Friday, November 15, 2013

Whither The Wonderful Show?

Please note that simply because the show is called "the wonderful show" does not mean it will be wonderful at all.  I just think it would be wonderful if you listened.  Also, I daydream about someone putting "Self Help Radio" next to "wonderful" into a search engine & me getting ten points for it.

My wife taught me that everything has a point value.  She's winning, of course.  Often my radio show gets negative points.  I'd complain, but - I've heard my radio show.

The Wonderful Show - have I mentioned this? - it will consist mainly if not exclusively of songs called "Wonderful."  This is something I enjoy doing.  I have only done it once before, with a show with the theme "Tell Me".  I probably won't replicate it tonight but I MUST TRY.

It will be on very soon now - 10pm to midnight tonight on 88.1 fm WRFL in Lexington & online at  It would be wonderful if you listened.  Did I already say that?  It doesn't make it less true!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Preface To The Wonderful Show: Self Help Radio Has Never Been Wonderful - Why Start Now?

The dictionary defines wonderful as "excellent, great, marvelous."  Those are three words that no one has ever used to describe Self Help Radio.  Why have a "wonderful" show, if the show can't be wonderful?

"Wonderful."  Just say it over & over & it stops meaning anything.  Wonderful.  Wonderful.  Wonderful.  Wonderful.  Wonderful.

Okay, it means something if you write it over & over.  That's different than saying something over & over.  Anyway, I was just copying & pasting.  Digital.  It's the same every time.

I wanted to ask friends on the Faceplace what filled them with wonder so I could attempt to bring some of that to the show, but everyone I know is a smart-ass.  One of them said "Wonder bread."  I thought Wonder Bread had gone away but apparently bankruptcy of a company can't keep a disgusting so-called food product down.

Another person said, "Wonder Woman."  Really?  She fills you with wonder?  Why not Wonder Man?
(From the Wikipedia page.)

Oh, because my friends are smart-asses because I am such a geek.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


There is a show called Accents on WRFL, but this isn't about that show.  It's about actual accents, defined as "a distinctive mode of pronunciation of a language, especially one associated with a particular nation, locality, or social class."

I was thinking - what are the most popular accents?  CNN Travel says the sexiest accent is Italian, but that makes me think of Chico Marx. says it's English, as, apparently, did most of the girls in my high school.  (What would they say if I were in high school now?)

Australians won this poll (they were doubtless thinking of the Bruces).  I guess there's no consensus.

The United States is apparently so large that it merits its own list of "most charming accents."  (Spoiler alert: the number one is Georgia.)  The same thing with a Time magazine poll, which calls the Southern accent "most attractive."  Interestingly, it's also (according to this) the fourth most annoying.

Are you American?  What accent do you have?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Self Help Radio 110813: The Automatic Show

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"The Automatic Show" is available at Self Help Radio Dot Net.  The show is in two parts of roughly the same length: part one and part two.  All files are in MPEG-2 Audio Layer III formats.  A print out of the contents will be presented below.

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(part one)

"Merc-O-Matic Boogie" Joe Dyson Orchestra _Ham Hocks & Cornbread_
"Automatic Woman" Texas Jim Robertson _M-G-M Hillbilly, Vol. 1_
"Automation" Allan Sherman _My Son The Box_

"Dodge Veg-O-Matic" Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers _Roadrunner, Roadrunner: The Beserkley Collection_
"Automatic Gun" Japan _Obscure Alternatives_
"Automatic Lover" Vibrators _Teenage Kicks_
"Automatic Doors" The Bongos _Drums Along The Hudson_

"Automatic Man" The Telefones _Rock-Ola!_
"Automatic" The Go-Go's _Beauty & The Beat_
"Auto-Tech Pilot" The Fall _Bend Sinister_
"Kissamatic Lovebubble" Strawberry Story _Clamming For It_

"Automatic Girl" Mockingbirds _Mockingbirds_
"Automatic Freestyle" Bis _Intendo_
"Automatic" The I Live The Life Of A Movie Star Secret Hideout _Gale Wind Transistor_

(part two)

"Automatic Lover" Teddybears STHLM _Automatic Lover_
"She's Robotik (Automatik)" The Kosmik Kommando _Laptop Dancing_

"Musique Automatique" Stereo Total _Musique Automatique_
"Automatic Love" Gore Gore Girls _Up All Night_
"Sister Automatic" The Pulses _The Pulses_
"Song Automatic 1-2-3!" The Arm _The Arm_
"Automatic" Ikara Colt _Modern Apprentice_

"Automatic Husband" The Fiery Furnaces _Widow City_
"Automatic" Dressy Bessy _Holler & Stomp_
"Automatic" Gramercy Arms _Gramercy Arms_
"Ticktack! Goes My Automatic Heart" Get Well Soon _Rest Now, Weary Head! You Will Get Well Soon_
"Automatic" FM Knives _Useless & Modern_

"Autopilot" Golden Boy With Miss Kittin _Or_
"Automatic-Jerry" Aikagi _Ten; Ten_
"I'm On Automatic" Sharpe & Numan _Automatic_