Five years ago today, "Wink Radio with DJ Mike" went on the air at literally 11:59 PM on not TalkShoe, but an other "over the phone" podcast website. Can you believe five years later, I'm not only on the internet, but I'm actually on the radio now. Unbelievable. Seriously- I have no idea how I kept it up, but why I did was because of that hope of someday actually doing something I like to do (and that's kind-of easy). I did! Now I'm getting paid to talk on the radio. What the hell, haha I really can't get over that. It started when I logged on-to AOL one day when in AOL Kids I saw this "Radio KOL" thing and watched it for a while. Then about a year after that I heard it was going to get shut down. So, being the ass I am I posted on the Radio KOL MySpace Street Team page that it was going to end. After that a kid named Chris Riddle decides to go and send it to DJ Rick Adams (the host of the Radio KOL show). Rick posted on the show's blog about Riddle's email, and included my name (by accident I'm hoping), and then the hate mail came piling into my "email@example.com" email account. That's how I met Chris Riddle. BTW- Since then I've been able to meet and work with Rick professionally, and that's one of the most satisfying things in the world. Being able to say hello to someone who kinda pushed you into this whole thing (without knowing).
So the Riddle age of my life was pretty awesome. While doing the normal things of a middle-schooler I also had my secret life of an awkward co-host on a really highly rated show that would just barrate and annoy the hell out of the network it was on. Riddle Me This was the best show ever, but I guess co-hosting that hullabaloo wasn't enough, so I decided to create my own TalkShoe show called WinkRadio II. Though I avoid mentioning this due to the fact I work for this station at the moment, I named that show after Wink 106, our local CHR station because I sucked at creating names and thought 'oh I'll just borrow it.' The 2 came from when I did a BlogTalkRadio show called Wink Radio with DJ Mike, so the TalkShow one would be the second version of WinkRadio. So, that was some fun. I did that until like November 2010.
Somewhere along the TalkShoe ages, I met Chaz Burge who had just created his own podcast network. We brought RMT back on his network for like 3 months then got rid of it, so I was done for a while. Until Chaz launched an internet radio station called One Geek Radio (named after the One Geek and A Microphone Network). Now I'll be totally honest I don't remember a lot of te early days of OGR and this is usually where I get tired of writing this story, but I do remember the middle and ends and will keep going. JUST FOR YOU! Somewhere in the mix, we started playing music on OGR and it became an actual CHR radio station. As I started to become better friends with Chaz the station grew as well. By 2011 we had a full-on top-40 radio station! With a regularly updated rotation, really good imaging from both Chaz and our voice/imaging guy Grant Brooks, and I was able to program a FULL DAY of LOCAL on-air talent. Obviously a proud
"Conan Can't Stop"
The other night, late at night, I was incredibly bored and fount myself wandering around my Time Warner Cable On Demand channels. I was at Playboy On Demand, but I had to settle with Movies On Demand... (haha), and as I was browsing the comedy genre I saw the movie "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop." Now.. if you know me, you know I'm a proud 17-year member of Team Coco. I had heard about this documentary, but never thought I'd be able to see it, because it was verrrry limited release. This kinda showcases the awesome power of Movies On Demand, I was able to see an indie flick in the middle of Upstate New York? #WINNING. So- back to the film. I really was unsure of what I would see in the film. I had heard that it followed him on the "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour," but I honestly did not think it would go as in-depth to Conan, and a focus on his staff during the tour. The film show's the thrill and slow fade of the high energy that the crew had in the beginning of the 40-city tour. You know, the movie was actually very intriguing. You see into the mind of Conan himself, and what actually does go behind the life of a red-headed late night talk show host. As a Conan fan, I loved the film! But also I think that the movie is great for anyone who wants a good story, and an actual genuine good documentary. It's as some critics have said, "it's very watchable." For anyone over like 15, they should get a good hour and a half of entertainment from it. If you want to see it, go to http://conanobriencantstop.com/cantstop/schedule to see where the film is showing, or look for it on-demand and on Netflix soon.
So, let me get something off my chest. I've fallen in love with weird new-wave alternative hippie stoner music. After my years of working/living in the Pop-CHR radio industry air, I'd gotten so attached to that genre of music that I had for forgotten that there are other genres of music! I've always (and I mean always) have loved Big Band and Swing. The shiz from the 40's and 50's.Frank Sinatra anyone? I think in my quest to find good, relaxing and not uptight and all about money and gettin' it in with yo honeys (I'm white, did I mention?). I heard an ad for MP3.com on CBS's B96 in Chicago (love the station), and figured I'd hop over there. I had read an article telling me about their "revamp," so I thought I'd go check it out. I found myself on their free MP3's page at 1am, trying to get o sleep, so I clicked on the alternative section looking for something relaxing (I don't know why, but hey, haha). So I found this track that is like a stoner's dream- or maybe hipster is a better word? (I'm not a stoner). Eric & Magill""You Make It So Good" is the song I clicked on. Since then and hearing that song, I've become addicted to weird hipster alternative msuic? It's weird. I don't know why. I also found a few more free MP3's on MP3.com that I liked, I'll put them in a list below. I mean it's not like I'm making a priority to listen to them, it's like background music.. kinda. Am I the only one?
Hungry Kids Of Hungary - "Set It Right"
Slow Animal - "Sitting Here"
Hoodie Allen - "Turn The City"
Motorama - "Seagulls" and "Alps"
Fredik - "Rites of Spring"
They are all for free at MP3.com
Comment if you want some more recommendations.
So for the past year I've been spending my weekends doing what I've considered some of the best times of my radio career so far doing this syndicated CHR radio show, called the ALMOST Morning Show. If you don't know this stuff already, I'll go over some of the history of the show for you. In the summer of 2010 myself and Chaz Burge started doing a daily morning show called "The ALMOST Morning Show". It got a great response, but at the end of the summer, due to scheduling issues, we had to break it down to a weekend show at night, and that's how it is now, just on like 14 different stations, and as of now, with out me. Last weekend's show was my final time on The ALMOST Morning Show. I loved doing the show, but this summer I have other opportunities that have opened for me. I can't wait to start, I enjoyed my time at The AM Show, but hey. I wish Chaz and the show luck in the future.
Read the official announcement: http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/91910/mike-kerr-leaves-the-almost-morning-show
I absolutely love the new NBC gamble, "The Voice". Being a TV junkee, when this show was first announced, I thought it was going to be the most corny thing I'd ever watch. I mean it felt like American Idol with 4 big-ass superstars not looking at the people auditioning, but it's not. This show goes above and partially beyond my expectations. There were no real audition rounds, before the show started shooting, casting went around the US to all the major cities, and found the best singers, then the best would go to the Blind Auditions (where the judges are in their chairs not facing the person singing). Where there if one of the judges (mentors) hits the lil button on their chair, turns them around to see the singer, and if that mentor is the only one turned around, the singer is on that mentor's team. If another turns around, they [the mentors] "battle it out" to get that singer on their team. For some reason, this is interesting? I usually HATE signing shows --cough- American Idol--, but this one is really entertaining for me. The editing and production quality is really good as well. You don't see all of that crap you don't care about in an audition show, like what's going on outside in the holding room, or a really long overview of the auditioner. It's a full hour or two of real full content. Carson Daly (who I consider a good friend) doesn't do a lot of talking on the show, which no offence Carson, but it's great. The show can stick together without having to have a dude there to hold it together. The production is great, graphics are nice, and the show is very modern. I like seeing the tweets at the bottom of the screen from the mentors and the guys on the show, it's great to see what they are thinking while this thing is going on. Also with the modern-ness of the show, it's good to see FOUR actually currently relevant musicians judging. The winner of the show will get some cash and a contract with Universal Republic.
This is what I read on the front page of the Huffington Post last night.
Yesterday, the man with the face of modern day evil was killed by an American Army unit in the Mid East. Now, I'm not going to go into how this all started, you can go read that on MSNBC. I want to talk about this amazing outpour of interest, and the use of social media during this.
Last night I was watching the Celebrity Apprentice (it's a guilty pleasure) when at about 10:35 eastern time, that scary NBC News breaking came on telling us the president would be making a statement concerning our national security. At this point I'm actually scared. When the President of the Free World is going to speak at 10:30 at night on a Sunday, you better know this damn well is important. Another 17 or so minutes go by, and it's around 10:47 when the actual NBC special interruption banner shows, with their famous ding-ding-ding. David Gregory is sitting in their DC studio looking all frazzled, and he reports that Osama Bin Laden was killed, and they are waiting for the president's address. (George Bush is effing jumping up and down, down at the ranch haha).
So it's one of these things where your originally thinking, well, who in hell cares? So what? It's white? You'd be correct. It is white, and has no other special usage that the chrome and black don't have, it's simply a new colour. So, why do I love it? (I think I've said "so" about 7 times so far in this post haha) It's different. I remember when iPhone came out in like 2006 or 2007, and like NO ONE had it, so if you had it you were special. When they came out with the 3G model, more people bought it, because they dropped the price- by a lot. Then they came out with the 3GS model with a few little additions including the white iPhone. I think only the real hardcore Apple fans got it, the white iPhone. The iPhone 4 came out last year, and didn't have a white version, all of us white iPhone fans were all like WTF APPLE!? Hardcore Apple fans don't want to fit in with those PC users, and their new fangled iPhones, but they love the iPhone? So, Apple's gotta go to themselves and be like let's make a white one, that is only available in 16 gigs so the little non-Apple fanatics don't get it.
That's what happens. People who just want the iPhone to have an iPhone and feel like an Apple junkie probably won't spend that extra hundred or so to get a different colour, when they don't 'need' it. So, I think it's just for those cool REAL Apple junkies who want to stand out from the crown of chrome and black iPhone users. It's one good use- a new colour, and if it breaks, nothing (haha).
So, here's my first book summery and 'review.' I was told my last post was depressing. haha, let's lighten this ish up!
Set in Los Angeles, the 2010 “Tonight Show Fiasco” (as called by Wikipedia) began in the eyes of many in 2005 when Jay Leno promises NBC’s “Tonight Show” to Conan O’Brien, the 6 foot 4 red-head from Boston who at the time was hosting his successful show, “Late Night” also on NBC. Fast forward five years to May 29th, 2009, the day of Jay’s last show. The show went off the air, “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” began taping shows and airing the first of the next month. By October, Jay Leno- who had now been off the air for only two months- had made note to his former NBC bosses that he wanted back in. Who says no to Jay Leno? Not Jeff Zucker, NBC’s president of Programing. NBC soon announced what, even they had said, could be a television revolution, or one of the largest failures of the television industry- The Jay Leno Show. The daily 10-o’clock show aired September 14th, 2009 to February 9th of 2010. It was called by Entertainment Weekly, “The Biggest Bomb of All Time.”
Now that Leno’s show had failed horribly, Zucker and NBC needed a way to get Jay back to 11:30. They offered Conan O’Brien multiple options as to him keeping ‘Tonight’. Moving Conan’s show back a half an hour to put Jay at 11:30, and the ‘Tonight Show with Conan’ at midnight, or Conan was to leave. Mr. O’Brien chose to leave to “keep the ‘Tonight Show’ as it should be, and has always been.” Conan left, and not with out gaining millions in cash, and losing his tenure of ‘Tonight’, and most of his “intellectual property” to NBC. On Conan’s final Tonight Show, he said “It’s every comedian's dream to host this show, and for seven months, I did that. But you know what they say- The fun always has to end a decade to early.”, his puns kept a light mood. Conan later will end up with his show, ‘Conan’, coming back on the air, on basic cable on Time Warner’s TBS network, and is the most watched daily cable show in the United States. Jay Leno is still hosting his new version of the Tonight Show, differing much from his original show, with ratings below what Conan was getting, and falling behind David Letterman, and ABC’s Nightline.
On November 4th, 2010, Bill Carter and Viking Press published the non-fiction, “The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television went Crazy". It tells the story of the “fiasco,” and Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, and Jeff Zucker. Also mentioned in the book were big names like, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Brian Williams, and many others. After reading the book, the author creates a feeling of the confusion and back stabbing of the television business. My opinions on the book are like this- It was very lengthy, it was not written in the same way as the original book by Bill Carter, “The Late Shift” about Jay Leno and David Letterman in the nineties. The book was around three-hundred eighty pages long, and it felt like the author would sting out multiple things. I honestly wouldn’t recommend the book for anyone under 16 and doesn't pay attention to the ‘late night scene’, not for adult reasons (haha), but for the reasons that the book really wouldn’t relate to anyone who cares not of the late night shows. I love late night comedy. In all, it was a good book on the subject.
In 2007 I was on a podcast with a friend of mine. We did alright ratings wise, but it seemed that with every podcast after that that I did would do ok, then eventually fail. I thought to myself if it was me or what I was producing, but eventually came to the conclusion that people just don't have the time. Podcasts are usually around 45 minutes or more, and people just don't have time to listen to an entire show. Even though through the integration of podcaststs to iPods, MP3 Players, and even some televisions, it still means you have to take an hour out of your day to listen to them. Apple even has an entire part of it's iTunes store made just for podcasts. People will download them with the full intent to listen, but will maybe listen to the first 17 minutes then get bored with it. I learned that if you do a podcast, you need to be entertaining. If you want people to sit down, slow down, and listen to you and a friend talk for an hour, you need to have a good sound topic. Still even if you have all of this, people just don't care. Like I said, people just don't care. There are a few successes, but these are mostly people who are "tech-savvy." Take Leo Laporte and his TWiT Network- He holds one hell of an audience. TWiT is a technology based podcast network with around, like, 10 shows or more(?). Leo Laporte started on a TV show called Tech TV. The show was taken off the air, and the audience followed him to the internet where TWiT is now flourishing, with revenue in the MILLIONS. If every podcast net work was like this, everyone who had a podcast would be a millionaire? That 'aint happenin'. Ever. There will always be that one dominant fixture in podcasting if it survives. With talk radio, internet radio, and other more-modern internet outlets, there are just too many for it to thrive. Podcasting will always be around in a form, but will never be as big as radio.