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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

For Avi Michael Klein...

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”  - Steve Jobs.



Mike,

It's with a strange feeling of irony - and an amazement at life's irony - that I'm writing you this right now. Who knew over a decade ago at FM97WLAN, in the days that we let JJ Kinkaid have his farewell show he never got to have, and in those that followed, that you and I would be going through what we're going through... at the same time.

Life is not without a sense of irony, or a sense of humor, I suppose.

I want you to know that I know what you’re feeling. I know what you’re going through. I feel your sense of loss.

Nothing I can say will make what you feel any easier, but I wanted to remind you that the greatest legacy we can be for our grandmothers who have gone on to life's next chapter, is to keep on living our lives with passion, with abandon, and with all the love that we have for what we do.

I've no doubt you will continue to do so. And I know she will continue to be proud of all that you continue to accomplish.

As we say our respective goodbyes to loved ones lost this week, I wanted you to know you and your family are in my thoughts. Thank you for being my friend for all these years. For motivating me, and for being that radio geek who reminds us of the radio geek which lives inside of us all.

God bless you and your family, my friend. I'll see you here in DC soon and we'll toast those who have shaped us...

-t.

PS - OMG what if they're hanging out sharing stories about us as kids over drinks in Heaven... oh boy. Or, Oy Vey. LOL.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Grandmother...

Early this morning, my Grandmother passed away after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer's. She would have been 93 this year.

And as such, the greatest generation has lost another stalwart of that time.

But, and perhaps most importantly, my Granddad has his best friend and golf partner back.

I won't get into a long diatribe about her life, how she lived, and who she was. She was an amazing person who was the linchpin of my family. A true matriarch. And I'll leave it at that.

What I will say is that we must take aim at Alzheimer's. And eliminate it.

This disease - and what it robs from people who have lived full lives - can not be allowed to continue to do what it is doing. We must not be afraid to take the research steps necessary to eradicate this disease. We must take aim at what causes it, and find ways to prevent it.

Stem cell research, and other experimental forms of science and medicine must be allowed to seek the solutions to the question they're asked. There's no debate about spirituality here. It's about life and death. As it stands right now, this disease is a prolonged, painful and confusing path which ultimately leads to where it does. And I'm sure we can fight back against it.

I intend to honor my grandmother's life by working to raise awareness of this disease and to help those who are far smarter than I am to find the cure they're seeking.

Life... is worth it.

Thanks for reading.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Thanks...

... for taking the time to come here and read things. For those seconds of time that you spend, know that there is someone who is eternally grateful.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

What we can learn from Rex Ryan, son of son of Buddy, heir to Football's coaching family dynasty...



You can say what you want about Rex Ryan, coach of the Jets, and his foot thing.

You can post videos.

You can write headlines.

You can even make videos parodying his wife and their pro-pedi-stance.

But you can't question his passion.

Ryan has that something you can't teach. He gives a sh*t. He cares. So many others in so many other businesses are just going along. Sure, they care, but they don't give a sh*t like Rex does.

Passion. It's that extra 'something' which makes you go from being good -- to great.

You can't find it in a bong hit in the bathroom of an AC station. You can't find it in a line of some crazy junk in the bathroom of a club.

It's natural. It's in you. And if you've got it, you already know it.

And, yes, if you don't know about it, or don't know what we're talking about here, then yeah, you probably don't have it.

Passion is often mistaken for crazy.

So here's to the crazy ones.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Football Jesus: NFL Final Four Podcast

It's down to four... and after tomorrow, only two will make it to Dallas, and one will be the winner in what's been an amazing pro-football season! 

Today, Football Jesus and I discussed the day, some thoughts on where we've been and more... hit up that liquor store, order in some comfort food, and make sure you've got your potential-console-me-stash ready, cause tomorrow could be interesting for some people!

Here's this week's podcast! 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I need a Doctor...

Eminem (Feat. Dr. Dre) - I Need A Doctor from EminemCityOfficiel on Vimeo.


Dre, Eminem and Skylar Grey, who Diddy adeptly took for his first hit song from "Last Train to Paris" called "Coming Home" are set to herald Dre's return to music with a song called "I need a Doctor..."

It is set for release in just days. Dre's Detox is set for release in just weeks. It's the most anticipated rap release in the last 10 years.

"Where is Jeff Kapugi," radio host Toby Knapp said. "One time I heard it said that he (Kapugi) and Kane are Dre and Snoop. If that's the case, Kapugi's Dre, Kane's Snoop and I'm Eminem. Read into that homeboy if you want too. But I wouldn't because we're too busy even now reinventing... and if you slip, then you're slippin..."

Hear the leaked version of the unfinished song below.

I Need A Doctor by Loki_88

Monday, January 17, 2011

Kannon with a K and now a PD, too...

Here's a salute to Kannon with a K, AKA Mike Kannon, the radio geek from the Carolinas' who holds down afternoons on Wired in Philadelphia.

Today, the radio geek who, well, like most of us, is a misfit of some sort or another, was handed the PD stripes for his station in Philly.

Anytime a misfit gets a promotion, or hits a home run, it should serve as a reminder that passionate people can do amazing things when given the chance by people who believe that passion is the reason for the magic behind the medium called radio.

Congrats, Kannon...

... don't let the reports and spreadsheets and sales meetings consume too much time and hold you down!

Stay foolish!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Football Jesus Podcast (1/14)

Reach out and touch that faith, ya'll!

It's gonna be a big weekend for fans of Football... and as the march toward Dallas continues, FBJ offered his advice again as the playoff pool enters week two!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gabby opened her eyes...

Tonight, in an impassioned speech to the American soul, President Barack Obama, deviating from prepared remarks, told a global audience some remarkable news in the aftermath of the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona.

"Gabby opened her eyes," he said.

Rising above the political fray - and the finger pointing from the left and right of the political spectrum - Obama turned the emotion of a nation from that of one poisoned by vitriol to that one of introspection, with some words about a woman, in her early 40's, who is clinging to a life which a deranged gunman wanted to rob her of just days before.

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords opened her eyes this evening after days of fighting back against death, while clinging to a life which has many more days ahead.

May we all have the courage to do the same.

PS: Imagine for a moment being a father of a daughter - a young daughter - having to eulogize the loss of that daughter. If there was ever to be a profile in courage... if there was to be a snapshot of an American President... the world got it tonight... as a father of a 9 year old paused to reflect on the life of a girl - tragically robbed of her life - who might as well have been his daughter. Or my daughter.

Or yours.

Let's honor her memory by building a better America.

And let's do it together.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sarah Palin: Scrubbing her Twitter feed of negative comments caught on video in REAL TIME!



Does she have something to hide? Judging by the video which is now making the rounds on the internet, you betcha!

This video surfaced via buzzfeed.com which shows Palin's twitter feed being scrubbed of any rhetoric which - well - could inflame passions - in the wake of the Arizona incident which has left Palin in the middle of a firestorm.

Palin has been under siege from some in the political world since the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Giffords was a "target" of Palin's SarahPAC, which encouraged her fans to 'reload' their efforts on targeted districts.

The ad became prophetic, as Giffords, who won re-election in spite of Palin's efforts, was shot by a clear nutcase at a "congress on your corner" event.

This latest Palin-drama comes just hours after the former Governor of Alaska posted a defiant video aimed at political opponents and pundits who have linked her rhetoric to the Giffords shooting. In that video, Palin invoked another term, blood libel, which stoked the fires of controversy once again.

Read more from AOL here.

Cory Booker: He's got next.

Keep an eye on this Cory Booker. 

He's the future. Something about him is just - well - magical.

He elicits the same feelings from some in the punditry that a young Senator from Chicago once did when he spoke at a political convention back in 2004.

Follow him on Twitter and watch this man. Find him on Facebook and get to know him.

He's the mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He played football at Stanford.  He was just on Rachel Maddow's show on MSNBC talking about gun control and such in the wake of the Arizona shootings and it was riveting to hear him speak.

His story is amazing.  Just amazing.

One quick story about the Mayor says that he could be living probably in an amazing place in Newark, but he doesn't. It's told that he - by choice - is living in public housing.

As in the projects.

Why? Because it's in that public housing that he can connect with the real needs the people in his city face.

Amazing.

He's working to make Newark the city it should be. And, when he's done, we'd be lucky to have him living in some public housing downtown here in DC.

You know. The housing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

All in due time. He's got a city to fix first. And, judging from his tweets, some snow to shovel, too.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Glenn Beck, glock in hand, standing up to violence




















Glenn Beck, with his GLOCK in hand is ready to FIGHT BACK against violence!

Feel free to caption away in the comments if you wanna!

Tripping...

Want to go on a strange trip?

Clean out your email box.

Chances are good you have a few. The GMAIL, the AOL email you used to have, the work and your 'other' email that you don't use but have just to have still.

It's amazing the things you haven't deleted, and it's even more amazing to read things from the past which might have seemed important at the time which are so fleeting and unimportant now.


Things which you were passionate about which have become old news.

What a strage trip are the words you wrote way back when.

Delete.

Back to the now.

Devastated

His parents are devastated.

You have to feel bad for the parents of this Arizona nutcase.





Reality TV...

... when it comes to reality in this town, C-Span has the whole thing on lock. 

Everything else is, well,  a show. Sorta like walking down the street in Georgetown on a Friday night. 

Or like walking into the W near the White House when some "event" for the "society" is being held on it's rooftop.

It's exciting that once again, DC has the chance to show the nation that this is not just a city full of egos-gone-wild-fame-chasing-self-indulgent-wanna-bees. 

Will it happen? That remains to be seen. But, then again, so does pop culture perception of reality - and it's portrayal by producers - in DC. 

No one gets to see it. 

Reality in DC - and the reality of life in this town - well, it's just not good television. 

Consider... 

Right now, a mother of three has come home from her second shift job - her second job of the day, and she'll have about two hours of down time before she has to go to her third job, working all night somewhere. She works three gigs just to make sure her kids have what they need to survive in this world. She's sneaking in naps between gigs, making sure the kids are fed, dressed, that they get off to school, come home, and tend to their studies so they might - just possibly - be able to escape to a better life one day. 

It's a story which is happening in the Anacostia District, and it's a story which is happening in PG county, Gaithersburg, Potomac, Bethesda and even in Tysons' Corner, McLean and Leesburg, Virginia. 

It's a story which never gets told. 

Why? 

It's not great television. It's not the 'reality' a control group or a focus group wants to see. 

But, it is what's 'seen', rather than 'scene,' when it comes to reality in DC. 

Let's hope that this new Rob Lowe reality show can do what it is which people like Angie Goff have been able to do by virtue of her post at WUSA-TV. 

She's been able too, as a reporter, show the heartbeat of the people who make DC what is is. Who show the growth through angst, the triumph in spite of trouble and the healing that comes through heartache. 

As a broadcaster, Goff knows who it is who makes 'her' who 'she' is.  It's not just some 'thing' for her - she is genuine. She cares. Her ego, as Colin Powell would say, "isn't so close to her position that if her position goes, her ego goes with it..."

As broadcasters, we should all follow her example. And, she doesn't let the pursuit of fame define who she is. And, if she can do it, then she might just single handedly add some real credence to Lowe's new "reality show..." 


DC's greatness isn't found on Capitol Hill. It's not found in the so-called high society of the pseudo-elites who congregate near what they perceive to be 'power' or 'status' or 'prestige'. 

No, rather, the greatness of this city is found in the reality each of us live every day. Here's to that story. May it continue to inspire us all as we dream our American dream. 



Monday, January 10, 2011

What we're up against...



This is what we're up against.

This is hate speech. It's what happens when you let the rhetoric escalate to the levels it's been rising too lately, it gives credence to the criminal and confidence to the insane.

We have to stop this.

We're a country built on freedoms, not the least of which is freedom of speech. But with freedom comes responsibility, and it's time for these extremists to take some, while we hold them accountable.

We're better than this as a nation.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Beyond belief

The events of the last 24 hours are a reminder of a few things:

1) Hate is bullsh*t.

2) There's a middle ground and that's where what is RIGHT for ALL is found.

3) Incendiary speech, targets on maps, saying things like "job killing" and whatever have a new meaning today, and, honestly, this speech needs to come to an end.

4) It's a shame it takes the damn near assassination of an elected official - and the senseless murder of innocents - for us as a society to evaluate our social and political discourse.

We need to call out the elected in both parties who resort to inflammatory rhetoric to scare people. Scaring - fear - these emotions never end well. And it's just not worth it.

Let's rise above.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Football Jesus WILDCARD WEEKEND (1/7)

Two Days. Four Games. Saturday AND Sunday.

It's WILD CARD WEEKEND in the NFL, and with the post season poll in full swing, it's time to put up, shut up and get paid!

Hear this week's podcast right here!
(This will take you to the podcast page at my home station, scroll down to extracurricular podcasts and you'll see it!)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Second chances...



We're all the product of a chance someone took on us, so let's applaud this man's second chance.

Listen to this man. Closely. And remember that all gifts that we're all given come from somewhere... and make sure you're ready to use it for that reason... when the time comes.


Wednesday, January 05, 2011

On the frontier

We should always remember that people who aren't afraid to take great risks, and who ride out to the edge and say, "let's go," are the reason why we do what we do today.

Today, one of those people - someone known for not being afraid to take risks - did just that... again.

Sure, it's scary to ride where no one else has before. To do what some people say is crazy. To leave the confines and comforts of what you've known, or what people say you should be doing in search of something more.

Nothing which has ever been worth it has come without risk, and the rewards which come with success are always amazing.

May we all have the cojones - or ovaries - do be willing to do the same.

Saddle up and good luck! Here's to the great adventure and to controlling your own destiny!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Football Jesus (1/3)

AND WHAT!


We catch up with Football Jesus in the midst of the TCU ROSE BOWL game in Vegas to talk NFL Week 17!

Five shots deep. Damn right. Its' ON!

It's all right here! 

More witty commentary later!

OWN your audience

The pop culture force that is Oprah Winfrey launched her own network - OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network -today.

If the previews are to be believed, it's a network laser focused on women 18 years of age until, well, dead.
It oozes positivity, seeps inspiration, and it's dripping with glass ceiling smashing estrogen. It's like a 24-hour-a-day nice-a-thon. And, unlike some of the other reality shows which are on television, in typical Oprah fashion, the shows are real, targeting real people, with a dose of celebrity which only Oprah can bring to, well, anything.

I don't think Michelle Obama has signed on for a show yet, but watch, that's probably in the works.
She generally understands women better than anyone else on the planet, which means that watching OWN might, well, help you understand women and how they think just a bit better.

I mean, hey, our music stations target women, right?

PS -  if you're worried that there's too much estrogen on OWN for you, or that you might need to check in your man card when you watch, don't worry... one of her shows is a Master Class with Jay Z.

On to the next. Say it!

Happy New Year!