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Throw your voice.


Here’s the recording of last night’s (2017-06-02) KNYO (and, three hours in, also KMEC) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to download and enjoy.

Or, thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost, you can get it this other way, which you might like better because it offers an instant-play option and isn’t surrounded by confusing flashing ads.

That was my 1000th Memo of the Air show. They gave a party and filled the place up with people. There was pizza and chopped fruit and popcorn and almonds and soda pop and a pretty good cake. I didn’t have to do a thing but run the board and read the show. I don’t do well in a crowd, and Jerry and Bob took care of the whole thing -and my mother bought the cake and chopped the fruit- and the whole thing was surprisingly painless and I’m grateful, because they told me they were going to do it and I was anxious. Also it was neat the way about a dozen people over the course of the night filtered into the booth at random and sat at the guest mic… At one point Mitch was talking about Trump and the general helpless weltschmerz of the political situation, and two women and their little children wandered in off the street and were standing in the doorway; one of the women got in a discussion with Mitch, and made a number of good points. I was looking at my watch and thinking about how I should be reading this or that thing by now, that I’d brought, but then I grasped that /this/ is what radio is supposed to do. People should feel comfortable walking into a real radio station, right into the broadcast booth, and doing exactly this, and where else is it possible? Not at any of the commercial stations, that’s for sure. Not at KZYX, which is having its pledge drive now with a goal of, I think, $60,000 to raise, where not coincidentally the manager pays himself exactly $60,000 and pays the local airpeople exactly nothing, so whatever they tell you on the air about how Mendocino County Public Broadcasting Corporation /needs/ your money to do this or that important thing is a fricking lie, because every dollar raised in the pledge drive goes straight up the manager’s personal nose. They say only 20 percent of their budget is covered by their federal grant, but their federal grant is $160,000 a year; five times that is $800,000, and that’s a /crazy/ amount of money, /enough to build a dozen radio stations from scratch and run them all for a year./ Radio does not cost that much. An entire radio station is less complicated than the phone in your pocket. Something is fishy there. It’s a money-laundering scheme or it’s /something/ but it’s just not right. And on up the chain: just Ira Glass and his two producers of a one-hour NPR show are paid $500,000 a year. And a local treasure like Jamie Roberts is paid zip. And a crackerjack reporter like Sheila Dawn Tracy can’t even get on the air at KZYX, nor can I. Does that seem right to you?

If you’re hearing pledge drive pitches on the radio and feeling influenced by Pavlovian conditioning to pay them so they can put on more and longer pledge drives, it’s little KNYO that needs your money. In other words, go to instead. Click on the big red heart. Every penny you give to KNYO pays immediately for something necessary, visible, audible and/or tangible, and there’s no hocus pocus. Or, whatever, do what you want. Maybe you like hocus pocus. It’s a poetic phrase; it’s fun to say. Say it when you click on the heart.

Besides all that, here are links to a few not necessarily radio-useful but otherwise worthwhile items that I set aside for you while putting the show together, found mostly thanks to the fine websites listed to your right:

How to throw your voice.


Colorizing old photographs. (At the end there’s a fast montage where each picture gets only four or five frame-steps. You can step through any YouTube video a frame at a time by pausing the video then pressing the period key. You can step backward with the comma key.)

Jerry Garcia’s prom photos.

Whale heart.

The story of Western philosophy.


Keepin’ the dream alive.

Speaking of which, I recommend /Her Master’s Voice/, by and about Nina Conti. “Easily the most heartbreaking, romantic, and profound film about ventriloquism ever made.”

And while you’re at it, see /In the Realms of the Unreal/, about Henry Darger, obscure hospital janitor, who was revealed upon his death to have drawn, written, collaged and painted a 15,000-page graphic novel titled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. You will never forget this amazing film.

Scroll down to Veronica Lake posing fetchingly tangled in a drill press for a shop safety flyer. Ow, fuck! she seems to be saying.


Here’s what nature thinks of your puny roads.

Another impressive spiral train.

GoPro on Hot Wheels wheels.

Mad Marx: the class warrior.

Created equal.

It’s always sunny in Paris.

Grasshopper, when you can tow seven cars and a helicopter with your dick, it will be time for you to leave.”

Motion-capture dance animation.

How the works of fireworks work.

The story of the Jane collective.

A brief history of snake dances.

The creatures.


Accents. Cockney on top, but try the others nearby, too.

A metaphor for something.

“Just pick whatever normalization lets you make fun of Florida.” (Also, in case you’re new to XKCD, there’s hover text.)


So close.

An interesting TED talk about consciousness, which turns out to be an illusion.

Spankers and spankees.

Donald Trump, Super Spy.

Things on the bottom that started out on top.

Things on the top from even higher up.

Right-arrow through this slideshow of an abandoned Japanese amusement park.

The different religions are different comic book franchises. “The various fairy tales can only coexist peacefully when their adherents recognize them as metaphors.”

Further religious iconography.

And here’s something you don’t see every day.




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