Saturday, July 27, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2482, July 27th, 2013

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MAYBE I'M AMAZED

MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….and disgusted by the new book on the shelves called “The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess”. The author is a scumbag by the name of Turney Duff who after years of wretched Wall Street excess now has found religion and wants to do the right thing by telling tales of how much money Wall Street’s burned through before the crash in 22008. Keep in mind these Wall Street fools wrecked the U.S. economy and put us into a jobless spin hole that will not restore the unemployment lows of 5% in the Bush administration until 2024! Duff told the story in the book how he and his cronies had 8 tickets to the 2003 World Series in the Bronx. World Series tickets in the front rows went for $2500.00 a pop back then. Duff and a buddy were doing coke at the Stadium and after imbibing needed a smoke. Because of security they weren’t let back in without new tickets. These pigs used the tickets they had (tickets any hard working, true baseball fan would cherish and appreciate in their lifetime) re-entered the Stadium with the remaining tickets they were not using and had because they were Wall Street big shots. What a waste. Duff says he’s ashamed of himself and wants to get right with his daughter by telling her what an idiot he was. But he also has an agent and will most likely get a movie deal out of this “confession”. FYI, when they tell you it’s about doing the right thing, it’s isn’t. The only reason to buy this piece of crap is to maybe get the names of these animals that nearly bankrupted the country and never were called to account. I’d rather buy a drug dealer’s book than Duff’s because quite frankly, the dealer has more class and integrity.
New York Mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson. Photo: New York Magazine. )
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that maybe, just maybe this  Anthony Weiner scandal might produce a candidate for Mayor of New York other than Christine Quinn or Weiner himself. William Thompson who ran on the Democratic side in 2009 is being looked at as the logical alternative to the sex crazed Weiner and the openly gay Christine Quinn. It’s not as if Thompson is an unknown and has no qualifications, he is a former New York City Comptroller, has long time New York Democratic political affiliations and is a graduate of Tufts University. Right now in the wake of the Weiner disclosures, he’s polling pretty well. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that after a long run, The Mountain is now going to be just a distant memory on the FM radio dial. In its heyday, “The Mountain” played alternative album cuts, had a stable of great jocks led by that radio mastermind Jim Rising. Tune in the next few days to hear the final days of a radio station that was not for everyone but for a select group of rock and roll enthusiasts that loved their music without contests, honking horns and breathless accounts of gossips about current day celebrities. “The Mountain” and I’m not even sure they are calling it that now will be replaced by a 24 hour sports station anchored by the NBC Sports Network. Word is WILK’s Joe Thomas will play a major role in the launch of the new outlet. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that there are now three 24 hour a day Sports stations in this market. Somewhere the late Ron Allen is smiling somewhere. When WEJL/WBAX went from “American Popular Standards” to ESPN Radio around 2001, the General Manager at the time got death threats from little old ladies who loved that format. ESPN took a while to get a foothold but then Bold Gold Radio entered the fray with Fox Sports. Now there are three. One can hope that the new station put on by Entercom will have a more interesting local show than the snooze fests on ESPN Radio and The Game. High School athletes should be celebrated for sure, but they can’t be the very foundation of every local sports show. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that worldwide, the most popular fruit is the mango. In the United States, the most popular fruit is the banana.

Alex Rodriguez meets the media in Northeastern Pennsylvania. (Photo: Karel Zubris). 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that it has been a wild month for embattled Yankee Superstar Alex Rodriguez who by the way turns 38 today. Rodriguez has been going back and forth with the New York Yankee organization as to his health status after a stint with the Rail riders. He reportedly is also the subject of an investigation by Major League Baseball on Performance Enhancing Drugs. But with all of those things going on, perhaps the highlight of A Rod’s month was getting a chance to have his picture taken with our own local Media Reporter and personality Karel Zubris along with other local media standouts. Zubris has been at the scene on a few major stories this summer. This week she was at a news conference in Wilkes Barre where she got under Mayor Leighton’s skin a bit. But at least A Rod didn’t tell her to “get a life”. She has a pretty incredible one right now anyway. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that wild camels once roamed the desserts of Arizona. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that today marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Still to this day hostilities exist and nothing appears to be changed. Except of course it appears South Koreans have a better standard of living than those in the north. The day is highlighted locally by the return of the remains of Larksville’s Bernard Fisher to Arlington National Cemetery for Burial. Fisher was a 21 year old killed during that war. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that just four days after his birth, George Alexander Louis, the son of William and Kate is being painted as the anti Christ by crazy overnight talk show hosts. They were pulling out hexagons, lining up the letters of his name and all kinds of foolishness the other night. I’m all for free speech but these guys are just plain stupid. But I can guarantee you there are people in the audience who bought their line. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that moose shed their antlers every winter and grow a new pair the next year. If only Republicans in Congress would grow a pair! 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED………that Speaker John Boehner had the nerve to criticize the President for going throughout the country and talking about his economic plan. Boehner said the President should talk to Congress to make a deal instead of the American people. Mr. Speaker, HE DID. He came to you three times with deals. Deals that had his own party in an uproar because of cuts to future Social Security recipients. But because you Mr. Speaker could not control your own party of ultra tea party zealots, you couldn’t make the deal. So either go home or shut up already. Here’s how low Boehner is thought of even with conservatives. Even when right wing talk show host Michael Savage calls you (Boehner) an alcoholic with no justification I can see) you know you’ve lost any base of respect. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that can it actually be 17 years since The Spice Girls burst onto the scene with this breakout song? scene with this breakout song?  
Also, 30 years ago, Madonna broke onto the music scene with “Lucky Star” Madonna now is a cultural icon.  
And J.J. Cale died last night at the age of 74. He wrote "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton,"Cajun Moon" by Randy Crawford, "Clyde" and "Louisiana Women" by Waylon Jennings, "Magnolia" by Jai, "Bringing It Back" by Kansas, "Call Me the Breeze" and "I Got the Same Old Blues" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, "I'd Like to Love You, Baby" by Tom Petty, "Travelin' Light" and "Ride Me High" by Widespread Panic, "Tijuana" by Harry Manx, "Sensitive Kind" by Carlos Santana, "Cajun Moon" by Herbie Mann with Cissy Houston, and "Same Old Blues" by Captain Beefheart.

12 Comments:

At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard those clowns on WILK overnight discussing this new baby and the fact that he might be the devil. All the more reason for another sports station in the LuLac area. What crapheads!

 
At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

J.J. Cale great writer.
Wall Street Crook...needs to be sent away. Even thouigh he bought, he took. Pig is not a strong enough word. And the line, "I'm doing it for my kid". Yeah, you can tell your kids that your Wall Street brothers and sisters put many a kid far away from a college education by your rape of the middle class. My fervent wish is for this slob to meet up one day with a guy like George Zimmerman. Take your book, and your billions and choke on them.

 
At 11:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Thompson would be a good choice for New York. Really, those other two. The perv and the lesbian. I have no problem with gays but New York does not need divisions.

 
At 6:59 AM, Blogger Michelle Hryvnak Davies said...

The Mountain is not going completely away...it's just moving...to HD radio. Read more here: http://www.102themountain.com/Commercial-Free-/16884360

However, most radios are not HD, unless you make an effort to replace your existing one, or buy a new vehicle.

Oh well, at least you can listen online.

 
At 8:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:30..... Yes you do have a problem with gays.

Yonk, you continue to harp on Weiner but why? Who cares what he does in his personal life, that's his wife's problem. He was a good and an active people's Congressman when he served and was on the road to national fame but for his weiner problem. In England, people could not care less about politician's private lives but here, Americans seem to have a need to be critical and to crawl into people's bedrooms. If Weiner becomes mayor and it is doubtful he will, having the need for telephone sex and showing his//// to others may be a problem for some but if he isn't waggin it at me, I don't give a damn what he does in private. Congress is notorious with members wearing lady's undergarments and being to "close" to the congressional Pages and the later is a true problem...... the former and the actions of Weiner are nothing to me and shouldn't be to you. I think we are all nuts in our own way so why be upset with Weiner? Let his wife deal with it but not us.

Yonk, why do you assume we all know what the Mountain represenets? I have no clue.

 
At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE SPICE GIRLS!

That made my day. That song always put me in a good mood.

 
At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

During a 40 year span I had involvement with Radio as a Record company rep and later in both sales and management in radio. I worked major markets and had a chance to be around some top programming people who were running some great stations. That said, I never heard a better programmed radio station than the Mountain as put on the air by Jim Rising. I have never met Jim, but by reputation and performance, I admire his work. I'm sure there are others who played a role and deserve mention, on the other hand I believe Intercom never got on the train with the Mountain! It was good and well thought out on the air if not in the marketing meetings. It should have been successful. Rock 107 was the heritage station but they were not well programmed at the time and with the ultimate departure of Daniels and Webster Rock 107 was vulnerable and that audience was just a little older now. The Jocks and the MUSIC on the Mountain were right on target. I really enjoyed it for a while. Radio was once so much more than it is today. The Mountain shoulda' been a contender...

Jp

 
At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Korea.....what a tragedy.
Love Karel Zubris. She is really an asset to our local media scene.
Surprised that you linked A Rod and Madonna in the same article.
Spice Girls, come and gone but still hot.
Clapton and Cale..good combo.

 
At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mountain moves to 98.5 HD 2 on Monday August 5th.

 
At 7:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have avoided weighing in on the demise of The Mountain for several reasons, but after being labeled as a “radio mastermind” (thanks, Yonk, but hardly true) and seeing some other kind remarks I feel some pressure to at least comment on what was one of the proudest achievements of my radio carrer.

Entercom gave me the keys to produce the radio station that had been in my head since I was 16 years old and heard WBCN go on the air in Boston, one of the first album rock FM stations. I take some of the blame for its lack of success in being a money maker, for I was determined to make it as clean a radio station as I could. That means we played only complete album cuts all the way to the end with no talk over any music. We spoke on the air only about the music. No silly banter about TV shows or celebrity gossip. We put together a huge library of eclectic music, far wider than any other station I have ever heard, up until now (more on that in a bit).

In forbidding the sales department to sell sponsorships, put stupid contests on the air and generally make it like any other radio station I signed it’s death warrant at birth. I was dead set against making it another Album Rock station. I succeeded and the operation was a success. But the patient died. In hindsight I probably came on too strong, alienating the sales force and they certainly never understood how to monetize such a different format, although I did try to teach them. Further discourse by me about sales/programming disputes not needed.

I got to do some very innovative things with the Mountain. My staff of “Guides” including Dave Stewart, Jack Meyers, Lou Fontaine, Alan Stout, Cathy Donnelly, Mark Thomas and many others just plain “got” what we were trying to do and made my job a breeze. We broke many rules, played some great music and put a bunch of local musicians on the radio for the first time. It was very exciting.

My current project, 106.1 The Path is on the air in Tallahassee Florida. It is what the Mountain could have become with a playlist, presentation (we even have the Mountain’s ex voice, Archer) and renegade spirit. Imagine a radio station that plays David Bromberg, Rufus Thomas and The Rolling Stones and you get a hint of what it is all about. Streaming at http://www.1061thepath.com/

Thanks to Entercom for giving it a ten year run. It was the most fun I ever had in radio. And those who know me and how much fun I have had, know that is some statement.

Jim Rising

 
At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

I am afraid that Rock and Roll is dying with its fans.
Never thought that I would see the day.
It spanned several eras from Elvis/Holly to Beatles/Stones to Henrix/Joplin onto Eagles/Skynyrd and then into Pistols/Clash etc.
THen in the late 80's came the sleeping giant of rap/hip hop (at the time only known in regional in urban areas). Little by little young kids were getting into the this genre as opposed to R & R.
And if they weren't they were into the traditional boy band of the week.
Ask any young Jr. High or High Shooler today or for that matter College student if they prefer Hip Hop over Rock and 9 out of 10 will say hip hop.
In short, Rock is dying and hip hop has everything to do with it. ALong with the declining music industry in general.
And yet, sometimes, just sometimes, the optimist in me says that Rock isn't Dead...It is only sleeping.....
God Bless.

 
At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Junction said...

Dave, most of us here in LULLAC land don't give a rats behind about who is running for NYC mayor. It's hard enough to keep tabs on our own local elected misfits.

 

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