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July is Listener Appreciation Month!


There will be so many giveaways you will go doo-doo in your pants!

Comedy CDs! DVDs! Mr. T Books! A Pee-Wee Herman Doll!

And perhaps most amazingly of all...

A Pez MP3 Player!!!

Yes, it's an actual 512 megabyte MP3 player built into the Pez Boy. The inventor of the Pez MP3 player, Pat, is a Sound of Young America listener, and he's graciously donated this one to us to give to you! Not available in stores! Sold out online! Amazing! Delightful! Remarkable! Astonishing!

Phil Hendrie Retires, Brian Palmer Remembers


Brian Palmer remembers the now-retired-from-radio talk host Phil Hendrie with some downloads over on his blog. Hendrie pulled off the remarkable daily trick of serving as both host and guest for his programs, interviewing himself in character completely convincingly. Incredulous callers, shocked by his "guests" outrageousness, were part of the fun. He's moving on to a career as an actor -- we'll see how it works out.

Things I never thought I'd say: "This new DJ Shadow album sounds awesome."


Because the first single, "3 Freaks" is bananas, and has been my favorite song for like three months. And the other leaked track, "Seein Thangs" with David Banner is my favorite Banner track since "Cadillacs on 22s." Plus 40 Water is on it, and E-40+Shadow=something awesome no matter how you do the math.

And I never liked that snoozy instrumental stuff anyway.

Nutsy the Squirrel


By request, this is my squirrel, Nutsy, as referenced in last week's show. He lives on the shelf between my office/studio and my kitchen.

Great Dave Foley interview...


I've been reading up on Dave Foley, as I'm interviewing him this evening for the show. I'm really excited to talk with him, he's a Real American Hero.

In looking around, I came upon this interview from the last year of Newsradio. A frank and fascinating account of both shows.

Who wants Kids in the Hall DVD sets?


Anybody got any good contest ideas?

Status Ain't Hood on Atmosphere


Status Ain't Hood has a very interesting review of an Atmosphere show in NYC last night. I have to say I agree with his assesment of the group -- Slug and Ant are both quite talented, and have long been the bright lights in the overly sincere white rapper firmament, but something seems to have gone missing since their earlier days. He writes:

Slug didn't do much rapping last night, delivering his lyrics in a sort of cocky-ironic spoken-word singsong cadence instead. It was weird and dissonant seeing this guy do heavy confessional stuff for a group of rabid kids and coming dangerously close to self-consciously half-assing everything.

Here's the full piece.

Joe Frank is now Podcasting

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I generally don't buy in to the idea of "radio as art," but if there's such a thing as a radio artist, Joe Frank is it. An original host on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, he soon departed that program to produce distinctive original work.

His work combines truth, fiction, speach, music, telephone calls and sound effects in the service of often mysterious stories. If you're a fan of shows like Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything or This American Life, you should know that they largely cribbed their formats from Frank. In fact, Ira Glass worked under Frank as one of his first jobs in public radio, and credits him as his greatest inspiration. Frank has won a Peabody, a lifetime achievement award from the Third Coast International Audio Festival, and a pile of other awards and accolades.

He left his home station, KCRW, in 2002. Since then, his archives have been available at his website, and re-runs have continued to air on a few stations around the country.

Now, he's podcasting. Here's Panopticist's description of the first show:

The first offering is an excellent hourlong show from 1997 called "The Other Side." It's a typically diverse Joe Frank episode: It opens with an actor (or is it an actor?) mangling a short passage from the Bible, then moves into an improvised phone dialogue between two actors. Later on are excerpts from a phone interview Joe conducted with an unidentified woman who is apparently a friend of his; she tells Joe about her doubts regarding her current relationship. (As he often does with his phone interviews, Joe cut out most of his side of the conversation, which gives the interviewee's answers the flavor of a monologue.)

The rest of the episode consists of two classic Joe Frank monologues. The first is a paranoid, Raymond Chandler–ish tale of an office worker who is visited by a strange woman who forces him to accept a mysterious box. The second is a first-person story of a man who realizes, out of the blue, that he must leave his wife: He tells her calmly that he's leaving her, then packs up his things, walks out the door, and checks into a hotel to begin a new life.

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Patrice O'Neal on Gothamist


Our pal Ben does interviews for Gothamist, often with comics. He justed posted an interesting one with Patrice O'Neal. What I've seen of O'Neal's work on TV has never impressed me too much, but enough people I trust have said he's the best live comedian they've ever seen that he must be something special.

I was twenty-two when I started; I did a bit of living. I would imagine that when you do something, like any young person, that at some point you have to grow up. At some point, you're going to have to deal with grown-up emotions. If you're fourteen or sixteen, there are life lessons you're missing out on. Look at the alphabet. Let's say that at A you're born and that at M you're a millionaire at the age of twenty-one. You skip over things that help you live at M when you jump from G to M. You're going to eventually come back to that. Some people put their lives in the microwaves and go all the way to Q, but they got to come back and see K and L. You can't skip life. If you skip letter C, you're missing out on lessons. If you start at fourteen, it's great, but there's letters that you've skipped. There's letter's I might have missed at twenty-two, but I don't know what I've missed.

THAT'S my name.


"I made $970,000 last year. How much you make? You see pal, that's who I am, and you're nothing. Nice guy? I don't give a shit. Good father? Fuck you! Go home and play with your kids. You wanna work here - close! You think this is abuse? You think this is abuse, you cocksucker? You can't take this, how can you take the abuse you get on a sit? You don't like it, leave."

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