, 2009
No longer news that he died... but I'd only comment that the boomer generation did grow up listening to the guy; voice of reason, old fashioned morality. Sadly today's radio has no one like this.
Every broadcaster learned how to pause for effect from this man, the dean of radio commentary. . . . . . . Good-DAY!
The American Society of Newspapers Editors' decision to skip this year's meeting was announced Friday, coinciding with the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News—the largest daily U.S. newspaper to shut down so far during a steep two-year slide in advertising revenue that's draining the life out of the industry.
"The industry is in crisis," said Charlotte Hall, president of the trade group and editor of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel. "This is a time when editors need to be in their own news rooms doing everything they can," to help their publications survive.
Until now, 1945 had been the only year that the American Society of Newspaper Editors didn't meet since the group's first convention in 1923. The newspaper industry weathered through 10 U.S. recessions since the last cancellation.
If it hadn't been canceled, this year's convention—scheduled from April 26-29 in Chicago—probably would have attracted a sparse crowd because so many newspapers are pinching pennies to ease their financial pain.
Newspaper staffs have been gutted, stock dividends have been suspended and, in the most extreme circumstances, bankruptcy petitions have been filed as more readers get their news for free from the Internet and advertisers curtail their spending on the print medium amid the recession.
American taste for soft toilet roll 'worse than driving Hummers'
Extra-soft, quilted and multi-ply toilet roll made from virgin forest causes more damage than gas-guzzlers, fast food or McMansions, say campaigners
- Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
- guardian.co.uk, Thursday 26 February 2009 18.29 GMT
- Article history
The tenderness of the delicate American buttock is causing more environmental devastation than the country's love of gas-guzzling cars, fast food or McMansions, according to green campaigners. At fault, they say, is the US public's insistence on extra-soft, quilted and multi-ply products when they use the bathroom.
"This is a product that we use for less than three seconds and the ecological consequences of manufacturing it from trees is enormous," said Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defence Council.
"Future generations are going to look at the way we make toilet paper as one of the greatest excesses of our age. Making toilet paper from virgin wood is a lot worse than driving Hummers in terms of global warming pollution." Making toilet paper has a significant impact because of chemicals used in pulp manufacture and cutting down forests.
A campaign by Greenpeace seeks to raise consciousness among Americans about the environmental costs of their toilet habits and counter an aggressive new push by the paper industry giants to market so-called luxury brands.
More than 98% of the toilet roll sold in America comes from virgin forests, said Hershkowitz. In Europe and Latin America, up to 40% of toilet paper comes from recycled products. Greenpeace this week launched a cut-out-and-keep ecological ranking of toilet paper products.
"We have this myth in the US that recycled is just so low quality, it's like cardboard and is impossible to use," said Lindsey Allen, the forestry campaigner of Greenpeace.
The campaigning group says it produced the guide to counter an aggressive marketing push by the big paper product makers in which celebrities talk about the comforts of luxury brands of toilet paper and tissue.
Those brands, which put quilting and pockets of air between several layers of paper, are especially damaging to the environment.
Paper manufacturers such as Kimberly-Clark have identified luxury brands such as three-ply tissues or tissues infused with hand lotion as the fastest-growing market share in a highly competitive industry. Its latest television advertisements show a woman caressing tissue infused with hand lotion.
The New York Times reported a 40% rise in sales of luxury brands of toilet paper in 2008. Paper companies are anxious to keep those percentages up, even as the recession bites. And Reuters reported that Kimberly-Clark spent $25m in its third quarter on advertising to persuade Americans against trusting their bottoms to cheaper brands.
But Kimberly-Clark, which touts its green credentials on its website, rejects the idea that it is pushing destructive products on an unwitting American public.
Dave Dixon, a company spokesman, said toilet paper and tissue from recycled fibre had been on the market for years. If Americans wanted to buy them, they could.
"For bath tissue Americans in particular like the softness and strength that virgin fibres provides," Dixon said. "It's the quality and softness the consumers in America have come to expect."
Longer fibres in virgin wood are easier to lay out and fluff up for a softer tissue. Dixon said the company used products from sustainbly farmed forests in Canada.
Americans already consume vastly more paper than any other country — about three times more per person than the average European, and 100 times more than the average person in China.
Barely a third of the paper products sold in America are from recycled sources — most of it comes from virgin forests.
Feb 27, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
The artful new president is, in my view, pretty tough for amateur koolaid drinking, radio talkers to criticize without seeming petty. Good luck to em though. If they overplay their hand, they'll just be losing what little street cred they have left.
Feb 23, 2009
Feb 20, 2009
..right wing radio!"
Patriotism or just shilling for their base? At what point do the talk show people get in the WAY of recovery?
Hasn't anyone told Hannity and Limbaugh and the local amateurs that they didn't swing the election, and so like it or not, America said NO and so it's time to STFU and pass the torch?
Shouldn't these Talk Tories who Should be Hanged for their divisiveness?
STILL IN ELECTION DENIAL! As we listen to KCMO AM and KMBZ's right wing talkers (the slightly known Stigall, and the only slightly MORE known Shanin and Parks) bring on Republican after Republican as guests... will talk radio listeners be convinced or have they drunk so much of those station's syndicated Kool-Aid, they really don't know the mood of America or what should be done?
Polling their own listeners doesn't cut it...because they ALL drink from the same pitcher! That can cause one to completely misread the mood of the nation when all you do is ask your like-minded friends. Just like it was with Clinton and his sexual escapades, Obama has much higher ratings than the right wing talkers would hope for. The only one who had LOWER ones, was their patron saint, GWB. When you only read right wing columns, talk show folks you set yourselves up for embarrassment.
If Shanin & understudy Parks get bounced out of BZ for a syndicated program, will they blame their own balance sheet losses on capitalists, or the short-tenured 'socialists?' Will they blame the layoffs of most of the people who work at the Entercom building on Bush economics, Obama economics, or that radio has just become irrelevant in this world of consumer choices? Shrug. I don't know...I don't have a stake it it. I'm long gone and divested. But were I them, I'd be watching this very carefully! I'm glad I got out when I did!
No...quit whining about Obama... he just got there. He's a president, not magician! Time for you to pay by accepting the loss of your risky investments! You have no one to blame but your own gullibility and greed, Mikey. Don't lecture us... you were dead wrong! And no string of Republican guests on your radio show will change that!
Feb 17, 2009
About that pix you sent me of the "statue of liberty" of Aunt Jemima holding a chicken leg. I suppose that's some reference to the Obama presidency. Sigh. I did endure that kind of stuff all through the election.
Wouldn't it be weird being born in black skin, no fault of your own, no say about it, and so many people don't like you without even knowing you? because you were born in AMERICA and JUST LAST CENTURY?
Cousin, your Southern attitudes never cease to amaze me. You should thank God a thousand times over for being born a minority on this planet, in a wealthy nation, and in a period of time where life is pretty easy with electronics, drugs, good doctoring, no disease, and nuclear war hasn't happened yet! Employed or not, we're pretty lucky all around.
Well not all of us. I have friends and relatives who didn't get good educations and that was THEIR CHOICE. So they live paycheck to paycheck, accept hand-me-downs, don't have the pride to have incomes to raise their families on their own. They swallow their pride every time they see people with more money, nicer cars, better jobs...and that's MOST PEOPLE THEY MEET! Amazingly, they are all bigoted to some extent or others, about blacks.
I'm not sure how religious I am, but I expect racist Southerners will be taught a lesson when sitting on a hard bench in front of St Peters office...and have to wait until all the dead people of color they dissed get their 'into heaven paperwork' finished before THEY DO. Catholics call that penance. I'll be there awhile too, Dot, but for gender SINS, not attitudes of privilege! You really should rent the DVD, "Coming to America'. Good lesson.
Surely you know that Aunt Jemima's ancestors didn't come through Ellis Island. They came naked in the chained up, shit on yourselves, belly of slave ships that arrived in Norfolk and Charleston, and yes, NY, but way before Ellis Island was built for the white Europeans who had no money but came voluntarily.
Amazing...that even when white and poor, you get cuts in line over blacks who may have been children of village leaders, kidnapped indiscriminately by Englishmen and Portuguese who arrogantly thought that all nigguhs look alike in Africa's 17th century!
I'm still expecting God to rain down his wrath on we Americans of privilege because of our arrogance.
Feb 16, 2009
Tires, filled with rainwater, bring serious disease due to mosquito infestation. And tires just don't go into the waste landfill well, they're so big, they hold water and vermin, and they're bulky!
Tires, when burned really darken the atmosphere. Stink up the place, pollute the air. The only real way to get rid of tires is to shred them, using machines to cut them up into small parts rubber slices, and bury them. They do NOT disintegrate by THEMSELVES, but they can be made much smaller than they are in natural state and they bury pretty well even if they DON'T denigrate over time.
It's why the Walmarts and other tire retailers of the world CHARGE for disposal; it take money to shred tires to their smallest parts.
But there are so many who won't pay the price to shred the tires properly, and so they just dump them anywhere... leaving their disposal and their mosquito problems to landowners to got their 'gifts' when no one was watching!
This is why the EPA rightfully should address property owners who allowed the dumping of unwanted tires on their lands to pay for their proper disposal. Who ELSE would you suggest should pay for disposal? Barack Obama? Oh the poor victim landowners? Let the government clean up this mess?
Let's bring back an aggressive US EPA now that the Bush republicans have told them not to get too aggressive about cleaning up America! Yes, now we have to pay for disposal, and force landowners in court to pay for tire disposal, since all Bush's money went for was to the war!
One day the professor shocked the class when he came in. He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, GOD if you are real then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you exactly 15 min.'
The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, 'Here I am GOD, I'm still waiting.'
It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Marine got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him; knocking him off the platform. The professor was out cold. The Marine went back to his seat and sat there, silently.
The other students were shocked and stunned, and sat there looking on in silence. The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the Marine and asked, 'What in the world is the matter with you? 'Why did you do that?'
The Marine calmly replied, 'GOD was too busy today protecting America 's soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid stuff and act like an idiot. So He sent me.'
The classroom erupted in cheers!
Radio can't be paying that much for the TV talent to do traffic and weather. And radio doesn't have enough audience for TV stations to need them to sample 4, 5, 9, and 41. Everyone knows Weather Gary's good. Chris Ketz is good. Joel's a nice guy even if not a card carrying graduated meteorologist. And KMBC's copter guy is unrivaled!
Were I TV, I'd be more interested in buying OUT a radio frequency, and be even MORE successful. Catch em at home, catch em in their cars! Ta HELL with giving my TV staff to radio stations to compete with me!
Hell 610 ought to be cheap, and 710 too. Buy em out, simulcast the TV morning show and run the rest of the day as is at the radio stations! Maybe even simulcast the 5pm news for folks still on the road!
TEEVEE station managers need to revisit "Naisbitt's "MEGATRENDS" and concentrate on his chapter called "The Law of the Situation." TV stations aren't in the TELEVISION business, they're in the ADVERTISING business. Moving the AT HOME SETS to CARS is such a natural progression to keeping audience who doensn't have a television handy because theyr'e on their way TO WORK or HOME from WORK. Screw radio! Buy em out. Its just another way to reach your peeps!
People would probably love for KMBC-TV's morning show to be in their cars. They turn off the tv, go out and get in the car, and lose 3 minutes of broadcast... get the same helicopter reports, same weather, same news, same professional staff, and YES, MORE REACH for your SPOTS! What a deal. Instant rise to number one! TV stations have the staffs to make it work.
I can't believe CNN hasn't done it in the top 50 radio markets!
how much can loser AM stations below 100.hz SELL FOR? GIve em an offer they can't refuse and then reduce all adult morning shows to teenagers wanting music!
Feb 15, 2009
Men strike back!
How many men does it take to open a beer?
None. It should be opened when she brings it.
Why is a Laundromat a really bad place to pick up a woman?
Because a woman who can't even afford a washing machine will probably never be able to support you.
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Why do women have smaller feet than men?
It's one of those 'evolutionary things' that allows
Them to stand closer to the kitchen sink.
How do you know when a woman is about to say something smart?
When she starts a sentence with 'A man once told me....'
How do you fix a woman's watch?
You don't. There is a clock on the oven.
If your dog is barking at the back door and your wife is yelling at the front door, who do you let in first?
The dog, of course. He'll shut up once you let him in.
Scientists have discovered a food that diminishes a woman's sex drive by 90%.
It's called a Wedding Cake.
Why do men die before their wives?
They want to.
Women will never be equal to men
Until they can walk down the street with a bald head
And a beer gut, and still think they are sexy. ------------------------------------------------------
Send this to a few good men who need a laugh and
To the select few women who can handle it!
AND MAXINE SAYS.... ........'MARVIN'...
Maxine just had to have the last word.
Feb 13, 2009
Posted by rman on 2/12/2009, 6:31 pm, in reply to "Re: sell"Shanin and Parks on KMBZ's afternoon talk show are... holding on tight to the choir of conservative listeners, and there are enough of them to keep an acceptable audience. No one in KC wants to be dominant. To bring in EVERYONE.
It was funny catching Stigall, KCMO-AM's right leaning talk show morning host this morning... he probably didn't intend to release so many listener endorphins when he played some soft jazz. I think his stunt having to do with FCC control of radio actually backfired. For KC needs a smooth jazz station on the FM. And we all know it. Major miscalculation on his part, I think. And a few listeners told him so, subtly. Tho he threw them off his show quickly so the topic wouldn't change. He has his points to make about the Fairness Doctrine and talk show hosts view callers as PROPS, not as guides to move a discussion.
Chris Stigall's far less than honest with his listeners. And that's really too bad. But then, like you suggest, there seem to be two kinds of callers. Ones who are way too informed and must be GOP party operatives and contributors as they call in with perfect GOP talking points... and ones dumb as rocks with rural Missouri hick accents...sounding very much like they sheep they probably fancy when no one is watching.
Posted by Reagan Conservative on 2/13/2009, 4:56 pm, in reply to...
Rman, you're soft in the head.
1) Smooth Jazz is a dying format. (So you have something in common with it.)
2) The Fairness Doctrine is censorship. Liberals seem to forget that when it was abolished (for good reason)the talk radio landscape was a blank canvas. Liberal talk had just as much of a shot at it as conservatives. What happened? The market decided and people voted with the buttons on their radios. Conservative talk was more popular. But that drives the lefties nuts...because, even though they have ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and almost every major newspaper in their pockets, they just can't crack talk radio.
Unless, of course, they can get the government to had it to them on a platter. And that's just what they'll try to do. Because more is never enough for them.
Radioman responds here, cuz he's banned from the radio room and sometimes it's too tiresome coming in there with a proxy ip address, so I'll move the Fairness Doctrine discussion to this blog.
Rman, you're soft in the head.
(RMAN in black bold:) Well, politics and viewpoints and debate are all about parsing words. Fine. I'll take a vowel for fifty.
(Reagan Conservative in RED) 1) Smooth Jazz is a dying format. (So you have something in common with it.)
Nice cheap shot about my age, but thanks to today's medications, I'll be around with you supporting me for DECADES!.
Now then. Smooth Jazz isn't a 'format' except on XM. It's a kind of music. It's a relaxing mood setter, great for petting your honey with the lights low, great even for computer programming and reading because it affects the emotions but normally isn't so familiar it engages the left brain to distract you. PLenty of artists play it and have made vastly more money than you ever will, so maybe you're talking above your pay grade. Smooth Jazz is for grownups in a mellow mood. I'm fine with XM's several jazz stations. You just can't dance, white boy!
2) The Fairness Doctrine is censorship. Liberals seem to forget that when it was abolished (for good reason)the talk radio landscape was a blank canvas.
It's not 'censorship', if we can play the word parsing game. It's REGULATION. It says you WILL provide balance and not propaganda if you are on the public airwaves because DEBATE, not PROPAGANDA is in the "public interest." Remember "public interest?"
Liberal talk had just as much of a shot at it as conservatives. What happened? The market decided and people voted with the buttons on their radios. Conservative talk was more popular.
'Conservative' is pretty much all that's available. Who says the only alternative is LEFT leaning?
It's RADIO that has decided that there can only be ONLY ONE VIEWPOINT or the other BUT NOT "OBJECTIVE". That's new. Objective, fair and balanced used to be a virtue. But not today. Not by today's talk show hosts who would like us all to think that one-sided propaganda's always been the way it was. NOT SO! Objective viewpoints used to be the way ethical journalists did things.That's changed with today's radio profits when broadcasters discovered right wing listeners are both blind and LOYAL to radio hosts who espouse their views!
Rush calls it the "new media", when in fact, it's just propaganda that's lost interest in the 'public interest'.
The guy couldn't find "Fair" with both hands! The best talk show model hasn't yet been devised. It almost was with Hannity & Colmes but Fox really just wanted a foil for Hannity, not real debate.
But that drives the lefties nuts...because, even though they have ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and almost every major newspaper in their pockets, they just can't crack talk radio.
Time for conservatives to QUIT treating progressives as 'lefties'. Its arrogant and frankly conservatives track record hasn't been so good... for few honest people will deny that capitalists and bankers need some regulation. That's a progressive notion, I guess. But conservatives on the radio are free not to bring up the BALANCING viewpoints...despite that they've lost much of their fortunes to the SEC's lack of aggressiveness under the last president.
Most reasonable Americans look for the US GOVERNMENT to balance between freedom and government regulation. Obama would seek to find ways to get Americans together on this, rather than constantly debating political theologies with each other. That's gridlock. And that's how the capitalists managed to grab American's fortunes for themselves when no one was looking!
INCLUDING YOURS, you GOP dumbass who has way less net worth than you used to!!!) Who would deny that's why we're in the shit-storm we're in! Tell me you're not pissed off too!!
Unless, of course, they can get the government to hand it to them on a platter. And that's just what they'll try to do. Because more is never enough for them.
Posted by KC Cumuli Guy on 2/13/2009, 7:46 am, in reply to "Re: Dickey lays off 100's and keeps 8 million bonus" They don't have to layoff anyone in KC because everyone here keeps quitting. We had a Sales manager quit this week after about 5 sellers quit over the past three weeks. When he offered his 2 week's notice Pyscho-Manager Donna Baker had him escorted from the building. Very classy. People will start packing up in the middle of the night and phone or email their resignations in to avoid such treatment.
And across the street at the Good Ship Wilks?
Posted by West Porter on 2/13/2009, 7:52 am
Posted by southernman on 2/13/2009, 9:31 am, in reply to "Thank God Jeff Wilks is gone"What is with these people from from Atlanta (Wilkes/Dickey) flushing the radio industry down the toilet? Do they suffer from some sort of Ted Turner Syndrome or something.
Feb 12, 2009
Thu Feb 12 2009 16:18:14 ET
For Immediate Release:
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Senator Gregg Statement on His Withdrawal for Consideration of U.S. Commerce Secretary
Sen. Gregg stated, “I want to thank the President for nominating me to serve in his Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce. This was a great honor, and I had felt that I could bring some views and ideas that would assist him in governing during this difficult time. I especially admire his willingness to reach across the aisle.
“However, it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me. Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.
“Obviously the President requires a team that is fully supportive of all his initiatives.
“I greatly admire President Obama and know our country will benefit from his leadership, but at this time I must withdraw my name from consideration for this position.
“As we move forward, I expect there will be many issues and initiatives where I can and will work to assure the success of the President’s proposals. This will certainly be a goal of mine.
“Kathy and I also want to specifically thank Governor Lynch and Bonnie Newman for their friendship and assistance during this period. In addition we wish to thank all the people, especially in New Hampshire, who have been so kind and generous in their supportive comments.
“As a further matter of clarification, nothing about the vetting process played any role in this decision. I will continue to represent the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate.”
Radioman comment: The major flaw of this Republican in refusing to serve his president and his country when asked to do so is his political view that he must agree with all the president's views. What idiocy! So no one should serve our country when asked unless he agrees with the current president in all his major views? This guy should only have needed to agree with his president in matters affecting his job, namely as COMMERCE SECRETARY!
Shame on him. Shame on the mindset that allows a citizen to refuse to serve his country for partisan political reasons! This is one of the very things Obama would like to bring an end to. This divided crap from partisan politicians! Its been my view since the Clinton impeachment that a great many Republicans have proven themselves not suitable to govern--hence I am not surprised they were defeated so resoundingly last November.
Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey is not disappointing anyone who predicted he would use Clear Channel's recent assassination of 1,850 careers as cover to do the same to his employees.
Now, his dying company -- $1.87 a share (down 13 cents just yesterday alone) -- is following the Lee & Bain playbook for Clear Channel and trashing their assets.
Dickey initiated mass firings Friday when he wasted several dozen great and loyal employees.
According to Tom Taylor "the most likely to be riffed were midday personalities, nighttime jocks and morning co-hosts. But also office managers, some GSMs and AEs. There even are reports out of markets like Toledo and Fayetteville, NC that management is ordering part-timers to work for minimum wage. Several news staffs were vaporized, leading the Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune to ask whether talk WFRU (1400) can still call itself “the station Columbia depends on.”
My Repeater Reporters (named for "Repeater Radio") tell me it's even uglier.
Some market managers were let go over the telephone.
Classy. Real classy.
Cumulus survivors feel more cuts are coming and probably soon.
One Repeater Reporter said one Cumulus executive had a confidential telephone call with chief bean counter Jon Pinch and was advised to not have anyone else in the office -- and that includes the business manager.
Some Cumulus markets are running a whopping 40% behind last year which helps explain the suicidal mood at the mothership.
Agency business is vanishing -- Cumulus-supervised selling is the order of the day. Talk about nationalization of local radio. Some managers refer to Cumulus corporate as "big brother is listening".
According to a Cumulus Repeater Reporter Lew Dickey, in an unusual move, demanded market managers project revenue through March indicating the continued fear of a severe falling off of revenue.
What's unimaginable is that at least one Cumulus employee says Dickey is claiming to be working on taking over some other companies that are in deep trouble.
Perhaps management agreements with their lenders or the bankruptcy courts -- a scary thought.
That's the rationale Dickey is apparently using to spin the recent blow out of personnel.
But it wouldn't be surprising to see Cumulus itself in default or very close to some loan covenants.
So far Dickey has not volunteered to give up his near $8 million signing bonus for having his "arm twisted" to sign a new employment contract. Things are not that bad.
But he has become Tricky Dickey -- now you see his $8 million bonus, now you don't. Now you see your radio job, now you don't.
But wait. It gets worse.
It has become known that during a previous round of firings, Cumulus offered to keep some part-timers -- according to a Toledo morning show host -- for minimum wage.
Perhaps these things can help you get a better handle on what's so wrong in radio.
The consolidators are taking compensation for themselves like there is no recession -- no advertising downturn, business as usual. But for everyone else, it's Armageddon -- the battle between good and evil. Of course, they are the good. Everyone and everything else is evil.
Dickey has no conscience as he keeps his "signing" bonus -- a trumped up way to bury compensation that was totally unnecessary. Like -- where is Dickey going? Nowhere -- fast.
From Rman... Cumulus bought Susquehanna's stations a couple years ago. It was a family/employee owned company of the KC stations whose logos are represented here. Susquehanna was fairly well liked by employees, but they got out before radio started seriously collapsing. What's befalling Cumulus as it cuts staff expenses with automation in an era of soft advertising and huge profit losses is not unique to Cumulus or Kansas City radio companies.
All the big corporate owners are doing it. What we're seeing is radio as we've known it collapsing...cost cutting the human voices of disk jockeys and news people in all larger markets in dayparts other than mornings. Companies are converting midays, evening, overnight and weekend shifts to jockless broadcasting, run by computer. Other stations are bringing in syndicated programs from the coasts. Only local staffs lament that radio will die without 'live and local' on air presence.
Yet radio program directors have been muzzling all but the morning deejays so most listeners can't really tell whether jocks are live or memorex, in Kansas City or from Los Angeles. The mantra is shut up and move the music, read what's on these 3x5 cards and that's all!
The era of live deejays playing our requests and talking to us from down at the radio station won't be back. Its demise is largely blamed by radio people on the consolidation of ownership after FCC under Republican leadership gave in and let broadcast companies own more than six radio stations. Since that decision, a dozen big companies have bought up all the stations in larger markets and run cookie cutter formats, pretty much dictated from their home offices.
The fact is, radio listeners are finding other listening choices and aren't showing much loyalty to stations anyway. And out of town owners aren't really into local traditions that probably would have been the saving grace of local broadcasting. Today's corporate owners will change a station's format and call letters like many people change their underwear. Rman suggests that listeners realize this. There are a lot of choices for our ears and a lot of choices for advertisers. Only Internet advertising is growing. Radio isn't.
Radio people all over the country are having to find something else to do because the jobs are diminishing even faster than the general economies. The late Wolfman Jack is now on tape only on XM6!
Clinton wants 'more balance' on airwaves
Even though no member of Congress has scheduled hearings on the Fairness Doctrine, it remains on a hot topic on both liberal and conservative shows.
Today, radio host Mario Solis Marich asked former President Bill Clinton if it was time for "some type of enforced media accountability."
"Well, you either ought to have the Fairness Doctrine or we ought to have more balance on the other side," Clinton said, "because essentially there's always been a lot of big money to support the right wing talk shows and let face it, you know, Rush Limbaugh is fairly entertaining even when he is saying things that I think are ridiculous...."
Clinton said that there needs to be either "more balance in the programs or have some opportunity for people to offer countervailing opinions." Clinton added that he didn't support repealing the Fairness Doctrine, an act done under Reagan's FCC.
In the past week, a couple Democratic Senators, Debbie Stabenow and Tom Harkin, have both spoken favorably about the Fairness Doctrine, or holding hearings on radio accountability.
Three little ducks go into a Bar......
'Say, what's your name?' the bartender asked the first duck.
'Huey,' was the reply.
'How's your day been, Huey?'
'Great. Lovely day. Had a ball. Been in and out of puddles all day. What else could a duck want?' said Huey.
'Oh. That's nice,' said the bartender. He turned to the second duck, 'Hi, and what's your name?'
'Dewey,' came the answer from duck number two.
'So how's your day been, Dewey! ?' he asked.
'Great. Lovely day. I've had a ball too. Been in and out of puddles all day myself. What else could a duck want?'
The bartender turned to the third duck and said, 'So, you must be Louie?'
'No,' she said, batting her eyelashes. 'My name is Puddles.'
This guy walked into the local welfare office to pick up his check. He marched straight up to the counter and said, "Hi. You know, I just HATE drawing welfare. I'd really rather have a job!"
The social worker behind the counter said, "Your timing is excellent. We just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who wants a Chauffeur and bodyguard for his beautiful daughter. You'll have to drive around in his 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL, and he will supply all of your clothes. Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You'll also be expected to escort the daughter on her overseas holiday trips.
This is rather awkward to say but you will also have as part of your job assignment to satisfy her sexual urges as the daughter is in her mid-20's and has a rather strong sex drive. A two-bedroom loft type apartment with plasma TV, stereo, bar, etc. located above the garage, will be designated for your sole use and the salary is $200,000 a year.'
The guy, just plain wide-eyed, said, "You're bullshittin' me!"
The social worker said, "Yeah, well . .. you started it."
Feb 11, 2009
Have you ever wondered what all those extra SUVs are in the Presidential or VIP motorcades? You know the ones with blacked windows that no one gets in or out of. Well, wonder no more. They have a 6-barreled 7.62mm mini gun. They fire over 4,000 rounds per minute. The wipers need to be run to remove spent casings when the weapon is firing. This video is from the company that makes this happen. The vehicle is also armor plated.
One day after a spring rain, the creek was swollen so the little boy Decided today was the day to push the outhouse into the creek. So he got a Large stick and started pushing. Finally, the outhouse toppled into the Creek and floated away.
That night his dad told him they were going to the woodshed after Supper. Knowing that meant a spanking, the little boy asked why. The dad Replied, "Someone pushed the outhouse into the creek today. It was you, Wasn't it son?"
The boy answered yes. Then he thought a moment and said, "Dad, I read in School today that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and didn't Get into trouble because he told the truth."
The dad replied, "Well, son, George Washington's father wasn't in the Cherry tree."
This scenario was repeated each time they made Love, for more Than 30 years, with him thinking that it was a Cute way for her to Afford new clothes and other incidentals that she needed.
Arriving home around noon one day, she was Surprised to find Her husband in a very drunken state. During the next few minutes, he explained that His employer Was going through a process of corporate Downsizing, and he had Been let go. It was unlikely that, at the age of 59, he'd be able to find Another position that paid anywhere near what He'd been earning, and Therefore, they Were financially ruined.
Calmly, his wife handed him a bank book which Showed more than thirty Years of steady deposits and interest totaling Nearly $1 million. Then she Showed him certificates of deposits issued By the bank which were worth over $2 million, And informed him that they Were one of the largest depositors in the bank.
She explained that For the more than Three decades she had 'charged' him for sex, These holdings had multiplied And these were the Results of her savings and investments.
Faced with evidence of cash and investments Worth over $3 Million, her husband was so astounded he could Barely speak, but Finally he found his voice and blurted out, 'If I'd had any idea what you Were doing, I would have given you all my Business!'
That's when she shot him.
You know, sometimes, men just don't know when To keep their mouths shut..
|7 Basics of Good Web Design|
By George Peirson (c) 2009
Whether you are just starting a web design project, looking at revamping an existing site, or just wanting to double check the usability of your current web site you should consider these 7 Basics of Good Web Design.
These basics are aimed at new visitors/customers; your repeat customers will be judging your web site on different values. Just like wearing the appropriate clothes for a job interview, these basics will help you pick out the "look" of your web site so that you make a good first impression.
1. Fast Loading Web Site - Any way you look at it, a fast loading page should be your number 1 concern. The web is all about speed, fast searches, fast purchases, fast information. You can't have any of that with a slow loading page. Ask yourself this question - have you ever been on Google doing a search for something important and a link you clicked on didn't open up immediately? What did you do? Patiently wait for the page to open or move onto the next link on the page? My favorite sites open almost immediately.
So, a few suggestions: Make sure that your images are properly optimized. Don't use very many large images, save those for a different page. Keep any auto-running multimedia to a minimum, provide links to run media instead. Check your code for anything else that could affect your page loading times. Since text loads almost instantly go ahead and use all the text you want, just keep everything else under control.
2. No Meaningless Splash Page - Do you appreciate a fancy animation page that doesn't tell you anything and you have to wait for before the web site will open? Neither do I. The last thing I want once I find an interesting site is to wait through some animation before getting to the first page. This doesn't mean that I don't want multimedia on a site, I do. I just don't want an animation before the first page that forces me to wait for it to finish before getting onto the site. It's like having to wait for a salesperson to finish their memorized speech before you can ask them a question. No thanks! I like animation, just in the right place and at the right time. Plus, if I am a returning customer, I will have already seen that animation and don't need to see it again.
My suggestion is to use a smaller animation contained in your main landing page which also includes your main message and links to the rest of your site. It will make for a faster loading page (smaller file) and your visitors can go ahead with accessing your site without having to wait for the animation to finish.
One final note, don't ever put your logo as the only content on your landing page with a link that says "Enter Site". This just screams Unprofessional and will drive away potential visitors in droves. The last thing I want to do is to click on another link just to get into the site. This is a total waste of my time. I usually will skip a site if I see this.
3. No Annoying Web Gimmicks - Now that you have your visitor on your site quickly the one thing you don't want to do is to drive them away just as quickly. So, don't put anything annoying on that first page. No loud background music that makes them quickly hit the volume control or the back button on their browser. No flashing animations while they are trying to read your content. No popup, flyout, expanding ads that cover your home page. Basically, leave the gimmicks alone until you are sure that your visitor will stay on your site. Most casual visitors will leave your site in just a few seconds, no sense on driving them away more quickly.
Multimedia is great on a web site, just don't bombard your visitor with it first thing. If you want audio, then put in a nice picture with a link, like a picture of yourself with text saying something like "Let me tell you how to make fifty thousand this month!" If they are interested, they will click on the link and listen to your message; if they are not interested in audio, then you should be using a different pitch anyway.
Also, monitor what advertisers are putting on your site if you sell ad space. I am sure you have seen those ads with the animated dancing figure, cute the first time you see it. But after seeing it 10,000 times with every imaginable character I have added the company to a líst I keep of companies I won't do business with. So their animation has gone from "look at me" to "you annoy me" in my mind. Ads like these will impact your visitor's experience. So even if your site is perfectly designed, one misplaced ad can ruin all of your hard work.
4. Have a Clear Message - Too many web sites are a mish-mash of content. This is especially true of blog pages. Certain types of sites lend themselves to stream of consciousness content, but most don't. Make it easy for your viewer to understand what your web site is about, don't make them guess. Have a clear topic headline, followed by clear and concise text. This is also where a picture is worth a thousand words, but only if the picture directly pertains to your message.
You want your visitor to quickly understand what your message is. If they like your message, they will take the time to read the rest of your page and look around your web site. If they don't like your page, then it won't do you any good having them stay on your site anyway. So, don't make your visitors guess, let them know what you are about quickly and cleanly and you will have happy visitors. And when thinking about a sales page, a happy customer is a buying customer.
5. Coordinated Design - This one should be self evident, but it is surprising how many sites change their design for every page. You want your visitor to be comfortable in your site and one way to achieve that is by having a coordinated web design. Having a consistent logo, using a consistent color scheme, keeping your navigation in the same place. All of these help to create a coordinated design. This does not mean that you can't change colors or the "Look" on different segments of your site, but if you do, the changes should not be so drastic that it feels like you have moved on to a different site.
If you select one place for your logo, one place for your navigation, one look for your buttons or other common graphic elements and stick with those then you will be well on your way to a coordinated design. If you change colors for a different section, but keep the same logo location, the same navigation location, the same button shape, then your visitors will not become lost as they move from page to page.
6. Easy Navigation - Once you have grabbed your visitors attention you want them to be able to easily move around the different areas of your web site. This is done with easy to use navigation. There are three standard, accepted locations for navigation elements on a web page: along the top, on the left side, and at the bottom. I will usually put my main navigation either along the top or along the left side. I will then put text based navigation at the bottom of the page, this text based navigation is more for the search engines than anything else, but it also makes it easy for your visitors to move to the next page when they have reached the bottom of the current page.
Most people start reading a page from the top left and then read towards the bottom right. So navigation at the left or top will be seen as soon as someone enters your page. Also navigation at the left or top will not move or change position if the browser window is adjusted in size. The worst thing you can do is to put your main navigation on the right side of the page and have your page set for a large screen size. Let's say that your page is set for 1024 across with the navigation on the right, and someone views your page at 800 across, they will not see your navigation at all. The left side of your page will show perfectly, but the right side will be hidden outside of their viewing area. Of course by using floating or popup menus you can overcome some of these design limitations and keep your navigation visible at all times.
Unless you know that your audience will enjoy it, don't use Mystery Navigation. This is where your navigation is hidden within images, or spaced around the web page in some mysterious random order. This can be fun on gaming sites, or social networking sites, but in most cases the navigation should be easy to see and easy to use. If you do want to use Mystery Navigation, I would recommend keeping the text based navigation at the bottom of the page, just in case.
7. Have a "Complete" web site - And finally, no one wants to go to a web site only to find that the site is "Under Construction" and the content they are looking for is not there. These are words that you shouldn't ever use. If a section of your web site is not ready for prime time yet, then simply don't show it yet. It is better to have your site look complete and professional, then to have it look like a work in progress that should not be up on the web yet.
You can easily tell your visitors that you will be having more content in the future without having your site look like it is unfinished. Just use phrases like "Content Updated Weekly" or "New Products Added Monthly". Both of these will tell your visitors that it would be worth their time to come back and visit later, but neither one will make your site look unfinished. So no matter how small your web site is, give the impression that you have taken the time to complete the site before putting it up on the internet, this makes for a more professional presentation and a better visitor experience.
In Closing - By following these simple 7 Basics of Good Web Design you will be well on your way to having an easy to use and successful web presence. Just keep in mind what you look for when you first land on a web page after doing a web search in Google or Yahoo, or other search engine. If you want fast loading pages, make sure your pages load fast. If you want to be able to find what you are looking for quickly and easily, then make sure you have easy navigation. Just keep your first time visitor in mind, put yourself in their web shoes and make your web site an enjoyable place to visit and success should follow.
About The Author
George Peirson is a successful Entrepreneur and Internet Trainer. He is the author of over 40 multimedia based tutorial training titles covering such topics as Photoshop, Flash and Dreamweaver. To see his training sets visit www.howtogurus.com . Article copyright 2009 George Peirson