Come to find out, predicting the world will end is not cheap. Apparently, all that money Harold Camping, prolific Rapture predictor and founder of the bible-thumbing Family Radio network, spent on preparing everyone for an early Judgment Day has made post-prediction life kinda hard for him, financ ... More >>
Social media is no doubt a powerful force. But in what ways? How does this power manifest itself? Some people, perhaps confused by the word "media," seem to think it's a replacement for dying traditional media outlets -- particularly newspapers -- despite there being zero evidence that this is takin ... More >>
This week's episode of This American Life is both fascinating and painful to listen to, as many of the show's best episodes are. I came away from it still enraged at Mike Daisey and his lies, but also a bit sympathetic toward him. The show made it clear, without saying so, that he's dealing with ... More >>
There is far too much cheerleading for the "wisdom of crowds." The undiscerning among us, often motivated by an understandable (if often mindless) disgust with institutions, tend to employ buzzwords like "crowdsourcing" and to preach the idea that "the people" are always right even if "the people ... More >>
For the last year or so, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has been behaving like the hero of Brewster's Millions or some other sad 80s comedy (probably available for streaming!) where the hero has to piss away a fortune or a corporation or something while pretending to be a reasonable person. (This was ... More >>
Former congressman JD Hayworth hosts the most gentlemanly three hours in conservative talk radio, twinkling warmly over the 9 a.m.-to-noon shift at KSFO 560 with all the fire and fury of the avuncular God up in the stars at the opening of It's a Wonderful Life. He chats up the issues of the day, ... More >>
What did USF President Stephen Privett know, and when did he know it?The Federal Communications Commission is taking a hard look at the proposed sale of KUSF, as evidenced by a letter demanding receipts, communications, and other inside documents and correspondence among participants in the deal. ... More >>
Chris StevensKUSF supporters at a hearing on the station's closure earlier this year. Doesn't look like the FCC is going to just rubber-stamp USF's sale of the beloved community radio station KUSF. In a letter yesterday, the FCC's audio honcho asked to see all the documents generated in the ... More >>
Get them while they're hot, hot, hot!A rival Christian proselytizer has, again, challenged Harold Camping to sell his broadcast empire for $1 million, which makes perfect sense if his Family Radio station will be worth nothing come Oct. 21 -- his latest Rapture date. Richard Myers, proprietor of ... More >>
This man is dangerous!Turns out, we were wrong. For all these years, we considered Chicago rapper/romantic comedy star Common just a hair more hardcore than Jamiroquai. We thought of him as a somewhat conscious MC boasting a warm baritone, some strong tracks, and the allegiance of white guys who ... More >>
Gerard Smith, the 36-year-old bassist and keyboardist for critically beloved Brooklyn alt-rockers TV on the Radio, passed away this morning following a struggle with lung cancer -- only a month after the band made his diagnosis with the disease public. TV on the Radio released its fourth ful ... More >>
Join them in S.F.!Ladies and gentlemen, it is true: We have a pair of tickets to give away to TV on the Radio's show April 30 at the Independent. You know you want to go. And if you don't, well, let us just say that we saw them at SXSW (brag alert!) and you want to go. The band is touring in supp ... More >>
Making music outside city hall DJs and supporters wearing "Save KUSF" T-shirts joined Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi for a rally in front of City Hall this afternoon, chanting "Whose station? Our station!" and "Shame on USF!" Afterward, Mirkarimi headed into the board chambers, where he introduced a r ... More >>
These just became historical artifacts.At least two things are clear regarding the surprise sell-off and shutdown of KUSF yesterday by the University of San Francisco: First, university officials would apparently rather have $3.75 million than a radio station that served the local community ... More >>
KUSF Students Try to Block SaleSoon after the University of San Francisco announced Tuesday it would sell radio station KUSF to a classical music network, volunteers gathered to plot a strategy to block the sale. By morning, they had come up with a tentative plan to rally support to retain 9 ... More >>
Flickr/ Laughing SquidChez Poulet, home of Radio Valencia, at 3359 Cesar Chavez St.Radio Valencia, San Francisco's newest pirate radio station, hit the Internet at 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon with its first live webcast -- concert photographer, show promoter and man-about-town Crispin Mccabe's sho ... More >>
Chris BrennanJamie JamsOne thing I've always greatly respected about Jamie Jams and the other fellas that run the 'SF Weekly Best of 2010' Debaser club is their unending wealth of knowledge about the music they love. Obviously, they know their way around '90s alt-rock hits, but it's a pleasant su ... More >>
Yesterday, Chron radio columnist Ben Fong-Torres reported that Energy 92 (KNGY) has been sold. As far as I know, the station was the only major commercial station in this market to actively target gay and lesbian listeners with its programming. It was a bit of an anomaly in the world of commercia ... More >>
Radio GaGa? No, Lady Gaga Interesting article on Bay Area radio Music Directors in today's Chron. When I say interesting, it's because the information presented runs counter not only to what's currently happening with the commercial radio industry, but is written in such a way to suggest that writer ... More >>
Would you eat McNuggets made from this?"It's time to start calling a chicken a chicken," San Francisco attorney Steve Baughman says of his latest Web endeavor. The chicken in question, it so happens, could probably feed many of the homeless encamped in Golden Gate Park -- that is, if you could ever ... More >>
Hey music geeks -- get your stereos prepped. Local public radio station KALW (91.7) will start airing Sound Options, a music talk show with critic debates and artist interviews, every Sunday at 2 p.m. starting this week. Unfortunately the program isn't locally based, and doesn't center on Bay Area ... More >>
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