Wednesday, June 8, 2016

FROM THE ARCHIVES: That Musers' Deep Throat Informant and the "Poltergeist" Medium -- Separated at Birth?

 

Confessors:  I have a couple of, whaddya call them, "life events" going on at the same time right now.  Nothing likely to be mortal.  I'll try to get up something fresh but I may have to recycle items for awhile.  This one is from March of 2010.

Yesterday's visit with the Deep Throat Informant reminded me once again of an iconic screen character:

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I've noted this before, but thought I'd re-run it since the Musers' Deep Throat Informant reported on his/her presence at the Ron Washington cocaine ingestion episode.


The Deep Throat Informant -- at least the upper-register part of the fractured voice -- sounds almost exactly like the tiny “Poltergeist” ghost hunter that visited Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams as they attempted to rescue Heather O'Rourke from  .  .  .  well from the poltergeist.  

The actress, Zelda Rubinstein, died earlier this year [2010].

Check it out and see if you think Gordon got any inspiration here:
 

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't mean to be all high and mighty or anything, but fart talk on the Musers!? Why!? Is it because they know they have the best ratings so they can get away with talking about anything? I felt it was really low rent and embarrassing for them.

East Texas P1 said...

Anon - I have been having to haul the SO to various doctor appointments due to a recent surgery so have been having her in the car for lengths at a time. This morning she had to listen to the fake Donald Trump talk about menstrual periods and then the start of fart talk before I had to change channels.

Last week she was in the car when Corby and Gordon were having "placenta talk". The week before it was something else. She was never a fan of the little ticket (and especially Corby); this hasn't helped.

blergoyen said...

Plainsman, that is awesome you mentioned the poltergeist lady. I imagine her face speaking to me from an old tube TV EVERY TIME deep throat calls in.

Anonymous said...

Next time Corby and Danny get on their high horse about racism or sexism, just reference back to the Worst Hotels in Dallas and Women's College World Series segments. Corby quote regarding high school softball players "most of them can field as well as an average guy". Wow, I have seen many girls that field as well or better than some of the best guys out there. If you have ever seen a girl playing the hot corner in softball you will have a real appreciation for how good they can be.

Anonymous said...

Allowing for a certain amount of bit factor, I don't understand Junior's problem with Chewbacca Mom. He makes it sound like this has all been calculated so that she can realize a profit. Nobody can predict that their video will go viral. How many people on any given day post what they think is going to be the next viral video sensation only to fail?

IMO - the bottom line is that these people are making a fuss over Chewbacca Mom not because she is so clever, but because she happens to have an internet buzz and some people are desperate to be part of whatever today's social phenomenon is. The Kardashians have been able to turn that into a cottage industry.

Even Junior's own station glommed onto Tay Zonday and made him a Summer Bash headliner. Was it because "Chocolate Rain" was a great song?

Again, allowing for a certain bit factor on Junior's part.

The Plainsman said...

blergoyen, I'm the same way. Whenever the Deep Throat Informant calls in, all I can see is little Zelda Rubenstein fearfully testifying. It took me a little while to figure out where I heard that voice before but once I figured it out I couldn't shake it.

The Plainsman said...

Junior is on fire. Whether it's

-- birds;

-- the original "Ghostbusters" movie; or

-- Chewbacca Mom,

he's stoutly against it. I'm hoping the Musers' Topic Wheel ends up on "Moms" or "Apple Pie" someday soon. That ought to be fun.

Anonymous said...

@7:03 AM - Corby is in fact wrong. High school soft ball players would be worse than an average guy. A hard hit ground ball to third in HS soft ball vs a hard hit ball to third in HS baseball are no comparison.

Anonymous said...

Chewbacca mom is a beating of the highest order, and Junior the Junz Miller is forever my leader!

Anonymous said...

Why was George's wrap-up of the Jim Palmer interview so awkward?

"Well we're out of time. See ya."

(a slight diminishing of actual events but very slight)

Anonymous said...

Probably because Palmer was acting like a horse's ass. And he was. And I'm not kidding.

Anonymous said...

Junior is so right about Chewbacca mom. I don't think she was trying to get famous, but the laughs were definitely not 100% authentic.

Speaking of things that annoy me, I've had about enough of E-CarOne guy from the commercials online. "THAT'S HUGE!"

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm.

I wasn't getting that from Palmer. Maybe I need to revisit.

slinky said...

I'm kind of liking BaD's sidekicks. They're last of the 911 dogs dying bit had me in stitches. Also, last Friday, Dan almost bailed on a story because supposedly it was Corby's story. It turned out to be a sex-teacher story. I guess old preachy britches Corby [ya know, the guy that's always calling women "whores"] was on one of his I'm the moral compass rants. I hope BaD realizes a lot of us don't listen to THL.

Anonymous said...

Corby is also fond of the words "gal" and "chick."

Boo! said...

I think I'd like to hear the Kimmel celebrities reading mean tweets but done by ticket personalities. It might be stealing a bit but I'm just generally interested in what semi-famous people see/receive on the internet

Side note: Any explanation why the ratings are so different now than they were 6 months ago? Are they measuring it different or is this just the ebb and flow of the radio world?

DA said...

@Boo,
Starting in October of 2015, Nielsen rolled out what is called "enhanced" critical band encoding technology aka CBET. According to them, it makes the PPM codes "stronger and more robust". Most station subscribers got the new encoder by December.

The technology is similar to what an independent company, Telos, did with their Voltair device which iHeart and CBS Radio were first to embrace and were called into question around this time last year.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of ratings....

http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/other-sports/moresports/2016/06/10/ticket-pulls-best-ratings-radio-stations-22-year-history?_ga=1.33090300.336745935.1465434550

Ticket kills all comers. Imagine what The FAIL's numbers would be WITHOUT the Rangers doing so well....

Boo! said...

@DA you're the man...so when the FAN were a little closer to the ticket ratings-wise 6 months ago they were using similar tech? So it was never as close as it seemed?

Gopher said...

DA: Do you know if Nelson is still using the diary approach for radio? We are still getting the two dollars in the mail and the logbook to fill out at the farm for TV ratings. ( the fact no one has lived there in 25 years has nothing to do with it)

How exactly do they read radio users these days?

DA said...

@Boo,
I really don't know. But there still is an overall concern that the PPM which Nielsen uses is still not a reliable monitor and thus the ratings are not valid in terms of research. Plus, know that there are less than 3,000 D/FW households who have PPMs, so that few a number are the basis for the ratings for 4 million plus people.

@Gopher,
Radio in top 50 markets is use the PPM. Lesser markets still have diaries.

Here are the schedule:
http://www.rrconline.org/arbitron/schedules/surveySchedule.php


About 18 months ago, I did get the call to participate in the diary and did it for $12 total for the week.

cactusflinthead said...

Fart talk was hilarious. This is not some Algonquinian conversation.

Kudos to DA for keeping us up to date on the latest tech. I don't know where else I can find this sort of info outside of the Confession. I suppose I could dig for it, but why waste the time and energy when I can get the straight dope here.

22 years and this is the highest it's ever been? I think the thing that pleases me the most is the fact that the corporately forced Mike and Mike draws and abysmal 1.0. If I was from yankeeland and had some interest in NY or Boston I might listen to them, but I don't so I won't.

Hope your life events are going smoothly Pman.

Anonymous said...

Holy bleep, the new Meador ad is the most painful one yet. The fake voice. The "baitandandswitchmotors". The "Have you ever lived in Guaaaaaam?" "The price just went up $2,000!"

At some point sales needs to be aware there are certain ads that compel the listener to change the station and just say, we can't air that crap.

Anonymous said...

Dammit, cactus, I don't need no perfectly cogent 10:29 in the a.m. missives. I need 1:34, 2:07 a.m. scattershots coming across the boughs like a Cap'n Aubrey Kill The Bonies Mizzensail Death Blow.

Anonymous said...

My blood pressure may dictate that I not listen to the Hardline today, but old habits die hard.