FRIDAY JUNE 24, 2016 10:00 PM MST… The podcasts are out, the downloads are up, the
stream is on. Amazing but true. As for that trivia question… 53% of adults say they do this every
night. What? The answer is not nearly as titillating as your guesses: Wake up to go to the
bathroom. Talk to you next week.
FRIDAY JUNE 17, 2016 10:00 PM MST… Wisconsin has the highest rate of this in America at
25%. Tennessee has the lowest rate at 7.4%. Rate of what? Binge Drinking. It’s defined as five
or more drinks in quick succession. Among cities, San Antonio, Texas has the highest drinking rate
at just under 24%. Downloads? Podcasts? Stream? Not this week. And for a change, not of my
own fault. Well, at least not directly. Unbeknownst to me, the recording stopped 20 minutes after
the show began because the drive was full. The drive was full because I didn't empty the trash in,
well, never. Not for a few years anyway. It's a big drive. So I have now dutifully emptied the trash
and stand ready to record every dulcid tone next week. Too bad, too. It was a good show. Of
course they keep getting better and better when you have no reference to actually hear them again.
Oh well, talk to you next Friday night at 7 MST.
FRIDAY JUNE 10, 2016 10:00 PM MST… Wisconsin has the highest rate of this in America at
25%. Tennessee has the lowest rate at 7.4%. Rate of what? Well if you have utterly no idea,
you’re in luck. I forgot to give out the answer, so we’ll hold it over for next week and see if you come
up with a winner. Not that there’s a prize or anything, but bragging rights are always fun.
Meanwhile, downloads are up, podcasts are out, and stream will be on as soon as I can upload it.
Talk to you next Friday night at 7 MST!
THURSDAY JUNE 9, 2016 6:00 PM MST... So you see what happened was.... (all good stories
start out that way, don't they?)... Donna wrote to let me know our Amazon link wasn't working. More
than that, it wasn't there. In the process of investigating where it might have gone (and why it left),
I realized it would be easier to reconstruct the site. Yeah it was that bad-- the site was created in
three different programs over as many years with no thought toward integration (not to mention that
it was hosted on two urelated servers, which it still is for now). But I haven't found the time to do
that. So today I stopped what I was doing (something close to nothing but different from the day
before to quote Prince) and created this temporary home page with a promise to you to work on it
as time allows. Until then, with any luck, the Amazon link to your right is visible and working.
FRIDAY JUNE 3, 2016 10:00 PM MST… We spent the first hour tonight with the legendary Charlie
Gracie. A link to his must-read book is in the post below this one. But you’ve also got to check out
terrific, and you’ll really want to hear his duet with Dee Dee Sharp, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”.
We’re holding over tonight’s trivia question and will start with it next Friday. Talk to you then.
Downloads are up, Podcasts are out, I'm working on the stream right now, which should be
available by the time you read this.
FRIDAY JUNE 3, 2016 12:01AM MST… In the first hour tonight (10 PM ET / 7 PM PT) we’re talking
with my friend Charlie Gracie. He recently turned 80 (something I can’t wrap my mind around—
seems like only a couple years ago that he was recording for Cameo Records. Make that about 60
years ago now). Everybody including Paul McCartney shared their affection. (You’ll hear Paul’s bit
With the help of noted writer John A. Jackson (Bandstand, Philadelphia Soul, etc), Charlie finally
you won’t stop reading for days. Check out CharlieGracie.com too. We’ll take your calls and have
some fun. It’s gonna be Fabulous!
FRIDAY MAY 27, 2016 Downloads up, Podcasts out, Stream on, Trivia answered: Most people in
America can claim this. More people in New Hampshire— 92%— can claim it than in any other US
state. Fewer people in Texas— 77% can claim it, fewer than in any other US state. Claim what?
They graduated high school. I’ll talk to you next Friday at 7 PM Mountain Standard Time.
FRIDAY MAY 20, 2016 10:30 PM MST… Trivia question: Per capita, Mongolia has more of these
than any other country in the world. Oklahoma has more, per capita, than any other state in the US.
More of what? Horses. Mongolia has 1 per every resident, Oklahoma has 1 per every 12 residents.
1 per every 46 residents in Oklahoma is a horse owner. Downloads are up, Podcasts are out,
Stream is on and I’m gone. Talk to you next Friday at 7 PM MST.
FRIDAY THE 13th of MAY, 2015 9:30 PM MST… Last week we talked about haunted houses. 46
states have laws that say a seller must disclose the presence of ghosts— four do not. Name two of
them: New York, Massachusetts, Virginia and Maryland. Podcasts are out, Downloads are up,
Stream is on and I’m gone ’till next Friday evening at 7 MST. Talk to you then.
FRIDAY MAY 6, 2016 10:30 PM MST… Here’s something novel… replays. I actually taped the
show. (Again sorry about last week.) Podcasts are out. Downloads are up. Stream is on. Now about
that trivia question— which I remembered to ask this week. In The US, most of these are found in
California than anywhere else. But that’s still only 274 of them. Virginia comes in second with 141 of
them. Pennsylvania with 99 is third. New York with 92 is fourth and Texas rounds out the top 5 with
73 of them. Of what? Haunted Houses. Talk to you next week 7 PM MST (10 ET / 7 PT).
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
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— it 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
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
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 them
explained the difference between the battles and 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
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
I should mention that one of John's pet projects was his Hit Parade Hall of Fame. That will go on,
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
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
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.