Pumpkins and Beer

Now there is a recipe for disaster!

29 Responses to “Pumpkins and Beer”

  1. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Halloween over, Thanksgiving coming very soon.

    Don't say "Happy Turkey Day" to these folks, it may "trigger" them. They are already looking for a "safe space". 😉


  2. Fred Stiening says:

    The FCC is seriously looking at allowing AM stations to go "all digital" which would allow FM quality sound on AM. Most new cars are compatible already with all digital AM, but that transistor radio in the closet is not.

    With Alexa, Siri, and Google Play able to easily stream radio, people won't necessarily be unable to get information when the power goes out. Of course, for many places AM radio has no staff for news anyhow. That was hit home for me a few years ago during massive fires in San Diego. The host on KFMB didn't have access to government officials other than by watching TV. He was able to get a secretary to drive around and describe events on her cell phone. He ended up taking unscreened phone calls from people often reporting confusing or incorrect information.


    In today's news, KFMB is being sold

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Decades overdue… but still behind Europe where broadcasters broadcast a group of digital signals as a package – like cable TV or Sirius XM radio does. Much more efficient that way. This is at least a step in the right direction and will reduce interference as the AM/digital combo in place today spills into the adjacent channels and results in a much smaller digital coverage map than the stations corresponding analog AM coverage map. I live in the zone where I get AM analog reception but not the digital reception until I drive 10-20 miles close to the transmitter (daytime reception).

      • Fred Stiening says:

        DAB is an FM only technology. Much of medium wave AM has been turned off around the world.

        AM stations have already been offered FM translator licenses for free. This proposal is only of value in crowded markets without available FM frequencies. There is no demand for this product.

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          What you say is true. I would argue that there is little demand for it in crowded markets as well- the world is moving to internet streaming.

          From a technical perspective, however, Digital Audio Broadcasting can be either Amplitude Modulation or Frequency Modulation or a multitude of other technologies such as phase modulation.

          Also, there is no requirement to use Amplitude Modulation in the 530 to 1700 kHz frequency range – AM is the simplest technology and was used a century ago. At the very least, add some error correction.

          In my opinion, there would be some value in a few powerful regional stations that could provide coverage for people outside the range of FM transmitters, in case of transmitter outages, and possible other special "use cases" but it is not going to be "popular" and it is hard to see how it will produce any significant revenue.

  3. Fred Stiening says:

    Hollywood producer Robert Evans has died. I can't think of another person less worthy of my attention. The moderated comments on Variety are just sickeningly sappy.


  4. Fred Stiening says:

    Nancy Pelosi apparently thinks she is the assistant Commander in Chief, and that President Trump must clear his decisions with her first. Wisely, Donald Trump did not tell Ms Pelosi that we were about to kill the head of ISIL.

    You may remember that she just was in Jordan to discuss the situation with interested parties in Syria. I think it's likely that if she had known, the mission would have failed. But that's just my suspicion.

    She should open hearings on this right now and subpoena everyone in sight to prove that the photograph of Donald Trump in the situation room was fake. That is definitely an impeachable offense.

  5. Fred Stiening says:

    John Conyers has died. He was the congressman for the city of Detroit, and very much responsible for turning Detroit into the cesspool it became.

  6. Fred Stiening says:

    How is it possible that a 4 pound boneless pork loin roast costs less than 1 pound of bacon?

  7. Fred Stiening says:

    Is Tesla the mysterious potential buyer of GM's shuttered Lordstown Ohio assembly facility?

  8. Fred Stiening says:

    It seems like I'm the only person who remembers Nancy Pelosi going to Syria in 2007 and meeting with Bashir Assad, without coordinating with the Bush administration.

    I think we need a transcript of the entire conversation, and subpoena her if she won't provide it. She cannot obstruct justice. Nobody is above the law.


  9. Fred Stiening says:

    WBAI-AM in New York City, former radio home of Al Lewis, has ceased local programming, faced with unpaid bills and unsustainable losses. The station will carry national Pacifica Programming while they decide what to do next.


    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      "In March 2014, after falling $1.8 million behind on rent in the Empire State Building, the station received an emergency loan to prevent the building’s holding company from seizing its assets."

      It's hard to compete with other volunteers that stream stations from their homes. I'll check out WBAI again to see if they now have music like other Pacifica stations. I liked the diverse music but could not stand the communist political ideas.

  10. Fred Stiening says:

    Rip Taylor has died

  11. Fred Stiening says:

    Entravision is in big trouble.


    While radio stations don't have to pay the performers for airplay, they do have to pay composers and lyricists (and for streaming). Entravision had $300 million in total revenue and is being sued for $1.5 billion Their net income for 2018 was $12 million, but in 2017 got a windfall of $260 million from selling TV spectrum rights.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      I'm old enough to remember when it was a scandal for the rights holders to pay the radio stations to get their songs played.

      Now these same monopolies are threatening overseas stations if they allow Americans to stream a foreign station. As a result, many (most?) Canadian stations that play music can be listened to in any country in the world except one, their neighbor, the United States of America.

  12. Fred Stiening says:

    Todd Starnes is out at Fox News Radio

  13. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Enjoy a twofer on CC. Did Cinderella turn into a beer after midnight, or was it a pumpkin? Ghost2GhostAM will surely have the answer in 29 days.


  14. Fred Stiening says:

    When faced with a media whipped frenzy impeachment threat, Richard Nixon resigned rather than throw the United States in disarray leaving us vulnerable to attack. Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon.

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