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FRIDAY APRIL 29, 2016 10:00 PM... Podcasts are not out, downloads are not up, stream is on, but it's last week's show. Yes, I forgot to tape tonight's program-- but I also forgot to ask the trivia question (got on late, more interested in my toasted ravioli and coke). Apologies with amends to come next Friday night.
FRIDAY APRIL 22, 2016 9:30 PM MST… Podcasts are out, Downloads are up, Stream is On and I’m gone. So is tonight’s trivia question, which was easily answered by Uncle Duke: As of 2001, 3,978 US government employees were authorized to do this. Do what? Stamp a document as “Top Secret”. Talk to you next Friday 10 ET / 7 PT.
FRIDAY APRIL 15, 2016 9:30 PM MST… Kimberly aced the trivia question: The first member of congress to ever announce this, did so in 1983. Announced what? That he was gay. Gerry Studs D- Mass was the first openly gay member of congress. But what was more eye raising was his conduct years earlier. He was censured for admitting to a an affair with a 17 year old page (age of consent in DC is 16, but still considered inappropriate due to their vastly different status). Stream is on, downloads are out, podcasts are up and I’m gone— till next Friday.. remember that’s 7 PM Mountain STANDARD Time— 10 PM ET, 7 PM PT.
FRIDAY APRIL 8, 2016 9:40 PM MST… Stream’s on, Downloads are up, Podcasts are out, and Trivia is hereby answered: McDonald’s golden arches are the second most recognizable symbol in the world. What’s the first? The five rings of the Olympic Games (according to John Vidal in the book McLibel). Talk to you next Friday, 7 PM Mountain STANDARD Time here in Arizona.
FRIDAY APRIL 1, 2016 9:00 PM MT… We got through the show, which is an accomplishment in and of itself. Feeling much better than last week, but positive comparison to last week’s yardstick would include pretty much anyone still breathing. Los Angeles police officers spend approximately 15% of their on duty time doing this. Doing what? Responding to false burglar alarm calls. The department gets about 106,000 a year, 95% of which are false. Podcasts are out, downloads are up, stream is on and I’m gone till next Friday— Mountain Standard Time. (That’s 10 PM ET, 7 PM PT.)
FRIDAY MARCH 25, 2016 7:00 PM MST… Writing this before the show as I’m not sure I’ll be well enough to post it afterwards. Food poisoning. Since Monday night. Awful. So… the trivia question (assuming I get through the show long enough to ask): According to one extensive research study, Rio de Janeiro is the kindest city in the world. Kuala Lumpur is the least kind- followed fairly closely by New York City. The researchers then turned their attention exclusively to America. Picking 36 cities at random, they conducted the same research. What city did they determine is the kindest in the USA? Rochester, NY. The study, which took place in 2003, included the percentage of people who would give inadvertently dropped pens back to their owner, whether a man with an injured leg would get help picking up a dropped magazine, and whether a blind person would get assistance in crossing a busy street. If you’re reading this, podcasts are out, downloads are up, replays are streaming and I’m praying’ to die. It’s actually better than it was a couple days ago, but that’s little consolation right now. Don’t forget about Daylight Savings Time— probably means we’re on an hour later than you’re used to hearing us— unless you’re in Arizona, then all is as usual. Talk to you next week. Now there’s confidence, given my precarious state.
FRIDAY MARCH 18, 2016 10:00 PM MST Trivia question? If you’re an American adult, the odds are 1 in 4 that you’ve got one. More people in Seattle have them than in any other state, almost half of them— 48.8%, have one. Have one what? A bachelor’s degree. Census figures show that 25.9% of Americans over 25 have a bachelors degree or higher. Podcasts are out, downloads are up, stream is on, and I’m gone till next Friday. Daylight savings reminder. Arizona doesn’t have it. So the show is probably on an hour later than it has been. That’s 7PM Mountain Standard Time, meaning the show is on at 10 on the East Coast, 7 on the West Coast.
FRIDAY MARCH 11, 2016 In 1924 the New York Times declared that engaging in this was a sign of “Temporary Madness” as it was nothing more than a “primitive sort of mental exercise”. Engaging in what? Filling out Crossword puzzles. Rather ironic, no? They bemoaned crosswords’ popularity coming right after the fad of mahjong, causing people to pay exorbitant rates for sets and tiles. Podcasts are out, downloads are up, stream is on and now I’m gone… Don’t forget, Arizona doesn’t have daylight savings time— so next week, if you’re anywhere else, the show will start an hour later . 10 PM ET, 9 PM CT, 8 PM MT and 7 PM PT. Talk to you then!
FRIDAY MARCH 4, 2016 8:10 PM MT... We planned, God laughed. Don't expect a podcast or replay because there was no show. There was no show because there were no phones. There were no phones because... no, that's far to embarrassing to admit. Let's just call it operator error. I wasn't the operator (nor was Jon) but what went wrong was right in front of us, so we should have been able to track it down quickly, even if it wasn't of our doing. I could elaborate but I won't. I was back in business 45 minutes later, but too late to expect anyone to be hanging out "just in case". So on to next week. But before I go, I want to mention someone who is gone: John Rook.
It pains me to report his passing, but his pain is now over, and for that I'm grateful. John was a good friend for many years and I'll miss everything about him. Thinking of him will always make me smile. But I mention it as it's also a big loss for radio. John programmed KQV in Pittsburgh to stunning results that caused ABC to promote him to program director of WLS where he was from about 1965 through 1969. Everyone in the business is familiar with his reign there-- it was nothing short of a phenomenon. The amount of people who got into radio because of WLS is huge- including one Rush Limbaugh who used to listen to Larry Lujack (a Rook hire on both WLS and WCFL, which he consulted after leaving WLS causing people to wonder if he was sane, trying to topple his own handiwork but the results were predictably Rook-- he exceeded everyone's expectations).
It's been about a month since we talked but I want to share part of the conversation-- John was complainin' (as only he could) that the press on him always played up WLS, but rarely mentioned KFI (in Los Angeles which he programmed for years from the '70s into the '80s). Given the time frame, and KFI's less than noteworthy track record, he felt what he was able to accomlish there was actually more of a feat than 'LS. "And no one ever mentions it!" he almost wailed. I promised I'd go in and edit his wiki page-- eventually. Now that his obit is everywhere, I haven't had a chance to see how KFI is positioned, but John-- wherever you are, I hope you're reading this, knowing I set the record straight.
One caveat: I tend to agree with those who highlight WLS, and I wish more folks knew what an unlikely whirlwind he was in Pittsburgh, but probably most of all I recall Rook, as "Johnny Rowe" filing in in both morning and afternoon drive on WABC in New York when the jocks there walked out on strike.
I wrote about John in my book, but if you haven't read it, he's a prime example of winning every battle and losing the war. He had a chain of small market stations that Clear Channel wanted to add to their holdings. When he wouldn't sell, they undercut him (offering fatally low commercial rates to his sponsors) to the point that it was impossible for him to operate. The Justice Department confirmed he had a case, but they informed him he'd have to fight it privately. (That should have been a clue to what would come.) John's assets were well in the 7 figures, but dwarfed by Clear Channel's in-house legal resources. They had no problem delaying, appealing and all manner of depleting John's funds. So each battle he won brought him closer to not having the money to fight, which was the ultimate outcome. Shakespeare was right. First kill all the lawyers. None of the explained the difference between the battles and the war, and the end result was John Rook, who made so much money for so many people, had none of his own. The last decade has been very rough.
And now it's rougher on his sister Dot. She and John lived together on their ranch in Coeur d'Alene. With him gone, so goes what income he had. Frankly, it's a stretch for her to afford the cremation bill. And it's a damn shame. But I'm hoping that enough of us who remember John fondly will kick in a few bucks. Jason Rook, who was the light in John's eyes and a hugh help to both him and Dot, has set up a GoFundMe accout. Even if you've only got a dollar, every one will add up. Here's a link: https://www.gofundme.com/gbsn92ss --Bless you for considering it.
I should mention that one of John's pet projects was his Hit Parade Hall of Fame. That will go on, under the guidance of former CBS Records president Ron Alexenburg. HitParadeHallofFame.com will keep you posted.
As Claude Hall says, "We come, we do, we go." I know John is in a much better place, and that's the only thing that makes this easier to bear. RIP to our friend, John Rook.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2016 10:45 PM MT… We got a correct answer on our trivia question: Texas has the most of them in the USA— 229,000. Alaska has the least— 610. Most and least of what? Farms. Podcasts are out. Downloads are up. Stream is on… and you guessed it: I’m gone. Talk to you next Friday night at 7 PM Mountain Standard Time.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2016 10:45 PM MT… Stream is on, Download is up, Podcast is out, and I’m outta here— but not before answering today’s trivia question: This cause of death is all too common now , but the first ever report of someone succumbing to this was in the mid 1890s in Great Britain. Three years later the first victim in America died from it. From what? Automobile accidents— more specifically being hit by a car. In 1896, Bridget Driscoll was run over on a London street. In 1899, Henry Bliss was stepping off a Trolley car at 74th and Central Park West when he was hit by a taxi.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2016 9:40 MT…. Podcasts are out, downloads are up, stream is on, and I’m gone.. but first the trivia question, in case you missed it: The Philadelphia Flyers hockey team claimed that doing this before a game led to a disproportionate amount of wins from 1969 to 2004. What was their lucky charm? Playing Kate Smith’s “God Bless America” before the games led to 67 wins in that time frame. It accounted for 17 losses and 3 ties. No word on whether it was worth it.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2016 9:40 MT…. Trivia answer? First the question: It’s been widely reported that the most intelligent dog is the Border Collie, followed by the Poodle and German Shepherd. But what’s considered to be the least? Now the answer: The Bulldog, followed by Basenji, Afghan Hound and Chow. Stanley Coren remarked that there’s probably furniture out there more trainable than Chows.
Some links? Jon Gaunt’s Talk2MeRadio. And if you’re not up for the Super Bowl of football, how about of radio? Air checks are duking it out Sunday 3 to 5 ET on KJSCRadio.com
Podcast? Out. Downloads? Up. Stream? On. And me? I’m gone. Talk to you live next Friday at 7 MT.
FRIDAY JANUARY 29, 2016 9:45 MT…. Podcasts are out, downloads are up, stream is on and trivia question is answered. If you missed that last part: Countless hit movies were made in the 20th century. Counting the curse words in those hit movies released before the year 2000, which movie has the most profanity? Pulp Fiction is #1 with 411 curse words, released in 1994. South Park Bigger Longer and Uncut from 1999 has the most profanity per minute, with 399 words in 80 minutes. Other notables include Scarface from 1984 with 299 curse words. Good Fellas from 1990 gets an honorable mention. It had 246 four letter F words alone. Talk to you next Friday.
FRIDAY JANUARY 22, 2016 10:15 MT…. Stream is on, downloads are up, podcasts are out, trivia is answered: In 1910 only 9 people in America held this job. 100 years later, there are almost 14,000 doing it. Doing what? Working as a special agent for the FBI. And I’m gone, till next Friday at 7 PM MT
FRIDAY JANUARY 15, 2015 10:30 PM... Trivia question? The size of them went up, but the number of them went down. Today they are three times as big on average, but we’ve got less than half the number we had in 1950. Back then, there were 5.4 million of these in America. 50 years later, there are 2.1 million of them. What are they? Farms. (It’s a somewhat nebulous statistic as the government defines “farm” as an enterprise selling more than $1,000 in agricultural products a year. 6 out of 10 farms sell less than $10,000 worth of goods annually. The average size of a farm went from 139 acres in 1910 to 441 acres today. And of course the biggest change is corporate farming.)
So you like internet streams— particularly those that play some goodies you never hear on the radio? Rich Brother Robbin has one, and you can hear it here. But Rich Bro is like so may micro-streamers in that he has no idea what he’ll do if the CRB doesn’t carve out a niche for small webcasters. This problem amplifies the reality that there’s no money in this labor of love for what are essentially hobbyists. And there’s a real possibility that guys like Rich Bro will have to hang up his online headphones. That’s where you come in. There’s a donate button on www.RichBroRadio.com where you can contribute. Doesn’t have to be much. Even a couple bucks will make a difference. And what better way to spend your snack money than supporting the kind of radio you don’t hear on the radio anymore?
Stream is on, downloads are up, podcasts are out, and as the clock strikes go, I’m gone until next Friday at 7 (Mountain). Talk to you then!
FRIDAY JANUARY 8, 11:59 PM MT... Happy Birthday Val Shively! Trivia question? 20% of spouses claim this is a stress in their marriage. What? Golf, according to Sports Illustrated. No word on percentage of wives verses husbands on that statistic. Podcasts out, stream on, downloads up, I’m gone— till next Friday night, 7 PM MT.
FRIDAY JANUARY 1, 2016 10:20 PM MT… So good to talk with Tribune Television President Sean Compton about Johnny Carson’s debut on AntennaTV tonight. Hopefully you caught it. If not, there’s always tomorrow, or any day thereafter. 366 days in 2016 with 366 different shows to watch— complete shows, not clips. Find out more at AntennaTV.tv
We managed to get some trivia in too. And Mike knew the answer to tonight’s question: Fishing is America’s oldest, and arguably favorite, pastime. But what American city boasts the highest percentage of anglers? Minneapolis —with 38% of residents fishing, according to American Demographics in 2003. Land of 10,000 lakes and all— all being 10 million mosquitos.
The Rollye James’ I Hate The Holidays Club is now officially closed. You made it through another year! We’ll reopen next year on Thanksgiving— but lots of shows between now and then. Every Friday at 9 PM ET/ 6 PM PT (until Daylight Savings Time anyway).
Downloads are up. Podcasts are out. Stream is on. And I'll talk to you live next Friday.
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2015 6:40 PM MT Yes, we’re live in half an hour— 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT. Final show of the year. (We’ll be on tomorrow night too to close out this season’s edition of The Rollye James’ I Hate The Holidays Club.) Counting on you to call tonight as I have absolutely nothing on my alleged mind, but that hasn’t stopped me yet. 610-640-6400. Use it. Thanks!
CHRISTMAS NIGHT 2015 9:30 PM MT Many thanks to Steve Bryant for spending the evening with me. Links to his music and blog are in the post just below this one. Check it out!
Next week we’ll be live on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Night (Thursday and Friday)— the final two installments of The Rollye James’ I Hate The Holidays Club. I hope you’ll join us (9PM ET / 6 PM PT).
THURSDAY CHRISTMAS EVE 2015 10:00 MT Thanks to all of you who called. It was fun. We’ll have more fun tomorrow, Christmas night. As is now tradition, Steve Bryant joins me. A lot has been happening with Steve since we last talked and you’ll hear all about it. All his music is available here on Soundclick. I think you’ll like Steve’s newest, an anti-Christmas song, “60 Days of Christmas”. And an Australian duo is about to record his infectious “You’re Gonna Repeat It”. And to make sure his head will swell (unrelated to a medical malady, fortunately), none other than Keith Urban has put “Take Me Home” on hold! As good as his music is, I gotta admit, it’s his blogs that keep me captured. There are 67 entries now and you can read them all at, appropriately named, SteveBryantBlog.com More tonight!
As for last night’s trivia question: How is this even possible. 39% of Americans describe themselves as being this. Being what? Born Again. That’s not 39% of American Christians, that’s 39% of Americans. The source was a poll taken by The Barna Group, an evangelical Christian polling group in 2003. Me thinks they need a bigger database, but I’m just saying’….
Mega apologies for not capturing last week’s show. This one is up already: stream, download, podcast. And more to come tonight.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 24, 2015 CHRISTMAS EVE 6:45 PM MT... Live show tonight at 7 PM. If you're a hardcore member of The Rollye James' I Hate The Holidays Club, the meeting will come to order in about 15 minutes. I have no idea what we'll do, but hopefully you'll call. I can threaten you with Christmas records, but the ones I'd play will not be burnt out anywhere. We'll be live tomorrow, Christmas night, too. And that'll be fun. As has become tradition we'll be joined by Steve Bryant. More on that after tonight's show.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 19, 2015 10:00 PM MT. I did it again, and I’m sorry again. And I’d like say it won’t happen again, but it probably will. I was much more interested in my sandwich than making sure I was capturing the show. Yeah, you know what’s coming. Or in this case, isn't. There's no recording. Thanks to several of you who wrote, including Mary Ann in New Jersey, to see if I was OK. Sadly, I’m par for the course, but I appreciate your concern.
Your emails fluttered in amidst several from Bernie Sanders (Me thinks he’s not doing himself a favor in soliciting donations with a salutation of “Brothers and Sisters” and a closing of “In Solidarity”), offers for a guaranteed cure of whatever ails me (from N24 to “embarrassing feminine problems” which were sufficiently embarrassing that I didn’t check to see what they might be and whether they applied to senior citizens), and a promise that my brain could be healed. Actually multiple promises, all from the same outfit. I had to wonder whether they were jumping to that conclusion having seen the rest of my email or just taking a shot in the dark.
But let me try to catch you up. It’s Soroya’s birthday today (Happy Happy!) The Big 4-0. She has chosen to celebrate in pain (new tattoo). Bob guessed our trivia question: 15% of all Americans avoid this due to a phobia and over twice that many in Great Britain avoid it too. What? Going to the dentist. (I think the UK statistics were a huge clue.)
Tim from Top Shelf Oldies shared The Vondells. Jim updated us on New Orleans, we heard from Dennis and Uncle Duke, nice in that both haven’t called for a while, and we got a Christmas card from Phil. It read: Money is short, times are hard. So here is your ****ing Christmas card. Sentimental. And perfect for The Rollye James I Hate The Holidays Club. Apologies to whomever I”m forgetting. Speaking of the RJ IHTH, we’ll be live this coming week for two nights— Christmas eve, and Christmas Night. As has become tradition, Steve Bryant will join me Christmas night. We generally don’t play many Christmas songs (except for Gee Whiz It’s Christmas by Carla Thomas because I like it and Christmas In Jail by The Youngsters because it’s fun, intended or not) but we will be playing some that Steve wrote.
We’ll also be live the following Thursday and Friday night, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Night, so if the entire season is Ho Ho Hum to you, you’ll meet some kindred spirits in the next couple weeks. Again, I’m sorry about the replay. But I probably won’t screw up again quickly. My caution usually lasts at least a month or so.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 11, 2015 10:00 PM MST Trivia question: For well over 3 decades, from the early 1940s until the mid 1970s, this was outlawed in New York City. What? Pinball machines. Mayor La Guardia took a sledgehammer to one in 1941 to commemorate their illegality due to the belief that the machines caused juvenile delinquency. It wasn’t until February 1975 that the ban was lifted.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 4, 2015 10:00 PM MST Trivia question? In saudi arabia it is illegal to show people on television doing chores with this. What? Their left hand. It’s used to wipe excrement, and therefore not suitable for other tasks. The Koran casts the left hand in a negative light.
Downloads are up (and this time I checked, sorry for not noticing the problem sooner), podcasts are out, stream is on, and before I’m gone… I was going to post a link for Soroya’s latest podcast, but figured it would be easier for you to just remember JoeyRoxy.com It’s all there. Click on Podcasts, then Velvet Heaven. Talk to you next Friday 9 PM ET / 6PM PT.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2015 10:00 PM MST So many requests that we keep the World’s Worst Hit Records streaming, that I think I combined both shows. Maybe. I hope. So you should hear them back to back on the stream. The downloads are up and podcasts are out as usual.
The trivia question stems from last night’s offerings. There were a lot of rock and roll death records in the early 60s. But Tell Laura I Love Her was different from the rest of them. Why? The guy died. In every other melodic morbidity, of this type it was the girl.
Keep your spirits up. The Rollye James’ I Hate The Holidays Club is here for HO HO HUM support through the new year. Talk to you next Friday.
THANKSGIVING NIGHT 2015 10:00 PM MST We played 'em back-- the World's Worst Hit Records as voted on you this year. The results hold one suprirse-- #10 never made the list before. In fact it rarely got much in the way of votes. Maybe some 70s channel is featuring it somewhere. Or Pandora has gone rogue. In any event, it's a surprise to me. Here's the list:
10 Don't Give Up On Us - David Soul
9 American Pie - Don McLean
8 Hello - Lionel Richie
7 Brand New Key - Melanie
6 You Light Up My Life - Debbie Boone
5 Last Game of The Season - David Geddes
4 Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus
3 Hey Jude - The Beatles
2 Muskrat Love - Captain & Tennille
1 Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
We played several sub caterogies, and some runners up-- we'll have more of that tomorrow night on Friday Night Trivia. Thanks to everyone who participated. It couldn't happen if you didn't vote. If you missed it, the podcast is out, the download is up, and the stream is on.
Since the holiday season is officially underway, the inaugural meeting of The Rollye James' I Hate The Holidays Club came to order tonight. We'll meet weekly on Fridays, and be live Christmas eve, Christmas night, New Year's Eve and New Year's Night. So if it's HO HO HUM to you and you need to commiserate with festive-free friends, here we are. Talk to you tonight at 7 MST.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2015 10:00 PM MST There’s still time to vote on the World’s Worst Hit Records by email. You’ve got until Wednesday night to let me know what you hate. We’ll play this year’s top ten list on Thanksgiving, but even thought it’s the official night of turkeys, we won’t play any of them all the way through. We’ll take your calls too, as the show will be live Thanksgiving night 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT. It will also mark the kick off of the annual “I Hate The Holidays Club”. So if it’s Ho Ho Hum to you, we’ll promise support and weekly on air meetings until after the first of the year.
Everyone who has ever heard about Phone Phreaking knows names like John Draper or Steve Wozniak, but anyone who has ever done it knows Bill Acker, the blind Long Island kid who could work his way around a crossbar switch as good as anyone who ever attempted it, and better than most. Bill died earlier in the year in Colorado (where he worked for Mountain Bell for years, inheriting the job from the late Joe Engressia, the Miami kid who could whistle 2600 cycles). Sunday there's a gathering for his phone phreak buddies, appropriately on a party line-- well in this case, a conference call, but close enough. Sadly there are fewer of us left with every passing year, but if you have a phreaking past, you'll undoubtedly want to join in. It's takign place at 3:00 PM Eastern Time this Sunday, November 22nd. The number to call is 605-475-4800 and the passcode is 639397#.
If you missed last night’s show, you can hear it at your leisure. Podcast is out, download is up, stream is on, and I’m back to tabulating your votes so far.
Here for the trivia question?… In the early '90s,Singapore outlawed this due to concerns about littering. Outlawed what? Chewing gum. The ban was lifted in 2004 due to pressure from the United States, but now sales are limited to medicinal uses.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2015 10:00 PM MST What better a night to vote on the World’s Worst Hit Records than Friday the 13th. Thanks for calling and writing. You can vote until the day before Thanksgiving. And remember it’s a tally so in addition to nominating new titles, vote on those you’ve heard and hate. We’ll play ‘em back Thanksgiving night, live.
Trivia question: Over 30,000 Americans try to do this every year. Only 1 in 25 succeed. Men succeed more often than women. Succeed at what? Committing suicide.
We’re live Friday nights at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT and will be until daylight savings time is back. Speaking of back… I’ll be back next week. If you missed tonight’s show, worry not: podcasts are sent, downloads are up, stream is on, replaying this week’s show until next week’s show starts.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2015 11:00 PM MST Tonight’s trivia question (and answer): Researchers aren’t sure why, but the results are in and you can improve your memory by 35% by doing this. Doing what? Chewing gum. That makes you wonder how many other things they tried but apparently gum chewers taking a test outperformed non-chewers by 35%. One theory is that chewing gum releases insulin which stimulates the portions of the brain related to memory. (As reported in the Washington Times in 2002.
Don’t forget, the show now starts an hour earlier (except in Arizona where there is no daylight savings time). So I’ll be talking to you every Friday night at 9 Eastern, 8 Central, 7 Mountain or 6 Pacific, depending where you are. The show lasts as long as you do— but we stop answering the phone after two hours. Anyone still on hold will be on the air with us, but no one calling after that will get through.
The voting continues on this year’s tabulation of the World’s Worst Hit Records. The operative word there is tabulation, so by all means vote on something that’s already been mentioned. It’s the only way we’ll be able to come up with a top 10 list. We’ll reveal the winners (or more aptly, losers) live online Thanksgiving night.
You can vote by email at email@example.com or call us while we’re live on Friday nights at 610-640-6400.
Podcasts are out, downloads are up, stream is on and I’m gone until next Friday, but the replay continues nonstop until then.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 30, 2015 10:00 PM MST Tonight’s trivia question: Many stories over the years about New York City being over run by rats. subways, sewers, even on the streets. But according to the department of health— in 2001, New Yorkers were 11 times more likely to be bitten by this than by a rat. Bitten by what? A resident. Human bites were 11 times more prevalent than rat bites.
The poll officially opens tomorrow on Halloween, a night of horrors but we’ve started early. Voting is underway for the annual poll of the World’s Worst Hit Records. The only qualification is it had to be a hit— defined by doing well on the national charts. Any decade. Any genre. If it’s a hit, it qualifies— as long as you hate it, that is. Podcasts are out, downloads are up, stream is on and I’m gone til next week— but speaking of next week, we took a vote about that too.
The result is that the show hours will probably change where you are because daylight savings is going and I’m staying. We don’t have DST in Arizona, so don’t forget thatafter you turn your clocks back an hour, the show will move with it. As of next week, we’ll start at 6 Pacific, 9 Eastern— and as they say, please make a note of it.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 23, 2015 10:00 PM MST Tonight’s trivia question: New York has the most of them: 140,000 people can claim it. North Dakota has the least, under 1300. Most and least what? lawyers.
Next Friday night we’ll open the polls for the annual World’s Worst Hit Records. Until then, podcasts are sent, downloads are up, stream is on and I’m gone. Talk to you next Friday at 10 ET / 7 PT.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 16, 2015 10:00 PM MST… Here for trivia? The question was: In a department store, the odds are 6 out of 10 men will do this, but only 1 out of 4 women will. Do what? The answer? Buy an item they’ve tried on.
Soroya’s on her way to being a published author. She’s got an agent, and a website: JoeyRoxy.com check it out. No new soul mix, however, but Tim introduced us to a rare Barbara Massey song he loves. Don’t forget his Monday night show, HiFi Party at TopShelfOldies.org.
Downloads are up, podcasts are sent, stream is on and I’m gone til next Friday night, 7 PM Pacific.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 9, 2015 Trivia question: Colleges in North Carolina lead the nation in this. What? Sales of licensed apparel.
Soroya is now a permanent part of BellGab. Check it out. Here's a link.
Kimberly has shared a link for a free windows screen reader. Check out NVDA at nvaccess.org.
Podcasts are sent, downloads are up, stream is on... all dated incorrectly--- it's not the 10th but I didn't know that until just now, but it will be soon and the clock is striking go, so I will. Talk to you next Friday night at 7 PM Pacific.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 2, 2015. Trivia question: The average American spends four minutes a day, every day, doing this. Doing what? Searching for misplaced things. Downloads up, replays streaming, podcasts waiting’ for you to access, and I’ll be back next Friday, 7PM Pacific.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 10:30 PM MT… Trivia? More people in New Hampshire (92%) have done this than have residents of any other state. Fewer people in Texas (77%) have done it compared to those residing in other states. Done what? Graduated high school. Podcasts are out, downloads are up, stream is on and I’m outta here til next Friday.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 Yes there was a trivia question: The first time a woman did this was in Houston in 1962. Did what? And I even remembered to reveal the answer: Had her breasts enlarged. Timmie Jean Lindsey, was in a hospital for tattoo removal when doctors asked if she wanted to be a medical pioneer and be the first woman to have silicon breast implants. She agreed under the condition that the doctor would also pin back her protruding ears, and left the hospital with “firm, round, C cups”. Interviewed at 73, she said the only change was she seemed to get more wolf whistles than before.
Stream is running, podcasts are sent, downloads are up, and I’m outta here til next week.
RIDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 10:30 PM. Here for the trivia question? You may not think it’s theft, but it is. According to one large survey, 63% of Americans admitted to having stolen this… stolen what? Office supplies from an employer. (That’s according to polls from the Chicago Tun Times and Readers Digest.)
We played some of Bobby Sheen’s “Dr. Love”. It’s from Soroya’s latest podcast, which you can access here, and "The Stars" one of Barbara Lewis' last records (on Enterprise in 1970), which you can hear from time to time on TopShelfOldies.org. It's a former #1 on TIm's Second Chance Survey on Monday Night's Hi Fi Party (8-11 ET).
Podcasts are out, downloads are up. I’m done til next week. Talk to you then.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 10:30 PM… The replay is up. It’ll be on the stream (once the stream cycles through last week’s show which was playing when we went live), it’s available for download at Rollyestream.net, and the podcasts have gone out— twice actually.
The first time around there was a repetitive artifact all the way through the file. AM fans of many days gone by wouldn’t be daunted because they’ve listened through everything to hear John R. or Wolfman… but for everyone else, it was unacceptable. I knew what it wasn’t, and didn’t think I’d quickly figure out what it was, but fortunately, I did.
Very fortunately as it would have been mighty embarrassing to have someone as legendary as Uncle Ricky of ReelRadio.com join me on a show that was not well preserved. His attention to quality is inspiring and I can’t imagine he’d want to add the show the way it sounded to his roster of over 3300 airchecks. But, it’s all good now, and it’ll probably be up on ReelRadio.com soon. But never mind me, you can hear any or all of the aforementioned 3300+ airchecks for just $10 (and you can hear ‘em as many times as you like through February 14, 2016). If you’re remotely a radio fan you’ll sign up. And if you have more money hanging around, you’ll donate. The $10 (or how ever much more you’d like to give) is totally tax deductible. ReelRadio.com is a 501c3.
Think of any disc jockey you listened to as a teen. I don’t care how old you are— pick one. I’m willing to wager, they’re on ReelRadio.com Check it out!
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 5:30 PM MT…. Looking forward to tonight. We’re gonna talk with Uncle Ricky. He’s spent the last 20 years amassing more than 3300 air checks— many of ‘em priceless. And the price to hear them all is just $10, and you’ll have access through February. Sign up here. We’ll have fun bringing back memories, playing some of your faves, and just for Kimberly, a big time screw up when a salesman tries to record his own spot. Trivia after that. And a Happy Belated Birthday to Bucky Lemon. It was yesterday. Talk to you in about an hour and a half.
FRIDAY AUGUST 28, 2016 10:00 PM MT... Happy Birthday Maggie Murphy! (Jack Armostrong's youngest daughter is 33 today.) I didn't forget to record and process the show. I did forget to give you a trivia question. But we had fun hearing about CKLW's 20 20 news. Most of that is not on the replay (by design) but you can get a copy of a great documentary on the Big 8 at RadioRevolutionDVD.com. Other that that, the stream is up, the downplays are loaded and the podcasts are out.
The bad news is that our phone number disappeared (momentarily, I assure you it's momentarily). But when you can't get through on 610-640-6400, don't forget we've got a toll free number: 888-876-5593 (easy to remember: 88 88 ROLLYE).
More info on Chris' podcast: go to KJSCradio.com, click on Podcast, scroll down till you find RCL (for Radio Connection Live). Last one up there is from 8-23. You can listen live from 3 to 5 pm ET each Sunday.
SUNDAY AUGUST 23, 2015 11:45 PM… Due to numerous requests, OK three emails, I searched for what might have happened to the recording of Friday night’s show. Bottom line, I came up empty. I could go on about potential causes but it’s probably more productive to make good on my promise to provide a link for KJSC Radio. Proving I’m totally lame, I forgot who asked for it, or what kind of show he did, but I do remember it is on Sunday Afternoons from 3 to 5 PM Eastern. Check it out. I also made a note to gather up some CKLW newscast air checks for this coming Friday night. You’ll have to listen Friday to hear if I managed to follow through.
FRIDAY AUGUST 21, 2015 10 PM MT... I'm so sorry. I didn't record the show. I thought I was recording the show, but I guess when I set it up I was much more interested in my roast beef sandwich (great roll) than whether I was actually recording anything. So there is no new stream, there are no downloads and no podcasts were sent. It pains me as the darn show went for over FOUR hours. And we had some fine stories. Of course it will get better and better in my mind because there's no archive. But I tend to tell the same stories repeatedly so I'm sure you'll hear 'em again.
At least I remembered to answer the trivia question. It was: The average American spends $2339 a year on this. People in Connecticut spend the most on it. People in West Virginia spend the least. What is it? Trivia answer: Household furnishings. All I can figure is it averages that per year. People actually spending it every year? There must be more money available (or unfortunately easy credit terms) than I realized. Talk to you next Friday night.
FRIDAY AUGUST 14, 2015 11:00 MT... Trivia question? This is wonderful: In the 1930s, this common store bought item was the most popular contraceptive among American women. And it remained the leading female hygiene product through through the early 1960s. What was it? ...wait for it... Lysol. Until the early 60s, the label advice included.... cleaning the toilet with it, gargling it and using it as a douche— in spite of the fact it often caused burns. The podcasts are sent, the stream is streaming and the downloads are waiting for you to download 'em. Talk to you next week.
FRIDAY AUGUST 7, 2015 11:00 PM MT... Here for the trivia question? Per capita, the British are the biggest consumers of this in the world. By comparison, Italians consume a tenth as much. Generally, English speaking countries lead the world in buying this. Americans on average spend around $32 a year on it. On what? Breakfast cereal— Britains spend $35, in Italy it’s $3.40 a year. In Spain, it’s only $2. Que Pasa Tony the Tiger.
Here for the link to Soroya’s latest podcast? Click here. We said farewell to Billy Sherrill. Lots of obits including plenty of audio, but I’d like to think Billy would smile at my choice— his production of Ted Taylor’s “Somebody’s Always Trying”. Eat your hearts out country music fans. RIP Billy.
The stream is streaming, the downloads are waiting for you and the podcasts are en route. So, I’m done til next week. Talk to you on Friday.
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