Friday, October 8, 2010

Some Program Updates & A Few Random Thoughts

As to program updates I have to tell you that we are getting kind of overwhelmed with features and hope that I can still squeeze them all in along with the "well deserved to be listened to" new material.  You know we have the "Story Songs", "The Thrills of The Hills, The Best in The West, and The Tops in Pops", and now some requests have come in to do a "Comedy Corner" in the same style that is done on SUNDAY SIMCHA; albeit with a different focus----and, as the biblical saying goes---yea and verily and other such commentaries from the sages and Midrash---It Shall Be Done.    Thanks to the likes of people like Roy Zimmerman (video will be seen below), Modern Man, David Buskin, John Forster and many more they will join the pantheon of wit for TRADITIONS.

To remind you of October 17 ---and wit and talent---Rob Carlson will be joining me in the studio for a live bit of his wit and wisdom and, of course, his music.

To remind you of October 10---FYVUSH FINKEL joins me on Sunday Simcha as he shows me why he is a star and I am not---his wit and timing prove it as you will hear that day---a delightful man who will be appearing at age 88 in a new production (Revue) with his sons at the Baruch PAC in NYC.  An honor and a delight to have him join us.

To remind you of October--any day----brush your teeth and call your mother. She misses you.  Your father---Ver Vaist (Who Knows).

A few random thoughts now---

     1) Can you think of any radio station besides WFDU that has an eclectic mix and allows the hosts to present whatever they will---AND--are knowledgeable in their formats?
     2) How many roads must a man walk down before he realizes that Phil Ochs was every bit the talent and writer that Dylan is?
    3)  Why do so many great talents leave us so early---Kate Wolf, Eva Cassidy, Nancy Lamott (not folk), Fred Neil, and many more?   Is it a re affirmation of--The good die young---fill in the rest.
   4)  Terrible tragedy of those nincompoop firemen in Tennessee allowing a house to burn down for lack of a $75 fee (which was offered--times much more).  First off---I hope the family had their insurance paid up because the insurance company will surely &*&&^ them if not./  Secondly---what were the firemen thinking---they are late to go and try to marry some cousin?   The word Yahoo comes to mind---or one that starts with A and ends with E----this should be a question on Jeopordy.

Now the wit and wisdom you will soon find on TRADITIONS:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

THURSDAY---Another Edition Of.......

A flip of the fedora to Jimmy Cannon


1)      Liberal and Right Wing zealots’ spokespeople are all so very firm in their views and yet none of them ever espouse them without getting a high fee.   Seems like they  are in agreement in that one thing and you have to wonder how serious they are about what they, allegedly, espouse.

2)      We are so much more attuned---perhaps too much---to children’s supposed psychological needs that, sometimes, just some ordinary development might be all that is needed.  Best not to overdiagnose but be observant.

3)      The new book about George Washington certainly makes one realize that people and issues are not that much different these days.  The only think one has to wonder about is how, with all the dissension, we got to the powerful position we are in.

4)      But now I wonder why I believed “TRUE” comics in the WW2 years---people eating bananas to bulk up to get into the Service and other patriotic legends that never mentioned---as through history---those who avoided and profited.  Best to see All My Sons—Arthur Miller got it right.

5)      Why are many Psychologists and Social Workers so opinionated when one would think they would be listening and suggesting?

6)      Carl Paladino brings new meaning to the word diplomat.  I believe it is “heavy handed gutter rat”. Hey, whatever one needs to survive Buffalo winters.

7)      I am still amazed how many people do not know of Gertrude Berg---even the Biography channel has an upcoming program on the start of Sit-Coms---I Love Lucy---guess what preceded her and was the start---yep---you got it if you listened to Sunday Simcha a while back and checked this blog.

8)      Our next meeting will be in larger quarters since that phone booth is getting crowded now with the newer viewers. Do you think Zuckerberg had these problems?   Perhaps the local bus stop.

9)      Roy Zimmerman , satirist, performer, and founder of The Foremen has a wonderful new piece that comments on today’s great and burning issue---

    10)  Everything goes full circle.  In the early days of radio people wanted to know how far the signal reached and now in the days of the world wide web (www. Whatever you like) on interactive sites you, many times, ask the other person where they are located.   Smoke signals of an earlier day  were easier to ascertain---you could not see further than the horizon and a lot depended on the wind.