JUNE is busting out all over

Something about June bugs me

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  1. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    June can be a Cleaver despite only 30 day.

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    Unemployment rate is 3.8%, below full employment (4% when I was in college), which is pushing labor rates up. Of course, Barack Obama takes credit.

    • Parrott says:

      The United States keep prodding along, in spite of the Demon-crates. The U.S. keeps going in spite of the milk-toast Republicans.
      Isn’t it wild, that even with the ‘Joker-Tut’ Obo, trying to destroy the American spirit, the U.S. keeps moving forward. Obo really tried to keep the U.S. down.
      Nancy Pelosi and her stupid ‘cash for clunkers’. Man they wasted money left and right.
      I hope the American culture endures, and not this BS multiculturalism.
      Supposedly Alex Jones ran into the ‘Burn’ Sanders at LAX. Bernie crapped in his britches.
      Parrott

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        > “Nancy Pelosi and her stupid ‘cash for clunkers’. Man they wasted money left and right.”

        The amazing thing is that they drove up the price of used cars so that poor people would not be able to drive to work and would be restricted to opportunities along the bus or train route. … and somehow they sold that to the uneducated that they were doing them a favor and are the representatives of poor people.

        My favorite story at the time was a chicken fast food place in the mid-west that put up a sign “cash for cluckers” and offered a discount to people that bought their chicken sandwiches with cash rather than credit card.

        • Parrott says:

          You are exactly right CC. I remember local news reports of
          local used car dealers talking about this stupid congressional legislation, by taking so many good vehicles out of circulation, causing the price of other used vehicles to go up. Then interviewing new car dealers destroying the engine block of a Jeep, ‘straight six’ 4.0 liter engine. Very reliable engine! waste. they said they were sending the scrap metal to china !
          Now China doesn’t want recyclable plastic anymore.
          chaos
          parrott

          • TheChairman says:

            Ditto. I remember watching a dealer on TV pour that ‘clunker concoction’ into the valve cover of a nice 2002 4Runner with the good V6 engine. It made me sick to see such irrational and inane destruction… the owner (young female) was proud of herself for “getting rid of such a nasty polluter”. I looked at my wife and said “that car still had 200,000+ miles of very dependable usage in it.”

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              I know. The best thing you can do for the environment is not to waste things. Don’t melt down a perfectly fine car to replace it with a more fashionable model- the energy and waste that causes and people worry about getting a few extra miles per tank of gas?!?

  3. Parrott says:

    Hey guys, Can you believe it is June 2, 2018 already ? This year is flying by. April was a waste , cold couldn’t do much. Snowed around here several times.
    May was wet, hot and straight to summer.
    I was out side earlier this evening trying to show my nieces & Mrs Parrott some constellations and a planet or two. Yeah they are polite and do the complementary ‘wow, cool’ . Maybe it will stick and when they have their own kids, they will tell them their Uncle Parrott tried to teach them a little. Jupiter has been bright in the east and Venus early evening in the west.
    I really like watching the night sky, I never get enough time to get out and look up. Hope you all get to go out and look at the night sky
    best
    parrott

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      NBC fake news reported last week on a “new theory” that Pluto may be a comet. “New theory suggests Pluto may be a giant comet” https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/pluto-s-life-story-may-have-begun-billion-comets-ncna879256

      I did a quick google and found “And the possibility has been discussed for decades (for example, see Fred Whipple’s 1964 paper in Proc. National Acad. Sci. 52, 583).” http://www.icq.eps.harvard.edu/ICQPluto.html

      What are the chances that Google will classify NBC as “fake news”.

      Enjoy some old news on comet via Robby Benson: 😉

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QdLAwBJiHI

      • Fred Stiening says:

        Pluto might be an alien spaceship hidden under a layer of ice, sent here by Xenu to monitor our solar system.

        Anyone know Art Bell’s new email address?

        I smell a new opportunity here – an AI based system that lets you talk to dead people – kind of like a cross between Eliza and the former syndicated radio show “The Other Side”, where callers could talk to their dead relatives.

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          There is already a Radio Dead. It plays rock ‘n’roll oldies and then when it shows you the title and artist of the song, it also shows you the date of the artist’s death. It is based in the UK.

          It is actually pretty good and I recommend it to anyone that likes oldies. They usually talk a bit about the artist and how the artist died.

          http://streaming.techiserver.com:8050/live

          • Fred Stiening says:

            There is still room for “Dead or Canadian”

          • Parrott says:

            cool ! I will give it a try CC. I listened to John B Wells lats night on Ark Midnite. He was pretty good. Way better than alex Jones who is all about the Youtube de-monetization of video’s. Jones is driving me back to Dennis pregar and Limbaugh during the day, but that is less and less due to my Canadian taskmasters these days.

            they are wearing me down,
            parrott

            • briand75 says:

              Parrott – Anyone but prager. Keith Olberman would be better (just). I tried for a year with Prager – I am still recovering 🙂

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              Really no reason to listen to anything you don’t like nowadays. Many key talkers have 24/7 streams but many also have free podcasts… and the podcasts will stream from your browser if you don’t want to download a podcast app. (I do recommend podcast apps for a better experience.)

              In addition to the national talkers, look at the local talkers in large cities for good local shows.

              Also, NPR and the CBC in Canada and the ABC in Australia have great shows that stream and are available by podcast. While their political shows will not be of much interest to most Americans, they have good science, drama, philosophy and book related shows.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Keep reaching for the stars!

  4. Parrott says:

    Man, Karen Carpenter could sing ! Thats pretty good CC, you have Carpenters and then Tom Petty right after, I mean its kinda sad, but that a eclectic mix !
    I seen Tom Petty in concert in Richmond Virginia, back in 1984, with Night Ranger.

    Good sounding stream if its from the UK.
    parrott

  5. Fred Stiening says:

    Cumulus has exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/06/04/1516602/0/en/CUMULUS-MEDIA-Successfully-Completes-Financial-Restructuring.html

    Temporarily, the company’s new stock will trade on the OTC Pink Sheets as CMIA until it gets relisted on NASDAQ under its prior CMLS

  6. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Gretchen Carlson announced that Miss America will no longer have swimsuit competitions. … might have to introduce Pole Dancing to give people something to watch – I didn’t think people tune in to see their wisdom or they would be giving commencement speeches.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      That opens the door for the first serious opportunity for a transgender Miss America. Perhaps they will dazzle the judges with an answer about ICBM throw weights or the importance of the nuclear triad.

    • Parrott says:

      yeah, might as well CC. You know, the woman’s body is like a work of art. You can admire and still be tasteful and respectful.
      I agree CC, Pole dancing, ‘that full contact fighting’ of state vs state, or jello wrestling?
      If they want ratings, act like fools like on that show ‘Survivor’ or Big Brother’. sleep around have no morals, yeah that is popular on TV. Women are on those crap shows and have no problem. Morals are in the crapper.
      I am going to listen to Dead radio. Plante in the morning and Dead radio afternoon.
      parrott

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        Jello wrestling. lol I hadn’t even heard of that since the 80s.

        What I like about that Radio Dead is that there are almost no commercials. The ones I hear are for their Radio Dead coffee cups and t-shits and the like.

        The internet is full of stations like this – very few commercials and lots of music…. It is one reason I dropped Sirius XM.

        Another great oldies stream that plays living artists http://keepfreemusic.com/60s/ . It is my “go to” stream for 60s oldies. http://streaming.streamonomy.com/keepfree60s

        BTW- Don’t hesitate to alert us if you tune into Radio Dead and you hear an old rhinoceros trying to sing an old Beach Boys song “Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran” 😉

  7. Fred Stiening says:

    Saudi Arabia threatens unilateral military attack on Qatar over deployment of air defense system.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2018/06/qatari-fm-dismisses-reported-saudi-threats-400-deal-180605061648530.html

  8. Fred Stiening says:

    The Democratic Party plan to suppress Republican votes in the general election may have backfired. The Top 2 “jungle” primary caused an expensive primary for Governor and did not block Republicans from having a candidate in November.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/06/05/kornacki_did_democrats_jungle_primary_system_in_california_backfire.html

    I am a little surprised all the media outlets latched on to the term “jungle primary. I would think that would be more offensive than “planet of the apes” to a black candidate.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      The Democrats colluded and interfered with the election by pressuring some non-incumbent candidates to drop out.

      That had a close call and through the collusion prevented a situation where they would have had no candidates in the November final for one or more Congressional seat. Even though there were more registered Democrat voters, there were nearly twice as many Democrat candidates on the ballot as Republican candidates.

      When a party conspires to rig an election like that, I take great joy when it backfires.

      Had they been serious about fairness, they would have instituted “IRV” or Instant Runoff Voting.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant-runoff_voting

      Here is the main organizations advocating it:

      http://www.fairvote.org/rcv#where_is_ranked_choice_voting_used

  9. Fred Stiening says:

    Yahoo Messenger will be shutting down in a month. I wonder if GDPR compliance was an issue. Does the “right to be forgotten” extend to 20 year old chat logs?

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Thanks for that alert. I logged into my yahoo mail and still no notification from Verizon that they were shutting it down. Logged into the crippled messenger (about a year ago, yahoo forced all users to use a handicapped version of the app) and there is a banner message saying that July 17 will be the last day.

      Verizon did this to AOL messenger last year. It is a shame, it costs them almost nothing to keep these programs on their server so people could use them. Far less than the two idiots that knocked on my door last week to tell me the benefits of switching to Verizon from Cablevision (I have been a Verizon TV subscriber for over 10 years and and forever amazed at their incompetence.).

      • Fred Stiening says:

        In the Yahoo vision of the Internet, Yahoo was an alternative to AOL. Their ecosystem had a portal for news and entertainment, a search engine, dialup internet access (via partnerships with the Bell System fragments), chat rooms, email and Instant Messenger in a yellow wrapper.

        They lost the money engine of Search to Google, they destroyed their email business with incompetence over security, and dialup internet is mostly gone. COPA killed chat rooms and they turned over user data to anyone that asked. Snapchat and WhatsApp filled the void. All that is left is legal vulnerability. Nobody is going to choose Verizon or not based on Messenger, which did not tie you to paying a subscription fee. Disconnecting chat apps from the control of your internet provider was necessary for it to become global. The same is true of email. Your internet provider ultimately is selling you only that. Not cable TV, not discounts on flowers, not movie rentals, not uber trips. In the end, Wheeler still gets what he wanted – Internet access is a public utility.

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          I agree with your assessment that internet access is basically a public utility. I have possible access via fewer providers than I have as possible suppliers for my home’s electricity.

          Seems Verizon doesn’t agree or would not be spending money to buy AOL, Yahoo, and the liberal Huffington Post.

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          Big court decision today on whether ATT can buy CNN and the rest of Time Warner.

          Of course Comcast already owns MSNBC and other channels.

          …and Verizon owns Huffington Post and Yahoo News.

          glad my cell phone carrier is T-Mobile and they do not own any of these liberal mouthpieces.

      • Parrott says:

        I guess thats why Pidgin quit supporting that Yahoo messenger, me and a couple people at work used Pidgin as the messenger interface, before Verizon took over. Back then Yahoo was messing with their messenger every month and making it worse with each new iteration. So we started using Pidgin and never gave a crap what yahoo did. I guess that was a good 10 years or more ago.
        I miss the pidgin , we have to use ‘slack’ now, but it is not as good. It starts like four or five executables on your computer, I don’t need any that extra crap. Just IM thats it.
        we don’t trust the company IM of skype, who knows who looks at those logs.
        Verizon has never increased the speed of DSL in my area for 10 years or more. I alway Ask Verizon quarterly, to increase the speed, and they say they can’t. Even though I am willing to pay more, 3 MBPS is best they can do. Dipsticks!
        I havn’t seen 3 MBPS in years. (more like 1.5)Voice on my phone lines is just a hum, because they don’t want to fix a splice out on the main road, so everyone is leaving verizon copper. They suck,
        Mrs Parrott has a 100MBPS at her office, because the university has some computers that were, not to long ago, the fastest in the world in the basement of her building. She frequently wonders how I get any work done. I do to.
        Parrott has a wireless Internet provider company supposedly going to show up Tuesday and install an antenna for 25MBPS , for 89.95 a month! Parrott lives in line of site of the repeater, so maybe the fog won’t mess with the wireless speed, we’ll see.
        25MBPS , Holy Cow !!! ( if its true !)
        Parrott won’t know what to do with all that Bandwidth ! Parrott hopes he can tell Verizon to hit the road and take their crappy DSL modem with them.

        parrott

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          How is your home with regard to phone connectivity? 4G LTE speeds are around 5 and 12 Mbps and 5G is probably months away. The new gear that T-Mobile is installing at the towers for their new 600 and 700 MHz is 5G capable and just needs for them to switch it on.

          Have a look at the unlimited plans. Great deals especially if you get someone 55 or older to establish the account (you can always have it bill your credit card directly and not your relative’s) .

          • Parrott says:

            Hi CC, yeah I have 4G here. Verizon’s tower is about half mile away by way the crow flys. Its a great signal and works well on the companies Apple phone I use for work. I have it always set for cell only, no wifi or it will slow it down.
            Yeah I’m good for cell. Ms. Parrot uses Virgin mobile, she is 4G also, but her signal is not as good as Verizon, her tower is further away.
            Virgin is whacko sometimes. They use sprint. Spotty coverage in Virginia, but excellent coverage in NC.
            Have a good one!
            parrott

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              Just saying that most wireless companies have “data only” plans so you can connect your home computers. May be faster and cheaper than your 1.5 Mbps. They have a wireless router that creates a WIFI hotspot in your home via their wirless phone network.

        • Fred Stiening says:

          That is quite plausible. Verizon is telling you the truth about DSL. The speed limit of the DSL is limited by the length of the copper wire. In the old days, if you had a budget, you could order ISDN which was 2x64k pure digital dialup over copper, or you could try to get a T1 which is 1.44 Mbps. In the 1990s, a T1 was about $1,500 a month. We’ve come a long way, baby.

          • Parrott says:

            That’s true Fred, I had friends that would only sign a lease with certain apartments complexes in Blacksburg Virginia, because they would offer free T1 service. this was back around 96 -98 .
            Verizon quit expanding FIOS, because they are thinking everything will be wireless.
            So I am checking out a new wireless company, their tower is close, two tenths of a mile. I should have a great signal, they are saying 25MBPS, we’ll see, I can’t cut DSL until its working reliably. ( because of work) .
            I am kind of excited to see if it works.
            Parrott

            • Mark says:

              I had fixed wireless for over 2 years in my rural MN small town. I started at 10Mb and then upgraded to 25 when that became available. It was not as consistent as DSL, but worked quite well for the most part. My ISP was hopping the connection point-to-point to get back to a fiber up-link. The local phone company finally upgraded its hardware at the end of last year, so I was able to upgrade to 50Mb at a savings of about $15/mo.

          • TheChairman says:

            Mark: I -wish- we could get fixed wireless… We’re looking at a house in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where time has stood still for 30+ years. The property is 3 miles outside the reach of DSL (1.5 Mbs @ ~ 24k feet) and is in a dead zone for ‘installed wifi’ from Verizon. So, our choices are dial-up or satellite service from HughesNet or ViaSat. The satellite latency isn’t a big issue for us, but QoS is critical for our work. Most reviews are quite bad for both satellite services, so we may have to cross the property off our list. Nice house, on Lake Huron, but no terrestrial high-speed internet.

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              TheChairman was the house in a valley? It is possible to install a custom extremely directional antenna the roof or a tall tower for either WIFI or for wireless mobile data. The antenna needs line-of-sight to the source of the signal it is seeking… it is not a standard install and would take some engineering work but with an open checkbook, you can achieve the impossible! The key though is that you need line of sight from one antenna to the other.

              https://www.alternativewireless.com/cellular-antennas/yagiantennas.html?sort=avgcustomerreview&limit=100&mode=1

            • Fred Stiening says:

              Back when I was doing FindAnISP, this was a frequent situation. People wanted to “get away from it all” only to realize that “all” includes reliable electricity and Internet access.

              I think after about a day, the latency of satellite would drive you nuts. In 2004, I helped a friend get the type of parabolic antenna WiFi access CC is talking about, but she literally lived on the top of a mountain overlooking San Jose. The Internet company was thrilled to be able to use her house as a relay point on their “mesh”

            • TheChairman says:

              Thanks CC, but (as Fred might attest) it’s in the Twilight Zone; north shore of Lake Huron, west of DeTour Village, thick stands of tall trees… but perfect exposure to the southern sky! No cell reception; phone might blink ‘2G’ and then ‘no signal’. My background is in electro-optics engineering. I’m going to test-drive ViaSat (Exede) at a satellite vendor for the area. ViaSat has slightly less negative reviews than HughesNet.

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              You might be stuck with satellite until Google has one of their Project Loon balloons in your area. Don’t know if they have a rollout schedule or are serious.

              Another option if you want to play is to buy your own balloon and wired tether to your property. It would not be hard to get several times your house’s height. With some research, you could find out the closest cellphone towers and calculate how high you need it to reach for line-of-sight an have a lightweight omnidirectional antenna.

              I too have an RF background an like these kinds of projects even when they are not so practical. 😉

            • Fred Stiening says:

              Using Pringle cans?

          • TheChairman says:

            I should note that we are renting in town while we search for property, so I have 50 Mbs. A few nights ago, for grins and grimaces, I throttled my router WAN port down to ‘dial-up’ speed… now that was painful! Most of the towns have decent speed (Cedarville, Hessel, DeTour), but once you get 5-6 miles away, unless there is cable, the options are slim. There are some ISP’s installing WiFi on water towers, but useable range is limited, especially with U.P. topography and vegetation. The old DeTour Reef Light would be perfect for WiFi, as it sits about 1 mile out into Lake Huron at St. Mary’s River. Except, the local ‘histerical society’ is against such heresy… the irony is lost on them.

            • Fred Stiening says:

              As dialup faded, web sites have porked up on javascript and graphics that could cause a single page to take 15 minutes to load on dialup.

              Google has quietly been pushing a framework called AMP that optimizes web pages for mobile devices, stripping out the javascript, automatically loaded videos etcetera. If you notice amp. in the front of web site pages, that is Google’s doing as the web pages are being scrubbed of bloat

            • TheChairman says:

              Fred- Yes, increases in bandwidth/speed have resulted in a lot of page bloat over the years, both hidden (beacons) and visible. ViaSat provides a specialized browser built on Chrome, designed to reduce data payload. One of the biggest issues with satellite internet has been caused by Hughes & ViaSat marketing… by telling the average U.S. subscriber they could stream, watch Netflix, and game at 25-100 Mbs. ViaSat & Hughes over-hyped and oversold bandwidth. Most of the bad reviews are from people who complain about “poor streaming and gaming.” Of course, that is what has bogged down these services, mindless waste of precious satellite capacity. So everyone’s access has slowed to a crawl because the typical user is a ignoramus.

            • Fred Stiening says:

              Anyone who thinks they can play games using satellite internet does not understand physics. The satellites are around 22,500 miles away. You click your gun in a combat simulator, it is 22k up, 22k down to earth station, then normal latency to the server and back, then another 22k round trip. Let’s say that is a minimum of 90,000 miles. Electromagnetic signals travel at 186,000 mph, so your avatar is long dead before you know it.

              If you use telnet, each character takes half a second to show up, and when you make a typo and have to backspace… telnet clients used to have local echo to deal with that back in the 300 bps modem days, but that has issues. If you are using an editor like vi, it requires character by character input, so there is still the half second latency

  10. Parrott says:

    Why don’t McCain just go away? he has no dignity He still has to keep showing his ass.
    I stand with President Trump. mcclown can stand with his Isis boys and globalist

    parrott

    • TheChairman says:

      Before we left Arizona last week, a Tucson radio station announced the results of a recent statewide poll (ignored by most media outlets). The question was: “Should the Trump Administration apologize to McCain for recent remarks.”

      Results (approx.):

      76% NO
      10% Yes
      14% unsure

      Game, set, and match to Trump. AZ Republican Establishment is befuddled.

  11. Fred Stiening says:

    Progressive Talk radio in Asheville NC is moving to an HD sub channel. This might be a sign of things to come as iHeart’s creditors are more directly involved in management decisions.

    Out in San Francisco, iHeart is bringing Progressive talk back to KKSF

  12. Fred Stiening says:

    The media silence over President Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize is deafening.

  13. Fred Stiening says:

    If anyone happens to be near Traverse City, Michigan – see if WLDR-FM (101.9) and/or WARD-AM (750) are still broadcasting…

  14. Fred Stiening says:

    In between debating outlawing dolls of children used for sex, Congress is also voting to impose $2 million fines for illegal operation of a radio station.

  15. Fred Stiening says:

    After dumping around a $billion in debt and all the old stockholders, the “new” Cumulus resumed trading with an implied market value of around $160 million.

    Fresh out of bankruptcy, Cumulus is hit with a lawsuit over unpaid overtime.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      I can half understand hearing their weather forecast for the weekend on Sunday night when it just hours from being over, and their calendar of events for events that happened days ago, but I still have trouble with hearing in mid summer their PSAs saying “April 15 is approaching”. Who knew they were working overtime? lol

  16. Parrott says:

    Happy Fathers day everyone. Tom Greshem is having people calling in, telling good time stories. Mine would be short.
    I remember my old man showing me how to test vacuum tubes in the TV & Radio repair shop he ran in the mid 70’s. Learned a lot in that shop with speakers and old TV’s in there, CB radios. It was fun. I use to get off the bus after school and use my key to get in, if he was out on a home TV repair visit.
    This was the transition time when newer transistor (Solid State) were just coming out on the market, no tubes, and the older big console TV were starting to wane. I dismantle a lot of those, and some had great speakers in them. Others not so much.
    Yeah that was a good time, didn’t last, out of business by 1977. He was a ok guy then, but he couldn’t quite keep the drinking under control. Wasted a lot of time & money.
    1980 was last time I saw him. Made my peace years ago, forgave him and wouldn’t want to go back through that again.
    Hope your Fathers day is good everyone
    best
    parrott

    • TheChairman says:

      Good time, bad times… we all have some stories. Seems like a lot of repair shops were put out of business by transistors and solid state electronics in the mid 70’s thru mid 80’s. As I recall, Heathkit began to steadily fade away around 1986.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      So you know the tube tester settings for a 6SJ7?

      • Parrott says:

        AAArgh , I still have the B & K tube tester, its the size of a large brief case . I have the Tube substitution handbook here somewhere. I would have to look it up but I can test it Fred. If you send it I will test it. There was another popular tube the 6gh8a, I think. The ‘6’ is the voltage setting. I don’t remember the rest of the number. I’ll have to read up again. I use to have a collection of Tubes and their boxes, but they got moldy in the basement and I sold them in the yard sales in the 80’s.
        Do you remember the big tube testers some drugstores use to have when you went in ?
        they disappeared in the end of the 70’s.
        best
        parrott

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          I have an old friend from college that lives a few hundred miles from me. Last time I visited him, he had to park in his driveway because his garage was filled with old analog oscilloscopes that were powered by vacuum tubes, old tube radios and 8 bit computers from the late 70s.

          My last visit was 20 years ago before he was married. He has remained married… and I suspect his wife somehow managed to find a way to park in the garage. lol

        • Fred Stiening says:

          The first number is the voltage of the heater / filament. The 6SJ7 was ubiquitous in radios. It was used as an amplifier and had an upper limit beyond which it would not increase the amplified signal further to prevent you from overloading speakers.

          My dad had an EICO tube tester they used in the store that my grandfather ran during the depression to get by. My dad did the repair work, and grandpa (who apparently was very German and no personality) handled the sales and customer relations. The EICO had an illuminated paper roll with the settings for every tube. But as new tubes would come out, they needed a supplement that you scotch taped at the end of the roll – but that just made it impossible to actually get the list to the end to read

  17. Abridged version of a local news item about today’s incarnation of the station where I got my broadcast start in a long-gone era:

    A Superior Court judge knocked down plans by WRAT to build a 533-foot radio tower in place of a 292-foot tower at 18th Avenue and Main Street in Lake Como.

    The borough planning board called the testimony by planner John Madden Jr. “substantially lacking in credibility.” I title it “Humorous Moments in Land Use Testimony.”

    Madden said a 533-foot radio tower on Main Street might have an “iconic” effect on Lake Como that the Eiffel Tower had on Paris.

    “He said people wouldn’t notice it much because of the shore’s ‘hazy horizon’ and that it would blend into the gray winter sky,” the board chairman said.

  18. Fred Stiening says:

    CVS is introducing a paradigm shifting innovation in the retail pharmacy business – same day delivery service!

  19. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Dan Ingram is dead at 83.

    He was a legend. Voice of WABC and heard by Baby Boomers during their teen years.
    “In 1965, Ingram led 10,000 Beatles fans who had gathered outside the studio on a sing-along of the station’s indelible jingle (“seventy-seven . . . double-uuu-ABCCCCC!!!!”) ”

    https://www.newsday.com/entertainment/celebrities/dan-ingram-death-1.19424059

    He was inducted into the RADIO HALL OF FAME in 2007.

    Here is a collection of Dan Ingraham airchecks from 1964 (via http://www.musicradio77.com/airchecks.html)

    http://www.musicradio77.com/images/ing64pcm.mp3

  20. Fred Stiening says:

    TomTaylor reports this morning that Entercom / CBS is withdrawing from using Tunein for streaming. They will try to focus their listeners on radio.com, which used to be connected with AOL

    I asked Tom if he knows what their intentions are with Reciva.

    I am pretty sure most car owners with app based entertainment consoles (and Roku) do not want different apps depending on who owns the station this month. Going proprietary just plays into the hands of SiriusXM and John Malone.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Reciva (Cisco Systems) is an interesting one… as is its major competitor in this market, vtuner.com – both are used to power internet radios. Tunein had been but no longer partners with any internet radio manufacturer.

      Reciva (Cisco Systems) had carried the CBS stations but removed them at the request of CBS, they did carry Entercom stations. After the takeover, Reciva seemed willing to add the CBS stations back but never did. I expect they had a conversation and Entercom had told them not to.

      Keep in mind that when we talk about AOL, it is not the AOL of yesterday, it is part of Verizon. Verizon had recently also acquired Yahoo and is merging it in with AOL as part of its internet umbrella organization that it calls “Oath” .

      As it is, both Tunein and iHeart regularly force you to hear an additional commercial every time you change stations… for streaming music in the car, I listen to non-commercial national broadcasters such as the CBC, BBC and ABC (Australia), NPR, community radio, and web only radio such as the previously discussed Radio Dead. I’d go back to SiriusXM or podcasts before I could tolerate an additional commercial every time I change stations.

  21. Fred Stiening says:

    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has turned in his one month retirement notice.

  22. Fred Stiening says:

    Jarrod Ramos, the shooter at the Annapolis newspaper where 5 people were killed – his father Miguel is a former NSA employee.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Preliminary indications are that this Ramos situation has another connection to bullying. Reportedly, the newspaper had written and published a very negative story about him and his problems (allegedly he was stalking someone) and after losing in court, he took his revenge.

      Most of the school shooters have a similar bullying connection where the shooter felt he was treated unfairly and victimized.

      Of course, there is never a valid reason other than defense to shoot and kill someone, but it would behoove us to have a better way of identifying these people living on the edge and in serious need or counseling or institutionalization. Many kill themselves privately. Others kill their tormentors before they kill themselves. Some of it is preventable if we change our laws regarding institutionalizing dangerously mentally ill people.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        His plea-bargain included the requirement that he have counseling. My guess is this will be another guy on psychiatric medications who opened up with a gun, possibly a rebound after stopping medication.

        There is no prohibition in Maryland to buying a shotgun, and he probably could have gotten a handgun if he wanted. Given his threats (albeit to two people who no longer worked there), an employee having a concealed handgun might have been a prudent precaution.

  23. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Yikes! How did we miss this in June?!?!

    Congratulations to Joan Hamburg and to the other guy too! 😉

    http://www.wabcradio.com/2018/06/26/congratulations-to-joan-hamburg-mark-levin-radio-hall-of-fame-inductees/

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Possibly related, there was a news story a few days ago that the upper floors of the Radio Hall of Fame building in Chicago are being sold to pay down their debt.

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        This is big! …and advance news of it might have been a contributing factor in Anthony Bourdain’s June suicide just a few weeks earlier.

        Remember, Joan Hamburg created the restaurant review show in much the same way that Michael Savage created the podcast, an idea that was copied by Tom Leykis and Adam Carolla.

        lol 😉

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