It goes on again for yours truly. But not on radio. That dying entity has no hope and few mourning the process of dying. Screw terrestrial radio. .I’m about to enter the realm of the Internet. It’s a show about the supernatural on the Internet with hopes it’ll soon be a podcast and maybe in 30 years, on some Goodson and Toddman retrospective.
Confidence is high.
No pressure, right? This coming Wednesday morning, Martha Martinez and I will sit in one of the newcHouston based RFC Studios to produce a spooky and interesting new program on a new I-Station RADIOBRAVE.COM. Our show is called “A Pair O’ Normal Gals”. Get it? Cute play on words but there is nothing and never will be anything normal about Ms. M and me. We’re as broken and fractured as it gets. Now, that’s pure profit for psycho therapists and tremendous entrainment for listeners.
Ten years , Martha and I ago we cohosted a very popular show on a desersevedly defunct station called “Supernatural Sarurday Night”. People loved it. We loved doing it. We incorporated humor with horror and it was great fun. The phones were white hot because listeners would call in and talk with amazingly accurate psychics, UFO hunters, voodoo priests and priestesses, vampires, Bigfooot experts, Santaria practitioners, zombie freaks, and my favorite topic, ghosts. Lots and lots of ghosts. Here’s what Martha has to say about coming back on the air with her old and haggard partner.
“I’m am just about crazy with excitement about the new show coming to Radio Brave…A Pair o’ Normal Gals”. ( Acronym : PONG)
I’ve got little bruises all over my arms from me pinching myself repeatedly over the past few days. Not only is this fantastic opportunity going to be great fun, it will be GLOBAL great fun, and all of you will be part of it! And i just can’t believe i’m getting to work with so many great folks from my (and your) past radio days.”
Marrha’s last sentence highlights a point about radio, especially Houston radio. It’s wonderfully incestuous. When a talented media genius like Pat Fant, who IS Houston broadcasting in my opinion, finds a concept that works and the right people who can make that concept sizzle, ke keeps them close. Not unlike me and Martha, and the uber creative Doug Harris has worked with Fant for decades. Ocer, the last 30 years has changed the way most people listen to radio. You don’t not know it, but he has. He ‘s one innovative cat.
Here’s a snippet of the official press release that’ll explain everything.
“HOUSTON radio veteran DOUG HARRIS has just tecently launched a new online music and talk streaming radio station, RADIOBRAVE.COM, in partnership with fellow HOUSTON personalities PAT FANT and CRUZE’s RFC MEDIA. The channel, which will broker time to programmers but will not air infomercials, “overtly political content,” or extended non-English language shows, will be available via TUNEIN as well as its own site. BOBBY “SLAM” DUNCAN will serve as Operations Director.
“Across the country, the weekend lineup of countless AMs, and an appreciable number of FMs, is filled with content from experts and entrepreneurs who are paying for that time,” said HARRIS, who describes the channel as “Mind+Music.” “RADIO BRAVE will offer business category exclusivity, multiple fixed-position listening episodes throughout the week, and an hour of music between shows. That means no back-to-back messages on the same station from people who are unquestionably competitors.”
And PONG we’ll have some fine company also included on RADIO BRAVE.COM during it’oh so entertaining broadcast day. It’ll also feature thevHOUSTON FILM CRITICS SOCIETY’s “THE CRITICS CIRCLE,” “Metaphysical Moms” TIFFANIE WILLIAMS ((TRIVIA–I’ve known Tiffanie for years and for you folks old enough to remember Breck Shampoo, this lovely red head was real by God Breck Girl. AS for me ?? Oh, Hartz called years ago and asked something about me and a flea collar but, well you know how some things go sometimes).
There’s KERRY WALKER with “JOYRIDE,” “ENERGY RECON” with ALAN LAMMEY, and “CULINARY ADVENTURE” with JOHN DEMERS. Coming in the next few weeks are “BIG IDEAS FOR SMALL BUSINESS,” “IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME,” and “THE FLOWER POWER HOUR.
FANT and HARRIS are also planning a retrospective weekly show about the glory days of Rock KLOL, “THE RUNAWAY RADIO HOUR: THE STORY AND GLORY OF KLOL” “We’re taking hours and hours of archived audio from KLOL’s heyday, mixing it with current interviews with the folks who made it happen, and turning it into a one hour weekly show,” said FANT. “This is catnip to Houstonians who haven’t heard STEVENS AND PRUETT on the radio for over a decade. There are so many stories to be told and fortunately the statute of limitations on most of these offenses has run out.”
Not to mention the fact that Martha and I we were the only female staffers to ever work on the Stevens and Pruett Full time. Oh yeah, sure, there were peripheral, flutter-bys, wanna be’s and groupies, but we were vested members of the show. As in paid. And with all in insanity I saw, I should have been laid a helluva lot more!
Man, what a trip that was!
“Finally,” says Pat Fant. “We have the opportunity to collaborate with creative luminaries Harris and Kendrick to publish a weekly supernatural radio program with a bigger-than-life personality! The subject itself is spellbinding but the interpretation by Kendrick and Martinez throws gasoline on the fire. Listen to “Pair o’ Normal Gals” and try not to tap your foot! It’s that good.”
Damn right, Fant!
PONG will, eventually be a call in show but our first effort is strictly for listeners. Show #1 will feature a psychologist who’ll explain what parapsychology and the paranormal are and aren’t . You might be surprised to learn that conventional Science isn’t poo-pooing the belief in ghosts quite like it used to. A better understanding of quantum physics has helped. Energy gotta go, some where’s boss!!
Plus, we’ll hear a about scary tales and a host of scary EVP (electronic voice phenomenon…basically ghost recordings) from members of San Antonio based ghost hunting group.
We’re taping this show but you can hear the first broadcast this Thursday at 3:00 PM, then Saturday night at 8:00 PM and on Tuesday at 5:00 PM, all on RADIOBRAVE.COM
LIsten while you wait in line to pick up little Teddy from school or little Chloe from soccer practice. Listen on your smartphone as you walk, bike, run, or pretend that you’re actually listening to All Things Condidered”. Tune in on Saturday night as you prepare to go out for the evening or keep it on as white noise as you contemplate what to do with the bodies.
Trust me, humor and horror go very well together. Listen end experience how well this mystic marriage works out.
Lastly, the show is exclusively sponsored by the fabulous folks at The Laurken Group.
PS: RFC develops and publishes custom-produced streaming radio stations for brands and events as part of their digital marketing strategy. Client brands including NASA, TuneIn, Coastal Living Magazine, Ford Sync Sound, McDonald’s Flavor Battle, Spec’s, Timewise and many more have entered RADIO 2.0 – A world where the brands own the radio stations, not the radio companies. Learn more at RFCMedia.com.