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Archive for September, 2006

Points for this evening’s show…

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

1. Who is the better bookseller, Hugo Chavez or Bill Clinton?

2. Liquids are OK on planes now in 3oz or less. It is no longer conceivable that two or more potential terrorists would work together to reach their goal. It’s not as if any of the 9/11 airplanes were taken over by multiple hijackers.

3. Superdome reopened. $185M repair/refurbishing, $115M from FEMA. 2005 NFL Payroll $2,622,719,180 (yes, $2.6B). 8 home games/year, 69082 fans per game, 552,656 fans per year total.

4. ???


Be A Part of the Show Anytime

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Do you listen to the show but haven’t had a chance to participate? Now you can be part of America’s Debate Radio even if you can’t make the live Wednesday night broadcast.

Simply call us anytime and leave us a message on our voicemail. Tell us who you are and why you listen or what you like/love/hate about the show. With few exceptions, we’ll air your thoughts on the next live show.

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We would very much like to hear from you. Give us a call now.


September 20, 2006 Show

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

We are going to have so much to talk about on this Wednesday’s live broadcast. I’m certain we’ll cover election issues such as the Massachusetts and Washington primaries and ballot counting and irregularities. We’ll also touch on international issues including the recent UN General Assembly meeting of international leaders.

We’re always looking for ideas from you too. Post them here or send us your thoughts.

New toy has arrived.

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Well, the new toy for the broadcast has arrived.

I went through and made a sound sample so you can check it out:

Let me know what you think!



Friday, September 8th, 2006

For an upcoming show (hopefully the next one, but 9/11 remembrance events may take over) I’d like to gather perspectives and explore immigration policies and attitudes among the countries of the world.

Immigration is one of those issues almost everyone’s got an opinion on – and I want to know yours. Please use our comments form or post a comment to this post and tell me your thoughts on immigration. Do you think your country’s government is too soft or hard on immigrants? Should immigrants assimilate to local cultures? How should your country handle illegal immigrants?

I’d love to hear your take on these questions or related issues, so share your ideas.

New Toy on the Way

Friday, September 8th, 2006


I purchased a new toy for the radio show yesterday, and it should be on the way shortly. It will make its debut on either September 13th or September 20th, depending on when it arrives.

Here it is: Behringer Virtualizer Pro DSP2024P.

What will it do? Well, it will allow a variety of special effects. Reverb (for that in-a-cave sound), Delay (for that in-a-canyon sound), Lofi (for the megaphone/airline captian sound), Pitch shifter (for the satan sound), and a bunch more.

It’s going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait!


Promos Posted

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

Mike and I have put together some promos to, well, you know, promote the show.

You can download and listen to them here:

Jaime (:15)
Jaime (:20)
Mike (:15)
Mike (:20)

Mike, as usual, produced some great work out of a few minutes of voice time. Thanks, Mike.

If you host a podcast and would like to exchange promos, please contact usso we can work something out. :)

September 6, 2006 Show

Monday, September 4th, 2006

The U.S. Congress will return from their month-long break to begin the fall session this week. It’s been slow without our favorite political pinatas. I’m certain we’ll be covering their return on this week’s show.

I can also promise you yet another rant on the government’s domestic spying. Pepper that in with a slew of international issues, and we have this week’s show.

If you have any ideas for this week’s show, drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.

New Pop Filters for All

Friday, September 1st, 2006

I went ahead and ordered some new pop filters for Jaime’s and my microphone.

As of right now, we’ve been using a small piece of motherboard shipping foam stretched over the mic head, and held in place with a rubber band. It works, but is probably not the most effective filter in the world. And I’m also a bit concerned that it is depositing small bits of foam on the microphones’ diaphragms.

Now, we already have some of the nylon-based pop filters. The problem, though, is that they are very heavy and very bulky. When installed, it is almost impossible to address the mic while reading or looking at a computer screen. They sound very good, they’re just too difficult to use.

So, these new pop filters should work out very well. They are these large foam creations made for another microphone, but they should fit our mics just fine. Here are the new pop filters.

I’ve read that foam pop filters / windscreens can cause problems with muffling the sound, but I don’t really think that applies to radio broadcast. The human voice isn’t very trebbly, and those are the frequencies that would be reduced. If anything, this filter will reduce harmonic overtones, and those overtones are likely inaudible at our broadcast bitrate anyway. I’m not too concerned.

So, by next show, our Ps should pop less and our SSSSes should be less harsh. That will allow me to further reduce the compression on our voices, and we should end up with a more-natural sounding program as a result.

We’ll see.