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WROG: Current Diabolical Radio Comedy Plot
In the future, everyone gets fifteen megabytes of fame!
First, please review and sign our change.org petition to retire the national debt!
This is an actual, live petition where each signature is sent to Trump, with CC to his staff.
WROG wants to Partner with Broadcasters and Talent:
Listeners love to be on the inside of an inside joke. Let's conspire together on this one!
Here is just one way you could lay this gag out and reel 'em in:
- Tease: "Today, we're going to reveal a foolproof plan to retire the national debt. Or maybe, just a fool... "
- Setup: "We found [ blog/site ] with this idea; create a virtual cuss jar to retire the national debt. Wadda you listeners think?"
- Sell: "We love/hate/wonder about [ depending on how ya wanna play it ] this idea... "
[ develop your thoughts, solicit questions from callers, recall recent relevant guests/topics ]
- Payoff: "On the phone with us now is [ character - providing hilarious time-filling, revenue-generating content ]
Gag works with any format. Put your spin on this gag - analytical, philosophical, patriotic or subversive - it still kills.
Let's go viral!
Options from WROG: Custom Radio Comedy
- Brandable Elements for station/sponsor/cause
Actual Petition || Sample Blog || Sample Meme
- Character can be customized and localized
- Web, social media and SEO supported
- Character available as spokesperson
- Monetize or offer as value added
- Opportunities for radio ad, web ad, combo and sponsorship sales
- Sales support from Pro Tips to Turnkey
Radio audiences grow when they are having fun! Station/Talent customizes for maximum relevance and revenue!.
WROG gets a future filled with lines of dialog besides "Welcome to Walmart" or "Do you want fries with that?".
Everybody Wins! C'mon! Let's Play!
How Radio Saved My Life
Before the smartphone, the MP3 player, or the Walkman, your constant companion was your trusty Transistor Radio. Radios were everywhere - in your car, in most rooms of your home and many of us also had portables. Radio was our internet.
Off by myself building model cars or playing outdoors with my pals, radio provided life's soundtrack. The Cubs game on WGN, the occasional Ag Report, but transistor's dial spent most of it's time on my favorite Top 40 music stations!
The Top 40 format is credited to Todd Storz, a broadcaster in the midwest who combed through Cashbox magazine to find the most played songs on jukeboxes around the country. He's not alone in adding these same records to the playlist on his station. In fact, doubling a competitor's promotional effort behind the 20 top songs of the week gave the format its name.
The type of music didn't matter. Rock and roll, country and western, movie or tv themes, soul, R & B - if it was on the top of its respective chart, it played on Top 40 stations. This was the Golden Era of A.M. Radio. F.M. was still new, largely the province of religious and other pay-to-play broadcasters.
Top 40 DJ's, like John "Records" Landecker and "Superjock" Larry Lujack on WLS or WCFL, rivaled TV and Movie stars in popularity. I'd fall asleep listening to Landecker and wake up hearing Fred Winston, with news delivered by Lyle Dean.
Fun Fact: Fans of Bill Nye know about the nightly shift of the earth's ionosphere, permitting A.M. radio transmissions to "skip" around the globe for hundreds and hundreds of miles. After the sun would set, the 50,000-watt voice of WLS in Chicago could be heard through 38 states, including Michigan.
Between 5th and 6th grade we moved from the second-largest city in the nation, Chicago, to my mother's hometown of Ironwood, Michigan, which was somewhat smaller. In this gobsmackingly-beautiful country, I connected with my cousins who introduced me to new friends. Yet as sixth grade began and I was handed a fresh copy of the same math book I had already finished the year before. With a fervor seldom seen outside of Oz, I yearned for the people, places, and things left back in Illinois.
And then they came to me in an almost magical way.
With a Bullet!
This new release by 311 is one part anthem, one part feel good hit of the summer. It has quickly become our most requested song.
The chorus usually gets us singing along. Despite repeated requests that we don't.
Blame "To Much to Think".
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Will Fox on the Run by British Glam Rockers Sweet be on the Awesome Mix Tape Volume 2? Director James Gunn isn't saying, but you hear a bit of it in the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Already over the fat man in the red suit, I can't wait until May when we get to meet Baby Groot!
And, since I had to hear the whole damn song just to rid myself of the earworm received from the trailer, here's a link to the original promo for the band, way back in 1975! bit.ly/wrog_info_youtube Enjoy!
Show ends for Progressive Rock founder
The pirate flag at our studios flies at half mast today with the passing of Greg Lake from cancer, at age 69. From the prog rock crucible of King Crimson, Lake went on to produce his own supergroup, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Lake's deft touch on the keys, any keys - Moog Synthesizer, Hammond B3, or a grand piano - entertained and inspired generations of fans and fellow musicians.
With the audio not doing them justice, this video from the 1974 California Jam shows the man in his prime - holding forth between the obscenely large stacks of keyboards he used to spearhead the progressive rock movement. We trust that our pal Mark Krueger will pay fitting tribute soon on his Planet Prog radio program.
Just how far did Lake push the envelope? Their three-minute arrangement of Aaron Copeland's Fanfare for the Common Man went to number two in the UK. For proper immersion into Progressive Rock, here's their full 8:56 treatment of the tune from 1977.
Celebrate the day!
Many reasons to celebrate today. It's Earth Day. It's 4/20. And the Open Source Blueprint for Success has been posted on our sister site, leeper.info. Most kids with just a high school education don't end up managing a 100,000 watt FM station in a top ten tourist destination, but this one did and he's sharing the things that have worked for him on his long strange trip.
We dig the metaphor of being able to broadcast through time and know his love of music has helped inspire him throughout his journey so far. This track from Triumph (the other notable power trio from Canada) has been in heavy rotation personally since it's release in 1981.
Make a difference! Stand for something! And always Fight the Good Fight!
"Gonna do just what I please. Gonna wear no socks and shoes. With nothing to do but feed all the kangaroos."
Thanks to Steely Dan. Enjoy having that image in your head today, at least until there is newsreel footage of Violence in the Checkout Lane.
Film at eleven.
Our Feel Good Hit of the Summer!
You voted. We counted.
Please join us now as we overcome inertia for the next 3:17 and 'Move' with Saint Motel, won't you?
Thanks to all who voted! The request lines are now open.
New Year's Revolutions 2017
Songs that inspire. We keep these in heavy rotation and offer them here to inspire your goal setting.
Open the playlist, crank a track up to eleven, and in the space of that song, think as big as you can.
Create, commit to and act upon your goals.
With hypnotizing lyrics inspired by William Burroughs and notorious, self-destructive performances by Iggy Pop, you may not have noticed that the music here was written by a young David Bowie. On a ukulele, no less.
Shocked to learn that Brian May did not use ukulele in that solo. Who knew?
Now, with those logical instructions fed into your subconscious mind, let's add some inspiring ear candy for enhanced visualization. Do you think Daft Punk dreams of electric ukulele?
Might Mr. Hansen's own daughter deliver that beautiful, last line there? Perhaps Santa will bring her a ukulele for Christmas.
No mention of a ukulele here, but a chance to testify about our faith in Dog.
Laugh along as the Savior of Man gets humorously crucified in The Life of Brian. Funniest of the Fab Four, George Harrison funded this film. He was also notorious for giving ukeleles as gifts and then teaching his pals how to play.
The New Year will be here before you know it. Be prepared. Keep your ukelele tuned!
The request lines are now open: share an inspirational tune or two with us via comment below!