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C-o-f-f-e-e, coffee is not for me,
It’s a drink some people wake up with,
That it makes them nervous is no myth,
Slaves to a coffee cup, they can’t give coffee up.

– German Children’s Song that Dave learned in 5th Grade at Eagleton Elementary


Celebrating International Podcasting Day is always a great reminder of all the Podcasters doing fantastic work, as well as an opportunity for you…

It was a long week that ended up with a trip to the emergency Room when Ben started having chest pains. Dave had to try to stay calm as his seven year old son was given an EKG. As it turned out, there really was a problem and going to the ER was the right move.


Some years ago, the State of California passed the ill-advised Prop 65. The idea here was “to force” companies to stop putting carcinogens into food, drink and other products that Californians use every day. Sound good and noble, right? Public Safety, after all, is the highest calling of local governments. The problem isn’t so much the intentions, it’s the methodology…


SEGMENT – 300,000 Yankees

Much ado is made today over the social conditions in the country. But once upon a time, as is so often forgotten, 300,000 Americans died, and countless more (including my great-grandfather) were left wounded and broken, for fighting the very thing of which today many stand accused. There is virtually no acknowledgement of the sacrifice, courage and honor of the Union soldier. This week, a Private who served in the 48th Illinois Volunteer Regiment from 1861 to 1865, was buried with full honors here in Kitsap County. It was a reminder to all generations that there were more men than not, who stood for what was right…

SEGMENT – Father Coughlin

The Government has a long and dark history of silencing opposing views. from the Alien & Sedition Acts of the late 1790’s which cost John Adams his Presidency, to the Lincoln Administrations jailing of copperhead journalists, to the arrests and jailing of anti-war protesters in 1917-18, to the silencing of an offensive and downright evil radio voice in 1942. It really is only is the mid-century that the government has more-or-lived by the principles of the 1st Amendment. That in no way means that it wants to do so…


The Question

Every chat chow host – whatever the show – has an ego. I don’t care if you’re talking about the big syndicated radio shows or the lowliest podcast done in a closet.

The thing is, you have to have an ego. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t sit down in front of a microphone and share what you believe to be genuine thought, opinions and knowledge.

And here’s the other thing – of all the poeple who listen to you, whether that’s 10 or 20 million, about 40% are going to love you. Another 40% are going to dislike you. And that other 20%?

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The Demise of Rush Limbaugh is Greatly Exaggerated

Rush-Limbaugh-smoking-smirkingTo hear most leftist websites tell it, the death of Conservative Talk Radio is nigh upon us with the demise of the “bankrupt” Rush Limbaugh’s contract with iHeart Media which is expiring this year.

Look, I’ll be among the numerous commentators to express the idea that the contract Rush got from Clear Channel in 2008 was… well… stupid. It was “unsustainable” and a foolhardy business decision, but then it has since become pretty obvious that the people making the “business” decisions for then Clear Channel had no real idea of how to run the business anyway. So really, giving Limbaugh $400 Million ($100 Million upfront and roughly $32 Million/year) probably made sense to them. Most of us who were around back then understood that it was a HUGE gamble, and one that within weeks was pretty much killing the company. If you understand how these shows get on your local station, then you will quickly see the problem with the deal. Don’t forget, by the by, that Rush is only the largest of these deals. He is NOT the ONLY one of these deals.

But does the expiration of that deal with Premiere Networks (i.e. iHeart Media nee Clear Channel) mean the death of his show and with it all of Talk Radio?

Of course, not. Only a desperate fool (or an ever tolerant leftist) would even think so in the first place.

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t problems going forward, and that is why the New Frontier is so appealing to so many of us. In a world where free speech is more and more a meaningless phrase in the corporate world, the internet represents something that hasn’t really been seen in a while… freedom and liberty.

With the biggest Radio Companies in big trouble (and nobody disputes that they are), what ends up happening may actually reopen the airwaves to more varied voices, but in any case will NOT mean the end of Rush Limbaugh.

So what does it mean for people like Dave, Rusty (by the by, notice we use the same model microphone!) and Brian?

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