Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Norm was on WCBS-FM several times over the years. I loved the Top 20 Countdown show that he did on weekends since he played a lot of rarities. When WCBS-FM came back in 2007, Norm had some appearances on the Radio Greats Shows on Sunday nights, but since that show was cancelled he has only been heard on satellite radio. He is a walking encyclopedia of the music and artists of the "Heart of Rock 'n Roll."
In 1998 Karen, Lee and I visited the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. As we were waiting for our flight to Cleveland we saw Norm in the waiting area. I had a nice conversation with him about the Rock Hall.
Friday, August 27, 2010
The gentleman on top is Herb Oscar Anderson who is actually a friend on Facebook. He is best known for being the "Morning Mayor" on WABC from 1960-68. Back in those days AM radio reigned supreme and at 20% of radio listeners tuned in to WABC.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Sent: Fri, Jul 16, 2010 5:53 pm
Subject: Suggestion for a WCBS-FM Hall of Fame
Brian - I have a suggestion for a future WCBS-FM Hall of Fame:
Rare and Well-done. Play a rarely heard hit by an artist and then follow it up with a song that is played often on WCBS-FM. Here is an example:
Beatles - Act Naturally
- I Want to Hold Your Hand
Bob Dylan - Just Like A Woman
- Like a Rolling Stone
Thanks for considering this suggestion
A got a two word response from him:
This was the theme of today's Hall of Fame on WCBS-FM. I actually got this idea from Al Kooper. A few years ago he released a 2 CD set - Rare and Well Done. I used his idea.
Hall of Fame features are played near the bottom of the hour. Since I was at work today, I only listened at 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM. They didn't acknowledge me over the air. They really should have given the credit to Al Kooper.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Let's turn back the clock to the 2000 season when the Yankees played the Mets in the regular season. Clemens threw the ball right at Mike Piazza's head at about 95 MPH. That can literally kill a batter. Mike was on the disabled list for a long time and missed the All-Star Game. This had to be intentional since Clemens has pinpoint control. A few months later in the Subway Series Mike Piazza's bat split when he was hitting against Clemens who through the piece of the bat back to Piazza. His excuse was "Duh, I thought that was the ball." If he thought it was the ball, why didn't he throw it to the first basemen. Even though it was the World Series, the umpire did not eject Clemens who was just hit with a $50,000 fine. To him that was just pocket change. If I was a baseball writer I would never elect Clemens to the Hall of Fame.
Should I send this journal entry to Suzyn Waldman?
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The featured exhibit was Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield
It was something different for us.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
- Blowin' in the Wind
- Don't Think Twice it's Alright
- The Times They are a Changin'
- Maggie's Farm
- It's Alright Ma, I'm only Bleeding
- Queen Jane Approximately
- Memphis Blues Again
- Dear Landlord
- Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You
- If Not For You
- Too Much of Nothing
- Highway 61 Revisited
- Just Like a Woman
- New Morning
- I Shall be Released
- Forever Young
- Shelter from the Storm
- Gotta Serve Somebody
- Neighborhood Bully
- Trust Yourself
- Death is not the End
- Disease of Conceit
- Not Dark Yet
- I am a Lonsome Hobo
- Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I'll Go Mine)
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
My suggestion is that K-Rod lose his salary for the rest of this season and be required to go for anger management therapy. He would come back for the 2011 season, hopefully a new man. Can the Mets get a better closer? Let's hope for the best.
Monday, August 16, 2010
IN 2003 Karen, Lee and I visited Graceland in Memphis. Most of the visitors were not yet born on August 16, 1977. His popularity transcends the generations.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
"Being “friends” on Facebook is more of a fantasy or imitation or shadow of friendship than the traditional real thing. Friendship on Facebook bears about the same relation to friendship in life, as being run over by a car in a cartoon resembles being run over by a car in life."............. Do you know anything at all about your Facebook friends?"
In July 2009 I did an analysis of my Facebook friends:
New York Librarians - 37 8.4%
New Jersey Librarians - 23 5.3 %
NJIT Colleagues - 48 11.0%
American Chemical Society Colleagues - 30 6.8%
Other Librarians - 21 4.8%
Radio enthusiasts - 99 22.6%
Family - 9 2.0%
NJIT Students - 110 25.1%
People from my past - 14 3.2%
Other Slutskys 13 0.2%
Bob Dylan Enthusiasts 1 0.2%
Others - 31 7.1%
I did not analyze how many of them I have actually met. I did a major edit of my friends list shortly after that.
I agree that you really don't know a person until you have met him/her face to face. I have had some very nice online discussions with people whom I have never met. I should make a new edit of my friends list. I have found out some interesting information about some of my Facebook friends:
- Valerie is a cat person
- Mary Ellen just had a baby - Congratulations
- Pete who runs dylanradio.com is a big Mets fan
- Richard and Mark M. who are librarians are also big Bob Dylan fans
- Flora just left her position at Vassar to move to Alaska - best wishes Flora
I just had a conversation with my NJIT colleague Ann who does not want to join Facebook. She feels that this friending and unfriending issue just creates misunderstandings.
I will close with one of my infamous quotes:
"There are more important things in this world than Facebook."
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I highly suggest that my friends from the Jay Buckley get this book with an audio CD. It is a biography of Harry with Pat Hughes giving a commentary on the CD. Harry did play by play for the Cardinals, Oakland A's, White Sox and Cubs. He really loved baseball for his entire life. He rightfully earned his place in Cooperstown.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Closer Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod) got into an altercation with his father-in-law at the lounge at Citifield. You can read the report in the NY Daily News. How will this affect his abilty to pitch for the rest of the season.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
He has just been hired as a consultant to the Knicks just a few years after they did not renew his contract. Hold everything! Isiah is still the coach of Florida International University (FIU). There is an obvious conflict of interest in someone being employed by an NBA team and a college. My advice to Donnie Walsh is to let Isiah coach at FIU and keep him away from Madison Square Garden.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Dave Saviet donated to Reelradio a one hour aircheck of Rosko on WNEW-FM on November 13, 1967 when I was a freshman at CCNY. For a nominal charge Reelradio offers a museum of airchecks from all over. Thanks Dave for this wonderful recording.
Short Biography of Rosko
Sunday, August 8, 2010
August 7, 2010
1. Watching The River Flow (Bob on keyboard)
2. Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power) (Bob center stage on harp)
3. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
(Bob on keyboard then center stage on harp)
4. My Wife's Home Town (Bob on guitar)
5. Rollin' And Tumblin' (Bob on keyboard)
6. Just Like A Woman (Bob on keyboard then center stage on harp)
7. Ballad Of Hollis Brown
(Bob center stage - no harp, Donnie on banjo, Stu on acoustic guitar)
8. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
(Bob on keyboard and harp, Tony on standup bass)
9. Cry A While (Bob center stage on harp, Donnie on violin, Tony on standup bass)
10. Workingman's Blues #2 (Bob on keyboard then center stage on harp)
11. Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on keyboard)
12. I Feel A Change Comin' On (Bob on keyboard)
13. Thunder On The Mountain (Bob on keyboard)
14. Ballad Of A Thin Man (Bob center stage on harp)
15. Like A Rolling Stone (Bob on keyboard)
16. Jolene (Bob on keyboard, Tony on standup bass)
17. All Along The Watchtower (Bob on keyboard)
In April we met Pete at the Long Island Radio Day at CW Post. He was very pleasant to myself, Lee, Karen and my other radio friends who were there. If you click on the link above you will see a photo that he took with the entire family. It turns out that Pete was looking for Martin Slutsky who plays with a band McKendree Spring. He found my name on the WFUV contributor list and confused me with Martin (no relation).
I always donate to WFUV during their Fall fundraising drive. I will make sure I make my donation during Pete's show this year.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
We got tickets for todays show which began at 4 PM. The 6 actors and actresses did about 40 skits in 90 minutes about various experiences that happen to all of us on the subway. I will list a few:
- A baby carriage was stuck in the subways doors with the baby until someone rescued the child as the train started to leave the station.
- A person jumped on the tracks to retrieve a lost handbag
- Smelly people on the trains
- Homeless people panhandling
- Kids selling candy on the trains to support their school clubs
I would recommend this show to regular subway passengers like myself who can relate to he stories. It plays Saturdays and Sundays until September 5.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Since she is the daughter of a former mayor, the news media picked up the story. Rudy Giuliani was always tough on crime and his daughter's indiscretion is an embarrassment to him. Does John Q. Public want to read about this? Will more people buy scandal sheets like the Daily News and Post to read about this. Will TV news ratings increase?
- 4 Square
We must think of how much time we spend each day on the various services that are available. Are we benefitting by this or is it just a big waste of time. I have observed that some unemployed people seem to be using these services for hours every day. Looking for a job is a full-time job in itself. There is also much redundancy with these sites. 4 Square is used to tell everyone where you are. You can use Facebook and Twitter to do the same thing. Who cares if Joe Doe is standing at Hollywood and Vine and 6:15 PM?
Often people post things on sites that are too personal or may offend other people. Someone may post photos from a private party and offend people who were not invited.
I have to plead guilty to spending too much time on these sites.
Just some random thoughts on a Friday morning.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
When Alex Bennett was a talk host on WMCA, he would say that "Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Make the best of it." Today Alan has turned over a new leaf in his life by dropping some former friends who were very nasty and cruel to him. This includes an arrogant and pompous radio host who does not appreciate his listeners. We all must move on and let go of unpleasant situations that happened in the past be it yesterday or years ago.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I am glad that the Mets did not make any trades this year at the deadline. I remember how they traded Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano some years ago. This was one of their worst trades. I would not want to lose Thole, Davis, Tejada or any other young players for a quick fix. I think this season is in the books for about 78-83 victories.
The Mets lost 14-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks today. When it was 10-1 Oliver Perez was brought in. He gave up 4 runs in 2 innings. He is Omar Minaya's biggest mistake at $36 Million over 3 years. It may be best for the Mets to get rid of him and eat the contract.
In August 2007 we saw Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th home run. We bought the tickets months in advance and were lucky. This could happen tommorow when A-Rod goes for #600. Likewise, we bought the tickets months in advance and could see it at Yankee Stadium. He must have had about 40 at bats since #599.