Media blog postings
|Earliest: September 25, 2015||Latest: October 7, 2018||Total: 22|
|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
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.
|November 25, 2016|
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.
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
|1981||Bette Davis Eyes||Kim Carnes|
|1982||Physical||Olivia Newton John|
|1983||Every Breath You Take||Police|
|1984||When Doves Cry||Prince|
|1986||That's What Friends Are For||Donnie and Friends|
|1987||Walk Like an Egyptian||Bangles|
|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.
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|
|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 CoverageOn 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:
|March 12, 2016|
Over the next few weeks I plan on adding some audio to this blog. I think this will be a cool feature to add because I have a fairly large audio collection.
For many years, when I wanted to add streaming audio I would add it to my Real Audio page using Real Audio format by RealNetworks. The Real Audio format has seemed to die, so I decided to seek an alternative solution. Looks like SoundCloud is the best choice for hosting audio files.
The problem that I found with SoundCloud is understanding their subscription plan. What exact do you get for the Free plan? Is the Pro plan worth it?
Turns out that SoundCloud measures storage by time. Whereas other cloud services, like Dropbox, measures usage by disk space size. A measurement that most people might be familiar with.
So in the free plan, called "Partner", you are allowed to add up to 3 hours of audio files. This is the total amount that your allowed to have. So once you reach that limit you can't upload any more audio. You would need to remove audio files to make room for new audio files. This isn't a total amount to upload per day, it's the total time amount that you're allowed to upload.
Not enough time? You can double the upload time to 6 hours with the Pro Plan and get some extensive stats information for $7 a month. If you're really big into audio you can go unlimited with the 'Pro Unlimited' plan for only $15 a month. Honestly, if you're doing a lot of podcasting, your best bet would be the 'Pro Unlimited' plan.
As of now, I'll be sticking with the Partner plan, I don't plan on uploading more than a couple of hours of audio.
Steve Jobs - Challenging Times
This is an audio clip of Steve Jobs at MacWorld, 2003 or 2002, talking about the challenging times that is facing the computer industry. This is a poor quality audio as I was recording on my computer from a live stream. The picture of Steve Jobs with the audio clip is from my collection, I took it at the Palo Alto Apple store grand opening.