Author: Robbie

Most Important News Item Since 9/11

This is a clip from last night’s (11/6/14) ABC nightly news.  Read the accompanying article and sit through the exasperating ad that precedes the clip; it’s required watching.  And for me, not much is.  The same item was the lead story on the 11pm EST ABC Radio News broadcast.  I heard it.

Yet there is little related to it in today’s mainstream OR alternative media.  I now see that the Washington Times has picked up on it as well.

When I did radio in 2011-2012 I did a number of shows with segments based on my belief that the next major war would be conducted on an internet platform. 

At best, hopefully we can perform the same tricks as our adversaries seem to have done, and we’re back to MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction). 

The Berlin Wall fell, but the War thermostat is once again set to where it used to be: Cold.

 

 

The Butler

The Butler raised, for me, the biggest issues there are.  Forget, for a moment, how you feel about the Obama presidency if you want to delve into the bigger picture:
 
a.  how do we as individuals and societies deal with the reality that at least 50% and perhaps as much as 95% of our lives are predetermined by where we’re born and who we’re born to?
b.  how unenlightened we must be considering what passes for enlightened. 
c.  how uncivilized we must be considering what passes for civilized. 
d.  on a more domestic, here and now front, how the civil rights progress that’s been made over the last 50 years is being eaten away at, due, in large part, to the economic downturn. 

3 Reasons I’ll Be Audited

1.  I played “19th Nervous Breakdown” as bumper music prior to speculating on the possibility that Obama was having a nervous breakdown, or at best, blitzed on anti-depressants to keep him going between Crowd Adulation Therapy.

2.  2 years ago I called out Obamacare for the unwieldy, irresponsible, unimplementable waste of political capital that is was.  Then I took the gloves off, while retaining accuracy and precision.

3.  I marveled at both Eric Holder’s hubris and acute cynicism when he lied about Fast and Furious and didn’t pay for it.

 

 

Intro To Nation/Station

Following is the intro Talkers Magazine was nice enough to write to my piece, which was included in their daily, industry wide email on January 2 of the new year:

He is considered by industry observers and programmers in the Big Apple as a unique up-and-coming talk show host whose iconoclastic “street-savvy” work has already been heard on such outlets as WNYM (“The Answer”) and most recently the innovative WOR alternative online channel. Robbie Student, a member of TALKERS magazine’s Frontier Fifty, enjoyed one of the largest talk radio audiences on the internet and is clearly a rising star in the genre. In his other life, he is well-known in music industry circles as a record producer currently riding a streak of nine number one dance songs in a row. In an exclusive TALKERS commentary, Student captures the scene and mood at WOR on the afternoon of December 20, 2012 – which he describes as “the day the major overhaul at WOR began in earnest.” Student writes, “I walked into the station at 4:30 pm. I was there to prep for my M-F 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm internet stream show. The show’s existence was an anomaly, as the rule of thumb is to carry the entirety of one’s terrestrial programming on one’s primary stream. I was grateful for the anomaly. I was greeted by a cacophony of sights, sounds, and most importantly, feelings that were close to overwhelming.” To read Robbie Student’s complete article, click here.

As Goes the Nation, So Goes the Station

The following piece was published on 1/2/13 on the Talkers Magazine website.  Talkers is “The Bible of Talk Radio and the New Talk Media”:

Here’s some context: I’m a small businessman. In addition to being a talk show host, I run a small, modestly successful music and entertainment production company. Because of the Cliff, the Ceiling, and Obamacare’s paralyzing lack of clarity, I’m not spending one dollar more than I have to on salaried staff, independent contractors, and infrastructure/equipment.

This stingy posture isn’t because I’m a greedy bastard. It’s because neither I (the producer of goods and services), nor the consumers I sell them to, know where our next batch of greenbacks is coming from, or going to. And clients, those a rung above me on the ladder, are behaving in kind. We’re like kidnap victims who’ve had black hoods pulled over our heads, while the van we’re in careens through a sketchy neighborhood of miserably thought out economic policies.

 Which brings me to the afternoon of December 20, 2012, the day the major overhaul at WOR in New York City began in earnest. I walked into the station at 4:30 pm. I was there to prep for my M-F 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm internet stream show. The show’s existence was an anomaly, as the rule of thumb is to carry the entirety of one’s terrestrial programming on one’s primary stream. I was grateful for the anomaly.

I was greeted by a cacophony of sights, sounds, and most importantly, feelings that were close to overwhelming. The day has been described in the trades as everything from a house-cleaning to a bloodbath. Those are surface descriptions that make the point, but don’t paint the deeper human picture. And a bloodbath it wasn’t. We all saw one of those recently, and for the time being, at least, that particular figurative and hyperbolic word play doesn’t ring right, at least to me.

The sight of 10-plus radio engineers, some union, some not (we’ll get to that later), dressed in what they thought was appropriate attire to meet with management, was, um, unique. Brilliant, eccentric fellows, including my guy, who, having been there for 30 years, was like a radio big brother to me. (Full disclosure: having engineered albums for Grammy winning recording artists, I’m not unfamiliar with the offbeat mental terrain, or the less than up-to-date sartorial choices of folks on that side of the glass. I’ve been one.)

Clear Channel, which acquired WOR, was until relatively recently a publicly traded company with a fiduciary duty to shareholders to keep their share price stable at worst, and rising at best. The company’s present position of being burdened by debt and even greater debt looming still puts its top management in an excruciating pressure cooker. Their employees keep their jobs and their executives are compensated when they adapt and excel not just within their industry, but within the larger opaque economic climate described above.

So most of the union engineers, who drew larger paychecks than their non-union brethren, were out. Sounds a lot like the state by state “right to work” issue we’ve been talking about on a regular basis. There’s a fine line between cutthroat capitalism and survival during changing times.

The station mimics the nation. And it continues:

Some of the award-winning, high-profile talent was let go, as the station began to sculpt its new sound. Consolidation breeds efficiency, but by definition, it also breeds a lack of variety, a lack of choice. This may be an unintended consequence, but it’s not a surprising one. Our personal options, whether they’re in areas as disparate as radio programming or job opportunities, are becoming fewer in number as productivity rules the roost. One host broadcasts on 300 stations rather than many more hosts on fewer stations each, just as one employee at an insurance company does the work that two or three used to do.

The frayed nerves of all employed parties concerned had been in evidence since the eventual transfer of ownership was made known, and created the working equivalent of a “sleeping with one eye open” mentality, as there was an amorphous foreboding in the air. It’s not unlike the workplaces of today, where those with a job fear losing it, while those without one, on the outside looking in, fear not being able to get another one that involves their skill set and a pay level that had, up until now, been assumed.

There wasn’t anger, there was sadness. Certainly not because of change itself, but because of the human toll it currently extracts. In the early 1900’s the workers in a buggy whip shop went on to work in automobile plants; such innovation and expansion is not currently in evidence. So unemployment will rise a bit more (if you swear by the Labor Department numbers, perhaps you’d like to join my Friday night poker game), and the government coffers will be further depleted as new claims are filed, checks are written, and deficits grow.

Most importantly, there’s now yet another group of good, talented, skilled folks who have, for the time being at least, nowhere to employ those skills, and may well be feeling an emptiness and facing an unknown future that serves none of us well. The national skittishness increases. Even the corporations that abide by their corporate charters and mission statements end up losing, as the pool of consumers continues leaking, which then takes its toll on advertising dollars. Which then, in a Catch-22 fashion, leads to further consolidation in order to contain costs.

And understanding and being prepared for where and how and when it stops is the challenge at hand.

 

An Open Letter To Alex Jones

Dear Alex,

The alternative media, in which you’re a major player, and its credibility, are crucial if this wayward American ship is going to get back on course.  It’s vital that poorly researched and poorly proofed inaccuracies aren’t presented to the public as incontrovertible facts. One substantial mistake undoes a multitude of paradigm changing truths.

That’s why it pained me to hear you, on your Sunday (9/30/12) broadcast, recite an erroneous list of presidents and the number of Executive Orders each was responsible for.  A small part of that mistake laden list can be found here on one of your sites, reachable via a tab entitled “U.S News“.

Two more accurate snapshots, taken at different points in time, can be found here and here.  The first is from the Executive Orders Disposition Tables Index from the government itself (a link you yourself post alongside numbers that, oddly, don’t reflect the more authoritative link).  The second is from The American Presidency Project.

The incorrect statement you made both on-air, and in the graphic on your site referred to above, relating to President Reagan’s 5 Executive Orders versus Obama’s hundreds, may well have been obtained from Wikipedia, which states in a small font that its list is incomplete before listing 5 of President Reagan’s EO’s.  Reagan clearly had over 300, which was easily discoverable had someone checked a bit more thoroughly than a list that Wiki itself declared “incomplete”.

I’m no fan of the president, and have stated as much many times, in a number of different forums.  But I submit that the case against him (or against his opponent, for that matter) is hurt when blatant misstatements are hurled irresponsibly, as they can boomerang and impede the progress, traction, and credibility of the emerging new media.

Sincerely,

RS

 

 

Job Fumblers, and Anarchy On the Horizon-7/6/12 “WOR710.com” PodKast

It’s another top 10 nationally ranked show out of 90+, and #2 out of the many shows emanating from an internet platform.  Thanks for listening and spreading the word.

Hour 1
Neither LK nor his listeners were surprised by today’s job numbers. LK begins a narrative with the numbers and winds up ruminating on the national psyche.

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Hour 2
The states are flexing their sovereign muscles in ways that may be a prelude to some fundamental shifts in how we live and who we answer to . De jure takes a back seat to de facto, if you catch LK’s Latin..

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OCare Immigrated To Supreme Docket Illegally-6/29/12 “WOR710.com” PodKast

Hour 1

The OCare bill gained illegal entry onto the Supreme Court docket by presenting itself as Mr. Mandate. Roberts changed its papers to read Mr. Tax and stamped it approved. As Mr. Tax it couldn’t have gained entry to the dockets.  Search “tax anti-injunction act”.  If there was a court above the Supreme Court (“The Supremer Court”) it would strike down the ruling.

Here’s the breakdown:

 

 

According to the tax anti-injunction act, if the law is a tax it can’t yet be challenged, because the tax hasn’t yet been levied.

The law sneaked past the court’s border guards claiming to be a mandate.
But if the law’s a mandate it’s unconstitutional.
So its papers were altered to declare itself to be a tax.

 

LK looks, with a frighteningly lucid eye, at the incompetence, deceit, and potential anarchy that is revealed by the Obamacare battle. Since you can’t fix what you don’t know is broken, that’s a productive but unsettling vantage point.

 

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Hour 2

Where can you and I get one of those OCare exemptions the likes of which have been obtained by Micky D’s and the AARP? And what if we can’t bundle a few hundred grand? Dr. John notes the resurfacing of Tony Sausage.

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Roberts will need add’l Secret…

Roberts will need add’l Secret Service/FBI protection. Whether one agrees or not, we can agree there are nut-jobs out there. #Obamacare

Big vic for O. Looking at it a…

Big vic for O. Looking at it as a tax won’t make voters switch sides. #Obamacare