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Interesting developments in electronic media.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/30/2006 at 12:41 PM
    1. I’m trying to picture something like that happening in the U.S., say, Mother Angelica’s audience fighting it out with mortars and automatic weapons against Jerry Falwell’s hordes. Can’t see it. Must be one of those “Religion of Peace” things.

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 30 at 12:49 PM • permalink


    1. Hey, if Rove and the black-opps can promote this thoughout all Muslimiopia the problem will take care of itself.

      Posted by Franklin on 2006 03 30 at 12:53 PM • permalink


    1. Wil Ferrel has a lot to answer for.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2006 03 30 at 12:55 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, by the by, Muslims in Albania are objecting to a proposed statue honoring Mother Teresa (per Reuters).

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 30 at 01:23 PM • permalink


    1. The religion of piece strikes again!

      Posted by gajim on 2006 03 30 at 01:31 PM • permalink


    1. These are very rational people who can be reasoned with if we simply give a respectful audience to their no-doubt-legitimate grievances.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 03 30 at 01:33 PM • permalink


    1. The battle of the bands (FM, that is)!  They should ask each other, “Why do they hate our broadcasts”?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 03 30 at 01:40 PM • permalink


    1. This was just a tragic misunderstanding of the program director’s “Get the Led Out” idea.

      Or maybe they objected to their rival’s “Morning Zoo with Mahmoud and The Infidel.”

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 03 30 at 02:02 PM • permalink


    1. KHAN…Your Solid Rock (real rocks) Station, KHAN.

      All the favorites from the 7th, 8th and 9th Centuries.

      Listeners call in the next 30 minutes, and if you are the 20th caller, you are automatically entered into our new, behead your friend contest.

      Ladies feel like the world is on your shoulders? Relax, kick back and get stoned.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 03 30 at 02:37 PM • permalink


    1. Why think when you have the Koran to do that for you.

      If Sharia law sez kill him…then let’s kill him

      Posted by Go Canucks on 2006 03 30 at 02:50 PM • permalink


    1. #9: Criminy! Another radio station where I have to listen to 10 minutes of commercials before they play the latest from Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 30 at 02:52 PM • permalink


    1. KHAN Promotions Department:

      “Let’s see… we’ve got the Zeppelin box sets for Zeptember… the concert tickets for the Rocktober giveaways… hey, where the hell is our semtex for Blowvember?!”

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 03 30 at 03:15 PM • permalink


    1. Goodness, don’t blame it on Islam. How different really are these two radio personalities from, say, Rush Limbaugh? As we in the US well know, right wing radio is often culpable in the death of innocents. Why, it was even responsible for the KC bombing. Just ask Bill Clinton.

      From Go Canucks’ link:

      A Western diplomat here said the sensitivity of the case was making countries think twice about accepting Rahman.

      Oh surely not. No European nation would be so craven. Bravo Italia!

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 03 30 at 03:18 PM • permalink


    1. Mahmoud killed the radio stars.

      (Perhaps they were broadcasting cartoons.)

      Posted by Sensible Swim on 2006 03 30 at 03:20 PM • permalink


    1. This is the Islamic version of shock radio.  Howard Stern woul be happy if he had patented the concept.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 03 30 at 04:34 PM • permalink


    1. Meanwhile, thugs trashed a Christian TV studio in Bethlehem, without killing anyone.
      Did anyone see this in their Western media?
      Even this report said the act ‘was in Israel’s interests’. Huh?
      Well, maybe..
      The only chance Palestinian Christians have is to live under Israel’s government, since their majority has been squeezed progressively in Bethlehem for years by ‘sympathetic’ Arafat.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 03 30 at 06:06 PM • permalink


    1. Paco — Wolfman Jack used to talk about the gunfights they had between rival pirate radio stations down south of the border…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 03 30 at 09:53 PM • permalink


    1. 11.
      Another radio station where I have to listen to 10 minutes of commercials before they play the latest from Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.

      Hey, we have a lot of bills, course we have a lot of bobs and jills, too. Tough business just had several people leave over the past few days. Damn infidels keep finding where we stuff these people.

      Achmed, yes you are caller number 20…hang on the line, we will get your details…and now, Danny and the Moors, with The Reign in Spain.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 03 30 at 10:12 PM • permalink


    1. I wish some Sand Goblins would mortar FM104, especially while that boring fat twat Mick Molloy is fouling the airwaves with his inane gibberish*.

      And a suicide bombing of Radio National by Mumdouh Habib during Phatty’s show (especially if he’s interviewing Leunig)would be a nice nitecap, but who’d notice?

      *If it also coincided with an on-air appearance by Nickelback, I’m buyin’ boys, all the Allah Cola and Notanythinglike Beer you can pour down your swarthy, unshaven gullets.

      Posted by Habib on 2006 03 30 at 10:24 PM • permalink


    1. I don’t know about this site but The Real Game is desperately short of rifles, hand grenades, flame throwers, bazookas and rocket launchers. Also tanks, planes, heavy artillery and contributions from all the bludgers including Tim Blair who are supposed to be pooling their wit and wisdom on the great game that kicked off last night.

      Posted by Rafe C on 2006 03 30 at 11:55 PM • permalink


    1. Talkbaqistan Ratings War

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 03 31 at 12:11 AM • permalink


    1. Richard,

      Pirate stations? Pirates? I’ll have you know those were perfectly legal and legitimate, licensed and all that. Of course the Secretaría de Comunicaciónes y Transportes didn’t have any regulatory limit on output power in those days; get a license and buy a power plant… nobody, but nobody, went in the transmitter room except at gunpoint. The preachers were inspired with visions of Hell by peering through the window at the banks of XL6Ss, glowing with amber fires and producing enough electric potential to warp space. Absolutely Tardis-proof. A couple megawatts of high voltage will do that.

      The buildings were sinter-block and adobe, with tin roofs whose edges glowed with corona discharge. The transmitter towers were surplus from U.S. radio stations, rusty and with most of the bolts missing, and entirely innocent of red warning beacons, which were sold to, um, the folk for whom they were proper advertising to defray the cost of erection (!) They fell down with some regularity. When XTRA’s fell, sometime in the late fifties, it killed ten people, but the station was back on the air in hours by hooking the feed to a 20’ stub. The impedance mismatch made it glow bright enough to read by. Nikolai Tesla would have been so proud.

      3/8” five-twist hemp rope is not a suitable material for the guys of a 10-megawatt broadcast-band radio tower. I refuse to explain how I know that, on grounds of lack of statute of limitations on the laws of physics.

      The most common cause of actual gun battles was the occasional visits from the Policía Federál de Carreteras y Puertas, after which it was often necessary to raid someone for the wherewithal to buy the evening’s mescal. The neighboring station was the obvious target; nobody in the neighborhood had a pot to piss in. All one had to do was get there ahead of the Federales.

      Ah, youth… bombing across the brand-new Interstate 10 through west Texas in an overpowered, understeering, bald-tired Rambler American, sipping Pearl (useful, in those days, for saluting the State Troopers) and occasionally petting the stoned tomcat, with a million stars beaming down and the radio blaring the unabashedly commercial Christianity of XTRA or XERF—salvation assured if you send money! Once in a while a ranch house showed a light, far off across the hills, and even more rarely a car came the other way, inducing a little ceremony of light-flipping because both drivers were too stoned to remember whether their bright headlights were on or not.

      The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band got it exactly right. Let’s all sing along:
      I don’t care if it rains or freezes
      ‘Long as I got my plastic Jesus
      Sittin’ on the dashboard of my car…

      I don’t really miss those days. I do miss being young enough to think it was fun.


      Posted by Ric Locke on 2006 03 31 at 12:34 AM • permalink


    1. If it also coincided with an on-air appearance by Nickelback, I’m buyin’ boys

      Amen to that. I heard “Animals” on my car radio and had to destroy it rather than risk ever hearing that steaming turd of a song again.

      We need to drop a MIRV on Toronto to punish Canada proportionately.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 03 31 at 01:38 AM • permalink


    1. Try

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 03 31 at 06:48 AM • permalink


    1. Geez, Ric, from your description of the impedance mismatch, I’m amazed that there were enough thermionic valves around to keep XTRA on the air.  Must have been a serious run on the local radio warehouse……or did someone cut a deal with the Federales for the more technical loot?

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 03 31 at 10:33 AM • permalink


    1. See!  This is why we need media regulation in Australia!

      If we didn’t have all those cross-media laws, the 7, 9 and 10 networks would be at it with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades in our cities too.

      Don’t say you haven’t been warned.


      Posted by TFK on 2006 03 31 at 11:11 AM • permalink


    1. #22 – now that’s gold.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 03 31 at 01:04 PM • permalink


    1. Jeff_S, there were plenty of vacuum tubes around in those days. The stunt I was talking about only lasted an hour or so, then they shut down and built an actual tower.

      #26 TFK, long ago the soon-to-be-Governor, Kinky Friedman, had a song entitled We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to You.One of the verses is:

      Live from Laos and Cambodia
      No-More-Tears tonight has showed ya
      The latest old war movies on teevee,
      But y’know it’s bound to escalate,
      So go and turn on Channel 8,
      Watch Channel 7 mortar Channel 3.

      The kicker is, WFAA channel 8 is in Dallas; KLTV channel 7 is in Tyler, Texas; and KTBS channel 3 is in Shreveport, Louisiana. They competed (and still do) for audience in east and northeast Texas, and it wouldn’t have been in the least incredible for the crackers in Tyler to take, um, extreme action. It would have been cheaper than buying a real transmitter, for one thing.

      Kinky Friedman is, I believe, from Corsicana, at the southwest corner of the area in question.


      Posted by Ric Locke on 2006 03 31 at 07:39 PM • permalink


    1. Ric-

      If you haven’t yet written a book about those times, do so immediately.  I grew up in San Antonio, but unfortunatley my rather sheltered life did not include X-band listening.  Woulda loved to have seen that tower glowing – kind of a religious symbol, perhaps??

      Posted by Tex Lovera on 2006 03 31 at 09:02 PM • permalink


    1. Who needs mobiles, when you have tin can and string!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 04 01 at 05:19 AM • permalink


    1. #28 Ric Locke:
      Does Kinky Friedman have any chance of being Governor?  I haven’t been keeping up with Texan politics lately.  He sounds pretty irreverent, and if so, he might have my vote if I was a Texan.

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 04 01 at 05:47 AM • permalink


    1. #29 No, I’m afraid I won’t be writing any books. The radio stations I wrote about operated on the AM broadcast band, almost all of them what we would call today right-wing Evangelicals. Their patterns were aimed at the Midwest. If you grew up in San Antonio after the mid-Seventies, you would not have heard them. A new Government in Mexico changed the regulations.

      #31 Who knows? The answer to your question is “probably not”. Rick Perry is using the furore over Dubya as chaff to stay off most people’s radar; as a result fewer than twenty percent of Texans answer poll questions about him with references to canvas and quicklime, which puts him in the upper quintile of Texas Governors as to popularity. But the election is over two years away, and anything can happen. Marriage (with or without sex change) and consequent alliance is fairly low probability, but it is Texas politics.


      Posted by Ric Locke on 2006 04 01 at 10:38 AM • permalink


    1. Ric, re #25, I should have added a “/humor” tag on my post…….but thanks for the great story!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 04 02 at 01:10 PM • permalink


    1. Here’s a curly one that regular readers of this site might be able to help me with.

      I’ve recently got into a discussion, on another electronic forum, about the merits (or lack thereof) of Pilger’s research regarding DU weapons.

      Specifically, the conversation has been over the claim that DU weapons have caused cancer in Iraq, and the ‘latency period’ over which they develop. (We’ve been discussing a particular takedown of Pilger published in The Spectator in 2003 written by a fellow called Mr Sweeney). Sweeney’s argument is that since the latency period of this cancer is 4 years, Pilger’s documentary – which cites cases going back to just one year after the gulf war – is pretty much bunk.

      Anyway, one of the other people involved in this discussion has just whacked a scientific paper on the table saying that it blows Sweeney’s claims out of the water. I don’t understand the science, and I suspect he doesn’t either. (Partly my fault – I was stressing that claims be backed up with scientific evidence).

      This brings me to my question:

      Is there anyone there in the blogosphere who is up to date with DU weapons? Have there been any respectable articles which give a handy run down, in laymans terms, of the state of scientific research?
      I’d appreciate any help in this regard. Willing to provide links.

      Posted by TimT on 2006 04 03 at 03:35 AM • permalink


    1. Did you watch Media Watch last night?

      I’m starting to realise that Monica Attard is one sexy chic.

      I love the way she folds her arms & uses her upper arms to push her tits forward and them rests her elbows on her desk and thrusts her tits out even more………

      Ah! Monica, Monica………

      Do that to one more time……….

      Posted by Mikie Slats on 2006 04 03 at 09:58 PM • permalink


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