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TUESDAY JULY 14, 2020 11:50 PM... Tonight's WGN show is on the stream and available under
downloads above. I'll get the bumper list for last night and tonight up soon, and I'll also get last
nighit's show up. But give me a couple days.
FRIDAY JULY 10, 2020 8:50 PM MST… This was the last Friday night show for while. It’ll be on
the stream replay through Monday, and it’ll be available as a download anytime.
I’ve agreed to take a stab at doing 7-10 PM Weeknights on WGN Radio through August 28th (if I
live the long). This arises from the very the very complimentary ask of someone close to me who
has done more for me in the last couple decades that anyone else has done for me in my lifetime.
It’s that simple. Saying no was out of the question. I’m flattered— but a bit frightened. I’m up to the
task, but is my body? We’ll see. I held nothing back, and flatteringly, it wasn’t an issue for them. I
hope it won’t be for me.
The good news (not only for me, but for baseball fans) is that barring heaven knows what, the game
will be played— and the White Sox will be playing. And when they do, WGN will be carrying the
play by play action. So it’s not as much as difficult as it could have been. I hope. I also hope you’ll
listen, better yet, call. And by all means, email with guest suggestions.
Trivia question? In the first decade that the World Wide Web was in common use— 1994 to 2004,
this word was misspelled online almost 17,000 times. What word. Misspelled. According to the
folks at spellweb.com. Even the New York Times spelled it incorrectly 14 times between 2000 and
2005. The common misspelling drops an “S”.
SATURDAY JULY 4, 2020 2:30 MST.. The complete WGN show from last night is up. Click on
downloads above and look for Friday July 3, 2020. The show will also running on the stream.
FRIDAY JULY 3, 2020 11:00 PM MST.. Happy Birthday Jerry Blavat. The Geator With the Heator
turned 80 today. I bet he celebrated dancing on state at Memories in Margate. I spent the evening
on the air at WGN Radio. They’ve put the interviews on their site: Earl Geier talking comics is here.
be putting the show up in its entirety on rollyestream.net (click on downloads, above) hopefully
before the weekend is over. So… what about bumpers? Some of what we played was related to
historical happenings, but here’s what we had:
Marvelows - I Do
Fontella Bass & Bobby McClure - You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone
Champion Jack Dupree - Walking The Blues
Del Satins - Feeling No Pain
Five Satins - Our Anniversary
Cornelius Brothers & Baby Sister Rose - Treat Her Like A Lady
Freddy Cole - I’m Not My Brother, I’m Me
Manhattans - I Wanna Be (Your Everything)
Barbara Lewis - Pushin’ A Good Thing Too Far
Gene Chandler - Bless Our Love
Plans are to do a live show for you Friday for an hour— after that, I’m committed to doing WGN
through August. It’ll be a test of my stamina, and no shame if I bow out, but I’m going to give it a try.
(There’s only minutes between the news I do on my FM and the start of the WGN show, so I’ll
probably lose weight— which is not a goal for me at all, but I can’t figure out when I’ll schedule
meals.) This too will work out. Talk to you Friday.
SUNDAY JUNE 29, 2020 11:00 PM MST As promised, bumpers scheduled for WGN shows:
[Disclaimer— I say scheduled because occasionally there were last minute changes due to
requests or topics— and I don’t always remember what was swapped out. Eventually I’ll listen to
the shows and amend this list.]
Easter Sunday 2020
The Artistics - Patty Cake
Jackie Ross - Jerk & Twine
Major Lance - Think Nothing About It
Patti Drew - Tell Him
Dee Clark - Hey Little Girl
Etta & Harvey - My Heart Cries
Radiants - It Ain’t No Big Thing
Gene Chandler - Bet You Never Thought
Lost Generation - You’re So Young But You’re So True
Walter Jackson - What Would You Do
Naturals - Let Love Be True
Jerry Butler - Only The Strong Survive
Liz Lands - One Man’s Poison
Major Lance - Delilah
Dells - Now I Pray
Ruby Andrews - I’ve Got A Bone To Pick With You
Little Willie John - Fever
Beverly Shaffer - Where Will You be Boy
Barbara Acklin - Raindrops
Clyde McPhatter - Lover Please
Jerry Butler - Rainbow Valley
Chi-Lites - Hot On Thing
Boogaloo & The Gallant Crew - Clothes Line
Jan Bradley - Mama Didn’t Lie
Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson - Soul Shake
Magnificent - Up On The Mountain
Ruby Andrews - I Guess That Don’t Make Me A Loser
Donnie Elbert - Will you Ever Be Mine
Dells - Stay In My Corner
Jerry Butler - Mr. Dream Merchant
Holly Maxwell - (Happiness Will Cost You) One Thin Dime
Gene Chandler - You Threw A Lucky Punch
Five Stairsteps - Danger She’s a Stranger
Tyrone Davis- Turn Back The Hands Of Time
Tower of Power - This Time It’s Real
Sonny Holiday - School Days
McKinley Mitchell - The Town I Live In
Girls Are Out To Get You - Fascinations
Young Jessie - Mary Lou
Admirations - Don’t Leave Me
C.O.D.’s - Michael The Lover
Players -Why Do I Love You
Natural Four - Heaven Right Here On Earth
sugar Pie DeSanto - Soulful Dress
Bill Withers - Lean On Me
Lost Generation - The Sly The Slick & The Wicked
Walter Jackson - That’s What Mama Say
Sheppards -Feel Like Loving
Barbara Green - Young Boy
Bobby McClure - Sitting In The Park
Dells - I’m Calling
Esquires - Get On Up
Gene Chandler - There Goes The Lover
Impressions - Shorty’s Got To Go
Jackie Ross - Everything But Love
Ray Stevens - Jeremiah Peabody…
Emotions - So I Can Love You
Danderliers - Chop Chop Boom
Garland Green - Jealous Kinda Fella
Tony Clarke - The Entertainer
Moonglows - The Beating Of My Heart
Betty Wright - Girls Can’t Do
What The Guys Do
Ted Taylor - Somebody’s Always Tryin’
The Gems - I Can’t Help Myself
Major Lance - Please Don’t Say No More
Jackie Wilson - Am I The Man
Mel Gadson - Comin’ Down With Love
Betty Everett - Getting Mighty Crowded
Wade Flemons - Here I Stand
Little Milton - Who’s Cheating Who
Billy Butler & The Chanters - I Can’t Work No Longer
Jamo Thomas - I Spy For The FBI
Priscilla Bowman (& uncredited, The Spaniels) A Rockin’ Good Way
Olympics - Shimmy Like Kate
Bertha Tillman - Oh My Angel
Barbie Gaye - My Boy Lollipop
Lonnie Russ - My Wife Can’t Cook
Beverly & The Del Capris - Mama I Think I’m In Love
Dontells - I’m Gonna Tell The World
DeeDee Sharp - What My Mama Say
Eskew Reeder - Never Again
Little Richard - The Girl Can’t Help It
Little Richard - Every Hour
Jackie Shane - Comin’ Down
Flamingos - Mio Amore
Don & The Delighters - (Native Girl) Elephant Walk
Dukays -The Girl’s A Devil
Gifts - Loving You
Vi-Tones - Blue Moon
Betty Wright - No Pain, No Gain
Jay McShann & Priscilla Bowman - Hands Off
The Sheppards - Tragic
Dells - Tel The World
Spaniels - Everyone’s Laughing
Wade Flemons - That Other Place
Tony Clarke - Ain’t Love Good
Annuals - Hungry, I’m Hungry
Paul Revere & The Raiders - SS396
Billy Emerson - Every Woman I Know
Huey Piano Smith - Rockin’ Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu
Bobby Marchan - What Can I Do
Esquires - Listen To Me
Five Stairsteps - Playgirl’s Love
C.O.D.’s - Michael (alternate take)
Kool Gents - This Is The Night
Cicero Blake - Sad Feeling
Salty Peppers - La La Time
Maurice Rodgers - Coming In Out Of The Rain
Sheppards - Elevator Operator
Jo Armstead - Stone Good Lover
Charles Sheffield - It’s Your VooDoo Working
Otis Leavill - Keep ON Loving’
Spaniels - Stormy Weather
jackie Wilson - YouGot Me Walkin’
Kenny Wells- HooDoo Man
Jan Bradley - Back In Circulation
Four Gents - Young Girls Beware
Bobbie Smith & The Dream Girls - Mr. Fine
Jerry Butler - Make It Easy On Yourself
Louis Jordan - Five Guys Named Mo
Linda Clifford - Runaway Love
Donne Elbert - Run Little Girl
Olympics - Good Lovin’
Maxine Brown - Oh No Not My Baby
Five Stairsteps - Baby Make Me Feel So Good
Tony Clarke - This Heart of Mine
June Conquest - What’s This I See
Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack - You Are My Heaven
Four Buddies - Dolores
Mood Makers- Dolores
Fontella Bass & Bobby McClure - Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing
Major Lance - I’m The One Who Loves You
Andre Williams - Bacon Fat
Andre Williams - Pass The Biscuits Please
Bobby Sheen - Dr. Love
Etta James - Pushover
Lost Generation - Wait A Minute
Opals - I’m So Afraid
Jackie Wilson - Talk That Talk
Shorty Long - Devil With The Blue Dress
Impressions - Señorita I Love You
Billy Stewart - I Do Love You
Dells - It’s Not Unusual
Nolan Strong- Just Like The Weather
Re-Vels - False Alarm
Minnie Riperton - Reasons
Chiffons - Doctor of Hearts (west coast group)
Chiffons -A Love So Fine (east coast group)
Jerry Butler - Find Another Girl
Harold Burrage - What You Don’t Know
Betty Everett - I Can’t Hear You No More
Gene Chandler - Just Be True
Syl Johnson - Straight Love, No Chaser
Billy McGregor - Mr. Shy
Tierra - Together (Unity)
Barbara Lewis - Think A Little Sugar
Impressions - A New Love
Harvey Scales & The 7 Sounds - Love It is
Dynells - Call on Me
Little Milton - Grits Ain’t Groceries (All Around The World)
Jerry Butler - I Don’t Want To Hear it Anymore
Alvin Cash - Twine Time
Jerry Butler - Giving Up On Love
Tides - Chicken Spaceman
Brenton Wood - Catch You On The Rebound
Moon Martin - Bad Case of Loving You
Artistics - girl I Need You
Barbara Lewis - Straighten Up Your Heart
Bobby Parker - You Got What It Takes
Billy Eckstine - Wish You Were Here
Gene Chandler & Barbara Acklin - Show Me The Way To Go
Benny Bell - Shaving Cream
Impressions- I’m the One Who Loves You
Dorothy Williams - Watchdog
Esquires - You Got The Power
Dells - Now I Pray
Moonglows - See Saw
Chi-Lites - Low Key
Chi-Lites - Give It Away
Chi- Lites - Have You Seen Her
Mob - I Dig Everything About You
Eastside Heartbeats - They Don’t Know Me
Buckinghams - Kind of a Drag
Mob - I’d Like To See More Of You
Cholli May - You Will Never Get Away
Clifford Curry- She Shot a Hole in My Soul
Comic Books - Manuel
Thee Midnighters - That’s All
Sorry I didn’t have time to upload the audio files for the above shows, but it’s on that infamous to-do
list and I’ll get to it eventually. Probably not before Friday when I’ll be on WGN from 7-10 CT, but
you never know.
FRIDAY JUNE 26, 2020 9:30 PM MST… No show next week, but I’ll be live on WGN 720 AM
7-10PM CT. As for trivia tonight: This happens to 10 million Americans ever year. What? Getting
pulled over by a cop for speeding. Replays are up, stream is on, I’m gone. But I promised you I’d
upload the WGN shows I did in April - June. I hope to do that this weekend. I also promised I’d get
you a complete list of bumpers I played. I’ll try to do that too. Don’t hold me to it, but know that’s the
plan as I type now.
FRIDAY JUNETEENTH 2020 8:45 PM MST…. Good to talk with several of you. Yes, we had a
trivia question. No, it was not answered. So it will be now: This happens in America once every
year, though there’s reason to believe most Americans don’t even know it. The longest one lasted
an hour and a half. The shortest one was 2 minutes. What is it? Presidential Addresses. George
Washington’s second inaugural Address was 2 minutes. Bill Clinton’s 2000 State of the Union
Address was an hour and a half. Replays up, streams on, I’m gone. Talk to you net Friday at 7
FRIDAY JUNE 12 2020 8:50 PM MST… Trivia question? 60% of Americans do this at least
monthly, but only 19% of England residents and just 12% of French residents do it that often. Do
what? Attend church, according to European Values survey reported in Time in 2003, and a Gallup
Poll conducted in 2004. We’ll be live again next Friday night at 7 MST. Until then, the stream is on,
the replay is up and I’m gone. Schedule: Live 1 hour shows Friday June 19th and June 26th, then
3 hours on WGNRadio.com Friday July 3rd 7-10 PM Central Time.
FRIDAY JUNE 5, 2020 8:45 PM… Good to hear from many of you. And congratulations to David
and Lisa who knew the trivia question (and emailed the answer weeks ago). It stumped everyone
else, however. It used to happen in America on occasion until the mid 1830s, then increasingly, it
became more rare. The last time this happened in America was over 24 years ago, but it
absolutely could happen again. What is it? Capital punishment by hanging. The last one was on
January 25, 1996 when Bill Bailey was executed in Delaware for killing an elderly couple. It remains
a legal option in both new Hampshire and Washington state if requested by the condemned. The
protocol is the day before a hanging, a professional hangman weights the prisoner and then
rehearses with a sandbag to gauge the correct drop for fast death. (The Boston Herald relayed the
info on 1/31/04— gotta wonder about the context.) Stream is on, replay is up and I’m gone until
next week at 7 PT / 10 ET.
FRIDAY JUNE 6, 2020 6:55 PM Yes, there's a show tonight. Apologies for not giving you a
reminder. But I promised I'd be on the first Friday in June, and I will. In about 5 minutes.
FRIDAY MAY 15, 2020 8:30 PM… Good to talk about Little Richard and Betty Wrignt, but so sorry
for the reason being their passing. Next show will be Friday June 5th. Have to talk a couple weeks
off.. but we’ll pick it up with the same trivia question, which remains unanswered. It’ll give you time
to think about it: This used to happen in America on occasion until the mid 1830s, then increasingly,
it became more rare. The last time this happened in America was over 24 years ago in 1996, but it
absolutely could happen again. What is it? Stream is on, replay is up and I’m gone. Talk to you in
FRIDAY MAY 8, 2020 Our trivia question was guessed, almost immediately. Who knew? I didn’t,
and now that I do, I’d rather I didn’t but here it is: Trivia question: In the 12th century, cocoa beans
were a currency. A Mayan could buy a rabbit for 8 of them. But if he parted with 100 cocoa beans
he could buy this. What? A slave. (Don’t blame me for this horrid piece of esoterica. It cam from
Times of London Higher Educational Supplement 5/21/04.) Stream on, replays up, I’m gone. Talk to
you next Friday night 7 MST.
FRIDAY MAY 1, 2020 8:30 PM The trivia question went quickly this week. Bragging rights go to
John In New York for knowing this: Salt Lake City is the Jell-o capital of the world. They’ve held that
almost-honor seemingly forever. But about 20 years ago they briefly lost the title to another city?
What city dethroned Salt Lake City for the title Jell-o capital? Des Moines, IA. In 1999. I don’t think
they’re advertising this victory. But they do have great loose hamburgers— Maid-Rite. Don’t laugh.
They’re good. And they’re historical. Maid-Rite was the first chain to have car hops and drive
throughs. Things haven’t been the same since the last of the Angell family, which started them in
Muscatine, but I digress. I’ll digress more next Friday night at 7 MST. Talk to you then!
FRIDAY APRIL 24, 2020 8:15 PM MST… Good to talk to so many of you, and thanks for keeping
the show to an hour. Just enough time for some coffin stories (you had to be listening) and a trivia
question: The average American spends $2500 on this annually. Connecticut residents spend the
most on it. West Virginians spend the least. What are we buying? household furnishings.
Replay’s on the stream, replay is downloadable. Talk to you next Friday night at 7 MST.
FRIDAY 4/17/20 8:10 PM MST… Thanks for helping me keep the show to an hour for the time
being. Great to hear from John in New York— first time in over a decade. And to those of you who
haven’t called in a long time, or maybe at all, please do. Our trivia question? Stayng with last
week's cat theme. 37% of cat owners admit to doing this every year? Dog owners do it too— in
fact dog owners are more likely to do it. Do what? Hang a Christmas stocking for their pet. (Gallup
Poll 1996). Streams on, replays up, and I’m gone til next Friday at 7 MST (same as Pacific while
daylight savings is on). Talk to you then.
FRIDAY APRIL 10, 2020 8:30 PM MST… Thanks for calling— and keeping the calls short. For the
foreseeable future, I’ve got to limit Friday night to around an hour— and I appreciate your help on
that, and of course your listening. Several guesses on the trivia question. None of them correct,
and given the right answer there’s no surprise there: 11% of Americans admit they’ve ended a
relationship over this. What? Their cat. It comes in 5th on the list. More prominent causes include
poor communication, financial problems, lack of commitment and infidelity. according to a 1999
article in the Houston-Chronicle. If you missed the show entirely the stream is on until we’re live
again next Friday and the download is up. I’ve heard from Phil in Minnesota that this page isn’t
loading right in all browsers. I know the cause but finding the culprit is not as easy. I’ll probably
replace this pane entirely. But not tonight. I will put it on the infamous to-do list, so if your’e having
trouble reading this, bare with me. It’ll get fixed. Eventually. Talk to you next week.
FRIDAY APRIL 3, 2020 10:15 PM… No trivia question tonight. Too busy putting out sponsor fires
(offering to update everyone’s copy was a great idea until everyone took me up on it), and airing the
Arizona Town Hall, which wasn’t supposed to be a comedy but… well, enough bad news. The good
news is I’ll be back next Friday night and I’ll have a trivia question. But I’ve got a caveat. With so
much happening right now, I need to keep these shows shorter. I don’t want bail— especially since
so many of you have been gracious enough to write that you consider the show a nice break from
world events right now— but in order to keep doing it, I’d like to keep it closer to an hour. Your part?
Call in earlier. Talk to you next week 7PM PT / 10 PM ET.
FRIDAY MARCH 27, 2020 9:45 PM MST… Good to hear from so many of you. Trivia question?
We had one:As of 2004, there were over 100 million in the US, and under 10 million in China—
which is a pretty paltry number considering there are over 1.3 billion people there. What is it?
Cars, according to the New York Times. Hope to talk to you next Friday night, at 7 MST.
FRIDAY MARCH 20, 2020 11:30 PM MST… Long show. But good to talk with many of you,
including Tom who hasn’t called in 9 years. After several weeks, we reveal the trivia answer: The
first time a woman held this job was 1974. She was on the job until retiring at the end of the
century. By the 2000s there were 8500 women doing it for a living. Doing what? Fighting fires.
Judy Brewer was the first woman to be hired as a firefighter. She signed on at the Arlington Virginia
department and retired as a battalion chief in 1999. Stream is on, replay is up and I’m down until
next Friday at 7 PM
FRIDAY MARCH 20, 2020 6:05 PM MST… Yes, show tonight. The important thing to remember is
that Arizona has no daylight savings time. So if you’re on EDT we’ll start at 10. CDT, that’s 9.
MDT, that’s 8, and PDT that’s 7. No matter how I express it, it’s less than an hour from now. And I
hope you’ll call.
FRIDAY THE 13th OF MARCH 2020 5:00 PM MST… No show tonight. Can’t imagine we won’t be
back in action next Friday but this afternoon saw the demise of two of the computers I use to do the
program— none to worry, I’ve got spares, but they’re not formatted and I’d be unrealistic to think
they will be in time to talk with you. So apologies, and hopes that we’ll get together next Friday
when it won't be the 13th.
FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2020 9:30 PM MST…. Good to talk with several of you tonight— we’re
holding over that trivia question for a final week (scroll down below to read it), and we’ll reconvene
next Friday night— but between now and then, Daylight Savings Time happens— except not here
in Arizona. We stay on Mountain Standard Time. That means if you’re listening in Eastern Time,
we’ll be live from 10 to Midnight, Central from 9 to 11, Mountain from 8 to 10 and Pacific from 7 to
9, just like here in Arizona. Streams on, replay is up and barring an ugly relapse, I’m gone til next
Friday. Talk to you then.
FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2020 5:00 PM MST... Live show in 2 hours. No guarantee for what condition in
which you may find me, but if we make it through 2 hours, I'll proclaim it a success... even more so
if you call. Talk to you soon.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2020 2:15 AM MST…. No show tonight. Haven’t been able to get my
fever to break, so I’m not up to sitting upright, let alone talking. Maybe next week? I’ll keep you
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2020 NOON MST… We'll I've done it now. Contracted a Corona
Virus. Not the thing from China, more like the common cold from Globe. Whatever it is, it feels like
the end is near. Of course as soon as the fever breaks, I'll reassess that and probably be fine. But
for now, no show tomorrow night. Hopefully next week, but I'll keep you posted.
FRIDAY VALENTINE’S DAY 2020 9:00 PM… We’ll save our trivia question for next week. Be
thinking about it in the meantime: The first time a woman held this job was the mid 1970s. She
was on the job until retiring at the end of the century. By the 2000s there were 8500 women doing it
for a living. Doing what? Stream on, replay up. Talk to you next Friday night, 6 PT, 9 PT.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2020 10:00 PM MST.. Good to talk with several of you last night.
Apologies to those on hold who gave up. Maybe next week. As for trivia tonight-- it was a broad
question that easily could have been narrowed, but if I did that, you’d get it instantly. So we went
with the global view: Over 190 million Americans do this. Not only that, most do it every day. When
polled 74% of us say we’re better than average at doing it. That breaks down to 84% of men who
claim to be superlative, 61% of women. Only 1% of either gender admits being sub par when we
do it. What is it we’re doing? Driving. According to the Journal of Safety Research, we think we’re
better at it than we probably are. And of course if I added the obvious— you gotta be able to see to
do it, it would have lasted about a minute.
The phones held up well, and I’m grateful to Telos for that. My heartfelt thanks to them for fixin’ me
up. Eventually though this equipment will fail. It’s old and impaired and we agreed that this would
be the last go-round for these antiques. I’ve got the financial ability to replace everything, but not
the reason to expend anything on it. It’s fun to get together with you on Friday nights, but I don’t
have sufficient time to commit to doing it. So when I’ve lost my last piece of hybrid gear, that’ll be it
for now. My hope is that I may well have time in the future to commit to a real show, and at that
point, I’ll freshen everything and be back. My humble thanks to several people who have offered to
hire me, carry the show, or whatever I want. Honestly, that says more about the slim pickings
among radio hosts, than it does about me. But it’s nice to be wanted for whatever reason. And it’s
wonderful to have you listening. And who knows, this equipment may well outlast me, so it could be
awhile that we’ll be talkin’, health-permitting. So, talk to you next Friday night at 9 ET / 6 PT.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2020 12:01 AM MST… Yes, there really will be a live show tonight.
Barring unnatural catastrophes, that is. OK, natural ones too, but I'm not expecting any. 9 PM ET /
6 PM PT. The phones seem to work, so do call. 610-640-6400. Talk to you tonight.
FRIDAY JANUARY 31, 2020 HIGH NOON MST… The phone hybrids are back. I plan on testing
everything this coming week and talking to you live next week, February 7th.. the first Friday in
2020. Apologies for not changing the stream. But with any luck, we’ll make it moot next Friday. I
greatly appreciate all the encouragement I’ve received in the interim. Seems like more than two
people do listen to the show, and more impressively, are clamoring for its return. I’m humbled.
Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with another Chick Lambert spot for Ralph Williams Ford This one from
Seattle. And no, it didn’t air. Chick’s fondness for adult beverages was legendary, but I believe he
was stone cold sober on these spots. As a precaution however, Williams had him picked up by limo
at home (for a while, a boat in Marina del Rey), after (according to widespread rumors, anyway), he
totaled a few demos on the way to record. There was also a rumor that his dog, Storm, was a
rental. Brought to the site by handlers each shoot. And word is the crew took bets on who would
urinate on the tires first— Storm or Chick, or both simultaneously. The foregoing not withstanding,
he was reputed to be a good guy— and a great car salesman (off the air, even more than on it). I
think he died over a decade ago now, but I can’t find a word of it online. Too bad. Cal Worthington
whose entire on air persona was a pimp on Chick, and Mad Man Muntz who started the genre (if
you can call it a genre), were both eloquently remembered. Chick? Nary a word. But late night
1950s Los Angeles television viewers will never forget him.
NEW YEAR's NIGHT 2020 10 PM MST... We made it to 2020 and I remembered to do the show.
Thanks for listening. Proof that my memory isn't what it once was, it wasn't Ralph Edwards with the
car lots-- it was Ralph Williams and his announcer was Chick Lambert. Here's what we couldn't
play on the air. The phones hybrids should arrive at Telos in Cleveland before the week is out.
Several of you have written to let me know you wanted me to continue these shows. So, as soon as
they phones are back, the live shows will resume. I will keep you posted on when that is.
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2019… Well this is a first. I set up the show earlier today. Later, I went out to
dinner.. and completely forgot it was New Year’s Eve, let alone I had a show to do. I remembered
when I saw an email from someone asking where I was. Clearly I’m in no condition to answer that.
I am the walking definition of lame. I am Exhibit One in the reasons for Mandatory Retirement. I
was going to say, ‘Thank god I don’t do anything that matters’, but I realized that to at least two of
you the show does matter. So I’m planning on doing a New Year’s Night show to make up for my
incomprehensible lapse. As I just proved however, planning and doing are two entirely different
things. But if you’re not doing anything New Year’s night at 9 PM Eastern / 6 PM Pacific, check the
stream and I might be talking to you live.
CHRISTMAS NIGHT 2019 9:30 PM MST… Had a ball talking with Steve Bryant tonight. Hope you
caught the live show, but if not, you can hear it as this time I didn’t forget to record it. It’s on the
stream right now, and you can also get a replay clicking on th DOWNLOADS link on the Nav Bar
bavoe. . Meanwhile, you can keep up with Steve on his blog at SteveBryantBlog.com as well as on
his YouTube channel Steve Bryant. Check it out! Next live show— New Year’s Eve. It’ll be the
final meeting of this year’s edition of The Rollye James’ I Hate The Holiday’s Club. Talk to you
Tuesday night at 9 ET / 6 PT.
CHRISTMAS EVE 9 PM MST… We played what has to be the World’s Worst Christmas record—
and that says a lot since there are choices like Band Aid. But this bests ‘em all. If you missed it,
you’re out of luck. I just tried to digitize the stream only to find in my attempt to set up the phones I
forgot to record it. I won’t make that mistake tomorrow night, and I hope you’ll join me as I talk with
Steve Bryant. (9 ET / 6 PT)
MONDAY DECEMBER 23, 2019 10:30 PM MST… There WILL be a live show tomorrow night,
Christmas Eve, and another one Christmas Night. On Christmas Night, Steve Bryant joins me—
as has become Christmas tradition. We’re still taking one call at a time— but hopefully one of them
will be yours. We’ll be live at 7 MST (9 ET / 6 PT). Hope to talk to you then!
FRIDAY THE 13th OF DECEMBER 2019 - 9:30 PM MST... So, we still are without either of the six
line hybrids, so the show was one call at a time. On top of that, the phone number we use for
one-line at a time was mysteriously forwarded to a plumber in the San Fernando Valley. (But one of
the trusty tollfree's 888-2ROLLYE worked just fine.) We still got calls. All of which came with an
echo at the callers end, but not at mine. Friday the 13th aside, it really makes me wonder whether
the universe is saying, 'Stop doing this show now!' That said, nothing will deter me from my
promise to do live shows on big holidays. So Christmas Eve and Christmas night at 7 MST, we'll be
live. Christmas night, Steve Bryant joins me, and that's always a lot of fun. (There will be no live
show next Friday night the 20th.) Replay's up, stream on, and I'm gone. Talk to you Christmas Eve.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 6, 2019 10:00 PM MST… Phones still down, but we are taking calls
sequentially one at a time (if you get voice mail it’s because I’m talking to someone else, call back).
I’ll give you the number on the air. Yes, we played trivia: In 1977, there were 48 people known to
make money doing this, though some sources claim 170 people were trying to make money doing
it. About 25 years later, in 2003, published reports showed over 35,000 people made money doing
it. This year, it’s thought that 250,000 people made some money doing it, with a estimate of almost
double that, trying to make money doing it. doing what? Impersonating Elvis. From singers to
skydivers, the numbers are startling. How do we know? It was the Minneapolis Star Tribune that
there were 48 Elvis impersonators at the time of his death. It was the Seattle Post-Intelligencer who
reported the 35,000 figure. The Harrisburg Patriot-News came up with the current figures and the
claim that up to 170 people were imitating Elvis at the time of his death. Replay up, stream is on
and I”m gone til next Friday night at 7 MST. Talk to you then.
THANKSGIVING 2019 9:30 PM… Hope you caught the World’s Worst Hit Records tonight. If not,
it’s on the stream and available on the downloads page. But in case you want to know right now,
without all the embellishment you’ll get from the show, here’s the list:
10. Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly
9. Afternoon Delight – Starland Vocal Band
8. A Horse With No Name - America
7. Honey – Bobby Goldsboro
6. Torn Between Two Lovers – Mary MacGregor
5. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
4. You Light Up My Life – Debbie Boone
3. Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
2. Muskrat Love – Captain & Tennille
1. DOA - Bloodrock
No Live Show tomorrow night, but a week from tomorrow, there will be one. An update on the
phones: I’ve fried two Telos 1x6 hybrids, so they’re going back to Cleveland. There turn around is
usually good, so hopefully we’ll be fully back in action, but if not, we’ll make do with one call at a
Meanwhile, The Rollye James’ I Hate The Holidays Club is in full swing. If it’s Ho Ho Hum to you,
kindred spirits await through the New Year.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2019 7:30 PM MST… Foiled by the phones. Started the show only to
discover that when you were on the phone with me live on the air, you couldn’t hear my end of the
conversation. After ruling out all the easy and obvious things, I realized there was no need to torture
you as I worked through whatever this issue is. It’s disappointing to me as as I was counting on
some solid voting for the World’s Worst Hit Records. Fortunately, email is being delivered, and I
hope you’ll be sending some. Click here to do that. Any year, any genre— only qualification is, it
has to be a hit. You can vote for as many songs as you like, but don’t vote for the same one twice.
However, if you heard someone else voting for songs you have, by all means email to second their
nomination. It’s a cumulative total, so your input is needed. I’ll tally the list and fix the phones and
I’ll be here live 7 PM Thanksgiving night. Hope to hear from you! —Oh, as for the replay of
tonight’s short show— not worth preserving, so I didn’t. Had fun playing some Steve Caldwell
(Orlons) records, but we’ll do that again soon.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2019 9:30 PM…. Tonight’s trivia question was a continuation of last
week’s. You’ll recall that office desks are 420 times dirtier than toilet seats. New York, no shock,
has the dirtiest. What city has the cleanest? (We’ll define city as having over half a million people in
it.) Tucson, Arizona. Oh about those toilet seats— when it comes to public restrooms, the
average women’s bathroom has twice the bacteria of the average men’s room. Baby’s diapers and
sanitary napkins are the biggest culprit. Download’s up, stream replay is on and I’m gonna til next
Friday at 7 PM MST (9P ET / 6P PT)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2019 9:30 PM…. Votes on the World’s Worst Hit Records continue… vote
until the day before Thanksgiving— either by calling the show when we’re live (Fridays 6-8P PT /
9-11P ET, now that DST is gone for the winter) or emailing here. We’ll play them back live,
Thanksgiving night, as it’s a night of turkeys. Doesn’t matter what year, what genre— but it does
have to be a hit. As for trivia: This is for you, germaphobes. Amazingly, toilet seats are one of the
cleaner items you’ll encounter— 50 bacteria per square inch. Back in the day, telephone hand sets
were some of the dirtiest— 500 times more dirty than toilet seats. These days, this is one of the
dirtiest items— 420 times dirtier than a toilet seat. What? Office desks. We’ll have a related
question for you next Friday. Stream on, download up, and I’m gone til next week.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2019 11:30 PM Daylight Savings Time ends tomorrow. So what does that
mean for us in Arizona? Nothing. But since we don’t have day light savings time, if you do— it will
change the time you hear the show. We’ll be live 9 to 11 PM Eastern, and 6 to 8 PM Pacific. As
for trivia: There’s a 7 out of 10 chance that a stock will go up if the company does this. Does what?
Puts its name on a stadium. 49 stadiums were studied. 70% of the companies that obtained
naming rights, i.e. Staples Center, saw their price stock increase after the naming was announced.
The logic is that such a big advertising commitment demonstrates the companies’ belief that it will
be around a long time. It is more effective in influencing stock prices than event sponsorship such
as the Olympics, or hiring celebrity spokespersons for branding. Stream on, replays available, and
I’ll talk to you next Friday at 9 ET, 6 PT.
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