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Friday, February 20, 2009

Ben Burch Responds

Two days ago, I reported on the situation on Nova M here: http://polybi.blogspot.com/2009/02/update-nova-m-becomes-on-second-thought.html

In that I referred to Ben Burch, OST's Chief Technical Officer as a "night janitor." Basically because that was MY job when I was working overnights at a automated station keeping it running.

Well, Mr. Burch did take offense to that, for which I truly, humbly apologize.

Here is Mr. Burch's response:

Now just a god-damned minute.I am the only online technical person here at
On Second Thought, and I am doing my best tokeep everything running, answer
thousands of emails, and change all the web sitestuff -even though I am a
servers guy and not a web designer.If you think you can do better, I invite you
to try.I have been keeping Liberal Talk Radio alive since 2002 because nobody
elsewould do it, andI am about fed up with fans who want everything now and
don't seem to know howmuchwork it is, or what it means to be doing this on an
absolute shoestring budget.-Ben Burch

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The State of Progressive Radio

From http://onsecondthought.net/



On Second Thought Press Release
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Phoenix,
Arizona


It is with great excitement and optimism that I announce
today the formation of a new progressive talk radio network. The On Second
Thought Radio Network will continue to build upon the foundation laid by our
predecessors and will work dilligently to fulfill our fiduciary responsibilities
to all investors and principals involved. Equally important, we will, with the
millions of faithful progressive listeners across the country, uphold our vision
to promote freedom, social justice, economic justice and peace worldwide.

Below, please take time to review the bios of our current lineup. We
will initially be offering a daily 9 hour block of programming with some of the
most entertaining, engaging, experienced and provocative hosts America has to
offer. We look forward to adding more talent and innovative products to our
network in the near future.

One thing we can assure you is that we will
always value the fundamental principle of “We the People” proclaimed by our
Founding Fathers. The On Second Thought Radio Network will work tirelessly to
hear the voices and honor the commitments of our listeners, affiliates,
supporters and advertisers alike. We welcome any and all suggestions as we go
through this transition period. Please feel free to email us at comments@onsecondthought.net
and continue to check out our web site, www.onsecondthought.net where we
will keep you up to date on the latest and greatest that we hope to offer to
you!

Respectfully,

Mike Newcomb, CEO
On Second Thought Radio
Network


Fun, Feisty and FRESH! The Nancy Skinner Show meets America
where we voted in the last election. Nancy is a contemporary of President Obama.
She ran against the future President for his Illinois Senate seat. He endorsed
her Michigan congressional run. Talk about a direct line to The White House!
Nancy hosted a weekday show for 8 years on WLS-AM Chicago. For the past decade
Nancy has been a guest host and expert on: MSNBC, CNN, and FOX News. The
Nancy Skinner Show will air 3PM - 6PM (EST), Monday through Friday.

“It's great to be back on the airwaves after my forays into
politics. Losing to POTUS turns out to be pretty cool and since I am his biggest
fan, it's kinda like being on the "teams of rivals", only on radio. Turns out
that I'm back on the air in a very important time in our country's history and
I'm looking forward to a national conversation with Americans of all stripes.”
- Nancy Skinner

Mike Newcomb, MD is a former gubernatorial candidate
and physician who cares for the elderly and the poor. His brand of “freedom
fighting, liberty loving and truth telling” radio has taken Phoenix, AZ by
storm. After only his first year on the air Mike was selected as the “Best Radio
Talk-Show Host” in Phoenix. Doctor Mike has appeared nationally on MSNBC, C-SPAN
AND FOX News and has written opinion pieces for one of America’s largest
newspapers, The Arizona Republic. The Mike Newcomb Show will air from
6PM - 9PM (EST), Monday through Friday.

“Martin Luther King
once said, ““In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the
silence of our friends.”” With the On Second Thought Radio Network our friends
need not be silent anymore.”
- Mike Newcomb

Continuing on the
network will be America’s original “truth-seeker” Mike Malloy. The Mike
Malloy Show will continue to broadcast live Monday through Friday, from 9PM -
Midnight (EST).

“Hey, Truthseekers, Just a quick note from your
humble and obedient (ha-ha) servant. I am pleased to let you know the Malloy
program continues. Same time, same station, same Web-cast, same satellite
availability. Nothing changes while everything does, as my tai chi instructor
says. Anyway, we're here and we'll continue with the most intense, factual,
hell-raising liberal talk in the nation. Keep it lit.”
- Mike Malloy



All mention of Randi Rhodes has been eliminated from the site.

Meanwhile, the network OST is replacing, NovaM, had filed for liquidation.


Nova M Radio Inc., a competitor to troubled radio network Air America, is filing
for bankruptcy liquidation, according to the company's co-founder, amid mounting
disarray in the small world of liberal talk radio.

Anita and Sheldon
Drobny, a married couple from Chicago, founded Nova M in 2006 and have been
funding the business partly out of their own pockets. Compounding their
troubles: Nova M's highest-profile host, Randi Rhodes, vanished from the
airwaves earlier this month. Mrs. Drobny also said that her husband is currently
hospitalized for problems stemming from the stress of dealing with the network,
which has 34 affiliates.

Nova M hired Ms. Rhodes last year after she
fell out with Air America, which is now run by Pendulum Media LLC. A person
familiar with the matter says that Nova M was supposed to have promised to cover
certain legal costs for Ms. Rhodes, who some herald as the liberal answer to
Rush Limbaugh. But she quit after discovering that her employment contract
didn't offer such indemnification.

A message on Ms. Rhodes's Web site
blames her disappearance on Nova M's failure to correct an unspecified problem
and says she is seeking a new home for her show. Ms. Rhodes's lawyer, Robert
Gaulin, blamed "technical problems." Anita Drobny says she can't discuss the
terms of Ms. Rhodes's contract.

Stations that aired Ms. Rhodes are left
scrambling. KKGN "Green 960" in San Francisco has found a replacement. But
programming director John Scott fumed in a posting on the station's Web site
that while conservative radio is organized, liberal radio is plagued by "drama,
inconsistency, miscommunication, ego and a trail of wreckage."

Ms.
Rhodes has been replaced on station WJNO in West Palm Beach, Fla., by
conservative talk host Sean Hannity.

Ms. Rhodes left Air America last
year after she made inflammatory comments about Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary
Clinton during a stand-up comedy performance. Although Air America has found new
financial backers, it doesn't have the high profile its founders had hoped for.
The Drobnys, who helped get Air America off the ground, are no longer involved
with that company.

Nova M's other host, Mike Malloy, is switching to
another would-be Air America competitor: Phoenix-based start-up On Second
Thought Radio Network LLC. The backer of On Second Thought, Dr. Mike Newcomb,
who was involved with Nova M until last year, describes his new network as "talk
radio for independent minds." He plans to use former Nova M station KNUV in
Phoenix as his company's flagship.

Ms. Drobny says she and her husband
had poured their own money into Nova M, but the business became unsustainable
last fall. As advertising revenue plummeted, so did the Drobnys' personal
portfolio, making it impossible for them to keep supporting the company. Toward
the end, Nova M lost $100,000 a month. The financial stresses eventually
affected her husband's health, she says, leading to the breakdown that landed
him in the hospital.

"There were so many wealthy progressives out there
that could have made [progressive radio] happen," she said, but they didn't want
to help. "It ended up being on Sheldon's shoulders."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123500238535517781.html?mod=googlenews_wsj




No word on the whereabouts of Ms. Rhodes.



Meanwhile, NeoCon stations are starting to be afraid that the loss of NovaM, and the troubles of Air America could intesify the call for the return of the "Fairness Doctrine." As they trumpeted the demise of NovaM, the website at WTMJ/Milwaulkee "warns:" "Fallout: Every time liberal fail in the marketplace, the push for the Fairness Doctrine intensifies." (http://www.620wtmj.com/shows/charliesykes/39748717.html)

Meanwhile, AAR may have suffered another blow as Thom Hartmann moves to Dial Global:

NEW YORK -- February 2, 2009: Dial Global and WYD Management have announced
an agreement under which Dial Global will provide advertising sales and
affiliate representation for The Thom Hartmann Show, beginning March 1. The show
airs from noon-3 p.m. ET and currently airs in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas,
Detroit, and other markets.

"With the addition of Thom Hartmann, Dial Global solidifies its
position as the premier content provider of the very best progressive Talk
radio," said Dial Global SVP/GM, News/Talk Amy Bolton. "Dial Global now offers
12 hours of proven, winning progressive talk shows. We're delighted to work with
Thom and WYD."

WYD's Ron Hartenbaum said, "It is great to be reunited with so many
friends and former colleagues who are at Dial Global. In a tough economic
environment, we are pleased to be working with such an aggressive team on all
aspects of our business."

http://www.radioink.com/Article.asp?id=1141065&spid=24698


The hat trick would be for Dial Global to sign Randi Rhodes on, plus maybe take on Air America as a division. DG could consolidate all of thier progressive shows under the AAR banner, which still has high recognizably, and either offer AAR as a turn key network, or a ala carte programming menu.

Either way, the death of progressive radio is highly premature. What it needs is not the Fairness Doctrine, but, as I said yesterday, having financially solvent people committed to the format, AND good radio, AND good sales to start PURCHASING stations. When you OWN the stick that is power.

And that is the state of Progressive Radio today.

Comments?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Update: Nova M Becomes On Second Thought.

Before I say anything.....who came up with such a crappy name?

I mean, I thought Nova M made no sense, but ON SECOND THOUGHT????? C'mon guys. You need marketing people. BADLY!

Ok, here is as much as I know at this hour: Nova M folded this morning.

The line up is Nancy Skinner 3-6p ET, Mike Malloy 9-Mid ET, and some guy named Dr. Mike Newcomb. They also said that they would be expanding.

The website is now an OST overlay with many mentions of Randi Rhodes still on there (if this were Clear Channel or CBS, they would have been gone by 3am).

Here is the official statement from the night janitor who's now running Nova M/OST:

Hi!

On Second Thought Radio Network has been formed to bring you Nancy Skinner,
Dr. Mike Newcomb, Mike Malloy and more to come!

Please continue to drop by as we change the site over and grow this NEW
LIBERAL NETWORK which is based, appropriately, in Phoenix.We will be honoring
all existing subscriptions from Nova M, and the old web addresses will continue
to work along with our NEW address which is;www.onsecondthought.net

An official press release detailing our future plans will be forthcoming
shortly. If you have any comments or suggestions please forward them to;

Ben Burch
Chief Technical Officer
On Second Thought Radio Network
"Talk Radio for independent minds"

Oh....kay.

Meanwhile, the NeoGoons have been having a feild day with this:

"." The free market continues to be at work weeding out shows that most folks
don't want to listen to."-www.newsbusters.com

Well, NB, if that's the case ALL of talk radio should start worrying. I live in Los Angeles, Yakk Radio capitol of the USA. The new ratings just came out. ALL of the talk stations in the LA market had down books. ALL. OF. THEM.

Plus, when you add ALL informational programming (news and talk), you get about 13% of the market. Now if you are in marketing, that's great, but we're talking real people, so the question is: what are the other 87% listening to? Well, if you're not Spanish, you're probably listening to Old Steely Dan, Old BeeGees, or and enless loop if Britney Slut detailing what she's do to Amy when she finally finds her.

In other words guys, NOBODY'S LISTENING TO YOU!

Only us policy wonks who hang on every word that either Olberman or Limbuagh gives as shit. Everyone else is trying to get concert tickets.

And don't think the Fairness Doctrine will do you any good. It will kill talk radio, but not in the way the NeoGoons think. You see, as the Nova M situation has showed us, most radio management and programming people are, in essence, slugs. Thier main goal is to get out of as much work as possible. A fairness doctrine means work: filling out papers, making sure the FCC is happy, but most important, it means actually doing some real PROGRAMMING! BUt with a pop/country/oldies/anything but talk or news format, all you have to do is point the satellite in the general direction and play Briney/Keith Urban/Snoop Dog/Zepplin all day, and go back to chasing the receptionist.

If the Good Guys really want to make sure that Progressive Radio has a chance, they have to do the one thing they seem unwilling to do: BUY STATIONS. I'm not talking about leasing time, buying the damned stick, putting radio people in charhe instead of true believers, hire some sales people who bleed Zig Ziglar, and actually program a station people will listen too.

Its that simple.

Meanwhile, Randi Rhodes is in seculsion.

If progressive radio does go down because of this, you and the Drobny's will have a lot of 'spainin' to do, Loooo-cee.

Monday, February 16, 2009

POLTICO: Gay snipers stalk WV

The same-sex marriage wars, though largely absent from the presidential campaign, remain hot in the states, as this new video from the group www.wv4marriage.com shows:





The narrator warns that same-sex marriage in West Virginia is "a closer reality than you may think" and that gay activists are "working tirelessly to redefine marriage away from God's design to favor the desires of adults over the needs of children."

The ad, which targets Christian voters, calls for a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, something that's already in place in a majority of states. "A weekend trip to SF for a WV same-sex couple, plus a pro-bono ACLU attorney, could easily become a nightmare for marriage in West Virginia," says the narrator.

The liberal local site West Virginia Blue is particularly struck by the implication that "the gay agenda is apparently out to get us all in the form of a sniper scope targeting happy families who sit on their steps and entertain their children by blowing bubbles (seriously - it's at the one minute mark)."

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Fighting the dead

I had...emphasize HAD...a network on a platform called SocialGo. It was an Adult platform. Now I knew it was in Beta, and I knew changes were coming...but I was not prepared for THIS..


Hi there,

We’d like to say a massive Thank you! to all the network owners that
have established ‘mature content’ networks on SocialGO during BETA. We are
committed to serving the needs of quality networks that feature adult content.
So much so we have created Zocku.com, a dedicated platform for mature
content networks. With a simple ”flick-of-a-switch” SocialGO networks can
transfer to Zocku with virtually zero disruption or effort.

For $49.99 per month, Zocku.com will give adult
network owners :

Premium dedicated support service
Dedicated US data centre

White labeling in emails, urls & throughout network

Use your own domain name

Dedicated owner’s community http://owners.zocku.com
Unconditional money
back guarantee*

Old SocialGO url traffic will be re-directed to your new Zocku
url for 3 months

No upload limits on all media

Access to all the upcoming premium features

Retain all your design, data, users & media

Identical functionality & interface*see note 5 for details

And for everyone that joins Zocku.com in February we will be giving
you FREE member billing and unlimited bandwidth and storage until the end of
April.

All adult network owners will need to register before the 15th
February. To register your network click: Click here to register your network on
Zocku.


By introducing a dedicated system to mature content networks we
hope to provide an even better service to all of these networks - below you can
find out more about Zocku, including how to seamlessly switch from SocialGO to
Zocku, and also read about the pricing plan:

1. If you are interested in using Zocku
Zocku will initially be
available to Network Owners with existing SocialGO mature networks. Existing
SocialGO networks that wish to use the Zocku platform will be seamlessly moved
over by our technical team upon successful application and initial payment.
Network Owners do not have to do anything else!

Network Owners who wish to become early adopters of Zocku.com can apply
to transfer from SocialGO to Zocku by registering interest here. We will email
you within 48 hours of your application to advise when your network can be
transferred.

If your network address was mynetwork.socialgo.com, it will become mynetwork.zocku.com. But
don’t worry, your old URL will redirect users for the next 3 months so you have
time to let your members know.

All transfers from SocialGO to Zocku are expected to take place prior
to 15 February 2009, after which SocialGO will no longer host networks with
mature content that is of a sexual nature.

2. If you are not interested in using Zocku

By providing a dedicated environment for
mature content at Zocku, SocialGO will soon no longer accept networks with
mature content that is of a sexual nature after 15 February 2009. Existing
SocialGO mature networks that do not wish to use the Zocku platform will have
the option to purchase a full Database Export of their site content and
membership data prior to a scheduled deactivation of any such network. Any
deactivation of a network will only occur with reasonable notice and within a
reasonable time period and never will a Network Owner be deprived of their data
or content.

3. When will Zocku be open to new networks?

For the time being priority will be given to Network Owners that have
already created quality mature networks on SocialGO and wish to transfer from
SocialGO to Zocku. We are planning to open Zocku to new networks from 15
February 2009. In the meantime mature networks can continue to join SocialGO for
FREE and then migrate over before 15 February 2009.

4. Will Zocku be fast and reliable?

Zocku will be a dedicated platform with its own totally dedicated
hosting infrastructure in the USA, plus a premium support team. It will be
exclusively for quality Owners of mature content networks that are interested in
paying for a quality service. It will not be weighed down by network owners that
are only interested in abusing the platform as
free-loaders.

5. Can Network Owners be sure they’ll get quality service?

For your complete peace of mind we are offering an Unconditional Money
Back Guarantee whereby any Network Owner that is not happy within the first
month can get back everything they have paid to Zocku (excludes third party
widgets) with no questions asked.

6. Why would you want to pay for Zocku?

Apart from providing a high quality service exclusively for Owners of
networks with mature content, Zocku’s primary and future focus will be to
develop a platform that helps Network Owners monetize their networks so they can
create thriving and successful online businesses. We have many exciting
monetization tools in the pipeline.

7. How can network owners monetize their networks?

Already many Network Owners are using Member Billing to generate
considerable revenues from their network, for example many networks charge
members small monthly fees that more than cover any running costs. To help all
Network Owners monetize their networks we are giving away for FREE Member
Billing until 30 April 2009 if you join Zocku in February. We have also made Run
Your Own Advertising standard in the Zocku package, so you can monetize your
networks even further through advertising.

8. What happens with SocialGO?
Going forward SocialGO will operate
as a separate platform and for the time being remain in BETA. From 15
February 2009 SocialGO will soon no longer accept mature networks with content
of a sexual nature.
In the meantime mature networks can trial SocialGO,
but please bear in mind you will have to either migrate to Zocku or leave
SocialGO before the cut-off date.

9. The Zocku Pricing Plan

Zocku will provide Owners of networks with mature content with a
dedicated pricing package plus options.

Zocku Premium is a dedicated mature package that includes
White
labeling removes all references to Zocku (& SocialGO)
Run your own URL
so you have the option to call it what you want
Run your own advertising so
you can monetize your traffic
Premium support so you get rapid quality help
with any problem
7GB storage & 70GB bandwidth so you can build a big
network (7GB max bandwidth for video chat)
Plus loads of extra features,
developer tools & more see details below

Supporting the Zocku Package are the following options:
Member
Billing allows you to charge your members a fee to access your network. Super
powerful and easy to get setup. You can make the payment optional or required,
regular or one-off - normally $19.99 monthly but FREE UNTIL APRIL 30 2009 (if
you join in February)

Storage and Bandwidth Blocks if your network is highly active -
normally $9.99 monthly (per block of 5GB storage & 50 GB bandwidth) but FREE
UNTIL APRIL 30 2009 (if you join in February)

10. How to Start Your Transfer
If you want to transfer your SocialGO
network to Zocku all you have to do to get started is click here and register
your interest. Once we have received your registration we will schedule your
transfer and send you a few simple instructions to initiate the transfer. We
will do everything from there, it could not be simpler!

Zocku Pricing & Features Table
http://www.zocku.com/zockupricing.pdf If
you have any further questions, please feel free to e-mail Tom at tom@socialgo.com. We look forward to
getting everyone up and running with Zocku, and thank you for all your support
so far!

Best Wishes,
Tom Chalet
tom@socialgo.com


Well, Tom, that you for not only creating another social ghetto for adults, especially those whose sexuality is a bit more advanced than, say, yours....but also RAPING them in the process.

Most of us barely have the money to access the damned net now, let alone cough up FIFTY F*CKING DOLLARS A MONTH! And trust me, Multiply, Yahoo, and others will be watching this to see how much they can kill us. And I do mean KILL....because this will FORCE you to Melba-toast your content....or you're gone.

And don't think places like erotic-community are any better. They don't believe in certain sexualities, lt alone having the standard-issue view of bisexuality (only for women, never for men).

As for me, I am done. I have a very small list of people and if I am kicked, I am not coming back. We can communicate for as long as possible until Bushbama decides its time we are a menace to national insecurity and spy on our phone calls and e-mails.

I told you for three years this sh*t was going to happen, no one listened...or thought I should lighten up

Now I am wondering how high the temperature will rise on you before you realize that you are a target.

(and this to a person who responded to this rant on Multiply that she would just cancel her groups on SocialGo...)

But then what? We still face the same problem.....people who's minds sexually are ahead of the curve either have to conform to the robots who run this planet.

When I first created Sybarite, I wanted to create a real-time network of people who, like me, had alternative views on sexuality (and other things). Eventually, I was hoping to create a real-time community of people of like mind.

And because I and others are honest about our passions, we are feared by the passionless. We are the ones we protect the young from, instead of being open with them and trusting them. We are the ones destroying society, yet more civilizations have been destroyed by violence and war than sex and passion.

We are the ones they fear, so they marginalize us, herd us in to "ghettos," and in some cases...such as SG, use the power of finance (and in some cases, our poverty), to force us to conform.

Well sorry, I don't feel like jumping your hoop, or conforming to your restricted standards. What you do not realize, erotophobes, is that a third and more complete sexual revolution has taken place. I have seen it come and develop for 25 years. It goes beyond Playboy and Larry Flynt. It goes beyond the acceptance of kink and BDSM as normal. It goes way beyond gay marriage. It is a challenging of many of the taboos we have created in the last few centuries.

In other words, anyone not falling into line should expect to be attacked...or ghetto-ized.

It is ironic that the British evangelical gave a quotation that pretty much sums up where I am on all this: "Only dead fish swim with the stream."

So.....are you dead yet?

Or, are you ready to start swimming?

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Why I Feel Like an Alien Today.

I am "boycotting" the National Football League Championship Game.


No I will not call it the "S---- B---" because, quite frankly it is not that s----.


The NFL Twitted this morning that there were a crowd of people in a Tampa church this morning and someone dipped a Steelers "Terrible Towel" in holy water. If there was any possible way I could be interested in this, that killed it.


And no, I am not interested in seeing The Boss on my TV. The last time he has anything close to a hit was "The Rising" in 2001, and it only got up to #61 on the charts.


In fact, the only part of all of this would be the Heroes promo that is running (what if the specials were in the NFL). But I'll see it tommorrow in YouTube.


Which brings me to Commandment #2 and what the NFL really is. You know, the one that said "thou shaltt no have any Gods before me?" Now you know what a sh-tstorm John Lennon created when he said that the Beatles "were more popular than Jesus.." Had he replaced "The Beatles" with "The National Football League," would he have been more accurate?


Face it, it is the NFL, not Christianity, that is the national faith. We worship from its gleaming temples, and we give it tribute every Sunday. And Monday. And occasionally Saturday and Sunday.


Plus, the gloat. What should be a simple game has become this......thing. The only thing that rivals it was that writhing clothed orgy in the Cecil B. DeMille version of "The Ten Commandments."


I do hope you enjoy the game. I truly do. Just do not mind if I sit this one out, thank you.