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Loss For Thoughtful Music

The news announced November 10, 2016, the passing of another musical entertainment icon, Leonard Cohen. He had a public life in phases. There were the early years, perhaps overlaid by other well-known artists such as Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell or the myriad of other folk / rock crossovers. Later, a new resurgence of popularity came into view. His poetic, contemplative, sometimes darker interpretation, yet romantic music was the backdrop and cover for newer audiences. Over 90 movies featured his songs, such as, Natural Born Killers, Bird On a Wire, Shrek, & Watchmen.

He became known early on for Suzanne, covered by several artists, but one that has been covered by perhaps too many, Hallelujah, which other artists, have become better known. His earlier romantic relationships, including break ups, were often the source of good material.

His own perspective reveals his candid observation of love, living and dying.
I never had the sense that there was an end,” he said in 1992. “That there was a retirement or that there was a jackpot.”

Cohen, in October 2016, in Los Angeles, “I said I was ready to die recently and I think I was exaggerating. I’ve always been into self-dramatization. I intend to live forever.”

Later that evening, he said “I hope we can do this again. I intend to stick around until 120.”

His time was shorter than the century mark. Seldom do we get to hear and are moved by someone with the passion, melody, and prose of a Leonard Cohen. Their music lives on, well past their time.

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Posted by on 11/11/2016 in Entertainment, Music, Romance, Sound Tracks, Writing

 

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The Last Hurrah – Castle End

Castle lined up with 12th Precinct detectives

Castle with the 12th Precinct detectives.

Lets start out with a warning to anyone that watches and enjoys the TV show Castle, but hasn’t seen the last episode. Spoiler Alert! Warning! Don’t read past this point if you’re still planning on seeing the last episode and don’t want to know anything about it – including the end.

Now that’s out-of-the-way, I have to assume you want to continue to read my observations & comments. If you’re already a member of WordPress, you can add your comments below. WordPress wants to know who you are, even if you’re hiding behind an alias. No, spies don’t come here to gain access to the latest government secrets, but some Castle fans do…

Castle & Beckett disarming a bomb in NY together

Castle & Beckett disarmed a bomb in NY

Overall, last nights episode did bring some closure to the series. I must say, as a fan I was more than a little disappointed by the abbreviated ending. Clearly the last few seconds of episode 22, season 8, were rushed. It was a way of creating an ending which should have developed in several more episodes of Castle. It appeared to me they had a cliffhanger final in mind, then had to tack on the final seconds showing Beckett, Castle and children, all smiling perhaps even laughing at a dinner table together.

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Beckett & Castle working together

The season 8 writers were up against three intractable challenges. The first problem was the entire eighth season story arc revolved around a powerful shadow organization, secretly behind a prior longer story arc about the death of Kate Beckett’s mother which ran for 6 seasons. By creating this all-encompassing theme from the beginning, it obligated them to continue with it, and form a conclusion for that plot line. What they couldn’t plan on was the second big problem. Problem number two was the announcement by ABC studios, that Stana Katic and Tamala Jones wouldn’t be returning to Castle if there was a ninth season. This meant they had to write an episode explaining to the audience the reason(s) why Kate Beckett and everyone’s favorite Medical Examiner were no longer around. What could they do?

  1. Have Kate Beckett resign and leave Castle?
  2. Have a need for Kate to take time off and temporarily be away from Castle? (They sorta did that already)
  3. Have Kate Beckett appear to die in the last episode, leaving an opening for Castle to continue without her?

Beckett_sticking_her_tongue_outThere just didn’t seem to be a satisfactory way to remove Kate Beckett from the series without severe repercussions and this brings us to the final challenge. The network under a lot of pressure from the fans, announced last Thursday, May 12th, there wouldn’t be a ninth season. Do I believe the fans influenced this decision? Does the Pope reside in the Vatican? The Twitter feeds were tweeting faster and louder than Angry Birds on steroids. They were tweeting, “No Stana – No Castle!“, A petition was created to cancel the show at the end of season 8, and instructions were published throughout social media as to who should be contacted along with their business address.

Shock & Awe - faceFor a few weeks Castle fans were doing the American public a favor. They created a fire storm and were calling attention to a media phenomenon other than the U.S. Presidential bake-off. No need to thank us America, just doing our part to create a distraction from election news.

ABC had a PR nightmare on their hands which might have rolled over to other properties. The only thing at this point which they could have done to make it worse, end season 8 with Kate Beckett killed and have her on the M.E.’s table in season 9. Oh wait… they couldn’t have done that because they were getting rid of  Dr. Lanie Parish too.

If ever script writers were on the horns of a dilemma, this was that time. The writers were given 1 more hour to create an ending for the show wrapping up, LokSat and what happens to Caskett. C’mon, 1 hour?!  Well, that’s what they did. For that hour we had at least 3 episodes compressed into 1.

Beckett: I need a miracle, guys.
Ryan: Okay, you got it.
Esposito: One miracle coming up.

The episodes I’m referring to were; In the Belly of the Beast, Veritas and The Time of Our Lives. Each of them had dramatic stories with pivotal outcome.

  • In the Belly of the Beast – Beckett is recruited for a dangerous undercover operation with the aim of stopping a near-mythical drug baron.
  • Veritas – Beckett carries out an off-the-books investigation attempting to connect drug baron Vulcan Simmons to presidential candidate William Bracken
  • Time of Our Lives – Beckett and Castle marry in the Hamptons.

 

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But it was a Hollywood promise; not worth a damn. ~ Rick Castle

These were the problems in a nutshell, which the writers of this last episode of Castle needed to package together in a satisfactory bundle.

Were they successful? In my opinion, they did about as good of a job as you can ask for in approximately 43 minutes of normal run time. I have to say, I’m happy overall with what they did, but the last-minute of the show was so hurried, I’m not sure if I was looking at a dream sequence, a thought compression for the next set of books, or did they really get the happy ending we thought we saw?

What do you think?

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Some moments we loved during Castle – all rights by owner (not me)

 

Last Evening Television

So many of us now have better image and audio in our homes than what you can experience in a theatre. This has pushed the envelope for better set & sound design as well as image quality. Clearly each of us has our own opinion on what we find interesting or entertaining. spotlights right

Lets review last nights Oscars. What did you like about the show?

Did the issues about diversity get addressed, or is this an attempt by the pampered elite to stay culturally relevant? How do they make sure the right films or people get recognized based on a proportional contribution?

How do you think Chris Rock did in hosting the Oscars? Did he also fall into the stereotype of racial slur?

Oscar_statue_sml.jpgHighest paid actors of 2105.

What did you think about the environmental message Leonardo DiCaprio gave in his acceptance speech?

Actor Mark Ruffalo has declared certain questions off limits to the media, regarding the sincerity of the actors who advocate a low carbon footprint. Ruffalo was asked in a one-on-one interview with Climate Depot if celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, who boasts that he will fly around the world to fight global warming and former VP Al Gore, are the best spokesmen for global warming, given their huge carbon footprints.

Last nights Oscars amassed a 15-block-radius of limos; “.. chauffers are captains of a sleek, passing fleet of more than 1,200 cars and SUVs that will navigate police perimeters, barricades, bomb squads, helicopter searchlights, hundreds, maybe thousands of fans and probably a few stalkers lingering beyond the paparazzi flash.”

Lady_Gaga_thumbnailMany attendees were moved by Lady Gagas song from Spotlight. After her musical presentation, many former victims stood hand in hand with the entertainers, but in light of all the revelations about actors, producers, directors and agents who have been accused of numerous sexual abuse crimes, do you think this was another of Hollywood’s attempt to be perceived on the right side of this issue?

High profile Hollywood power players accused of being paedophiles, include Bryan Singer.

Stephen Collins’ Wife Calls Him a ‘Pedophile’.

Molestation Scandal: Hollywood’s Child Sex Abuse Coverup.

Bill Cosby’s accusers tell their stories.

In a recent (2016) movie role, “Dirty Grandpa“, Robert De Niro plays a lecherous former Army Lieutenant-Colonel, a despicable grandfather, for comedic effect. Quite a different message than that of the Academy award winner, Spotlight.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.


I Am Not What Happened to Me. I Am What I Choose to Become ~ Carl Jung

 

 

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It’s Oscars Time – You choose

It’s Oscars Time – You choose

Well that time of year has come again, It’s Oscar time. Look over this list and you choose. You can reply down below this post.

The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards are:

Performance by an actor in a leading role

• Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”

• Matt Damon in “The Martian”

• Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”

• Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”

• Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

• Christian Bale in “The Big Short”

• Tom Hardy in “The Revenant”

• Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”

• Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”

• Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

• Cate Blanchett in “Carol”

• Brie Larson in “Room”

• Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy”

• Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years”

• Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

• Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight”

• Rooney Mara in “Carol”

• Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight”

• Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl”

• Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs”

Best animated feature film of the year

• “Anomalisa,” Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran

• “Boy and the World,” Alê Abreu

• “Inside Out,” Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

• “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

• “When Marnie Was There,” Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Achievement in cinematography

• “Carol,” Ed Lachman

• “The Hateful Eight,” Robert Richardson

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” John Seale

• “The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki

• “Sicario,” Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design

• “Carol,” Sandy Powell

• “Cinderella,” Sandy Powell

• “The Danish Girl,” Paco Delgado

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan

• “The Revenant,” Jacqueline West

Achievement in directing

• “The Big Short,” Adam McKay

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” George Miller

• “The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu

• “Room,” Lenny Abrahamson

• “Spotlight,” Tom McCarthy

Best documentary feature

• “Amy,” Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

• “Cartel Land,” Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin

• “The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

• “What Happened, Miss Simone?” Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes

• “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best documentary short subject

• “Body Team 12,” David Darg and Bryn Mooser

• “Chau, beyond the Lines,” Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck

• “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah,” Adam Benzine

• “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

• “Last Day of Freedom,” Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Achievement in film editing

• “The Big Short,” Hank Corwin

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel

• “The Revenant,” Stephen Mirrione

• “Spotlight,” Tom McArdle

• “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Best foreign-language film of the year

• “Embrace of the Serpent,” Colombia

• “Mustang,” France

• “Son of Saul,” Hungary

• “Theeb,” Jordan

• “A War,” Denmark

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

• “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared,” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

• “The Revenant,” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

• “Bridge of Spies,” Thomas Newman

• “Carol,” Carter Burwell

• “The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone

• “Sicario,” Jóhann Jóhannsson

• “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” John Williams

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

• “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

• “Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty

• “Simple Song #3” from “Youth”
Music and Lyric by David Lang

• “Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

• “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre”
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best motion picture of the year

• “The Big Short,” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, producers

• “Bridge of Spies,” Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, producers

• “Brooklyn,” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, producers

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Doug Mitchell and George Miller, producers

• “The Martian,” Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, producers

• “The Revenant,” Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, producers

• “Room,” Ed Guiney, producer

• “Spotlight,” Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, producers

Achievement in production design

• “Bridge of Spies,” production design: Adam Stockhausen; set decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich

• “The Danish Girl,” production design: Eve Stewart; set decoration: Michael Standish

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” production design: Colin Gibson; set decoration: Lisa Thompson

• “The Martian,” production design: Arthur Max; set decoration: Celia Bobak

• “The Revenant,” production design: Jack Fisk; set decoration: Hamish Purdy

Best animated short film

• “Bear Story,” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

• “Prologue,” Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton

• “Sanjay’s Super Team,” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle

• “We Can’t Live without Cosmos,” Konstantin Bronzit

• “World of Tomorrow,” Don Hertzfeldt

Best live-action short film

• “Ave Maria,” Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont

• “Day One,” Henry Hughes

• “Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut),” Patrick Vollrath

• “Shok,” Jamie Donoughue

• “Stutterer,” Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Achievement in sound editing

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Mark Mangini and David White

• “The Martian,” Oliver Tarney

• “The Revenant,” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender

• “Sicario,” Alan Robert Murray

• “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Matthew Wood and David Acord

Achievement in sound mixing

• “Bridge of Spies,” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

• “The Martian,” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth

• “The Revenant,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

• “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Achievement in visual effects

• “Ex Machina,” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams

• “The Martian,” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

• “The Revenant,” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

• “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Adapted screenplay

• “The Big Short,” screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

• “Brooklyn,” screenplay by Nick Hornby

• “Carol,” screenplay by Phyllis Nagy

• “The Martian,” screenplay by Drew Goddard

• “Room,” screenplay by Emma Donoghue

Original screenplay

• “Bridge of Spies,” written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

• “Ex Machina,” written by Alex Garland

• “Inside Out,” screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen

• “Spotlight,” written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

• “Straight Outta Compton,” screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

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Goodbye – Major Tom

Goodbye – Major Tom

Yes, this is primarily a film site. I apologize to my friend & co-author of this blog, for taking liberties with the scope of this site.

I woke up this morning, turned on CBS news and heard the announcement that David Bowie died on Sunday (January 10, 2016). For some reason my reaction to this news was, it can’t be. Of course it could, we’ve lost a lot of other famous people several years younger, but the timing was impactful to me.

Permit me to share my thoughts on David Bowie and how events such as this work into our lives. It has been said that each of us have a connection to the other, sometimes obscure, other times direct. To be clear, I never met David Bowie, didn’t get involved as a fan, or have any other connection other than enjoying decades of his music and the occasional film.

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Click for David Bowie playing ‘Space Oddity’

Music has a way of connecting our memories and people. We recall specific songs, musicians and the complex tapestry of our experience. My first exposure to David Bowie was more accidental than planned. I was a young Marine, stationed on a small helicopter base in Santa Ana California. We lived in a barracks of approximately 60 men, sharing cubicles of 4, which provided us minimal privacy. We each had 4 standing, 7 foot high wall lockers forming one wall, of which I devoted one to my own stereo system. I custom built the speakers to fit into one of these narrow wall lockers On weekends, either I or some other fellow Marine accessed this stereo to play music in the barracks. It easily trumped anything others had. We shared music among the variety of guys and their different styles.

This devotion to music and my willingness to allow others to play theirs, brought forward two friends who asked me to drive them to a concert of David Bowie. I was unfamiliar with him, but they paid for my gas and the ticket. We stood out among the attendees with our shaved heads & straight looking appearance. The glam rocker fans came in full regalia, including makeup and glitter on some of the faces.

The staging theatrics & costumes utilized to highlight this concert, were an eye opener for this midwestern kid. The spotlight number with full makeup was Space Oddity. It was aptly named at that time, for my limited knowledge of Kabuki theater. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s I continued to enjoy his music, transitioning from 1970’s 8-tracks, to vinyl, then to CD’s. One of my kids favorites from David Bowie was his Goblin King role in the 1986 movie, Labyrinth. The movie was directed by Muppets creator, Jim Henson.

Then the BBC ran a unique and interesting fictional detective series, Life on Mars (2006–2007), featuring theme music of the same name by David Bowie.

I was listening to KEXP FM – Seattle, last Friday. They featured a David Bowie 12 hour music dedication for his 69th birthday. I listen to them through Internet stream and announced this on my twitter feed. I also emailed my son-in-law, an accomplished rock musician in his own right. It turned out to be a prescient moment with David’s passing on Sunday. I’m planning on purchasing his newly released Blackstar album. A fitting closing album barely released before this news.

What made this announcement so personal for me? For one thing, David Bowie and I are close to the same age. More over, I was talking to my venerable grandfather on Sunday. I make it a habit of checking in with him, as he’s less likely to call me. We used to chat through Skype until his eye sight deteriorated where he could no longer use his computer. I found out he had to place his wife into full time nursing care. At this point his own energy and strength no longer permit him to adequately attend to his wife’s physical needs. He still visits her and is able to push her wheel chair around while they chat. His determination to keep going after his own battle with cancer over 30 years ago, is remarkable.

We’ve witnessed the death of a musical icon whose musical career spanned over 45 years. I’m simultaneously seeing the slow end of life of my much loved grandfather. It’s a reminder of our own limited life cycle.

As an adolescent, I was painfully shy, withdrawn. I didn’t really have the nerve to sing my songs on stage, and nobody else was doing them. I decided to do them in disguise so that I didn’t have to actually go through the humiliation of going on stage and being myself. I continued designing characters with their own complete personalities and environments. I put them into interviews with me! Rather than be me — which must be incredibly boring to anyone — I’d take Ziggy in, or Aladdin Sane or The Thin White Duke. It was a very strange thing to do.

Fame itself … doesn’t really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant.

I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture I was living in.
~ all 3 quotes from David Bowie (1947-2016)

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David Bowie (1976-78) in Berlin. Click for IBT video tribute.

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Music Tech or Honey . . I Just Printed a New Band . .

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Click on the image to watch the 3D printed instruments.

Since just after the invention by Lee DeForest adding the grid element to the Fleming Valve, changes began with using electrical impulses and distortions to alter the way music sounds.

Now we see another use of digital tech in an analog world. Using 3D printing to create musical instruments.

Les Paul (born: Lester William Polsfuss) pioneer of the solid body electric guitar used for rock & roll; played jazz, country, and blues. He was also a songwriter, luthier and inventor. His long list of inventions and discoveries changed the music world forever.

Now we are presented with new inventive talent using 3D printing technology. Professor Olaf Diegel at Lund University in Sweden says he has formed the world’s first musical band made up of 3D-printed musical instruments.

 
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Radio Programming – Evolution or Extinction?

Telecom-iconRadio broadcast programming has changed throughout the decades of its existence, a reflection of the society in that moment of time. Soon after the invention of radio, which began only carrying the dots and dashes of wireless telegraphy, the transmission of voice ushered in a new era of conveying information and eventually entertainment. As a form of entertainment in the U.S., serialized adventure, romance, drama and comedy found its way into living rooms. Music exposed people to a variety outside of their immediate community and social group. It introduced new ideas and the start of a journey into removing some ethnic barriers.

Fast forward a few decades into the 1950’s, radio was a fully established outlet for music and the personalities which presented the sounds of that era. Commercialization was in full effect and business with their products used it to their advantage. This was also a changing era for radio. Television broadcast towers sprang up in every city of reasonable size. The economy was robust and people were buying their small black & white TV’s in waves. Having caught the attention of the marketing gurus, they soon started buying commercial air time on television stations. This altered the types of radio programs. All of the traditional comedy, serialized drama and western adventures, abandoned radio for the enhanced sensation of visual & audio on TV.

early radio telegraphy officeRadio broadcasting continued along as it had before with enhanced scheduled sports and talk formats and targeting audiences with specific genre music. The most significant change for entertainment began with Rock & Roll and the follow on ‘British Invasion’. Young people were targeted as the prime demographic and soon, groups such as The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits, The Animals, and The Who, all filtered their way into youthful listening. Technology improvements in the size of sound reproduction equipment as well as cost helped propel radio broadcasting through this change.

Technology is a two-edged sword. What was a boon to radio would soon render pink slips to many broadcast personalities. Some of them were able to transition, but most would have to leave radio or never be in front of the mic again. Digital met analog in a big way beginning in the 1980’s. Portability, distribution and pre-recorded formats altered the landscape once again. The CD era may have been the warning bell of this change but the advent of a new communication media spread this well beyond what most anticipated. The Internet with its limitless boundaries and variety meant that most broadcast formats were no longer attracting a sizable audience. Many individual radio stations recognized local programming wasn’t working and many were bought by larger companies with aggregate (national) programming format. The entire AM radio band was the first to make this change to syndicated talk formats. It’s interesting to note the conservative talk show dominates the AM airwaves as well as many FM stations. The progression of technology has obsoleted most of the traditional radio leaving it to listeners of those most resistant to change.

There are some broadcasters seeing a new wave coming. This radio format isn’t seen as an overwhelming commercial renewal as many once experienced decades earlier, but the way forward may be viable through this option. Local radio once was an important component of successful broadcasting, it gave way to national entertainment programs. Television became the attraction for these early entertainers and programs such as Bob Hope, Burns & Allen, Ozzie & Harriet, the Lone Ranger, Superman, Gunsmoke, and many others. Just as this evolution forced radio out of these entertainment formats, so too is the Internet for music and talk.

What once was old may be new. Local broadcasting can be attractive to a wider audience by using the Internet. Recent format changes of a local University Public Broadcasting station to the traditional PB talk / news format has actually alienated many within the community. The digital broadcast over the Internet has fueled added interest in the web based very popular student run station. WRAS 88.5 FM in Atlanta Georgia had the rug pulled out from under the students who were in charge of format and presentation. The University leadership in its finite wisdom, decided to sell all daytime broadcast time to Public Broadcasting, leaving the students with later evening and wee hour time through FM radio. Having gained a strong following as well as a national reputation of helping to launch local musicians, the student body have continued through the Internet HD ‘cast. Undeterred, the students are still making things happen in a former traditional market.

So how does this point to a viable future in the radio broadcast industry? By accepting the realities of the digital era, local radio can leverage the Internet through simulcast when and where possible. Bringing local entertainers to the national stage with solid community relations and open formats to the more experimental gives an opportunity for new creativity as we once saw in the 1950’s and 60’s. This dissemination to anyone who can access the Internet opens the local to the world. Placing these venues in live local performance and allowing the entertainers to hone their skills with broadcast over the Internet may be one of several steps to revamping radio. Even as I write this I’m listening to BBC Radio 2 live in Hyde Park. Proof that local is of interest to a far wider audience.

 
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Posted by on 14/09/2014 in Comedy, Crime Drama, Entertainment, Fantasy, Music, Popular Culture, Radio, Romance, Science Fiction, Stories, Technology, Television

 

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