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Media Postings

Earliest: September 25, 2015Latest: September 17, 2017Total: 16

September 17, 2017

Jerry William Impersonation

Bostonians that listened to AM talk radio in the 80s and 90s probably hear Jerry Williams at one time or another.

Jerry Williams was the Dean of talk radio. He always complained about something. He always would complain about Mike Dukakis, The Big Dig and other local Boston issues.

Sadly Jerry Williams passed away in 2004.

Jerry William Impersonation

This is a clip from the late 1990s where Jim Flaherty did a great Jerry Williams impression. It's a great spoof on how Jerry use to be annoyed at just about everything.

Audio Quotes

September 11, 2017

Police Phone in ToonTown

In Disneyland Toon Town there are various props to make it a fun place to visit. Just outside the Post Office is a mystery red phone. When you pick up the phone you can hear some pretty funny police conversations.

Toon Town Phone

Here's a bit of the conversation that I captured back in 2000. To capture this audio, I actually brought a removable telephone pickup recorder that I got from Radio Shack. Luckily that the area wasn't too busy and I was able to capture this audio clip.

The entire clip I captured was 5 minutes long. (I waited to make sure that I had the entire recording.) If you want a copy of the entire track let me know.

September 3, 2017

New England Telephone Commercial

Anyone that grew up in New England in the 70s and 80s will remember the classic New England Telephone commercials.

They would run commercials to encourage people to use the phone as a source of communication.

This is an example of a commercial that ran in the late 1080s:

New England Quote

We're the one for you New England, New England Telephone - Part of the NYNEX family.

July 22, 2017

Johnny Most's Dream Game

The DREAM GAME was a five-minute "words eye view" audio cassette personally announced for you by Johnny Most and Glenn Ordway. You are playing for the Boston Celtics in the seventh game of the NBA world championship series against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Listen to part of the clip that was made especially for me:

Real Audio Replay

For years I had the full clip on my Real Audio Sounds page. Since the 'Real Audio' platform isn't in use much, I am in the process of converting many of the once popular clips to SoundCloud format.

The manufactor, Sports Fantasies Inc, no longer makes any personal radio broadcast.

April 9, 2017

Real Cost of Going Viral

Back in 2004, before YouTube was the source of Internet Videos. I had a clip of Joe Montana being interviewed by Suzy Kolber. This went on to be called the Joe Namath Kiss episode or I want to Kiss You interview.

Watch it Again for the First Time

Here's a copy of the original Quicktime video from 2004:

Somehow people found my clip and it spread like wildfire. Apparently, it was one of a few places on the internet where you could watch the entire interview.

My traffic stats had never been so high

trafficstats

Yup, by posting that video, my usual hosting fee went from $20.92 to $202.79!

Thankfully I worked out a deal with my hosting provider and I didnt have to pay that much. I upgraded to a higher plan and kept it there for about 5 months until the traffic died down.

I kept the video on the site for a few years. I finally took it down last year when there was very little traffic going to the Quicktime pages. I used HTML 5 Video to display the video on the page, and thanks to online-convert.com, I was able to convert the original video clip to OGG format so that it can play on all devices.

YouTube launched a year later on February 14, 2005. The founders said that the Internet needed a better way to find videos online.

I guess I should have seen the business opportunity. If you like the above video, let me know. I have a lot of videos in my library that I can put back on my website.

March 18, 2017

Concord Police Reverse 911

This audio clip is from 2003. It demonstrates how the Concord police stays ahead of criminal activity.

Listen to what the residents of Concord, Massachusetts heard in early September 2003:

There was no follow up in the local newspaper on if the people were caught.

December 18, 2016

iMovie Swoosh Video Overlay

I created four-wave or swoosh graphics that can add a nice touch to any iMovie videos. These are all available in the 1920 x 1080 format.

In this package are the following graphics:

  • Black Gradient
  • Red Gradient
  • White Gradient
  • Blue

Swoosh Preview2

Download the Zip file that has the graphics

These are perfect if you're looking for a lower third graphic. You can simply use these and add text in front of the images.

iMovie Integration Instructions

Easy steps to apply to any iMovie project:

  • From any iMovie Project, drag and drop the Swish onto the location of the track that you wish to use.
  • Select the dragged image and in the Video Overlay settings, make sure that cutaway is selected.
  • You can stretch out the image to last as long as you wish.
  • Then add the text track over the Video Overlay.

i Movie Example

November 25, 2016

The Grouch

The Grouch Icon

Back in the 1990s there was a System Extension called "The Grouch." The extension would run an annimated Oscar the Grouch and sound byte whenever the system trash would be empty.

This became a cool novelty that kids would put stuff in the trash just to see the animation and sound. This is from the version 2.0 Read Me file:

The Extension version of "The Grouch" plays an animation every time "Empty Trash" is selected from the Finder's "Special" menu. This version must be placed into your System Folder (or Extensions folder under System 7) and you must "Restart" your system for it to work.

The Application version was created after several parents informed me that their children liked "The Grouch" so much they threw out all of the files on their hard disks. This version is child-proof as far as I can tell since it is completely self- contained. It does not modify the Finder and draws the animation in a window instead of on the desktop. It does not require the Extension to be present.

Sadly the developer, Eric Shapiro never ported over to Mac OS X.

Audio Clip

Here's a copy of the sound that people would hear when the animation was run. This is a combination of the two sound bites:

November 5, 2016

1992 Election Montage from WRKO

The day after the 1992 election, November 11, 1992, Jerry Williams started his afternoon radio show with this montage. It's a collection of sound bites from the election mix in with the song ?Back in the High Life Again? by Steve Winwood.

The quality of the audio isn't all that great because I recorded this from Concord, Massachusetts which didn't get a very strong signal from WRKO.

October 29, 2016

Top Song of the 80s

If you're involved with an 80s theme party, check out this list of the number one song of each year..

When I was helping planning for an 80s party, I was very surprised that no one else had a list of the number one songs of that year. (This should be in any 1980s playlist!)

Number one songs of each year

1980 Call Me Blondie
1981 Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes
1982 Physical Olivia Newton John
1983 Every Breath You Take Police
1984 When Doves Cry Prince
1985 Careless Whisper Wham!
1986 That's What Friends Are For Donnie and Friends
1987 Walk Like an Egyptian Bangles
1988 Faith George Michael
1989 Another Day in Paradise Phil Collins

There is no album that has all ten songs. You need to rip/mix/burn your own album. This playlist has 10 songs and is 43 Minutes long (85.4 MB)

What about Michael Jackson?

Michael Jackson had lots of hits, but none of his songs actually made it long enough to be number 1 of the year. His best song was Billy Jean in 1983, but the Police "Every Breath You Take" spent more time at number one. Check out the Billboard's list of popular Michael Jackson songs.

Bonus Idea

Listen to iHeart Radio and you might get lucky and capture Casey Kasem announcing the number one song of that year. Wouldn't it be cool to have that played as a lead into the song?

Check out this as an example: