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Media Postings

Earliest: March 11, 2016Latest: April 9, 2017Total: 11

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

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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:

June 12, 2016

Best Summer Songs

This weekend I was busy putting together a playlist of the best songs of summer. The songs would be played as background music at a school field day.

The goal was to find songs that mean summer, not songs that we may remember because they were popular in a summer that we remember.

Here's the list that I came up with:

Summertime DJ Jazzy Jeff & THe Fresh PRince
In Summer Josh Gad
Summer of 69 Bryan Adams
Kokomo The Beach Boys
It's a Sunshine Day The Brady Bunch
Soak up the Sun Sheryl Crow
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding
Sunny Afternoon Kinks
Surfin USA Beach Boys
Summer Rain Johnny Rivers
Fun Fun Fun The Beach Boys
Saturday in the Park Chicago
Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran
Under the Boardwalk Drifters
Endless Summer Night Richard Marx
Wouldn't it be Nice The Beach Boys
Sun is Out The Apples In Stereo
Summer in the City Lovin' Spoonful
Dirty Water The Standells
Summer Breeze Seals & Croft
The Boys of Summer Don Henley

May 29, 2016

Pat Buchanan in 1996

An audio clip of the debate from the 1996 Republican Presidential Primary debate. I believe that is Pat Buchanan response to the question, "What is your vision for America."

Let me tell you where I stand
You know where I stand
I will fight to be the most Pro-Life President in the history of this country.
I will stop illegal Immigration cold.
There will be no more $50 billion bailouts.
We will end foreign aid
There will be no more American troops in Bosnia.
Downsize our Government.
Cut taxes on the American people
and we will restore the Constitutional Republic of the founding father's dream.
That is a conservative vision and a conservative agenda.
Senator Dole has no vision.
and when there is no vision, the people will perish.

The last line in the speech is a quote from Proverbs 29:18 - "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

April 17, 2016

Golden Gate Coverage

On April 2nd, I blogged about the cranes going under the Bay Bridge. The coverage of the cranes going under the Golden Gate Bridge is a bit more exciting. This is because the Port Authority didn't close the Golden Gate as the cranes were going under it. May 1st, 2002 - The second of three shipments of massive cranes, at a maximum height of 227.7 feet above waterline, bound for the Port of Oakland from China, passes under the Golden Gate Bridge with an estimated clearance of about 12 feet. Here are a couple of quotes from the radio broadcast: "Traffic is very very slow now from the top of the Waldo Grade all the way down the hill..." - Michael Lynn, Jet Copter 810. "The lead ferry is passing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge right now, I know it's very strange, I can see the traffic slowing down because I am sure, I cannot see the cranes right now, but the people in the cars can see it and it looks very close...." - Mary Ellen Geist "Looks like people are standing on top of the second crane, as the second crane is about to go under. Looks like if they take a leap, the could jump up and touch the bottom of the Golden Gate." - Michael Lynn,. Let's step back in time and listen to the KGO Golden Gate coverage on May 1st, 2002:

April 2, 2016

Bay Bridge Cranes Coverage on KGO

Big changes this week over at KGO. Here?s the announcement from March 31st:

Cumulus Media announced Thursday, many KGO Radio and KFOG employees were laid off due to restructuring purposes.

Legendary talk show host Ronn Owens signed off from KGO Radio for the last time, but his fans will be able to follow him to another station.

Owens has dominated Bay Area radio for 40 years and is now moving to Cumulus Media sister station, KSFO.

When I lived in California, I enjoyed listening to KGO as I was traveling around the Bay Area. My office had a good radio signal and I would bring in my CC Radio and listen to all the things that were going on while I was working.

On the morning of May 1, 2002, KGO broke out of their traditional radio schedule to cover tall cranes that were being transported to the Port of Oakland from China. At the time, there was some concern that the cranes might be too high to go under the bridge.

Let's step back in time and listen to the KGO Bay Bridge coverage: