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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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