Saturday, August 05, 2006

winter winding down

The goose seems to be spending a lot of time sitting under the wattle tree at the end of the garden. It must be a sign of Spring - all the trees in the street are in blossom and the bulbs are coming up at Julie's house.

Not to mention the horde of blowflies buzzing around in the sun in the kitchen Saturday morning. Where were they when it was snowing on the mountain a few days ago?

About 26 million Americans tune in to public radio weekly and they are spending an average of eight hours listening to non-commercial stations - that’s one of the findings from an Arbitron study about public radio.

Last year, the estimated number of people who tuned per week was 26.9 million, and they spent 8 hours listening.

“While people of all ages listen to public radio each week, the majority of public radio listening comes from adults, age 35 or older, with slightly more men listening than women,” it states.

News/talk is the leading format, as it is in commercial radio. Classical, jazz and album adult alternative are the leading music formats, compared to Adult Contemporary, Christian and urban for commercial outlets.

"Among public radio listeners who tune into the news/talk format, 44 percent are Democrats or are independents who lean Democratic, while 36 percent are Republicans or independents who lean Republican.” The numbers are reversed among commercial news/talk listeners. (I suspect the same would hold true in Australian audiences.)

- During the workweek, listening is strongest in morning drive, remains high through midday and resurges in afternoon drive. “A significant number of people do their public radio listening between midnight and 6 a.m.,” Arbitron stated.
- During the week, most early-morning listening to public radio is at the home. “Beginning around 7 a.m., as commuters hit the road, the out-of-home share of public radio listening grows and overtakes in-home listening until things even out in the early evening.”
- People in different age demos listen to public radio at different times. “Peak listening times for most men and women occur weekday mornings between 6-10 a.m. and in the afternoons from 3-7 p.m. Older demos tend to listen most during the midday daypart. Older listeners tend to listen to public radio the most on weekends.”
- “Listeners to public news/talk tend to be younger than listeners to most other public formats, and they’re also younger than listeners to commercial news/talk stations.”
- Public classical listeners are more likely to be at home when tuned to their favorite station than listeners to other public formats. Listening is strongest during midday and evenings.

"You're so clever - but you hide it so well."

heard July 30th on WAMU-FM:

7:00 Jack Benny
11/28/43 Barbara Stanwyck Subs for Mary (NBC) (28:49) (Grapenuts)
7:30p Dragnet
#59 07/27/50 The Big Gent Pt. 2 (NBC) (26:51)
8:00p Gunsmoke
203 02/26/56 Who Lives by the Sword (CBS) (20:58)
8:20p Calling All Detectives
#230 07/28/48 Jerry Hunts a Dangerous Killer (8:01) (Syndicated)
8:30p Four Star Playhouse
08/28/49 Corey (NBC) (29:40) (Sustained) w/Fred MacMurray, Janet Waldo, Jeanne Bates, Jack Edwards
9:00p Information Please
06/07/38 (NBC) (29:10)
9:30p Frank Merriwell
10/19/46 The Clue of the Numbers, or Justice Triumphants (NBC) (29:30)
10:00p Hear It Now
12/15/50 #1w/Poet Carl Sanburg, Red Barber and an audio Portrait of General Douglas MacArthur (CBS) (Sus.) (59:12)

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Old Time Radio programmes this week:


Fibber thinks he's forgotten Molly's birthday, so hastily tries to arrange a surprise party for her. As you might expect, he's the one who gets most of the surprises.

SUSPENSE 51-03-08 "Vision of Death"

The ever suave Ronald Colman stars as a nightclub mind-reader who finds his wife is having genuine visions - of her own murder. Neatly written and well presented.

WORLD ADVENTURERS CLUB "Manchurian Limited" ep2

15-minute ripping yarns - this one is about getting a train-load of munitions across war-torn China in the 1930s.

ARCH OBOLER'S PLAYS 45-06-14 "Mr. Pyle"

Even I've heard of the famous war correspondent Ernie Pyle. In this docu-drama Burgess Meredith brings him to radio and paints a picture of the average GI whose stories he captured for posterity. A fine production.

ABBOTT & COSTELLO "The Andrews Sisters"

Bud & Lou banter with the singing trio and do admirably in a sketch on a film set involving a string of nonsense words in the dialogue.

ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE 51-02-16 "The soap opera caper"

Hilarious episode in which the unflappable gumshoe takes a case involving the highly-strung denizens of the soap opera world, where everyone seems perpetually on the verge of breaking down in tears. A barrel of laughs for us cynics.

THE WHISPERER 51-09-16 "Never the twain" ep11

Despite a convoluted and unbelievable backstory (how does the announcer keep a straight face during the rundown of the show's premise?) some snappy dialogue and competent performances make for an entertaining half hour (although the file I downloaded seems to be lacking the last few seconds of the show).

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