Saturday, August 30, 2008

Behind the Times

Finally, an update!

-There are a couple of new affiliates: KCAA (which was the station embroiled in that controversy last year), and WINZ in Miami. When I heard that he was on a station called "WINZ," I wondered if it was like a "hip" urban version of WINS, the famous NYC news station, and thought that maybe Imus was trying to get down with the kids. Sadly, that is not the case.

-As for John McCain's VP pick: Well-played, Senator. Well-played.

It also appears that McCain has an SNL obsession. Several people have mentioned that McCain's wife, Cindy, looks a lot like Amy Poehler, a cast member of Saturday Night Live. Yesterday, we learned that his VP candidate looks a lot like Tina Fey, a former member of the same show. Many pundits consider his VP choice a daring move; most politicians would’ve played it safe and chosen a more "experienced" and “seasoned” ex-cast member, like a Jan Hooks, or an Ana Gasteyer, or even a Cheri Oteri. This is why McCain is considered a maverick.

Incidentally, I noticed an interesting music selection at yesterday’s press conference. When McCain announced his VP choice, the loudspeakers began to blast a great inspirational song, one of those famous movie themes that stir the heart...the theme from Rudy. You'd think that a staff member would've caught that...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rob Bartlett Hospitalized

Yesterday morning, Rob Bartlett was hospitalized with a serious medical condition. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Biden My Time

Joe Biden has been the Democratic running-mate for less than 48 hours, and already he's making verbal gaffes. The media will be trailing him constantly until November, so there's some serious potential for more. Translation? This will be an awesome two months.

My suggestion to Joe: Follow the advice of this man, and you'll be just fine.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Veep Watch

McCain and Obama will soon be announcing their VPs.

Who do you think they will be?

Friday, August 15, 2008

On Breakups

In the wake if the Mike and the Mad Dog breakup, I was reminded of this excellent profile of the duo from a 2004 issue of the New Yorker. (Thanks, Esme.) My favorite part:

A few years ago, circumstances (Knicks-Pacers, conference finals in Indianapolis, Francesa’s hotel room not ready) placed the two of them for an hour or so in a hotel room together—a rare occurrence. (When they are on the road, they often stay in separate hotels. “I always stay in the best hotel,” Francesa told me.) Chris Carlin, their producer at the time, who now has a show of his own on WFAN, walked in to find them watching “The Horse Whisperer.” Carlin started to speak, but they shushed him; on the TV screen Robert Redford was breaking up with Kristin Scott Thomas. When the scene was over, Russo said, solemnly, “Mikey, he had to do it, he had to do it.”

“It was the right move, Dog,” Francesa replied. “The right move.”

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

News, Minimalist Style

-The ranch record will be coming out next month ...and there's also a track list.

-Somehow, Imus in the Morning is mentioned in this this AP article about Hee-Haw reruns returning to TV. One would think that with the Olympics, the energy crisis, the election, the conventions, the ethnic cleansing in Georgia, and the deaths of Nobel laureates and comedians and singers...the AP would be too busy to dedicate an article to Hee-Haw reruns coming back to TV. But for all I know, Hee-Haw could've been this totally bodacious show, and I'm just not aware of it.

-Two new bodacious affiliates:

KJLL 1330-AM The Jolt - Tuscon, Arizona

690 WSPZ The Sports Animal - Birmingham, Alabama

Friday, August 8, 2008

Go See...Pretty Much Everyone

Tough economic times call for tough measures. You may have read the earlier posts about Imus performers doing shows, and you may have said to yourself, "Self, that DOES sound like it would be a lot of fun. But I've been busy and gas is expensive and I don't want to drive. Besides, Tommy Boy will be on, and they never show that on TV."

But...what if THREE performers would be there, as opposed to one? It would be like a buy one, get two free kind of deal!

Rob Bartlett Featuring Tony Powell & Karith Foster will be at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on Saturday, August 16th at 8 PM. Tickets are here and directions are here. (On the website, they give directions for car, bus, train, limo, and ferry travel. They REALLY want you to go; you should humor them and heed their wishes.)

The website also claims that only those 21 or older will be allowed entry. If you are under 21, then I suppose you'll have to use a fake ID - just try not to be too obvious.

Have fun!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Imus Na Parte Da Manhã

I found a fascinating tidbit on RFD's website. They claim to have "cable systems in all 50 states, serving over 31 million U.S. homes, with another 19 million homes in Brazil."

Think about that. There are 19 million households in Brazil who could be watching Imus in the Morning. Consider the implications.

Let's pretend that you are a Brazilian who doesn't know much about America. One night you fall asleep while watching your favorite program, Little Britches Rodeo. "Dear me, what a calm, soothing television station! This is truly a gem!", you think to yourself (in Portuguese).

Then, around 6 in the morning, you awake with a start. Gone are the polka shows and cattle auctions. They've been replaced by men in bizarre, nightmarish costumes who scream and rant at each other, while homeless vagrants watch them through a window.You can't understand a word of it, of course, because you don't speak English. To top things off, you start to see people that you've vaguely heard about in international news, like "Sen. John McCain" or "Sen. John Kerry."

If you were said Brazilian, and you saw this, would you think that America A) was full of crazy people; or B) was the greatest country in the whole world?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

BMc vs. Luda in da Hizzouze

So Bernard challenged Ludacris to a fight. Awesome. For those unfamiliar, Ludacris is a rapper whose songs have inspired the greatest map of all time.

I just wish Bernie had challenged him before that damned "Yeah!" song with Lil John came out, the one that played 366000 times at every club and on every radio station in 2004. Even today.

Hip-hop artists often write epic songs about their rivalries, and in this conflict I expect nothing less from Mr. Ludacris. Nothing is more gangsta than cruisin' down to WABC studios, sippin' gin and Bigelow Tea, shoutouts to RFD, rap battles over Arbitron versus PPM, Curtis Sliwa disses, etc.