Thursday, March 4, 2010

THURSDAY--Another Edition of......:

The weekly flip of the fedora to Jimmy Cannon


1) The new media technologies bring their own issues for confrontation between the creators of content and the deliverers of it. ABC will give you “free” programming if you use an antenna but not if you use cable---yet the advertisers paid them for total viewership and not partial viewership .

2) It turns out that Ms Riefenstahl was not the influential filmmaker the Nazis had—the honor is now acknowledged to go to Veit Harlan who made an anti-Semitic blockbuster in that era and was endorsed by Herr Goebbels and made mandatory viewing to troops and was a huge hit with the public. A documentary about him, his film and the controversy it created with his own family---some of which, interestingly, converted to Judaism and one who is related to Stanley Kubrick—is now showing at The Film Forum in NYC.

3) Now that they won’t have any live music for the best musical numbers in film at the Academy Awards perhaps they can soon void live acting segments and finally disappear altogether---which has the side effect of not giving networks leverage with cable companies. None of which need a benefit a benefit run for them.

4) We have had films about Dylan (many), Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and many more so I have to wonder when we will get a film about a person who has been forced beneath the radar and should be well above it-----Phil Ochs.

5) I know of someone who has a terrific screen-play all ready and an actor who would be the second coming of Phil Ochs.

6) There were surely a bevy of generous pledgers to Sunday Simcha and to Traditions during the fundraising period and we have some great thank you gifts all ready to go out for you.

7) I think I am nearing the finish of the construction of the two Walls that I shall dedicate for the Sunday Simcha program---one The Wall of the Meshpucha for those who financially supported the program---and there were many. The other one-- The Wall of The Schnorers---those who call and e mail requests and comments during the year---and there are many---and NEVER financially support the program. One person always calls to say he is “pledging---TOMORROW-- but make sure you play male voices”---you know the rest. So---future requests and comments—I will check the two walls before responding.

8) In seeing and hearing Henny Youngman routines again I am amazed how his humor and delivery hold up over the years---you still laugh out loud.

9) How many roads does a man have to walk down before he realizes he is lost?

10) From little seedlings mighty trees grow and then come crashing down if you outlive them. Just proves that Mother Nature is still stronger than anything manufactured by mere mortals.

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Both TRADITIONS & SUNDAY SIMCHA have a list of thanks to offer the very loyal listeners who supported and pledged to both programs. My thanks to all of you and also for some things in more detail for each program:

SUNDAY SIMCHA -- While there were few pledgers in volume there are quite a few very generous--overly generous ones--and I thank them. My compliments to our station manager, Carl Kraus, for his truly meaningful and lighthearted visit to the program today and for his wonderful support of this program. Surely there are many programs worthy of support on this station but, as we all know, management at any station looks at what we call the "bottom line". For that reason I single him out for thanks because he wants to keep this "Yiddishkeit" going on WFDU---the ONLY place on the radio dial where you will find it. No small thanks to our listeners generosity and his openness and support of such an effort. Also, thanks, for his kind words about me---if this keeps up I will have to become his personal Rebbe.

TRADITIONS---So many loyal listeners have shown their wonderful support of this program. Today we were happy to welcome some new members into the Traditions family---that was wonderful. Some overly generous pledgers and some that pledged lesser amounts that were affordable to them---and to us just as meaningful and thankfully received.
This has been the last week of our once and only time (unlike certain stations on the left and center of the dial) that we will come to you for support of a station and programming that harks back to a time when radio was "personal". At WFDU it still is. You call us--we talk to you. You make requests--we honor them. You want people who know the music they play and the talk of the artists---WFDU has that. Who else does? Think about it.

SO---thanks for the support. Any late pledgers can still e mail me:

The first two are easier--honestly.

Finally---thanks from both Ron and I for the support to Traditions and for myself---abi gezunt and thanks for becoming part of the Sunday Simcha Meshpucha

Time for Henny Youngman and what was humor then and still is if you think of it: