Saturday, July 28, 2007
Alarmingly similar to a word the dictionary says is obscene, the call letters were among a 15-page list of new call letters issued by the Federal Communications Commission and released this week.
The same station owner also received KWTF for a station in Arizona.
From Skokie, Ill., comes a sincere apology "to anyone that was offended," said Kevin Bae, vice president of KM Communications Inc., who requested and received KUNT and KWTF. It is "extremely embarrassing for me and my company and we will file to change those call letters immediately."
On the Net:» svartifoss2.fcc.gov/reports7/callsign.cfm
One might understand how Bae's eyes could glaze over during selection, as KM has some 80 sets of call letters and alpha-numeric callsigns for TV and radio stations in several states.
No KM station is yet on the air in Hawaii but its mainland TV stations carry programming from America One Network, My Network TV and the CW.
The call letter snafu was a source of great mirth for Bae's attorney.
"I can't tell you how long he laughed at me when he learned of my gaffe," Bae said.
Broadcasters for generations have joked among themselves about call letters resembling off-color words or acronyms knowing the FCC would never approve their assignment -- but that was before computerization.
KCUF-FM near Aspen, Colo. got its F-word-in-reverse call letters in August of 2005 and has been on the air since December, "Keeping Colorado Uniquely Free," its Web site says. Uh, yeah.
Station officials could not be reached, but the automated pop-music slinger has been written about twice in the Aspen Daily News. The paper said radio regulators "blessed the call letters."
However, assignment of call letters actually is an automated process, according to Mary Diamond of the FCC's Office of Media Relations. Broadcasters use the FCC Web site to request and receive call letters with no oversight from Beavis, his partner, or any FCC regulator.
Dude, seriously. Even after years of concerns over broadcast indecency and the debate about fines for fleeting profanities that hit the air.
The Code of Federal Regulations allows applicants to request call letters of their choice as long as the combination is available. Further, "objections to the assignment of requested call signs will not be entertained at the FCC," it states.
Friday, July 27, 2007
"The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described," a doctor who examined Tillman's body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators.
The doctors - whose names were blacked out - said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away.
Ultimately, the Pentagon did conduct a criminal investigation, and asked Tillman's comrades whether he was disliked by his men and whether they had any reason to believe he was deliberately killed. The Pentagon eventually ruled that Tillman's death at the hands of his comrades was a friendly-fire accident. The medical examiners' suspicions were outlined in 2,300 pages of testimony released to the AP this week by the Defense Department in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Among other information contained in the documents:
- In his last words moments before he was killed, Tillman snapped at a panicky comrade under fire to shut up and stop "sniveling."
- Army attorneys sent each other congratulatory e-mails for keeping criminal investigators at bay as the Army conducted an internal friendly-fire investigation that resulted in administrative, or non-criminal, punishments.
- The three-star general who kept the truth about Tillman's death from his family and the public told investigators some 70 times that he had a bad memory and couldn't recall details of his actions.
- No evidence at all of enemy fire was found at the scene - no one was hit by enemy fire, nor was any government equipment struck.
The Pentagon and the Bush administration have been criticized in recent months for lying about the circumstances of Tillman's death. The military initially told the public and the Tillman family that he had been killed by enemy fire. Only weeks later did the Pentagon acknowledge he was gunned down by fellow Rangers.
With questions lingering about how high in the Bush administration the deception reached, Congress is preparing for yet another hearing next week.
The Pentagon is separately preparing a new round of punishments, including a stinging demotion of retired Lt. Gen. Philip R. Kensinger Jr., 60, according to military officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the punishments under consideration have not been made public.
In more than four hours of questioning by the Pentagon inspector general's office in December 2006, Kensinger repeatedly contradicted other officers' testimony, and sometimes his own. He said on some 70 occasions that he did not recall something.
At one point, he said: "You've got me really scared about my brain right now. I'm really having a problem."
Tillman's mother, Mary Tillman, who has long suggested that her son was deliberately killed by his comrades, said she is still looking for answers and looks forward to the congressional hearings next week.
"Nothing is going to bring Pat back. It's about justice for Pat and justice for other soldiers. The nation has been deceived," she said.
The documents show that a doctor who autopsied Tillman's body was suspicious of the three gunshot wounds to the forehead. The doctor said he took the unusual step of calling the Army's Human Resources Command and was rebuffed. He then asked an official at the Army's Criminal Investigation Division if the CID would consider opening a criminal case.
"He said he talked to his higher headquarters and they had said no," the doctor testified.
Also according to the documents, investigators pressed officers and soldiers on a question Mrs. Tillman has been asking all along.
"Have you, at any time since this incident occurred back on April 22, 2004, have you ever received any information even rumor that Cpl. Tillman was killed by anybody within his own unit intentionally?" an investigator asked then-Capt. Richard Scott.
Scott, and others who were asked, said they were certain the shooting was accidental.
Investigators also asked soldiers and commanders whether Tillman was disliked, whether anyone was jealous of his celebrity, or if he was considered arrogant. They said Tillman was respected, admired and well-liked.
The documents also shed new light on Tillman's last moments.
It has been widely reported by the AP and others that Spc. Bryan O'Neal, who was at Tillman's side as he was killed, told investigators that Tillman was waving his arms shouting "Cease fire, friendlies, I am Pat (expletive) Tillman, damn it!" again and again.
But the latest documents give a different account from a chaplain who debriefed the entire unit days after Tillman was killed.
The chaplain said that O'Neal told him he was hugging the ground at Tillman's side, "crying out to God, help us. And Tillman says to him, 'Would you shut your (expletive) mouth? God's not going to help you; you need to do something for yourself, you sniveling ..."
From the CD of the same name, released in 1978, to me, this release was his follow up to "Harvest". A very fine song with great lyrics that lift you up. I was working at KFMH in Muscatine and this was a new release that I would reach for quite frequently. My two favorite songs on the album were "Comes a Time" with Nicolette Larson singing back up; and the original "Lotta Love" that she made a hit. Very cool and mellow time for me, I was just exploring life and women since I had just recently divorced. Not too far away from home but I had my own place there and this was my first foray into living alone and not having ANY money. The woman at the time happened to be Rose Case. She had a small child and was a very pleasant person. The child must now be 30. Hey, Rosey, you were fun. If I was to do my top ten Neil songs (which I don't think I can do), this one would be right there.
THAT'S TONIGHT'S SONG NUMBER SIX!!!
By Matt Woolsey, Forbes.com
July 16, 2007
The fastest-growing suburb in the country is Lincoln, Calif., just outside Sacramento. Its population jumped from 11,746 to 39,566, or an increase of 236%. The fastest-growing big suburb (with a population of 100,000 or more) is Gilbert, Ariz., outside Phoenix, which expanded from 112,766 people to 191,517.
While not cheap by national standards, the growth in Sacramento's outerlying areas is strong because it's a less-expensive alternative to Los Angeles, San Francisco or San Diego. The Phoenix area saw the greatest positive domestic migration of any American metro last year, with 115,000 more people moving into town than leaving. Affordable housing and a growing economy draw a lot of people to the city.
Rounding out the top 10 fastest-growing suburbs after Lincoln were four Phoenix suburbs: Buckeye, Surprise, Goodyear and Avondale; Plainfield, outside of Chicago; Beaumont, outside San Bernardino, Calif.; Frisco and Wylie outside of Dallas; and Woodstock, outside of Atlanta.
In Pictures: America's Fastest-Growing Suburbs
While Los Angeles is sometimes called the "Sultan of Sprawl", not one of its suburbs makes the list.
Instead, Angelinos are packing their bags and heading 60 miles east to San Bernardino, where twelve of the country's 100 fastest-growing suburbs are located. Leading the pack? Beaumont. It has experienced 130% growth since 2000.
It's easy to understand why. Home prices in the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area are 30% less expensive than in L.A. Add comparable household incomes to the mix, and the move from the basin to the valley makes sense.
So much sense that San Bernardino's rate of net domestic migration has near quadrupled since 1990, while the Los Angeles metro posted negative net migration figures over that same period. Last year, it lost 72,000 more residents than it gained.
Our list was compiled using U.S. Census growth data from 2000 to 2006 and provided by Demographia, a St. Louis-based research firm. Since a city's metropolitan statistical area is defined by the counties it encompasses, Demographia excluded those outlying towns which were in suburban counties but didn't have significant economic and social ties to the big city. Suburbs included cities, townships and villages that had more than 10,000 people in 2000.
But with sprawl comes both pros and cons.
In Texas, for example, geographic growth is almost completely unregulated. Not surprisingly, the Lone Star State has the lion's share of the country's top-growth suburbs, 20, 12 of which are in the Dallas-Forth Worth metro area.
As a result, these areas have some of the most affordable homes in the nation, since there is plenty of supply to meet demand. But transportation expenses are often high. In Houston, such costs are the No. 1 household expense, according to the Brookings Institute.
Cities that engage in restrictive growth policies find themselves with different trade offs. In Boston's inner suburbs, including Chelsea and Cambridge, zoning and growth restrictions designed to prevent sprawl backfire because they force people to look farther outside the city for affordable housing. According to the same Brookings Institute study, metros with growth exclusion plans like Boston have the most expensive housing stock in the country since there is a limited supply of homes close to the city.
This becomes particularly problematic in northeastern and Rust-Belt cities that are losing population. Places like Phoenix and Las Vegas are spreading out faster than Boston, but they are doing so more efficiently, meaning with a more concentrated population.
Last year, just over 16,000 more people left the Boston metro area than moved in, yet the suburbs continued to expand geographically. The result is a thinning of the area, which makes Boston more of a sprawl, if sprawl is defined as the density of population over a geographic space.
Top 10 fastest-growing suburbs
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Marshall Tucker Band guitarist George McCorkle died Friday morning (June 29) near Nashville after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this month. He was 60. He co-founded the Marshall Tucker Band in 1971 in Spartanburg, S.C., with vocalist Doug Gray, guitarist Toy Caldwell (who died in 1993), bassist Tommy Caldwell (who died in 1980), drummer Paul Riddle and flute and saxophone player Jerry Eubanks. McCorkle, who served as rhythm guitarist through 1983, wrote one of the band's Southern rock anthems, "Fire on the Mountain." In 1999, he released a solo album, American Street. In recent years, he had been working as a member of the Renegades of Southern Rock and writing songs in Nashville. One of his compositions, "Cowboy Blues," was featured on Gary Allan's Smoke Rings in the Dark album. Boots Randolph was big in my house. "Yakety Sax" is one of the very first songs I ever bought. It became more notorious as the theme to "The Benny Hill Show".
One of my first musical memories.
I missed this last year..how?
Music impresario Phil Walden, who managed Otis Redding and helped define Southern rock through his work with the Allman Brothers, the Charlie Daniels Band, the Marshall Tucker Band and many other acts, died Sunday after a long bout with cancer. He was sixty-six years old.
After managing several R&B acts in the 1960s, including Al Green, Sam and Dave, Percy Sledge and Redding, Walden helped create the Southern rock genre with Capricorn Records, where the roster featured the Allmans, Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Bramlett and the Dixie Dregs.
Personal and financial difficulties led to the demise of Capricorn in 1980, but Walden resurrected the label ten years later in Nashville, kicking off the return with the debut album from Widespread Panic. More recently, the label had successes with Cake and 311.
After graduating from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, in 1962, Phil Walden became a booking agent and then a manager. His work with R&B acts led to his affiliation with Atlantic Records and producer Jerry Wexler. During a stint in the military, Walden recruited his younger brother, Alan, to take over the management business. Alan Walden later managed Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Working with Wexler, Walden and co-founder Frank Fenter established Capricorn -- an imprint of Atlantic named for Wexler and Walden's star sign -- in Macon in 1969. Walden met guitarist Duane Allman, then under contract as a session player for Atlantic, through Wexler, and set about making him a star in his own right.
The Allman Brothers were not an instant success, selling just 33,000 copies of their debut album. But the breakthrough of their 1971 live double set, At Fillmore East, helped convince Walden to end Capricorn's affiliation with Atlantic and move to Warner Bros. A later agreement with Polygram ended in 1979; Walden declared bankruptcy in 1980.
Redding's death in a plane crash in 1967 had been a huge blow to Walden, who considered the client one of his closest friends. He suffered another devastating loss in 1971, when Duane Allman died in a motorcycle crash. Yet Walden soldiered on, creating a small empire in Macon with the label, a recording facility, real estate holdings and other ventures. In 1976 Walden and the Allmans threw their support behind a presidential candidate from Georgia named Jimmy Carter.
Walden dropped out of sight during the 1980s, struggling with drug and alcohol dependencies, a court decision that found he had underpaid royalties to the Allmans, and other setbacks. When he returned to artist management, his anchor was not a rock band but the comic actor Jim Varney, whose "Hey Vern" commercials made him a hillbilly icon and the star of a string of movies.
In recent years, with the Capricorn name retired, Walden tried his hand with another label, this one called Velocette. The entire staff was made up of Waldens, including his son, Phillip Jr., and daughter, Amantha.
"Phil was one of the preeminent producers of great music in America," former president Jimmy Carter said in a statement. Walden's work with Redding, the Allmans and others, Carter said, "helped to put Macon and Georgia on the musical map of the world."
Can you say "rebuilding"? This team is going nowhere fast. How disappointing. Tony's gone, and so is everyone from that regime. Too bad. The owners will now try and get the people to fork over more dough for the ballpark village that looks great on paper but without all the taxpayers money seems doomed. Screw them, all of 'em. I guarantee that these owners won't be here in five years so who cares if the ballpark village goes up, they seem to be content with the hole in the ground the way it is...
Tomorrow is a day off. (I hit a sales goal that allowed me to take a three day weekend). Here's how it will play out. Tomorrow, up late, drink way too much coffee, basketball at noon,sauna, then off to the Golden Eagle Ferry. Head to Kinder's, have a fish sammich, drive around then get ready to go to Davenport Iowa where my grand daughter is turning six. We'll see her (and mom and my 89 year old aunt), then hang and get ready for another work week.
Man, on the "station" tonight, I heard Jeff Beck into Simple Minds into Nanci Griffith into Rare Earth into Steve Miller. Nice, now THAT'S what I am talking about!!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Bill Flemming, 80, a pioneer television broadcaster who helped shape ABC Sports, has died.
The part-time Marco Island resident passed away Friday after a long battle with prostate cancer in Michigan.
Flemming was in the home of millions in covering 11 Olympic Games and more than 600 varied events for the multi-award-winning "ABC’s Wide World of Sports.''
Flemming made Marco Island his vacation home in 1977, when he wasn’t traveling around the globe. Marco Island became his second home in 1998, spending seven months a year on Marco and the remainder at his summer cottage in Good Hart, Mich.
Ara Parseghian, part-time Marco resident and famed Notre Dame football coach, calls Flemming a good friend.
"Bill broadcast some of my games clear back to when I was (coaching) at Northwestern (in Chicago) and games at Notre Dame," Parseghian said. "When I joined ABC we did a number of games together, with me doing color and Bill doing the broadcasting. We got along exceptionally well, there were no egos in the way.
"He first used my condo when he visited Marco before he bought his own."
By his colleagues, Flemming was considered the most versatile His extensive play-by-play coverage of college football was renowned, but what pleased him as much was an interview with Bobby Fisher during his historic chess match with Boris Spassky in Iceland in 1972.
"My dad was really proud of his interview with Bobby Fisher," daughter Lindy said. "He spent weeks getting the interview."
Lindy, a video producer for corporate and non-profit organizations, said that what she learned from her father was the importance of preparation, professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm.
"Enthusiasm was a big word for him," she said. "He conducted great interviews because he made everyone feel special and they would open up to his warm style."
Lindy recalls her dad being the first to interview Peggy Fleming after she won the gold medal in skating in the 1968 Olympic Games.
"He was just so thrilled for her. It was an emotional interview," she said.
Lindy said her dad was low key, "enjoying Marco Island and playing golf with his buddies at Island Country Club."
"He was good friends with Jack Nicklaus," she added.
Flemming’s passion for sports began early when his Ann Arbor High School football team won the state championship in 1943. He entered Michigan as a pre-med student , but switched his career path to broadcasting after winning a campus-wide speech contest.
He got his first big break when he joined NBC’s Detroit affiliate, WWJT-TV, in 1953. By the next year he headed the station’s sports department. His first network appearance was on NBC’s "Today'' show, which led to a chance to help with the telecast of the 1957 U.S. Open. He moved to the newly-formed ABC Sports, joining Wide World of Sports in 1961.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara, daughter Lindy and son-in-law Phil Andrews, their two grandchildren and son William. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs in Michigan.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
And for the creme' dela creme, the top 25 Simpsons Supporting Characters (miss ya, Phil). Link
Monday, July 23, 2007
Genial comic Drew Carey was tapped Monday to replace silver-haired legend Bob Barker on the CBS daytime game show "The Price is Right." The deal was set Monday afternoon shortly before a taping of CBS' "Late Show" with David Letterman, where he confirmed it.
"I realize what a big responsibility this is," he said. "It's only a game show, but it's the longest-running game show in American television and I plan to keep it that way."
The selection attracted more attention than usual for a daytime show because of the prospect of replacing Barker, 83. Barker retired after 35 years in the job last month following taping of his 6,586th episode.
The opening attracted widespread interest, including from comic Rosie O'Donnell after she left "The View."
Carey, 49, spent a decade on his own ABC sitcom and also was host of the improvisational game show "Whose Line is It Anyway?"
He will also be host of a new CBS prime-time game show, "The Power of 10," that will air first next month. He told The Associated Press on Monday that CBS officials first contacted him about "The Price is Right" immediately after he completed a pilot of the other game show this spring.
"My agent called me and said `I was talking to CBS casting today' and in my head I was thinking, `Oh, `CSI' guest star?' And he said what would you think about replacing Bob Barker on `The Price is Right?'"
Asked if he found the prospect of replacing such a TV legend daunting, Carey recalled talking to a friend who knows the game show business who told him, "as long as Bob Barker is cool with it, the fans will be cool with it."
"I'm cool with it," Barker said after hearing Carey's remarks.
Barker said he's not familiar enough with Carey's past performances to offer an opinion on his selection. But, he said, "I understand he ad-libs very well and that he has a very nice, friendly way of working, and I think both of those would be helpful to him on`The Price Is Right.'"
His advice for Carey: "Go out there and do that show the way you think it should be done. Don't imitate me and don't imitate anyone else."
While Carey said doesn't know Barker personally, the younger comedian said he was comfortable that his predecessor would be accepting when he took on the job.
The negotiation process was nerve-racking. While he was talking with CBS about the job, Carey said he got a call from another lawyer in Hollywood who told him one of his clients was offered "The Price is Right" job.
He figured CBS had lined up back-ups if the first choice did not come through.
"If I was going after a second baseman, I wouldn't just talk to one second baseman," the Cleveland Indians fan said. "If I were the general manager, I would be talking to a few second basemen."
Associated Press Writer Jacob Adelman in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
A one handed smoking apparatus. To be used while driving, of course. I mastered the art of one knee driving to perfection. Damn fine, I'd say. Not that I "had" to or anything like that...
Here's the link (just in time for Chrstmas).
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