Friday, December 30, 2005

I'm not a racist, but I play one on the radio

The AP reports that Larry Krueger, who was fired for making racially tinged comments about the San Francisco Giants while on KNBR, was hired by KGO radio (810 AM) to provide commentary during afternoon sports updates for the radio station.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

KIRO Fires Mike Webb

KIRO will be using Erin Hart and Turi Ryder until a permanent replacement is named. As reported previously, Mike Webb is involved in an insurance fraud case which was getting some negative press for the DJ and the radio station.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Workin on Christmas Sucks

Glad I don't have to do it, but I want to give a shout-out back to my cousin-in-law Danny Boy on K104 (104.7 FM) in NY. He's doin the Sunday afternoon shift... takin' one for the team, and playing the Killers.

Merry Christmas Danny Boy!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Liberal & slightly dishonest DJ available?

When you work for a radio station whose motto is "the information you need. the people you trust", then you may want to try to avoid any insurance scams.

According to the Seattle Times, evening DJ Mike Webb of KIRO (710 AM) got into an accident last June, and then allegedly forged paperwork to make it look like he had insurance at the time of the accident. Geico claims he bought the policy the day after the accident, which would have sort have been a waste of money.

Mike Webb's blog seems to be silent on the subject.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Answer: Radio, Butt, and Of the Caribbean

Question: What are "Pirates", Alex?

Correct.

We're all familiar with Internet radio stations, satellite radio, and podcasts, but did you know there was another forum for broadcasting sound in the US that is not controlled by the FCC? Pirate Radio is not just a term from the days of Wolfman Jack, but it actually exists today in cities across the country!

If you listen to Free Radio 96.9 FM, which just recently came back on the air in San Diego, or if you regularly tune to 101.1 FM in the Santa Cruz area, then you already know what I'm talking about. If you lived in the Berkeley area before June 1998, maybe you listened to Free Radio Berkeley on 104.1 FM before it was shut down by court order.

Some quotes from some of these station's websites:

Free Radio Santa Cruz has been on the air for over ten years without a license. We broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, in defiance of federal regulations.

If the FCC shows up at your unlicensed radio station, Free Radio Berkeley recommends: do not freak out, they are only Federal geeks with badges, no guns unless they bring backup support which is rare unless they are really serious about seizing your transmitter.

From Free Radio Olympia: In the form and spirit of direct action, in solidarity with the worldwide micro-radio movement, and as a challenge to the so-called "authorities" whose authority we do not recognize, we broadcast without a license over Olympia's airwaves.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

All I hear is Country

If you live in the Tampa area, and expected to hear Don & Mike on your way home from work, or the Tom Leykis show in the evening, you can forget it. Since they don't have Stern any more, The BUZZ (1010 AM WBZZ) decided to cancel everything else, too. No more Howard, no more Don and Mike, no more Blow Me Up Tom, no more Sport Chicks (or sportchix), and no more AfterNoon Buzz with Steve Austin.

Instead, the station will be simulcasting the Country music heard on their sister station, WQYK FM. In addition, 1010 AM is now known as WQYK AM instead of WBZZ or The BUZZ.

Don't believe me? Tune in January 1st and you'll see.

DJ Moves does sports

David Barron of The Houston Chronical reports today that Astros legend Alan Ashby, who broadcast the franchise's only World Series, was fired Tuesday. Replacing the former catcher are 2 minor-league broadcasters: Brett Dolan, from the Tucson Sidewinders, and Dave Raymond, from the Brockton Rox. Milo Hamilton gets to keep his job, but only for home games.

In other sporty radio news, XM Satellite Radio has signed up hockey legend Mark Messier to promote their live NHL broadcasts. How exciting.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

KPEZ dispenser

Out with another rock station, and in with another Christian radio station, and yet another radio station calling itself "The River".

A Google search of the call letters KPEZ yields the following text in the very first search result:
"KPEZ 102.3 FMRock music radio station with information on concerts, contest, music news, events and online broadcast.
www.z102austin.com"

However, when you click on that Google result, you are brought to a 1-page website with the following message:

Welcome to Austin’s brand new radio station, 102.3 The River.

We’re a different kind of station that aspires to a different set of values. A station that offers a positive music alternative to the kinds of music you hear everywhere else. This is the new 102.3 The River, now with all Christmas music.

After Christmas you'll hear artists like Mercy Me, Avalon, Natalie Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jars of Clay and others, with songs that inspire and encourage.

102.3 The River, ‘Positive Music, Safe for the Entire Family’

What Happened to K-ROCK?

K-Rock is changing more than just their morning show when Howard Stern moves to Satellite radio this winter.

According to trade magazine FMQB, WXRK 92.3 FM in New York (which has been known as "K-Rock" since 1985) is changing its call letters to WFNY next week (January 1, 2006), and will move to "a predominately Talk format"; the station will now be known as "92.3 Free-FM."

If you want to listen to the kind of rock music that you are used to hearing on K-Rock, you can go online and listen to http://www.krock2.com, which of course is difficult to do in your car. I suspect that when the FM station known as KROCK officially goes away, the online station will drop the "2" and simply be called "K-Rock", but who knows.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Merry Christmas, You're Fired

The Big 550, AM KTRS says goodbye to a couple of DJs just in time to let them have a crappy Christmas. According to an article by Deb Peterson in Friday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the station is only letting go of the following radio personalities:
Bill Wilkerson, Wendy Wiese, Randy Karraker, McGraw Milhaven, Kevin Horrigan, Jim Holder, Scott St. James and Meme Wolff.

Waiting for the other shoe to drop (and likely polishing up his resumè) is station DJ John Craddock, A.K.A. Frank O. Pinion, as well as sports reporter John Hadley.

It seems the station has recruited some out-of-work shock jocks from around the country to relocate to St. Louis for the newly open positions in order to create an edgier format starting in January. Rumour has it that the new edgier line-up will include Keith Kramer who was fired from a Dallas radio gig in 2001 for "reporting" that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake had died in a car wreck.

Good luck with that, St. Louis.

Howard Stern Reruns

Sounds like most remaining AM and FM radio stations that broadcast Howard Stern will continue to play Howard in reruns until January 3rd when his replacements kick in.

Is reality starting to sink in for you yet? You WILL NOT hear Howard Stern live on the radio again, ever, unless you get SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

My local "former" Stern outlet, WCCC in Hartford, was jamming with hard rock tunes all morning (plenty of AC/DC, Ozzy, and Van Halen)... no word of Sebastian or Lance Christian yet, but I'm sure he'll be checking in by the first week of January.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

¿Prendidisimo? ¡Estás despedido!

According to an Oregon newspaper, fans of latin radio KXOR 660 a.m. "LA X" will no longer hear the morning show team of Mary Salvatierra and Polo Diaz.

If anyone knows what they did to get fired and "asked to leave the premises", please let us know! According to the article, the station will continue with an Hispanic format, but that "exciting new changes are in store."

The station's website is useless.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

$10,000 Reward, DJ Bob Dylan, Sponsorship

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the killer of Bakersfield DJ Karen Garcia by the radio station she worked for, according to KESQ News Channel 3. I mean, the radio station didn't murder her... they're just offering the reward.

Bob Dylan to be a DJ on XM Satellite Radio. According to the press release, he is going to be doing many of the regular DJ things, including "Spin Records, Interview Guests, Take Emails and Offer Commentary on Music and More".

DJ Watch: With only 3 days of Free Howard Stern left, and his big-market replacements (Adam Corola, David Lee Roth) not starting until January 3rd, what will be on your radio station for 2+ weeks? Stern reruns? DJ-free radio? Christmas music? Tune in on Monday the 19th and let us know.

Finally today (unless more interesting news breaks later tonight, and I'm around to re-report it), in deference to the Wisconsin radio station that sold the naming rights to its news room, today's DJ Moves post is coming to you from the FirstBoat.com rumor room.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Is being strangled considered natural causes?

Do you remember my post in November about Karen Garcia? It's okay if you don't; I barely remember my own posts most of the time, and neither of us really reads this site everyday, do we?

Anyway, when I initially read the news, I was shaken to see someone so young found dead of natural causes. Was I callous to think that if she had a life-threatening illness, she likely would have been in a hospital or facility or with family at the time of her death? It just seemed strange. In fact, the website for the radio station she worked at says she may have been dead for 2 full days before she was found!

I wasn't surprised to learn that her death was later being investigated as "suspicious".

Today, however, the LA Times reported that she was STRANGLED!!! Although her death is now considered a homicide, she was found in her locked apartment, and she lives alone!

Maybe some of you CSI fans can enlighten me...
Is murder by "strangulation" still considered "natural causes" because it is not committed with a tool such as a gun, or does that term no longer apply to her death?
Were the friends that "found her in her locked apartment" involved in her untimely death, or was there someone else involved that had the key? Is her landlord a suspect? Was something paranormal involved?

It sucks when people die.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

We DO deserve the truth!

25-year talk radio veteran Mike Siegel has been replaced by a young-looking morning duo on Seattle's conservative 770 KTTH.



All THE TRUTH's website says on the matter is, "Beginning this week, join radio's new dream team, David Boze and Dan Sytman, 5am-9am on The Truth."

Siegel must be busy looking for a new job, as his personal website has no postings under its "Latest News" section since July 14th (even in the member's area, which I joined just to check).

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

DJ (for hire) Ben Harvey

Available as of December 16, 2005, when K-Rock prepares to drop the "Rock" and flips to Free FM. More info on BH's personal (and well-designed) website.

Say it ain't so, Mo!

Yo, where did Mo go?

Oklahoma City's 94.7 FM, The Buzz (A.K.A. Oklahoma City's New Rock Alternative), posted the following statement on their website yesterday:
A phone segment recently aired during the Mo Morning Show on KHBZ 94.7 FM "The Buzz" contained inappropriate sexual content. "Mo" (Bryan Modzelewski) and KHBZ program director Jimmy Barreda are no longer with the station.


Damn, I wonder where Mo will turn up? Does anybody care?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Old Man River turns into Internet Stream



Yes, I'm proud of myself for that catchy headline.

Anyway, the Philadelphia Inquirer has reported that Hy Lit - one of the first Rock and Roll DJs EVER - has resigned from his 7 to 9 p.m. shift at Phili's 98.1 WOGL. The stations website makes no mention of his leaving to run an Internet radio station with his son, or of the lawsuit. Lawsuit? The 71 year old legend is supposedly involved in an age-discrimination lawsuit against the station.

His quote on the subject: "Radio is habit-forming. Fifty-one years. I would go on forever. I'm Old Man River." Hence, my title choice for this post.


Get your Hy Lit fix here at his streaming oldies site.

Meanwhile, back in Connecticut

I like rock, but I never enjoyed listening to I95, the self-proclaimed "Home of Rock ’n’ Roll", but I am happy to relay the whereabouts of one half of the station's Ethan & Neil morning show. He's still on the air, but not in the studio.

According to the station's website, Neil Hedley is living on a billboard for 3 weeks to help raise money for the needy via United Way. For those of you who aren't from around these parts, it's friggin cold to be sleeping on a billboard this time of year. Nice guy; good cause.

Feeling bad for him? Good! Click here to donate a buck or two in his honor.

I wonder what Ethan's going to do to top his partner's stunt!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Heh heh, You said "WOOD"!

Steve and Sabrina are leaving 104.5 WSNX in Grand Rapids for the same job at WOOD-FM, a talk radio station in the same area, but on the AM dial (1300).

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

DJ Moves - Canada Edition

Okay, so we've stayed in the US so far, but this one seems interesting enough to mention...

From our friends in Toronto, a talk host is fired for offending his audience.

apparently, evening radio host Michael Coren told a 500 lb guy that losing 100 lbs was not enough - he should lose more weight. Supposedly, Coren mocked the fat man from New Jersey (U.S. connection!), and that offended listeners who felt bad for the obese American. Listeners called and wrote and emailed the station to complain, the station manager listened to a recording of the show, and promptly fired Coren.

According to Globeandmail.com, "Coren's remarks were still unusually heated and offensive."

Also, according to Globeandmail.com, the entire phone call was staged. The fat New Jerseyan did not even exist, and the faked phone callwas simply an attempt at humor.

Another door opens...
According to his website, Coren's once-weekly TV show on CTS can now be seen nightly at 7 pm.

KTIE shuffles, adds Hannity, Medved

KTIE-AM, which prides itself on not serving the needs of LA and the OC, today announced a shuffle of their syndicated talk feeds:
Effective November 28, the News Talk 590 KTIE-AM line-up is: "The Larry Marino Show," 5:00 - 6:00 a.m.; "The Laura Ingraham Show," 6:00 - 9:00 a.m.; "The Dennis Prager Show," 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon; "The Michael Medved Show," 12 noon - 3:00 p.m.; "The Hugh Hewitt Show," 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.; "The Michael Savage Show," 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.; and "The Sean Hannity Show," 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Full release from BusinessWire.com

Monday, November 28, 2005

Wrong kind of "cuts" Mr. DJ

The Associated Press news headline reads, "DJ sentenced to prison for role in dismembering murder victim".

Ok, I know it's a real murder, but it almost seems like a joke that - in Denmark - you can help a murderer dismember his murder victim (with a "buzz saw") and get released from jail in about 4 months.

Read the entire article at Philly Burbs.com:
Former Philly DJ Sentenced for Dismemberment

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Sister Christian Doesn't Rock

Rock 102.3 KRTQ FM doesn't rock anymore, as the station got religion as of 11/23/05. Listeners in Tulsa will now find "The very best of Today's Christian Music" when they hit their pre-set for 102.3.

The old website address www.rock1023.com already redirects to www.spirit1023.com, where the station explains their plan:

"Our goal is simple: We want to build a Christian Music radio station and website that is just the way you want it."

Give it a chance, but if you don't like it, call them up on the Spirit Line at (918)286-1023, and tell them you want to rock! Otherwise, it may be time to turn the dial to 97.5 KMOD or Star 103.3.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

WAAF hits the "Shuffle" button

Boston rock fans, try and keep up.

Afternoon guy Paul Marshall (Neander-Paul) is off the air (rumor has it he's moving across town to 104.1 WBCN, the other Rock of Boston).

After a week of on-air trials, WAAF's website reports the following:

Mistress Carrie, who has spent more than 14 years with WAAF, will be moving from mid-days into the afternoon spot from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mike Hsu will move from nights on WAAF to mid-days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Kid 'N Play are DJs in Phoenix?

Ohhh, I'm sorry, I wasn't listening... You said Kid and Ruben, not the stars of House Party I, II and III.

Anyway, listeners in Phoenix may already know that "Kid" or "Crazy Kid" or "Kid Stevens" (not sure exactly what he prefers) has not been on the air with the rest of his morning show since being suspended on September 1st.

Rumor has it that the rest of the show may exit KZZP by January.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Denver Bucks Bill O'Reilly

Were you the one listening to Bill O'Reilly in Denver? Not anymore. Due to crappy ratings, KHOW has plugged in Glenn Beck, a syndicated host out of Philadelphia, from 12 to 3pm.

Conservatives in Denver have nothing to worry about; according to Beck's website, "His stated opinions include being pro-life, pro-Iraq War, and against what he views as "political correctness". Beck is critical of the entertainment industry and television shows featuring gays and lesbians, such as Will & Grace."

Look out, Denver!

Does Boston CAIR?

If you live in the Boston area, and used to listen to Jay Severin on your way home from work, you may have noticed he's not there anymore.

Michael Graham was touted as a guest host from October 24th to the 28th, but is actually the new permanent replacement for the afternoon slot on WTKK (96.9 FM).

WTKK's website touts the conservative Graham as a "nationally known talk show host, columnist and political consultant...", but they fail to mention how he was fired from DC staion WMAL after he didn't apologize for the following incident:

According to The Washington Post, Graham said "Islam is a terrorist organization" 23 times on his July 25 program. On the same show, he also said repeatedly that "moderate Muslims are those who only want to kill Jews" and that "the problem is not extremism. The problem is Islam."

Jocks looking for work in the Boston area should keep their eye on 96.9 FM Talk's career page, as I wouldn't be surprised to see the afternoon gig become available again sometime in the near future. Especially if the Council on American-Islamic Relations notices that Graham has turned up again.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Unnatural Causes?

When I first saw the report that a 34 year old female radio personality from California died of natural causes last week, I thought it was odd. At 35, I'd hate to think I could die of 'natural causes'. But then, I decided to get less ignorant, and I googled "died of natural causes", and found that it could mean she battled a long illness or something. So, I didn't mention it on this site - leave well enough alone and all that.

BUT THEN, I see a report today from a news website claiming that the woman's death is now being considered 'suspicious'. Also see here.

Stay tuned.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Star & Buc Wild New News Guy

New newsman: Chris the Queer (also known as Chris Hart)

Replacing former newsman: Crossover Negro, E. Reese Hopkins

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Freaky on The Monkey

If you were wondering what happened to "Freaky" Frank Nitty when 104.9 stopped being cool (they switched formats from Urban variety to news/talk last month); don't worry, he's okay.

You can now hear Freaky Frank evenings on 107.1, The Monkey (still in Biloxi).

I don't think I'd like a nick name like "freaky". It would be okay to be known as "the monkey", but only when being talked about (in a positive manner), not addressed personally. I mean, it would be okay if someone was telling a story and they were like "and then The Monkey walked in the room, and the party really started to rock", but if they called me The Monkey instead of calling me by my name - or even "hey dude" - I think it would suck. Especially if it were a hottie calling me Monkey, then it would be all too-cute-for-comfort; unless she did it in a total private and sexy way - then it could be hot.

See, Freaky wouldn't work in either situation.

Sleeping In

WRKR-FM 107.7 morning show host Scotty "Bud" Melvin announced on the air yesterday that he won't be showing up for work anymore, according to The Kalamazoo Gazzette.

The newspaper reports that the Michigan morning man of 15 years found out that his contract wasn't going to be renewed when it expires on 12/31, so he took his ball and went home after Tuesday's broadcast. I don't blame him; besides, he probably had a bunch of vacation and sick days to use up that the corporate bastards weren't going to pay him for.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Howard has left the building

I was going to say "Howard is Leaving Las Vegas", but he's already gone, according to the Las Vegas Business Press. With a one-day Infinity-imposed suspension, and a Las Vegas contract expiring today, Howard Stern is no longer broadcasting on KXTE-FM, 107.5.

The station is supposed to get the Adam Carolla project starting Jan 3rd, but all you'll hear is a lot of music and local jocks until then.

If you hear anything cooler than that, PLEASE let us know.

The paper also reported today that 104.7 on the dial will no longer play country music. It will now play Oldies. 104.7 will have the call letters KJUL, which used to be the call letters for 104.3, which no longer plays oldies - they play country.

So, in case I got it wrong, if you don't hear the music you thought you were gonna, just try all the numbers between 104.1 and 104.9 until you hear something you like.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Right to Remain Silent

According to several news sources, Jefferson City (MO) morning talk radio host James Keown was arrested WHILE ON THE AIR this morning, and taken directly to jail.

The website for KLIK News Talk 1240 AM was too slow to access at the time of this posting.

Cleveland Rocks without SLATS

Mysteriously missing from the afternoon drive slot, as well as from the station's website, is your favorite extreme radio host "Slats".

Why did he leave? Where will he wind up? Don't know yet, but he is replaced by Dom Nardella according to one source.

Please add a comment when you hear where Slats turns up.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Classic Rock is dead in Portland

So, you live in Portland, and turn your radio to 105.9, The River, hoping to hear some Aerosmith, or maybe a little VH. They've been playing "Jump" and "Hot for Teacher" a lot lately, but you'd be really pumped if they played something off of a VH album other than 1984... Maybe a little "beautiful girls" or "Atomic Punk". Yeah that would rock!

Wait a second... they're playing Kenny G. WTF!?!?

Well, my friend, they only play jazz now. Seriously. Go to their website, 1059theriver.com, and instead of jibberish about "timeless classic rock", you'll be redirected to KIJZ.com which - without explanation (how about a "hey, loyal listeners, we've changed formats but thanks for listening all these years") - simply invites you join some "smooth jazz club". No thanks.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Where did my Indiana oldies station go?

A listener from Indiana reports that they returned from vacation, and when they turned on their favorite oldies station 97.7, it wasn't there anymore!

What happened to your oldies station? A press release announced yesterday that the station picked up and moved from 97.7 to 92.7 on the dial, and in the process of the move, switched from "oldies" to something they call "CROCK". They define "CROCK" as a mix of country and rock songs, and they'll run DJ Free until New Year's Day '06.

Your oldies can now be heard on 104.9 WAXI.

If you don't want to change your pre-set station, you will hear country music on 97.7 (now known as Country WSKT out of Spencer, Indiana).

Is that confusing enough for ya?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

An Early Christmas in Kansas City

Listeners in KC (MO) are reporting that Z95.7 is no longer "Kansas City's Hit Music Station!"

As of yesterday, the station started calling itself Jingle 95.7 and playing all Christmas music. Their website promises "all christmas all year long" and suggests you tune it at 5pm Thursday (11/3/05) for "gifts from santa", which I think means "tune in to find out what the fuck happened to our radio station".

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Report a missing DJ

Did you turn on your radio this morning and feel like you were in the Twilight Zone, as some syndicated knucklehead was blabbing away... as if he had always been on that station.. as if he had always been in that time slot... as if nothing was wrong? Was your daily source of news and information, along with witty banter, replaced with "light hits from the 80's and 90's"?

Once you realized it wasn't just a bad - and long - commercial, did you surf around the dial frantically looking for your favorite host?

The personalities you were accustomed to listening to were probably fired - replaced by the corporate owners of the chain of radio stations that includes the one you listen to - without any warning to you! Perhaps they took a job with a new satellite radio station, or maybe they met their ultimate fate and are already spinning discs in radio heaven.

Has this ever happened to you, radio listener? When it happens again, let us know:

Click "comment" below to report a missing radio personality, or send an email to us at requests @ djmoves .com.

Lost in Little Rock

Looking for your morning show in Little Rock on 93.3 The Razor? Well, morning guy Jamie "T-Bob" Eatmon was also the program director, so as the station changes to all-rock, he is being instantly replaced on-the-air with Mancow (according to Radio & Records Street Talk).

The Razor's website has Mancow plastered all over it, but does not mention T-Bob, who had just been promoted to program director at the station in July.

Looking for Love in Wisconsin?

Doc Love - the evening voice at V-100 (WKKV-FM, 100.7) - was fired from both his DJ and program director roles at Clear Channel's Milwaukee station, according to JS Online - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Who's replacing Howard Stern?

Web advertisements from Infinity broadcasting are plastered all over the website of trade magazine Advertising Age, and probably many other relevant sites, promoting the lineup that is coming in to take over for Howard.

After ignoring the ad 4 or 5 times, I finally gave in and clicked on it to see if there was any new information, and actually found a pretty cool map on Infinity's website showing which Howard Stern stations are being taken over by whom (whom, right?).

Here's the map:
http://www.infinitylandingpage.com

I guess if the station you currently listen to Howard on is not shown on the map, then you will have to wait and see what your new morning show will bring. For example (as mentioned here last week) if you live in Hartford, you'll be getting Lance. Lance is a reincarnation of The DJ Formerly Known As Sebastian (previously heard on 106.9-WCCC, and more recently 93.7 before they were Hot).

Discuss

Friday, October 28, 2005

Al Franken for Senator?

(I know this I'm a little late on this one, but cut me some slack - I just started this gig!)

Just caught up to the news that Air America talk show host Al Franken is likely moving to Minnesota and running for Senate in 2008.
I visited Minnesota in 2000, and here's what I know about it -
  • Mall of America (didn't go, saw it from the cab - took about 10 minutes to drive by it going 70 MPH on the hiway)
  • "Summer" lasts about 3 weeks. Spring and Fall don't exist.
  • Everybody is super nice, and so are the lakes during "summer"
  • Jesse the Body/Brain Ventura 'nuf said.

    It is interesting that this great state of a thousand lakes would allow entertainers to represent them politically. But with the success of Ronald Reagan in the 80's, the Kindergarten Cop babysitting my friends on the other coast, and I-Man fave Kinky Friedman running for gov'ner of Texas, maybe this is the future: politics and entertainment merging together. Has anybody coined the term "politainment" yet? I think I'd pronounce it "Polly-Tainment". For another view on this merging, Matthew "with 2 T's and don't forget the middle initial, T" Sussman looks at what would happen if sports figures were in politics.

    Libs, Cons, help me get this site started and please post your thoughts. Add a comment below, or discuss in our forums.
  • Thursday, October 27, 2005

    Sebastian back in Hartford!

    I was listening to Howard this morning on 106.9 WCCC The Rock (the radio station, not Dwayne Johnson) in Hartford, and a commercial told me that they thought David Lee Roth stinks, and that LANCE CHRISTIAN would be taking over the morning show on CCC when Stern gets Sirius in January. The official website of The Rock (the radio station, not Dwayne Johnson) tells me that having the former frontman of the greatest rockband of all my time (IMHO) would be "Just Embarrassing" (see screenshot from 10/27).

    You think that's embarrassing?

    According to WDRCOBG.com, Lance Christian is the reincarnation of Joseph Schlosser, who was fired from CCC in 1988 and later had another morning show in CT on 93.7 WZMX until 1999, when the station switched formats and became HOT 93.7. From 2001 to 2003, "Lance" was doing an afternoon Radio sports talk show in Springfield, Mass. Uh'huh. Much better than Diamond David Lee. Good job with that, CCC.

    Wednesday, October 26, 2005

    Roping Mexicans and other fun DJ tricks

    "Sarge" - the host of a call-in tagsale show in Utah - was fired for a comment he made when a man called to sell a Mexican roping saddle. Supposedly, he said that it sounds like something the saddle probably could be used to "rope Mexicans" coming across the border. Sarge was asked for his keys by a program manager, but didn't grasp that he was actually fired until he read about it in The Daily News (no website known), according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

    Full story here:
    http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_3151854

    Discuss Sarge here

    Tuesday, October 25, 2005

    Around The Dial

    Here they are. The lyrics from The Kinks song that helped inspire me to create this online resource.

    Around The Dial
    Written by: Ray Davies
    Published by: Davray Music Ltd.
    Performed by: The Kinks
    Found on this album: Give The People What They Want

    Radios of the world are tuning in tonight,
    Are you on the dial, are you tuned in right?
    One of our D.J.'s is missing.
    Are you listening?
    Are you listening to me?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me clearly?
    Around the dial.

    I've been around the dial so many times,
    But you're not there.
    Somebody tells me that you've been taken off the air.
    Well, you were my favorite D.J.,
    Since I can't remember when.
    You always played the best records,
    You never followed any trend.
    F.M., A.M. where are you?
    You gotta be out there somewhere on the dial.
    On the dial.

    (Are you ready) We're going 'round the dial,
    (Are you listening) Around the dial,
    (Are you tuned in) Around the dial,
    (Are you searchin') Around the dial.
    F.M., A.M. where are you?
    You gotta be out there somewhere on the dial.
    On the dial.

    Where did you go Mr. D.J.?
    Did they take you off the air?
    Was it something that you said to the corporation guys upstairs?
    It wasn't the pressure,
    You never sounded down.
    It couldn't be the ratings,
    You had the best in town.
    Somehow I'm gonna find ya, track you down.
    Gonna keep on searchin',
    Around and around and 'round and 'round...

    (They're searchin') Around the dial,
    (They're listenin') Around the dial,
    (Poor station) The best in town,
    (Poor D.J.) Who never let us down.
    While the critics kept on knocking you,
    You just kept on rocking around the dial.
    Around the dial.

    I've been searchin' for you on my radio.
    This time your station really must have gone underground
    Somebody said you had a minor nervous breakdown.
    Was it something that you heard,
    Or something that you saw,
    That made you lose your mind,
    Did you lose control.
    Did you step out of line?
    If you're there, give us a sign.

    I can't believe that you've been taken off the air.
    Think I'll sell my radio now that you're not there.
    You never gave in to fashion,
    You never followed any trends,
    All the record bums tried to hack you up,
    But you were honest to the end.
    Gonna keep my radio on,
    'Till I know just what went wrong.
    The answers out there somewhere on the dial.
    On the dial.

    Can you hear me (around the dial)
    Are you listenin' (around the dial)
    Are you out there (around the dial)
    Can you hear me?
    Around the dial.

    The First Day

    I've been thinking of creating this site for a couple of years. My first choice for a domain name, aroundthedial.com (a tribute to the Kinks song), but it was taken by the time I decided to make a move.

    After seeing today's news about the naming of Howard Stern's gaggle of replacements, I decided I couldn't wait any longer. I had to put this site into action.

    I quickly found a suitable replacement domain that I felt was short and easy to remember, and accurately alludes to the theme of this site. What is the theme of this site, you ask? Well, it seemed like it all happened on the same day. When Dee Snider disappeared from radio 104 in Hartford, Smith and Barber vanished from 99-1 WPLR in New Haven, and Opie and Anthony were ousted from WNEW in NY, I searched the web to try to find out what happened to them. Sure, I found news articles and message board entries posted here and there, but I found no single source for tracking the comings and goings of radio DJs or talk show hosts! That's when I had my idea for the flux capacitor! I mean, for "DJ Moves" - a site to track the whereabouts and what-happened-to of your favorite radio personalities!

    Well all this stuff was in my head - just sitting there taking up valuable space, and was probably going to collect dust until completely forgotten about in a few decades, or if I was lucky, only a few more years. That is, until the news today... The news that Howard Stern's radio replacements had been chosen!

    Adam Carrola:
    Yeah, he's funny. But can I bare listening to his whining voice without knowing that within 30 minutes I'll get to see the payoff... girls jumping on trampolines!

    David Lee Roth:
    Yes, I was a huge Van Halen fan before Sammy Hagar came along. I even liked 5150 as much as any Roth-era album. But I think Dave has a couple of screws loose. Wasn't he driving an ambulance recently? Was that because he needed the money? Did anybody see the recent "Sam and Dave Tour" - can he still sing?

    Anyway, that's how it's going to go. Stay tuned, as they say.