Thursday, September 29, 2011

Awesome Dubstep Cereal Commercial |

Awesome Dubstep Cereal Commercial |

Monday, September 26, 2011

Rick Perry's speeding ticket video

"Why don't you just let us get on down the road..."

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cue to call...

"Listen for the cue to call... when you hear the cue to call, grab the phone and call..."

Normal, non-radio type people don't use words like, "cue," do they?

I don't think I've ever heard someone say, "So I was driving to Victoria's Secret for some of that cute NFL stuff they have, when I heard the cue to call on Hot 99-5...."

I have heard, however, "I was listening to Kane for War of the Roses when they told us to call in for tickets...

Aren't we striving to sound "real" and "natural" when we do what we do?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Football Jesus (9/25)

And here's the podcast for Week Three!

Monday, September 12, 2011

NFL Sunday thoughts...

Here are some impressions from Week One: 

The Lanham Wigwams aka the Washington DC Area Redskin
s can win 10 games this year if Rex Grossman continues to play like he played in week one.

The Houston Texans are the real deal. They found a defense.

The New York Jets will go back to the playoffs this year and are one of the best teams in the NFL.

The Dallas Cowboys need to get their stuff together offensively. They need some more targets for Tony Romo to throw too.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Detroit Lions. That's all I'm going to say about that.

The EAGLES of Philadelphia are awesome, but that won't get them to the Grande Bowl.

Chicago has a real team this year and I think they can keep the momentum... Scrappy. Love 'em.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Football Jesus: KICKOFF WEEKEND (9/10)

Breastfeeding and C sections...

I was talking to a mom this morning about the pettiness of parenting and how women can be vicious to other women when it comes to choices made about parenting. 

To some, if you have C section, it's selfish because you're trying not to screw up your, ahem, girl parts. 

To some, if you don't breastfeed it's selfish because you're trying to, ahem, maintain the bosoms. 

And of course, there are those who feel completely opposite to the comments above. 

Anyway, I said I'd pose this comment to you for reaction...

Children who were not breastfed as children should be able to sue their parents later on in life if it can be  proven that they suffered health-related issues due to not being breastfed. 

How does this make you feel?

Friday, September 09, 2011

Ron Cerrito and Ed Pinka

Ron - Thank you for hits and tasty wine.

Ed - Thank you for a relationship spanning over a decade which is just as important to me as the first day I met you in Lancaster. Or was it Wilkes-Barre/Scranton?

You will both be back in the game soon. I have no doubt.

Ken Lucek, Bob Weil, Mike Rittberg

Shoutout to some great people. Passionate people. Amazing individuals.

And while we're at it, for all the times I never said it... thank you.

I didn't get his permission to reuse this note, but Mike Rittberg is someone I was acquainted with in this game we play called radio and records, and I'm thinking he might not mind if I share it with you.

Today was his last day on the job at a place he'd called home for quite some time.

He sent this to his team as he left the building.

Passion. He's got it. As do the others who caught the winds of life's change today in Burbank.

I'm looking forward to what they do next.

"Rittberg, Mike" <> wrote:

Here's a note I just sent my staff.  Looking forward to talking with everyone.

Before my first job at a record store I had dreamed to work at Warner Bros. Records.  Coming from A&M Records - Warner Bros. was the giant version of a boutique label that believed in artists and were committed to the future.

To this day - I've always viewed myself as the kid living a dream.  I was hired by Phil Q., Stu Cohen and Russ Thyret at the urging of Van Halen and their manager Ray Daniels. Pretty cool to for a band and manager to dictate that - I'm forever grateful.  It was a life changing decision for me - to work at a place that I had wanted to be PLUS -  I met my the love of my life, Tami, here at WB as well. It's been an amazing place for me.

I've been fortunate to work with amazing music folks who helped to shape this buildings culture (and our industry) - in Phil Q, Russ Thyret, Rich Fitzgerald (RIP), Andy Schoun, Tom Biery, Diarmuid Quinn and Tom Whalley.

Plus - You can't forget the folks inside this building who give their heart and soul daily to the lives of our artists.  There are so many of you who have helped my department as well as myself to make this job easier - for that I will always be grateful.  Thank you.

I'd be remiss not to mention the field staffs.  I've been the lucky one to work with both (Warners and Reprise) and lead the Reprise staff.  You guys are on the front lines.

For the Reprise staff in particular - I'm very proud of you for working your asses off!  You do a thankless job and folks sometimes forget to say good job.  To the folks who I've hired - thank you for believing in me, the system we created and giving it your all.

I will always remember my lunch with Mo Ostin when I got the job "down the hall" to run Reprise.  He told me stories about Sinatra starting Reprise and how the first rock signings were Jimi Hendrix and The Kinks.  Its that sprit - of trying to forge new ground - that I will always carry with me in my next endeavor.

I was reminded again of the Warner culture at Rich Fitzgerald's funeral. It was amazing to see a lot of faces that I hadn't seen in years.  The common thread among everyone a lot of folks was there worked here and they were proud of what they accomplished and no matter what always looked after each other.  Do your best to carry that tradition on.  When folks ask about the culture at Warner Bros. - that is the culture. Don't let that get away.

I've tried to show up to work daily giving it my best and acting in the best interest of our artists - make sure you do the same.  If you learn one thing about working at a label remember that this job isn't about you - its about the artists.  I've always believed that when numerous folks can tell a story of what they did to break an artist we have a hit.

Stay in touch as I know our paths will cross again. 


Mike Rittberg

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Westboro Baptist Church preaches more hate

I'm just saying... 

Jesus was Jewish. And GOD doesn't teach hate. No matter what you call God, HATE is not part of God's doctrine.

Maybe it's just me. But for whatever reason I don't think Jesus loves the message these children are sending through these twisted people at this church.

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