Archive for October, 2008
The owners of Santa Cruz privately held radio station KSCO-AM (1080)
were so upset by a cartoon on the cover of the weekly Metro Santa Cruz that depicted the station with a swastika and Superman-suited Barack Obama stomping on them, that they had the paper’s editor on the air for a two-hour apology show this week.
Editor Traci Hukill said she realized only afterwards how offensive the swastika was, particularly to Jews, and appeared on the air to apologize to owners Kay Zwerling and her son, Michael. Hukill said that she thought the Nazi symbol drawn by outspoken cartoonist DiCinzo, was a sign of the station’s extreme views. The station is largely conservative and is known for bringing Rush Limbaugh into the bastion of liberal ideas, Santa Cruz. However, it also brings liberal show nightly.
Hukill heard two hours of calls for her resignation from indignant listeners, with some respect thrown in for appearing in person to apologize. Kay Zwerling, who freely calls Obama a socialist and peppers her airwaves with extreme conservative views, was particularly offended.
I sat on hold for 30 minutes, one of many who packed the phone…
San Francisco Number One rated talk station KGO-AM (810) had a big announcement today that left me less than thrilled.
They hyped it in ads, saying that it would come at 10:30 on 10/30…and the radio boards were abuzz with speculation.
Over at ba.broadcast, “experts” claimed that they were announcing who would be the new 10 p.m. host, the slot that has been fought over for the better part of a year, since embarrassingly vacated by Bernie Ward.
One claimed that Karel has bought a house in the Bay Area, so it would be him (a call to Karel proved that one false).
Another claimed that Alex Bennett, who was celebrated along with Mickey Luckoff by the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, would get the show. (ha. no way).
Still another claimed that his sources knew that KGO would open an FM signal.
(All these so-called experts “swearing” they knew the truth, tells you why reporting on the Internet can be so…shall we say…dubious?..and why traditional methods of fact-checking, sourcing and not reporting something until it is confirmed still are needed in our instant gratification culture.)
The speculation was a lot more…
It’s been a few fun days watching the Palin-McCain campaign. Oops! I meant the McCain-Palin campaign.
Granted it hasn’t been easy with these two mavericks to tell who’s really in charge, what with Palin contradicting McCain on issues like throwing in the towel in Michigan and whether to dredge up the inflammatory Rev. Jeremiah Wright again. And ditching McCain staffers who’ve been tormenting her on the campaign trail.
As some Republicans close to Palin told Ben Smith of Politico, Palin is fuming over how McCain strategists have kept her under wraps, not letting her be her true Hockey Mom self. You know, the gal who shops at a consignment store in Anchorage and bills Alaska taxpayers for her family’s jaunts to New York.
It’s hard to pull off that reformer image when you’re strutting before GOP crowds sporting Valentino, have a Hollywood make-up artist on call for thousands of dollars a week, and your seven-year-old is lugging around a Louis Vuitton satchel (those big designer bags, by the way, are so last year). And you’re trying to brand your opponent who grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood and attended college on scholarships an “elitist.” No wonder Palin felt misunderstood and…
On the campaign trail, hockey mom Palin needs $150K worth of clothes
and accessories to demonstrate just how to down-to-earth she is. Some of the top publicists I know who also have to look sharp haven’t spent that much on clothes in their lifetime. Trying to justify this at a time when McCain touts budget cuts and the economy is collapsing is not going to get very far. What were the Republicans thinking?
It’s hard to believe that a high-end hair stylist was part of that $150K judging from her public appearances. $4,100 for makeup and hair consulting? Hair consulting? And apparently the McCain campaign also reported
paying $13,200 in September alone to celebrity makeup artist Amy Strozzi. (she fetches the highest salary
in McCain camp). Are you joking? Folksy “you-betcha” Palin doesn’t want to serve the American people, she wants to “play celebrity.” Nothing wrong with wanting to play celebrity Palin but give up the political gig and go home PLEASE – this is a national embarrassment.
Bound for travel yet again.
I took up an enticing offer to hit the road.
The whole journey was arranged by the office of foreign affairs at the HuaiHai Institute.
For a mere 700 RMB I could join in the fun.
On tap for this trip: a visit to Putuo Mountain (one of four holy Buddhist mtns in China) and a trip to HangZhou as well.
I never would’ve had the conviction to visit these places on my own; I’m convinced that much is true.
As usual, though, I accepted the invite without hesitation knowing full well that all the details had been sorted out already.
This trip was difficult to turn down, considering the circumstances.
We had a four-day weekend due to some sports events on campus.
The university cancelled classes on Thursday and Friday of that week to allow students to fully participate in the sports competitions.
As a matter of fact, I was invited to participate in the competitions as well.
The foreign languages department came to me for help in bolstering their (apparently) lackluster hopes in winning any of the events.
They asked for my…
Move over boyz. Da Rolls Phantoms iz here in Vietnam and they’re taking over from the Bentleys .
No longer a centrally planned government with it’s feet in Stalinism, Vietnam has now embraced
the worst of western society – making its countrymen look like total peons while the chosen drive around in the economic equivalent of the Space Shuttle. I’m absolutely sure that Ho Chi Minh, the President and holistic leader of his people, who refused to live in the Presidential mansion and had a far more simple home built on the grounds, would approve. Bollocks. Just take a lookat the photos of Rolls Royce Phantoms, all shot right here in Vietnam, and notice particularly, the spare environs that surround them. Bollocks is right. I saw this same phenomena in Mongolia years ago when I went there to produce a TV show about the 2004 Olympics. In Mongolia, one of the poorest and most sparsely populated countries on the planet, there was no shortage of jet-black Hummers trolling the Gur infested countryside (pictured on the right), courtesy of the local gold and silver mining companies — the only people in Mongolia who were making
This past week has been incredible. First BarCamp Africa
at the Googleplex, then the inaugural SoCap
(social capital) conference in SF. My mind is still spinning with ideas. Amazing and inspiring people, tremendous opportunities, so much to be encouraged and enthused about…
I moderated a BarCamp panel on social, cultural, political and development issues in Africa. A fabulous diversity of perspectives — from documentary filmmaker Amie Williams
‘ experiences of the Kenyan political violence through the eyes of a teenage girl, to Joseph Nganga’s efforts at alternative energy and rural needs thanks to companies like Vipani
, to Josh Goldstein
‘s work with Google regarding internet policy and the specific needs of Africa (and a Fletcherite like me!), to Ken Banks
‘ initiative to deploy technology to community health workers and hospitals in rural areas, to Kjerstin Erikson’s organization FORGE
that works with post-conflict refugees in Zambia and beyond. Other highlight breakout sessions included an African music and dance journey, brainstorming about the likes of the XPrize
, and taking an extraordinary Google
KFRC-FM (106.9) really had a great style for oldies, with some big name local talents, including Ben Fong-Torres, the former Rolling Stone editor and current SF Chronicle radio columnist.
He dropped me a sad note:
“If you haven’t heard: CBS Radio just announced that KFRC is being replaced with the programming on KCBS; at a meeting this morning, KFRC staffers were told the station is over as of today. Since then, it’s just been music, liners & commercials. Dave Sholin, Celeste Perry, Sue Hall, Jay Coffey, Dean Goss (fill-in/weekender)–all gone.
CBS is saying they’ll keep the KFRC call letters on FM and run KFRC music online and on the HD-2 channel linked to 106.9. Up to now, it’d been the opposite. KFRC was on HD-1, KCBS on HD-2.
Oh–needless to say, my show, Backstage, is out the rear door. 52 shows, 100 or so hours (there were some repeats); absolute fun. That’s what radio is: fun and heartaches.”
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