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15 Quick Thoughts After Seeing Captain Marvel

1. I had to explain to my 13-year-old what a pager was. I sounded like I was describing the telegraph. 2. Trailers are when we elbow each other over movies we just have to see and completely forget about later [...]

Reaping What We Sowed: How Talk Radio Crippled America

At one point in the mid-70s, there'd been a rash of UFO sightings. Naturally, the stories captured the headlines. One week a local radio outlet in Dallas-Fort Worth and a sister station in Houston started promoting a special hour late [...]

March 5th, 2019|Categories: News and Commentary, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Those Pants

An old friend sent me a photo the other day. There is no getting around this one. Jack Schell and I worked together at KVIL. He'd demur, but Jack is probably the smartest, most brilliant man I've ever known. He's [...]

The Quiet Man

Television news anchors. A different breed if ever there was one. One I knew would revise the scripts right before every newscast, in order to make sure he always had more on-camera lines than his female partner. Ted Baxter and [...]

Me and Arkansas Jones

Mid 90s. I'd just changed jobs, trying to do a radio talk show at a station I'd just joined. I'd never done a talk show before. Any kind of talk show. I needed to make a splash. Getting good guests [...]

20 Quick Thoughts on the 2019 Oscars

Of course I watched. I do every year. Part of my broadcast training was an emphasis on keeping up with what's going on - so even though I might not have seen but a movie or two all year, I [...]

Meet this week’s guest on “Dusty Attics”

If you haven't heard by now, I'm doing a new radio show. It's actually a revival of a program by the same name that we used to air on then-103.7 KVIL, and the premise is simple: people you and [...]

Growing Up Racist

Our house on Bilglade had two television sets. The one in the living room that handn't worked in a long time, and the one in the den on the carpet square, which did. When we moved into that house in [...]

February 12th, 2019|Categories: News and Commentary, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Best Work I’ve Ever Done

Naturally, it started as someone else's idea. Back in the early 80s I worked at what is now KLUV's sister-station, Alt 103.7. In those days it was known as 103.7 KVIL, and we enjoyed a lot of success. One of [...]

20 Quick Thoughts On the 2019 Grammys

1. A 13-year old daughter means I actually know most of these people. 2. This is the performer I thought (and hoped) Miley Cyrus would become. 3. Whoever designed the set has never walked down stairs in heels. 4. Shawn [...]

Frank, the Mitt, and Me

"Pitchers did me a favor when they knocked me down. It made me more determined. I wouldn't let that pitcher get me out. They say you can't hit if you're on your back, but I didn't hit on my back. [...]

A Few Quick Notes On That Game In Atlanta

Start with the fact that the world just watched the lowest-scoring championship game of the Super Bowl Era. With bespoke rules specifically meant to suit offenses and generate lots of scoring - and two teams heretofore this season good at [...]

How To Turn A Little Garage Into A Workshop And Still Get A Car In There

I love building stuff. As you may have heard me say at one time or another, Fiona and I live in a fairly small house. Of all the places I've ever lived it's easily my favorite. And of all the [...]

How The Ticket Changed The Game

Dallas-Fort Worth has been home to some of broadcasting's most legendary radio stations. One of those was KLIF. 1190 AM KLIF signed on in 1947, but really started making waves six years later. That's when owner Gordon McLendon made a [...]