Saturday, January 1, 2005

Access the Axis

KARE-11 might pull another Let's Bowl out of their hat starting tonight. A sports/comedy/variety program called The Show to Be Named Later (Hmm. Is that "to Be," or "to be"?) will move to the broadcast airwaves. A few episodes of the show were broadcast on the public access Metro Cable Network (channel 6) for a while. They're apparently hoping that non-sports people will be interested in the show (which is good, since I could generally care less about it). It'll be on after Saturday Night Live tonight.

In other news, I wrote an article on KMWB (formerly known as KLGT and, more importantly, KTMA—the source of Mystery Science Theater 3000).

Whoa! I just heard thunder! On January 1st! Cripes, this weather is wacky. (Or maybe it was just the weird 3D effect I finally found on my sound card now that the Linux 2.6.9 kernel actually labels the different chanels in the mixer—that was a long time in coming).

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Sunday, January 2, 2005

Smells Like Teen Spirit

The Star Tribune has a great collection of 2004 photos online.

The Show to Be Named Later... was a mixed bag last night. I thought the video they made about watching the Christmas game between the Vikings and Packers was excellent. The audio on the studio portion of their show was disappointing, though. I'm not sure if that can be tweaked or not, since they're obviously a budget production.

Jonny Voss is the show's host. The Minnesota Timberwolves have a page or three on him. They say he was "the team's first-ever fan correspondent," and is a grade-school teacher. Heh. I wouldn't have guessed that from his appearance, but it took about two seconds of watching/listening for him to come across as a really nice guy. Extra bonus points for not liking Mike Tice or President Bush ;-)

The rapper P.O.S., who was the Strib's artist of the year, was on the show. It's usually difficult for me to deal with music like that, and I ended up muting my TV because the relatively poor audio of that part of the show compounded to a very grating feel.

Anyway, it shows promise.

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Monday, January 3, 2005

The Theory of the Möbius

I just figured I'd jot this down before I forgot, though I'm sure a lot of other people had the same idea:

The tsunami of a week ago is a major opportunity for the United States to regain its standing in the world. This would require the U.S. to go above and beyond the call of duty in helping out the survivors, providing money, labor, and equipment to rebuild the country—exactly what I believe we should have done in Afghanistan in 2001/2002 rather than bombing them the short distance into the middle ages.

Indonesia and Thailand have significant Muslim populations. It would be a major PR boost for us.

I should actually check out what Thomas Barnett has to say. Probably something interesting.

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All Saints Day

Mary Lucia will join MPR's (still not yet airing) KCMP. A lot of people had been requesting that she be asked to join the station. I never heard her in the Rev 105 days, though, so I guess I don't know what all the hubbub is about, but it's a name I recognize (apparently from the time the station was called Zone 105).

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Future of the Past

Oo! I want to visit the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in St. Louis Park at some point.

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Thursday, January 6, 2005

Rageohol

Uvula always sounds dirty.

I'm bored. Nothing to speak of on TV tonight, from the looks of things.

I'm still curious about how KCMP is going to sound, but I'm worried about it sliding in a direction I won't like. Well, I have to give them a few weeks/months once they actually get on the air (and one station can't appease everybody). Anyway, I hope they are successful in one way or another. If they provide competition for the other stations around here, it can only help (er, I hope). Then again, public stations often don't show up in ratings numbers, so who knows if anyone would notice (if you add up all of the numbers given on the Radio & Records website, there appears to be 15 to 25% "missing" because of this—though maybe that's just because it's the "free" data).

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Friday, January 7, 2005

Boom Boom

Wow, I remember hearing KLF's "3 AM Eternal" ages ago on KROC in Rochester (er, most likely, since that was the only thing I listened to as a kid). It dates to 1991. I just heard it again on Energy Radio (KNRJ) from Arizona.

Not the greatest station I could have ever imagined, but they're the first non-Internet station that comes up when searching for "dance radio" on Google. Super mega bonus points though for sending the artist and song names through the MP3 stream.

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Monday, January 10, 2005

Judge the Judge

Mark Wheat hosted his last installment of the Music Lover's Club on Radio K yesterday. He also mentioned that his official duty at the station was Program Coach, not Station Manager or anything. Anyway, it's easy for people to jump to the wrong conclusion since he's on the air so often. His last regular shift will be on Tuesday, though he might have to sub for someone after that point.

I guess this puts the switchover to KCMP near the end of this week or at the beginning of next week. The MPR folks are not being very clear about when things might happen. They're taking their time, which seems so weird in the modern radio world (it took an hour and fifteen minutes for Rev 105 to become X105 back in 1997). Well, then again, I was figuring it'd be about two weeks from the time it was announced by the MPR folks that he would be leaving Radio K.

I tried watching The Show to Be Named Later... again on Saturday night/Sunday morning, but the audio was crap (they acknowledged that fact with a little scrolling blob of text at the beginning of the show). I don't know who their musical guest was, since I ended up watching part of an episode of Monk I hadn't seen.

Unless some HR people just decide to cause trouble, it looks like my brother will be heading to California to work for Intel. My family will probably be driving out there the first week in February. Hopefully the weather patterns will have shifted by then and we won't get stuck in snow in the mountains :-p

We'd probably take I-35 to I-80 and go west to the Sacramento area. Some of the video of California snow I saw this weekend was a picture of an I-80 sign...

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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Rapid Eye Movement

89.3 now has the call sign KCMP, according to records on the FCC website. I'm not sure exactly when that took effect—within the last few days. I don't think I've heard them use it yet, but I may have been distracted when they actually did station ID. It's kind of easy to drift off while listening to classical music.

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Melodious Owl

Last week, I caught a story on the news saying that a local high school marching band has been invited to Bush's inauguration on the 20th. I was shocked to hear that the band had to pay for getting there. I figure that once you get to the level of a presidential inauguration, you can get a free ride. Well, I don't know how things have been done in the past.

Today, there's a Washington Post story on Yahoo! News saying that the Bush administration is asking Washington, D.C. to put $11.9 million of the district's money (from a $240 million homeland security grant) into the event, breaking a long-standing precedent.

What the hell?

I'd been thinking of boycotting stuff on the 20th (there's apparently an e-mail circulating calling for "Not One Damn Dime Day"), and this would be that proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back for me...

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Saturday, January 15, 2005

I Blame the Soup

I think Rick's Market may be getting sloppy. Several minor things seem to have cropped up lately—though it might just be that time of year or something. Then again, the place will get torn down at some point this year (Lunds bought the place and is plannng a low-rise development there). Of course, it's also more expensive than Rainbow (or Target), so I should probably start actually driving somewhere to get groceries.

The recent dip in temperatures came at the same time as an illness for me. It might be a coincidence, though I suspect the drop in humidity did it. I get a few sicknesses like this each year, usually one when the temperature first dips to around freezing, then another when it gets to around zero. I coughed/sneezed up phlegm in new and disgusting ways last night (fortunately it's not painful or anything, just gross).

I should have bought more orange juice.

Well, according to whatever source my computer is using for temperature, we got above freezing. Now KARE-11 can stop counting the hours since it went below zero. Sheesh.

I've been getting back into a semi-regular cycle of watching movies from Netflix. I watched The Cooler a few days ago and thought it was pretty good. A bunch of great actors in it, and I guess I've never seen Alec Baldwin in a role like that.

Today I watched Wild Things. At least it had a plot ;-) Yeah, I was hesitant to see it for a long time. I distinctly remember seeing the poster plastered next to the door in Territorial Hall when I was a freshman. It would be hard to find another image that screamed S-E-X so loudly. Given its non-existence in my life, I'm sure I consciously avoided looking at the poster pretty often. What was the thing that finally tipped the balance and caused me to see it?

Bill Murray.

Yeah, okay, rumors of make-out sessions between Neve Campbell and Denise Richards also had something to do with it, but I'm pretty sure that little tidbit had slipped my mind by the time it was added to my queue. I suppose it's weird for my priorities to be arranged this way, but I imagine it's an agitation-mitigation technique since things like that remind me of what I don't have. Then again, it's tough to feel too strongly when everyone is homicidal.

I finally caught the Battlestar Galactica miniseries on Tuesday and Wednesday, then watched the series begin on Friday. It turns out that the Brits have got a leg up on us Americans for once—the series started airing on Sky One last October. Should I just fire up BitTorrent? Perhaps if I start missing episodes—it's kind of nice to draw it out a bit (though it probably conflicts with when Monk is on).

Computer work seems so distant right now. Of course, everything is a little fuzzy at the moment because of my flu-ishness. Well, it's all a matter of my synapses being happy. Good new music and cute perfumed girls are the best antidotes for that. Since element B has been absent for a long time, this kind of explains why I've been so interested in the new radio station that I hope will finally be broadcasting soon. But, they probably won't be the station I want them to be. I'll just have to wait a bit longer.

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Monday, January 17, 2005

Fool Tom

Gah! No wonder I had such a heck of a time picking up channel 5 with rabbit ears even when I lived on University Avenue—they don't use it as a broadcast transmitter anymore. KSTP-TV/DT and KSTP-FM are in Shoreview, while the AM station looks like it's in Little Canada. I guess the tower by the studios is just for show (and microwave dishes, cellular, etc.).

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Szymanski!

I forgot to mention that Ragnar, the Minnesota Vikings' mascot, was on The Show to be Named Later... on Saturday night. That was a pretty good episode (they seem to have finally worked out the audio issues). There was something about a swimsuit competition coming up, and there were three women on the show in bathrobes. I don't think they started competing or anything (I may have been watching something else at the time). And, it turns out that the Vikings cheerleaders know less than a group of "random people" assembled for a competition on the show. Well, the point spread wasn't too bad.

And, it turns out that everyone's least-favorite Twin Cities station, PAX 41, has the tallest structure in the state. The station's broadcast tower is 1505 feet tall.

Hmm, well, they're my second-least-favorite station, I guess, since I don't watch KMWB anymore. At least 41 has the KARE news broadcasts.

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Oreo Filling

Heh. Okay, I'm not sure if this was intentional, though knowing college students it probably is. Has anyone (er, outside of the area) noticed that the dash in the logo for the University of Minnesota's station in Morris, U-90 89.7 FM (KUMM), looks like ... well, you know. That's pretty funny. It's probably retaliation for not being able to pronounce the call sign as a word (maybe they can, but I doubt it—Grinnell College's KDIC has that restriction, according to a friend who went there).

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Thursday, January 20, 2005

En Toto

I'm avoiding the TV today, but I saw an image via Yahoo! News that showed Laura Bush in a Scarlett O'Hara-esque dress (well, I guess I've never actually watched more than 30 seconds of Gone with the Wind, so maybe not). Anyway, blah blah blah, rant rant rant…

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In Color!

I found a neat article about KSTP in 1962 while floating around the web today. At least they don't need 35-foot land yachts to be able to cover news anymore.

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Amperage

MPR finally got their butts in gear (well, okay, they had to wait for some people to give their two weeks' notice). KCMP will appear on Monday.

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Christmas

Ah, Nahm...

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Monday, January 24, 2005

Radio Radio

Well, yeah, that's anti-format alright. KCMP is on the verge of wiping the floor with my heiney.

Ooo! Soul Coughing!

Here's a random link for KCMP 89.3 The Current, for all your Googlewhacking goodness.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Wand Twang

Hm. I think I like Le Tigre. Hadn't heard them before, really...

Some things I want KCMP to play and that I haven't heard there yet

  • Daft Punk
  • Cardigans (other than "Lovefool")
  • Electric Six
  • Blur (Eh? What's the holdup? Dude!)
  • Orbital
  • Paul Oakenfold
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Sunny Day Real Estate
  • Tonic
  • Underworld
  • Basement Jaxx
  • Prodigy
  • BT
  • Olive
  • ...dance dance dance dance dance...
And that's just the better stuff I own in my own puny collection. Who knows how much more I want to hear. Yeah, there's nothing local in there. Sorry.

Well anyway, if they actually have 50,000 recordings, chances are good that they have all of that and just haven't gotten there yet. It would take months to get through everything if it was played end to end (and I'm not sure if they have 50k discs or tracks—quite a bit of a difference).

I think Mark Wheat is my favorite DJ so far, since he seems to like electronic-y stuff a bit more than the others. Of course, I haven't listened to Steve Seel much since he's on overnight. He got bonus points for Hooverphonic.

It looks like Leigh Kamman's show The Jazz Image will air late on Sunday nights, repeating what was on KNOW 91.1 earlier in the day. Did you know that the guy has literally been on the air since 1940? Crazy. I've never heard his show, but he must know his stuff. Yeah I'm not sure what he thinks of this zany new station, but I hope he has given some tips. Apparently he used to host jazz shows weekends on KSTP AM, and they would link up with other stations around the country to listen to what was being played in clubs. A simple and obvious idea if you think about it, but in a way it is so novel these days.

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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Battlestar Scralactchtica

Whee! I got mentioned twice on KCMP today ;-) I sent Mark Wheat a note that he liked. Since I had to go home yesterday for a while to deliver some ceiling panels, I listened to the station on my way down to Rochester and back. He was glad to reiterate the point that the station can be picked up to points southeast (then I think he went on to get me confused with someone else, but I can hardly blame him with the amount of mail they've been getting). Then Steve Seel said that he was informed about the station entry on Wikipedia that "some kind person" was nice enough to write. My minute of fame.

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Cracking Toast, Gromit!


Alright, last radio post for a while, I think. I just figured I'd mention that even being my currently-poor self, I decided to plegde money to KCMP. I was Googling around on the 'Net for other comments on the station, and someone mentioned that there is a monthly option (which I guess is right there in bold type, but I guess I got scared by the $120 right next to it). Anyway, I can do $10/month, just not a whole year all at once (not right now, at least).

Now I just need to figure out how to get to downtown St. Paul cheaply so I can get a bumper sticker. I never go there. It'd probably be best to do the 94 bus, though they charged me an extra 25¢ when I returned the last time. Some unmentioned rule about taking a return express bus, I guess.

I stole that image. Sorry to "mister jason".

Edit: Forgot to mention that I plan to do somewhere between a 3:2:1 and 6:3:1 ratio of donations to MPR, Radio K, and then KFAI. KFAI comes in last simply because I've never been able to listen to them very much, and I can't handle the block formatting, but I know they're an important voice. Radio K helped sustain me this past year.

Articles:

We'll have to see what City Pages makes of all of this.

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Friday, January 28, 2005

Rollin'

I'd like to find actual figures on this sometime, but was reading online last night and today that Soul Coughing was unusually popular in Minnesota, with perhaps one in eight discs put out by the group being sold here—probably a more significant percentage than anywhere else. That's weird, but I suppose it shows that Minnesotans have different tastes than those annoying bicoastalites.

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Saturday, January 29, 2005

George Clooney

Okay, sorry another radio entry, but does anyone else remember "Music for Boys" by The Suburbs (kind of a funky song) as a background track for something or other on Newton's Apple? I only ask because the full track has some guy saying things like "for a summer they'll never forget" in a voice much like that of Big Gay Al. Since the show was kind of targeted at kids, it just seems weird. Well, whatever, I guess. If "Lust for Life" ends up in an ad for family-friendly vacations, all sorts of strange things can happen.

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