Wednesday, July 30, 2008


A BIZARRE new Russian law hopes to make emo and goth music illegal in the eastern European country.

It could signal the end of heavy eyeliner and black nail polish for the kids who love to bop about to the likes of MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and THURSDAY.

Legislation is currenting being drawn to regulate websites and ban emo and goth fashion in schools and government buildings.(MORE)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Christian the Lion

Had to share this with all of you.

Full story on this remarkable friendship here.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Scott Muni is not in the Radio Hall of Fame. Jack Benny isn’t in the Radio Hall of Fame, either. WHO makes these decisions?

What a bunch of CRAP!!!

Scott Muni Brief Bio (HERE)

Scott Muni Wikipedia (HERE)

Scott Muni Air Checks (HERE)

UPDATE: The inductees for 2008 into the National Radio Hall of Fame were announced today (Friday). Scott Muni, Tom Donahue, Bill Drake, Thom O'Hare, Bill Vermillion, Studs Terkel and Jack Benny were not among the inductees.
(2008 Inductees: HERE)

Monday, July 14, 2008


Say you want to reach a representative sample of the U.S. electorate for a presidential poll. The Obama-McCain race is relatively close these days, with the Democrat's lead hovering around 5 to 6 points in most surveys. Someone tells you that he's selected a sample that's predominantly under 40 years of age (oops, that one favors Obama); disproportionately renters rather than homeowners (Obama-leaning again); full of college students (sounds like a Starbucks Obama thing to me) -- and, for good measure, includes a higher proportion of blacks and Hispanics than the national population does.

At this point you throw up your hands and exclaim: "Why are we concentrating on such a pro-Obama universe? He could be leading by 20 points or more among those people!"

He could. He probably is. But in actuality, the sample I've described is either not being included at all in many national polls or is being undercounted. Why? Because I'm talking about the growing number of American cellphone users who have no other type of phone or who choose to go wireless for the vast majority of their interactive needs. And this election cycle -- for the first, and perhaps only, time -- this group has the chance to render presidential polls "wrong from the start": potentially disguising at least 2 to 3 percentage points of Obama support and maybe more.

Heretofore my industry has dismissed the cellphone-only population with a troika of "yes, buts." Yes, they're undercounted, but 1) they don't vote anyway; 2) their numbers are still small; and 3) we can find acceptable substitutes in the land-line population.

And to be honest, there is a fourth, still more powerful rationale that remains unstated: "Yes, they're undercounted, but it's too damn difficult and expensive to reach them."(More)

Monday, July 07, 2008

DAVE WELLINGTON TO DC101 and Channel 104.3

Dave Wellington has been named PD at Clear Channel alternative WWDC (DC101/)/Washington and the company's newly-launched alternative WCHH (Channel 104.3)/ Baltimore.

“We conducted an extensive search for the next PD of DC101 and in the process signed on Channel 104.3 in Baltimore. With Elliot doing mornings at both stations, it was natural to combine the duties of Channel 104.3 with that of the DC101 PD,” Clear Channel Washington-Baltimore OM Jeff Kapugi says. “We had many qualified candidates, but Dave came across as the best fit for our needs and I know he’ll be a great addition to the stations and the CC DC/Baltimore cluster.”

“I am truly honored to be joining the No.1 radio company in the U.S.," Wellington remarks. "It’s always been a dream of mine to program for such true radio visionaries and strong leaders as Jeff Kapugi and [president/market manager] Hartley Adkins. I look forward to taking Clear Channel's DC101 and Channel 104.3 to new heights. It will be so exciting to work with such passionate staffs and a talented, top-rated local morning show like Elliot in the Morning. Smell my face!"

“We’re thrilled to add Dave to our exceptional team of programmers at CC DC/Baltimore,” Adkins adds. “His unique experience working with rock formats and exceptional talent make him the perfect person to lead our heritage DC 101 team as well as our brand new rock alternative station in Baltimore.”

Dave starts July 28.

Thursday, July 03, 2008



The Star Spangled Banner


Tuesday, July 01, 2008

An Experience of Interconnectedness

As astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, completed his Apollo 14 mission and returned home toward our big blue earth, he experienced a sudden and radical epiphany. Trained in all the disciplines appropriate for space exploration -- physics, engineering, orbital mechanics -- nothing could have prepared him for this life-changing experience:

"On the way home from the moon, looking out at the heavens, this insight - which I now call a transcendent experience - happened. I realized that the molecules of my body had been created or prototyped in an ancient generation of stars - along with the molecules of the spacecraft and my partners and everything else we could see including the Earth out in front of us. Suddenly, it was all very personal. Those were my molecules.

It was an experience of interconnectedness. It was an experience of bliss, of was so profound. I realized that the story of ourselves as told by science - our cosmology, our religion - was incomplete and likely flawed. I recognized that the Newtonian idea of separate, independent, discreet things in the universe wasn't a fully accurate description."*

Upon his return from space, Edgar founded a research institute called the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) which was born out of his profound unity experience, and his desire to bring scientific inquiry to the frontiers of human consciousness.

I've just spent the weekend with Edgar and a handful of colleagues on the IONS board who inspired me to write this post, although this article is not really about any single individual. It is about our interconnectedness. It is about unity. Oneness. The direct experience of being non-different from all that is.(MORE)