The job of President of the United States is arguably the most powerful job in the world. The world changed today.
The Republican controlled US Senate utterly failed in its promise to repeal Obamacare, with John McCain casting the final vote to kill the weakest bill, then walked over to the Democratic side of the Senate to gather his accolades for torpedoing President Trump’s agenda.
White House chief of staff Priebus is out, replaced by General John Kelly, retired four star Marine general and current head of Homeland Security. Foul mouthed “I’m going to break your kneecaps” Anthony Scaramucci – Harvard lawyer, Goldman Sachs trained, hedge fund manager, CFR member and Davos speaker – has become the face of the White House.
The situation is at a fork in the road – either President Trump becomes hyperaggressive reacting to his critics and the White House rules by decree, or the impeachment talk gets serious and the #nevertrump forces join with Democrats to boot Donald Trump from office.
In the midst of this, North Korea launched a missile that landed in the territorial waters of Japan, an open invitation for an active military conflict, potentially with China. A dysfunctional government will be seized on by our enemies.
Tom Taylor is the leading voice of the radio business, primarily through his daily newsletter targeted at people within the radio business. Today, he reported my decision and why.
Tom and I have had a behind the scenes email friendship exchanging information. StreamingRadioGuide was an offshoot of FindAnISP.com as I promoted listening to radio as one of the things people could do on the dialup internet starting in the late 1990s.
Socializing with radio people or working in radio was never the objective. This web site’s purpose was to empower the listener to find what they wanted.
I enjoyed doing this for over a decade, but the web site stats suggested that people no longer need the help, and that is the ultimate measure of the success.
The FBI and Capitol Police are hot on the trail of the 4 Pakistani IT contractots who have been working for various House Members since 2004. The FBI has evidence they had broken into the US House Computer system and downloaded information to other computers, and may have been involved with the breakin of DNC computers.
No mainstream media out has picked this up. Rush Limbaugh is going to unload on the MSM today for the non-reporting of the ongoing criminal investigation and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
This case was blown wide open when a marine veteran renting the house of one of the four IT contractors found government computers out in the garage and notified law enforcement. The FBI appears to be trying to foresically recover data from the smashed hard drives.
Several years ago, I declared that “having a life” was more important than the web site – and if I was unable to keep the “average days since last review” of each radio below 180 days, I would need to turn off the directory to protect visitors from rogue websites caused by expired domains.
The time has come to let go – at least of the radio directory part of the web site.
Several years ago, I had observed that Wikipedia was often outdated and inaccurate – that observation is no longer true.
- TuneIn has established its brand solidly as the “go to” web site to find radio stations.
- IheartRadio fills the need for a radio content aggregator.
- Mobile streaming apps have replaced PC streaming for most people.
- Podcasts are displacing live streaming
- Talk radio is a mere shadow of its former self
- There are other better sites to track FCC licensing changes.
Probably most importantly, Google no longer sends significant quantities of visitors here. Playing to an empty auditorium is pointless.
Thanks to my new wife who I love dearly, I am repairing my health and looking forward to travel and using our remaining time together wisely. Despite the web site having been essential to bringing us together, the time has come to get off the stage while people still have good memories and I’m proud of the work. We discussed this yesterday.
I would like to thank the people who helped keep the directory viable for this long, especially my friend Brian from Cleveland, but also people who have moved on – frequently because of my own inability to let people help me. Keeping volunteers motivated is hard to do, and not a skill that I have mastered.
What you find here in the future is hard to say. For now, the blog will remain, but without traffic from the radio directory, its future is cloudy as well.
Joe Rago was a very smart editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal. He was a fierce critic of Obamacare and a frequent guest on the John Batchelor show.
He was found dead in his apartment when he failed to show up for work. Police do not suspect foul play.
The 32 GB Amazon fire has arrived from the Matrix.
If you ask Alexa for a specific radio station, it will use iHeartradio or Tunein to find a radio station stream. Trying to play streams from here does not work (yet)
If anyone is interested in details, let me know…
WFAN decided to give New Jersey governor Chris Christie a sports radio DJ tryout.
Well, it certainly got a reaction.