Archive | October, 2007

The Daily Loper – October 31, 2007

Don’t Believe The Things That You See On TV Edition

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The Daily Loper – October 30, 2007

Radio Nowhere Edition

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Happy 25th Anniversary to KFSR

Jim at KFSR in 1985I’d like to wish a happy 25th Birthday to KFSR, 90.7 FM, the radio station at California State University, Fresno.

I know that if you check their website, it claims that they went on the air in the evening of October 31, 1982, but that’s dead wrong.

I can totally see how the mistake happened: in the early days, it always made total sense to combine the anniversaries with Halloween parties, and over the years, it just became accepted that the station was born on Halloween.

But it wasn’t: KFSR went on the air at noon on Saturday, October 30, 1982. I should know, I was there, having been looking forward to it since I got involved with the station in early 1981. And a quarter-century later, here’s what I remember for sure:

  • It had been raining really hard.
  • The first song played was Ramones “We Want The Airwaves.”
  • Nothing was ever the same.

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The Daily Loper – October 29, 2007

Ain’t No Sin To Be Glad You’re Alive Edition

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Your Helpful Pre-Writers Strike Primer

Unless a miracle happened over the weekend and I missed it, there’s a good chance that the writers in Hollywood are going to strike. As you know, the major issue on the table between the producers (the major studios and networks) and the writers relates to residuals for new media. One side says there’s no way to predict the future; the other side says “Remember the DVD!”

As a rallying cry, that’s not so bad.

New media is one of those fuzzy concepts — on the surface, it means any means of distribution not considered “traditional”, i.e, television or video. More specifically, it means distribution to your mobile phone or home computer. But it breaks down even further, and it’s helpful to understand the different models currently being contemplated. Once you understand those, you’ll see that “new media” isn’t so much a revolution as it is a way to expand the current distribution process.

For the sake of ease, I’m going to correlate the “new” to the standard terms used by the industry. Like I said, the basics aren’t all that different.
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