None Dare Call it Radio

first_img 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Top of the News Make a comment Business News More Cool Stuff Erstwhile podcast star and Arcadia native Phil Hendrie.“Hi everybody, it’s Phil Hendrie. All of the voices you hear on the show today will be voiced by me, performed by me, some of them might be getting by me,….Here’s the show.” ~ Phil HendrieWith that, another Phil Hendrie podcast begins. For the uninitiated, this is a place where the absurd is as common as breakfast, where reason is always on a break, where anger lies just underneath the pool of silliness, and where you are always thisclose to spitting out your coffee through your nose.The basic idea is this: Imagine a morning radio talk show where the host, the guests, the panel of experts, the regular callers, even the security guy, are all the same person. In fact, close your eyes for a moment as you listen and the characters vividly come to life in your mind’s eye. There’s erstwhile entertainment reporter/ singer Margaret Gray, irascible military man General Gaylen Shaw, show producer/biker Bud Dickman, and security guard Robert Leonard, each of them just a gentle nudge from pushing someone down a flight of stairs.But we’ll get to that.For now, Hendrie is seated in a booth in a Ventura seafood taco joint on a brisk December afternoon, remembering his days growing up in nearby Arcadia and haunts in Pasadena. Our conversation is rapid-fire, between bites of food, with subjects flying and changing left and right, like two old friends who have much to catch up on.Hendrie recalled attending Pasadena’s La Salle High School, before it was a coed school, as well as Arcadia High School.“La Salle is where I formed my most lasting friendships, there and at Holy Angels,” he said, beginning a frontal assault on a basket of three fish tacos. (“No avocado, please. Too bulky.”)“It was a great school in the late 60s in America, a liberal Catholic school in the midst of whatever else was happening in Pasadena then. It had modular scheduling, so we could pick our own schedules. There were some days I only had two classes, like college.“And there was a lot of liberal thought going on there, greatly influenced by what was going on in America. We were the new generation, and the brothers at the school really looked at us with bemusement, thinking “this is what we’re training them to be.”Hendrie remembers a creative writing class held at the brothers’ residence, with “fifteen of us guys, at eight in the morning, sitting around smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee with Brother Kevin! We talked writers, we talked literature, and we wrote,” he said.Still too young to own a car, and living between the homes of his divorced parents, Hendrie and his buddies hung out in Pasadena, and Hendrie would often make the long ride on his bike down from Huntington Drive to Colorado Boulevard to visit with his musician friends, or visit the Free Press bookstore.And of course, as a young teenager, he would hang out at KRLA, the Pasadena station that brought the Beatles to the Hollywood Bowl in the summer of 1964. The station was located in the lobby of what is now the Langham Hotel on Oak Knoll, and teenagers would gather at what was called “the green porch” which overlooked the studio itself. Hendrie was a “green porch kid,” spending long afternoons, skateboard in hand, watching the DJs spin records and talk to what seemed like the entire world.Wheels were turning in his head.“I knew I wanted to be a writer,” he said. “I read Dylan Thomas, I read Jack Kerouac, of course. He was really my main guy during this time. I loved the beatniks, all of that scene. Shortly, after high school, I hitchhiked to San Francisco, you know, just to be there, just to soak it in.”And thus his sensibilities were formed, along with a lifelong love of radio, a love which, of course, eventually became shattered like a jilted lover.Suffice to say that Hendrie enjoyed a long career in radio, beginning as a 19-year old DJ in Winter Park, Florida at WBJW. From there it was mostly rock radio stints in Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles, Utica and Fresno, and then back to LA.In 1990, while at KVEN in Ventura, near Channel Islands where he currently lives, Hendrie first began to explore the idea of creating make-believe talk show participants on a make-believe talk show. His first one, Raj Fahneen, was an Iraqi-American who would call in to the station in support of Saddam Hussein.Try to imagine the reaction.Phil took the show, now on KFI, to a syndicated national audience, and the phenomenon was born. And while his audience grew, Hendrie always knew that this was a seriously acquired taste, and not for the casual listener. He created his cast, which now numbers in the dozens, and then created completely absurd situations for them to live in, delivered with a completely straight face.Callers would flood the phone lines, outraged at grocer Robert Green of Frasier Foods, suing the young child he hit with his Hummer, or Citizen’s Auxiliary Police officer Jay Santos taking “simulated” law enforcement to a new low level.In 2013, following a painful ten-year association with Talk Radio Network (TRN), Hendrie took advantage of the rise of the digital age, and created his own podcast. No more networks, no more bosses, just Hendrie and his legion of fans.These days those fans are spitting coffee through their noses at Corona general contractor Steve Bozell, determined to sue his young daughter and her puppy, after it peed on him in front of a neighbor, and “humiliating him personally.” Bozell is only one of dozens of Hendrie’s characters always ready to burst into tears at the slightest prodding.“With (Bozell), it’s the combination of anger and fear, in completely absurd situations,” says Hendrie. “There was a kid in my school, Chris Burns, who was always crying…” Hendrie scrunches up his face.“Waddya trying to do, Hendrie?!”“I only tackled you.”“No you didn’t! You practically ripped my head off!,” Phil remembers, heaving with laughter.Which brings us back to his show cast, most of whom are hilarious and unreasonable.Of the handful of characters who make up his “studio team,” it’s Margaret Gray who is clearly the most complex and fascinating, and darkly hysterical. She is the show’s liberal, and the most easily outraged, spending much of her reports pronouncing words in “the proper French,” even when she is wrong (“It’s ‘mon-KAY,’ Phil, not ‘monkey.’”).“She’s my mother,” Phil explains. “My mother was, at once, this proper and well-spoken woman, and at the same time, entirely inappropriate and disgusting. Margaret would say, (whispering), “I have to take a bowel movement,” and I would be, ‘Do you have to tell me that?’, and then she would be angry at me.“How dare you?!” Margaret will seethe, and then “leave” the studio, only to return in seconds, launching into a quick lecture that would sputter into “Oh, forget it…!” after only a few words.When I asked him about General Shaw, the cantankerous ex-military man, angry about everything every morning, he casually broke into the character’s voice, to explain him. It was astonishing. It was like sitting with your favorite performer or actor, and mentioning a song or a role, and they suddenly go into it, right at the table. As a more than casual fan, it was thrilling to me.Hendrie is so many memorable characters that the effect is intoxicating when they begin to rapidly interact and engage with each other. On the morning when I drove to Ventura for our interview, Hendrie had created a situation where the characters had simply gotten out of control, jawing back and forth, threatening and insulting until finally Hendrie says, “Enough! Or I’m throwing you all out of the studio.”One by one, at lightning speed, each character—Gray, Shaw, Leonard, and Dickman—says, “I’m sorry,” The effect was astonishing. I could see each one, seated around a table, heads bowed—all a creation of Hendrie’s mind.“What you’re hearing is Phil Hendrie, completely in the moment, but bouncing off the walls within that moment,” is the best way he can explain it.Thusly, each podcast centers around a guest and a topic, the more absurd the better, from astronomer Dr. Jim Sadler, angry that Stephen Hawking’s joke gets published in the astrophysicists monthly newsletter and not his, or Jay Santos and his amateur police buddies playing “grab ass” in an upstate New York parking lot, while state prison escapees run loose nearby.To simply describe all the characters who appear and re-appear would be exhausting, but they range from Mavis Leonard, Robert’s conservative African-American aunt, who is campaigning for Donald Trump, to “Ted” of Ted’s of Beverly Hills” steakhouse, whose slogan is a a touch too racy for a family publication.“I really try to plan the voices out for every show,” says Hendrie, switching voices as he speaks, “so if I have Bobbie on the show, I try not to have Clara Bingham, since they are very similar. I can have Bobbie and Margaret on the show, even though they are somewhat similar, they’re in different registers. And then I’ll have (football coach) Vernon Dozier on the show, since his voice is really different. And then I can throw Dr. Jim Sadler in as well.”To listen to the Hendrie podcast is to be dropped into a boiling pot of water, with each cast member disagreeing how how the water is, and threatening to leave it at anytime—absurd and hilarious, sprinkled with a dose of reality, five days a week.The World of Phil Hendrie is available on iTunes. www.philhendrieshow.com. 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Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe People None Dare Call it Radio Arcadia-raised podcast star Phil Hendrie talks about this, that, and “…Oh, forget it!” By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor Published on Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 1:43 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

High blood pressure affects one in four Irish adults

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Advertisement TAGSdr liam glynnfeaturedhealthhypertension No vaccines in Limerick yet Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Limerick on Covid watch list Print Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Previous articleTogher Talk – Michael StoranNext articleLimerick lensman making waves Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing.center_img Linkedin NewsHealthLifestyleHigh blood pressure affects one in four Irish adultsBy Liam Togher – May 30, 2013 1049 Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Twitter Facebook Hospital bosses deny claims of manipulating trolley figures WhatsApp ONE quarter of the adult population in Ireland is affected by hypertension, the medical term for high blood pressure.That’s according to Dr Liam Glynn, who was speaking during the Irish Heart Foundation’s (IHF) recent campaign for World Hypertension Day which included free blood pressure checks across the country, with the busiest stop being the Crescent Shopping Centre in Dooradoyle, where more than 120 people availed of the facility.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dr Glynn explained that the condition, despite affecting a quarter of the adult population, can be very difficult to diagnose and that adequate treatment is essential.“It is symptomless so we won’t know if people have it and it is very dangerous because it is a significant cause of heart attacks and strokes, which we are trying to prevent due to their implications.”Dr Glynn stated that only one in three adults with hypertension are diagnosed with the condition, and that only 33 per cent of those diagnosed are treated to an adequate level.He stressed the importance of going for a blood pressure check, as hypertension is difficult to spot but very preventable.“The best way to spot hypertension is to get your blood pressure checked. That’s the big message we’re trying to get across that no matter how stressed, fit or overweight a person is, they could have high blood pressure.As blood pressure increases with age, Dr Glynn recommends that any person over the age of 50 should get a blood pressure check every six months, and the same for any person who has been diagnosed with hypertension.He added that lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, weight loss and a low fat diet can help to ease people’s blood pressure.“I recommend exercising for 20 minutes a day, five days a week and weight loss also helps as there is a direct relationship between weight and high blood pressure. Reduce your salt intake and stick to a low fat diet, and if you are diagnosed, it’s important that you are on the right treatment and that you take your medication every day.”last_img read more

New Zealand grid operator sees big potential for rooftop solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Transpower, New Zealand’s state-owned transmission grid operator, says falling solar and storage costs have sparked interest in PV for a market already well served by wind and hydro power.The nation already uses renewable energy for almost 90% of its electricity demand, according to live transmission data on Transpower’s website, but PV is not even listed among the clean energy technologies in operation.According to the grid operator, there are bigger investment opportunities ahead as New Zealand’s electricity demand is set to rise, due to increasing electrification industrial processes and mobility, in line with the country’s Paris Agreement obligations. In its new Te Mauri Hiko Energy Futures report, the grid operator forecasts electricity generation will almost double between now and 2050.New Zealand has installed 85 MW of solar to date, nearly half of which has been added in the last two years in more densely populated areas, such as Auckland and Canterbury.The report stresses the potential for residential solar – being adopted at a rapid rate in neighboring Australia – is huge. With 1.8 million residential households and 300,000 businesses, the authors claim 11 GW of new PV could be installed. That number would only grow over time, as there is a need for new homes in New Zealand, and solar equipment is making efficiency advances. By 2050, the report’s authors say, the potential for rooftop PV could be around 27 GW.More: New Zealand identifies 11 GW solar potential New Zealand grid operator sees big potential for rooftop solarlast_img read more

Liability-driven investment: The elephant in the room

first_imgAt every conference, there is an elephant in the room, a subject not directly addressed by speakers, but discussed between delegates over coffee, lunch and dinner. The risks inherent in liability-driven investing (LDI) are that subject at this year’s National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) Investment Conference.Speaking off record, one delegate, the trustee of a super mature defined benefit (DB) scheme, points out that, if interest rates rise by 100 basis points, the LDI programme he helped design would need to post more collateral in cash or Gilts. “Both areas drag on performance in a portfolio where we are already allocating more than I like to fixed income,” he says.Another delegate, also off record, wonders if LDI has distorted asset allocation out of reasonable form. “Should we have so much of our assets in bonds and an overlay that does not in absolute terms produce any returns for our members, or should we put more in equities?” he asks.The background to this is widely predicted rises in interest rates. Keynote speaker Roger Bootle, chairman of consultancy Capital Economics, predicts a rise by the end of next year. That this is of only 25bps, from 0.5% to 0.75%, is easy to lose sight of. The conventional wisdom is that a tightening of monetary supply must push up interest rates with a negative impact on Gilt and investment-grade corporate bonds, exactly those assets now held by UK pension funds as a key component of their LDI strategies. Events in the Ukraine, even the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum, have also reminded delegates that non-economic political and systemic risks lurk constantly just beyond the firelight, threatening to intrude without warning. “What would happen to our LDI programme if interest rates were forced up by say 200 or 300 basis points?” asks another delegate. “I am sure our consultants will have run those numbers, but I don’t recall them telling us the result.”Of course, no one is suggesting LDI is about to be superseded by a new set approach to managing interest and inflation rate risk. “But there may be some re-engineering on a scheme-specific basis,” concedes Gurjit Dehl, vice-president at Redington. “And we are looking to find alternatives to Gilts and investment-grade corporate bonds.”The market is rendering these too expensive for all but the best-funded pension schemes. Instead, there is a hunt for ‘new’ combinations of less liquid assets offering an illiquidity premium to hard-pressed trustees. Some of this is visible at conference events – private equity, farmland, direct lending, small-cap equities, emerging debt, infrastructure and more. We can expect these to be combined in asset portfolios designed to reduce the cost of LDI.Meanwhile, a debate is developing over the correlation between short and long-term interest rates. The price of LDI hedges is, after all, dependent on long-term rates. Short-term rates can rise sharply without affecting long-term ones, point out LDI providers. But many, not least Bootle, foresee a rise in long-term rates and a return of higher inflation rates, which will reduce the real cost of Gilt redemption. If this happens, the cost of LDI will rise, but, for many trustees, there is no alternative.last_img read more

Single dad adopts 13-year-old boy abandoned at hospital by adoptive parents

first_imgA North Carolina foster dad adopted a 13-year-old boy who was abandoned by his adoptive parents two years ago.According to Fox 35, Peter Mutabazi has been fostering kids for three years. Mutabazi shares his experiences as a foster dad through his Instagram: fosterdadflipper.One of the children he fostered was a boy named Tony.  Tony had originally been adopted by a Oklahoma couple when he was 4, and the couple abandoned him when he was just 11 years old.Mutabazi fostered Tony for only a weekend, but after learning his story, he decided to adopt him.Fox 35 reported that on Nov. 19, the adoption was finalized and the pair were officially father and son.“ADOPTED TODAY!!! I was chosen, I was wanted, I was cherished, I grew in his heart, I was the missing piece and I’m loved today despite of my short coming,” Mutabazi wrote on Instagram. “‘Little souls find their way to you, whether their from your womb or someone elses.’ I found my little/big soul today!”last_img read more

Phoenix approves controversial $230M arena deal to keep Suns

first_imgSuns CEO and president Jason Rowley told the Republic in mid-December that the team’s plan was to look for another arena within the Valley if the city council didn’t agree to upgrade Talking Stick Resort Arena, adding, moving out of state would be a last-resort option. However, the Republic also reported at the time that team owner Robert Sarver had threatened city officials with moving the team to Seattle or Las Vegas if the arena wasn’t improved.Renovations to the 27-year-old building are expected to be completed in 2021. The agreement, which passed by a 6-2 vote from the council, will require the city to pay $150 million from its Sports Facilities Fund, while the Suns pay the remaining $80 million, according to the Arizona Republic. The deal also requires the Suns to spend $10 million on community benefits (including at least $2.6 million to the city’s preschool program this year). Additionally, 80 percent of revenues generated by the city from the arena will go toward safety costs for the city.The Suns will have the option to extend the lease to 2042, but if the team breaks the lease before 2037, it will face a $2 million fine. Related News Suns’ Devin Booker tells Timberwolves’ Gorgui Dieng to meet him in the hallway after on-court scuffle The agreement comes after some controversy around renovating the arena amid backlash from the public that ultimately delayed the vote by a month. The city council hosted public meetings to inform and educate residents about details of the agreement. The Suns will stay in downtown Phoenix through at least 2037 after the Phoenix City Council approved a controversial $230 million renovation deal for Talking Stick Resort Arena, the team announced Wednesday.”I’m glad that we can carry on the vision that (former owner Jerry Colangelo) had and that this council had 26 years ago to get this building built,” Suns owner Robert Sarver said after the vote, adding he believes the investment will be a “win-win” for both the city of Phoenix and the team.last_img read more

Hair Club for Men Founder, Boca Resident Sy Sperling Dies at 78

first_imgHair Club for Men founder and longtime South Florida resident Sy Sperling died Wednesday at the age of 78.Sperling, who lived in Boca Raton, found fame in the 1980s and early 90s with his commercials that featured before and after photos of his clients. He would end the spots with the statement, “I’m not only the Hair Club president, but I’m also a client” while showing a picture of his previously bald self.The commercials were spoofed on the “Tonight Show” as well as on “Saturday Night Live.”Sperling began the business in New York before taking it national. He sold it for $45 million in 2000.last_img

Wildcats play host to second stop on cross country running tour

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily Sports Mount Sentinel High School in South Slocan is the next stop on the West Kootenay High School Cross Country schedule.The race, set for Wednesday at 4 p.m., is expected to draw competitors from throughout the West Kootenay region, including teams from Salmo, L.V. Rogers in Nelson, Kaslo’s J.V. Humphries and the host Wildcats.The season opened last week in Kaslo. Following Wednesday’s race, the tour shifts to LVR next week and New Denver October 13th.The West Kootenay Championships are slated for Salmo October 20th with the Kootenay Finals set for the Busk Cross Country Ski Trails near Apex.The top runners from the Kootenay Championships qualify for the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships November 6th at Oak Bay Secondary in Victoria. [email protected]last_img read more