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August 26, 2009

Save your radio or save your hair - take your pick on terrestrial radio.

By: The Dude on the Right
I tried to type it exactly in my web browser when I got to a computer because my radio told me to, only it didn't really direct me to any set web site.  Yup, there it was, “SAVE YOUR RADIO DOT ORG”, scrolling on the radio screen as I was channel hopping in my car on a local radio station, you know, one of those stations you pick up on FM.  It was 103.5 here in Chicago, WKSC, aka KISS FM, and yes, sometimes I like to get down with what the kids are listening to.  The ladies on the radio were in a discussion about women who don't give their men oral sex anymore (Didn't Howard Stern get fined for this? Nevermind, that's a topic for different blog), and at first I was confused, wondering, “What kind of sentence is that?” Sure, maybe I should have been paying attention as to what causes women to stop giving oral pleasure, but I was intrigued about this odd sentence. And then it occurred to me -this was an ad for a website for a not-so-covert organization trying to squash a movement to change the way music artists are paid for your hearing their song on the radio.  The radio station behemoths are against it, so are some of the smaller station owners, and I even went to the web site for information and it seemed to scream that the radio world was going to end if government changed the radio regulations.  The thing is, the site didn’t have any real contact information, only a link to some lady named Diane Warren doing some kind of publicity, and the content buried in the web site was tied to an organization called BIPAC, or Business Industry Political Action Committee.

Now I’m not going to get into the entire hubabaloo of what the whole thing is about, only that as a subscriber of satellite radio and sometimes some streaming stuff on the internet, I do wonder why the terrestrial radio stations, as they are sometimes called, don’t have to pay royalty rates in the same fashion.  But that’s not important right now.  What I’m confused about is why, on a supposedly hip station, does the self-advertising scroll have to be spelled out as some kind of cryptic sentence when a simple “Please visit” would probably be understood by every person listening to KISS FM?  Are the listeners of that station that dense that they have to be able to “read out” a web address?

As someone who had dreams of being a music person years ago, I say the legislation should be passed – the artists deserve their money, and contrary to the website, it’s not a “tax” the government is proposing, because all that is trying to do is scare you into “Oh my God, if this passes, when I’m listening to “I Gotta Feeling” from the Black Eyed Peas, I’m going to have to declare it on my taxes this year and send more money to the government.”  No, you won’t, the radio stations will just have to adjust their advertising structure and maybe finally learn to come up with a business model to compete with the internet, satellite, and your iPod.

The one thing I will say about “SAVE YOUR RADIO DOT ORG” is that at least it is a funny ad that makes me chuckle, as opposed to another radio station scrolling an ad for Avacor.  Save your radio or save your hair – take your pick on terrestrial radio.

That's it for this one!  I'm The Dude on the Right!!   L8R!!!

Posted by Rightdude at 8:33 PM | Comments (0)

August 24, 2009

What's New? A Podcast of: Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-Up! A Lot of Trees, Crashing Cars, Inglourious Basterds, The Fab 5, and Don't Forget the Boobs

Who knew you have to now account for installed body parts, or at least breast implants, so The Dude on the Right and Stu Gotz talk about it during this podcast episode of their "Weekend Wrap-Up!" Along with boobs, the boys both are able to talk about "Inglourious Basterds" because they both caught the movie, only The Dude is able to talk about "Monk" this weekend, Stu is getting his boys hooked on demolition derby's and the Boy Scouts, while The Dude saw a lot of trees, and appropriately, went to the new Apple store in Naperville. Summer is winding down, The Dude is cheering on The Fab 5 on "America's Got Talent," and the boys keep things going, at least for another weekend.

Posted by Rightdude at 8:18 PM | Comments (0)

August 23, 2009

Inglourious Basterds

... a perfect weather Sunday brought about a lovely afternoon looking at trees, and I tell Stu all about it during this "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast episode. While I was enjoying nature this weekend, and a visit to the new Apple Store in Naperville, IL., Stu and the little Gotz's were enjoying destruction, as in car destruction at the Route 66 Raceway for a demolition derby. We both saw "Inglorious Basterds"... and neither of us are that excited about the movies opening next weekend, but I am looking forward to cheering on The Fab 5 on "America's Got Talent" the next time they are on. We talk about so much in so little time! ...

Posted by Rightdude at 8:46 PM | Comments (0)

August 17, 2009

The Goods, Monk, Harry Potter, and a Light Fixture.

Stu Gotz wonders why there aren't any science explanations at the "Harry Potter" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, but during this podcast episode of "Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-Up!", the boys at least have something in common - their laughing during "The Goods," a movie most nobody went to see. The Dude tells Stu about "The Rocker" and "The Soloist," Stu can't figure out when "Monk" ends on TV, and Stu is sort of amazed that The Dude didn't burn the Dude-Pad down while doing some home improvements. All of that and more for your listening pleasure.

Posted by Rightdude at 7:25 PM | Comments (0)

August 12, 2009

Race to Witch Mountain

Look, the story is simple enough: Cabbie picks up two aliens who need to break into a government fortress hiding a spaceship, and along the way he seems to fall in love with the alien specialist who can't believe she is actually hanging with aliens, let alone a hunk like The Rock.

Posted by Rightdude at 9:24 PM | Comments (0)

The Soloist

In simplest terms, for "The Soloist," Jamie Foxx portrays a real-life dude named Nathaniel Ayers. Nathaniel's a musical virtuoso who went to Julliard and then suffered a mental breakdown, resulting is his living on the streets of Los Angeles. Robert Downey Jr. portrays Steve Lopez. He's a journalist who one day runs into Nathaniel on the street,.

Posted by Rightdude at 9:17 PM | Comments (0)

The Proposal

The Dude on the Right took his BFF to see "The Proposal," and they both agreed that even though the movie was fairly predictable, that it was still enjoyable. Ryan Reynolds seems to be coming into his own as an actor, Sandra Bullock is her adorable self in adorable mode, as well as playing a great bitch of a boss, and Betty White is just a hoot. The dudes get to see a hot Sandra Bullock pretty much naked, the dudettes get to see a, well, Ryan Reynolds pretty much naked, and PETA will be happy that no puppies were harmed in the making of this film, nor were they taken away by an eagle. Predictable and funny - Who knew?

Posted by Rightdude at 9:02 PM | Comments (0)

August 11, 2009

Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-Up! G.I. Joe, A Full Calendar, Walmart, and a Bum Flipper.

It amazes Stu Gotz that the kids don't hurt their ankle, but when it comes to an in-law, x-rays might be necessary, while The Dude on the Right was disappointed in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." They tell each other these tales during this podcast episode of "Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast, and Stu also fills The Dude in on "Seven Pounds," the Will Smith flick. The Dude has issues with Walmart, Stu has issues with The Shack, they both agree KFC is a better name, but neither of them can figure out how Mama Gotz double-booked her calendar for this upcoming weekend. They talk; You can listen.

Posted by Rightdude at 7:02 PM | Comments (0)

August 9, 2009

What's New? A Movie Review of: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

The Dude on the Right wanted to like "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," but during this movie review he explains how little Skippy was just as entertaining, even though annoying, while he was watching the movie. For The Dude that's kind of a shock because as he puts it, the movie had a lot of stabbings, chasing, shooting, and bloated action, complete with flashbacks. Sadly what seemed to be missing the most was an entertaining story. Maybe the sequel will get it right since they already seem to have it set up.

Posted by Rightdude at 8:27 PM | Comments (0)


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