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Frosty Heidi & Frank 97.1FM (in Los Angeles California)

Posted by mikenopolis on February 20, 2009

UPDATE 2013 – I just thought I would update this post with what has happened to this great trio after a few years. They did a podcast show for a bit but are all now fully employed and officiall back on the airwaves! Though they are not all on the same show, I’m happy for their success.

Frosty has separated from Frank and Heidi. After doing some time at KFI 640AM he left and  moved away from LA. He’s been doing a morning show with co-host, Sandy on STAR 101.3FM in San Francisco. Ratings has been strong and the show’s raking is…..#1 within their target demographic (doesn’t surprise me one bit).

Heidi and Frank did a paid podcast program which was very funny since it’s uncensored and I assume it paid their bills since they were doing it for quite a while, then they went to 790AM which is a talk radio station, they were forced to censored themselves a little because the demographic of people that listen to that station is just not a good match, people didn’t get their jokes and seemed to be offended a lot. Luckily, they are now at KLOS 95.5FM in LA. If you live in Los Angles County. You’ve probably seen their huge faces on billboards and buses.

I’m so happy they are all doing well after 97.1’s end. I’ve occasionally turned the dial to 97.1FM and seriously don’t understand the need for yet another pop music station. Maybe I’m just old, but music is not what it used to be and if I can hear the same bunch of songs on 102.7, 104.3, 105.9, 106.7 etc. why have yet ANOTHER station? It’s playing from the same pool of songs!

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Today is a very sad day for me. The day after one of my favorite show’s (CNET’s The 404) Wikipedia page got deleted once again, another talk show (Frosty Heidi & Frank, AKA. FHF) I listen to is broadcasting their last show (Links to final show below) on KLSX 97.1 FM. The station is owned by CBS and the board of director decided to go a different route with the station by turning it into a Top 40’s music station. I don’t understand the thought process of the people in charge of making these decisions, but I seriously doubt that the audience of this talk radio show will be listening to the music radio station. They may as well have turned the station off and just have dead air. Ben Tao has posted a blog on the stupidity that is CBS here:

http://www.benjitao.com/2009/02/cbs-radio-is-stupid-dont-cancel-frosty-heidi-and-frank

FHF have had the highest rated mid-day show for the past 7 years but apparently with high ratings comes big bonuses. Due to the state of our current economy the station is no longer able to support their talk radio programs with the little sponsors and advertiser that are left.

Here’s their Farewell Video, as you can see they have a HUGE fan base:

What I’m really surprise at (once again) is the individual that brought this issue up and started the train rolling on ending the station. His name is Tom Brown. Brown is a fashion designer who happens to also be a member of the board who decided to cancel the talk radio station.

This is what he looks like, I’ve gotta say he’s not ugly…..but the man needs to learn how to dress (much like many of the celebrities and people in the fashion industry). Why are the people who makes these final decisions always the ones that look like they need the most help?

Pictures are from Zimeo

Didn’t see what the problem is? Here:

Do you want to know what he designed? “Two Man Pants” Doesn’t this look promising?

As I’m posting this, I’m listening to the last show and Frank Kramer has just announced that he’s starting his own radio show called “Blaze Radio” and will be available on www.FrankArmy.com. For now it will play some of their old shows. I’m not sure what the future will hold for these three hosts. They will make an announcement of “something they have been working on?”. I wish them the best and hope they will be on the radio again. (UPDATE 3/2/09: I didn’t hear too much old shows on Blaze Radio, there was a lot of downtime and music.  Upon reading Frank’s blog, it appears that he did not have a equipments or services necessary to stream the audio he wanted. It was mentioned the FHF was under contract with CBS until September 25, 2009 so there may be no update on their plans until then.  I’m still wishing and hoping)

 

Update: I finished listening to the whole show and there was no “big announcement” but we did get a farewell video (shown above). I was seriously tearing up watching the video as well as when Frank actually blabbered his goodbye to the audience, Frosty and Heidi.

Here are their current (as of 02/20/09) contact information

Frosty Stilwell
frostyradio@gmail.com
http://www.myspace.com/frostystilwell
Heidi Hamilton
heidifreefm@yahoo.com
http://www.myspace.com/heidihamilton
http://www.facebook.com/people/Heidi-Hamilton/735681673
Frank Kramer
letsbefrank971@msn.com
http://www.myspace.com/frankkramer
http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Kramer/500707829
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Wikipedians are Nazis

Posted by mikenopolis on February 19, 2009

I remember the days when anyone could put up a Wikipedia page and no one would regulated it for days. In the recent weeks I’ve been fighting these so called “Wikipedians” or as we like to call them Wikipedia Nazis on keeping a page from deletion. These eff-tards have nothing better to do then to delete pages or flag pages for deletion.

I listen to a daily audio podcast from CNET (owned by CBS) called “The 404” which is a word play on the 404 error message. The 30+ minute show does not only cover technology news, but also popular culture and various subjects in recent news and event. In my life of being at the office for 10-12 hours with retarded old people who knows next to nothing about the tech world, I have no one to discuss my passions with. If I were to have smarter friends and family, the three hosts of this show (Justin, Wilson & Jeff ) would be it. I could actually have a decent conversation with them and not want to slap them….my girlfriend actually asked “what’s that?” when I said something about Linux…it was a sad day. I’m the tech guy for most of the people I’m surrounded by. I can’t even ask someone to pick up a HDD for me because they have no idea what it looks like.

Anyway, what’s with the “Wikipedians”? Why do they keep wanting to delete The 404’s Wiki page? I’ve seen some of their comments, they say The 404 is not notable, or that they have no independent and reliable sources to back them up. I’m sorry, but if you think CNET is not reliable or notable, you obviously have no right patrolling a page regarding tech.

Wikipedians should just be like a librarian. Sit down, tell people to behave and point them to books. A librarian has no right teaching physics, they can tell you where the physics books are and let you discover it on your own. But no more!

Here’s a copy of The 404 Wikipedia page…it may not be up for long as long as these people troll Wikipedia:

The 404

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The 404
File:The 404 logo.jpg
Hosting CNET
Updates Daily M-F
Debut January 1, 2008
Genre Technology, News
Website http://the404.cnet.com

The 404 is a daily audio podcast dedicated to news both in and outside of the tech community[1]. Originally known as The Dudecast[2], The 404 is hosted by Jeff Bakalar, Wilson Tang, and Justin Yu. It is produced by CNET and has aired daily since January 2008. Randall Bennett co-hosted the first one hundred episodes of the show [3] before his departure from CNET in 2008.[4]

The 404 places an emphasis on listener interaction. Most episodes include user-generated content in the form of email and voicemail. A live video stream is also available which features a chat room where listeners can interact with the hosts during the recording. They are encouraged to submit new topics for discussion or comment about previous topics.

Contents

[hide]

Format

The 404 records live Monday through Friday around 11:00am Eastern Time. Episodes are posted in the 404’s blog a few hours after the live broadcast. Before and after the official recording, The 404 streams a live video feed which is available online. Viewers are able to provide input during the preparation in the pre-show and give feedback during the post-show. However due to scheduling conflicts the length of the live pre/post show has been shortened as of February 6, 2009.

Hosts

Wilson Tang hails from Tennessee and is an associate producer for CNETtv. He’s a part-time artist and filmmaker and has written and directed several films.

Jeff Bakalar is a gaming editor for CNET Reviews. After spending a few years in the world of film production, he has settled down and currently lives in New Jersey. He’s an avid writer and gamer.

Justin Yu is the assistant editor of home and hardware for CNET. He officially joined The 404 podcast as of episode 101[5]. He covers the reviews of printers and other peripherals for CNET. He is originally from Orange County, California.

Inside Jokes and Common Reference

The hosts of The 404, after hundreds of episodes, have accumulated their share of inside jokes. Here are just a few and a bit of “well known facts” for any new listener who just feels lost.

  • Saskatoon – A real Canadian city [1] which happens to have a unusually large number of 404 listeners and at which Justin Yu constantly jokes about stating it to be in Middle Earth and to be home to [unicorns] and other fictional characters.

Analog Pants

The hosts of The 404 currently have a mini-series going titled “Analog Pants” (a pun of the common term digital shorts)

  • Episode 1: Rick Roll by the Red Balls [2]

Notable Guests

The 404 has been frequented by guests in a variety of fields. Most are technology pundits but other notable guests have included professional snowboarder Shaun White and Clayton Morris of Fox & Friends.

Other guests:

See also

References

  1. ^ http://the404.cnet.com
  2. ^ http://www.cnet.com/8301-13952_1-9883281-81.html
  3. ^ http://www.randallcbennett.com/2007/12/14/the-404-show-please-send-some-support
  4. ^ http://www.cnet.com/8301-13952_1-9946009-81.html
  5. ^ http://www.cnet.com/8301-13952_1-9946009-81.html
  6. ^ http://www.phone.com/blog/2008/03/17/cnet-reviews-the-404-podcast/
  7. ^ http://www.dannykeith.com/2008/04/08/sportsboards-online-and-cnet-the-404-podcast/
  8. ^ http://www.jonathancoulton.com/2008/01/30/the-404/]
  9. ^ http://revision3.com/forum/showthread.php?p=335118&highlight=Martin+Sargent
  10. ^ http://www.comicbookconventions.com/forum/index.php?topic=6993.0
  11. ^ http://catchdacraze.com/blog/?p=234
  12. ^ http://blog.goanimate.com/2008/08/goanimate-on-cnet-404-podcast.html

External links

UPDATE

The 404 Wikipedia has just been deleted AGAIN (about 6 hours after this blog post).  I guess until they become more mainstream they will remain a mystery to the public.

What is surprising is that this is the Wikipedian (Juliancolton) that had the final say…does his user page really justify the control he has been granted? Here it is:

User:Juliancolton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search

See also: User:Juliancolton/About me and User:Juliancolton/Userboxes

HERE’S THE DEBATE THAT WAS ON WIKIPEDIA

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/The 404

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Joe Rogan’s Open Letter To Kellogg’s (Michael Phelps Issue)

Posted by mikenopolis on February 18, 2009

I loved this letter. I’m not a user of any substances and have never been, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, but I do value the United States supposed freedom on what we can do. I believe in kids being kids, and it that means using marijuana in the process so be it.

My concerns on drugs and alcohol has always been the abuse of it. There is a place and time for everything! If you are drink on the job, bad! Having a beer with your meal during lunch break, borderline okay. Smoking a joint while babysitting your neighbor’s kids, bad. Most awarded Olympian ever lived taking a hit with a bunch of friends, I’d say it’s fine.

Yes, Phelps is a role model for many children and yes the picture of him hitting a bong is not a good image. He should take responsibility for his actions, but I think firing him is a bit of an overkill.

http://blog.joerogan.net/archives/454

“Dear, Kellogg’s.

I’m writing this letter to express my disappointment in your company in firing Michael Phelps as a spokesperson for your products because he was photographed while enjoying some marijuana. I respectfully would like to communicate my opinion on this matter because I think it’s of great public interest. First of all, although it is true that Mr. Phelps broke the law, I think any reasonably intelligent person would admit that it’s one of the most fucked up and corrupt laws that we have today in this country. Marijuana is relatively harmless and certainly far less dangerous than a host of other things that are not only legal but also readily available, like alcohol and prescription clowns. The only reason it remains illegal to this day is because it’s a plant and you can’t patent it and control it’s sale, and because if it were legal it would greatly affect the demand for a host of prescription clowns that rake in billions of dollars each year for pharmaceutical companies. That’s it. Marijuana has never killed anyone EVER in over 10,000 years of use. We’re not protecting people from themselves, we’re not saving the children – it’s just a horribly illogical law that is in place because of corruption and propaganda. The fact that it’s against the law is just a disgusting reminder of how retarded our system is, not a reasonable reaction to a proven threat to society. I have to say, this whole thing saddens me, because I personally would like to think that as Americans we’re better than this. These television news anchors will shake their heads at the thoughtless mistake Mr. Phelps had made by “smoking dope,” and then without even the tiniest sense of irony they will cut to a beer commercial. This is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave, right? We’re not supposed to be a nation of little bitches giving in to the whims of corrupt politicians and the pharmaceutical companies who’s interests they’re representing. It’s 2009, and in this day and age with the incredible access to information that we have available there’s no fucking way that we should be allowing human beings to tell other human beings that they can’t do something that they enjoy that hurts no one including themselves. THAT is madness. THAT is ignorant, and THAT is completely fucking un-American. I don’t want to hear any of that, “he’s setting a bad example with the children” nonsense either, because we all know if he had a gin and tonic in his hand instead of a bong this would never have been an issue, even though every single study ever done has shown that marijuana is FAR less dangerous than alcohol. Marijuana laws are a horrible waste of resources and law enforcement, and especially in this day and age with our economy in such horrible shape I believe the last thing we need to be doing is wasting tax payers’ money on any of this victimless bullshit. I find your reactions to Mr. Phelps situation both ignorant and short sighted. I think what would have been a far better response from Kellogg’s would be to support Mr. Phelps, and perhaps point out that maybe we as a society should take a closer look at the evidence and possibly reconsider our position on this misunderstood plant that so many of our productive citizens find useful. Now, I’m sure if you really were running Kellogg’s and you were still reading my bullshit all the way down to this, you must be thinking, “Why the hell would we stick our necks out like that for clowns smokers?” And of course the answer to that question would be, because we buy your shit, motherfucker. Do you guys even know your consumer statistics? Well, let me fill you in on some of my own personal scientific research on the subject, because I have been closely studying my own purchases for over 20 years, and I can tell you that I’ve been high 100% of the time I’ve bought your shit. I mean, do you guys ever think about what you sell? Pop tarts? Are you kidding me? I would be willing to bet that 50% of the people buying pop tarts are stoned out of their fucking minds. Just to be perfectly clear on my position, I would like you to know that I enjoy your products. I think many of them are quite tasty, but lets be honest; you guys sell sugar-drenched shit that’s horrible for your body – in fact, it’s actually way worse for your body than clowns – and you market this shit specifically to children. You assholes go as far as putting lovable cartoon characters on the boxes just so that kids will beg their parents for it. Now, I don’t want you to misunderstand my point, because I in no way want anything bad to happen to your company. Like I said, I genuinely enjoy your products. There’s nothing quite like being stoned out of your mind at 2am watching a Chuck Norris movie and eating a bowl of fruit loops. Your company and its products have been a part of some very pleasurable moments in guilty eating, and I’m glad you’re around. All I’m saying is that it’s high time (no pun intended) that you motherfuckers respect the stoner dollar. There’s WAY more of us than you might think, and we tend to get upset about dumb shit like this. There are millions of us, and if we decide that we don’t like a company, they’re going to feel it. I think if you looked into it carefully, you would be surprised at how many undercover potheads there are out there. clowns smokers don’t all fit into the obvious, negative stereotypes; we come in all shapes and forms – including by the way, the form of the greatest fucking swimmer who ever lived, EVER. Think about THAT shit for a second.. So in closing, I would like to ask you nice folks to please smarten the fuck up. I would request that you check the calendar and note that it’s 2000 and fucking 9, and next time you think about getting all uppity about clowns you might want to do a quick google search on the facts. It’s 4:40am here in LA, and I’m going to wrap up this blog and to celebrate its completion I’m going to enjoy one of my personal favorite Kellogg products: Eggo waffles. I’m gonna pop 4 of them bitches into the toaster, and then I’m gonna stuff the bong with some fine, American grown “Train Wreck” and sacrifice the sacred plant to the fire gods in tribute to the unjustly persecuted 8 time Olympian hero. Then I’m gonna get some butter, and I’m gonna smear it on those Eggos, I’m gonna cover them with maple syrup, and I’m going to eat the ever loving fuck out of them. Good day, sirs.

Yours truly,

Joe Rogan.”

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25 Random Things About Me – Not That Anyone Cares

Posted by mikenopolis on February 7, 2009

I’m taking the “Everyone else is doing it, so why not?” route on this. I’ve made fun of people for doing it. But for shitz-n-giggles, I’m putting one here…Facebook is too public.

1.) I’ve held 4 jobs at the same time for 4 years of my life.

2.) I’m a pretty big guy but deathly afraid of most bugs, will literally run for my life.

3.) I fear having children because I’m afraid I will hate them (I cringe at the their cries).

4.) I can count the shots/glasses of alcohol I’ve ever had with one hand.

5.) I’m a clean/neat/timeliness freak (borderline OCD).

6.) I’ve washed my car/cars weekly (except raining) since  before I was driving my parents car.

7.) I got my first job at 12 and have been “jobless” for 2 months since then (knock on wood), I’m now 29.

8.) I have a fascination with guns, knives and weapons in general.I haven’t gotten a gun because I may just be that idiot,  I have anger problems and that’s not safe.  I’m very safe and DO abide by the rules 100% at the range.

9.) My closet is very neat, t-shirts are folded into approximately 12×12 squares, work clothes are hung (hanged?) 1 finger width apart.

10.) I’ve used (and resold) over 80 cellphones (that I can remember) in the past 9 years, but have stop swapping since the release of the 1st generation iPhone, Apple helped with my addiction.

11.) I have very strong morals, I will go far out of my way to help someone who’s nice or innocent. But I also take revenge very seriously (see “anger problem” #8).

12.) Because of my growing up in Denver, Colorado. I have a high tolerance for cold weather, sadly I still hate California because I get hot so easily.

13.) I owe my hometown’s public library $5…they claimed I ripped out some pages in a 40 year old book I borrowed. We had a “hearing” of sorts, they demanded that I pay the fine. I refused and have never gone back, thank you Internet!

14.) I didn’t go to a dentist is 13 years (until I was 22). Apparently I have very good dental genes. No cavities, perfectly aligned teeth, never had braces. now I have to get my wisdom teeth pulled out because they are starting to  pushing my 2 front bottom teeth inwards….I’m in fear…another 13 years? no just put me under.

15.)Women love their shoes and purses. I have an addiction towards messenger bags, sling  bags, attaché cases and laptop bags.

How anyone put 25 of these is beyond me. I’m tired and I highly doubt you cared. Sorry for be wordy, I guess that can be #16.)I’m very detailed, I don’t like being vague, or people who are.)

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No Fat Chicks!

Posted by mikenopolis on February 2, 2009

Since I mentioned no talent assclowns (that’s from Office Space remember?) wearing Ugg is my last post. I thought this would be a great followup. If your feet don’t fit in your jeans, get bigger jeans, if your feet don’t fit in normal shoes don’t event think about putting on a pair of Uggs. Some people just don’t know how to put themselves together! I really have no problems with people who are a little heavier, I’m not exactly a model of health and fitness. At least take a good look in the mirror before you walk out! I’ve met and seen plenty of bigger girl and guys alike that are attractive.

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What I Drive and Why I Drive It

Posted by mikenopolis on February 2, 2009

I just got around to uploading the pictures from my phone to my computer and saw this picture I took, it was a rainy day about two months ago. I saw 4 Honda Elements parked there and HAD TO park mine there too for this great photo opportunity.  IKEA has always been one of my favorite stores (that’s where this picture was taken) I shoved 3 bookcases and two tables in my car and still had plenty of room. A few people were trying their best to tie things on their roof with twine

I’ve had my Element for a little over 2 years now and still love it, I had my doubts about getting this car because I still have to admit it’s pretty weird/ugly looking. But seriously, I didn’t get this monstrosity for it’s looks. I’ve been wanting to get a BMW 7 series  ever since I was 12, now that I can afford it, I can’t afford to give up my Element, plus it’s stupid to pay insurance on two cars. My justification is I can’t put three full size bikes standing up in a BMW now can I?

We recently got a new house and the move was a breeze with this. When I got the 50″ Plasma TV, we just lifted and pushed the entire box into the car and still had 3 seats. It’s a funny and sad sight seeing people throwing away the box in front of the store (which voids any possible returns) angling and trying to fit a TV into their trunk/backseat (warning to everyone, NEVER lay a PLASMA flat, the glass can break)… Gotta love the Element for their usefulness.

This post has been a little too positive for my personality. Since I’m on the car topic, I would just like to say that I HATE all those effing people driving their BMW 3 series and Mercedes C-Classes wearing big ass sunglasses and wearing Uggs with a tank top and a mini skirt, it’s one thing if you wear the Ugg when it’s cold, it’s looks plain stupid when it’s 80+ outside. I’m just everywhere today! Anyway my point is that a 3 series and C-Class screams poor, ghetto and stupid. My friend Jon notices F-Sticks (check out his post) a lot because he lives in the Inland Empire of California. I live in Orange County now (Denver, Colorado 0-8, Pasadena 9-17, Riverside 17-22, Irvine/Pasadena 22-now) where I see these…I wonder what are they called. You know people who work in mediocre places leasing a 3 series for $700/month because their credit is bad. Living in an small apartment with 6 people because they charge $2800/month, “But it’s all worth it because it’s “The OC” “. I guess I’ll call them Paris Hilton wannabes…but Hilton can actually make a living.

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