....LMB: "National Corporate Radio"....

August 15, 2002

Some of my fellow Kill Radio DJs are part of a comedy troop called "The People Who Do That." They have a live act-- part skit, part play-- called "National Corporate Radio" that parodies NPR. It's scathing. I saw them perform it several months ago, going in with moderate expectations, and coming out reallly, really impressed. Mocks NPR, Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Christians, Tolkien-fans, the media, the internet, but mostly the "war on terror."

They are back for a 3rd (I think) run at the tiny New Stage Theatre in Hollywood. Here's what they've got to say:

Here it comes: it's the premiere of The People Who Do That's New and
Improved National Corporate Radio, the one-hour one-act that lambasts NPR and
confronts the so-called "War on Terror." We've updated much of the script to
address recent developments, such as the implosion of the economy, the joy of
spying on your neighbors, and the imminent invasion of the rogue nation of
Iceland. Risk appearing on one of Ashcroft's lists and attend:

Saturday, August 17, 24, 31; September 7
8:00 pm
at The Next Stage Theatre, 1523 N. La Brea #208
(upstairs above the Lava Lounge)
Tickets are $7.00.
Make your reservation now through our Info Hotline, (818)502-2804.

Good stuff folks, check it out.

Posted by Jake at 11:15 AM
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I'll be there with bells on. If you live in the LA area, this is definitely a show to see. Hilarious and clever and incisive, whee!

Posted by: michele at August 15, 2002 05:30 PM

I would love to see this. I think NPR sold out it's audience long ago. Maybe they will put this on tape sometime.

Posted by: Les Dabney at August 16, 2002 05:58 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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