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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Criss Angel's Mindfreak 

So, I sat down and watched two episodes of Mindfreak today.

What's kinda sad is that the thing that most stuck out in my mind from the show was this quote:

"This is going to be challenging and difficult at the same time"

For the record, difficult and challenging mean the same thing.

spouted incoherently at Wednesday, August 24, 2005 by Willis

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The Faces of Voiceovers 

This commercial is fascinating to me - mostly because I've worked in radio and dealt with voice over guys, but being able to see the 5 in this commercial as they do their "voice" is pretty awesome. These are the guys you hear from all those movie commercials (most entertaining is the Disney voice...)

Stolen from BoingBoing.

spouted incoherently at Wednesday, August 24, 2005 by Willis

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

I'm not the only one.... 

...who thinks Bryan Styble sucks.

spouted incoherently at Tuesday, August 23, 2005 by Willis

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Search Terms 

So, it seems as if I get almost as many people reading my drivel by searching for "Bryan Styble" as "Andy Milinokis" (which is funny, because Andy is at least funny, mildly talented and broadcast at a time when normal people have a slight chance of seeing him).

What really cracks me up, is that when you search for Bryan Styble on Yahoo, my posting about how bad he was one night filling in on 710 KIRO is the first result!?!

Anyways, today I noticed that someone found my blog by searching on Yahoo for "Bryan Styble" - and spent 12 minutes and 41 seconds looking at the post. For some reason I think it's particularly fascinating that they were surfing from a Ford Motor Company IP address. Best guess is that Mr. Styble has relatives who build cars (god knows no one else would have a reason to search for him).

Anyways, back to our regularly scheduled programing soon. Schedule is getting more consistant, and I'm hoping to bloviate on a more regular basis for the next couple of weeks.

spouted incoherently at Monday, August 22, 2005 by Willis

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Can't they make sure they're not playing the same thing: Part 2 

Wow - so I've pointed out times when MTV and MTV2 were playing the same music video - but right now MTV and MTV2 are both showing the exact same episode of the Andy Milinokis show. Somewhere there is a programing department getting paid way too much for not enough work....

spouted incoherently at Tuesday, August 02, 2005 by Willis

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Monday, August 01, 2005

More Bad Radio... 

Alrighty then, so I've talked about bad talk radio before, but right now I'm listening to something worse than a play-by-play of a fireworks show, and it's called Bryan Styble ("rhymes with bible", as he's said every 5-10 minutes for the last two hours...).

I guess Lou Pate (710 KIRO, M-F 1:00-5:00 am) is taking a few days off, so they have this Bryan Styble turkey filling in. His big selling point is "I'll talk to just about anyone about just about anything - from Astronomy to Zoology". All this tells me is that he doesn't have the ability to talk about a single compelling topic for any length of time - instead he's jumping from one topic to another - and he's doing it too quickly to give any listeners time to formulate an argument and dial the station with their thoughts. Oh, and he's obsessed with talking about himself - talk radio listeners don't really care about your general philosophical leanings, but they do care what you think about a compelling and timely topic. This guy is spending all his time talking about where he stands on the political spectrum (and how "independent" he thinks he is, etc) and moving from random topic to random topic, that it is no surprise that he's only had one caller so far (and the caller just called to tell him how much he loved him compared to Pate).

I'm not a huge fan of Pate, but at least he knows how to get people to call - Bryan Styble is too busy puffing his chest and "propagating conversation at the speed of light" (his god-awful catchphrase, repeated at least 10 times in the last hour - god help us) to develop a topic of interest. So far he's talked (quickly) about the space shuttle, death of King Fahd, Live8 (and Live Aid and the concerts for Bangledesh), the war in Iraq (and how it's a "war on terrorism" - not a "war on terror"). He's also spent time talking about topics that he's heard other 710KIRO hosts talking about (further proof that he can't find a topic on his own).

Very sad. God knows that I hope KIRO PD Clendening will listen to a tape of this tomorrow and decide that this guy sucks. He makes Carl Jeffers sound compelling, and that's not a good thing...

spouted incoherently at Monday, August 01, 2005 by Willis

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