Less of Les ?



      Moonves             Hollander


With the introduction of television five decades ago,

radio was placed on the back burner by CBS who's

extremely successful record company and the tube was

the apple of "the eye",  until the kilowatt king Mel

Karmazin arrived to sit on the throne at CBS�s new

owner Viacom.


Suddenly radio was again important as CBS moved to 

be a major player in the AM/FM game. Charismatic    

Mel gave CBS radio a renewed confidence adding a

Texas swagger to the  step of employees on both sides of

the hall as sales and programming gained in stature in

an industry that had long  dismissed CBS radio. 


Unfortunately for Mel, his efforts slanted in favor of

risqu� programming soon brought major fines by the

FCC and concerns of license revocation that led to Mel's

departure and moved a television oriented Les Moonves

to the head of the table.  


Many months ago, as far back as the company's           

San Diego gathering, it was clear CBS Radio Chairman

Joel Hollander was being over shadowed by his          

boss Moonves.


Gone were the days when the kings sat in the back of 

the room or didn�t even bother to attend meetings for

fear of diluting the image of a division head. Virtually

taking over the pep rally, Moonves hogged the spotlight

preaching television doctrine to a hall of radio people,

most of who knew from years of experience in radio,

their is a big difference between the two.


The stable of account executives Mel Karmazin

championed would be crippled when their star

attraction, Howard Stern, jumped ship and joined      

his mentor at Sirius satellite radio.


With the Moonves stamp on CBS radio squashing

 Hollander�s  path, the gap between the two widened

 becoming a canyon of discontent when Les informed

Joel  the company was selling off dozens of                 

radio stations.


With months to develop a replacement for Stern,

 Hollander�s programmers failed miserably. Not only

did they not develop a new star, they regurgitated two

Stern wanabe�s, Opie and Anthony and adding to that

decision attempted to copy a less than exciting iPod for

a radio jockless �Jack� format. Then came "Free Fm"

that has  about the same acceptance as the divisions

David Lee Roth fiasco.  


Soon Joel Hollander will be leaving, with Les Moonves

 assuming full responsibility for the radio headache    

and his less than successful decision to bring Katie

Couric aboard the CBS evening news.


Don�t be surprised about a year from now if chieftain

 Sumner Redstone decides his company could do with 

     less of Les too.



Nail Biting Time in San Antonio


A stockholder revolt for Clear Channel and          
Westwood One, as investors question how the top brass
of both can reward themselves for mismanagement. 


Angered by a stock that is worth half of what it was a

year ago, Westwood One is facing legal action from an

angry stockholder who has filed suit to cancel lucrative

stock options management has given themselves. 


A-Maysingly, Clear Channel�s �boys� expected to collect

big time for their past ineptness and continue to ride

the personal money train into the future as they

peddled the company to private equity firms for 19

billion bucks. With a personal family worth estimated

to be just over a billion dollars, the sale would

dramatically enhance their fortune

 and give the �kids� even more time to further

mismanage  the company.


As stock in the company crashed from $90+ dollars a

share to as low as slightly more than $30 dollars a

share, the banker owner and his sons put Clear Channel

up for sale last year after selling off part of the outdoor

unit, dumping the  concert promotion business, and

buying back shares did little to boost the company's

stock price.


Needing two-thirds of shareholder approval, the sale

hasn�t gained the solid support of investors with the

buyers saying they are prepared to let the deal fall

through if it�s the will  of stockholders. 


If the sale doesn�t go through Clear Channel stock is

 expected to drop even more as industry analyst predict

a continued deterioration for radio. 


The vote announced for March 21 will now be delayed

until April 19 giving the company more time to gather 

support for a sale that isn't all that exciting to



It�s nail biting time in San Antonio.


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Clear Channel's �Instant Live��.Dead ?


 More bad news for Clear Channel as the U.S. Patent and

 Trademark Office has indicated it will revoke Clear

 Channel�s claims of its INSTANT LIVE project having

 exclusive rights on a live concert recording technology

that instantaneously markets CD�s of the event to        

fans departing the venue.


Flexing its muscle, Clear Channel took legal steps

against smaller companies also involved in making live

concert recordings, but a digital civil liberties

organization, the Electronic Frontier Foundation

didn�t roll over. In challenging the Texas giant it

persuaded the Patent Office to revoke Clear Channel�s

patent claims and cited the company for failing to

respond in a timely fashion.


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A Savage Nation ?


Michael Savage


Now the third most popular talk show host in

America with an estimated eight million

listeners, Michael Savage not only is shaking up              

talk radio, he�s sending shivers to the republican        

party as he considers a run for the presidency.


Savage was the lighting rod that brought public

attention to a Bush administration plan to turn over

U.S. seaports to a Middle Eastern company. Sparked by

his loyal followers, the white house was forced to call  

off  the Dubai Ports plan.


Never mincing words, Savage�s idea for winning the        

war on terror: "My platform would be nuke 'em and

rebuke 'em. Hit them hard. Hit them fast and get out of

the Middle East. Teach them we are the most powerful 

nation on earth and when our interests and their

interests conflict, we are going to win."


His solution for securing our southern border calls       

for lining it with troops of the National Guard and tanks

if need be. �I'd reinforce the border after making sure

we still have a border following so many years of having

it melted down under George Bush.�


     The highly rated talker, whose books include                   

�The Enemy Within� and �Liberalism is a Mental

Disorder� delighted his fans last month as he

announced  he may leave the airwaves

to  run for the white house. An online opinion poll       

now claim more than five million people currently       

back Michael Savage for President.


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The Red Letters Project


Russ Regan

Our long time pal Russ Regan, who discovered dozens 

of giant stars such as Elton John, Neil Diamond,            

Barry White and Olivia Newton-John and was a major

force behind the 1970�s hit �Jesus Christ Superstar� is

about to introduce another epic,

"The Red Letters Project."


It�s the Book of Matthew from the New Testament, put

to rock music with influences that include Coldplay,

Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, James Blunt, Arctic Monkeys,

Gorillaz and Weezer. "The Red Letters Project" starts

with 34 tracks on 2 CD's that will be marketed through

traditional distribution channels. Later this year the

stage production  will began touring the nation.             

"The Red Letters Project" isn't just a band, it isn't just   

a rock opera, its an experience that is being compared

to other musical masterpieces such as Pink

Floyd's  The Wall.�


Sample the music of "The Red Letters Project" here


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Revisit the 60's 




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My  Kind of Search Engine

Click here to

Meet Ms. Dewey


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At a time when many talk radio hosts today are too

young to have experienced events that had a major

bearing on our nation, Author Raymond S. Craft offers

this Talk Radio fact sheet of Historical Significance.

For a quick lesson or reminder, go here.

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r                  John's Poetry Page - here


The Art of  Talk


Art Bell

Radio & Records will be presenting celebrated radio talk show host Art Bell with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" during a luncheon to be held in his honor at the publications Talk Radio Seminar set for the Marriot Marina del Rev Hotel in Los Angeles March 8 � 10. 

As the creator of the nation�s most listened to night time radio show, Coast to Coast, Art is now semi-retired but continues to host weekends to a worldwide audience of millions from his home at Pahrump, Nevada.

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The Pendulum Swings

The recent election has given the political pendulum a new swing, with democrat FCC commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps being dealt a new hand in their efforts to topple the stacked deck of republican chairman Kevin Martin.

Fueled by massive citizen complaints over the agency's desire to be nothing more than a lapdog for an industry intent with swallowing even more of the nation's airwaves. Adelstein and Copps have often been a thorn in the side of Martin and his predecessor Michael Powell. They may have pricked the skin but they drew little blood, that is until their efforts have now been backed by democrats who want the previously toothless FCC to exercise more bite in regulating the monopolization of the media.

Senator Russ Feingold has signaled he is not satisfied with chairman Martin's proposal to give broadcasters a "get out of jail card" and just a slap on the wrist for their promise to adopt lukewarm guidelines in controlling payola. The Wisconsin senator also insists radio provide a way for independent record company's and local talent to regain access to the airwaves.

Perhaps the most troubling probe of the FCC is coming from representative Dennis Kucinich, who will be heading up a new House subcommittee focusing on what he considers to be the misdeeds of the agency. The diminutive Ohio congressman has already signaled a review of the Fairness Doctrine that long required broadcasters to give equal time to opposing views. Its death in 1987 gave a new stage to opinionated and controversial talk show hosts to vent uninterrupted on the public airwaves.

In warning, �we know the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda,� Kucinich signals he will spearhead attempts to end the love fest between the regulatory agency and those it is charged with regulating.

Meanwhile commissioner Michael Copps warns against a further loosening of rules that award more radio stations to today's owners who have shown little regard for providing local news and programming to the communities where their stations are licensed.

Rallying public support, Copps adds, �I believe we have the best chance in our generation to settle this issue of who will control our media and for what purposes, and to resolve it in favor of the airwaves of, by and for the people.�


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Mel's Sirius About XM


Mel Karmazin 

With both Sirius and XM satellite buried in debt, a merger of the two just might be the only answer that would satisfy investors. More evidence surfaces that some in congress could be warming up to the idea.

Mel Karmazin is Sirius about his desire to combine the two satellite radio company's and would probably wind up in the drivers seat if regulators and stockholders give their blessing.  But this week the FCC's Kevin Martin say's any such merger of satellite radio could expect the same result satellite TV faced when Echostar and DirecTV attempted to merge. It was blocked by the regulatory agency.  

As is always the case, consolidation benefits the companies involved. You can bet that a merged XM/Sirius would not only increase subscriber fees but would also dramatically lower the dollars the two competitors have handed out to land t exclusive programming content. 

With Howard Stern�s 700 million in cash and stock bonuses from Sirius leading the pack,  XM�s 650 million for broadcast rights to major league baseball, Oprah�s 50 million and Martha Stewarts 29 million would be easier to swallow if the XM and Sirius were one.

Under Karmazin's leadership, the gap between the two has narrowed with Sirius claiming slightly more than six million subscribers against XM's 7.6 million. 

The Howard Stern gamble has paid off  big time for the King of Radio Porn, as Sirius hands him a bonus worth almost $83 million one year after he hopped aboard Mel's new bandwagon. Of course, that's over and above Howard's $100 million dollar annual salary from Sirius. Meanwhile, MSNBC tells why "Howard Stern Isn't Worth The Money."

While a subscriber price increase could be in the works in the not too distant future, retail sales of receivers for both companies didn't live up to expectations in the last quarter of 2006. Heading into the Christmas holidays, Sirius, helped by a less expensive unit on the shelves, outsold XM.

Satellite radio is counting on automobile manufacturers to increase their subscriber base as they are looking over their shoulders at Microsoft and Ford, who are pooling a technology that would enable  consumers to access the Internet and receive e-mails in the automobile of tomorrow.

HD radio's lack of innovating  programming  is nothing more than what AM/FM provides.

Internet radio is the future...and its coming on fast.


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Golden Mike Award


Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers will perform at the The Broadcasters Foundation of America�s Golden Mike Awards to be held on February 26 at the New York Waldorf Astoria.

 Ken Lowe and the E.W. Scripps Company will be 2007�s recipient. Honored at last years black-tie gala was Emmis President Jeff Smulyan. 

The organization was formed several years ago to provide aid to men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession who find themselves in acute need.

The foundation reaches out across the country to identify and provide an anonymous safety net in cases of critical illness, advanced age, death of a spouse, accident and other serious misfortune.


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Rising from the Ashes


The birth of a new year always brings with it plans for a fresh outlook, a new beginning and an opportunity to rectify errors that cast a shadow over success. 

In recent months, by announcing the sell off of hundreds of facilities, radio�s two biggest companies, Clear Channel and CBS, recognized the demise of the industry, but are blind for the need to reverse the disastrous programming failures that brought them to their knees. 

Neither company demonstrated any real leadership in providing radio with the interesting, exciting and fun programming that gave greatness to its history. Especially in small and medium sized markets where local personalities, the magnet that once glued loyal listeners to the radio, were replaced by mistake ridden automation or a voice from a distant location with little if any awareness of issues or events important to a community. 

Prior to big media lobby�s pushing congre$$ to pass deregulation, radio was built on serving the city of license. Within hours of brokering a back room deal, unencumbered by any regulatory agency, a feeding frenzy took place. Bankers became broadcasters as they gobbled up radio stations at almost any price. They reckoned a monopoly in any market would allow them to jack up advertising rates enough to satisfy the inflated prices they paid for radio stations. In big markets like Los Angeles, they were correct as advertising revenue skyrocketed past a billion dollars annually with ratings that would have been considered an embarrassment in previous years. 

In a need to make the game plan pay off elsewhere, local programming in small and medium sized markets was cut to the bone with the emphases on syndication and automation. Attempting to reach the 25 to 54 listener most favored by advertisers, radio made a major error by chasing away its future as younger consumers  moved to discover other alternatives. 

While the monopolies of today would argue, they provide a sea of sameness as a wealth of recorded music, new and old, is no longer a part of radio�s excitement.    

After a dozen years of on-air performers being encouraged too lace their shows with smut and vulgarities, they are now reduced to a bland presentation by owners concerned with license revocation.   

With few exceptions, talk radio is equally as boring with many hosts lacking experience and preparation shoved on the air minus guidance from an experienced program director. Talented performers and programmers have few stages and/or opportunities to develop.  

We can only hope that in 2007, a new owner or one with radios past blood still in his or her veins, will emerge to give new birth to an industry in need of rising from the ashes.


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Radio�s Past is its Future


It was an opportunity made for a billionaire Texan.

His political party spearheaded the drive to deregulate      the media. With a long time friend in the white house appointing surrogates at both the Department of Justice   and the FCC, no hurdles would stand in the way of his  gobbling up more than a thousand radio stations, a giant slice of the billboard industry, more concert venues than      one could count and the promotional muscle that no competitor could match. 

Gaining control of a small or medium sized market,         Clear Channel could do just about anything they wanted. Early on, the founder of the company, Lowry Mays, made      it clear he had more on his mind than just serving the communities where his stations were located. �We�re not     in the business  of providing news and information. We�re not in the business of providing well-researched music. We�re simply in the business of selling our customers products,� said the banker turned broadcaster.

It was a statement that would have been a cause for concern by previous FCC chairmen, but not Michael Powell or      Kevin Martin.

Instead of performing the job it was originally set up to do, the FCC in recent years has functioned more as a lapdog of the industry than as a watchdog protecting the public�s interests. Until the arrival of commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein, the public interest was          woefully neglected. 

Actions that would have resulted in a license revocation from FCC�s of the past merely were given a slap on the wrist by that regulatory agency in recent years.   

Operating as though they had all the answers, Clear Channel and CBS both repeatedly made major errors that should have given indigestion to even a freshman broadcaster. They are not alone, but because of the enormity of their holdings, Clear Channel deserves more condemnation than perhaps any other company.  

While the Mays family has taken care of themselves,  stockholders and employees have not done as well. 

In an effort to improve the company�s bottom line, at the start of the holiday season hundreds of loyal Clear Channel employees were handed pink slips while CEO Mark Mays demonstrated his insensitivity by announcing his brother and he will continue to enjoy a substantial employment package. �On a personal note, I�m very pleased to let you know that both Randall and I will be staying with the company in our current positions,� stated Mays. 

A-Mays-ingly they will continue to guide a company        who's stock has dropped from $94 to $37 a share in the     past six years. When they finally depart radio you can be assured the Mays family will take far more than they gave        to the industry.

The decision to unload hundreds of stations can only be viewed as good news for the communities they have been  licensed to serve and for radio as a whole.   

 We can only hope that an increase in local service will replace the bland, boring, mistake ridden automated programming that has been a hallmark of Clear Channel�s demise in small and medium sized markets.  

Before deregulation, generations of radio was built with local programming and a desire to be a member of the community. With pride they would seek out and report news, address important issues and invite local response.

The lessons of radio�s past are its future.


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Video to �Save� the Radio Star ?


�Video Killed the Radio Star� was the anthem of MTV when the music channel debuted in 1981, but if Mel Karmazin has anything to do with it, video could well save satellite radio in the future as a combined Sirius/XM would deliver more than music, sports and news/talk audio programming. 

Having failed to excite sufficient numbers of radio users to switch from AM/FM radio to satellite radio, both XM and Sirius have already taken steps toward offering limited video data beamed to subscribers. 

Wetting the appetite of consumers at recent trade shows, Sirius fed them a prototype system that would send video to automobiles. Besides reducing operating expenses by eliminating duplicate marketing and programming, a combined Sirius/XM could free up channels for the distribution of more video and also increase signal    strength overall. 

A merger coupled with the addition of video to satellite radio just might be the gauze needed to stem the flow of  red ink the industry has experienced thus far. 

Disallowing satellite radio is �broadcasting�, the National Association Broadcasters continues to limit their representation to just AM/FM as they lead all efforts to kill any merger of satellite radio calling it a �monopoly.�  Never mind the NAB championed the mergers that monopolized AM/FM radio in recent years. 

With the owners of today insisting mergers were needed to �save� AM/FM radio, Karmazin�s prescription for satellite radio deserves similar consideration.


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Mel's Merger


Mel Karmazin 

He�s the darling of New York media, a former time salesman, or as he would insist, �an advertising executive,� who moved up to manage, then own radio stations trading his way into becoming head honcho of Viacom�s vast media empire. 

Mel Karmazin, known as �the Larry Flynt of radio,� mentored and road the bad boy of the airwaves, Howard Stern, into the winners circle before the FCC reigned them in, forcing them out of the Viacom stable and thrusting the two on the barren stage of an almost unknown satellite company.  It was exactly what Mel was looking for, it could go nowhere but up.

Handing Howard the keys to the store, Mel began to signal Sirius was serious about taking on XM, as he added a potpourri of programming challenging the satellite leader. 

While XM attempted to make hay by signing an almost forgotten Bob Dylan, Sirius scored the obvious by presenting 24/7 the Elvis channel, the Sinatra channel and other programming that rivaled that of XM. 

Wasting no time, Mel began to fuel the rumor mill with suggestions XM and Sirius should merge. Shareholders of the two were listening and soon showed an eagerness to join the Mel machine.   

Using the stage of his once fledging satellite radio network, Mel received more attention than all of the other radio heavies combined.

A promotional genius, Mel had the leaders of AM/FM actually promoting satellite radio as they continued to glance over their shoulder expressing concern about any merger that could put satellite radio on a par with their thousands of FM/AM stations.  

As noted on this site week�s ago, the two satellite networks have signaled their intention to merge with Karmazin in the driver�s seat. If anyone can sell the idea to regulatory agencies, it�ll be Mel.  

If allowed to merge, Mel has already promised to cut expenses, cut employees and cut duplications of programming.  

It�s what mergers are made of.  


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President of the Savage Nation ?


Michael Savage


Millions tune in to hear him preach a doctrine even more conservative and strident than that of El Rushero. Michael Savage minces few words and leaves no doubt the San Francisco based blowtorch has no patience for spineless politicians who excuse themselves from entering his oven. 

With four best selling books to his credit, Savage�s predictable unpredictability has sent a shiver through the GOP by signaling he is considering entering the      presidential sweepstakes. 

�A non-politician with a very large following, who is very conservative, and who believes in a simple message of borders, language and culture has a great chance of electrifying the American people� according to Savage.

While law would require him to relinquish his almost 400 station megaphone, Savage is convinced he could be the voice that forces the Republican Party to follow the conservative path of another radio voice of the past,     Ronald Reagan. 

If Michael Savage is right, he could move from being the voice of the Savage Nation to President of the Savage Nation.


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Stones Repeat at #1  

Country is 3 of Top 10


A slide in the sale of CD�s didn�t interfere with the fortunes of recording artists in 2006. The top ten acts on the Forbes list of money makers added a collective $973 million to bank accounts thanks largely to the sale of concert tickets. 

It was �A Bigger Bang Tour� that brought in $138.5 million for the Rolling Stones who after adding CD sales and product endorsements ended the year lapping up $150.6 million, the  second year in a row Mick and the boys topped the chart.  


          Faith & Tim                Rascal Flatts            Kenny Chesney

Country music stars occupied three slots in the survey with husband and wife act of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill banking $132 million thanks to an extensive tour.  Third in line was another country act, Rascal Flats, at $110.5 million. Madonna was fourth with $96.8 million and despite only $4 million in the sale of CD�s, an average ticket price of $300 a seat landed Barbra Streisand in fifth place adding $95.8 million to her bank account. 

Country music star Kenny Chesney was sixth in the top ten with $90.1 million in revenue. Canadian songbird Celene Dion warbled her way to seventh place with $85.2 in CD and concert sales. Eighth was Bon Jovi who ended the year $77.5 million richer. CD sales of 40 million helped Nickelback end up in ninth place with $74.1 million.  Continuing to sell out stadiums, the Dave Matthews Band rounded out the top ten at $60.4 million. 

Of course, the success of recording artists in concert hasn�t gone unnoticed by waning record company�s as they are now complaining the stars that provided the product for them to sell, should also �share� touring revenue with them.


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Lining the Nest, Laying Eggs 

Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks may have lined the nest with a bunch of Grammy�s but chances are they�ll continue to lay eggs with the fans of country music.  Radio programmers recognize the vote that gave the �chicks� five Grammy�s wasn�t about their music as much as it was about their politics and that of the   Recording Academy. 

Past winners of a Grammy land slide like that given the Dixie Chicks could count on a silver lined career but theirs will probably have just the opposite effect in sparking even more of a back lash against the "outlaw" group. 

The love of country music fans for the Dixie Chicks turned sour in 2003 when chick Natalie Maines criticized President Bush by telling a London audience, �we�re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas�.  The red, white and blue roots of country music lovers expressed their outrage for her comments, especially made on foreign turf.

Scrambling any attempt to woo fans back, the Dixie Chicks said they were never comfortable roosting in Nashville anyway and hatched a new album with a single,                   �Not Ready to Make Nice.� 

With the exception of former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood winning best new artist honors, the voting Grammy elite demonstrated they aren�t grazing in the same pasture where country music is seeded. The single that won the Dixie Chicks a Grammy received almost no airplay, had dismal sales success and peaked no higher than #36 on the billboard charts before falling with a thud.


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Talk radio built the fire that has finally been recognized by the mass media of the imprisonment of two border patrol agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean. 

Both are serving prison time after being convicted of shooting a suspected drug smuggler who was attempting to flee back across the Mexican border to avoid being captured. 

The white house �open borders� contingent is squirming to escape the heat that now includes many lawmakers in Washington who are demanding President Bush act to release the agents ASAP. 

In his own party, representatives Dana Rohrabacher, Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo are promising to hold the president responsible if anything happens to the two while in prison. The word �impeachment� has been tossed around by Democrats, but this time Republicans have      joined in too. 

California�s democrat senator Dianne Feinstein says, �the aggressive prosecution of Border Patrol agents has a chilling effect on their ability to carry out their duties and on the morale of all agents.� 

Talk radio won�t let the issue of the two border agents go away as they expose government misdeeds in convicting the agents. Bush say�s he needs time to have someone explain  the case to him. 

 And that my friends could take some time to find someone in the white house who can help him also understand a sworn duty to protect our national borders.



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On Coast to Coast George Noory invited best selling author

 Jerome Corsi to explain the latest wrinkle of our

 government taking direction from Mexico.  World Net Daily

 provides the details.

Mexico demanded U.S. prosecute sheriff, agents

Documents show role of consulate in cases of Gilmer Hernandez and Ramos-Compean

The Mexican Consulate played a previously undisclosed role in the events leading to U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's high-profile prosecution of Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who are serving 11 and 12 year sentences for their role in the shooting of a drug smuggler, according to documents obtained by World Net Daily.

And Mexican consular officials also demanded the prosecution of Texas Sheriff's Deputy Guillermo "Gilmer" Hernandez, who subsequently was brought to trial by Sutton, the documents reveal.

Read it all from World Net Daily here



Clear Channel Sellabration


The following will soon sellabrate Clear Channels decision to shed radio facilities in their communities.  Nearly all will be sold within the next few weeks, with hopes the new owners will return local radio to their programming.   

Alabama -Gadsden, Montgomery 

 Alaska- Anchorage, Fairbanks 

Arkansas - Fayetteville, Ft. Smith, Jonesboro 

 Arizona �Yuma 

California - Victorville, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara 

Florida - Florida Keys 

Idaho - Boise, Pocatello, Twin Falls 

Illinois - Marion-Carbondale, Springfield 

Iowa - Burlington, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Sioux City 

Kentucky - Frankfort, Somerset 

Louisiana - Shreveport 

Maine - Augusta, Bangor 

Maryland - Salisbury 

Michigan - Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Muskegon 

Minnesota - Duluth, Mankato, Rochester 

Mississippi - Laurel, Meridian, Tupelo 

Montana - Billings, Bozeman, Missoula, Shelby 

Nebraska - Lincoln, Ogallala 

New Hampshire - Lebanon

New Mexico - Farmington, Gallup, 

New York - Binghampton, Rome-Utica 

North Carolina - Statesville

North Dakota - Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo,  Grand Forks, Minot 

Ohio - Ashland-Mansfield, Ashtabula, Chillicothe, Defiance, Findlay-Tiffin, Lima, Marion, Sandusky 

Oklahoma - Lawton 

Oregon - Albany, Medford 

Pennsylvania - Lancaster, Reading, Williamsport 

Tennessee - Cookeville 

Texas - Abilene, Amarillo,   Lubbock, Lufkin,    Midland-Odessa, Texarkana, Tyler, Wichita Falls, Victoria 

Vermont - Burlington 

Virginia - Charlottesville, Randolph 

Washington - Centralia, Tri-Cities, Yakima 

West Virginia - Huntington, Parkersburg, Wheeling 

Wisconsin - Eau Claire 

Wyoming - Casper, Cheyenne, Laramie


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Barry Gibb

Barry Gibb has purchased and is restoring the lake front home of Johnny Cash near Nashville. Barry�s hoping the vibes of the previous resident will enhance his creativity there, maybe give birth to a country album from the      former Bee Gee.

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Dolly Parton has pledged $500,000 towards construction of a hospital and cancer center in her Smoky Mountain hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee.

 The dollars will come from the Dollywood Foundation, a charitable organization spun off from her very successful Dollywood theme park. 

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The End of �The End�


It may take a total format and name change for Entercom�s 107.9 - �The End� to recover from a shock jock contest      gone wrong.  

Licensed to Sacramento as KDND, the station�s morning show invited listeners to �Hold your wee for a Wii� drinking contest that challenged contestants to drink as much water as possible to see who could hold it for the longest period of time. The winner would receive a Nintendo Wii gaming console worth about $250.00, which is just a fraction of what it will cost Entercom to answer the anticipated legal action from not only the young mother who died attempting to win the contest, but also from a reported dozen other contestants who suffered adverse reaction from competing. 

Once the news hit the national media, Entercom terminated not only the lead three members of the �Morning Rave,� but seven others who worked on the daily program. 

Again, the entire industry suffers still another black eye for this.  Management surely must realize the �shock jock� era has ended.  

Representing Jennifer Strange, the woman who died as a result of the contest, attorney Roger Dreyer called the conduct of Entercom, �oppressive and irresponsible� and has asked the FCC to revoke KDND�s license.

For too long the industry has followed the beat of  smut peddlers until public outcry drove them from AM/FM radio. Now radio is faced with uncontrollable performers who have little idea about how to attract listeners without lacing their programming with "shock".

Sure radio of a different generation featured crazy stunts and fun contests, but the mean-spirited desire to humiliate and embarrass contestants is a result of the Howard Stern era that ushered in financial punishment and threat of license revocation by the FCC. That programming has been tamed down and chased over to subscriber based satellite radio with limited success.

Entercom can claim they have taken immediate action. But the company might best review how a planned promotion got on the air without it being cleared by the station program director.  They might also give their program directors the encouragement and time to motivate talent. 

Station managers and program directors lacking the ability to control performers and programming, should also be held accountable for what takes place on the air.  Their lack of attention gave birth to the problem that now faces KDND.



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Art Comes Home


Art Bell

He's returned to his "Kingdom of Nye" and you can tell by his voice that he's glad to be back.

Its been quite a year for Art Bell. Barely a week into 2006, following an asthma attack his wife Romona died . Her passing questioned his reason to continue living as he shared his innermost despair with Coast to Coast listeners.

Three months later he surprised them by announcing his marriage to Airyn Ruiz, a 21 year old Filipino beauty. Purchasing a high rise condo, Art and his bride declared they would make Manila their home and he would revolutionize radio by broadcasting his show live from half way around the world.

While he didn't dwell on it, Art's comments from time to time made it clear he yearned for a return to the states, if for no other reason to escape the extreme humidity and the never ending hammering of typhoon's to the island nation.

Then the final straw came when an old and false report that claimed Art had referred to the Philippines as �a disgusting and filthy place� made its way into the newspapers there, resulting in Art and his wife receiving death threats. It was reason enough for him to convince Airyn that his secure compound, with state of the art studio and home at Pahrump, Nevada was the place to be. 

His fans are delighted he's returned �home.�

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Kris Erik Stevens survives fiery crash


Kris Erik Stevens

Our thoughts and best wishes for a speedy recovery go to our long time pal Kris Erik Stevens. 

While driving on a wet dark road, his Ferrari hydro-planed, spinning out of control and ended with a fiery crash into a giant tree. Kris with his car totaled, was rushed for emergency care to a hospital with head injuries. 

Kris say�s the mishap �gives me reason to rethink my life� and during the holiday season encourages all to �be careful out there�. 

Send him a �get well� here


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Democrats Are Now Holding the Reins


Much like a New York stockbroker attending a country  livestock auction, FCC chairman Kevin Martin�s appearance   and comments at the Nashville forum not only didn�t make a sale, they didn�t even get a bid. 

The auctioneer at the event was FCC commissioner Michael Copps, who not only understood the issues, he spoke in a dialect the �folks� understood. His side kick Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein wasn�t wearing the boots of his native South Dakota, but he too spoke words that brought applause from the foes of run-a-way deregulation. 

The two democrat commissioners roped in Chairman Martin as he attempted to explain how opening the gate for even more media consolidation would benefit the public. Copps challenged, �If anyone tells you big media�s push for more consolidation has gone away, don�t believe it. People don�t have enough say about how their airwaves are used,            and it�s time for that to change.� 

Saddling up and heading back to what he hoped was a more favorable turf in the nation�s capital, Martin faced an inquiry from seven democrat congressional leaders questioning his announced study on the effects of media ownership. Asking just how impartial would the researchers be and will they be hog tied from providing a fair analysis        of the effect media consolidation has had on the industry and the public.   

While Chairman Martin�s two republican co-harts give him the benefit of blunting the concerns of democrats Copps and Adelstein at the FCC, he no longer has the backing of a congress controlled by his party.

Democrats are now holding the reins.


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The Death of the Dollar


 Big media will be the last to report it.

Talk radio and the internet�s World Net Daily once again break the story of the coming collapse of our nations economy and how the Bush administration will introduce   the �amero� to the new Republic of the America's, the US, Canada and Mexico.    

Always one of talk radios most interesting guests, Dr. Jerome Corsi analysis �The New World Disorder� here.  


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Transfusion Needed


FCC chairman Kevin Martin has always been in favor of loosening regulatory hurdles that slow down big media�s desire to gobble up more and more of the industry.  In the past, stalled by two democrat watchdog commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps, Martin has once again felt their bite as he unleashed a project that he expects will further his agenda. 

Hoping any awareness of his plan to conduct limited studies might be lost during the holiday, chairman Martin waited to make any announcement of the research he expects will rubber stamp his goal until just hours before Thanksgiving. 

Commissioner�s Adelstein and Copps immediately collared Martin�s move casting a shadow over who the chairman had selected to conduct the research, how much was it going to cost taxpayers, how the invitation of peer review would muzzle the important issues at hand and why the topics lacked specific questions that have been raised over and over by the public at large in open forums. 

Copps reminded the absent minded chairman, a federal court has already questioned a previous FCC vote to loosen ownership rules, warning Martin any republicram attempt to do it again would be met with intense public opposition. 

Adelstein questioned the limited scope, methodology and sources of data that would be a part of Martin�s study project, adding �The period of time to complete the studies is an ingredient for a study that doesn�t engender public faith and confidence.� 

Despite major public opposition to any continuation of lessening ownership limits, Martin will be using recent moves by CBS and Clear Channel to sell off blocks of their radio stations as reasons why ownership limits should no longer be of any concern. 

It will be interesting how the chairman will explain why virtually all of the stations will be or have been sold to other group owners. New blood is missing from the ownership ranks and it�s doubtful the sale of CBS & Clear Channel radio stations will provide a single transfusion to an Industry badly in need of one.



Coming Out



America's First Free Gay Station


Broadcast Veteran Burt Sherwood and son Jason debut on January 1st, the first over the air, free gay TV station in the country with WGAY-TV in Key West, Florida.  

"Our goal is to offer a variety of free programming both online and through local cable affiliates, that will appeal of the diverse gay and lesbian population, says GM Jason Sherwood.  "It's exciting for us to create the concept that gay and lesbian vacationers can watch from the comfort of a hotel room on their Key West vacation or back at home when the go online here 

Key West is one of the top destinations for Gay and Lesbian tourists. Research indicates that for every dollar invested in gay tourism marketing, $153 was returned in direct economic spending in shops, hotels, restaurants and attractions, making the gay community a viable niche audience for travel and entertainment.

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Bush's coup d'etat


Dr. Corsi

Talk radio and World Net Daily have done more to expose the Bush agenda to erase our borders and end our nation�s sovereignty than all other media combined. 

A regular guest on George Noory�s �Coast to Coast�, Dr. Jerome Corsi has given the light of day to hundreds of documents outlining how the White House under the umbrella of the �Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America� is engaged in a merger of Canada, Mexico and the United States to form a new �American republic� copied from the       European Union. 

"This is totally outside the U.S. Constitution, virtually an
executive branch coup d'etat," say�s Corsi.  "SPP is creating new trilateral memoranda of understanding and mutual agreements which should be submitted to Senate for two-thirds votes as international treaties." 

Dr. Corsi added, "We'd like to see both the House and the Senate in the 110th Congress conduct a serious investigation and get full disclosure from SPP of all documents," he said. "If the Bush administration wants to continue to deny that we're on the same track that Europe went on to create the European Union and the euro, then there should be no harm in full disclosure."

The documents can be viewed on a special website set up by the Minuteman Project here

Congressman Ron Paul

Meanwhile, republican congressman Ron Paul of Texas agrees with Dr. Corsi in denouncing plans for the proposed "NAFTA superhighway" in his state as part of a larger plot for merger of the U.S., Canada and Mexico into a North American Union.

 �The real issue raised by the superhighway plan and the SPP is national sovereignty� says Paul.  

Read it at World Net Daily

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations often attempts too  intimidate radio hosts demanding apologies for airing most any reference to Islam, be it factual or humorous.  

The latest example is when Dave Ryan of KDWB aired a comedic version of TV�s �Jeopardy� describing a category as �infamous infidels� where the female host would be beheaded if she answered a question incorrectly.   

CAIR issued a complaint that brought the following statement from the Clear Channel station, �KDWB does not condone making light of Islam and Muslims. We regret that listeners found the �Muslim Jeopardy� comedy skit of one of our on-air hosts to be insensitive.� 

Ryan is in good company joining the list of on-air talents CAIR has attempted to silence that includes Paul Harvey, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Don Imus, Jay Severin, Michael Graham & Bill Handel.