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My first posting on this site. I landed here after what felt like "driving in circles" for about 20 minutes. I live in LA and was looking up KRLA to find out some of the details about their shift in formats from a beloved rock station in the 60s, with "listener-friendly" headquarters/studio located on the grounds of the beautiful Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Any kid who grew up in the area knew the location of the station, and sometimes "popped-in" to visit. I was fortunate, since the times I went up there, (especially when I was a guest at a formal wedding at the hotel when I was a freshman in high school- --or maybe a sophomore---it's been a long time, after all,) and too young to drink at the reception, so I grabbed another guest my age, and the two of us walked up to the station [in formal dress, no less!] and knocked on the glass doors. Who came to answer the door but Bob Eubanks! He invited us in, offered a bottle of Coke or a cup of hot coffee, and asked us about ourselves, and asked us what songs they could play for us while we were "visiting" and sitting on the couch in the office. Back then, of course, DJs had a large library of music (in the form of vinyl records or large "cartridges", not unlike the old eight-tracks! See, I told you I was no youngster!) We asked him if they would play a Beatles song we both liked, and "You've lost that Lovin' Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers. After our songs played, we left (after a friendly hug from Eubanks) and returned to the wedding.

I realize this is a very long "introduction", so I'll end it here. Suffice it to say that I am not happy with the format at KRLA, and I agree that they are not in compliance with FCC rules, but then again, very few stations are called-out as violators by the FCC anymore. They just don't have either the personnel to check the stations' programming, or the wherewithal to do it.

Perhaps this is a good jumping-off point: What happened to the FCC requirement that stations broadcasting over the public airwaves broadcast for the public good, and community interest. Remember those "ads" every year when they'd have a PSA on the station informing the listeners of a "public hearing" pertaining to the station's license, and giving the listeners the address of where a copy of the station's "paperwork" relevant to the "public good" clause in their so-called "contract" to use the public airwaves. I certainly haven't heard that in a very long time! Have you?
Anyone remember how many stations went off the air on Sunday nights? Or the religious programming put on the air to supposedly fulfill the "public interest" requirement? I remember. Anyone else remember that?

So, let me introduce myself: My name online is "SusieQ666", and the screen name has a long story behind it. No, please don't attack me for being a "Satan-worshipper", although I am decidedly NOT a Christian. I'm also not a Muslim of any stripe, so I'd appreciate not being labeled as being a member of their band of self-loathing suicidal bombers.

I'm a very non-boring retired economist for the City of N.Y.'s Office of the Comptroller. Not a civil servant, I had to interview with many people before being offered a position. All that, despite actually being "recruited" directly away from my disreputable position as a Wall St. banker, despite the fact that I was not one of the "bad guys". In fact, I did a lot of "compliance" work, and had more than once told a client in so many words "You can't do that." My Wall St. work involved making overnight loans to Wall St. firms that had accounts with the bank for which I worked. (In other words, I had a specific "portfolio" of customer firms, for whom I decided what interest rate they'd have to pay for an overnight loans in the millions, to finance the firm's own overnight trading activity. Too complicated to address at this late hour (2:15 A.M.) or actually, any time! I left "The Street" when the "fun was over" and things were getting nasty, back-biting (of which I was victim on many an occasion by my male colleagues; come to think of it, I had no female colleagues. I was the first woman banking officer in Securities with my firm) in the fall of '89. That was just ahead of (the now notorious) HSBC's swallowing up of my firm, and getting out of the securities business altogether no more than six months later! Boy, was I able to thumb my nose at that idiot of a boss I had! And thumb I did.

I just want to make one thing clear: Despite being a member of those who practice/research "the dismal science", I don't think of myself as "dismal" in the least! In fact, I have a hard time thinking back on college and realizing that I actually sat through some classes without laughing my head off (a few of those so-called "cross-disciplinary" classes were so bad as to be funny)!
Economics actually teaches us a particular way of analyzing things, or a way of thinking, not unlike peeling away the layers of an onion, or spending time (a lot of time!) trying to unwind the "rubber bands" underneath the hard outer plastic of a golf ball. From the obvious to the sublime, the Dismal Science can be used to "manipulate" data to please the academics and other readers, ending up with providing the writer/economist with a good chuckle.
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Welcome to Political Wrinkles Susie!...Thank you for joining our community!...

That was quite an introduction...I bet if you got married, you wrote your own vows...

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My first posting on this site. I landed here after what felt like "driving in circles" for about 20 minutes. I live in LA and was looking up KRLA to find out some of the details about their shift in formats from a beloved rock station in the 60s, with "listener-friendly" headquarters/studio located on the grounds of the beautiful Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Any kid who grew up in the area knew the location of the station, and sometimes "popped-in" to visit. I was fortunate, since the times I went up there, (especially when I was a guest at a formal wedding at the hotel when I was a freshman in high school- --or maybe a sophomore---it's been a long time, after all,) and too young to drink at the reception, so I grabbed another guest my age, and the two of us walked up to the station [in formal dress, no less!] and knocked on the glass doors. Who came to answer the door but Bob Eubanks! He invited us in, offered a bottle of Coke or a cup of hot coffee, and asked us about ourselves, and asked us what songs they could play for us while we were "visiting" and sitting on the couch in the office. Back then, of course, DJs had a large library of music (in the form of vinyl records or large "cartridges", not unlike the old eight-tracks! See, I told you I was no youngster!) We asked him if they would play a Beatles song we both liked, and "You've lost that Lovin' Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers. After our songs played, we left (after a friendly hug from Eubanks) and returned to the wedding.

I realize this is a very long "introduction", so I'll end it here. Suffice it to say that I am not happy with the format at KRLA, and I agree that they are not in compliance with FCC rules, but then again, very few stations are called-out as violators by the FCC anymore. They just don't have either the personnel to check the stations' programming, or the wherewithal to do it.

Perhaps this is a good jumping-off point: What happened to the FCC requirement that stations broadcasting over the public airwaves broadcast for the public good, and community interest. Remember those "ads" every year when they'd have a PSA on the station informing the listeners of a "public hearing" pertaining to the station's license, and giving the listeners the address of where a copy of the station's "paperwork" relevant to the "public good" clause in their so-called "contract" to use the public airwaves. I certainly haven't heard that in a very long time! Have you?
Anyone remember how many stations went off the air on Sunday nights? Or the religious programming put on the air to supposedly fulfill the "public interest" requirement? I remember. Anyone else remember that?

So, let me introduce myself: My name online is "SusieQ666", and the screen name has a long story behind it. No, please don't attack me for being a "Satan-worshipper", although I am decidedly NOT a Christian. I'm also not a Muslim of any stripe, so I'd appreciate not being labeled as being a member of their band of self-loathing suicidal bombers.

I'm a very non-boring retired economist for the City of N.Y.'s Office of the Comptroller. Not a civil servant, I had to interview with many people before being offered a position. All that, despite actually being "recruited" directly away from my disreputable position as a Wall St. banker, despite the fact that I was not one of the "bad guys". In fact, I did a lot of "compliance" work, and had more than once told a client in so many words "You can't do that." My Wall St. work involved making overnight loans to Wall St. firms that had accounts with the bank for which I worked. (In other words, I had a specific "portfolio" of customer firms, for whom I decided what interest rate they'd have to pay for an overnight loans in the millions, to finance the firm's own overnight trading activity. Too complicated to address at this late hour (2:15 A.M.) or actually, any time! I left "The Street" when the "fun was over" and things were getting nasty, back-biting (of which I was victim on many an occasion by my male colleagues; come to think of it, I had no female colleagues. I was the first woman banking officer in Securities with my firm) in the fall of '89. That was just ahead of (the now notorious) HSBC's swallowing up of my firm, and getting out of the securities business altogether no more than six months later! Boy, was I able to thumb my nose at that idiot of a boss I had! And thumb I did.

I just want to make one thing clear: Despite being a member of those who practice/research "the dismal science", I don't think of myself as "dismal" in the least! In fact, I have a hard time thinking back on college and realizing that I actually sat through some classes without laughing my head off (a few of those so-called "cross-disciplinary" classes were so bad as to be funny)!
Economics actually teaches us a particular way of analyzing things, or a way of thinking, not unlike peeling away the layers of an onion, or spending time (a lot of time!) trying to unwind the "rubber bands" underneath the hard outer plastic of a golf ball. From the obvious to the sublime, the Dismal Science can be used to "manipulate" data to please the academics and other readers, ending up with providing the writer/economist with a good chuckle.
I remember that the broadcasts "in the public interest" made me a great consumer of print media.

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Well, I grew up in Orange County and KRLA was a station I was discussing with a friend of my age a few days ago. What people don't remember is that before there was FM rock stations everything was on the same station if it was popular. You would find Beach Boys, The theme from "Born Free", Roy Clark, The Stones, Johnny Rivers all on the same channel.

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