Remembering Art Bell-Radio Stories-Legends-Podcast 714

Radio legend Art Bell passed away on Friday, April 13th 2018. Bell’s show, Coast To Coast, was creative and unique. Time to talk about Art’s impact on me and reminisce about radio in Remembering Art Bell-Radio Stories-Legends-Podcast 714.

All Night Wonder

Many stayed up all night to listen to the show. Who got any work done when we stood around talking about Martians, ghosts, aliens living in the hollow earth or The End Of The World?

Saving AM Radio For A Time

These days, radio has become a wasteland of partisan political operatives shouting, cajoling, attempting to persuade. Many broadcasters have given Rush Limbaugh credit for ‘saving AM Radio’, and he certainly deserves his props. On the other hand, many forget that Art Bell probably had as much to do with resurrecting the AM Band for a short time during the 1990’s. For a kid from Chicago who spent summers sitting on the front steps all night listening to the radio, that meant something.

Creating A World You Could Never Forget

Furthermore, it isn’t the political shows I will remember from the past twenty years. It’s the Art Bell shows. The guy from Area 51. Father Malachi Martin. Gary North. Ed Dames and every other crazy person on that show. You knew it was nuts to believe this stuff. But when you’re rolling through the wastelands of Wisconsin at three in the morning, struggling to pull in a thousand watt AM station out of Rice Lake, it seems real. Because Bell was so good at creating a world where anything was possible and probably true.

For radio people, the ability to create a new world, using only spoken word, is truly significant.

The Broken Down Radio Station On The Edge Of Town

Art Bell had a big impact on me because he brought me back to my roots. The radio station in a corn field. On the edge of town. A single tower blinking red in the wilderness. The possibilities endless.

When The Guy On The Radio Was Your Best Friend

So it’s time to tell some stories. A tribute of sorts from someone, like many, who never knew Art Bell. As a listener we felt we he was our best friend. A throw back to the DJ’s of the 1960’s and 1970’s on the big AM stations in the big cities. Or to struggling to pull in a radio station with a big signal in a far away city.

A Voice In The Night

Most noteworthy is the fact that the experience of listening in the night is gone. Replaced with artless and amateur You Tube Channels predictIng the end of the world.

Making Magic

It is good to remember the magic that Art Bell created as a guide for podcasters. I doubt seriously radio will ever be able to accommodate a talent like Bell again.

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Remembering Art Bell-Radio Stories-Legends-Podcast 714

World Ends On September 23rd 2017 Doom Overdrive-Podcast 664

You Tube Doom Peddlers are on overdrive. Millions have now seen videos touting a September Saturday as the day the world will end. A planetary line up and position of some key constellations on that date prove it. Find out what they say in World Ends On September 23rd 2017 Doom Overdrive-Podcast 664.

Virgo and Leo constellations will be over Israel and the mysterious planet Nibiru will collide with the earth. The recent eclipse over the United States on August 21st, 2017 opened the door. When the collision occurs on September 23rd, the ‘tribulation’ will begin. The Anti Christ will emerge. It will all culminate after another solar eclipse across the United States in April of 2024.

Welcome To The You Tube World Of Doom

Christian ‘numerologists’. Christian ‘Astrologers’. Evangelist prognosticators. Slickly produced ten and thirty minute videos that make Alex Jones look boring. As we approach the big day, all of this is reaching a crescendo. Romp through a dark wonderland in World Ends On September 23rd 2017 Doom Overdrive-Podcast 664.

Everything Proves It

Movies and TV Shows all have bizarre references to September 23rd. The Yellowstone Caldera is acting weird. Hurricanes. Forest Fires. Pope visits. These things have never happened before! Illuminati symbols. For God’s Sake! Trump is president! All signs we’re on a runaway train to fire and destruction! In World Ends On September 23rd 2017 Doom Overdrive-Podcast 664.

Dark Side of Humanity

We’ve been watching shows like The Walking Dead for years. What would it be like if it all went to hell? Is it possible that without really knowing it, we’re predicting something? Communicating our fears and concerns about ‘something’ subliminally through all these different media?

Collective Consciousness

Carl Jung said our individual unconscious mind is connected to a larger collective consciousness. The collective consciousness communicates in dreams and symbols. Maybe what some see as the end of the world is something even more significant. A change in the way we think. Listen to World Ends On September 23rd 2017 Doom Overdrive-Podcast 664.

We Think They’re On It

We’re taught to think the government and big corporations are ‘on it’ but small mistakes are often ignored until they cascade to disaster. Every major development in human history has been accompanied with sometimes violent change which seemed unpredictable. We’re almost never ready for that kind of change.

Judge For Yourself

You’ll hear many of the biggest predictions and predictors in this podcast, plus a few that aren’t so big. In many ways it’s a slice of Americana. See you next week. Oh wait!

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World Ends On September 23rd 2017 Doom Overdrive-Podcast 664

Podcast 586-Midtown Global Market

 

Giving 2017 context

Live from the Midtown Global Exchange in Minneapolis. (Editor’s Note: Unfortunately throughout this live podcast I refer to the Midtown Global Market as ‘International Market Square‘, which is somewhere else in the Twin Cities.)

In 2006 the Midtown Global Market opened to much fanfare after 192 Million dollars was spent to redevelop the old Sears Building on Lake Street in Minneapolis. Tens of millions of dollars in grants, aid and bonding helped pay for the project which was sold as the key to redeveloping a decaying neighborhood.

Just inside the entrance are several large photos of the neighborhood back in the 1920’s before the Sears Building was constructed, with no subsidies, at a cost of five million dollars. Looking at those old pictures, knowing the neighborhood, I think of change, and context.

Like any New Year, we’re always optimistic about the future. We need 2017 context. How was your year? How do you compare it to other years? Did you have a good 2016? Will next year be better? Life doesn’t follow neatly defined month and year delineations. Life cycles operate on other timelines.

We make decisions individually and collectively. Those decisions provoke change and reaction. It takes awhile for results to appear. Just like this place. The marketplace has struggled since it opened in 2006 and continues to require subsidies to survive. The neighborhood has struggled despite redevelopment at enormous cost to the taxpayers. Is it better?

We live in a time of intense chronicling. Like a teenager’s journal every slight, every insult and every joy is recorded and exaggerated. A person looks back on their journals twenty or thirty years after and does not remember every detail. On the other hand, the Internet records every insult and slight and magnifies reaction. In this environment perspective and context, so important in human decision making, is distorted as well.

As I begin 2017 I find myself unhappy with what I see on social media, in broadcast and so called traditional media. Now a primary source of ‘news’, social media sets the tone for all other media. These sources are mostly devoid of perspective and context. In this podcast some 2017 Context.

We’re told celebrities are dying like flies and this is terrible. Is a celebrity more important than anyone else? How many people die every year famous or not? What is the context? How many babies are born every year? The famous do not retain their earthly status when they crossover. We all know this. So, why all the hand wringing about celebrity deaths?

In Podcast 586-Midtown Global Market, some thought starters for your 2017, live from the Midtown Global Market. Why is history so important? Where does change come from. How is our time different from other eras? Why do things we don’t want to change, often change? How do we manage change? What do we need to know to manage change?

So many people post and tweet these days because they want to be thought of as beautiful, a hero or a friend. Many go on social media so they can stand on top of a hill and be recognized for the contributions they feel they’ve made. Why? Aren’t we special just because we’re alive and in the world right now?

2016’s events effected many of us deeply. Government’s power is pernicious and often malicious; Starting a war. Pouring tens of millions of dollars into dubious development project. To the degree people people engage in gossip and back fence judgement via social media, they have less influence over those they have selected to ‘run things’. Here’s to providing context and perspective in 2017. Sponsored by Ryan Plumbing and Heating of Saint Paul.