Dubbing E.B. the boy

"I'm impressed that he was clearly African
yet he stood at the helm at something as mainstream and
significant as '60 Minutes' for all these years.

DuBois talked about the twoness of African Americans — to be American
and to be black
; well Ed Bradley experienced a threeness, if you will.
He was an American, he was black, and he was a journalist, and everyone
knows that's a whole different experience, too."

Alicia Nails, an
Emmy-winning television producer and director of the Journalism
Institute for Minorities at Wayne State University
, in Mekeisha Madden Toby's "Legendary newsman made '60 Minutes' tick"

IKEA desk contents, random Wednesday night

  • One Comcast cable modem, barely used.
  • One Shure BG 2.0 cardioid microphone.
  • One eyeglass case, Guess!, containing one pair of glasses with Ray-Ban Clubman frames, broken.
  • One "Future — Concord Regional Library" mug filled to the brim with paperclips and a staple remover.
  • One eyeglass case, Timberland, containing one pair of Timberland glasses, worn.
  • One copy, "Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels" by Scott McCloud.
  • One copy, "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls," by Peter Biskind, on loan from the Berkeley Public LIbrary
  • One copy, "Gynomite: Fearless Feminist Porn," edited by Liz Belile.
  • One copy, "Stranger Than Fiction: The Shooting Script," by Zach Helm.
  • One copy, "The Ambient Century: From Mahler to Moby — The Evolution of Sound in the Electronic Age," by Mark Prendergast.
  • One copy, "The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining your Blog," by Rebecca Blood.
  • One copy, "Vox: A Novel," by Nicholson Baker.
  • One copy, "Saved!" DVD, on loan from a co-worker, slightly superceded by a recent movie and made quaint by recent events.
  • One copy, "Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut" DVD and one copy of "The Virgin Suicides" DVD, frightfully late in being returned to Netflix.
  • Two BART farecards, one containing $4.60 and found in a farecard machine at the Lake Merritt station, the other containing $17.85 and purchased at Lake Merritt station.
  • One button, small, pink, advertising Abazab.com, which let a friend go from employment and can hence go expire in a burning lake of fire.
  • One Qwik-Tune auto guitar and bass tuner, used, sturdy
  • One Logitech mm55 iPod portable desktop speaker system, lightly used, currently playing songs from the "Marie Antoinette" soundtrack, one of several thoroughly enjoyable things about the movie currently in finer theaters near you.
  • One M. Hohner Chrometta 8 harmonica, used.
  • One key-tumbler padlock, purchased from Public Storage.
  • One Epson printer, aging gracefully and only occasionally pressed into service.
  • One small plastic bottle of Clobex topical lotion.
  • One small sleeve of 37-cent American-flag U.S. Postal Service stamps, unused.
  • One Canadian dime, struck in 1989, one of several anni horribili in my personal calendar.
  • One empty wineglass, in dire need of a refill, perhaps after consumption of a Berkeley Bowl chicken, black bean, cheese and salsa burrito cooling its heels in the kitchen fridge.

QotD: They Play(ed) My Jams

What's your favorite radio station, past or present?

Ah, that's easy.

[…] I wonder, then, is
comedy programming still a niche format or is America ready to support
comedy all-the-time on traditional Radio outlets?

It was tried before on a smaller scale in the early 1980's. The first all-comedy Radio station in the nation was WJOK-AM, Washington, D.C.
I remember it vividly because I was offered a job there but turned it
down. A good friend of mine at the time, Mike Morin, was also wooed to
join up and did. WJOK-AM, Mike and the rest of the staff had a
short-lived and limited success but then the operation ceased to be.
The great comedy experiment was over.

One has to wonder why
it failed in a city the size of Washington. Was it ahead of its time?
Were people not ready for a comedy format? Was the comedy programming
presented the wrong mix? Was the station's signal not strong enough? I
don't know. It just didn't work.

About: Radio, "All Comedy Radio to Launch"

Nearly 25 years ago, the first all-comedy radio format started in the
D.C. area: WJOK 1160 AM. . It garnered national attention. After 10 PM,
they were allowed to transmit "adult" humor. However, the radio station
was handicapped by a very poor signal (1000 watts during the day, 500
watts at night), and eventually the station folded.

The station building was demolished to make room for townhouses. The
towers were cut down, but only to just below the treeline. The radio
station's owner was too cheap to keep the towers up and have to pay for
the electicity for the red collision-avoidance beacons, and he was too
cheap to completely take them down. So now they stand, chopped in half
and the only reminders of a very unique station. These towers still
stand adjacent to the Seneca Greenway Trail at Watkins Mill Road just
outside of Montgomery Village, Maryland.

saxman, MTBR.com Forums, "All Comedy Radio"

WMET is a radio station broadcasting on 1160 kHz in the mediumwave AM
band. The station moved from the 1150 kHz frequency in 2003. Its
transmitter is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland and it serves the Washington, D.C.
metropolitan area. WMET has a daytime transmitter power of 50,000 watts
but suffers from a low 1500 watt directional signal at night.

WMET has run through a variety of formats including an all-comedy format as WJOK in 1983. […]

Wikipedia, "WMET"

Never woulda heard his stuff if it hadn't been for the Sunday evening programming ("Dr. Demento") on D.C.'s late, long-lamented WJOK-AM. ("On the Monday after the 1983 Superbowl, Bob Cobbins put 1150 back on
the air as WJOK with an all comedy format. Great idea, wrong station.
After losing money for a couple years, Cobbins sold the station to Jim
Swartz, who also owned an AM in Belair, MD.")

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