Did you really believe Ronald Reagan could win an award without someone crying foul?
Earlier today, the Radio Hall Of Fame named the late president and several other early broadcast pioneers as 2011 inductees.
From the Chicago-based organization's press release (as distributed by Premiere Radio Networks):
NATIONAL RADIO HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2011
Ronald Reagan, Graham McNamee, H.V. Kaltenborn, and classic programs Gangbusters, Suspense, and The Great Gildersleeve to be recognized
The National Radio Hall of Fame (NRHOF) announced its Class of 2011 today that includes a who’s who of early radio pioneers ---as well as the only radio broadcaster ever to become President of the United States. The induction ceremony and national broadcast will take place on Saturday, November 5th in Chicago.
The 2011 inductees into America’s only National Radio Hall of Fame inductees are:
Ronald Reagan – The 40th president of the United States who was born in Tampico, Illinois and who began his storied career in broadcasting as an Iowa radio sportscaster where be once announced Chicago Cubs games for WOC/Davenport, Iowa and WHO/Des Moines, Iowa.
Graham McNamee – A sports casting legend, McNamee gained national prominence and was radio’s most recognized national personality in its inaugural decade.
H.V. Kaltenborn – The premier news commentator of radio’s first great era, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin native was on the air for more than 30 years. He was America’s first national radio commentator and was one of the first newsreaders to provide analysis and insight into current news stories.
WLS National Barn Dance – First broadcast in 1924, it was the first acclaimed country music show in radio history –a direct precursor of the Grand Ole Opry.
Because of the powerful clear-channel signal of WLS/Chicago, the program was heard throughout the Midwest and the South where its popularity launched many music careers and led to a music format that has dominated radio for over eight decades.
The Great Gildersleeve – One of radio’s earliest spin-off programs, the series was built around Throckmorton Philharmonic Gildersleeve, a bombastic character with a remarkable ensemble cast that was first introduced to radio audiences as a staple on the Fibber McGee and Molly show, also a Radio Hall of Fame inductee (1989).
Gangbusters - The iconic radio crime drama series that dramatized FBI cases and was produced in close association with Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover during the great American crime wave of the 1930s.
Suspense - One of the most compelling radio dramas of all time, this program from the Golden Age of Radio was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and focused on suspense, thriller-type scripts and featured the leading Hollywood actors of the era.
Extended biographies of the inductees as well as audio clips can be found at www.RadioHOF.org
The 2011 selections were made by the 27 members of the National Radio Hall of Fame Steering Committee, a diverse group of radio executives, historians, academics and civic leaders.
In making the announcement, Bruce DuMont, Chairman of the NRHOF Steering Committee, said “Many of the stars and shows that defined the medium in its infancy have been unfortunately overlooked in public balloting. This year, as we move into our new home, the Committee wanted to be sure to recognize the pioneers that time passed by but whose accomplishments must not be forgotten. The Radio Hall of Fame class of 2011 gives us a solid foundation upon which to build.”
So what's the beef with this year's class? Apparently, public voting was "suspended" for 2011 so the organization's board could directly induct some of radio's earliest voices without the usual ballot-stuffing antics designed to benefit contemporary performers (as in on-air campaigning).
Another gripe observed today: Howard Stern has yet to be admitted.
Considering Reagan’s modest career in radio before he went on to Hollywood and politics, his induction is likely to generate controversy. This year marked the 100th anniversary of Reagan’s birth. He died in 2004.
During his presidency, his most memorable use of radio may have been just before a Saturday morning broadcast in August 1984 when Reagan joked during a microphone check: “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”
But to those who've studied Reagan's early years, we know that he had a great passion for broadcasting and fought hard to gain acceptance in the medium. He's the only radio announcer to later achieve the presidency.
Libtalker Randi Rhodes Praised By CA Politicians, Union
'RESPONSIBLE' RANDI CA State Assembly, Union Honor Libtalk 'Journalist'
If in need of further evidence that our Californian "progressive" friends have indeed lost their marbles, we direct you to today's Exhibit A: a State Assembly proclamation honoring libtalker Randi Rhodes for "responsible journalism".
Signed by Assemblyman Tony Mendoza (D-56), the public sector labor union-sponsored award doesn't appear to specify any particular examples of excellence in reporting. Do we really need to point out that she's actually a talk show host?
Here at the Radio Equalizer, of course, we were quickly able to recall a number of "responsible" on-air instances worthy of recognition (what KIND of honor, we don't know):
And that's just scratching the surface. Do our union/Dem friends really stand behind these kooky antics?
From the press release issued by her syndicator a short time ago:
RANDI RHODES RECEIVES RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM AWARD
LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2011 – On Friday, June 24, Premiere Networks host Randi Rhodes received the Responsible Journalism Award from the Los Angeles County Deputy Probation Officers Union, AFSCME, Local 685. Rhodes was presented with the award during the union’s eighth annual awards banquet and scholarship presentation at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, Calif. She joins past award recipients Pete Demetriou of KNX-AM/Los Angeles, and Marc Brown of KABC-TV/Los Angeles.
Each year, the Los Angeles County Deputy Probation Officers Union, AFSCME, Local 685 honors probation officers, and other members of law enforcement, as well as elected officials, activists and business leaders who have made a true pledge to improve the working conditions of the lives of the people they serve. Additionally, scholarships are awarded to at-risk youth to help them achieve their academic goals.
Pictured left to right: Randi Rhodes and Sue Cline, Second Vice President and Chief Steward of Los Angeles County Deputy Probation Officers Union, AFSCME, Local 685.
About Randi Rhodes
Nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, Randi Rhodes airs weekdays from 3 - 6 p.m. ET. Rhodes enlightens and entertains listeners with her trademark candid, incisive opinions, as well as her biting sense of humor, as she discusses everything from news and current events, to politics and hot topics. Please visit www.RandiRhodes.com for more information.
STEPHANIE MILLER (Wed 15 June 2011 16:46): Speaking of crazy right wing newspaper columns in the Washington Examiner, syndicated columnist Cal Thomas claimed that Palin along with Bachmann get a lot of media attention because they represent everything the liberal media hate.
They are attractive women who are married to the same men they started with. He went on to write in Palin’s case she and her husband have a Down Syndrome child who she refused to abort. Right there you have to offend pro-choice feminists who treat abortion as a sacrament.
PRODUCER: Oh! There’s so many things wrong with that piece.
MILLER: Yeah, where do you even start? We hate them because they haven’t been divorced or had abortions, which apparently [Sparks interrupts]
HAL SPARKS (GUEST): No, that’s why Newt Gingrich hates them.
PRODUCER: Yeah, Michelle Obama hasn’t been divorced and hasn’t had an abortion. As far as we know.
MILLER: Yeah yeah. I don’t hmm…
PRODUCER: And how do we know that Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann have never had an abortion.
PRODUCER: Do we know that? I think Cal Thomas is making a giant assumption there.
PETER OGBURN (PRESS SHOW PRODUCER) (20:55): Maybe being married to someone as nasty and loud and obnoxious as Ann Coulter is your kink, and maybe that's your thing -- good for you. I just can't imagine it. I cannot.
HOST BILL PRESS: I'd like to know the three guys that were engaged to her.
OGBURN [laughing]: I'd like to know how long they lasted.
Until recently, "progressive" women were charged with attacking their conservative counterparts in this way. That male lefties now feel comfortable moving into previously-taboo territory shows just how nasty the battle has become.
During Tuesday's syndicated radio program, Schultz delivered a schoolyard-worthy rant along the lines of "Johnny's also being naughty, how come I got in trouble and he didn't?"
Providing revealing insight into the MSNBC talker's psyche, Schultz focused on how his week-long detention courtesy of NBC-Comcast brass cost him "thousands of dollars" (will he send your Radio Equalizer a bill for damages?)
Sounding quite angry, Schultz lambasted Weiner for believing he could return to Congress unscathed just after Ed himself faced actual punishment for insulting Laura Ingraham:
ED SCHULTZ (03:06): Where’s the restitution? If it’ll make you feel better out there, with my suspension it cost me thousands of dollars. And it cost me a lot of good will with people that I’ve got to earn back. So I can’t use the crude terms any more, I’ve got to change.
The funny thing here is that a Schultz-Weiner parallel didn't occur to us until Ed mentioned it. While the former called Ingraham a "slut" on the air, Weiner may be guilty of a great deal more once the entire story is revealed.
So why did Big Eddie make the connection? Blame narcissism: to Schultz, it's all about how he's treated as opposed to ruling-class peers. Any damage to their victims via on-air slander or obscene photos is irrelevant, it's all about ME.
Does this sound like a guy who's learned anything after a week stuck on the bench?
Libtalker Rails Against Theme Parks, Praises Food Not Bombs
Malloy: Disney, Sea World Are 'Disgusting'
In the utopian vision of our "progressive" liberal friends, (undeserving "Christian") families having fun at amusement parks will be replaced by smelly weirdos serving delicious vegan soup to winos on park benches.
And who better to get the ball rolling on this exciting future world than libtalker Mike Malloy?
Listen below as he spreads the Berkeley/Santa Cruz/Madison/Cambridge/Eugene (are we missing any?) doctrine nationwide.
But he's hardly alone: Food Not Bombs has been battling Orlando city officials for some time and tensions are rising. The Washington Postcovers the flap here, but glosses over the real problem: the group's annoying habit of refusing to obtain permits to generate public sympathy when local authorities crack down on their activities.
Of course, why stop at attacking city officials when a broader left-wing agenda can be introduced? Call it the War On Family Fun:
MIKE MALLOY (32:24): It's the most commercial, phony section of the country you can imagine - and I'm not just talking just about Disney World, I'm talking about all - Universal - all of them - Sea World, where you see huge creatures that belong out in the open ocean living inside of a swimming pool where they do tricks for fish. It's disgusting, It's disgusting.
But the Orlando City Council and the power in Orlando do not like the fact that Food Not Bombs will give away free food to people who are homeless and hungry - that's not the Christian thing to do!
The Christian thing to do is open up another goddamn theme park, that's the Christian thing to do, make it Jesus Land or something! But don't be having homeless people congregate in our public parks!
Holy Hell - somebody from Minneapolis may drive into town to take their kid to Disney World and see homeless people eating! What could be worse - so they passed an ordinance, very complicated?
Groups have to obtain a permit to feed hungry people! And each group that gets a permit can only get two permits a year for each park within a two mile radius of City Hall! OK, so I - what - Food Not Bombs - they get out there with some kind of a - a pedometer or something? And they mark - are we two miles from City Hall? Oh, OK! You bastards!
From one coast to the other, "progressives" hate fun, especially the thought of others enjoying themselves while their own lives are filled with endless misery. And of course, they despise Christians.
Malloy's rant brings back memories of your Radio Equalizer's hometown, where these very activists (no kidding, some of the same people now causing trouble in Orlando) have hoped for years to shut down a seaside amusement park on environmental grounds while undermining the downtown area with soup-serving, health permit-less Staph-ers.
If the purpose of Sarah Palin's north-eastern bus tour is simply to drive her enemies crazy, it's succeeding brilliantly.
Combine impromptu stops deep in (forbidden) blue country with (truly forbidden) symbolism and the result is "progressive" derangement.
Here's a Pavlovian response from libtalker Randi Rhodes, who views Palin's visible Star of David as a grievous offense, without bothering (of course) to check whether the former Alaskan governor had a reason for wearing it (she did, to honor Jerusalem Day):
RANDI RHODES (Thursday 02 June 2011- 24:16): Sarah Palin is one of those people that does not want to talk to the media, period! She does not want to talk to the media because she can't answer a question about anything that people need to hear a solution for. She has no solutions for anything.
Asking Sarah Palin to come up with a foreign policy that makes sense for the United States or asking Sarah Palin to come up with a budget that would bring us into balance or asking Sarah Palin what she would do to create jobs is such a joke! I mean, the woman can't answer those really tough 'gotcha' questions like, what do you read?
Why are we going to ask her difficult questions and she knows she doesn't ever have to talk to the media, and if she wins the primary and gets the party's nomination, then the next time we'll see Sarah Palin we'll be in a debate. And that is the only time that Sarah Palin will answer any questions.
She's going to go through this entire thing without answering any of the 'lame stream' media's questions - that's just a tactic! But you know what you really should have noticed? The day before she goes to New York, she's a biker chick dressed in black leather from head to toe with a helmet! Then she goes to New York City -suddenly, she's a Jew! Did you see she was wearing a giant diamond Star of David around her neck?
Of course, this is far from the first time Randi's gone unhinged over Sarah: who can forget this blast from the past?
All we can say is Sarah, keep on truckin', you're driving them right over the edge.
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