Sunday January 30, 2022 11:00 AM CST -- As If Nothing Happened --
several days off the air, today local AM 770 is back with the voice of
Brother Stair. According to the Guesswork Division of the KDX News
Department, perhaps the Stair Estate has Instructions to Carry On.
Sunday January 30, 2022 7:52 AM CST -- The Definition of Excellent
Excellent is a former cellent.
Sunday January 30, 2022 2:31 AM CST -- Station I.D. (not valid for voting purposes) --
Radio Stations KDX and KHZ broadcast from transmitters atop Mount Point
in North America - the United States of America and web stream from a
shared server service serving from Olivette, Missouri, USA. Say it fast
two times to pass our announcer audition. We are also recruiting for
the announcing pool at Announce Temps, the go to source for tonsils at
a moments notice. Why do your own podcast when you could afford a professional sounding voice?
Saturday January 29, 2022 1:39 PM CST --
Saturday January 29, 2022 11:41 AM CST -- The Stair Case --
been tracking the daily Brother Stair total time buyout of local
AM 770 but the past few days no Stair no station. Nothing. Blank
frequency. Off the air. What are we to think? One of the last things he
was heard to say was a warning that the world was about to end. Maybe
it did end, but only for him.
Friday January 28, 2022 1:58 PM CST -- Audioengine B-Fi --
under installation as a Studio-Transmitter-Link (STL) between KDX
Control Desk and Procaster AM and CCrane FM2 Transmitters. We will be
blogging as we go.
Friday January 28, 2022 12:34 NOON CST -- Race As a Qualifier --
seems to me obvious that race cannot be considered a legitimate
qualification for any job, certainly not for radio host or supreme
court judge. Legitimate qualifications for such positions should also
be clearly obvious, including the aptitudes and skills essential to the
jobs. As a matter of fair play in the selection process for premier
positions in public or commercial service all candidates in possession
of vital abilities should rise as finalists without regard to race. It
shouldn't have to be said that neither should 'looks' be a criteria for
appointment to prominent positions, but so often American media treats
physical attractiveness as an asset for the receptionist's desk or the
anchor desk. And in a conspicuous way race is a matter of looks as much
as a pretty face. How things play out in the hiring arena puts those
with decisional authority under scrutiny whether it be a manager/voter
or a president. The trouble with managers is that they can make
choices based on biology and the trouble with presidents is that they
Friday January 28, 2022 9:30 AM CST -- DXing the Wi-Fi Band
is possible to DX (look for distant signals) on the Wi-Fi frequency
spectrum, but notice that I didn't say 'listen'. That's an important
difference when compared to classic DXing in the medium, shortwave and
VHF bands where listening is key to identifying signals. And, since
Wi-Fi consists of low power signals close at hand, far away reception
is limited within 500-feet and comprised of neighborhood routers in
homes and businesses, which list themselves by name through viewing the
window of your computer's USB Wi-Fi Adapter and observing the power
densities on a range of 5-bars. More esoteric signals such as
spread-spectrum may not appear at all by this means. To detect
traces of all activity a spectrum analyzer views more kinds of
transmission, and for us we employ an RF Explorer handheld analyzer
which enables us to see the carrier of our TP Wireless Wi-Fi
Transmitter at 2.477 GHz. To actually listen to our transmitter we have
a matching TP-Wireless Wi-Fi Receiver, otherwise hearing the audio
might not be likely for nearby public to accomplish. The health risk of
being exposed to microwaves exists already before any of our equipment
is added to the mix, because every nearby neighbor is running one or
more Wi-Fi routers and other devices including cordless phones. As well
an enormous amount of microwave energy floods the environment on
adjacent radio bands from many terrestrial and satellite sources. It is
notable that our equipment's safety guidelines advise maintaining at
least 8-inch proximity to the transmitting antenna to avoid harmful
thermal damage to body cells.
Friday January 28, 2022 9:27 AM CST -- Study Shows Red Wine Reduces COVID Infection Rates --
Thursday January 27, 2022 10 AM CST -- Old Radio Broadcast Equipment --
Thursday January 27, 2022 8:39 AM CST -- Part 15 Here and There --
was just yesterday when we posted the commentary "Part 15 Then and Now"
and already response and feedback is coming from part15.org where
Moderator Mark has re-printed and commented on our words:
My thoughts. Putting aside the harm of micro-waves in the 2.4 to 5 gigs
wifi and bluetooth bands this is really not part 15 radio anymore. It’s
not the same. Radio is free, no one can track/hack you and setting up a
wi-fi over the air station, if it can be done, what would someone listen
on? Radio is wireless, why is moving up to microwaves better? We are
supposed to be the ones making radio “great” again.
The part 15
hobby was based on transmitting in the AM and FM bands and having a mini
unlicensed station allowed by Canada and USA governments. What is the
advantage of figuring out how to transmit a station in bluetooth? I
don’t get it. In my mind we are supposed to be about “old fashion” radio
and if, as Carl’s blog stated, “we” are moving away from that, we are
the ones taking radio away from the people when we are supposed to be
bringing it back. - Mark.
depends what we mean by 'part 15'. As Mark uses the expression it
refers to the low power radio hobby centered around the rules
pertaining to AM and FM broadcast, while the fuller formal definition
identifies a section of FCC rules applying to any frequency band, and
the microwaves have crept into it while we were focussed on our chunk
of pie. Mark had more to say:
Bluetooth could have it’s positives as a way to get your signal to
your Procaster in a remote location from your studio but consider
this….if you need a cable to get it power why not just use 4 conductor
cable to get the audio there also. Even streaming is getting away from
the whole idea of the hobby of radio broadcsting. If Carl is right it’s a
sad thing that radio is dying along with part 15. -Mark
diminishing of the radio hobby as we've known it is indeed sad, and I
think we all feel that radio in general may be on a sort of death bed,
but the 'Bluetooth' example is exactly how some of us have opened our
eyes to what's happening in the millimeter waves under 15.245, 15.247, 15.249 & 15.250, where Part15 Engineer
and I have both started utilizing Wi-Fi transmitter/receiver combinations to
move our signals wirelessly from the studio to the traditional AM and FM transmitter
locations. True, we could have simply laid some wire, but the
full-power stations have STL's (Studio Transmitter Links) operating in
the upper spectrum so what we do is a scale model taken from their
example. Now back to Mark:
I will now go
on a rant about microwaves. This is bad for you! It’s a fact and even
the companies know this and even tell you in a special place in your
phone all the warnings and advice that no one reads or listens to. Have
you ever looked it up to see? It’s there in every phone!Wednesday January 26, 2022 6:23 AM CST -- Part 15 Then and Now --
wi-fi and bluetooth use the 2.4-2.5 gig part of the spectrum? Because
it’s free. That part of the spectrum is not regulated. The companies
don’t have to have an expensive license to operate there. It’s money.
Not what is good or bad for you. There is much credible scientific
evidence as Carl and I know about the harm of micro-waves. The companies
know it also and quietly have the warnings in every smartphone made.
Regular radio waves in the commercial AM and FM bands are harmless.
Never has, in 100 years have you ever heard that they hurt you in any
Why does everything have to be wireless? Why can’t the phone be
at home corded? Cell phones have their uses….for emergencies. And it’s
off the rest of the time. Why does your internet connection have to be
wireless when the computer is in one place in the room? Why does a mouse
have to be wireless? Why do you need a bluetooth thing stuck in your
ear frying your head with bad micro-waves so you can walk around
blabbing with your phone in your pocket? Why do you need wireless
speakers? Pairing with a phone to a speaker? I don’t understand this
I sure don’t need it. This is the same radiation
as your micro-wave oven which is shielded for leakage. The only pairing
I do is my Procaster to my radio.
Why do I have to have a
smartphone?…..because I have to be modern….everyone else does? If
everyone jumps off a cliff do I have to do it too?
In conclusion If
radio has been taken away from the people….the people have taken it away
from themselves. We, the part 15ers should be bringing it back….keeping
it alive..making it great again! I love the past. I will never be
moving up to micro-waves. I’ll stick with medium waves. - Mark
dwindling number of radio hobbyists carry on with the 'original' form
of part 15 hobbying, operating micro-power AM or FM radio stations
receivable by a very small audience of neighbors on ordinary radios.
The government (FCC) can do little more than physically track down and
meddle with these small operations, which happens rarely based on
complaints, which are few. Meanwhile, without fanfare, Part 15 (no
license required) technology has moved upwards into the microwaves
particularly the Wi-Fi bands at 2.4 and 5 GHz where most of the
population scopes the world from home computer work stations little
realizing they are 'broadcasting' on accessible airwaves that can be
spied on from passing cars and hacked. Government agents and other bad
actors possess the means to plant spyware or criminal 'evidence' via
the ubiquitous Wi-Fi route. Part 15 is now inward and no longer
outward. Rather than reaching a small public from a private studio our
privacy has become electronically public.
Tuesday January 24, 2022 8:07 AM CST -- Slogans that Hurt the Head --
short lived ALPB (Association for Low Power Broadcasters) during the
reign of Chairman "sniper" Bob came up with the slogan "Bringing Radio
Back to the People". Although I voted against this slogan the majority
of four others gave it their thumbs up. The slogan begs so many
questions. One wonders, was radio taken away from 'the people'? Who are
the people in question? Do the people want radio back? In what way did
the ALPB intend to bring it back? How can low power radio stations with
only 1/10th of a watt return radio to millions of people while the
signals only reach about five households? Since all the stations do
nothing more than present high school music which is readily available
from many other sources how can this have any measurable impact on
whether radio is 'back'? Do any people actually know that this is going
on? The whole thing becomes moot since now ex-chairman Bob took the
ALPB away from its membership and is now its only member. Somebody
should bring back the ALPB to the people.
Monday January 24, 2022 8:27 AM CST -- MICROWAVE EXPOSURE AND HEALTH --
week's edition of the weekly "Law and Disorder" looks in depth at the
detrimental affects of exposure to millimeter waves, especially as they
become stronger in the wake of 5G cellphone technology.
Sunday January 23, 2022 9:48 AM CST -- Memories of Carrier Currents Flowing By --
memories won't go away, starting many years ago at a major Jesuit
university where a guy engineered for their carrier current campus
station, giving me a tour of the one room studio with clunky grey
transcription turntables, Magnecord tape recorder and a big plate glass
window in the wall. The lights were out in the adjacent room so only
reflections could be seen in the glass. Copper wires connected to LPB
transmitters in the basements of three dorms. It was KBIL (Billikens
Basketball) AM 590. Soon after that visit the station closed and the
engineer went on to a lifelong career as chief for AM 1600.
few years later while on staff with a newly founded FM station our
chief engineer had come from a Veterans Hospital carrier current
station. Period. I mean, I know nothing more than that so it doesn't
make much of an anecdote.
Sunday January 23, 2022 8:53 AM CST -- As Thoughts Flop Around --
Under the category "brainless things people say" two come to mind:
a day when a neighbor lady stopped by to inquire about my wife's
health, it turned out the visitor was here to promote a line of ultra
pure bottled water she was franchised to sell, and gave my wife a
sample bottle saying, "It's so good it may actually cause a headache."
another occasion the Jehovahs Witnesses were at the door to tell us
with some alarm, "Not even Jesus knows when the end will come!" To this
I asked, "When will he know?"
Sunday January 23, 2022 6:51 AM CST -- Magical Incantation --
The most powerful incantation I remember announcing was a religious radio station's main hook slogan "On the Air through the Prayers and Gifts of our many Friends".
There are so many power points in this one liner. The expression "On
the Air" carries all the wattage of a full strength carrier bringing
deep authoritative voices into the home. "Prayers" is of course the
emblematic trademark of the mystical psuedo-science of religious
spirituality connoting a well attended switchboard in the sky ready at
all times to process incoming messages and requests. "Gifts" obviously
is the euphimism for money, the bottom line of the entire appeal, and
"Friends" opens to listeners the vision of a synthetic social life
outside the confines of being a lonely forgotten shut-in. Makes a
person feel generous.
Sunday January 23, 2022 6:47 AM CST -- If This Won't Do It Nothing Will --
Artisan Radio made us aware of this virtual audio device that seemingly
will do everything and anything involving complex audio routing between
two PCs over ethernet.
Sunday January 23, 2022 6:26 AM CST -- On Being a Winner --
Life is not a sporting event that only needs to be won once.
Life needs to be won everyday constantly in order to be a winner.
- C. Blare, upon first coffee
Saturday January 22, 2022 3:29 PM CST -- A Newsworthy Newscast for Radio --
Saturday January 22, 2022 5:31 AM CST -- Your Time --
then on a newly started radio station we called the morning show "The
Morning Show" and this went on for awhile until we decided to get fancy
and started discussing ideas for a better name, a more slick program
description. Other stations had their daybreak morning zoo drive-time
monikers and we wanted to do one better, but "The Morning Show" expired
under the old original name. Now it's about a hundred years later and I
just thought of it: "Early Radio". It's perfect. Simple. Sharp. To the
point. But no good now because the internet has made radio global and
earliness is counter-global; It's only early here but not everywhere.
all reminds us of a riff by radio artist Ken Nordine who talked of a guy
who wondered what time it was, not just here, but everywhere in the
universe. This guy would lie awake nights wondering what time it was in
far away galaxies. Although, you know, maybe that's the beauty of
"Early Radio" because radio is only 100 or so years old and that's only
a drop in time's bucket, so it is early for radio. We're probably a
genius for thinking of a name so simple yet universal, but it's too
early to tell. We'll have to wait for our legacy.
Friday January 21, 2022 10:32 AM CST -- PUBLIC NOTICE --
A DEMONSTRATION IN SUPPORT OF THE RIGHT TO DEMONSTRATE
IS BEING PLANNED FOR THE LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH
AT ALL PUBLIC SPACES LARGE AND SMALL THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
PART 15 LOW POWER RADIO STATIONS ARE BEING CALLED UPON TO PROVIDE
CONTINUOUS COVERAGE FROM MIDNIGHT TO MIDNIGHT
AND THE BLARE BLOG WILL PRINT PHOTOGRAPHIC SUBMISSIONS AS WELL AS VIDEO FOOTAGE
SUBMITTED IN CARE OF FLOTILLA DeGLUED, IMPERSONAL ASSISTANT TO CARL BLARE.
THIS WILL BE A PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION AND NO ROWDINESS WILL BE TOLERATED.
BE NEAT BY KEEPING ALL AREAS CLEAN WITH NO DAMAGE TO LANDSCAPES.
LOUDSPEAKER PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS PLEASE ALTHOUGH WELL CONTAINED LIVE
MUSIC IS ENCOURAGED AND SPEECHES IN SUPPORT OF DEMONSTRATING SHOULD BE
RESPECTED AND WELL ATTENDED. FINALLY, THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO OR EVER
DID. DO YOU HAVE A SISTER?
Friday January 21, 2022 9:33 AM CST -- Messing in the 2.4 GHz Patch --
back to our ongoing exploration of Part 15 action in the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
band, we have discovered something that might be generally useful for
everyone who uses wireless Wi-Fi routers for their connection to the
internet, which is of course almost everyone. While we have read that
locating the router higher in the room will better reach all the
computers throughout the house, it seems that keeping the USB Wi-Fi
Adapter plugged into a port at the computer is the norm, typically at
30" desk-level above the floor. While using the free software Wi-Fi
Analytics Tools to view the Wi-Fi channel activity in our area as
received by our USB adapter, and by adding a 10-foot USB extention
cable and hanging the adapter up near the ceiling, the number of
hotspots received increased to over double, showing a flood of active
internet users surrounding our location. No doubt this move would
improve in-house reception between router and adapter. In our case we
don't use Wi-Fi and prefer direct ethernet cable connection for it's
better privacy and optimimized performance, but we are experimenting
with Wi-Fi for audio transmission within our facility.
Friday January 21, 2022 7:35 AM CST -- Lonely Engineer Pin-Up Processors --
Word from Boomer this cold morning (6oF at the Internet Building Campus):
It is nice to find more active stations using Part-15, and carrier
current, it seems so rare today. KROCKS Radio One pushed it hard on
part15 US, talking about his coverage and trying to get other
stations 'on the wire' and try it.
As of now, Carrier is my favorite form of Part-15 broadcasting,
something I wanted to do since I heard it at the drive-in theater,
used for the movie sound. Later I found out what they were doing
and thought it was a most unique way to broadcast, and wanted to be
a drive-in DJ before the movies. The signal spilled out of the
drive-in for a few blocks around, so I thought of people listening
in homes also. It was many years until I finally got my own
carrier-current station on the air, and it's been on for nearly 8
years at very low cost and high educational value.
The Thimeo audio processor from Stereo Tool's author looks nice in
the rack. I'm sure engineers have pictures of it pinned up in their
lockers. It would be nice to try out, but I couldn't see using it
on a station. I think we're at a point now where audio processing
is at a high level, it's a mature art and has been for years.
To me this high end gear appeals to engineering elites in high-end
playgrounds, and I can't see how it's justified when the audio
quality of most radio stations is subjectively low, when they add
Neilsen ratings encoding and the ringing it causes, and the heavily
clipped low quality feeds to transmitters. The Thimeo is vastly
overqualified for Brother Stair, do you think it could improve his
feed quality at all? Stair's feed is dog food already.
You might say, ah, but fine arts stations. Wouldn't it be that for
those, less is more, for cleaner, more dynamic voices and classical
music? For that you wouldn't need that much processing and
something relatively simple would do, if your goal is fidelity, if
we agree that fidelity means flat, wide audio response, low noise
and distortion, sound that is faithful to the source. In that case,
everything else is probably more important than what processor is
used, like good microphones, good audio amps and preamps, lossless
feeds, the best quality recordings in the station's library, a
short audio chain, and hey, corrected for jitter!
Thanks for all of your blog.
for writing, Boomer, this is Carl with my reply... you are right in
depicting the several kinds of persnickety audio engineers with
attitudes about more or less processing to raise or flatten the sound
coming out of the transmitter. I ridicule the absolute purists who seek
to preserve the absolute dynamic range of human hearing which, and this
is the ridicule, works best if the listener rents a concert hall and
plays their radio from the stage. The reality is that out in the world
their are ambient noises, i.e., traffic, snow blowers, video games,
dogs barking, and even air conditioning which competes for dB space. My
rule is to compress and limit to raise the station audio up above all
the clammor. The computer software version of Hans Van Zutphen's Stereo
Tool is not expensive and creates a virtual rack-worthy result.
yesterday I tuned local 770 AM to see if the Stair man was keeping the
spinning plate in the air with his pinky finger, and there he was, I
guess. Somebody was preaching noticably off-mic in cassette quality
from a 6th generation dub with dirty tape heads.
of good microphones, I heard a podcast the other day that had the very
best microphone quality I have ever heard from a digital audiofile over
a computer. I will link it here later today as an example, keep
watching this space for that link. Maybe if I contact the producer we
can find out what brand or model was used.
praise of carrier current radio prompts me to repair and return to
service our 970 kHz LPB system, awaiting a recap. And thanks to you for visiting the Blog.
Thursday January 20, 2022 12:06 NOON CST -- Boomer Wrote a Note --
Blare Blog correspondent Boomer wrote a note to Tha Dood about a Radio World article:
Guy Builds Part 15 Carrier Current Station in the Living Room:
From: Boomer The
Found this newsletter on Radio World, retired broadcaster sets up a
studio in his living room, with a carrier-current station. It's the
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 2:34 PM
To: Tha Dood <email@example.com>
I don't hear about others who have carrier current stations any
more. - Boomer
Tha Dood replied:
Hey... My stations take-up space in the bedroom closet, under a
basement bench, and that transmitter rack in the garage. So, if
this guy can set-up a station in just one room, why not?
Thanks, for sharing that. I'm glad to see Radio World give a Part
#15 station some attention. Needs more.
- Tha Dood
Wednesday January 19, 2022 6:02 AM CST -- The Newest and Greatest Hardware Audio Processor for AM & FM --
low power radio station builders are aware of Hans Van Zutphen's
excellent Stereo Tools Software Audio Processor. Fewer are aware
that Mr. Zutphen's excellent software is incorporated in some of
the leading physical hardware audio processors available on the market.
Now Van Zutphen has taken the final step.. introducing his own
Wednesday January 19, 2022 6:18 AM CST -- Jitter Bug --
A problem highly unwelcome when audio 10 Hz and above shimmers, shakes, vibrates, flutters, warbles or wobbles.
problem occurs in digital audio equipment and often in Windows computer
audio because of shortcuts taken in the manufacture of PCs. Power
supply imperfections can be a cause in addition to clock circuit
When frequencies below 10 Hz go wobbly it's called wander.
Jitter can happen in the human brain due to emotional disturbances. Consider Sniper Bob's hostile slaughter of the ALPB.
Tuesday January 18, 2022 7:38 PM CST -- ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!
PLEASE DO NOT PANIC!! TRY NOT TO GAG OR CHOKE ON FOOD!!
THIS IS A FALSE ALARM!!
I REPEAT, THIS IS A FALSE ALARM!!
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU AND OTHER MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD UNDERSTAND WHAT WE ARE TELLING YOU!!
THIS IS NOT A REAL ALARM!!
YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE SHELTER IN A SAFE PLACE!!
YOU CAN STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND CONTINUE WITH WHAT YOU WERE DOING!!
THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT GIVE WARNINGS OR HAZARD ALERTS!!
IF YOU WANT TO BE NOTIFIED OF CALAMATIES OR DISASTERS PLEASE GO TO A WEBSITE THAT PROVIDES THAT KIND OF INFORMATION!!
YOU ARE ADVISED TO CALM DOWN AND LET THE NEIGHBORS KNOW THAT ALL IS WELL!!
YOU DID NOT HEAR THIS MESSAGE STAY ON LINE AND READ IT FROM THE TOP
SEVERAL TIMES IF NECESSARY FOR IT TO SINK IN THAT NOTHING IS WRONG!!
Tuesday January 18, 2022 6:15 AM CST -- Grammar Are Fun --
gaze happened to land upon the bright white-on-blue lettering printed on the
empty box from our Ramsey FM30B Transmitter Kit which says:
"Electronics is FUN!" This didn't seem like the right grammar so we
first considered that maybe "electronics are fun" might be an
improvement, but we weren't finished thinking about it and decided to
try a few comparative examples, starting with "technologies is fun",
but given the vast range of technological possibilities we weren't sure
they'd all be fun and too, going back to the matter of electronics we
reason that we are not talking about a plurality so much as we are
naming a class. Another class might be "birds" except maybe not, as I
think perhaps they're a genus or general class whereas a particular
bird, say a golden finch, is a species. This is going well, don't you
think? I'm really into it, anyway, and we'll move to "human" as a
possible class, although perhaps humans are a genus belonging to the
class "mammal" or would it be "primate"(?) Um, come to think of it the
latest thinking is that human is a species under which various races
can be found of which it could be said "races is fun." No. I wonder if
my first grade teacher is listed in the phone book. First grade was a
class and she was classy. I recall finding her very pretty, prettiness is
fun, and this overall topic would be a great conversation starter, but that was
several decades ago and decades become less fun after a while
especially when they become a singular plurality.
Monday January 17, 2022 11:29 AM CST --
Many of the hazards encountered on the road ahead
are a consequence of mistakes made on the road previously traveled.
- Carl Blare, this winter morning
Saturday January 15, 2021 8:33 PM CST -- KDX is Streaming --
the moment FREE TALK LIVE is streaming live from Keene, New Hampshire,
hosted by Ian Freeman and Captain Kickass. There were some interesting
phone calls from military veterans living off the grid out in the wilderness,
able to listen on portable radios. The show is carried on just under
200 radio stations and many online streamcasters.
A few white
patches dot the campus landscape as we've been just outside a band of
heavy winter activity and no jeopardous conditions are forecast in the
The daily visit to part15.org brings a report from
Moderator Mark about adding a simple artificial ground to a Procaster
Transmitter to achieve improved signal strength. The whole subject of
virtual grounds is very informative and hasn't been written about
recently. We plan to try a few experiments in that area and will share
what we discover. It's a practice familiar to HAM operators who find
themselves unable to plant actual grounding into the earth because of
home association restrictions.
You'll have to excuse me now while I check snack options in the Upper Management Lounge.
Tuesday January 11, 2021 4:18 PM CST -- Critical Part 15 Theory --
chronic mistake of moderators at the Part 15 low power radio forums has
been to lump criticism in the same class as an attack, thus repelling and
canceling criticism and narrowing the range of discussion to allow only
those points of view held by the moderators. The field of criticism,
however, is a time-honored practice of judging the merits and faults of
of the most prestigeous publications in journalism provide critical
reviews of other news papers and magazines and every profession has its
critics including music, literature, software, consumer products, and
anything else. The denial of criticism as a legitimate platform for
expression is not only authoritarian but is also a symptom of ignorance
and educational lacking.
Monday January 10, 2022 2:53 PM CST -- The First Grackle of Spring --
was a big fat bold healthy purple grackle on the birdbath this morning
grumbling at the frozen pool of water. As a lifelong birder I realize
that grackles only stop here long enough to raise a brood of young in
and then are off to pastureland where they sit on the rear hips of cows
enjoying swarms of snack flys. The days are getting longer and we're in
for an early spring.
Monday January 10, 2022 2:46 PM CST -- Federal Connectivity Program --
Monday January 10, 2022 2:43 PM CST -- Let the S___ Fly --
have sampled the first edition of the new 'Radio Daze' podcast and
absolutely enjoyed it. But watch out. It's loaded with S___ words. The
program ran 7-minutes and is worth hearing but perhaps not putting on
the public airways.
Monday January 10, 2022 5:25 AM CST -- Radio Daze --