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Last night (June 5, 2009), I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Phil Plait aka The Bad Astronomer live for my Geeky Pleasures show on Party934. We discussed a variety of topics from the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA to the antivaxx movement and homeopathy, plus a few other topics of interest to the both of us. A warning: I drop the “s” word a couple of times during the interview. So consider yourself warned. At the very end of the interview, Phil gave me some inside scoop about a couple of projects he is working on. You will only hear it here. The total runtime for the interview is 1hr 38min 23sec.
Showtime is 9 pm PDT, Midnight EDT. To listen:
I was doing my show earlier for the station and I received a shoutout from a friend of mine back east that I haven’t heard from in years. So I said during my shoutout to him, “DUDE, I don’t hear from you in over a year and this is how you get in touch with me?!? Through my radio station?!? Have you ever heard of the telephone or email?” So he decides to email me on Facebook. I go to reply to him on Facebook and get a message stating something to the affect that my account has been temporarily banned and I am no longer allow to communicate of Facebook while they check to make sure that I am not some spammer. Of course, I had to share on air that I was banned on Facebook because apparently I talk to much to people. Me? Talk a lot? Never. *tries to look all innocent* One of my staff members was also listening to the show and of course had to ask about it because he has never heard about such a thing. And my response was, “Apparently, I have talents.”
So that was a couple of hours ago, but now I am free to communicate again on the good ole book. Only in the life of Jules.
The first two reminders came while watching my favourite shows So You Think You Can Dance Canada. As someone who is trained in dance, this is a wonderful show that finally puts dance and the powers of dance back into the spotlight. Music and dance truly unite the world. Now back to the things that took place during last night’s show. Watch this clip and then I will explain.
Dan Karaty stated the number above would have never been allowed on network television in the United States. On one hand I found it shocking that a piece of art would be censored but when I thought about it more, it doesn’t surprise me at all. I am proud that censorship is kept to a minimum in Canada, even on network television. Shows like Nip/Tuck are not shown on network television but special channels. We are lucky that in Canada after I believe 9 pm, there is very little to no censorship. You will even see soft porn or “blue” movies on regular network television. To me that is a sign of a truly free country, where the government leaves it up to the viewer to decide what is appropriate to watch and not the government or special interest group.
The second reason also came from tonight’s episode along with another comment from Dan. He said that being a judge on So You Think You Can Dance in the States has allowed him the pleasure to be a guest judge not only in Canada but around the world. He also commented on how Canadian dancers are second to none. More of Dan’s thoughts can be found here. Yes, Canada does have so much amazing talent. It is why I dedicate one of my shows on the station to nothing but Canadian musicians.
The third reason has to do with a post from yesterday on Wil Wheaton’s blog. Here is the blog in question and it has to do with the “evils” of gay marriage. It served as yet another wonderful reminder of what a wonderful country I live in. If you read the comments on it and read my comments (Jules), you will get more insight there.
And the last reason, is for something that may seem so simple but is amazing. I love how our government recognized people for their achievements in huge ways. Even our teachers who shape the future of our society. I was very excited to learn that my youngest son’s teacher has won one of the most prestigious awards an ordinary citizen can get by the Governor General. Not bad for a teacher who lives in a town of roughly 1200 people.Now there are so many more reasons why I am proud to be a Canadian, however those are the 4 little but big things that reminded me of the reasons today.
So that is what happened this week. On Wednesday, November 5, Wil and I sat down to the the interview. It was not the normal interview. We talked about acting, voice over work, 80s fashions, comics, the media, blogging, twitter and many other things. The interview aired on Friday, November 7. However, if you missed it, have no fear. I am rebroadcasting it at a special day and time on Monday, November 10 at 4 pm PT/ 7 pm ET. To listen, just go to the station’s website and click on the appropriate link. When the interview as over, I told Wil that he had an open door at the station. Anytime he wanted to promote whatever and talk geek in an uncensored environment, just say the word. He appeared to be happy with the invitation and said in the new year when things are not so busy, we could do a Wil Wheaton part 2. That made me extremely happy. Hopefully, there will be many more interviews in the future, as he offers so much especially on the topic of geekdom. We didn’t get time to touch on that too much in the interview as there is always to much to talk about with Wil. If this rebroadcast time does not work for you, have no fear. Once it is broadcasted for the final time, I will be uploading the interview portion to my MySpace. I cannot upload the whole show (with the music, which Wil selected) as it violates copyright and our royalties agreement.
Then yesterday, I had another interview. This time I was the guest. It is for one of the other mixologists, Jerry Pippin. The name of the show is The Parazone Hour: Tales of High Strangeness. There is also a second page. I am a very spiritual person and have been all of my life. During the show, we briefly discuss some of the basic ideas of the type of spirituality that I practice and the occult. The show is one hour. For some, that isn’t brief. The reason why I say brief is because in that hour, we barely scratched the surface. Because of that, I will be doing another interview to discuss the topic even further. This interview will air Wednesday, November 12 at 1 pm PT/ 4 pm ET and then again Sunday, November 16 at 12 am PT/3 am ET. To listen, again just go the the station’s website and click the appropriate link. Again, have no fear if these times do not work for you. You will be able to download the podcast from Jerry’s site once it is available.
How we are different
a professional music producers, like Alexander Cortada (Senior Party Mixologist EvilSeed) who has been making beats and producing music for over seven years. We also have Al-Kesna “AC” Shaw (Senior Party Mixologist AC) who has been extremely successful in terrestrial radio. At Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida, AC served as the Program Director. Then, he got accepted to work at WHQT in Miami, Florida on Sundays as well as Assistant Production Director for Cox’s Radio cluster of stations. AC can also be heard doing colorful traffic reports on WHQT and sister station WEDR. In addition, we have two students from The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA), Chris and Mike (hosts of “Chris & Mike at Nite”). They are the host of a very popular Broadway/musical theatre show on Party 934. We also have Felisha Ener – Senior Party Mixologist Mz. Fee (host of “Grown Folks Party”) who used to run a community radio station called 96.1 Tha Zone in Houston, Texas.
Our views on the Top 40
Now, I feel the about page really does not do the station justice, and I have thought many time that it need a re-write. First, we have a huge staff. Each staff member gets to play whatever music “does it” for them, their own personal brand, without having to find radio safe music. The listener gets to hear the music as the artist intends. As well, we do not censor our mixologists. They are free to talk about what they want. Of course we have rules about using racial slurs and derogatory comments re: sexuality, gender, religion etc, because that is not needed. It is not their jobs to be discriminatory. They are free to talk about what they want, but of course it needs to be kept professional at some level. If they are wanting to have a themed show, it is all up to them. We allow all of our personalities to have complete creative control over their own shows. If they are not enthusiastic about what they are doing, how on earth are the listeners going to be enthusiastic about tuning in. Another way we are extremely different is you will never hear the same personality for more than 2 hours (unless an emergency comes up and they have to cover for another mixologist). That way the listener doesn’t get tired by hearing the same personality every day for hours a day. In any given day, the listener has the opportunity to hear anywhere from 12-24 different personalities each playing their own choice of genre. You can listen from anywhere in the world that has internet connection. People who live in the Hudson Valley, NY also have the option of tuning in at 102.5 FM. And you get to hear personalities from around the world, bringing to you music that you will not get to hear on most radio stations in North America. We have mixologists in the following countries: The Philippines, Greece, Germany, Russia, the UK, Italy, Brazil, Canada and the USA. I am sure we will be adding more countries to the list in the near future, bringing variety you will not find anywhere else. There is no pressure for them to play any song since we don’t answer to the record labels. Yes, we are fully licensed and we pay all the necessary royalties, something that is very important. But it is even more important for the independent artists to get air time, since they are the one that have to work that hardest to be heard and we are a voice for them. At Party934, there is no need for long letter writing campaigns begging for air play. All an artist has to do is approach one of the mixologists, and if the mixologist likes their music, it gets played. Something else that is unheard of these days. We have a strict no current top 40 policy. Songs in the top 40 get played enough as it is, they don’t need someone else playing. Yes you will hear songs that have once been the in the top 40, but that is because the mixologist chooses to play it, not because some record label is giving the station a kick back for it to be played. I know some of the information in this paragraph is repetitive from what is on the about page, however I feel it needs to be stressed. Honest to bob, this is real. Its about time people had some real say in the media they not only have to put out to the public but that they choose to consume as well. And it is this creative control, this real voice that many people get to enjoy in what tends to be over ceonsored media, espcially in the states, that has me so very excited!
Well I think I have rambled enough for now. If you made it to the bottom of my post, kudos. Please check us out and support us. I promise you, you will find something that you like.
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