For better or worse, look for several posts here at AM, Then FM this week. I’m on furlough for the second time in four weeks, taking another week off without pay because the newspaper business is a cartwheeling ball of flame.
So here I am, sitting it out on a day when Harry Kalas, Marilyn Chambers and Mark Fidrych leave the building, not to mention justice being served to Phil Spector.
Were I working, I’d have something on all of them on our Web site. I pick content and write material to drive traffic. First and foremost, you never want to miss a chance to put “porn star” in a headline. I’d have written a little something special on Harry Kalas, the voice of NFL Films, narrating all those Packers highlight films. I’d have dug up something on Mark Fidrych pitching against the Brewers.
But I’m not there, and I’m …
“Restless,” Flash and the Pan, from “Lights in the Night,” 1980.
It fits the mood, with its exotic Middle East sound, deadpan spoken vocals and big back beats.
Because I am one, and because my friend Shark long ago requested it …
“Media Man,” Flash and the Pan, also from “Lights in the Night,” 1980.
Hope you don’t view my work as cynically as this tune does. Then again, what Fred Allen and then Ernie Kovacs once said of television certainly applies to the Web: “(It’s) a medium, so called because it is neither rare nor well done.”