Thursday, September 24, 2015

I WILL TELL YOU FROM MY CAST IRON CHAIR:  My college radio alma mater, WAMH 89.3 FM, where I started with a Fridays at 4am hour-long shift before eventually advancing to mid-afternoon, is cutting back its student dj hours to 4pm to 2am and letting NPR programming fill the rest of the day:
Although students used to clamor to fill 24 hours of programming every day and more than 100 student DJs were on the air as recently as 2000, in the past few years it’s been a challenge to fill more than 10 hours a day. Neel explained that, “as a result of various different things” including “radio falling out of favor” and “poor leadership,” student participation at WAMH has dwindled and around 3 years ago reached its lowest point. At the time, WAMH was in serious danger of disappearing and that, in part, is why the arrangement with New England Public Radio Network was so appealing. WAMH hadn’t been airing student programming during the early part of the day and Neel told me that students at Amherst College prefer time slots after 4pm.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

AH YOU A CAWP?!  No, these NSFW videos of a Boston-area gentleman on a fishing expedition are now the best footage we have of the local accent in its purest form.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

THE SUN SHINES BRIGHTER:  Allegedly, Doris Day may come out of retirement to do a Clint Eastwood movie.  She hasn't made a movie since 1968.
TONIGHT, WE HAVE MAGIC PILL CRIMESOLVERSo, after one night of the new TV season, does anyone care about Mystery Naked Tattoo Lady, Does This Movie Brand Still Have Equity?, or We Want To Be Like Modern Family (But On CBS)?

Monday, September 21, 2015

PREMORSE… WELL, SORT OF:  I had no idea that Joan Collins and Jackie Collins were related. Seriously.  Not that I couldn't have have put it together -- they do look related -- but I never ever had them share my headspace at the same time.  There was never a need to ask the question.
RISE AND SHINE:  Just stumbled across a post about one scene in Groundhog Day where Phil is at the hospital checking on the old man and there, in the background, is the tree-climbing kid -- with a broken leg.  I think this is evidence of my theory that Phil is only set free once he does the right things -- but the right thing isn't everything; yes, he saves the kid on the Last Day, but he's striving to reach the right balance.  Ultimately he didn't -- and couldn't -- save the Old Man, but he needed to -- and ultimately did -- keep the kid from breaking a leg.
[CHUNG CHUNG]:  Some Law & Order: Original Recipe superlatives, in honor of its 25th anniversary.
IT'S YOUR SHOT:  The Hamilton original cast recording, streaming on NPR.