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I used to follow this blog for occasion posts about radio. Now there's what? Three radio posts a year??? And really... all this wristwatch obsession is just kinda weird. Or just sad.
Build a brand new vintage radio!
As you say you rarely used this radio, I'm assuming you don't have much interest in shortwave listening, as this radio (and its first version the Degen 1103) is just the best bang for your buck SW radio out there, at least as far as sensitivity is concerned. It's not full of features and it doesn't have a room filling speaker, but it was a real breakthrough in portable radio technology a few years ago. Darned good on AM too. I hear FM reception is outstanding, but I don't much listen to that.
There are any number of reasons that having cassette playback available is a cool thing. Being able to play old media does not mean you are behind the times. Cassette tapes can contain any variety of recordings beyond albums and mix tapes. Airchecks. Answering machine tapes. Audio letters from your high school girl friend. Enjoy some of those at high volume on your shiny alien-shaped Sony ZSBTG900!
Man, this Sony thing is butt ugly.
Tecsun PL-880 Zenith Transoceanic H-500 GE P-780 All of these are affordable, probably less than the list in the post. Getting an H-500 on eBay shouldn't be too hard. Make sure it's been reconditioned. And they're my three favorite radios, and I do own an RF-2200. For an analog tuner, I say get a tube set. More fun and better audio. The 780 is transistor, but sounds like a tube radio. If you want something for your pocket, get a Tecsun PL-310(ET), PL-360 or PL-380 instead of one of these.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2014 on Herculodge, Recommend Me 3 Radios at Herculodge
You're right, the Satelitt has just about the identical layout as the G3 and the "field radio" is just a slight rearrangement of the S450DLX front panel. And I recall hearing that radio was a dog. But it looks nice. The other "new" Eton radios also look very similar to radios that have been around a while. Sure, the display looks kinda different on these. Sexy even. And in fact this whole new line of Eton devices look like they are more about fashion than offering anything substantially new. (Ooooh black and silver! With oblong power buttons!) The Traveler III seems to obviously be a DSP radio based on the Silicon labs chip. But the PL-310 and PL-380 were much better implementations of the DSP chip than the last "traveler' radio Eton/Grundig had to offer. Who would pay more money for the sexy display, when the other radios offer so many more listening options?
I suspect that these offerings will be a mixed bag, but I'll be curious to read the reviews. But man, the bullet point blurbs on the pages on the Eton pages presenting these radios seem to be written by someone who has only a rudimentary understanding of radios, or the English language. I mean, it's nice to know the Satellit is "retro chic" and "way more sensitive so it can pick up weaker signals," but I gotta wonder. And what's with this continued use of the term "field radio" anyway? Does that mean it's bug proof or something? But whatever it means it must be important. The word "field" actually appears three times in just the first sentence of their description of the thing.
David, I've actually heard Lionel mention Lassiter twice on his show recently. And specifically he made note of Lassiter's talent on the day his death was announced. I posted the audio of that on the Lassiter piece I wrote this week. You can download that bit from Lionel's show here. To be fair, while Lionel was influenced by Lassiter it's not fair or accurate to call him his mentor. Lionel was influenced by a number of hosts who were part of the Tampa talk radio scene (David Fowler comes to mind) where Lassiter certainly loomed large, but there was a lot going on. And like all the good talk hosts who were part of that scene, Lionel is and was a distinct individual talent. While I'm certain there was more to it, I've always had the impression that the fallout between Lionel and Lassiter involved Lionel making fun of Lassiter's more maudlin and sentimental side on the air, specifically Lassiter's annual Christmas show. There were few things sacred to Lassiter, but his Christmas show contained all of them. And I have to admit that I wasn't a fan of Lassiter's Christmas program either, but I knew better than to say so, let alone make fun of it while the big man walked the Earth. It was clear to me that this would really piss him off. And once you crossed a line like that with Lassiter, you were in trouble. And that's a notable difference between the two talk hosts, Lionel's irreverence goes much deeper than Lassiter's. And I don't think there's a sentimental bone in Lionel's body. Lassiter made a living in concert with the big crusty chip on his shoulder. Lionel in turn is a trial lawyer with a mischievous flair, who doesn't have that same kind of anger at the world. They both put caller's on the spot and knew how to reveal foolishness and less than rigorous thinking in an entertaining fashion when appropriate. Yes, I heard Lionel do a show this week on whether Satan exists, which could be considered right out of the Lassiter playbook. However, he was riffing appropriately off a current news story, and to think it might have in some way been a tribute to Lassiter doesn't seem unlikely. However, it would be wrong-headed to say that Lionel stole anything from Lassiter. If more talk hosts would have the influence of Lassiter to draw upon, the quality of the medium would greatly improve. I'm all for that. All in all, I think Lionel doesn't discuss Lassiter on his show because it's a national program where only a very small minority of his listeners have ever heard him. And perhaps their falling out comes into play as well. But it's not realistic to expect or demand that Lionel dedicate a program or two to Lassiter himself. However, it would be a damn good idea for WFLA in Tampa to put together a tribute show on Lassiter, including interviews of the many people who worked with him over the years, including Lionel. If you want to hear such a thing, lobby WFLA. They have the resources and the connections to do it, and they should.
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2006 on Long Live Lassiter at WFMU's Beware of the Blog
The station you hear in Poughkeepsie is WHVW, which I've written about a couple times at BOTB. And you are right on both counts-- it's a great station, and that you can't pick it up very well once you get out of the Hyde Park/Poughkeepsie area. I've also posted airchecks of WHVW in those posts, which you can also download with this link, this link, and this one. Oh, and here's one more too. I try to record some of WHVW when I'm up that way, and have a few more airchecks around here. If there's interest, I may upload a few more.
No, anyone genuinely thinks through issues and comes to conclusions, whether I agree or disagree with those conclusions, would not be a stooge. If you can find an instance where Maloney actually seems to think for himself and come to conclusions differing from the Republican talking points, I'd be curious to take a look at it. You would think that if "conservative" media people were really interested in ideas they would welcome counter points and public debate from an entity like Air America, instead of predicting its downfall from the beginning, and working day and night to make a sensational stories out of over every alleged misstep and problem the struggling new network may (or may not) be experiencing . I believe this is called "yellow journalism." And yeah, that Mallory is some nut...
Bobby Kennedy suffers from a voice disorder called spasmodic dysphonia. It’s a chronic and incurable ailment, and no one knows exactly what causes it in the first place. And while at first I may have found it slightly distracting when I listened to Bobby on the radio, I no longer do. In fact, I’d say he does a hell of a job in overcoming the problem. I don’t really notice the affliction when I listen to Ring of Fire these days. All I hear is earnest passion on that program, and along with co-host Mike Papantonio, I hear two of the most important (and strongest) voices on Air America.
Tampatalkguru, you are technically correct that Lionel probably didn't call Rogers show (although I don't know this for a fact either), and that Rogers' show was only heard in Tampa in the early 90's. However, Lionel has mentioned Neil Rogers as one of the great talk hosts just in last few months, and it seems likely that he has heard him and that he might have picked up a thing or two. And yes, by extension I would say that, via Lionel's years of listening to Lassiter, that he soaked up plenty of Rogers' talk radio tricks and traditions. Neil Rogers is such an influential talk giant in Florida, that some Tampa talk hosts who may not have heard much, if any, Rogers or Lassiter still sound a bit like them now and then. And as much as it pains me to say it, even doofus scumbag Glenn Beck (who replaced Lassiter at WFLA in 1999) seems to have gotten a few ideas from the Rogers "school." All that said, Lionel is very much an individual talent, and learned his craft years ago from a number of Florida talk hosts, including the late great David Fowler, who I hope to write about here one of these days as well.
Thanks Avenger. I hear the names of countries, and I think it's politics, but international sports? That makes sense. Too bad you didn't catch the ID. And Clear Channel taking over WWV? Hmmm. Interesting. I wonder if we'll soon hear some advertising there too. Maybe a different sponsor for every minute...
FLASH!!!! Again, this is just another hot fresh rumor, and things could change, but THIS is the way I’ve heard the weekly schedule is going to go evolve, coinciding with the NYC move from WLIB to WWRL September 1-- 5 AM to 6 AM - The Mark Riley Show (For the network. This will not be heard in New York, except via the web.) 6 AM to 9 AM - The Young Turks (Also for the network, and will not be he heard on WWRL either. Only on the web locally. New York City gets Bush flunky Armstrong Williams every morning!) 9 AM to Noon - Sam Seder (Don’t know if it will still be called “The Majority Report” or the “The Sam Seder Show,” or maybe “F.U.B.A.R.!”) Noon to 3 PM - The Al Franken Show 3 PM to 6 PM - The Randi Rhodes Show (Yes, now three hours...) 6 PM to 8 PM - The Rachel Maddow Show 8 PM to 9 PM - Politically Direct (David Bender’s weekly show becomes a nightly affair) 9 PM to 10 PM - Eco Talk (Another weekend show goes nightly) 10 PM to 1 AM - The Mike Malloy Show (Malloy returns to NYC radio, but as before the last hour is cut off here to allow WWRL to broadcast something else.) I’m not sure if I’ve heard the Young Turks program, but I gather that it has gained a few fans from what I read online. By pluggin this show into this slot, Air America can offer SOMETHING in morning drive for the affiliates. And poor Mark Riley. That’s a thankless slot, and it won’t even be heard in his home town.) But the biggest surprise is putting Eco Talk on every evening. It just seems like a big mistake to me, and not much of a lead-in for Mr. Malloy. And you’ll notice that other than incorporating an ongoing program into the national schedule (The Young Turks), it’s just a rehash of the old players and schedule. Unless there’s a major revision in one or two of these programs (like Seder’s for example), there’s nothing new here. Not a good omen. And I want to say that I really appreciate seeing so many thoughtful comments here. Thanks! It's great when comments really add to the post. And in my writings at BOTB that's often been the case, especially with these AAR posts. Furthermore, let me say that I have respect for almost every host who has graced the airwaves of Air America (except the moronic Mr. Springer). A wealth of homework and inspiration have gone into the many shows that have graced the network over the last two and a half years. However, it takes more than that to make good radio, and it seems to me that creating top notch radio should be the ultimate goal of Air America, especially at this stage of the game. (Locally, WBAI does a fine job of creating really lousy radio with good intentions.) Talk radio, a format I’ve listened to for decades, is in a bad way these days. And Air America wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for the 920 scumbags out there endlessly repeating Republican talking points across the AM dial in every city in America. My affection for the medium dates back to the era of classic "entertainment" talk radio, best exemplified in Florida in the 80's and 90's for some reason. This might have something to do with why I find Lionel's show so engrossing lately. He combines both dynamics- challenging mindless pro-republican talk radio, and providing plenty of laughs and a little drama along the way. There's a fine art to making a talk radio call compelling and/or entertaining. The fact is, Lionel originally schooled under Florida talk greats Bob Lassiter and Neil Rogers back then. These are guys who understand that it's the HOST who makes an incoming call good, or occasionally great. Curiously, Randi Rhodes comes from this tradition as well, but somewhere along the line she has taken to yelling over the top of opposing callers and swooning to the complimentary ones. And you know, I feel a little bad about dissing Seder and the Majority Report. The show has some of the best bumper music in talk radio, and has featured more prominent bloggers than any other show. It's just that after over two years, it never got much better than a college radio harangue-a-thon with a hearty helping of sophomoric humor. The truth is I really hoped this show would just get some traction and/or grow on me, and I resisted skewering it in my initial AAR commentaries here. But after two years one thing was overwhelming obvious, Garofalo shouldn't host a radio show. Period. And while Seder shined now and then (especially when he made some hilarious phone pranks to some conservative or Republican offices), and does keep his cool during confrontational calls (and occasionally makes them compelling), the loose format of the Majority Report gave him plenty of time to fill, and more often than not it would turn into a laundry list of the crimes and lies of the Bush regime and their Republican friends. Sure, there's plenty of grist there, but worthwhile talk radio requires something more than opining on the news. Ideally, there should be surprises, some theater and at the end the listener should feel as though he or she has been taken on a journey or gained some insight here and there. It's obvious that Seder is both impassioned and well prepared. I guess at his stage of the game I'd recommend that he immerse himself on what makes talk radio really sing. And maybe listen to Lionel, Bob Lassiter, or perhaps Jean Shepard. I believe that in a different talk radio construct he could really make his playfulness work. I do wish him luck. Then again, Franken should just give it up. He's had well over two years to figure out talk radio and he's just plain failed. I mean, the guy's been a broadcast professional (TV, not radio) for like thirty years. He oughtta have sense of when a project, or a media concept, just isn't working out, and the fact that no one at Air America seems to be able to communicate that to him is kinda sad. Just being famous doesn't make EVERYTHING you do worthy of interest or praise. Recently coming across his show I was dismayed that he couldn't remember at the time how to set up a commercial break in a professional or normal fashion. He often sounds tired and droll (if not bored), and he should know better. Blatherskite's comment, dismaying over Franken telling the same tired jokes over and over and OVER, and expecting it to be funny (when it never was in the first place) is right on. And the Grateful Dead bumper music... ouch. YES, he has good guests, but they would benefit from talking with a better interviewer. All you have to do is listen to a couple minutes of about any archive of Maron's show, and you realize how WRONG Franken's show is in so many ways. No edge. No buzz. Nothing unexpected. And on Mile Malloy. I have mixed feelings about Malloy's show, but the ultimate consensus I personally assemble is positive. Yes, when he does his hysterical and manic parodies of right wing assholes I tune out. Too much volume, high-pitched wind and spittle. However, when you're filled to the gills with anger and disgust over all the death, torture, destruction and corruption the Republicans have let loose on the world (in our name), there ain't nobody better on the radio to speak for your rage. While I don't go for all the hysterical mockery, Malloy delivers dark rich invective better than anybody in liberal talk radio. Sure, one could say he's just a lefty version of right-wing nutcases like Savage or Limbaugh, but I would disagree. The legions of right-wing talk radio hosts bark on behalf of the empowered. On the other hand, Malloy's verbal weaponry defends the people who are being stomped on, dehumanized and marginalized. Malloy is a master of the ad hominem attack, and somehow I don't consider using terms like "the Bush crime family" or calling our idiot president "bunny pants" on par with designating female activists as "feminazis" and calling impoverished nations "turd world" countries. When Malloy delivers his nightly "have I mentioned yet tonight how much I hate these people?" line, it makes me smile. I have to admit, sometimes the raw loathing for the current generation of Republicans that Malloy embodies makes more sense than any raw emotion I've heard coming out of my radio. Just a few hours of overtly politically middle-of-the-road NPR broadcasting can drive me to crave the kind of no-holds-barred wrath of Malloy, as much as an equal serving of Limbaugh or Hannity might do the same thing. When the available media, and your own government, is either willfully ignorant or flagrantly vile, it can really piss you off. And Malloy, for better or worse, can be a comfort. We live in strange times. Speaking of comfort, it’ll be swell if Rachel Maddow is moving to evenings. Personally, she'll now be on at an time I often have the radio warm. But more importantly I'm happy she'll be on here in New York, and remain part of the Air America schedule. That would be good news. Although I didn't mention Thom Hartmann in this post, I have previously. His show is fast paced, smart and full of information and resources. He should have already been incorporated into AAR’s network schedule. I’ve long suspected that he’s the guy they’ll replace Franken with once he finally gives up his sinking ship, or runs for Senate. Apparently, the deal between Radio One and WLIB fell through and they are going to switch to an all gospel format come September 1. You can read about it here. Lastly, let me say that's it's nice when you can call an online stooge a stooge, and then the stooge follows through with a post that proves he's a stooge AND THEN links to your post which calls him a stooge. Stooge-a-rific in my book. Thanks Mr. Stooge!
Thanks. Link is fixed.
You're right. I've already said it two or three times here, but it bears repeating-- GET RID OF JERRY SPRINGER! My god, the man may be boring as hell on the radio, but he doesn't appear to be stupid. Of course, Air America should know better, but by now Springer himself should have a grasp on the fact that his radio program is a waste of time for all concerned.
Thanks for the rough translation Sensei. And that sounds like a typical political news analysis program to me. Just taking a quick look around, it appears that there was some streaming Croatian TV here, but the links seem to be broken now. However, I was able to scare up some some Croatian radio stations which stream in realaudio at this site. And toober, I dug up that graphic by typing "clandestine radio" into a Google Image search and grabbed the most compelling photo I happened across. And now looking at the source page I see that you are correct on both counts. It is old military radio gear photographed at a 1999 Military Radio Collector's Group meeting in California. Apparently the Google Image bot should have pointed toward this picture, which isn't nearly as interesting as the one I used, but is indeed a clandestine S-6 "spy radio" set. Still, the image I included does include a transmitter which could conceivably be used for illicit broadcasting. Truth told, I do spend more time on the text than on selecting the pictures, but I do appreciate you taking the time to clear that up.
Thanks for all the responses! It really makes spending all the time working on this project worth it for me. It’s great to know this blog series is being read and even appreciated. While I hope to pass on my personal passion for tuning through the short and medium wave bands, doing this has also been a learning experience and comments from some of you more experienced listeners is very helpful in that regard. And boy, while I would love to see a big bright aurora some time (whenever I’m away from the city on a clear night, I’ll step out at least once or twice and look toward the north just to see if there might be one gracing the sky), the exact effects of auroras, sunspots, and space weather on radio transmission and reception in general seems a little complicated to my little brain. From what I seem to recall, propagation on some bands is improved and propagation is dulled on other bands during certain levels of activity out there. I have yet to read an explanation or report on these topics in language that I can clearly understand. While I have bought the World Radio & TV Handbook a few times, the fluid and changing world of shortwave broadcasting times and frequencies can be tracked in a much more up to date fashion via the web these days. But there doesn’t seem to be any one source that serves as a guide, but between the bigger shortwave and DX sites and the many individual logs and blogs out there spending a bit of time searching seems to yield some good results. I do indeed look through Glenn Hauser’s expansive webpages for information and frequencies. When all else fails I’ve been doing advanced Google searches through his DX Listening Guides. And I gotta tell you Ralph, your formula does make sense for a couple of those images I seem to have come across. While I didn’t hear spooky old Brother Stair at 6555, which you said could be an image of WWCR at 7465. What I did pick up was a USA Radio News Program, which according to their current schedule does INDEED play at that time on WWCR’s 7465 transmitter! While I can’t easily verify it, I suspect that you are also right about the Radio Austria International, and the Croatian station as well. Thanks a lot Ralph for some useful information. You are making me smarter, and I’ll keep that formula in mind when I come across image suspects on the BCL from here on in. The feedback I’ve gotten here from you and Dale as I’ve been doing this really has contributed to this whole series. I really do like many things about the BCL radio, but I do hope that Tecsun takes on the complaints of many DXers and comes out with a dual conversion upgrade of the thing with a number of other improvements that would really make it the analog portable to get as an alternative to the many digital sets out there. Speaking of that, until I can get together the bucks for the Sony ICF-2010 one day I’m seriously considering picking up a Degen DE1103 (also known as the Kaito KA1103) to add a dependable digital receiver to my collection. I’ve read plenty of good to glowing reviews of the thing online, and I’m wondering if any readers out there have any personal experience with this radio. The Sangean ATS 505 I picked up a few years back has been a big disappointment. As I think I said before, every Sangean product I’ve ever purchased has let me down. Anyway, my humble appreciation again for the comments. It is good to hear from you.
Just happened to notice that there seems to be a limited number of the BCL-3000 radios available on ebay with all English text for all functions and the LED display (instead of Chinese). The link is here if anyone is interested.
Wow. Dale, that 1150 is one snazzy looking radio. I'd pick that up for six bucks in a heartbeat. And thanks for the tip on the CBC show. And that sounds like a typical response from a Radio Shack "associate.". However, I'm sure the saleman was well dressed and could have set you up pretty with a fantastic cell phone. I've also experienced the scenario where there's one salesperson at an outlet who handles all of us "strange radio people" who occasionally come in, and once you're directed to that guy he proudly points out the two or three shortwave radios they carry and seems insulted that you don't jump at the chance to snatch up one of them. Scanners and CB's? That would be interesting, but I don't know enough about them to write much. Although scanners are fascinating devices and I've played with one I have here from time to time. It's a cheapy, from Radio Shack I believe, but if I had a really good one I'd probably get a little crazy fooling around with the damn thing. And in response to Ralph, that SWL gathering sounds mighty tempting. I wish I would have thought about it earlier. And free beer? I didn't see that mentioned on the website. Any free snacks?
Thanks Ralph. Yeah, in general I've got complaints about every Sangean product I've ever owned. You can scale the turning down to a 1 kHz increments, but the using the button that does that on the tuning knob is a dodgy operation. So, with a 2010 or a shiny new E1 you can whip through the bands and hear busy sections to further investigate like an analog receiver? I'm just curious. But I can see how slowly cruising the dial with .01 kHz resolution with the E1 could be quite satisfactory. I'd like to try it. If I could only get a hold on an extra few hundred bucks. And that's why I thought it might be good to talk about the BCL radios, because they are pretty affordable. As far as digital portables, I've had my eye on the Degen DE1103 (otherwise known as the Kaito KA1103 in the U.S.) for a while. I've read lots of positive reviews online, and it seems like a great radio all around. And it also is quite affordable, going for just a little more than the BCL radios. And I hear there's no "chuffing" either. Also, the DE1103 and the new super-portable, the E1, are also Tecsun products. Although I think the E1 is at least partially constructed in India instead of China.
That's great Sherilyn! I hope you get a show on WBCQ. Seems like shortwave would be a great venue for a noise/experimental program.
Okay McKinley, I grant you this. Beck didn’t say ALL the Katrina victims were scumbags. But he DID say that all the victims in the worst hit area (where all the flooding occured)-- New Orleans, ARE scumbags. Here’s the quote: “We're not hearing anything about Alabama. We're hearing about the victims in New Orleans. This is a 90,000-square-mile disaster site, New Orleans is 181 square miles. A hundred and -- 0.2 percent of the disaster area is New Orleans! And that's all we're hearing about, are the people in New Orleans. Those are the only ones we're seeing on television are the scumbags -- and again, it's not all the people in New Orleans. Most of the people in New Orleans got out! It's just a small percentage of those who were left in New Orleans, or who decided to stay in New Orleans, and they're getting all the attention.” See? He said that those who couldn’t leave New Orleans or “chose” not to leave the city were scumbags. And apparently he’s upset that he had to see all those unfortunate people behaving poorly on television. While there were victims all along that part of the Gulf Coast, the hardest hit area, the city that filled up like a cesspool, the place where thousands died, WAS New Orleans. And indeed, Mr. Beck did say that the predominantly African-American population who remained after the storm were “scumbags.” He did NOT say that the victims in other areas, which have a far lower black population, are scumbags. I’m sorry I didn’t make that clearer. However, as far as the 9-11 victims families, if you read the post I said “it only took him a year to start really hating SOME of the families of 9-11 victims." The families who aren’t complaining about government inaction in preventing the 9-11 attack, or who continue to ask for further investigations into the attacks, are A-OK with Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck gets angry when victims get on his TV and say negative things, especially when they make not-happy comments about our president, or maybe any Republican. After all, Glenn Beck has feelings too. All the white folks out there who keep their mouth shut, no matter how negligent this administration’s behavior, should be heartened to know that Glenn Beck will probably never hate you.
In recent years, I’ve dispatched attractive young sales associates straight to the manager for assistance after asking for arcane devices like shortwave radios and patch cords at Radio Shack. However, in my travels I have noticed that the evolution of Radio Shack stores from geek hut to tech toy emporium seems to be progressing at different rates in different stores. Some outlets still carry a fair supply of radios and radio/audio accessories. However, Radio Shack was never the BEST place to buy a good shortwave or DX worthy AM radio. For new shortwave radios, the best selection I’ve seen in New York was at J&R Music World downtown. But these days there’s plenty of ways to hunt down quality new and used radios online without ever getting near a rack of cell phone holsters. As far as questions asked in the above comments– I still make all my remote radio recordings on a cassette deck. A tape recorder running on batteries is a relatively RF noise free companion to a portable receiver when DXing. When I head off on the highway for the north woods I bring a fat bag stocked with dollar store batteries too. While I do some radio recording at home going directly into the computer, using a laptop or mp3 recording device in the field would add unwanted noise in an RF quiet environment. When I get home I dump the cassette audio into the computer and make mp3s which I archive. And if you’re going to encode AM or shortwave recordings to mp3, don’t forget to encode in mono, and the bitrate doesn’t need to be anywhere near what high-fidelity music requires (32 to 56K is fine). As far the unwitting callers on The Phil Hendrie Show, they are CAREFULLY chosen. Hendrie is quite open about how he conducts his radio puppet show, and it takes some heavy screening to keep his kiddie pool stocked with callers who don’t realize that his goofy and outrageous guests are actually Hendrie himself. He's doing a national show, and there's always people coming across the program without a clue about what's going on. You can read more about his talk radio methodology and philosophy here and here (You’ll need to login to the New York Times for the second link.) And thanks M.G. for the information on CKAC in Montreal. And I welcome and encourage any multilingual readers/listeners of these posts to offer insight and information on non-English broadcasts I might feature in this series as comments. I’m always curious about what I might be missing as a unilingual radio listener, and I’m sure there are other readers who feel the same way.