Saturday, July 23, 2005

WKRP in Cincinnati

Oh, how I loved this show. As close to the business as you could get on national TV.
All of the characters were pretty dead on..from the Big guy,("as God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly").. to Herb Tarlick to Less Nessman.On the exact same night I was in Kansas City spending the night at the airport to interview for the night shift at KY102 in the fall of 1978, Johnny Fever was offered the job in L.A. I made the right choice...he didn't. If I remember right, he got fired for saying "booger" on the radio.
Some guys were "Jennifer Marloe" fans...

But, for me, "Bailey Quarters" did the trick:
James Brolin left this for Barbra Streisand? (dumbass)

I wish this would come out on DVD, but apparently, there is some trouble securing the rights to the great tunes that were promenently heard throughout the show.
Too bad. I still have some grainy shows on VHS that I get out from time to time.
Awesome show.

The best "live" albums ever recorded (rock category)

By suggestion (thanks Doc)

Here is a list of great live albums (I think) that should be in your collection

Allman Brothers-Live at the Fillmore (jam bands have nothing on these guys)
Humble Pie- Performance Rockin the Fillmore (if just for "I Don't Need No Doctor")
Little Feat-Waiting For Columbus (maybe the best live album of all time)
The Band-The Last Waltz (you gotta SEE this one on DVD)
J. Giels Band-Full House (nasty, hot, tight and maybe the best american band ever in concert)
Lynyrd Skynyrd-One More From The Road (Ronnie Van Zandt performed barefoot so he could "feel the stage burn" doubt)
Rolling Stones-Get Your Ya Yas Out(these guys were so sloppy, this is them at their sloppiest)
George Harrison-Live in Japan (with a friend named Clapton)
Elvin Bishop-Raising Hell (may have been the best live show I have ever seen for pure fun)
Bruce Springsteen-Live in NYC (if just for the version of "If I Should Fall Behind")
Joni Mitchell-Miles of Aisles (when Tom Scott is your band's director, it's all good)
Poco-Deliverin(could be the best country rock band ever with Messina and Furay)
Rare Earth-In Concert(just because the drummer sings)
Wings Over America-Wings (the band was never better)
Blue Oyster Cult-On Your Feet Or On Your Knees (the title says it all)
Talking Heads-Stop Making Sense (so you may ask yourself...another one to be watched)
REO Speedwagon-You Get What You Play For (here's the one where they jumped the shark)
Paul Simon-Live Rhymin'(if you listen closely, the audience sings along on every song)
Cheap Trick-At Budokan (these guys made it sound easy)
John Prine-Live (Bob Dylan with a sense of humour)
Dave Mason-Certified Live (I think I saw this guy 4 or 5 times in the 70s)
Micheal Stanley Band-Stagepass (overlooked, underrated band from Cleveland)
Peter Frampton-Comes Alive (before he got cute, he was (and is) a GREAT guitar player)
Deep Purple-"Made in Japan"-(loud loud loud)
Bob Seger-"Live Bullet"-"Nine Tonight"(I saw him lift the roof off of Kemper Arena in 1981)

I would've put The Beatles -Live at the Hollywood Bowl, but I think it was a turd.

and the granddaddy of them all...


did I leave any out?

Friday, July 22, 2005

Songs I Will NEVER Tire Of...

Being in the radio business as long as I have, there are a number of songs that I never want to hear again. Then there are those songs I have played a gazillion times and never tire of...

Here is a list of them (I am sure I will add more as I think of them)

"Layla"-Derek and the Dominoes (the best damn love song ever)
"Every Kinda People"-Robert Palmer (.."the fight to make ends meet, is what keeps a man upon his feet"...) what an awesome song
"Reminiscing"-The Little River Band (call me crazy...)
"Hitch A Ride"-Boston (I guarantee I've heard this song more than you...)
"Strawberry Fields Forever"-Beatles (makes me feel like I'm twelve again)
"Good Vibrations"-Beach Boys (ditto)
"God Only Knows"-Beach Boys(their most prolific period)
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"-Beach Boys (see above)
"Into The Mystic"-Van Morrison (will be played at my funeral)
"What's Going On?"-Marvin Gaye (a voice of calm in an angry time)
"South City Midnight Lady"-The Doobie Brothers (sweeeeet)
"Baker Street"-Gerry Rafferty (the story of my life)
"Another Day"-Norton Buffalo (go hunt this one up...another beautiful piece of music)
"When You Took My Heart"-Eddie Money (i always have liked this guy)

How about you?

Never pick on a guy smaller than you

Porcupine vs Pitbull...

Winner by TKO...porcupine

man, that's gotta hurt

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Songs on the Radio

I was one of those guys who couldn't tell you what happened at a particular time, but I could tell you what I was doing in my past...according to what song was playing on the radio. So, for shits and grins I thought I would list the songs that were in the top five for this week in each year of the 70s. Dig it or not and feel free to add what you were doing while these songs were playing on your local radio station. These are according to Billboard magazine and were popular in the first week of August...

1. Close to You...Carpenters (sue me, I loved her voice SHADDUP!!)
2. Make It With You...Bread (guilty! I have the Bread Box-set SHADDUP!!)
3. Mama Told Me...3 Dog Night (one of my very favorite bands)
4. Band of Gold ...Freda Payne (great song, love playing it at KLOU)
5. Signed, Sealed, Delivered...Stevie Wonder (pure magic in 3:22)

1. How Can You Break A Broken Heart...Bee Gees (harmonies personified)
2. Indian Reservation...Raiders (on the radio all summer, really)
3. You've Got A Friend...James Taylor (made his career. great 1971 lyrics)
4. Mr. Big Stuff...Jean Knight (whatever)
5. Draggin The Line...Tommy James (my dog sam eats purple flowers? ok, then)

1. Alone Again (Naturally)...Gilbert O'Sullivan (put a bullet in my f%^king brain...sorry)
2. Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)...Looking Glass (awesome song, still sing along)
3. If Loving You Is Wrong...Luther Ingram (a song about an affair, i hope he got his ass kicked)
4. Where Is The Love...Roberta Flack and Danny Hathaway (perfect pop song)
5. Too Late To Turn Back Now...Cornelius Bros. and Sister Rose (see above)

1. The Morning After...Maureen McGovern (gag me with a pitchfork)
2. Bad Bad Leroy Brown...Jim Croce (i miss this guy a lot)
3. Live and Let Die...Wings (best damn song of the summer) i worked at the local drive in and that movie literally played all year
4. Smoke On The Water...Deep Purple (i listened to machine head the other day and IT WAS STILL AWESOME!)
5. Yesterday Once More...The Carpenters (diamond girl lost 5th place to this?)

1. Annie's Song...John Denver (at one time, he was cool, this was at the end)
2. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me...Elton John (see above)
3. Feel Like Makin Love...Roberta Flack (loved her hated this)
4. Rikki Don't Lose That Number-Steely Dan (love this group but wha'....)
5. The Night Chicago Died...First Class (this kept the hollies out of the top 5 ...booo! die!)

can you see how the music has gotten progressive worse?..lets take a look at 75, shall we?

1. One Of Thes Nights...Eagles (still, to this day, one of my favorite songs)
2. I'm Not In Love..10cc (what a masterpiece! i dig what they did here)
3. Jive Talkin...Bee Gees (one of my least obnoxious bee gees tunes)
4. Please Mr. Please...Olivia Newton John (god, i LOVED her..i mean it, i really LOVED her, ya get where i am coming from?...i mean i LOVED her..ok?

5. The Hustle...Van McCoy (damn i could dance)

1. Don't Go Breaking My Heart...Kiki Dee and Elton (kiki dee...and she did what else?)
2. Love Is Alive...Gary Wright (its a hell of a lot better than dreamweaver)
3. Let Em In...Wings (goodnight paul)
4. Afternoon Delight..Starland whatever band (if it inspired be it)
5. You Should Be Dancing...Bee Gees (they are starting to get annoying)

1. I Just Want To Be Your Everything...Andy Gibb (phhhhhthhhhfffhhht)
2. I'm In You...Peter Frampton (piece of crap)
3. Best Of My Love...Emotions (pppphhhhhhhhhttthhfffffhhhhh)
4. My Heart Belongs To Me...Barbra Streisand (piece of crap)
5. Do You Wanna Make Love?...Peter Mc Cann (and this is the song that kept shaun cassidy out of the top 5? shame).

well, i think we know where this is headed...

1. Miss You..Rolling Stones (can't beat this one..the 7 minute disco version rocks!)
2. 3 Times A Lady...Commodores (great chick song, one of the best)
3. Grease...Frankie Valli (great voice, crappy song)
4. Last Dance...Donna Summer (i used to pack the dance floor with this. make your own conclusions)
5. Shadow Dancing...Andy Gibb (victoria principal vs drugs..and you choose drugs? dumbshit)
6. Baker Street...Gerry Rafferty (only the story of my life..what a great great song)

1. Bad Girls...Donna Summer (bad girls...dumb song)
2. Good Times...Chic (ain't speaking to some skynyrd)
3. Ring My Bell...Anita Ward (it ain't no my shorona, that's for sure)
4. Main Event/Fight...Barbra Streisand (she's in the top 5 again? wha'?)
5, Gold...John Stewart (the best of THIS bunch..stevie nicks was everywhere)

OK, I hope you had fun. See what happened to music in the seventies? It was called 1977 or, 1979 Feel free to comment.

"It could eat you"...

One of the fishermen who caought this said ..."it could eat you"...well, duh and with one bite too.
In looks like an former program director of mine.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Beam Scotty up...

James Doohan died today. "Scotty" from Star Trek. He was NOT Scottish but said to Gene Roddenberry.."if he's an engineer then he must be Scottish". OK, then. Here's to a guy that made more out of a role than anyone. He and Roddenberry and Bones are floating around the cosmos together. I would love to join them...that is when my time comes. Godspeed Mr. Scott, how loved you are...

Goodbye Mr. Bond...

I was watching Dr. No the other night and the words..."Goodbye Mr. Bond"...were uttered. Goodbye Mr. Bond? Hardly. Not as long as the coolest James Bond ever is still alive. I drink a toast to him, he got more tail in the early sixties than anyone..not that there is anything wrong with that. I hope to look like that when I am 70, hell, I hope to look like that anytime.

Groups you haven't heard of but should check out..

While I was cruising through the great state of Missouri,I had my Ipod on shuffle and came across a song by the Pousette-Dart Band. And that got me thinking about all those bands that noone has ever heard of but should. So here is my list and you are certainly welcome to post yours. See if you have heard of these: all fine bands in my opinion anyway:
(good luck finding anything on these guys), Amazing Blondel, (their Blondel album in 1974 is still a favorite in my household). Love Sculpture (the Blues Helping CD features some of THE BEST Blues guitar riffs ever), Charlie (No Second Chance is a masterpiece), Danny O'Keefe (who wrote "the Road" for Jackson Browne and did "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues"), Heartsfield (awesome band from Chicago),John Butcher Axis,Mahavishnu Orchestra, (the first time I heard these guys was at a head shop in Moline Il, I immediately bought "Birds of Fire" and "The InnerMounting Flame"), Rory Gallagher,Darden Smith, Redeye (remember the song "Games")?, good luck finding something on these guys. Tommy Bolin (probably top ten guitar players in my book, there was so much more to this guy than "Post Toastee")
Please feel free to add yours...

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

My five favorite Rolling Stones songs

OK, maybe six or seven..or eight or nine..ten maybe.

1. Brown Sugar (THE greatest rock and roll song ever)
2. Time Waits For No One (how true)
3. Tumblin Dice
4. All Down The Line
5. Dandelion
6. Can't You Hear Me Knockin
7. Saint of Me
8. Rock and a Hard Place
9. Live with Me
10.Monkey Man

that's just my opinion..but then again, I could be wrong...

Damn straight, Sandra Bullock

The ordinary guys win one! Sandra Bullock (who makes my top five list every year) has always seemed to be down to Earth and a "regular chick". She has proven that by marrying some dude named Jesse James , no not him but him. A biker filled with tatoos. No hollywood pansy or some artificial creep, but a biker! Nice, Sandy! Damn lucky guy and just another reason to put Sandra in your top five list! I'm impressed!

Monday, July 18, 2005

30 Trivia Tidbits

My friend Jay Philpott sent these to me, maybe you will get a smile or two..


After molding 1.4 billion crayons, over 37 years, Crayola's
senior crayon maker, Emerson Moser, retired. What secret did he
reveal after he had made his last crayon?
Mr. Moser was blue-green colorblind.

On an afternoon in 1966 an event at Boston's PBS station,
WGBH, drew a crowd of 10,000 people, more than the same
afternoon's Red Sox game. What was that event?
An open house featuring a personal appearance by Fred Rogers.

What was the name of Apple's first personal computer which
used a mouse for user input?
Lisa, after Steve Jobs's daughter (whose mother, who was never
married to Jobs).

Certain people are deemed so important that they are not
allowed to travel together, to reduce the risk that they will both
be killed in an accident. The President and Vice-President of the
US are two; Prince Charles and Prince William of the United
Kingdom are two more. Two other people are not allowed to
travel together, for fear that if they were to both die a certain
critical secret would be lost forever. Who are they?
The two Coca-Cola Company employees who know the secret
formula for Coca-Cola. Some of my sources state that the
privileged two know not the formula for Coke proper, but the
secret formula for "Merchandise 7X", which is the "secret
ingredient" in Coca-Cola. Extra bonus trivia factoid: the secret
ingredient for "New Coke" is supposedly named "Merchandise 7X-100".

On September 17, 1977 the Tennessee Valley Authority shut
down a nuclear power plant at Knoxville, TN, for 17 days,
for an unusual reason. What was that reason?
A reactor worker's overshoe fell into the reactor.
The reason for the Knoxville reactor shutdown was unusual,
but hardly weird, all things considered. [Probably it's best that
you don't let a reactor operate for too long with a foreign object
inside it.] At the University of Florida there's a research reactor
that is constantly being shut down and restarted for what one
might consider a very weird reason. What is that?
The reactor needed to be shut down every time someone
flushed a toilet in the building where the reactor is located.

Your child doesn't like green beans? Have him plant
them in this year's garden. In a recent study,
preschool-aged children who planted, weeded, watered,
and harvested a plot showed increases in their
willingness to eat the vegetables, especially green beans.

How E-mail Works
Every day, the citizens of the Internet send each other
billions of e-mail messages. If you are online a lot, you
yourself may send a dozen or more e-mails each day without
even thinking about it. Obviously, e-mail has become an
extremely popular communication tool. Have you ever
wondered how e-mail gets from your desktop to a friend
halfway around the world? What is a POP3 server, and how
does it hold your mail? The answers may surprise you,
because it turns out that e-mail is an incredibly simple
system at its core! In this edition of HowStuffWorks,
we'll take an in-depth look at e-mail and how it works!

Fifty two years ago, two men literally stood on top of the world.
Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander, and Tenzing Norgay, his Sherpa
guide, did the seemingly impossible by becoming the first men to
reach the summit of Mount Everest. At its currently accepted
height of 29,035 feet, the peak is the highest spot on Earth.
Many died trying to conquer Everest's steep faces, high winds,
frigid temperatures, and thin air before Hillary and Norgay
succeeded on May 29, 1953.

Edmund Hillary did not reply, "Because it's there" when asked
why he was climbing Everest. That was said by George Mallory,
a climber who died in a 1924 attempt to conquer Everest.
His remains were found in 1999.
Mount Everest is named for a 19-century British surveyor, Sir
George Everest.
The Tibetan word for Mount Everest, "Chomolungama" means
"Goddess Mother of the World." The legend of the Yeti or
Abominable Snowman started with the Sherpa, a Tibetan people
who live in Nepal.

The Himalayas include all of the world's 25 highest mountains
if you count the Himalayas' northwest extension, the Karakoram
range; there you can find K2 (the #2 peak) and several others.

The site of Mount Everest is at about the same latitude as Tampa, FL.
Everest's extreme cold is due to its altitude, not its latitude.

One of America's great contributions to cuisine turns 102
this year: canned tuna. It almost didn't happen. The
Pacific sardine had failed to appear in California's San
Pedro Bay in 1903, so an enterprising canner told his
employees to pack 700 cans of tuna instead. Within 10
years, nine tuna-canning plants had opened, packing 115,000
cases a year. Today 23 million cases are packed annually in
the U.S., with a market value of $1.1 billion. It takes a
little over 2 pounds of raw tuna to make a pound of canned
tuna, and we eat about a billion pounds each year.

Grocery shop between 9:30 A.M. and 2 P.M. on Tuesday or
Wednesday. The crowds are small, and the shelves are newly stocked.

Buy fish on Friday afternoon. Friday is the busiest day
for every fish wholesaler. The deliveries will out in the
stores by the afternoon.

Make doctor appointments before 9 A.M. Doctors overbook.
Three of four will show up within the first hour, and the
fourth patient gets pushed to the following hour.

Ephedra accounted for under 1% of supplement sales in 2001 and
for 64% of all herbal related calls to poison centers.

Happy birthday to WD-40! Trying to concoct a missle-part degreaser,
Rocket Chemical techs mixed 39 duds. But "Water Displacement, perfected
on the 40th Try," worked so well that employees sneaked it home for all
kinds of uses. Rocket started selling cans of it. It's been used in
2,000 official and some unique unofficial ways (like once helping
firemen extract a nude burglar from an air vent). Also, it's the only
lube with a fan club--60,000 members strong.

The Columbia World of Quotations
The 65,000 essential quotations by 5,000 authors that constitute this
authoritative collection represent the research of 154 experts and are
divided into 6,500 subjects.

Einstein Archives Online
The Einstein Archives Online Website provides the first online access to
Albert Einstein's scientific and non-scientific manuscripts held by the
Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and to an
extensive Archival Database, constituting the material record of one of
the most influential intellects in the modern era. The site allows
viewing and browsing of approx. 3,000 high-quality digitized images
of Einstein's writings, available for viewing in two sizes:
a standard resolution image, as well as a high-resolution image for
closer inspection. This digitization of more than 900 documents
written by Einstein was produced by the Jewish National & University
Library's Digitization Project.

The common nighthawk is also called a bull-bat because
of the roaring sound its wings make when engaged in
aerial courtship dives.

An average of 548 peanuts are used in the making of
a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.

A 1989 law in Florida forbids the release of more than
ten lighter-than-air balloons at a time. This is to
protect marine creatures that often mistake balloons
for food and can suffer intestinal injuries if they
eat the balloons.

P.F. Collier published a weekly periodical for the
first time in 1888. "Collier's" became the
publication's name at a later date. The magazine
was popular for 69 years.

The first successful long-distance demonstration of
television took place in 1927 in the United States.
Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover made a speech
in Washington, which was seen and heard on a television
in New York.

Actor Max Gail, who played Detective Stanley
"Wojo" Wojciehowicz on TV's "Barney Miller," earned
a master's degree in finance from the University
of Michigan before he pursued acting.

David Cassidy played Keith in which family?
The Partridge Family

David Cassidy is the son of actress 'Evelyn Ward' and
actor Jack Cassidy. Half-brother of Shaun Cassidy, and
Stepson of Shirley Jones.

Rick Springfield was slated to replace an exhausted
David Cassidy as Keith Partridge had the show continued
after the 4th season.

now you know

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