Saturday, March 04, 2023


My deepest apologies for not constantly sharing pictures of our new kitten Bluto. This picture is two weeks old, he has grown since then. He is astonishingly sweet, he is unbelievably adorable, & I can't believe I'm not doing more to promote his general awesomeness.

But come on over, he'd be glad to meet you.

Friday, March 03, 2023

One More Shot At Nothing

(An image of cosmic background radiation from here.)

If you've been following the sad tale of this "This Week On Self Help Radio," you may have heard the difficult plot points:

1) Because of inclement weather, & rather its feared return, I decided to postpone my regular radio show 7 quickly record an episode. My wife was convinced it would snow all night & be a rerun of last week, where many Portlanders were stuck in their cars as a record amount of snow fell.
2) I didn't check the weather myself because I'm a dumb or else I'd have known that wouldn't happen.
3) In my wife's defense, the record snowfall surprised everyone.
4) I finished the show & got confirmation from the Program Director that it was locked & loaded for a midnight airing.
5) I napped & stuff.
6) I sat down to live tweet the show at midnight. It all seemed to be going well for a show where every song was called "Nothing."
7) Around midnight-thirty, the next show began. The show scheduled for 3am.
8) I went to bed.

Because the show was prerecorded, I was able to upload it to the KBOO website (as well of course to the Self Help Radio website). But I felt bad for the artists that I played that they wouldn't go out over the air in Portland when I suddenly remembered: I also do an episode of Self Help Radio on XRAY!

Therefore tomorrow morning on XRAY, there's be nothing. Hopefully I'll be there live to present it. That's 5-7am on 91.1 & 107.1 fm in town & online at There'll be nothing different from the recorded show - except it'll only be two hours long plus it'll be live. But nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Self Help Radio 022823: Nothing

In typical fashion, this morning's Self Help Radio - which was really all nothing - aired for about thirty minutes, then I guess the KBOO automation got sick of it, & it started the next show. Which is fine. It was better than nothing.

But I did upload the show, which contains forty-nine songs all called either "Nothing" or "Nothin'," to the show's website & to the KBOO website. No one will listen of course, because who wants to listen to nothing?

Just in case (might as well, since I've done all the dumb work), it's at the KBOO website & also at the Self Help Radio website. Remember, at the show's website, you'll need a password (selfhelp) & a username (SHR).

Everything that I played on the show is below. Nothing I played on the show is below.

Self Help Radio Nothing Show
"Nothing" Ken Nordine _Wink: Ken Nordine Does Robert Shure_
"Nothin'" Luckey Roberts _The Good Time Jazz Story_
"Nothing" The Fugs _Golden Filth_

"Nothing" Dusty Springfield _A Girl Called Dusty_
"Nothing" The Four Tops _Soul Spin_
"Nothin'" The Ugly Ducklings _Somewhere Outside_
"Nothing" The Distractions _Nobody's Perfect_
"Nothin'" Townes Van Zandt _Delta Momma Blues_

"Nothing" Vice Squad _Avon Calling (The Bristol Compilation)_
"Nothing" Prats _Now That's What I Call Prats Music_
"Nothing" Flipper _Album Generic Flipper_
"Nothing" John Cooper Clarke _Walking Back To Happiness_
"Nothin'" All _Percolator_

"Nothing" Blind Mice _Something's Wrong_
"Nothing" The Mighty Lemon Drops _Ricochet_
"Nothing" The Popinjays _Flying Down To Mono Valley_
"Nothing" Super 5 Thor _Gazelle_
"Nothing" Cinnamon _Vertigo_

"Nothing" Depeche Mode _Music For The Masses_
"Nothing" Frazier Chorus _Ray_
"Nothing" Whirlpool Productions _The Sound Of Cologne Vol. 1_
"Nothing" Nitin Sawhney _Prophesy_
"Nothing" People Like Us _Abridged Too Far_

"Nothing" Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians _Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars_
"Nothing" Robyn Hitchcock _You & Oblivion
"Nothing" Daniel Johnston _Why Me? Live Volksb├╝hne Am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Berlin 6/6/99_
"Nothin'" Rowland S. Howard _Pop Crimes_
"Nothing" Editors _The Weight Of Your Love_

"Nothing" Julian Cope _Jehovahkill (Legacy Edition)_
"Nothing" Carney Hild Kramer _Black Power_
"Nothing" Belreve _Belreve_
"Nothing" Meat Puppets _No Joke!_
"Nothing" Nada Surf _Karmic_

"Nothing" Velocity Girl _Gilded Stars & Zealous Hearts_
"Nothing" Earthlings _Crippled Champions: The Crippled Bargain_
"Nothing" The Groovie Ghoulies _99 Lives_
"Nothing" The Damned _So, Who's Paranoid?_
"Nothing" The Cribs _Ignore The Ignorant_

"Nothing" Boom Boom Satellites _On_
"Nothing" Car Seat Headrest _Little Pieces Of Paper With "No" Written On Them_
"Nothin'" Coma Cinema _Baby Prayers_
"Nothing" Insects Vs. Robots _Theyllkillyaa_
"Nothing" Wild Palms _Live Together, Eat Each Other_

"Nothin'" Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers _Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers_
"Nothing" Lala Lala _Sleepyhead_
"Nothing" Sacred Paws _Strike A Match_
"Nothing" Ashley Shadow _Only The End_
"Nothing" Gladie _Don’t Know What You’re In Until You’re Out_

"Nothing" John Fahey & Cul De Sac _The Epiphany Of Glenn Jones_

Monday, February 27, 2023

Whither Nothing?

The weather here has been weird. It snowed so much on Thursday I think that people were stranded on the streets. This has affected my wife, who woke me up this morning concerned that, if I were to go to KBOO tonight to do my show, I would be trapped there because she believed it was going to snow all night long.

This appears not to be the case but I decided to put aside the regularly planned show - with the theme "lifetimes" - I still had lots of editing to do for my fake interviews - & I gathered three hours of songs called "Nothing" (also "Nothin'") & quickly put a show together that will air in its place.

For my wife's sake, I'll be safe at home, though I'll still live tweet the show. It won't be a show about nothing, though - the entirety of the show is nothing. Listen to nothing at all for three whole hours - midnight to 3am Portland time - on 90.7 fm in town & online at

& don't worry if you can't listen. You'll miss nothing.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Preface To Lifetimes: New Things Happening In My Lifetime

On tonight's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver the subject was AI, & I learned about Chat GPT, which I had heard about before but never paid much attention to. I went & signed up to use the AI & asked it to write a 500 word essay "about the program Self Help Radio on KBOO Portland."  Here's what it wrote. Spoiler alert: it's about 99.9% bullshit.


Self Help Radio is a unique program that airs on KBOO Portland. It is a show that aims to inspire and empower individuals to take charge of their lives and make positive changes. This program provides a platform for people to share their stories, experiences, and insights on various topics related to self-improvement, personal growth, and holistic living. In this essay, I will explore the program in more detail, discussing its content, format, and impact.

The show is hosted by different individuals who bring their unique perspectives and expertise to the program. The format is generally an interview-style format, where the host speaks with a guest who is knowledgeable about a particular topic related to self-help or personal development. Some of the topics that have been covered on the program include mindfulness, meditation, yoga, nutrition, relationships, and addiction recovery. The guests are often experts in their field, including therapists, coaches, authors, and wellness practitioners.

One of the unique features of Self Help Radio is that it is a community-driven program. The show regularly features individuals from the Portland community who have inspiring stories to share. These individuals have overcome challenges and obstacles in their lives and have used their experiences to help others. The show provides a space for them to share their stories and insights, which can be incredibly inspiring and uplifting for listeners.

Another important aspect of Self Help Radio is its focus on holistic living. The show emphasizes the importance of taking care of oneself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The guests often provide practical tips and strategies for listeners to incorporate into their daily lives, such as mindfulness exercises, healthy eating habits, and stress-reduction techniques. By focusing on holistic living, the program encourages listeners to take a comprehensive approach to self-improvement and personal growth.

Self Help Radio has had a significant impact on the Portland community. It has become a trusted source of information and inspiration for individuals seeking to improve their lives. The program has helped many people overcome challenges and obstacles in their lives and has provided them with the tools and resources they need to succeed. The show has also helped to build a strong sense of community among listeners, who often connect with one another and share their own experiences and insights.

In conclusion, Self Help Radio is a valuable program that provides a platform for individuals to share their stories, experiences, and insights on various topics related to self-help and personal development. The show's focus on holistic living and community-driven approach has had a significant impact on the Portland community, inspiring and empowering individuals to take charge of their lives and make positive changes. Whether you are seeking to improve your physical health, mental well-being, or spiritual growth, Self Help Radio is an excellent resource that provides practical tips and strategies for achieving your goals.


Of course, I will be using this as much as possible.  After all, I have recently read that "[Self Help Radio] has become a trusted source of information and inspiration for individuals seeking to improve their lives."