Saturday, December 20, 2014

I Support the NYPD

99.999% of the time  police officers act honorably.  My condolences to the families of the two slain officers.

NJ Devils 3 Tampa Bay Lightning 2 in a Shootout

A couple of times a season Karen and Lee meet me  in Newark to take in a New Jersey Devils game.  The home team took an early 2-0 lead and was able to hold that lead until 40 seconds left in the third period when Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning.  There were no goals scored in the five minute overtime as the game went to a shoot out.   Patrik Elias scored the only goal in the shootout as the Devils won the game.

Keith Kincaid go his first NHL victory as the Devils snapped a 5 game losing streak.  There were plenty of fans wearing Martin Brodeur jerseys in the stands.

Game Summary

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Like A Rolling Stone Covered by Sebastian Cabot

This afternoon I was walking around the NJIT campus listening to Pop Gold Radio when I heard the original Like A Rolling Stone which is arguably the greatest song of its era.  As I heard it I recalled the cover by actor Sebastian Cabot.  I hear this song two ways:

  1. A parody
  2. A serious version
I most vote for #2 as you hear the words and realize what a bitter song it is.  Please listen to it and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thinking About Bob Shannon on His 66th Birthday

Bob Shannon at the CBS Radio Expo at Yankee Stadium in June 2010

Bob Shannon was last heard on WCBS-FM in December 2011.  For several months Ron Parker or Joe Causi filled in for him on his 10 AM - 3 PM shift. At time he also appeared once a week on WLNG from Eastern Long Island.  It was said on the New York Radio Message Board and other places that Bob had  health issues.  In July 2012 it was unofficially reported that he left the station.  WCBS-FM did not say anything over the air or on their web site about Bob.

I wish him all the best on his 66th birthday and respect his privacy.  He was very active in protesting the hijacking of WCBS-FM in June 2005.  He really appreciated his listeners during his radio broadcasting career.  I fondly remember his announcing my son Lee's birth on his show in March 1988.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Michael Judge - Facebook Friend of the Day

It has been a long time since I have appointed a Facebook Friend of the Day.  Michael Judge is one of those people whom I've known electronically for years, but never met him face to face. I don't remember exactly how and when I met him on Facebook, but he  and are radio enthusiasts. I think a year or so he wanted to come to the Oldies Meet and Greet, but at the last minute he changed his mind.

He is originally from Brooklyn, but for the last two years he has lived in Richmond, Virginia. Michael has been unemployed for a while but today he announced on Facebook and his Leprechuan’s Blog that he is now enrolled in a training program in Little Rock, Arkansas which will eventually lead to a government job by the summer.

I certainly wish Michael all the best in his future endeavors.  Thankfully, the last time I was unemployed was during the summer of 1982, but I remember the agony of being unemployed back in the 1970s.  It is certainly a big thrill to come back to work.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Three Greatest Concerts Ever

I did not have the pleasure of seeing these concerts in person, but I saw the videos several times:

1.  The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert on October 16, 1992.  I remember seeing this on Pay Per View and later bought it on DVD.  It was the best of both worlds as you can hear covers of Dylan songs and Dylan himself.

2.  The Concert for Bangla Desh - August 1971.  As far as I know this was the first concert with several superstars that was a fundraiser.  I think Dylan's appearance was a surprise as during that time he didn't perform much in concert.

3.  The Last Waltz - November 1976.  It was supposed to be a farewell concert for The Band, but it wasn't.  The group reformed without Robbie Robertson.  It is a shame that Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, and Rick Danko passed away.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Random Comments on a Friday Night

It was a pretty bad week for commuting as you can read on my alternative blog, but thankfully there were no problems today.

Since the Knicks are so terrible at 4-20 I will not watch them on TV tonight.  I'll spend the rest of the night listening to Bob Radil's 60s 70s show on Rewound Radio.

For years I owned the book Top Pop edited by Joel Whitburn that covered all Top 100 hits from 1955-1996.  Since the book was chewed up by my using it so much I bought the newest edition covering 1955-2012.  It comes in useful when I listen to Bob Radil's show.
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