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Was really nice to hear the ladies of Shut Up Weirdo again last night. Did not realize the new phone number turns out to be 201-KEN-WFMU

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 25 May 2019 21:13 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

icymi

Join Station Manager Ken and Andy BreckmanMan for a night of comedy and juvenile pranks, this Wednesday, October 30th for Seven Second Delay‘s Standup Comedy Mischief Night at Monty Hall. Ken and Andy welcome a dozen of America’s leading stand-up comedians for a beautiful evening of mirth. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wipe away a little tear, and you’ll also get a roll of toilet paper so that we can all take part in Mischief Night festivities by TPing a neighboring rival radio station. Monty Hall, Wednesday, October 30th. Admission: $12, includes one (BRAND NEW) roll of toilet paper.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 19:41 (eight months ago) link

four months pass...

skeleton crew continues on the air

Ira Kaplan in for Duane at noon today

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 13:27 (three months ago) link

In 20 minutes:

Tonight on 7SD we are focusing ONLY on the positive aspects of the coronavirus pandemic. Just about every disruption in history has good and bad sides, and recent events are no exception. Ken, for one, is grateful that Mission Impossible 5 has been postponed indefinitely, while Andy is thrilled that the WFMU Record Fair has been cancelled.

Listen for details tonight-- we are just now working out the final logistics-- but we will be giving away TP free, with no strings attached, and no plys missing.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 21:41 (three months ago) link

Ken is jumping in to Bryce's (prerecorded) show to announce that effective immediately, all shows will be prerecorded or from the archives with a few exceptions (skeleton crew still in building) for the next 2 weeks+.

Miami weisse (WmC), Friday, 20 March 2020 16:28 (three months ago) link

also some DJs are planning to remote-broadcast, if they figure out how to

Ken going Full Ken today with Traktorized "Don't Stand So Close to Me" for bed music

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 14:11 (three months ago) link

Dave the Spazz and Duane were on 7SD via phone tonight, and both have some symptoms :/

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 22:50 (three months ago) link

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/arts/music/coronavirus-community-radio.html

WFMU included in this

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 04:09 (three months ago) link

Endless respect to the skeleton crew, some of whom are sleeping there. Listenership via the streams is at an all time high, I'm told

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 13:15 (three months ago) link

I'm a big fan of lots of the DJs, but I wanted to throw out a special appreciation for Jeff Conklin's Avant Ghetto. Not sure if he doesn't get the same love since he's a little more jam-band friendly, but his shows are usually a treat. I especially like when he dives into 70's folk obscurities. The run he started his show with this week (the Branford Marsalis assisted "Bird Song" into a '72 King Crimson take on "The Creator Has a Master Plan" into Universal Congress Of) was killer.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 15:15 (three months ago) link

Ken was killin' it reading official instructions in Satan Voice today

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 16:48 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Interview with Dave the Spazz about his COVID experience. Looks like he's recovering but they're still doing fill-ins (Ira the K again last night).
https://www.psreader.com/pandemic-diary-vii-%e2%80%a8dave-the-spazz-covid-felt-like-blowtorches-behind-each-one-of-my-eyeballs/

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Friday, 22 May 2020 11:59 (one month ago) link

title made me wonder how many eyeballs he has

mookieproof, Friday, 22 May 2020 15:10 (one month ago) link

Ira K doing lots of fillins, incl now til noon ET

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 13:16 (one month ago) link

I appreciate him.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 13:56 (one month ago) link

Looks like I can appreciate him every week for the next year in the midnight Tuesday slot.
https://www.wfmu.org/table?period=45

Irritable Baal (WmC), Thursday, 28 May 2020 21:20 (one month ago) link

yeah I saw that! surprised.

Ken really goin for it rn

https://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/93678

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 13:31 (one month ago) link

Looks like the Rock n Soul Ichiban stream has been shitcanned without any announcement.

Irritable Baal (WmC), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 15:22 (four weeks ago) link

Debbie D: "Sorry, folks. I was permanently suspended from WFMU today. I had a disagreement with management. Thanks for 10 great years of Ichiban."
https://www.facebook.com/groups/162415257052/

Irritable Baal (WmC), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 18:24 (four weeks ago) link

Oof. Wonder what that's all about, can't really get a handle based on those FB comments. Seems like some folks are calling for other DJs to quit WFMU in support, but others saying there's another side to the story? Odd.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 18:44 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah, anyone know why?

Evan, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 19:04 (four weeks ago) link

i saw longtime best show caller fred from honolulu beefing with ap mike on twitter, and i couldn't figure out what it was about, but fred made remarks about women being creeped out by p@ul brun0 ... is that related?

na (NA), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 19:55 (four weeks ago) link

sorry i shouldn't be spreading rumors i know nothing about

na (NA), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 19:58 (four weeks ago) link

yeah disregard my post it's unrelated

na (NA), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 20:22 (four weeks ago) link

As much as I love the Ichiban stream, there's some sketchy bullshit being spread by folks close to Debbie D and elsewhere online -- the Hound is straight up making things up about Ken Freedman on Instagram. I have a feeling Ken may have called a bluff that's been going on for a while; I think Debbie D said "you have to do it my way, Ken, or I will take Ichiban and that sweet Tom Hanks pledge money with me" once too often.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 21:43 (four weeks ago) link

Ichiban stuff broadly related to huge internal strife at the station regarding WFMU's BLM statement

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 23:44 (four weeks ago) link

Saw the Hound also been trolling (now ex)Ichiban DJs in IG - I think he's just happy to see anything related to WFMU go wrong

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 23:46 (four weeks ago) link

who is the Hound?

Irritable Baal (WmC), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 00:39 (four weeks ago) link

Jim Marshall

Jeff Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 00:48 (four weeks ago) link

the Hound has been a gigantic anti-FMU asshole ever since he lost his show (in the '90s?)

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 01:11 (four weeks ago) link

1997 it says in that article.

Jeff Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 01:12 (four weeks ago) link

the Hound has been a gigantic anti-FMU asshole ever since he lost his show (in the '90s?)


Is he the inspiration for Jon Wurster’s Hot Rockin Ronny and his vendetta against Scharpling?

Boring, Maryland, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 01:52 (four weeks ago) link

The Night Owl Show is on the stream right now.

I do suspect that the BLM statement may have something to do with things, but that's one of the points that Debbie D's crowd and the Hound are straight mythmaking about -- that Ken fired her for putting up a pro-BLM statement, when in fact Ichiban was the last stream to put anything up, and their statement was a weirdly-edited, shorter version of the Drummer Stream's statement. Also got a Controversial Mod Edit on the Ichiban Facebook group deleting my (factual, non-shaming) comments about the still-active far right broadcaster who did the gross, racist Queen Bee Barbecue bits they've been playing forever *before* the "KEN FIRED DEBBIE FOR SUPPORTING BLM" bullshit started spreading.

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 05:58 (four weeks ago) link

From the Night Owl playlist comments:

Hi OjaibJohn -
Thanks for writing. I am working hard to bring Ichiban back by the end of this month. It had not been my intention to turn the stream off. I suspended the manager of the stream because they said they were going to quit, but they refused to discuss it with me.
I was going to leave the stream up, while I searched for a replacement, but the Ichiban DJs recommended to me that I turn the stream off, at least for a few weeks, while people cooled down.
I hope to be able to provide a date of Ichiban's relaunch next week. When the date is settled, I will post it on the WFMU homepage.
In the meantime, all the Ichiban playlists and archives remain up and working, all on the landing pages for each show. Please let me know if I can help you locate any of the show pages.
-Ken Freedman

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 06:03 (four weeks ago) link

oy, such a clusterfuck

Irritable Baal (WmC), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 16:14 (four weeks ago) link

It's really gross. Any sympathy I had for Debbie has disappeared as she's started insinuating really shitty things about Ken and the station that just aren't true. She's parroted the "no djs of color on WFMU" thing from the Hound just now, as the Duane Train begins. And she's doing it in my least favorite way: the bad liar's truth, where you insinuate and ask questions and stop just sort of a clear declarative sentence and everyone understands what you are accusing, but you never actually let the untrue words leave your lips. From the look of it on the Ichiban Facebook group, people are buying it. The insanity of her pretending to be the Only Righteous DJ at FMU? As the head of Ichiban? I thought the trash garage crowd had more integrity than the rockabilly crowd, but I guess I was wrong.

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:03 (four weeks ago) link

There are no djs of color on the Ichiban stream and I don't think there ever have been (somebody who knows better please correct me), although Gaylord has co-hosted a bunch of times.

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:06 (four weeks ago) link

not to get into too much detail, it wasnt over Ichiban posting a BLM statement (although i can see how ppl might think that from the timing), but was definitely a falling-out with Ken in the broader context of a huge station-wide uproar over the past week surrounding WFMU making (or not wanting to make) a statement in support of BLM & general diversity at the station. Very sad to see all around, really hoping people will cool off soon and the station wont get crippled from within over this stuff like so many community/volunteer stations have in the past.

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:11 (four weeks ago) link

dont want to get into it here but tbf TWU, go through the schedule and count the ratio of white DJs to POC, its about 50 to 1.

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:13 (four weeks ago) link

It's about 5 out of 20 on the new schedule, as opposed to 0 out of 10 at Ichiban.

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:21 (four weeks ago) link

I mean, I am not taking a census and just going by djs I know. Statements are everywhere on the WFMU homepage and a couple of the streams, djs have been talking seriously about the matter for the last couple of weeks, Ichiban has no black djs and plays "funny" racist tunes all the time, but sure, all hail Debbie and cancel WFMU.

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:24 (four weeks ago) link

I absolutely agree with your hope that this won't cripple the station -- seeing Debbie go scorched earth on Facebook and seeing people suck it up is concerning as hell to me.

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:29 (four weeks ago) link

I was bummed to see Jeff Sarge wasn't on the new schedule, but it looks like it's more to do with him not being able to DJ from home and he'll be back.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:40 (four weeks ago) link

xp FMU also the station that made a bundle off of trump-promoting nachum segal tbf. I love FMU to death but it also shouldnt be that hard to imagine that they might have some work to do behind the scenes re:how to engage with this current cultural moment. All i can say is you gotta trust me that theres plenty of blame to go around on this one, i love FMU and ichiban both, theyve both got some work to do rn, hopefully theyll both be fine.

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:55 (four weeks ago) link

The reality is is either goes down, I lose a shitload of intelligently curated (and in the case of the main station, often black curated) African American music, and that matters more than the relative sins of two white people. Yes, Irwin and Nachum and X-Ray Burns and a million boring whiteboys playing bad hiphop and extreme metal, but everything else besides and very little listenable alternative. I think I'm saying I didn't want to pick a side until Debbie started insisting that everyone choose a side and that hers is the side of justice, and that just grosses me out in the face of hearing a variety of djs over the last couple of weeks actively engaging the subject and grappling with their personal role on the air on WFMU while Ichiban played old Rex airchecks with the mic breaks cut out. The struggle is totally real and the work has to continue, but I don't think that's what Debbie's about now.

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 18:08 (four weeks ago) link

"while Ichiban played old Rex airchecks with the mic breaks cut out"

otmfm

methinks some listeners have no idea of the race of some individual hosts (along with their names)

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 18:15 (four weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

Loving the newly-united Friday ladies block of Sheila B-Shut Up Weirdo-Dance With Me Stanley.

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 27 June 2020 00:38 (one week ago) link


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