Archive for the ‘radio’ Category

video: Jason Whitlock on Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton

April 13, 2007

(thanks to TotalTransformationTest)

Tom Delay versus Rosie O’Donnell via Don Imus

April 13, 2007

At some point in the next few days, Don Imus may be fired from his nationally syndicated radio show and television simulcast.

Intimidation and force are their only means because they refuse to accept public debate or the free market’s ability to simply turn the dial.

If Don Imus falls to the pleas of political correctness, we’re taking Rosie O’Donnell down with him.

Slacker Radio

March 23, 2007

I was in the kitchen starting to cook something, and I randomly thought of a song that I wanted to hear; an event that hardly ever happens.

I briefly thought about the types of people who would, in a similar situation, get on iTunes and buy the song for 99 cents.
I am not that type of person.

I remembered hearing about a free music service called Slacker.

So I went to, searched the band name, and found two links for the band for some reason.

I clicked on the top one and a seemingly random song by the band started playing. The song was not the one that I wanted to hear, so I pushed the skip/next button, and a song from a different band started playing. A band that I don’t like playing a song that I don’t like. (The bad song was by a band with a similar sound to the band whose song I wanted to hear, however.) Then I hit the next/skip button again and a seemingly unrelated song started playing. I clicked around a bit, but could never find the song that I wanted to hear, so I left.

Also, the entire time that I was at, my browser window was slow and annoying. I realize that it was loading music, but most of the time it was unexpected music that I didn’t want to hear that started loading automatically.

Here’s some advice for future Internet companies: make it simple, fast, and free; unlike Slacker, which was free, but annoying.

radio commercial

March 4, 2007

Jon Shibley has a new radio commercial out for his company Lenox Financial saying something like if you harm a child, you will get the blowtorch and pliers / drill? treatment in this lifetime or the next one. (I don’t remember the exact words.)

That seems like a interesting way to make a statement against child abuse or whatever, and to sell loans.

Also, “harm” is somewhat vague. Some people would consider giving a Happy Meal to a child to be harmful.

drunk karaoke

February 7, 2007

The US Department of Transportation and the Ad Council have a current radio commercial that implies that all men that are in karaoke bars are drunk (“wasted”).

‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’ versus Rush Limbaugh and libertarians

January 6, 2007

go to
click on Meet the Townsfolk and use the arrows to get to Fred Tupper. Here is the text:

Fred Tupper, a local in his forties, is the town of Mercy’s own Rush Limbaugh. Fred uses his daily radio talk show, ‘Wake-up People’, to fuel people’s suspicions about the growing Muslim community. If accused of intolerance, Fred would claim he only says things people don’t like to hear. No one would disagree with that! Fred describes himself a textbook libertarian: like most bigots. In person, Fred’s polite, and has a rough charm. Fatima (who Fred has a crush on) finds him extremely resistible.

*Rush Limbaugh is not in his forties, he does not have a daily show, and he is not a libertarian

*Fred Tupper looks different than Rush Limbaugh does

*most bigots are not textbook libertarians, and most textbook libertarians are not bigots

The show does look like it is worth watching, though. Maybe Canadian television is better than American television.

anti-rap radio commercial?

December 2, 2006

Hoover, a company owned by Maytag that makes vacuum cleaners, has a short radio commercial.

In the commercial, there is supposedly a man singing a rap song, and then a presumably “white” woman turns on a vacuum cleaner and sucks up the rest of the man’s words.

UPDATE: basic lyrics

“I’m cruising in my ride, with sixteen switches (?); I’ve got to get my [ ? ] on while checking out the … (sucking vacuum sound).

advice for radio talk show hosts

November 16, 2006

When you go on vacation, consider playing recordings of your old shows.

Your old shows are usually better than the guest hosts that you choose, who usually:
*are weirdos
*are boring
*make unfunny jokes
*talk about the same topics over and over
*talk too much instead of taking callers

Why did Bank of America and Oprah team up?

October 31, 2006

On a show that aired Monday, Winfrey gave more than 300 audience members $1,000 debit cards sponsored by the Bank of America to donate to a charitable cause.

See my earlier post here:

It may be possible that Bank of America is trying to offset the Clark Howard led boycott.

Whatever happened to humble and anonymous charitable contributions?

guy arrested at a Bank of America in San Francisco

October 16, 2006

“A few minutes later, four SFPD officers came into the bank. They didn’t say a thing. They just kicked my legs apart and handcuffed me behind my back.”

The police report for Shinnick’s arrest says he was taken into custody “for the safety of the bank employees as well as the bank customers.”

Shinnick said he was never read his rights. He said he was instructed by one of the cops to keep his mouth shut and not say anything. Shinnick said he remained handcuffed in the bank lobby for about 45 minutes while the police spoke with BofA workers.

The Supreme Court case, Hagberg vs. California Federal Bank, was remarkably similar to Shinnick’s. It involved a woman who presented an unusually large check for deposit from her stockbroker.

A teller believed the check was phony and called the police. The check turned out to be real, but by then the police had arrived and had handcuffed the woman.


A few people may now refuse to accept Bank of America checks from strangers.

The staring by the branch manager may have been some type of visual criminal profiling.

While researching this issue, I found out that the San Francisco Police Department is supposedly “In Crisis” for other reasons:

Meanwhile, radio talk show host Clark Howard is charting some kind of Bank of America boycott: