Don’t anger PBS or they will come at you…with numbers and facts. Here is the PBS response to Mitt Romney’s threat to cut their funding during the Denver Presidential Debate:
We are very disappointed that PBS became a political target in the Presidential debate last night. Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation.
- Two-thirds of voters oppose cuts to funding.
- 91% of American households watch PBS.
- 81% of children aged 2-8 watch PBS.
- A poll shows Americans think PBS is second most important use of public funds, after national defense.
They also say PBS cost each taxpayer $1.35/year, and for every federal dollar they raise another $6 from private sources. Could that be why Mitt thinks they can do without public funds?
All in all, I think Mitt would likely take back his PBS threat, if given the chance. Public Broadcasting is like the national parks, overwhelmingly supported by the public.
But don’t stop there, PBS has an entire website dedicated to this issue – ValuePBS.org – with more facts:
- PBS has a larger audience than HBO, Discovery, Bravo.
- 91% higher rating than CNN for news, public affairs.
- 236 million Americans watch PBS every year.
- 145 million stream PBS content on the web.
Continue reading PBS fights back – Americans love PBS and we have the stats to prove it
Two teams of astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe. The water, equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the world’s ocean, surrounds a huge, feeding black hole, called a quasar, more than 12 billion light-years away.
“The environment around this quasar is very unique in that it’s producing this huge mass of water,” said Matt Bradford, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “It’s another demonstration that water is pervasive throughout the universe, even at the very earliest times.”
A quasar is powered by an enormous black hole that steadily consumes a surrounding disk of gas and dust. As it eats, the quasar spews out huge amounts of energy. Both groups of astronomers studied a particular quasar called APM 08279+5255, which harbors a black hole 20 billion times more massive than the sun and produces as much energy as a thousand trillion suns.
Astronomers expected water vapor to be present even in the early, distant universe, but had not detected it this far away before. There’s water vapor in the Milky Way, although the total amount is 4,000 times less than in the quasar, because most of the Milky Way’s water is frozen in ice.
And, the instruments they used:
Bradford’s team made their observations starting in 2008, using an instrument called “Z-Spec” at the California Institute of Technology’s Submillimeter Observatory, a 33-foot (10-meter) telescope near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Follow-up observations were made with the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-Wave Astronomy (CARMA), an array of radio dishes in the Inyo Mountains of Southern California.
The second group, led by Dariusz Lis, senior research associate in physics at Caltech and deputy director of the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, used the Plateau de Bure Interferometer in the French Alps to find water.
Source: NASA – Astronomers Find Largest, Most Distant Reservoir of Water
Continue reading Astronomers discover black hole with 140 trillion times more water than Earth
If you’re needing to keep Mike & Mike an arm’s length away at all times, ESPN has refreshed its Radio app to help with just that. Now optimized to the iPad in addition to the iPhone and iPod touch, the software allows you to sort your listening habits by sports, teams and athletes that you follow.
The free version offers access to podcasts, the 20-minute SportCenter cycle, and offline listening for on-demand content.
The premium version — touting custom stations / playlists, live audio pause / rewind, myESPN personalization, alerts / push notifications and a few more gems to keep you well informed on the latest Red Sox debacle. Though, you’ll have to shell out $4.99 for the premium app and its 35 ESPN radio stations.
What about Android and WP7 devices, you ask? The folks in Bristol claim that apps for those platforms will arrive later this summer.
ESPN RADIO V4.0 – in iTunes
Continue reading ESPN launches iPhone/iPad app version 4.0 – ESPN Radio
Do you earn more or less than the world’s average wage?
World average monthly wage: $1,480
- Luxembourg – $4,089
- United States – $3,263
- Canada – $2,724
- Germany – $2,720
- China – $656
The average wage, calculated by the International Labour Organization, is published here for the first time. It’s a rough figure based on data from 72 countries, omitting some of the world’s poorest nations. All figures are adjusted to reflect variations in the cost of living from one country to another, and as Ruth Alexander of BBC radio’s More or Less programme underlines, it’s all about wage earners, not the self-employed or people on benefits.
Click to view the interactive version (shows wage of each country).
Continue reading Where are you on global pay scale?
They were a couple of auto mechanics with a pronounced Boston brogue and, improbably, degrees from MIT. They hadn’t a clue how to perform on radio, much less public radio.
So Tom and Ray Magliozzi just decided to have a good time. The result was “Car Talk,” which shattered the perception that public radio is inaccessible to the masses and became National Public Radio’s top-rated weekend show.
After 35 years on the air, the brothers announced Friday that the run was ending. No longer would they be dishing on cars so old that their odometers switched to scientific notation or delivering gift advice to VW Bus lovers. The show informally known as “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers” will tape its final original show this fall.
Declaring that “even one hour a week is too much” work, the comedian-mechanics said it was time to “stop and smell the cappuccino” instead of inhaling exhaust. The call-in show is syndicated on 660 radio stations and is heard by 3.3 million listeners weekly.
more on this story – Hosts put the brakes on NPR’s ‘Car Talk’
Continue reading Click and Clack to retire – NPR’s Car Talk – final show this Fall
An excerpt from the interview:
Q: You’re a self-professed “NPR groupie.” What do you listen to?
A: Morning Edition is kind of on every day. I’m a big fan of Weekend Edition Saturday, as well as a lot of the music programs. I’m a follower of most all of the programs, so I didn’t walk into the job saying, “What’s that show? I never heard of that before.” What’s been fun is meeting all these personalities I’ve listened to over the years.
Q: From Big Bird to a big undertaking. What prompted you to take this job?
A: I felt like I had one more big thing left to do, and I only wanted to go to an organization that would have an even greater impact than the one I was in. NPR is one of those places. It’s a very powerful brand that has high emotional value—mostly positive, some a little negative—and a fan base that is very dedicated. I’ve done a lot of work running a global media company, taking them through this digital transition, which is affecting all media. So I just decided, let’s take a shot at this. I’m not naïve about it. But I’m excited about the challenge.
Rocked by controversy in 2011, including the resignation of its chief executive, NPR launched a search for a new president and CEO. They found public television veteran Gary Knell ’75, who was tapped to lead the venerable public radio operation in October. The former CEO of Sesame Workshop, Knell helped turn Sesame Street into a more global brand, ushering the iconic children’s TV program into the digital age. Similar change is in the air for NPR’s 26 million-plus listeners with Knell at the helm.
Read more of the interview – UCLA Magazine – New Head of NPR
Continue reading Q&A with Gary Knell – the new CEO of NPR
In 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach Mount Everest’s summit. According to National Geographic “the expedition had climbers carrying loads approaching 44 pounds apiece. Today, ultralight gear cuts significant weight from a climber’s load—often half the weight, or less, of Hillary’s pack load.”
Here are the high-tech pieces that Hilaree O’Neill, a 39-year old ski-mountaineer, will carry as she treks up the same path as Hillary and Norgay did 59 years ago.
- The North Face – Prophet 52 Backpack
- Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet
- Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe
- Smith Optics’ I/O Interchangeable Polarized Goggles
- Scarpa’s Phantom 8000 boots
- Black Diamond’s Sabretooth crampons
- Tiny handheld radios & cellphone
- Apple iPad
The article also goes on to compares today’s technology to what Edmund Hillary used.
The ice axe:
1953: Made by Claudius Simond in Chamonix, France, Hillary’s ice axe was constructed of forged steel with a European ash wood handle.
2012: Weighing just 12 ounces, the Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe (above) has a hollow aluminum shaft and a stainless steel head. It measures 20 inches in hand—about a foot shorter than Hillary’s.
See all the gear and comparisons and learn more about National Geographic’s hike of Mount Everest.
I’m excited for Angels Spring Training and the 22 televised games this March and April.
The games will also be live on AM830.
Visit Halo Nation for the press release about the games, the two bolded games are Dodgers broadcasts.
- 3/5 – Oakland – 12:05pm – FSW
- 3/6 – White Sox – 12:05pm – FSW
- 3/7 – Seattle – 12:05pm – FSW
- 3/9 – San Diego – 12:05pm – FSW
- 3/10 – San Francisco – 12:05pm – FSW
- 3/11 – Cleveland – 1:05pm – FSW
- 3/15 – Cincinnati – 1:05pm – FSW
- 3/16 – Cleveland – 1:05pm – FSW
- 3/17 – Milwaukee – 1:05pm – FSW
- 3/18 – Dodgers – 1:05pm – KCAL
- 3/22 – Kansas City – 1:05pm – FSW
- 3/24 – Texas – 1:05pm – FSW
- 3/25 – San Francisco – 1:05pm – FSW
- 3/26 – Colorado – 1:05pm – FSW
- 3/27 – San Francisco – 1:05pm – ESPN2
- 3/29 – Kansas City – 1:05pm – FSW
- 3/30 – Arizona – 1:05pm – FSW
- 3/31 – Cubs – 1:05pm – Prime Ticket
- 4/1 – Cubs – 1:05pm – FSW
- 4/2 – Dodgers – 7:05pm – FSW
- 4/3 – Dodgers – 7:05pm – KCAL
- 4/4 – Dodgers – 12:10pm – FSW
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Pulled from the company’s year in review, 2011:
In 2011, ESPN experienced record consumption cin its core television business and across digital platforms.
198 million Americans watched ESPN networks in the fourth quarter to date (85% of cable homes)
ESPN.com remained number one among sports fans for average audience, setting a sports category record in September.
ESPN Radio reaches 24 million listeners a week via more than 700 stations nationwide.
ESPN International spans 200 countries and territories on all seven continents and includes 48 television networks reaching over 350 million subscribers in 16 languages
ESPN the Magazine hit a new high with a record of nearly 16 million readers per issue in Fall 2011, and was the top magazine among men 18-34 for the fourth consecutive year.
ESPN Mobile attracted 70 percent of users seeking sports content. Partly due to the use of ESPN apps: ScoreCenter, ESPNRadio, & Bowl Bound.
- 8 television networks in the U.S.
- 48 international networks
- 750 radio affiliates
- 18 web sites
- 5 channels in HD
- The first 3D TV network
- 13 international editions of SportsCenter
- Largest mobile sports operation
- 7,000 employees worldwide.
Continue reading ESPN proves it's dominance, the 2011 year in review, records all over the field