Friday, March 6, 2009

Reshaping a news broadcast into a tune

Heard this on the radio this week, and Rick Emerson graciously emailed me the file to share. Emerson is one of the most talented radio performers in the region. His show -- which used to be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays on AM-970 but, as of March 16, will be moved to 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on KUFO FM 101.1 -- focuses on banter about pop culture, tech trends and weird news. It can be very funny and clever. In turn, he has cultivated a group of listeners who actively produce interesting audio bits, and this one, as an example, shows how a simple section of a news segment about a crazed man with an oscillating fan can become the lyrics for a catchy little tune.


Randy Holland said...

Rick Emerson is an incredible local radio talent. Rick Emerson is also the first to admit how he has been directly influenced by Howard Stern. Howard Stern (like him or not) has been playing fan created bits and clips since the early 1980's. Some of these "superfans" have gone on to become famous comedians and comedy writers. Dr. Demento is another radio legend who made a career out of playing his fans' radio parodies, skits and songs.

I love this genre of radio. But this genre of radio is nothing new. However, Emerson is doing an excellent job passing the torch and I agree that any radio enthusiast should take a listen to the Rick Emerson show on 970 am radio from 11am till Leykis. Tom Leykis is another incredible radio talent as well.

wolly2112 said...
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wolly2112 said...

BTW, the Rick Emerson Show's change to KUFO 101.1 was made this morning March 12th at 5AM-9AM.

For now they are replaying the KUFO program on AM970 in the 10am-3pm slot.