Monday, February 28, 2011


Cubs looking for PA announcer

CHICAGO -- How does "The Voice of Wrigley Field" sound as a new job title?

The Chicago Cubs announced Monday they are searching for a new public address announcer at the Friendly Confines, and they are opening the job search up to anyone, posting the ad on jobs site

Candidates are invited to send in their applications -- including an audio or video sample -- by March 7. Finalists will be chosen for live auditions at Wrigley Field by March 14 with a final decision to be made by March 25.

The online job ad says experience working as a public address announcer in college or professional sports is preferred, but candidates "of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply."

"This is a dream opportunity for someone to be the voice at Wrigley Field and to leave a lasting impression on more than 3 million fans each season," said Wally Hayward, executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer of the Cubs.

The new announcer will replace Paul Friedman, who held the position for 16 seasons. Friedman left the Cubs to become Director of Corporate Sponsorship and Business Development at Chicago Public Radio.

The Cubs open the season at Wrigley Field against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 1.

I know I could never be Gene Honda, the PA Announcer for the Chicago White Sox, but I can do this. WHO DO I HAVE TO KNOW, WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO GET THIS JOB? If you have any ideas, please send them to Really.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Every Number One Single In 75 Minutes Via

This is one of those wonders of the internet that I just HAD to share.  Thanks to and Roberta Solomon at for sharing.  And a BIG thanks to the unnamed person who did the editing of all this music.

Every No. 1 single -- as one single track

Soundcloud mashes up every #1 pop song through the 90

Updated: Ever wonder what every single No. 1 pop song -- from the beginning of time through the '90s -- would sound like mashed together? Look no further.

What might be most fascinating about this agglomeration of audio tracks is the swift and remarkable evolution from the twee sounds of pre-Elvis American music to the present; there's rockabilly, the British invasion, Sinatra's svelte croon, Motown. Remember Bobby Darin? Me neither, but there he is. Then the '70s and Funky Town, punk rock, disco, stadium anthems. Listening through the whole 75 minutes could leave you nostalgic, amazed, perhaps shocked or, dare we say, gaga. It's decades of both great jams and questionable taste. (See: Jefferson Starship.) There's plenty of potential to sift through the track with a fine-tooth comb and make your own discoveries. In fact we encourage it!  


   <span>Five Seconds Of Every #1 Pop Single Part 1 by mjs538</span>

  <span>Five Seconds Of Every #1 Pop Single Part 2 by mjs538</span>

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Monday, February 21, 2011

The 11 Most Dangerous Cities - St. Louis is NUMBER ONE!

Crime rates in the United States have dropped significantly in the last two decades and continue to be on a steady downward trajectory, according to FBI figures. In 1991, there were 758 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans, compared to 2009's figure of 429. Property crime has diminished similarly, and is down to 3,036 per 100,000 people from 5,140 in 1991. Total crime numbers have also decreased over that period, despite population increases; 1.9 million violent crimes were reported in 1991, a figure that in 2009 stood at 1.3 million. Property crime has decreased even further, from 13.0 million incidents in 1991 to 9.3 million in 2009. Of course, crime remains a major problem in some of the largest urban areas, some of which have crime rates that are more than double, triple, or even quadruple the national figure.

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An analysis of FBI data shows which cities in the United States have the highest overall incidence of crime, relative to the national rate. Below are the 11 U.S. cities with the greatest crime risk, according to an Onboard Informatics analysis of the most recent seven years of FBI crime reporting data. This data includes property crime, such as burglary and motor vehicle theft, as well as violent crime, like murder and robbery. An index score of 100 is equal to the national crime rate, meaning that Memphis, for example, with an index of 361, has a crime rate more than three times the national average.

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Here are the 11 most dangerous cities in terms of crime risk:


City Crime Risk Index
1. St. Louis 530
2. Atlanta 484
3. Birmingham Alabama (tie) 380
3. Orlando (tie) 380
5. Detroit 369
6. Memphis 361
7. Miami 346
8. Baltimore 339
9. Kansas City, Missouri 337
10. Minneapolis (tie) 331
10. Cleveland (tie) 331


Source: Onboard Informatics

Property crime is far more prevalent than violent crime in all of these cities, as with the rest of the nation, and nearly all of these 11 cities have also experienced significant drops in property crime in recent years. St. Louis, the city with the highest crime risk, has made major strides in the years covered by this index figure, with a property crime rate that has dropped from 13,187 per 100,000 residents in 2003 to 8,331 in 2009. In particular, the city's motor vehicle theft rate dropped by more than half in those seven years. Meanwhile, several of the cities among the top 11 experienced fluctuations or even growth in violent crime rates. Cleveland, for example, saw murder and aggravated assault rates grow from 2003 through 2009, though forcible rapes and aggravated assaults on the whole declined. Memphis saw the largest violent crime rate jump of the group, up to 1,806 per 100,000 residents in 2009 from 1,577 in 2003.

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Of course, the above index figures do not provide a full picture of crime in any given city. For example, Birmingham and Orlando share an index rating of 380, but a statistical snapshot shows that the two cities deal with their own unique crime patterns. In 2009, Orlando had a greater incidence of larceny and theft than Birmingham, which itself experienced more forcible rapes and robberies.

It is also important to note that the above figures give an overall view of crime in these cities. Several other cities that have high rates of particular crimes are not among the 11 cities with the worst crime rates. For example, New Orleans and Richmond, Virginia had the highest murder rates in the country in 2009, according to the FBI. Likewise, Anchorage, Alaska, and Abilene, Texas, which are not among the cities with the most overall crime, still had the second- and third-highest rates of forcible rapes in 2009, behind No. 1 Minneapolis. [Take the U.S. News poll: In which city do you feel the least safe?]

According to the FBI, a diverse array of factors can contribute to a city's crime rates, including population density, transportation trends, economic health, and even climate.

OK, so Kansas City is also on the list, but a hearty high five to St. Louis for again being crowned the most dangerous city in America. There's so much for the city of St. Louis to be proud of, and this tops the list. Booyah!

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New Video From Harry Shearer!

I've been a huge fan of Harry Shearer since my misspent youth and his work on the National Lampoon Radio Hour. He later went on to many bigger and some better things, including his weekly radio program Le Show, still on the air around the country and available to all through the miracle of Podcasting and doing like half the voices on The Simpsons.

Every once in a while, Harry gets the idea for a music video, and here's his latest work, courtesy of the legendary Rob Barnett and My Damn Channel.

I know its not Radiohead, but sometimes you just need a laugh.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Breville Radio Toaster Radio | GeekAlerts

Breville Radio Toaster Radio

Breville Radio Toaster Radio

If you eat toast for breakfast while listening to the radio, you need the Breville Radio Toaster Radio. With two wide toast slots and an adjustable browning control, it can make your toast just right. Plus, the radio has 10 channel presets, so it is easy to switch between stations.

By combining two common functions into a slick retro design, the Breville Radio Toaster Radio is a great appliance. The sleek design is both modern and nostalgic at the same time, making this device an attractive addition to any kitchen.

Breville VTT296 Black 2 Slice Radio Toaster

  • Two slot two slice black toaster with integrated FM/AM radio
  • Variable browning control and variable width slots for thick and thin bread slices
  • Features include reheat, defrost, mid-cycle cancel
  • Extra-high lift for easy toast removal
  • Non-slip base and cord storage
  • Fitted with a removable crumb tray for easy cleaning
  • Easy to use blue illuminated toasting control buttons
  • Illuminated digital display
  • Preset graphic equaliser
  • 10 preset radio channels

The Breville 2 Slice Radio Toaster Radio is available to pre-order for £49.99 at It is also available for £49.99 at

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Published by Ryan Cooper on 18 February 2011 in Gadgets.

That should get people back to listening to the radio at home in the morning, right? Only problem is it seems to only be available in England, at least for now.

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The Beatles - Live On The Ed Sullivan Show (Full Performance)

Hard to believe, but this happened on a Sunday night 47 years ago today.

I still have a 3 inch reel of audio tape with the performance. I remember my father holding a microphone up to the speaker of our Zenith console TV recording the Beatles songs and telling me I was seeing history. I was 5, I didn't understand it but I did love the Beatles.

I'm a lot older now, and I understand it completely. I've seen how the Beatles have influenced countless musicians and the entire world. I see how my middle son is completely obsessed (hopefully in a good way) with them. And I smile whenever I hear them.

I'm not sure I even know where to find a machine to safely play that tape my dad made on the Wollensak, but I thank the person who found it on video and shares it for all of us to enjoy.

But wait, there's more. Turns out today is also the 50th anniversary of the day the Beatles first played The Cavern Club in Liverpool. Here's the link from Rolling Stone.

Thursday, February 03, 2011