The month for grilling

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  1. Fred Stiening says:

    Nielson continues to deny there is a problem in their latest report

    https://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/187552/nielsen-s-total-audience-report-for-q1-2019-has-so

    So with people spending 11 hours a day with media, what are people with jobs doing? I would like to know how much the hour a day spent listening to radio is non-commercial – NPR, K-LOVE, religious.

    The most stunning number is that seniors are spending 7 hours a day watching TV, which may explain the shocked TV guy here at the old folks home when I said I didn’t own a television. The kids are watching less than 2 hours a day of TV, which is a really good thing. It’s about time people came around to my way of thinking!

  2. JayMar says:

    The kids might not be watching TV but they spend 7 hrs/day on the little screen. I went to a school function not long ago and sat in the middle of 12 kids all hypnotized by the little screen. Reminds of of the Star Trek (NG) where people are being taken by a game and the Federation almost got taken by the enemy. The next time I came to visit I required all to put their phones in a box. The kids began to talk to each other, finally.

    Unfortunately this is not a malady affecting kids. I went to a family reunion not long ago and the old folks, about 16 of them were doing the same thing. I told them I refused to talk if they don;t dispose of their phones, I was not about to compete with Apple. I found a box and everyone complied.

    I hate TV. The social manipulation taking place is disgusting. I have no problem what people want to do in the privacy of their homes. I just don’t want to know. Not interested.

    • TheChairman says:

      Yep, the kids are getting their media via phone. I ditched my television when I started working in marketing & advertising back in the early 90’s.

      It’s amusing whenever we have visitors, they are perplexed when no TV is available. First thing I did at our new place in MI was remove the DirecTV dish from the yard… only to find 3 previous dish installations on the roof!

      Oh, I stream the occasional college bowl game, but those have become quite pathetic with all the sponsorship logos, ‘diversity’, and social commentary.

      Even a baseball game on the radio/stream has become annoying… with the announcers reading live spot ads in between batters, after a home-run, or “this pitching change sponsored by Cialis”, etc. From what I see in the background, being at some of the MLB stadiums is even worse, with a constant cacophony of audio and visual assault on the senses. What happened to enjoying a nice pleasant low-key baseball game and conversing for 3 hours, with some occasional cheering?

  3. Fred Stiening says:

    Walton and Johnson is a peculiar show. It has a Southern attitude with some Conservative politics, but also some less intense topics for fun.

    Well, John Walton has died. You might think that that was going to end the show, however I would point to Kidd kraddick still having a show despite being dead, Car repair guys Click and Clack still are on a few stations even though one of them has died, and Bob and Tom still have a show even though Bob left about 5 years ago. He has not died to the best of my knowledge. Casey kasem is still heard on weekends despite being dead. It’s really the fundamental aspect of radio that you live forever as long as you have an audience. I think Premiere may still be running Art Bell reruns on Saturday night

    https://www.wafb.com/2019/07/02/walton-johnson-radio-show-host-john-walton-passes-away/

  4. Fred Stiening says:

    So if you were given the task of getting several tanks on the National Mall without harming the surface streets of DC, how would you do it? Ironically the land where the IRS stands today is where there was a rail yard that serviced the fresh food market.

    • TheChairman says:

      Let’s ask the Russians how they do it, just to agitate the liberals:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MGj7CdLDds
      (skip to 48:35 for tank & heavy artillery footage)

      Interestingly, the narration is in English with a British accent.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        The picture that was posted on drudgereport showed the military vehicles on train cars, which is fine and well except that the nearest tracks are at the Union station, without an obvious way to unload them onto a street even for a few blocks.

        I have this fantasy from time to time about the military surrounding the capital with tanks, but now I see that’s unrealistic. Either that or they won’t care about tearing up the asphalt.

    • TheChairman says:

      Rubberized tank tracks might be the answer, assuming weight is not the issue. I can’t see if that’s what the Russians used, but they are also on a cobblestone surface.

      Or, do it the Chinese way: a simulcast or split-screen from a military base or test range, with soldiers marching down the Mall in front of a few Jumbotrons showing the action at the base/range.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF4kVqsfA5s

      Note the Chinese are not in dress uniforms, but are in full battle gear…

      • Fred Stiening says:

        So there is a picture of a tank on a lowboy trailer. The M1A1 weighs about 120,000 pounds. Commercial trucks are limited to around 80,000 pounds.

        Since the overriding design criteria for the interstate highway system was to facilitate quick movements of military vehicles, this is not really an issue. What is the issue panicking the media is they are “Trump’s Tanks”.

  5. Fred Stiening says:

    YouTube has opened the ad floodgates – it seems to be the norm to have two ads before the video, one or two at the end, and one every few minutes. I doubt any of the revenue makes it back to the creators of the content.

  6. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Hola, SRG!

    Feliz cuarto de julio!

  7. Fred Stiening says:

    The man who temporarily saved Chrysler has died

    http://www.legacy.com/news/celebrity-deaths/notable-deaths/article/lee-iacocca-1924-2019-iconic-leader-of-ford-and

    I did consulting work for Chrysler during that time. Chrysler had the Highland Park police issue me a parking ticket on a Saturday because my non-Chrysler car was parked in an empty Chrysler-only parking lot next to the Keller building

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Interesting that they could get taxpayer-funded police to issue tickets for parking on private property. Normally that has nothing to do with city matters.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        Here is an overview of the place, in the end of Chrysler as we knew it.

        https://www.allpar.com/corporate/factories/highland-park.html

        The city of Highland Park was highly dependent on revenue from Chrysler, so it was a win-win forChrysler to permit the city to hand out parking tickets on private property. If you look at the picture, the Keller building is the brown brick building kind of in the middle of the picture. The non-Chrysler, non-employee parking lot I believe is the big flat empty space on the other side of the railroad tracks near the freeway. the fact that there would have been literally nobody between the building in my car to see if anything happened was a large part of my motivation for parking right next to the building.

        The irony was I was driving a Renault alliance, the motor trend car of the year. While I was still working there Chrysler took over American motors who had built cars in Kenosha Wisconsin in a joint venture with Renault. So all change meant my Renault turned into a Chrysler product, so I could then park in the somewhat less bad parking lot. I still could not park in the employee parking lot. At some point I eventually bought a LeBaron GTS, and it was without a doubt the worst car I ever owned.

        • Parrott says:

          La baron, Jon Voight owned one , Ha Ha ha Ha
          The Challenger seems much better. But Its made in Brampton Ontario . It has that ne eight speed Tranny.
          scat pack with a shaker . 487 HP, By Gosh it will go down the highway when you tell it to.
          Mrs Parrott loves Uconnect, she is navigator with waze L, I mean, Ha Ha , its cool.
          My Dodge Cummins diesel is 14 years old now? Doesn’t seem possible.
          But I have a cat ‘Spice ‘ turned 21 on Independence day .

          Chairman might have a few years on me with his 7.3 Ford . That’s a horse also !
          La Baron, that’s so wild !

          best regards
          parrott

  8. Parrott says:

    Chairman : I have found the Three LIVE ship channels on youtube. They are in Port Huron and Marine city on the river and Algonac city MI. You must see them.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIaNM70J91M

    They are awesome. You can see the Lakers going by. Its like the RR live channels only boats !
    I am so Lake Huron its pathetic. I am also so Jim beam its bad.
    I was in Mordor the last couple weeks for work. The Jim Beam helped, but big Pharma is bad, but they pay the bills.
    Hey CC, I have been listening to John B Wells Lately. The balloon is going up soon ( Two weeks) I know, but Its fun The sky Falling and the balloon is going up.
    Chaos. NRA is messed up and the board members never show up. waste.
    on the regular news , I bought a Dodge Challenger RT it is monster fast , Unreal ! I rented one when I was in Mississippi on the gulf coast back in may and it was a Blast !
    so I went to New Jersey , just across the river from Phillly and bought one , Burlington NJ. Its mega awesome !
    Lee Iacocca died but the Challenger is cool. John B has one.
    Yeah, I know spend that money keep the economy going. I need to get a new Jeep. My 98 needs a radiator and I have not put it in yet. Oh I got a new Glock 19x its cool too, shoots very nice. Chairman you need to get one, It has the larger 17 grip and smaller 19 slide, its pretty good.
    Mrs parrott is looking for a rental on Lake Huron or Georgian bay I guess,

    who Knows.
    I keep the challenger in the storage unit with the AS, & truck.
    anyhoo I am back
    I guess Hey art stone , How you and Mrs. stone doing ?
    later
    parrott

    • TheChairman says:

      Hey Parrott, thanks for the freighter links and update on things. Actually, I hadn’t been around either… busy with the new place in MI since our return.

      Fred nailed it, midge bugs in May (June this year) are thick in northern MI for 2-3 weeks! On the plus side: fire-flies, a lot of birds, plenty of boat & freighter activity, and Bald Eagles a few hundred yards north of us. We see one of them almost every day, soaring and scanning the lake shore for their next meal.

      Everything is at least a month behind normal due to the cold wet Spring here. Some of the local farmers are not even going to plant anything this year.

  9. Fred Stiening says:

    Looking at one of the old polls, it is apparent that almost nobody knows that Aaron Burr was the vice president of the United States when he killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Perhaps Mark Levin should do a show on that topic

  10. Fred Stiening says:

    So the Daily Beast finally is accepting that Alex Jones was right about Jeffrey Epstein

  11. Fred Stiening says:

    You know you’re going to have a bad day when you’re driving a train through the tunnel underneath Port Huron to Sarnia and your cars derail carrying sulfuric acid

    https://www.927whlx.com/2019/07/08/considerable-amount-of-acid-train-cars-removed-from-tunnel/

  12. Fred Stiening says:

    Where did the New York times get the notion that the Voice of America was created in order to have objective journalism? It’s a propaganda agency supporting the activities of the CIA and the State Department.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/08/us/politics/us-agency-for-global-media-scandals.html

    While apparently they cannot discern the difference between news reporting and propaganda, at least they did disclose that the people running this agency are Obama carryovers and not Trump’s fault

  13. Fred Stiening says:

    H. Ross Perot’s ears have assumed room temperature.

    I have opined in the past about Mr. Perot’s strange presidential campaign. One of my co-workers at Oldsmobile was one of EDS’s first employees. I always wondered why Perot was standing next to union leaders, when his own company was very virulently anti-union, and no reporter asked him what the deal was.

  14. Fred Stiening says:

    The number of homicides in Charlotte has gone up from 29 to 60 through this time of the year. Most of the dead people are Black or Hispanic. White Republicans hold no important positions of power in the city or county.

    This morning, somebody went into the steak and shake where I almost went for a meal on Sunday and killed an employee. It is still very early in the investigation. A Pineville Police officer responded even though the restaurant is not in Pineville (by three blocks), and shot the shooter and injured him. The assumption is it was a robbery, but that doesn’t make much sense. You rob a restaurant after the lunch hour, not before. Unless you’re totally stupid.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      I have often heard that most murders are not strangers murdering strangers, but people who have some type of relationship with each other and develop an intense hated, either over a long period of time or just instantaneously in the heat of a moment.

      Sure there are strangers murdering strangers, particularly during a robbery or an occasional psycho that gets kicks murdering strangers, but they are rare.

      Thinking about the school shootings in the news, it is usually a student of the school that had been picked on by classmates and wants revenge. Many other murders are from domestic disturbances.

      In this case, the killed employee probably had served the killer as a customer and gotten into an argument on how the food was served, or over the check. Perhaps they knew each other from elsewhere. I’d be shocked if neither was the case.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        One of the more important aspects doesn’t seem to be getting any attention. I think there are three possible main explanations for this robbery / murder.

        If this was just a robbery, how did he plan to escape? Did somebody drop him off and was sitting in the parking lot? or did he ride the light rail system which stops right by the restaurant? if so, did he really think he could just hop on a train to get away? Perhaps he just wanted to be caught and go back home to prison.

        Possibility number two is he went there specifically to murder somebody and had not thought it through about how he was going to get away. He was wearing a ski mask, so that shows some premeditation.

        Possibility number 3 is the went there expecting to be killed by police, for whatever his motives. If that was the story, then he failed.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      The latest homicides involve three men with Hispanic names found shot in an apartment complex, two of whom were dead when police arrived. This part of Charlotte is the part where the working class whites of the 1980s have been displaced by immigrants to Charlotte, mostly blacks fleeing the violence of the North and immigrants from other countries, many of whom are not here legally, being actively protected by both the city and county government.

      http://www.fox46charlotte.com/news/local-news/three-shot-two-fatally-off-east-independence-blvd

      Charlotte’s city council has 11 members, 4 elected at large, and 7 districts. Only two are Republicans. The area where this happened is described as a place where gunfire is common. I suspect at the core is a black vs Hispanic turf war over drugs, similar to Los Angeles and Chicago. If I am right, I expect a bunch of dead black men to show up in the next few days.

      A witness who lives in the apartment complex who was stupid enough to talk to a TV reporter sums it up this way:

      “Everything can be solved with talking instead of using gun violence and instead of using aggression. Some of ya’ll people ain’t built like that. Some of ya’ll don’t like using words but communication is the big key everybody needs to start working together and talk together as a community and as one”

      No comprendo, hombre.

      Their councilman is a white lawyer with strong Democratic Party credentials. He grew up in the affluent Myers Park area, is an attorney, has worked for the ACLU, the Al Sharpton National Action Network, and led the county’s Democratic Party machine prior to getting elected to the city council two years ago. If you are looking for the slavemaster on the Democratic party plantation, he is your guy.

      How does he size up the situation and what to do about it?

      This should not be novel this should not be stuff that we’re just now coming to the realization on in any respects this is commons sense deduction and reasoning but now that there’s an emphasis on the problem it can no longer be ignored”

      Then discussing a young boy who ran to his (single) mother when he heard the gunshots:

      “Let’s face it that’s something that’s going to be in the back of his mind for the fore coming near future. If he hears a pop somewhere, if there’s a car that backfires, you know, he might be running for duck and cover and that shouldn’t be the case. Every child should feel safe and secure.”

      I look forward to the new city ordinance prohibiting cars from backfiring, since that is obviously the source of the city’s problems.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      The customer who was shot is now well enough to talk to the TV station

      https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/customer-injured-in-steak-n-shake-shooting-said-employee-killed-was-the-hero/967926745

      He was not just hit by a random bullet, he tried to go after the guy with the gun and was shot multiple times.

      The interesting part is that he describes the events leading up to his being shot as a confrontation, not a robbery.

  15. Fred Stiening says:

    Federal appeals court in New York City has ruled that President Donald Trump may not block people from his Twitter feed, because that violates their first amendment rights.

    https://reason.com/2019/07/09/2nd-circuit-agrees-that-trump-cannot-constitutionally-block-critics-on-twitter/

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Of course, the President can not block people from replying to his tweets… only Jack Dorsey has the power to determine who may and may not reply to Presidential tweets. (Twitter lets the public read tweets, but not reply to them without an account. With an account, one can not see or reply to a tweet if the person who did the tweet blocks the account.)

      … and only Jack has the power to determine who has no right to reply to any tweet at all… or even tweet in the first place.

  16. Fred Stiening says:

    GQ magazine (owned by condé nast) is really unloading on Alex Jones today. At the same time, they are wondering how Jeffrey Epstein was able to hide his predatory behavior right out in plain sight.

    https://www.gq.com.au/success/opinions/alex-jones-looks-set-to-be-brought-down-one-and-for-all/image-gallery/d3e20f4b8bdd68221b8f15889197f6de

    One of the things that Alex Jones has been screaming about for 10 years is Jeffrey Epstein and the culture of child sex exploitation within the leadership of the Democratic party. You can’t have it both ways. GQ readers need to look in the mirror, but that is something they are very much used to doing..

  17. Fred Stiening says:

    Ironic perhaps that a Hurricane Barry might destroy the “Chocolate city”

  18. Fred Stiening says:

    Commercial radio pundits still don’t get it, and I don’t think they ever will

    This industry publication is gloating that in New York City half of the audience is left since WPLJ-FM became K-LOVE. With non-commercial stations, the size of the audience means absolutely nothing. What matters is their willingness to send you money. Unlike Clear Channel and Cumulus and many smaller radio owners over the last 20 years wound up in bankruptcy, the religious broadcasters are swimming in money and willing to pay cash upfront to acquire stations.

    http://www.insideradio.com/day-one-june-ppms-half-the-audience-bails-after-demise/article_610779d0-a3af-11e9-a7af-ffb52ea17fe7.html

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      You have the revenue side right. The expense side is similar – I can’t speak to the music royalties, but suspect overall operating costs are lower by more than half what they were.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        It’s an interesting question how royalties work with contemporary Christian music, in particular. If you operate a churc,h, CCS (Christian Copyright Solutions) combined the catalogs of 25 million songs controlled by BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC (music and lyrics). Churches play a flat annual fee based on church size.

        For radio, this is the 800 pound gorilla
        http://www.nrbmlc.com/

        You don’t think people write and perform Christian music just because they love Jesus, do you?

        EMF does not break out the royalties – they are probably in the $26 million for station operations. Like commercial radio, there are no performance royalties for over-the-air broadcast, just if you start streaming you have to pay soundexchange

  19. Fred Stiening says:

    On March 29, 1941, 80% of all existing US AM radio stations changed frequencies on the same day – dubbed Radio Moving Day

    https://www.newspapers.com/image/431698014

    (Just a guess that won’t be visible without a subscription)

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Confirmed- not visible without a subscription.

      FWIW – August 1, 2019 is repacking day #9 for the over the air TV broadcasters. As spectrum is sold from broadcast TV to the digital streaming industry (cell phone carriers), the existing stations need to be repacked. I posted earlier that a number of Philadelphia TV stations are changing frequencies that day. Most are maintaining their current broadcast power, but some are reducing power to accommodate the repacking.

      It’s a shame that for royalty and monopoly reasons they don’t stream. Where is the anti-Trust enforcement? Why is it legal for the industry to protect each network affiliate from an affiliate in other cities? Newspapers didn’t have this protection, nor did radio stations.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        Political blackmail

      • Fred Stiening says:

        So Radio Moving Day was made necessary to share available clear channel frequencies with Canada, Mexico and pre-Castro Cuba. Because the height of an AM tower is directly related to its frequency, the new frequencies were kept within 6 10-khz steps of their existing frequency. The upper end of the band was moved from 1500 khz to 1600 khz (1610 and 1620 were used only for low power AM so were not concerned with international treaties).

        The Wikipedia article points to a newspaper ad in Detroit. There were ads from radio repair shops who would reprogram the buttons on your console and desktop radios. My father and grandfather were running a radio repair shop at the time, and it is interesting that this never came up as a topic of discussion with his children. It is an interesting piece of history.

        I have been getting a little more involved with Wikipedia again, and newspapers.com bridges the gap before things were on the internet. The past two days I have been embellishing the article for radio station WKAT-AM in Miami Beach Florida. The station was created by the then mayor of Miami Beach, A. Frank Katzentine. He was allegedly anti-gangster – his name resurfaces in 1958 when he testified to Congress about how the license for TV channel 10 in Miami was mishandled by the FCC.

        WKAT was where Larry King got started (before his gambling debts and divorce) and was home to controversial Neal Rogers for a couple years. Unfortunately, Salem Radio recently acquired the call sign and moved it. The station is now called WQVN and broadcasts in Haitian Creole.

  20. Fred Stiening says:

    Seriously, why does a high school need a radio station with a $1.6 million dollar budget?

    https://www.ohio.com/news/20190715/akron-schools-public-radio-station-could-be-model-for-columbus-operations-survival

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      I have actually listened to WAPS off and on for about 15 years. It is very professionally run, better than most NPR stations. It has music I like and no commercials. I dropped it from my favorites list because it has a pre-roll announcement each time the stream starts/restarts.

      In addition to the main station, there is an HD channel that broadcasts positive (but non-religious) rock music to inspire recovering addicts.

      There is also a flashback channel.

      I first discovered it 15 years ago when my daughter was about a year old- they have an HD channel that streams children’s music without commercials.

      Except for the pre-roll, it is a great station (or group of streams).

      Where does the 1.6 million go? Who knows? I know some of it goes to Canada to license “The Ongoing History of New Music” from CFNY. In fact, WAPS is the only station outside Canada that airs the outstanding program. If you like rock music, I strongly recommend the show – the host, Alan Cross, does a solid week of research for each episode and no matter how much you think you know, you will learn many many things in each episode.

      See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ongoing_History_of_New_Music
      and https://www.ajournalofmusicalthings.com/about_me/

  21. Fred Stiening says:

    Thursday is the 50th anniversary of Ted Kennedy’s stupidity costing him any chances of becoming president some day

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/scott-whitlock/2019/07/10/50-years-chappaquiddick-how-journalists-protected-ted-kennedy

  22. Fred Stiening says:

    Washington Times Wesley Pruden has died

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jul/17/wes-pruden-washington-times-editor-and-columnist-d/

    So has former supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

    There seems to be a trend

  23. Fred Stiening says:

    I am not sure of the legalisms here, but I am finding FM translators being promoted on the website of the primary station, when the FCC status shows it’s still a construction permit. For example this item is well over a year old, but this translator is not marked as licensed yet.

    http://www.k105.com/2018/03/23/leitchfields-country-station-on-the-air/

    Near the end of this, it brings up a topic that I remember asking Tom Taylor about a long time ago. Since an FM translator is there to rebroadcast the signal of an AM station, how is stereo handled? Very few AM stations actually broadcast in AM stereo, but the owner is going to want the FM translator to be in stereo. How exactly does that work? the first issue, evident in this story is the AM station had no equipment to handle stereo because there was never a need for it. But once you rewire the consoles and install the appropriate equipment, are you then required to convert your am transmitter to AM stereo? Otherwise you are not literally rebroadcasting the AM signal, you are creating content which is different from the AM station.

    If you have spent much time listening to stereo radio, you know but you do not want to broadcast one side of the stereo on a monaural signal. Very often, some of the tracks will be completely missing from 1 side or at least significantly reduced. You have to combine the signals back together to have a coherent piece of music.

    An even more obnoxious question is – other than the legalisms – why shouldn’t an FM translator be able to broadcast in HD with three or four channels, as long as the primary channel is the AM station?

  24. Fred Stiening says:

    I don’t want a donut theater experience or a selection of drizzles or organic fruit juice. I want inexpensive donuts and courteous service!

    https://www.southernliving.com/news/krispy-kreme-concord-nc-new-shop

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