Tag Archive for 'radio'

Eff Sirius

Still wait­ing… Thank god for Bit­tor­rent, or I’d be bored out of my mind at work.

In fact, I think a lot of peo­ple at work are lis­ten­ing to my shared iTunes library – I hear my boss laugh­ing every once in a while.

Damn Sirius

Sirius Sportster ReplayWell, it’s going on damn near a week since I finally ordered my Sir­ius radio, directly from their online shop, and I still haven’t heard boo. My order sta­tus has been set to “checked-out” since last Fri­day, but I’ve received no ship­ping confirmation.

I decided to order directly from Sir­ius because every retail out­let that I checked were sold out the day after Christ­mas… I guess a lot of us didn’t get what we wanted under the tree, (I’m look­ing at you, mom).

And, I’m con­vinced their cus­tomer ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ job is to bla­tantly lie to their cus­tomers, in order to cover up defi­cien­cies in order ful­fill­ment. When I called up the hot­line, the man on the other end couldn’t tell me any­thing more than the web site could, how­ever he added that I would “prob­a­bly get the ship­ping con­fir­ma­tion in a day or two”… when I asked him how he knew this, he replied that it usu­ally takes 4–5 days to ship. Nev­er­mind that Howard Stern is going on-air next mon­day! (I sus­pect that they are back-ordered.)

Of course, con­sid­er­ing that every retail out­let (both online and tra­di­tional) are sold out of this model, I’m not cross­ing my fin­gers. Good thing I paid extra for Overnight shipping!

Howard’s Last Day

Howard Stern on FlickrI woke up at 6am this morn­ing, to lis­ten to the final Howard Stern show on ter­res­trial radio…

Appar­ently, they’re expect­ing thou­sands of peo­ple on 56th street, and Yahoo! is cov­er­ing the entire thing, includ­ing live video at 9am.

In fact, Howard has got­ten all Yahoo!ed up – Flickr pho­to­streams, 360° pro­files, pod­casts, and wid­gets.

Underground Man” update

Thanks to Mint, I noticed that a few vis­i­tors were referred here look­ing for the text of a New Yorker arti­cle writ­ted in Feb­ru­ary 2004 titled, Under­ground Man: Can the for­mer C.I.A. agent who saved New York’s sub­way get the Tube back on track?. I had scanned the text a while back, but my direc­tory secu­rity set­tings on my server were tight­ened, and the scans were no longer available.

So, if you’re look­ing for the arti­cle, it’s is now prop­erly linked in the orginal post.

I still wish I had a way of extract­ing the text via OCR…

NPR + Podcasts, Part II

A fol­low up on my NPR + Pod­casts post, it seems that NPR is indeed invest­ing in pod­cast­ing of its pro­grams. They’ve launched a Pod­cast Direc­tory, but it is inter­est­ing to note that they are not yet pro­vid­ing full-length programs:

This ser­vice is our first step in pod­cast­ing and we are exper­i­ment­ing with a num­ber of pro­gram for­mats… Pod­cast­ing full-length pro­grams such as Morn­ing Edi­tion and All Things Con­sid­ered could be extremely expen­sive. Over the next sev­eral months, NPR and its pub­lic radio part­ners will be exper­i­ment­ing with a num­ber of for­mats and offer­ings, and we invite your feedback.

And, a lot of the more worth­while Pub­lic Radio con­tent is actu­ally pro­duced at local sta­tions, and syn­di­cated nation­ally. For instance, WBUR in Boston pro­duces excel­lent pro­gram­ming, such as On Point, Only a Game, and Here and Now. But, they haven’t yet joined the band­wagon, again because of cost:

Legally we are not allowed to make avail­able for down­load via mp3 ANY broad­cast which con­tains un-licensed copy­righted mate­r­ial (e.g. music heard through­out shows)… We are cur­rently work­ing on a pod­cast solu­tion for all of our pro­gram­ming con­tent. Please bear with us.

Sim­i­larly, WHYY in Philadel­phia pro­duces the highly pop­u­lar Fresh Air, but they don’t cur­rently offer a pod­cast of the program.

Still, it’s a step in the right direc­tion, and inter­est­ing to note that we likely have Apple iTunes to thank for push­ing pod­cast­ing into the mainstream.

Stellastarr* tonight

I got a nice sur­prise from our friends at FNX:

Con­grat­u­la­tions! You and a guest have been added to the VIP list for the PRIVATE WFNX / Smirnoff Off the Radar con­cert with Stellastarr*.

This pri­vate con­cert is Wednes­day August 31st at the Mid­dle East Down­stairs (472 Mass Ave in Cam­bridge). The doors open at 9pm. HOWEVER, your entrance is based on club capac­ity. SO GET THERE EARLY - it’s a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE admis­sion.

Last time I saw Stel­las­tarr, we were down in front, and all the col­lege kid­dies were mak­ing out with each other. How roman­tic

NPR + Podcasts

I see that NPR is not renew­ing their Aud­bile contract:

NPR’s beloved shows like “All Things Con­sid­ered” and “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me” used to be avail­able on Audi­ble, but after what I can assume was a lack­lus­ter per­for­mance, have since been pulled from Audible’s library.

There is a new poscasts page on the NPR site, how­ever it isn’t yet clear if the local sta­tions that pro­duce con­tent, such as WBUR in Boston, will fol­low the national plan.

The End of The Connection, Follow-up

A follow-up on the can­cel­la­tion of The Con­nec­tion, the Boston Phoenix’s Mark Jurkowitz has a fas­ci­nat­ing inter­view with ex-host Dick Gor­don. I almost feel bad for the guy.

(page 2 isn’t linked as of now…)

I for one am still wait­ing for Boston­ist to post a word about this… Pub­lic Radio scan­dals are like celebrity news in this town!

The End of The Connection

I’ve been mean­ing to com­ment on the can­cel­la­tion of the NPR morn­ing pro­gram The Con­nec­tion, and the fir­ing of host Dick Gor­don.

Though I’m sorry to see one locally-produced show get axed, I can’t say that I’m not giddy to see Gor­don go. First, there is his thick Cana­dian dialect, and predilec­tion for all things Cana­di­ana… hope­fully we won’t be sub­jected to another hour on Arca­dian fid­dle music. But, it seems that fel­low ex-CBC reporter Jen­nifer West­away is get­ting a lot of air time recently, and I think she is quite good.

So, if it’s not nec­es­sar­ily the hoser accent that turns me off, it must be Dick him­self — he’s always seemed a bit dis­con­nected on air. While I won’t fault Gor­don for try­ing to embody the show’s high-brow billing, he never suc­ceeded in hold­ing my inter­est longer than it took to switch the sta­tion. He may be an excel­lent reporter, but charisma is some­thing he lacks. Even his defend­ers are bor­ing, and quite obvi­ously of a cer­tain age.

But, there is hope! On Point, which will move into The Connection’s slot, is an excel­lent show. Host Tom Ash­brook does have an inter­est­ing radio voice, and the show top­ics rarely bore. Also, the pac­ing is quick, and Ash­brook is adept at man­ag­ing debate. Plus, he’s just a like­able guy.

Mov­ing for­ward, I won­der what (if any) changes will be made to On Point, as it tran­si­tions to morn­ings. And, whether or not the NPR affil­i­ates that cur­rently broad­cast The Con­nec­tion will con­tinue once the switch to On Point is made.

I’ve always pro­fessed a fond­ness for the logo­type of WBFO, even if the Uni­ver­sity at Buf­falo sta­tion only broad­casts NPR news for a few hours on the day. I remem­ber see­ing it on bumper stick­ers in the car park­ing lots—i swear they were only to be found on older euro­pean junkers, like a mustard-yellow Volvo 240 diesel, or a white 1979 BMW 320. Any­way, their web site spiffed-up the old logo­type with some very lovely color. Kudos.

Boston University’s WBUR has a good logo­type too.

SO - maybe I’m on to some­thing here… NPR sta­tions are non-commercial, yet their audi­ence demo­graphic is highliy-educated, and wealth­ier than the AM-talk set. There­fore it might make sense to have a more sophis­ti­cated image. Here’s the logo­types for other cities my fel­low suck­ahs reside in:

washington, dc new york city, ny
bloomington, in los angeles, ca

albany, ny

Does my the­ory hold? Well, WAMC is a huge sta­tion, yet their logo resem­bles an AM talk sta­tion. WNYC is funky. i like it, but for seper­ate aethetic rea­sons. Rem­minds me of the sub­way. But the oth­ers are in the league with WBFO and WBUR. What do you think?

Katya Katya Katya

I read Paul Greenberg’s first book Leav­ing Katya, after hear­ing an inter­view with Bruce Geller­man on WBUR, and I was so very pleased. The least I can do is rec­om­mend it to any­one who’s gone through a ‘Russ­ian phase’.

And, I sus­pect the author is a web-savvy guy, cause he found me, and sent me this e-mail:

——-Orig­i­nal Mes­sage——-
From: Paul Green­berg
Sent: Sat­ur­day, April 06, 2002 6:45 PM
To: ned@suckahs.org
Sub­ject: LEAVING KATYA read­ings in Boston
———————-

Dear Ned,
Thought you might be inter­ested in these upcom­ing Leav­ing Katya events.

Best,
Paul Green­berg
———————————

Paul Green­berg will be doing a series of read­ings from his Russ­ian Amer­i­can love story LEAVING KATYA in the Boston area com­ing up in April. Car­olyn See in The Wash­ing­ton Post called LEAVING KATYA “A ter­ri­bly funny novel.” The New York Times wrote that in LEAVING KATYA , “Green­berg, comic and know­ing, has done a rare thing supremely well.” Bruce Geller­man of WBUR’s Here and Now said, “The writ­ing in LEAVING KATYA is rich, funny and force­ful” while Vogue Mag­a­zine wrote “this tale will res­onate with any­one whose infat­u­a­tion with an exotic per­son or place has revealed dis­sat­is­fac­tions that lie a lit­tle closer to home.”

Exact details for the read­ings are as fol­lows:

April 8, 2002
6:30 PM
Din­ner and Book Club Dis­cus­sion at
The Hamersley’s Bistro
553 Tremont Street
Boston, MA
For reser­va­tions call 617–423-2700

April 9, 2002
Author read­ing
Barnes & Noble at Boston Uni­ver­sity
660 Bea­con St., Ken­more Sq.
Boston, MA

April 11, 2002
4:00 PM
Russ­ian Tea, Read­ing and Dis­cus­sion
Russ­ian Stud­ies Depart­ment
Marston Hall
Brown Uni­ver­sity
Prov­i­dence, RI

April 18, 2002
7:30 PM
Author read­ing
New­tonville Books
296 Wal­ton Street
New­ton Mass­a­chu­setts
(for direc­tions call: 617 244 6619)

(Note: Begin­ning April 1 Leav­ing Katya will be avail­able at all Barnes and Nobles in the “Dis­cover Great New Writ­ers” sec­tion of the store.)