I’m a Howard Stern addict. There, I’ve said it. I got Sirius radio because of that addiction. I’m still addicted, and I’m not likely to cancel my subscription to the one remaining satellite radio. But the merger has ravaged the music programming. Sirius had real people picking the music they liked, playing it, and telling you why they liked it. Now much of that is gone. Vin Scelsa is still there, and other favorites may be getting to shuffle their shows on other channels… maybe. But “The Loft” is nothing like “Sirius Disorder”. And from tooling up and down the 87 music channels, the prevalent philosophy at Sirious-XM now seems to be that centralized programming (computers) and playlists are cheaper than people. The same philosophy that killed broadcast radio.
Marc-Antoine Audette and Sebastien Trudel, aka “The Masked Avengers” prank-call Sarah Palin, with a Pepé Le Pew accent, leading her to think she was talking to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The best part is that they couldn’t get her to hang up before they ran out of material.
I think McCain must be a secret Obama supporter. Why else would the 72 year-old candidate choose such an obvious ditz as VP.
FNS: Well, ah, I hope for you. You know we have a lot in common because personally one of my favorite activities is to hunt too.
SP: [Giggle]o h very good, we should go hunting together.
FNS: Exactly! We could go try hunting by helicopter, like you did, I never did that.
FNS: Like we say in France, “on pourrait tuer des bébés phoques aussi” [Translation: We could also kill some baby seals.]
SP: [Giggle] Well I think we could have a lot of fun together as we’re getting work done, we can kill two birds with one stone that way.
FNS: I just love killing those animals. Mm, mm. Take away a life, that is so fun!
FNS: I’d really love to go as long as we don’t bring your Vice president Cheney, hahaha.
SP: No, I’ll be a careful shot, yes.
FNS: I must say, Governor Palin, I love the documentary they made on your life, you know, Hustler’s “Nailin Palin.”
SP: Oh, good, thank you. Yes.
FNS: That was really edgy.
SP: [Laughs] Well good.
Believe it or not the campaign has just begun. The Democratic convention starts tonight. I am hoping the Hillary drama will be handled gracefully. I am curious to see if my fave, Kucinich, will get to make an appearance. And I want to hear Obama and Biden’s speeches. I hope they are going to pitch a progressive strategy to get us out or our current mess. As opposed to the losing strategy of pandering to the right.
PBS is carrying it tonight. Randi Rhodes will no doubt do excellent pre-game coverage this afternoon, live from the convention.
Every year, in order to raise a large portion of the school budget, St. Andrews Catholic School holds Taste of the Town. Local restaurants love it because it brings new customers to their establishments. And the people like getting a taste of the restaurant’s best for a buck or two. Bob Natale, my brother, is the big-shot weekend dj at the Easy Listening station in Myrtle Beach , South Carolina (WEZV-FM). He’s in charge of publicity for this event. Bob’s the Orson Welles of Myrtle Beach, writing, directing and narrating the video. Listen to those dulcet old-time radio tones.
Bob’s dream, and I’m sure it’s the dream of many of those sweet children of the school, is for Rachael Ray to come down this Fall and be the Taste of the Town celebrity judge. I’m throwing the whole weight of the GammaBlog organization behind this quest. Rachel, it’s for the children.