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.