What's good morning radio these days? My radio alarm clock wakes up several hours before I do, but it's pleasant to drift in and out of consciousness to news and current affairs and interviews and things.
In Mountain View I woke up to a jazz station every day. Relaxed and groovy. Wake up. Relaxed and groovy. That was nice. We should have a dedicated jazz station. Other music is too difficult for the morning. The only worse thing to wake up to is that breakfast show format where three desperate and over-caffeinated presenters shriek double-entendres at each other. God. There must be people who enjoy the jingles and the stupid games and yelling, and I don't understand those people at all.
Mostly I listen to NewsTalk in the morning, or rather it's on in the background and I fade in and out and catch sentences here and there. Eamonn Dunphy comes on at 7. I'm never really awake enough to follow what he's talking about, but it's ok because I don't really think he is either. He keeps tuning out and snapping back in, I reckon, and being surprised by where his interview has gone. "And you.. oh.. ehhh.. you wrote a book?" I like him. He held a door open for me once in an airport when I had a heavy bag. Based entirely on that, I conclude that Eamonn Dunphy's a good guy.
Incidentally, I note that NewsTalk's front page
right now includes .."full post mortem results which indicate that death was due to a shotgun blast to the chest". 'Cause originally, you see, they thought it might have been a nasty cold. That manifested
as an enormous hole in the guy's front. Doesn't that seem like a strange thing to say? We examined him for hours
and we reckon his lack of internal organs killed him. Probably. That's what the results indicate
After Eamonn Dunphy is Orla Barry. I've never really bonded with Orla Barry and I think we're doomed now. I'm sorry Orla, it was you. I can't forgive you for calling someone killing a panda
"such a small crime" the other morning. I know it was in the context of the death penalty, but I'm not convinced that killing a member of a near extinct ancient species isn't worse than killing a human. Certainly not worse than killing a DJ. Apart from that, there are, what, maybe a hundred pandas in captivity in China. They're madly hard to breed. Pandas don't really like doing it, or at least can't figure out how. Did you know that they show pandas panda porn
to get them into the mood? They totally do. That's how much they're trying to not let pandas go extinct in China. Killing a panda is destroying a national treasure. It's a pretty horrendous crime. Shut the hell up, Orla Barry.
I have cool panda pictures from Chengdu. I should post those sometime. Pandas are deadly. There's a picture of me holding a red panda as well, with a big "OMG PANDA!" expression. I've rarely been so stupidly happy. Red pandas are actually probably raccoons.
Jesus, stop talking about pandas. Shut the hell up also, Tanya. But shut the hell up more
Actually, just now I was listening to a repeat show where Orla interviewed a woman from Equity, the AcTORs' guild about a new reality TV show that picks an actress to star in a West End show. (The Sound of Music, if you care). The Equity lady had a perfect union leader voice, whiny and petulant and all ready to be opressed by everything. Maybe that means she's a good actor, I guess. Her main arguments against this programme were 1. That's not reality; auditions are.. like.. really hard. This is less hard. Reality TV is therefore not real! It's inaccurate! 2. Many of our members would like that job of work and the only way they can get it is to go on the programme. (She said "job of work" maybe seventeen times. Powerman, is that an AcTOR expression? )
If only she'd been brave enough to say "Look, we work bloody hard, (except I don't because I'm the whiny-voice union lady and that's an easy role), and we don't like people swanning up here all 'I'm a real and valid actor' just because they're willing to get their tits out for OK magazine. We're losing work to reality tv celebrities, and that stinks, and even worse, the public are saying they're better than us, because the public doesn't know shit and would pay money to see a monkey dance." That'd be perfectly reasonable. Even a big ol' "But it's not faaaaaaaair. They'll probably make more money in a couple of celebrity appearances than I do in a year" would be more convincing than her foot stamping.
I'd pay money to see a monkey dance, if it was doing it voluntarily and was a happy monkey who was a good dancer.
Y..ess... so, heh.. in summary.. as I was saying, news radio is a good thing, but I wouldn't mind trying an alternative to NewsTalk in the morning. Is anything else any good? No or little music, no excitability, preferably hourly changes of presenter so I can judge how late for work I am. Any recommendations?