Well, you’re correct in that…

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If there even is a pushbutton under that, I’ve never seen it – it always has a cardboard box taped over it.

Sunshine Petroleum Distributors, always concerned for your safety! (Noooooooooot.)

Sadness and the WRGP rebranding.

I apologize in advance, I tend to get a little politically incorrect when you take something I held dear, grind it to dust, mix it with dirty sewer water from the pipes under the campus Burger King, and shoot it through a Pepsi machine.

Years ago when I was in school I was working for Radiate FM, WRGP-FM 88.1 FM Miami.

Radiate promo image by Dr. Sprock.
Radiate promo image by Dr. Sprock.

We called it Radiate FM, the Radioactive Underground.

As of about the middle of last year it fell under new management, and subesquently, down the proverbial toilet. Staff who had been with the station for years were suddenly fired for merely playing songs the new general manager didn’t like, the conditions under which one could get a show on the station changed in very awful ways, and it generally just lost all its staff and character.

I very much enjoy one former staff member’s review of the new format he posted to Facebook using their emoji feature:

radiateRebrandingIt’s now just “WRGP, FIU Student Radio”, but it’s not there for the students anymore. It’s there for the new general manager and her sorority buddies. That’s about it.

I have no idea if their new transmitter installation is finished or not (whatever the hell is in that room nowadays, it bleeds like hell and I’ve had to replace and shield the hell out of cabling in the next room over to keep a modulation monitor and Arbitron PPM decoder happy!). Either way, they’re on the air, and you can tune in any time and enjoy them becoming progressively less and less enjoyable to listen to.


Back when I worked there, we were reminded by a few engineering consultants that the station’s license including its two translators were worth about $25 million… we tried very hard to ensure that none of the consultants would convey this information up to Mitch Maidique, who had the campus named after his grubbing slimy ass as part of his golden parachute, since he was hellbent on liquidating and lend/leasing every part of the university they didn’t absolutely need to remain in basic operation and keep attracting new students.

Meanwhile we had a pretty damn huge base of loyal listeners who really enjoyed our programming, from South Florida and all around the world via a streaming system I set up. The budget wasn’t there for like, a proper system like Streamguys or whatever, so I just pretty much put it all through Icecast on a Linux box and it allowed as many people to stream as would fit over the pipe the university gave us. We won the Miami New Times award for best radio station for several years, beating out WVUM, which is, well, WVUM. (Stay tuned for my thoughts on WVUM’s programming some time, it’s kinda… silly…)

One of many, many godawful video billboard installations around campus.
One of many, many godawful video billboard installations around campus.

Several times it came up that there was some group that really wanted the license for a while to convert WRGP into an NPR affiliate (you know, in addition to WLRN-FM just across town?) and remove all the student participation and programming… The school thankfully said “not for sale… for now.”

"I'm wearing this shit eating grin because I just scored another few million for me and my bud Armando Codina!"
“I’m wearing this shit eating grin because I just scored another few million for me and my bud Armando Codina!”

Hell, the building that contained Radiate’s studios, classroom space, the university bookstore, and most of the student life offices almost got converted into a shopping mall on several occasions.

And we held out for this?

Their new logo isn’t even worth posting, it’s just a vaguely soundwave like line behind the letters “WRGP”. Yawn.

I’m not totally sure how Radiate could return to its former glory now, as the new management and media board worked together closely to ensure that only current staff members, carefully handpicked by the new management, can provide any input to the media board on the station’s image and charter… maybe someday when they all graduate, there will be an opening for someone who actually knows how to run a radio station. Until then, sit back and laugh at those fools gradually starting to gravitate towards an oh so hot early 2000s mallcore sound on 88.1 WRGP-FM Homestead, 95.3 W237CP Miami, 96.9 W245BF North Miami Beach……..

Dell… What a turdbrick…

Can’t use it as a computer, can’t even set it on fire. This is why I’ll never willingly buy a Dell.

Do not try this at home. I am a Certified Broadcast Technologist and juuuuuust irresponsible enough to do this without setting myself on fire as well. 😉

Oh nooooo!

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I have plans to go to a Denny’s later and I don’t have any googly eyes with me!

Denied.

Oh well. Having a great time at the Magic City Comic Con and was reminded that the Florida Arcade and Pinball Expo is coming up!!

The nerd life’s good. Just wish I could googly-eye the syrup container. (Wait, isn’t it IHOP that has those?)

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That gas plasma display glow.

That thing in the header…

Someone asked me what that terrifying mascot face is that occasionally comes up in the header image. I currently have like ten different pictures in random rotation there, and one of them does look very much like a horrible rejected character from Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. Well… it is none other than Miami-Dade County’s own Emergemanasaurus! 

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Absolutely nothing is known about this Emergemanasaurus character, why or when it existed, but it appeared in a PDF of an old newsletter from Miami-Dade County Emergency Management and I took a capture of it to preserve as proof as to why I can never take the agency particularly seriously. (Well, that and our repeatedly nonexistent CERT program.)

And then I put it there to stare at people with its cold, lifeless, conjoined eyes, because I’m an evil troll.

Whatever the hell it was, I doubt it smelled particularly good.

NOPE!!! Or, probably my one and only post on religion.

“Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.” 
(New American Standard Bible, Romans 14.)

Just spotted this on an application form for something I was invited to apply for and I slammed the browser tab shut in about 200 milliseconds. Then reopened it to copy and paste the content so I can share with you all how ridiculous this is. I have sanitized all instances of the organization responsible to a string of asterisks as not to burn too many bridges and highlighted certain sections that are even more heavily concentrated bullshit than others. I’ve also indented the paragraphs to make it actually unreadable as opposed to how it was originally displayed.

Needless to say I’m refusing this offer outright. This is one of the more horrifyingly weird things I have ever seen on an application form.

No… I’m not going to let a fucking PeopleSoft form question my faith. 😀

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Studio Down!!

Your Friday post of Capaci-Fail…

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All the blown caps are Chinese fake Rubycon and Nichicon. Yes I know how to read a data sheet and confirm that these do not match the specified dimensions and case styles from Rubycon and Nichicon. Nobody at Dell Computer can, or if they can, they were forced to accept these fakes out of cost engineering nonsense. Is it any wonder why I won’t willingly buy a Dell?

Here’s an old school Audioscience and an old school Autogram. The ASI works. The Autogram likes to find new and interesting ways to keep me on my toes.

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Hams In Space! ISS contact with Richmond Heights Middle School.

The Dade Radio Club of Miami and Richmond Heights Middle School were given the chance to have their students speak to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station!

That’s just cool, man. 😀

News coverage:

Southgate Amateur Radio Club – ARISS ham radio contact with Richmond Heights Middle School, Miami, FL

NPR State Impact – Amateur Radio Club Connects Miami Students With Space Station

WSVN-TV – 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

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Sorry if you saw this post come up at first with the URLs borked. I was still thinking in Gopher link format for no good reason. Yes, I did put up a Gopher server, it’s currently remarkably content-free but it’s there. Does your browser support Gopher?

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