"Boca" Britany Somers, Nicole Sandler and Jorge Rodriguez My friend Jorge Rodriguez died on Friday. He was having lunch with his daughter when he suffered a heart attack and died. I'm devastated. I hadn't seen Jorge in a while. But Brit and I were just talking about him, as I was bemoaning my studio troubles and whining that I needed a good engineer to come over and help me figure out the problems. Brit said, "Call Jorge!". I didn't call. I emailed him. And I'm kicking myself because I should have picked up the fucking phone. [...]
***Housekeeping note *** As this is a work in progress, I'll likely go in and edit and change a lot of it as we go along. Like the opening of the project. On my first draft, I opened with my recurring dream about the elusive radio station of my dreams. But a week later I went in and changed it to the reality of the nightmare we're living through. It may change again... we'll see.... I keep thinking that this is all just a terrifying nightmare. That I’ll awaken and it’ll be Nov. 9, 2016 and Donald Trump will [...]
Just click to play: or Download the file here January 21 is Tuesday. It's the the 10th anniversary of two sad events: The Supreme Court decision on Citizens United which cleared the way for unlimited money in politics as it proclaimed "money equals speech", and the end of Air America Radio. After a look at the news of the day, Nicole will speak with Jon Sinton, the original Program Director of Air America, now one of the principles behind Progressive Voices, to talk about the AAR history, how the media landscape has changed in the last decade and much [...]
We're somewhat reeling from last night's close call in which Donald Trump allegedly launched an attack on Iran, then called it back before any bombs were dropped. We think it's time for a stiff drink, a bong hit, and some comedy bits. South Florida radio legend Boca Britany Somers returns to the show to talk radio, Stonewall, Trump insanity and have some fun...
I had met Jackson Browne a few times over the years, and had seem him in concert dozens of times. I finally got to interview him for the first time when he joined me in the fm 101.9 Music Hall on September 13, 1996. This still ranks up among my favorite artist interviews. I then went on to host Jackson Browne for his appearance on the "Columbia Records Radio Hour". (I haven't been able to locate a recording of that, sadly.) For a few years, we tried to schedule an interview on my Air America radio show. By [...]
In addition to all the crazy news of the day, today is World Radio Day. Nicole "celebrates" the irony with fellow radio host Norman Goldman, who's announced the impending end of his daily radio show.
I could blame the tardiness of this post on the holidays... This year, Christmas, Channukah, Kwanzaa and Festivus all fell at virtually the same time, so it was a big deal... for some. Frankly, I like this time of the year because it's the end of the year and the beginning of a new one. My biggest grievance from 2016 is......(drumroll).... everything. This was an awful year. From lung cancer to Donald Trump -- that about says it all! Another grievance is my phone system. I'll have to figure that one out... In the meantime, this was a very fun [...]
In an effort to get away from politics for a few minutes, we spent a few minutes with comedian Margaret Cho, who was just nominated for a Grammy for her latest album, American Myth. I mentioned that most good comedy comes from darkness, and that's evident by reading this Billboard interview with Cho. I opened the phones for a few calls too....
That's my daughter carrying that awesome sign that reads "History says change happens. Make some!" She was probably 12 years old at the Occupy Ft. Lauderdale march that I dragged her to with me at the height of the Occupy movement. Just look how far we've come since then. Today, we talked about making history as we're making history. Boca Britany Somers joined us in the new studios today as our first in-studio guest! She's welcome any time, but since there was major news for the transgender community and the rest of the world this week, I invited Brit in to [...]
Announcement! RadioOrNot.com has now officially moved to NicoleSandler.com. So if you want to watch, listen, and/or read anything from Nicole Sandler and me, go to the brand spankin' new site! My "Laffy's Place" tab there even has its own URL: LaffysPlace.com if you want to go directly to my posts. To repeat: NicoleSandler.com is now the URL for Nicole's radio show, Laffy's Place, and links to all other features on the site. And NicoleSandler.com is teaming up with Randi Rhodes (!!), whose show Nicole will be producing! More news: Nicole's show (where I've been showing up for my weekly segment every Tuesday for years) will start [...]