The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

26 July 2005

July 26 Gems

Tuesday Treasures

What happens when you're not the US Supreme Court pick, at least for now?

A quick withdrawl from public awareness, even if you happen to be US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Gonzales managed to slip into Santa Cruz County, California and avoid detection by anybody, while doing a number of TV interviews, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

To accommodate the East Coast time zone, Gonzales arrived at 3:30 a.m. at The Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley to be interviewed for CBS’ "Face the Nation" with Bob Schiefer, CNN’s "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer and "Fox News Sunday" with Brit Hume.

Two TV watchers called the Sentinel on Sunday to say the attorney general was being interviewed in Scotts Valley for "Face the Nation," as the show put a Scotts Valley label on the screen. But nobody else in the city seemed to be aware, including Mayor Paul Marigonda, who laughed at the inquiry.

"If the U.S. attorney general were in Scotts Valley, I think I would know about it," Marigonda said Sunday.

The mayor was not the only one out of the loop. The Scotts Valley Police Department reported Sunday it hadn’t heard anything about such a visit.

Just three FBI agents were protecting the attorney general? What's wrong with alerting local police departments? Are they really that untrustworthy?

I thought agencies were working together, post 9-11.

Bad Liberal ideas spread just like diseases from dirty needles, sad to say.

Tory activist Brent Colbert, a great source for the latest Canadian political developments, exposes how Ottawa plans to follow in Vancouver's footsteps by providing "safe injection sites" for addicts:

Ottawa, our National Capital, one of the first cities to provide free needles to I.V. drug users to “prevent the spread of Hepatitis and AIDS”. A progressive council that gives out free crack pipes to “prevent the spread of hepatitis and AIDS".

Ottawa now has the highest provincial HIV and Hepatitis C rates among injection drug users. So any sane person would suggest that the millions spent on enabling drug addiction has done nothing to stop the growing drug use problem. So what does City Council want to do now? Well following on the disaster of Vancouver’s “safe” injection site they want to bring one to by-town to “prevent the spread of hepatitis and AIDS”.

The injection storefront in east Vancouver costs $3.5 million dollars and is funded by the provincial and federal governments has not slowed the rate of drug overdose, has done little to get drug users off the streets and Vancouver’s alleyways and parks are still littered with discarded “free” syringes.

Don't tell the stealth Canadian Province of Washington about this, or it'll be seen in Seattle pronto.

Sure enough, he did an interview on Seattle talk radio today regarding the story!

The rest of Brent's article is found here, don't miss his great work at Colbert's Comments.

The last thing radio needs is more bad publicity, but here it comes in spades today, with the announced payola settlement plan. A number of stories provide insight into just how corrupt music radio really is, RadioDailyNews has them all linked.

From the New York Times:

To disguise a payoff to a radio programmer at KHTS in San Diego, Epic Records called a flat-screen television a "contest giveaway." Epic, part of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, used the same tactic in delivering a laptop computer to the program director of WRHT in Greenville, N.C. - who also received PlayStation 2 games and an out-of-town trip with his girlfriend.

Stephen Chernin/AFP — Getty Images/ New York Times

Eliot Spitzer, the New York State Attorney General, announces an agreement to halt pervasive "pay-for-play” practices in the music industry. (New York Times)

In another example, a Sony BMG executive considered a plan to promote the song "A.D.I.D.A.S." by Killer Mike by sending radio disc jockeys one Adidas sneaker, with the promise of the second one when they had played the song 10 times.

The gifts, described in a $10 million settlement with Sony BMG that was announced yesterday by New York's attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, exemplify what Mr. Spitzer called a broad effort by the recording industry to curry favor with radio station programmers in exchange for their promises to play specific songs.

Nice work if you can get it, no?

Is this really good breakfast reading? Nicole Brodeur of the Seattle Times has a column today on bestiality and abortion. Not sure of the connection, other than both being affronts to any decent, modern society.

New conservative blog discovery: Peter Porcupine, a Cape Cod Republican. Do you know who Peter was? He has quite a place in history.

Why "blame whitey" lingers, at LaShawn Barber's Corner.

A Chicago judge prohibits all-white juries. Michael King has the details at Ramblings' Journal.


  • Talk about corruption in radio--check out what is going on with Air America Radio--they illegally took money that was earmaked for charites. Currently some senior staff at AAR are subpeoned --I hear that they are not concerned because after Cohen left and they discovered this corruption, they offered to return the money...but I don't think that actually ever returned the money, and they most certainly never notified authorities of this corruption.

    New York Daily News -

    Key kids, senior programs saved
    Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

    A Bronx congressman yesterday praised the smooth takeover of dozens of programs serving thousands of youngsters and seniors across the borough after the city yanked funding from two sponsoring agencies that have come under a cloud.
    The nonprofit Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club and its affiliate Pathways for Youth found their city contracts, running into the millions of dollars, abruptly ended last month by the city Department of Investigation.

    The city quickly brought in outside agencies on one-year contracts to run the programs, including the Jewish Association for Seniors for Aged and the Police Athletic League, with in-place workers kept on the job pending individual evaluations.

    Rep. Joseph Crowley, who has secured more than $500,000 in federal funding for Gloria Wise programs in the the past few years, said he and his staff "have spent countless hours" working with the city, the Co-op City community where a number of the programs are based, other Bronx elected officials and the new contractors.

    He praised the city for what he called "an apparently seamless transfer of contracts" that have kept all the programs up and running without interruption for an estimated 20,000 or so youngsters, handicapped individuals and seniors.

    "What is paramount is that they are maintaining the programs," he said. "This is a work in progress."

    Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) said he was "totally shocked - shocked is an understatement" when news of the loss of funding first broke.

    He said he and other elected officials are still in the dark over the exact nature of the probe.

    In its initial announcement, the DOI said it was probing allegations that program officials "approved significant inappropriate transactions and falsified documents that were submitted to various city agencies."

    According to published reports, the allegations involve Charles Rosen, the founder of Gloria Wise who has stepped down as executive director, investing city contract funds in Air America Radio, the liberal talk radio network.

    Evan Cohen, Air America's former chairman, had served as Gloria Wise's director of development.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 26 July, 2005 13:41  

  • ---FYI,

    Thanks, this is a big one! Wow, what a tip!

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 26 July, 2005 14:49  

  • you are welcome Brian--do your homework quick, no one has run with this yet...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 26 July, 2005 16:40  


    Did Bush Deliberately mislead country on Iraqi WMD

    Yes 51%

    No 47%

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 26 July, 2005 17:13  

  • Payola in radio? I'm shocked...SHOCKED!!! C'mon. I was a low-level mixshow DJ for a top 5 market station and I got more free dinners, tickets to games and concerts, trips to conventions in Miami, Chicago, Vegas, and L.A. than I could possibly recount here. I can only image what the powers-that-be got.

    By Blogger Brian, at 26 July, 2005 22:33  

  • FYI, the story is now up, thanks for the tip, would love to know who you are.

    You have more details than any report I could find. Michelle Malkin teamed up with me on this story.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 27 July, 2005 01:08  

  • Date: 07-26-05

    F. C. C.
    Washington, DC 20003

    Plinio Designori
    New Ruskin College .com

    KQED, KGO, KSFO, KCBS, KNEW, ABC Network, PBS, Viacom, Michael Weiner aka Savage, Don Imus, Ron Owens, Mrs. Jack Swanson, and Michael Krasney

    "I would encourage the FCC to take a very hard look at whether something that is this pervasive, something that is so corrosive to the integrity of the market place should not merely be investigated and pursued, but whether some of these stations deserve to have their licenses stripped," said Spitzer at the downtown Manhattan press conference trumpeting the settlement. "They know what the law is and they have been disregarding it willfully and pervasively."

    The FCC appears to be paying close attention.

    ---- Billboard Radio Monitor (

    I have been the target of the above referenced people for the last fifteen years. I set up a web site,, to tell my story about how these rich powerful people have used their power, including their radio broadcasts, to oppress me over these years.

    I came to their attention after conducting a letter writing campaign to the U. S. Senate about the importance of laser disks, computer aided instruction, in education. Out of envy or spite these people then began a program of harassment against me including using their radio broadcasts to let me know how they had interfered with my employment, or had me followed, etc.. Please visit my web site for the details.

    I had hoped that those who have knowledge about what has been done to me would come forward and give evidence. No one ever came forward.

    They have ruined me and driven me to my death. In a few days I will kill myself in front of the KQED building to protest them.

    I ask that the FCC take away their broadcast licenses for their use of their broadcasts to harasse and oppress me.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 27 July, 2005 11:34  

  • I think AG Gonzalese doesn't want the publicity...

    By Blogger Josef, at 31 July, 2005 11:49  

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