Friday, December 24, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
This cartoon is different. It cashes in on the hot Hollywood trend of the early 30s - horror films. This features a evil snowman who wrecks havoc and has a laugh like this, "Mwu-HAHAHAHAHA!" See why I like it. This is the unedited version.
Two versions of the same always pertinent message. Both of these are from MGM. One is a 1939Hugh Harman cartoon called "Peace On Earth." Old Grandpa Squirrel explains the irony or the popular Christmas expression "Peace on Earth, good will toward men." This was nominated for an Oscar.
In 1955, MGM's animation team of Hanna and Barbera updated the same story as "Good Will Toward Men." This was also nominated for an Oscar.
Happy Holliday! Seasons Greetings! Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
SANTA CLAUS, PUNCH & JUDY: Santa indulges a group of little Baby Boomers with the puppet equivalent of extreme fighting. This may not be safe at work since one scene involves a puppet spanking his monkey (with a large stick).
SANTA IN ANIMAL LAND: This one would be best viewed aided by alcohol and drugs. It might make it more logical.
No animal puppets were harmed during the filming of this movie. However, watching it could lead to brain damage. This explains why many Baby Boomers tried drugs.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Trust me on this folks, I could have used a good stiff drink when I got home from school.
Of course, an opinion, like this one, is why I'm considered the Super Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Trivia that links Ingrid Pitt and Leslie Nielsen? Christopher Lee, who co-starred with Pitt in the House That Dripped Blood and The Wicker Man, turned down the Dr. Rumack role in Airplane! The reason was he didn't want to be called Shirley.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Note: Ingrid Pitt is no relation to local boy turned movie star Brad Pitt. Just wanted to make sure you knew that.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I also notice that the talk radio industry in NOT talking about bullying. The reason is they are PRO-BULLYING. If you knew the truth, most talk radio host were probably bullies when they were in school. I'm sure that Dr. Laura called some girl in her class a "Skanky Lezzy" and no doubt Rush Limbaugh sat on some kid who was smaller than him. As much talk as there has been about anti-bullying laws, I'm sure it is only a matter of time before Mike Savage screams, "I hope all the little whiny bullying victims die of cancer!" and Glenn Beck will say, "I can't prove this but Adolph Hitler was against bullying and enacted an anti-bullying law. Good American children should not be punished for bullying the wimpy socialist classmates." (He'll turn on his fake tears at that point)
A commenter on the story from WGCL-TV about the Hot 107.9 anti-bullying townhall mentioned something that might also explain why the right-wing isn't interested in stopping bullying. The rise in bullying is a result of No Child Left Behind, which was designed to penalize, and ultimately, destroy the public school system. School suspensions rack up negative points on the Annual Yearly Progress Process. Schools sweep problems under the rug to avoid being penalized. Also many teachers complain that problem students, that used to be in special programs designed to deal with them, are merged into the classrooms with good students. These students are a constant problem for teachers that are trying to teach kids.
I know many public school teachers and they all agree that No Child Left Behind is one of the worst things to ever happened to public schools. It needs to be rescinded.
Radio Station Hosts Townhall Meeting To Stop Bullying - Atlanta News Story - WGCL Atlanta
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I have a question for doctors and patients alike. It is allegorical to the current state of radio industry and American politics. I thought of this while read several disheartening news stories on All Access today. This also has local ramifications.
If you were in charge of a hospital, who would you hire to take care of patients and perform surgery? Would you hire experienced specialist and surgeons? Would you hire young specialist and surgeons just out of medical school? Or would you place your patients in the care of people who are not educated in medicine, but other fields? These people would be plumbers, stock brokers, mortgage lenders, bankers, real estate agents and auctioneers. They would pay you to allow them to operate on patients (It would be an ego thing).
Would you also support one of these stock brokers, mortgage lenders, bankers, real estate agents or auctioneers if they want to be president of the American Medical Association, even though they don't know anything about medical science? They would be "outsiders" from the medical profession, but they are "business men."
Thursday, October 28, 2010
(It's A) Monsters' Holiday - Buck Owens
Dinner with Drac Part 1 - John Zacherle
She's Fallen In Love With The Monster Man - Screamin' Lord Sutch & The Savages
Daughter Of Darkness - Tom Jones
Barnabas - the Vampire State Building
A Clockwork Orange - Wendy Carlos
Suspiria - Goblin
Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein Or Dracula - The Diamonds
Soul Dracula - Red Blood
Flaming Telepaths/Astronomy - Blue Öyster Cult
(Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult
I Love The Night - Blue Öyster Cult
Godzilla - Blue Öyster Cult
Joan Crawford - Blue Öyster Cult
Ben - Michael Jackson
Thriller [Single Edit] - Michael Jackson
I Walked With A Zombie - Roky Erickson And The Aliens
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix Experience
In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
The Walls Keep Talking - Gene Krupa
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
Haunted House - Jumpin' Gene Simmons
I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
The Blob -The Five Blobs
Nosferatu -Blue Öyster Cult
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Santana
Night of the Vampire - Roky Erickson
Fear (Main Title From "One Step Beyond") - The Ventures
The Witch Queen Of New Orleans - Redbone
Dancing With Mr. D. - The Rolling Stones
D.O.A. - Bloodrock
I Ain't Nothin' But A Gorehound - The Cramps
Vampira - Bobby Bare
Ballad Of A Thin Man - Bob Dylan
Desolation Row - Bob Dylan
Johnny Remember Me - John Leyton
Night Of The Vampire - The Moontrekkers
'Til The Following Night - Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages
Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus
Christine - Siouxsie & The Banshees
Pinhead - The Ramones
Welcome To My Nightmare - Alice Cooper
Clones (We're All) - Alice Cooper
Children Of The Grave - Black Sabbath
Experiment In Terror - Al Caiola
Monster - The Automatic Automatic
Charlotte's Remains - The Fuzztones
Night Of The Phantom - The Fuzztones
Happy Halloween - The Fuzztones
Cellar Dweller - The Fuzztones
Goin' To A Graveyard - The Fuzztones
Werewolves Of London - Warren Zevon
Evil Ways - Santana
Jack The Ripper - Screaming Lord Sutch
All Black And Hairy - Screaming Lord Sutch
Frankenstein Of '59 - Buchanan & Goodman
Feast Of The Mau Mau - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Castin' My Spell - Johnny Otis Show With Marci Lee
The Green Slime - The Green Slime
Frankenstein Returns (Part II) - Buchanan & Goodman
Morgus The Magnificent - Morgue And The Ghouls
The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
More Human Than Human - White Zombie
Zombie - The Cranberries
Creep - Radiohead
Knock, Knock - The Humane Society
Psycho - The Sonics
You Must Be A Witch - The Lollipop Shoppe
Optical Sound - The Human Expression
Children of the Damned - Iron Maiden
The Number Of The Beast - Iron Maiden
Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne
Bark At The Moon - Ozzy Osbourne
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
The Wizard - Black Sabbath
Behind The Wall Of Sleep - Black Sabbath
N.I.B. - Black Sabbath
Iron Man - Black Sabbath
Hand Of Doom - Black Sabbath
I Love The Nightlife - Alicia Bridges (from the Dracula comedy movie Love at First Bite)
Ghost Town - The Specials
Careful, With That Axe, Eugene - Pink Floyd
Frankenstein - New York Dolls
(Ghost) Riders In The Sky - The Ramrods
The Witch - The Rattles
Shakin' All Over - Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
Swamp Gal - Tommy Bell
Flyin' Saucers Rock 'n' Roll - Billy Lee Riley & The Little Green Men
She's My Witch - Kip Tyler
Bloodshot - The String Kings
Jungle Rock - Hank Mizell
Ubangi Stomp - Warren Smith
A Nightmare On My Street - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Freaks Come Out At Night - Whodini
Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
Lil' Red Riding Hood - Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
Halloween Mary - P.F. Sloan
Red Right Hand - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Werewolf - The Frantics
Strange Days - The Doors
People Are Strange - The Doors (used in the movie the Lost Boys)
Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
Look For A Star - Garry Miles (from the movie Circus of Horror)
Witchy Woman - The Eagles
One Of These Nights - The Eagles
Screamin' Ball (At Dracula Hall) - The Duponts
Drac's Back - Billy Demarco & Count Dracula
Midnight Stroll - The Revels
Ghost Train - Virgil Holmes
The Mummy's Ball - The Verdicts
Frankenstein's Den - Hollywood Flames
I'm The Wolfman - Round Robin
Spooksville - The Nu-Trends
Monster Party - Bill Doggett
The Creature (From Outer Space) - The Jayhawks
Mr. Were-Wolf - The Kac-Ties
My Son, The Vampire - Allan Sherman
The Monster - Bobby Please And The Pleasers
The Voo Doo Walk - Sonny Richard's Panics W/ Cindy And Misty
Frankenstein's Party - the Swingin' Phillies
Legend Of Sleepy Hollow - The Monotones
Bo Meets The Monster - Bo Diddley
Rockin' In The Graveyard - Jackie Morningstar
Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers
The Vampire - Orvin Yoes
I Walk On Guilded Splinters - Dr. John
Igor’s Party - Tony’s Monstrosities
The Vampires - Archie King
Nightmare - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
My Girlfriend Is A Witch - October Country
The Creature From The Black Lagoon - Dave Edmunds
Just Another Day - Oingo Boingo
The Mummy - Bob McFadden & Dor
Martian Hop - The Ran-Dells
Mr. Jaws - Dickie Goodman
Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte - Al Martino
Robots - The Tornados
Graveyard Train - Creedence Clearwater Revival
I'm Your Boogie Man - K.C. & The Sunshine Band (Okay, I'm stretching it here)
Love Potion Number Nine - The Searchers
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I apologize for just now getting to this. I've been out of town.
Jeffery Alan Birkenfeld Obituary: View Jeffery Birkenfeld's Obituary by News-Leader
Friday, October 15, 2010
You see when I was in junior high this song would occasionally be heard on the radio. If it was heard it was after 10 p.m at night. The reason was it had "dirty words" in it. I don't think I ever heard a "censored" version of this song. Somebody in Hammons Hall had it on a tape or record, because you could hear it playing down the hall. I didn't hear it again until I bought this 80's hits CD.
As it began playing on my Ipod and Itunes in shuffle mode, I noticed something. "88 Lines About 44 Women" is a really lame song. It is only about five minutes long, but it seems to go on for an eternity. The singer reads the lyrics like an NPR radio host, while the music sounds like it was played on a children's keyboard. The lyrics are simple yet so random. I could write new lyrics to this song and nobody would know the difference. All I need was to do would be come up with (1) two women's names - one exotic and one common, (2) an action that is very normal or sweet and tender (3) an action that is both disturbing and repulsive about either religion, drugs, sex or bodily functions and (4) throw in a four letter word. It would go something like this:
"Vanda was a fat girl, but she knew how to dance. Melinda was a sexy blond with a bad habit of $#!++ing her pants. Hhhuuummmm-hum-hum-hum-hum-HUM-hum-hum"
At the end of each verse, the lead vocalist/narrator would hum (Yes, I said hum) along with the music. To make things worse, there was another song about that time that sounded like it was being played on a child's keyboard that consisted mainly of the words "Da da da" repeated over and over.
If you MUST hear this song, you can find a homemade video of the song on You Tube. It probably isn't safe for work because it is not PC, not family friendly and down right annoying.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I complain about the radio industry, which I am appear of. People have said, "If you don't like it, why did you take a job in the radio industry?"
As many of you know, the radio industry crossed over to the DARK SIDE!
I found this video of a hit song from 1974 that celebrates the reason I got into radio. There is no talk about President Obama's birth certificate, immigration, "Fair Tax," socialism, Reagan fetishism or "the defending the Constitution." Just the important stuff.
An opinion, like this one, is why I'm considered the Super Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Pointing out into the audience, she identified one specific member of the crowd and asked, "Is that Shane Lopes? You were the most popular kid in my class, but you never wanted to date me, it was always Amanda Wayne." As the crowd laughed and cheered, she adopted a bit of swagger and added, "Oh yeah, you really chose right, honey. What's up now, playa?" Becoming an international, Grammy-nominated pop star evidently does wonderful things for your self-confidence.
TAKE THAT, JOCK BOY!!!
Apparently, this story upset some other little jock boy-douche bags. If you look at the comments, you will see some ugly hatred toward the incredible looking Miss Perry.
Among them is a comment from a brain damaged idiot calling himself "independent." Besides being too stupid to capitalize his name, he shows how un-hip and stupid he is by saying, "What a piece of garbage. still stuck in high school? Tells a lot about her just from this story. She must not be that great since I have never even heard of her until now." Excuse me, "independent," if you would stop listening to crap like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, you would know who Katy Perry is. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS A PIECE OF GARBAGE, YOU TALK-RADIO LISTENING SCUMBAG!!!
And then there is a scumbag called "See See," who says: "What a child... Move on... It does not prove anything, only that you are still bitter."
I should have known "See See" would have something hateful, negative and malicious to say, because they used this "weird baby" avatar. Anytime you see that, the post is usually by a person who is hateful, racist, right-wing, douche bag, asshole. I really wish the government would do something about these people, like have them arrested and tortured to death.
Loyal readers know that I frequently like to embarrass Eunice Moneymaker of Lebanon, MO for not going out with me in junior high and high school. Contrary to what a bunch of nitwits posting on Yahoo would say, I have every right to make fun of her now. Like Katy Perry, I'm famous.
You frequently hear radio big-shots claim that only country music and talk radio are the only formats that will thrive in the Ozarks, while other formats don't work. I heard for nearly a decade that a CHR station "wouldn't work anymore in the Ozarks." Last ratings period, Power 96.5 was third. I guess some people were wrong.
You hear many listeners say they like oldies and smooth jazz, but radio big-shots claim that those formats don't make money. Tell that to the San Diego radio market. The North County Times of San Diego has a great article about how supposedly unsuccessful radio formats are tops in that area of California.
I've always said Californians were smarter than Ozarkers. Of course, that opinion has made me the Super Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Reuters/MSNBC had a story to about research conducted in German on this subject. Yes, old people do like negative stories about young people. I believe that many news organizations in the Ozarks (News Leader???) feel as my former news director did and these German researchers have shown. However, THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE NEGATIVE YOUTH STORIES NEED TO TAKE PRECEDENT OVER POSITIVE STORIES ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE!!!
After all, you are reporting the news, not writing for 21 Jump Street.
Of course, opinions, like this one, is why I'm considered the Super Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I've noticed some of the other bloggers on SGF Blogs have published original fiction on their blog sites. I'm considering trying this. I thought it would be interesting to write a series of comical/satiric novels about myself - Desdinova the Super Villain of the Ozarks.
There have been very few super villains who have been the main character in a series of novels. The only ones I can think of are Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu and Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter. In each novel, Desdinova would commit a crime that would horrify the Ozarks, but would probably not be taken seriously in California, New York or even Oklahoma. The local authorities would be so incompetent that they would be unable to stop Desdinova.
The plot of the first novel would be similar to John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos, which has been filmed twice under the title the Village of the Damned. The plot is also based on the old joke about "something in the water."
Desdinova develops a technique called "covert hydro fertilization." He uses this technique to impregnate women attending a convention for Republican women through complimentary bottled water given to those attending. The women are not only shocked that they are pregnant (since Republicans don't have sex) but their pregnancies only last three weeks.
Once the children are born, they begin to grow and mature rapidly. The boys, who all look like the cute little boy pictured above, have a maniacal laugh (Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!). They do horrible things to embarrass their parents in front of their rich friends. Slowly they begin to try and bump off their parents. That is when it is discovered that they are under the power of Desdinova and their goal is world domination! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Just an idea so far.
Friday, July 30, 2010
With that said, I was in an awkward position today. One of the candidates was in my place of work (NO, not my secret underground laboratory beneath the Springfield's Park Central Square). He was appearing on one of the radio stations in the cluster and he needed some production work done. I was asked to help before he went on the air. As usual, I had to be on-air in a few moments and record two segments that were to run immediately.
This guy wasn't like most of the Republicans I've dealt with in my career or my life. He was incredibly polite and patient. He understood why I wasn't giving him immediate attention. I called on of my supervisor, who said he would be back to the radio station in a few moments. He said he could help this person. I should note this production involved a political ad and LOTS OF MONEY. I was not wanting to be responsible if I messed it up. Since neither I or the candidate had the time for the production, I told him that my supervisor would be back and could help him after his interview. He said that was fine with him.
I made the joke, "You might not want to work with me. I side with the opposing party." He just laughed and said, "Nothing wrong with that. There are some good and honest people who are Democrats. We just don't agree on issues."
THEN SAY IN YOUR COMMERCIALS THAT THERE ARE SOME GOOD AND HONEST DEMOCRATS! DON'T DEMONIZE US AS DESTROYING THE COUNTRY LIKE THE OTHER REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES!
If I see an commercial from this guy saying this, I'll have more respect for him than the other 7th District Congressional candidates. I still won't vote for the guy, but I'll have more respect for him.
Of course, an opinion, like the one above, is why I'm considered the Super-Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
They want more personalities, more information about the artist, and more new music. That is everything that I have heard people in radio management say that women (and radio listeners in general) don't want.
The things I've heard said about what women listeners make them sound like an ultra-prudish version of Sarah Palin. They don't realize that a female friend of mine, who is 27 years old, is a big fan of Sublime. She and several other female friends of mine love the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Also all my female friends have tattoos. They DO NOT wear Birkenstocks. They DO find Family Guy and Beavis and Butthead funny. These women are not easily offended like so many male radio executives believe. Women want to be entertained. Alan Burns found out these women want radio to be FUN. Burns suggest that if radio doesn't change, the industry could lose a generation of listeners.
Now, how many radio executives and programmers will listen?
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
CNN has a story on the Emmy nominations, which were announced today. In an ironic turn of events, "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" was nominated for 4 Emmy awards, even thought NBC replaced him after only seven months with the previous host Jay Leno. This isn't anything new, both Bob Newhart's 1060 variety show and the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour received Emmy awards after being cancelled, but four nominations must be a record.
Conan said "Congrats to my staff on 4 Emmy nominations. This bodes well for the future of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien."
Congratulations to Conan, however, I feel David Letterman should receive a special Emmy for all those jokes he has made about George W. Bush and Sarah Palin. If not an Emmy, at least a Congressional Medal of Honor or rename Missouri "Lettermanland."
Of course, opinions, like this one, are why I'm considered the Super Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
THE WILD ONE
REBEL WITHOUT CAUSE
HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF
CRY BABY KILLER
BEAT GIRL (WILD FOR KICKS)
THE VIOLENT YEARS
HOT ROD GIRL
Look at all the kids that are rebeling in the 50s! BRANDO! JAMES DEAN! JACK NICHOLSON! SIDNEY POITIER! OLIVER REED! JERRY LEE LEWIS! ELVIS! CLIFF RICHARD! THAT GUY FROM "LAREDO"! THE RIDDLER from BATMAN! THE MAN from U.N.C.L.E IS A CAVEMAN! PA INGLES IS A WEREWOLF! EVEN WINSTON CHURCHILL'S DAUGHTER IS MIXED UP IT THIS!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
MBA and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a request for a declaratory ruling from the FCC on the matter.
"On Friday, June 18, 2010, the Missouri Broadcasters Association was advised by telephone that the FCC’s response to its petition would be in the form of informal, oral advice. The advice was received from the Media Bureau’s Policy Division staff. The advice was that, on the facts and pleading submitted by all parties, including Mr. Miller, it would not be unreasonable for Missouri broadcasting stations to determine that Miller is not a bona fide write-in candidate and therefore, Missouri broadcasters may deny him access to broadcast their stations.
This advice is an affirmation of the position taken by the MBA, Attorney General Koster and Zimmer Broadcasting and the FCC, prior to the filing of our petition. It confirms that a broadcaster who decides that Miller has not established himself to be a bona fide write-in candidate would not be acting unreasonably. Therefore, in our view, a Missouri broadcaster would not be held liable for having denied access retroactively.
The MBA continues to believe that Mr. Miller’s demands for mandatory access were an abuse of the privilege contained in the Communications Act for bona fide candidates. The Communications Act creates a special mandatory-access rule only for federal candidates, carefully limited to party nominees and those who are “bona fide,” or active and credible in the circumstances of the particular race. This result validates the MBA’s position in its petition and reply comments that Miller has not established himself to be a bona fide candidate. Miller is merely attempting to use broadcasters as a megaphone for his message, and broadcasters are not required to allow themselves to be used as a purveyor of personal views merely upon the claim of candidacy for federal office."
CAN I GET AN AMEN AND A HALLELUJAH, BROTHERS AND SISTER!!!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Let's look at one facet of my media career, which is radio. As a media major, I studied newspaper, radio and television. I had a particular interest in radio. Part of this came from the simple fact that i was always interested in improving the local radio scene. I used to do some DXing late at night as a kid and I felt that many of the local radio station needed to be more like the major market stations. It was my destiny to try to change things around here, especially KWLT FM 92 and KJEL in Lebanon.
Another thing that energized my interest in radio, was an article in Rolling Stone about college radio was becoming a big influence in the music world. Rolling Stone and Billboard both had college rock charts. According to Rolling Stone, the young people in college radio were going to revitalize radio with their creativity and free-form programming.
The only radio stations in Springfield offering internships were KTTS, KTXR and KSMU. Rumor has it one of the rock stations in town stopped offering internships because they didn't want any college kids telling people about rampant cocaine use by the staff. I took an internship at KSMU, because they allowed students to program their own music on the Midnight Snack show. I used to listen to the Midnight Snack in Lebanon. It was there that I first fell in love with the Sex Pistols, Ramones and the various paisley underground bands.
College radio eventually beat mainstream radio to probably the greatest band of the 90's, Nirvana. Springfield even had a radio station playing college rock, Z105 the Planet. Yes, it looked liked my generation (now dubbed Generation X by the press). SO WHAT HAPPENED???
Several factors played into our lack of power in 2010. The major explanation goes back to the Telecom Act of 1996, which opened the door for the large radio corporations like Clear Channel, Cumulus, Journal and Citadel. Here is hoping the FCC reverses all this consolidation soon. With consolidation, most creative program directors lost their power in favor on PD for the whole country. Sadly, most of these companies adapted the attitude that "only country and talk are profitable in the post 9-11 society" and many alternative station were changed to something else. So then, why has radio lost so much money and listeners in the past few years? Could it be you are driving away listeners with that talk and country garbage?
A major problem that isn't talked about is the animosity and resistance faced us Generation X-college-radio-trained-talent from an element of white-conservative-Baby Boomers, who were in management, not just in radio but other media. These balding, fat middle aged guys wanted to keep us out of the industry. They also did like the changes we wanted to make. A Rolling Stone article once gave a name to a name to a notorious alternative rock radio destroyer, Randy Michaels of Jacor. I should also point out that Jacor (later engulfed by Clear Channel) owned the Premier Radio, which produces such garbage as Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura and Delilah. Do you see a pattern here?
However, there is a nostalgia for the college radio era and it's music. A friend of mine works at a book and music store. He has noticed people in their 40s buying the "college rock" of the 80s and 90s. Two blogs, Spinning Indie and Slicing Eyeballs, discuss both old and new college rock.
There is hope that there could be a turn around in the radio industry and us Generation X college radio slackers will save the industry from the suit wearing, Rush lovers in the big corporations. We are radio's only hope.
Of course, opinions like these are why I'm considered Super Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Friday, June 11, 2010
I found it was easier to make friends with people at SMSU (now known as MSU) than it was in the Lebanon R-3. For one thing, the need to conform to what everyone else was doing disappears in college. Also, I seem to have more in common with the city kids. We tended to like the same music, movies and other activities. We were the "Craig Hall Crowd," because that was where the communications, media and drama classes were held.
The people I tend to hang with in college tended to wear tie dye shirts with peace signs on them or shirts that said "EAT THE RICH" on them. Some even had pink t-shirts with a photo of Howard McNear, the barber from the Andy Griffith Show on the front and the words "PINK FLOYD" on the back. Get it! Yeah, it was funnier in 1987. We tended to drive older model small cars with bumper stickers reading "He who dies with the most toys, STILL DIES" or "Wouldn't be nice if the schools had plenty of money and the Pentagon had to have a bake sale?"
Our dorm room walls were covered in posters of Jim Morrison, Ozzy Osbourne and James Dean, as well as numerous assorted scantly clad women. The only names I can think of for these women were Marilyn (The Seven Year Itch subway grate pose), Farah (These were usually kind of ragged because they had been around for several years), Brooke and Elvira (Yes, THAT Elvira - usually these were Budweiser promotional posters, so you wonder if these guys were more attracted to beer than the big breasted Goth chick). Oh, I cannot forget the Tennis Girl poster (above).
I should point out that there was a boom in psychedelic music and fashion. Part of this may have been because Rolling Stone was celebrating its 20th anniversary and running a lot of retrospective article on the Summer of Love and the 60s. However, as I look back, we may have been rebelling against the "Just Say No" crap that had been forced down our throats in junior high and high school.
There were some people that we didn't like. These people were what we called Preppies. These people were like the villains in a lot the comedy films of the time. While we were wanting to Bluto from Animal House, these people wanted to be Greg Marmalard and Douglas C. Neidemeyer from Animal House. These people took things way too seriously. They were like the people we didn't like in junior high and high school. They were all involved in Young Republicans and came to class wearing ties. They were always business majors of some sort, only interested in money and kissing butt. They were overachievers, who felt Bart Simpson was a bad role model for children. Bad part I see many young college kids now who are exactly like the Preppie kids. Kind of sad when you think about it.
Someone at the Standard gave one of these boneheads a column. I can remember his last name was Seitz, because I thought he was full of baloney. He spread hate toward anyone who didn't think like him and his tie wearing Preppie friends. He probably is either a talk radio host or a weenie blogger. They went to little meetings on Monday night where they listened to speeches by Mel Hancock and Jean Dixon. Needless to say these people were not out having fun like the rest of us.
I guess what has brought this on is the fact I keep running into or seeing the Preppies around Springfield, but the people I liked are nowhere to be seen. Maybe they went back to St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago. At least one person, went to Hollywood. I see her on TV from time to time. I guess the Preppies were from here in Springfield. I hope my friends are still they way they were when we were in school. After all the Preppies are all still the obnoxious little twerps they were when we were in school.
Of course, opinions like this are why I'm the Super Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!