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Thank You.

by on Jun.20, 2015, under Station Update, The Events, The Music, The Musings, The Other Stuff

By the time most of you have read this, the music will have stopped.

So I’d like to make an attempt to thank A Tribe Called Quest, Al Green, Alicia Myers, Ana Caram, Andre Castano, Angela Johnson, Aurra, Bab Rolando 808, Bali Lounge, Barbara Tucker, Barrington Levy, Barry White, Bassmental, Bassnectar, Bear Who, Beenie Man, Billy Cobham, B.B. King, Black Science Orchestra, Black Uhuru, Blue Asia, Bob Marley, Bobby Womack, Booker T & The M.G.’s, Bootsy, Boozoo Bajou, Brass Construction, Brother Jack McDuff, Buju Banton, Byron Stingily, C Scott, Cameo, CeCe Peniston, Change, Charles Moui, Charles Webster, Chris Jasper, Chucky Sly, Cindy Mizelle, Circulation, Club Artists United, Coffee Kids, Crystal Waters, Daddy Funk 45, Darien Bailey, David Bowie, Deep Brothers, Deep Wide, Deniece Williams, Disko Knights, Dissidenten, DJ Andre Harris, DJ Aphreme, DJ Fudge, DJ Language, DJ Mbuso Sboniso Dlada, DJ Nermin, DJ Spen, DJ Spettro, DJ Spinna, Dobet Gnahore, DunnEASY, E-Man, Earth, East River Rituals, Ed the Red, Eddie Kendricks, Edit Van Halen, Elements of Life, Entertainment, Ernest Raglin, Erro, Erykah Badu, Esther Philips, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Fernanda Abrue, Fila Brazillia, First Class, Florian, Foremost Poets, Fred Everything, Funk, Funkadelic, Galaxy People, Ganeesh, Geoffrey Gordon, George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, George Duke, Goapele, Grace Jones, Graham Central Station, Groove Theory, Guy, Hardstone, Herbie Hancock, House Music, Housin’ Funk Parliament, Howard Johnson, Husky Matt Meler, Hustle & Flow, Ike “Black Liquid” Ngwaba, India, IndySoul, Innervision, Intik, Ital Foods, J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, J.C. Lodge, Jacob London, Jamal, James Brown, Jay Tripwire, Jazz, Jazzanova, Jill Scott, Jimpster, Jimmy Hendrix, John “Julius” Knight, Johnny Hammond, Jon Cutler, Joyce Sims, Julius Papp, Jungle Brothers, Kan Sano, Keith Hudson, Keith Sweat, Keith Thompson, Ken ECB, Kenny Dope, Kerri Chandler, Kiko Navarro, Kim English, King Kooba, Kink, Kool & The Gang, Kurtis Blow, La Veda Simpson, Ladybug Mecca, Lawnchair Generals, Lee, Lil Louis, Lisa Fischer, Littlemen, Loose Ends, Louie Vega, Lovelea, Lucky Dube, LuRob, Mad Scientist, Magik Johnson, Mandrill, Marcus Miller, Mark Farina, Marlon D, Marques Wyatt, Martin Venetjoki, Marvin Gaye, Masters at Work, Mati, Michael Henderson, Miguel Migs, Monsieur Dodo, Mood Swing, Moon Rock, Moss, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Mtume, Music, Nathan Adams, No Assembly Required, Non-Stop Mixes, Norman Conners, Nuyorican Soul, Omega, One Way, Only Freak, Oscar P, Ovasoul 7, Paul Johnson, Peter Tosh, Platinum Pied Pipers, Prince Dubb I, Quant, Ralph Falcon, Ramsey Lewis, Rayko, Recloose, Red X, Reggae, Rene & Angela, Rhonda Smith, Richard Samuels, Rick James, Rob Mirage, Robin Duhe, Roland Clark, Ron E. Jones, Rose Royce, Roy Ayers, Roy Davis Jr., S.O.S. Band, Sabrina Johnson, Sagat, Santana, Scuba, Shalamar, Sharon Redd, Shirley Marshall, Side Effect, Sister Sledge, Skyy, Slave, Slope, Sly & The Family Stone, Smokey Robinson, Soul-Ty, Souldynamic, Steel Pulse, Steve Miggedy Maestro, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Stolen Identity, Strafe, Subercabana, Sumo, Sweetback, T. J. Rhemi, Terence Trent D’Arby, The Brothers Johnson, The Bucketheads, The Crusaders, The Dells, The Demetrios Project, The Family Stand, The G.A.P. Band, The Isleys, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, The Moments, The Muthafunkaz, The O’Jays, The Ohio Players, The Pocket Dwellers, The System, The Temptations, The Stylistics, Third World, Thor, Tom Browne, Tom Tom Club, Tony Toni Tone, Treologic, Unforscene, Unlimited Touch, Urban Soul, Ursula Rucker, Vibezelect, Victor Wooten, Viola, Vision, Waldemar Bastos, War, Wayman Tisdale, Weather Report, Wind & Fire, Wish feat. Fonda Rae, Wyclef Jean, Yam Who, Yarbrough & Peoples, Zapp, Ziggy Marley…this isn’t even most of them…there are so many many more.

I know I left someone out… it always happens… know that I thank you too!

There are years of articles and posts within this site. Feel free to check them out. Some topical and some not.

I want to thank all of the artists who took the time out of their busy lives to respond to my attempts to reach out to them. I want to thank in particular Joyce Sims and Chris Jasper for allowing me the opportunity of playing their new releases when they came out. I’m proud that we’ve even had the opportunity to create artwork for their projects too!

I want to thank Shawn, one of the best ears in the business, for helping me track down some of the best music I’ve ever heard. I want to thank Wardell for opening up his world of music to me and then spending time putting together sets so I can share that world with you. Not everyone can hear what you feel. I want to thank Daizee her enthusiasm for the sound. It helped when I needed it most.

I certainly want to thank the thousands of humans across this planet spending tens of thousands of hours checking out the music and the mixes I was able to create with the help of these many artists. I want to thank whomever that is wearing the Official WBPM NetRADIO shirt over in Japan. I’m still amazed that there’ve been times when people of opposing factions, religions and groups were listening to the same music at the same time while others in their groups were blowing each other up. Go figure.

I’ve always felt that if we do not support our musicians then we are willfully allowing ourselves to die a silent death.

Please continue to support those who are in support of you and your sounds.

I will always do the same.

Thanks to all of you who’ve supported what I was trying to do.

So there ya have it… 11 years and some odd months of non-stop music streaming from WBPM NetRADIO. What’s next? Ohhhh… I gots plans. We ain’t finished yet!

 

Peace,

“DJ Whatshisname?”

LastShot

Kinda dramatic huh? LOL!!

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10 years Later! A Decade of Streaming Music on Internet Radio

by on Apr.03, 2014, under The Music, The Musings, The Other Stuff

frankie knuckles way

Frankie Knuckles Way (Photo credit: Like A Final Boss)

Wow.. its been an entire decade streaming music via the internet…amazing…

First off I would like to pass along my deepest condolences to the Family, Friends and Fans of Mr. Francis Nicholls

Known to the most of us as Frankie Knuckles one of the originators of a music that permeates what we hear to this day. His accomplishments are legend and he is respected throughout the music industry working with some of the brightest stars in the Galaxy of music. (See the video the real story of house music here.)

I would be remiss to also celebrate the life and times of Ms. Joyce Beachum.

Most of you don’t know her like you are familiar with Mr. Knuckles but to those who do, she’s right up there with those you know as one of the most positive caring humans to have ever walked this planet. So, much respect sister. I miss you.

All this comes wrapped up in the realization that WBPM NetRADIO is celebrating a decade of streaming music to the planet. It started with me getting tired of lugging a stack of CDs to work and ended up as this. Along the way I have been in contact with some amazing people and have been encouraged by people like Joyce while inspired by the likes of Frankie (Knuckles and Crocker to name a few).

I want to thank all of the indie artists who decided to allow me the honor of presenting their music. I want to thank those like Joyce Sims, Mic Murphy (The System) and Chris Jasper for especially reaching out to me and allowing me the opportunity to pass the goodness to you.

Imagine the shock of realizing that the stream set up to allow me to listen to what I wanted to hear at work was being listened to by someone somewhere else! Dag, now I have to do it “right”! Or, the day I received an email stating that the station was Voted the Best in R&B & Jazz about a year after it went live and also topping the Garage Music genre @ Live365.com last year! The nerves that frayed when a live show went dead because my feed to the internet temporarily failed..that was fugly. The joy when someone in Japan brought an official WBPM NetRADIO T-Shirt or seeing that there were people on the planet listening in places where I didn’t even realize they had internent access! Like island out in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

We talked about Jazz and Funk and Hip Hop and of course House and some of its “sonic temples“. We talked about R&B and the stars of Soul. We talked about how its all connected and gave examples.

Here you saw responses to world events from NY to Arizona the other side of the world. Even here in the “Sunshine State” (Let me go on record now: SCOTT HAS GOT TO GO. There I did it again.)  Had some small fun with a wannabe  and  You’ve even been warned…

Seems like this site has almost become a chronicle of sorts as well, honoring those who’ve gone on the next stage in their journey. Never forget the George Dukes (see his last video), Vesta Williams, the Nick Ashfords (video) , Clarence Clemmons‘, Phoebe Snows ,  Gary Shider and of course the Whitneys of our worlds (to name a few). They are legion and their contributions to simply existing made the process that more bearable…

So, enough of that, I could go on and on and on…

In celebration there will be new mix sets streaming all this month featuring the cuts that have played and you’ve voted for as your favorites.  Starting this afternoon (like about now!), you’ll hear cuts from the 70’s, 80’s, 90s right up to the latest cuts released these past few days.

Here’s a clue as to the diversity of artists that have been heard on this stream

Here’s another clue with pictures!

So, as this is also an invite, click the player on the right hand side of the page and see what you’ve been missing if you’ve never tuned in before and cruise the site to see what’s been bubbling through here too!

If you have listened but have not been here since a live broadcast, you too should stick an ear in!

And to those of you who’ve listened all along I say thanks so much for making this worth the while!

Peace,

DJ

 

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The Recipe… Part 1

by on Mar.14, 2012, under The Other Stuff

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Everyone loves chocolate cake but can’t everyone make one from scratch. Same with listening to music. If you don’t have the right ingredients its not going to sound right at all. So here’s a few things to consider when firing up the sound cannons or just tuning in to WBPM NetRADIO.

Computers are rapidly becoming the platform of choice when listening to music.

Just think, not to far back (for some of you…I know who you are too!!) the only way you could take your music somewhere and hear it was to lug around bulky boom boxes (shoot, some of them were off the hook!!) or crates of records and tapes. I remember barely over decade ago I was tickled at the idea of rollerblading with my portable mini-disc player and not having to carry around a bunch of cassettes (CDs were out of the question).

Since then things have improved totally.

Today you can carry a tiny iPOD stuff with days of sound weighing less than the batteries used in the old cassette Walkmans. They sound a lot better too!

One problem though…today we are faced with a huge choice of headgear and not a lot of information as to which ones are best for our needs.Here’s a little information for those who care to know…

The word used for headphones by Djs and Recording folks and the like is “cans”.

There are basically four types of headphones.

Circumaural are the kind of headphones that completely fit over and around the ears. Check out the ones at the top of the page. These are sometimes called “full sized” headphones. They tend to be the largest and often the heaviest kinds of “cans”. They offer the most isolation from outside or external noise.

Supra-aural headphones sit on the ear. These were the headphones you got when you brought a Walkman back in the day. They don’t do a very good job of blocking external sounds from the listener. But are less expensive that the Circumaural type.

Ear Buds fit into your ear but not into your ear canal. Most personal sound gear comes with these now. The sound quality can vary greatly between manufacturers. When buying replacements compare the specifications on the backs of the packages.

Note: The higher the Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) the better. healthy younger people generally can hear sounds between the range of 20Hz and 20,000Hz (or 20KHz) better than older folks. A person’s hearing gets worse with age.

IEM‘s or In Ear Monitors fit directly into your ear canal. They act like earplugs and headphones at the same time. There are two types universal fit and custom fit. To have a set of customs, a cast would have to be made of your ear canal. See the money burning yet?

There are all manner of engineering designs for headphones resulting in various methods of getting sounds from them into your head. But I want to keep this simple for practical purposes…

Headphones are generally “Dynamic” or “Electrostatic”.

Dynamic headphones work using the same principles are your regular speakers. Magnetic fields are generated to cause the voice coil to move the diaphram pushing air in order to create sound.

Electrostatic headsets have no voice coil. They have a diaphragm suspended between two perforated metal plates. Depending on the charge being applied to the plates at any given moment, the diaphragm is either drawn towards or away from the plates. This causes the diaphragm to move the air through the holes in the metal plates to create sound.

It can take a lot more voltage (like up to one thousand volts!) to make this method work as compared to the voltage needed for dynamic headphones.

So Electrostatic headphones are more likely to be less common and more expensive.

One of the benefits of Electrostatic headphone is that it tends not to have the problems dealing with distortion and higher frequencies that regular dynamic headphones have.

Electrostatic types tend to have much better sound quality. Unless you are mad serious about squeezing every iota of sound into your head at the utmost quality, go with the dynamics and save your beans.

WARNING: Turn them things DOWN! Listening to headphones with the volume turned up will ultimately result in hearing loss. It may be temporary (you’d better hope so) or permanent. So why take a chance.

I have permanent damage in my right ear after using (unknown to me) a faulty headset while in the military. I powered up the receiver and it made a loud cracking noise when and let’s just say things have not been the same since.

“Huh? What’s that?”

Here’s a few tips:

Don’t go for “cute”. Cute don’t stay cute for long if you discover you brought something that sounds like crap.

Consider how long you will be wearing the head gear. Look for comfort.

Consider what you will be doing while wearing the cans.

If your head is going to be moving about – say turning your head quickly – you really have to consider how secure the headgear sits on your head.

A very long time ago, (we are talking near dinosaur times) I was sitting in my basement jamming on some Rufus I was listening to the music through these niiiice Telephonic headphones. I had them cranking and Chaka screaming “Tell Me something goooood!!!” I had them headphones moving around on my head they were so loud.

My father was calling me and didn’t hear a thing. Dude stood right behind me calling my name and I never had a clue. So he walked up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder – scared the crap outta me. I spun my head so fast that I ended up looking into one of the “cans” (the part of the headphone that has the speaker and covers one of your ears) while the headphone remained on my head.

I looked so stoopid my Dad cracked up and said nevermind. But I digress…

Consider what kind of music you will be listening to.

Take into account where you will be using them. Will you be using them some place loud  like say a… Subway? Would it be wise to be ignorant of your surroundings? Or somwhere quiet like maybe an office or library?

Very few things can be as annoying as hearing what you don’t want to hear while trying to listen to your headphones or earbuds. So…if you can, try the listening gear out in the store and compare how much background noise you hear with the volume down low and with it at a comfortable level.

The more you don’t hear, the better the headphones or buds block out the outside sound. Bear in mind that you don’t want them to totally block out the sound. Imagine being told to look out and you don’t hear the warning…nuff said.

If they are wired consider cable length, thickness and the quality of the plug/connector on the end. Nothing irks me more than discovering the wire insulation is breaking away from connector because I know soon the wire itself will break from bending and flexing. Also take a look at where the wires actually connect to the headphone. Say you get up and walk somewhere farther than the cord can reach. Does the cord look like it can take an accidental pull without ripping out of the headphones or away from the plug?

Check and see if there are adapters included with the headphones. Most headphones come with a tiny 1/8″ stereo plug on the end of the cable (see picture above). A lot of gear uses larger jacks for connecting headphones. Look to see if there is an adapter that converts your teeny 1/8″ stereo plug into a 1/4″ standard stereo plug. If not you can usually find them at electronics parts stores (Radio Shack) or you might find them in places like Best Buy. You can also check musical instrument stores Like Sam Ash or Guitar Center which by the way are good places to check out some of the nicer headphones!

Okay I could’ve turned this “novella” into a serial. There are tons of specs one can consider when buyin anything. I’m not into getting absolutely “scientifically ridiculous” about this. That’s why I didn’t get crazy about the specifications. The main point is get what is good for you and the music.

Next time, speakers….

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Happy Holidays

by on Dec.24, 2011, under The Other Stuff


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New tracks on now…

by on Mar.16, 2011, under Station Update, The Music, The Other Stuff

Stress

Image by Dave-F via Flickr

Well it seems to be a consistantly crazy week down here…

So I thought I’d mix things up a little. Added two new sets..theres like 50hrs of music waiting for you!. The sets are something a little more laid back with some Jazz and chilled grooves reggae and also one with a lot of juicy Old School cuts, afro beat and more. Hope you enjoy them and I hope they destress you as needed (as I do!)

I’ve added artists like Passport, The Temptations, Herbie Hancock, Funkadelic, the Isley Brothers, Forss, Khara, Ziggy Marley, Earth, Wind & Fire, Joy Denalane, Kmotiv, Levert, Erykah Badu, Christian McBride, Talvin Singh, Visit Venus, Eighty Mile Beach, Carlinhos Brown, Square One, Ursula Rucker, Jazzanova, Echobox, DJ Scissorkicks, Waiwan, Platinum Pied Pipers, J Boogie, Soulstice, Los Orishas, Taana Gardner, Empress, Mad Scientist, Raw Silk, Stevie Wonder and many many more artists! So enjoy the flow okay?

Peace,

DJ

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To My Listeners In Japan…

by on Mar.12, 2011, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

Earthquake and Tsunami damage-Sendai Port, Japan

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Wow

I saw the news with anguish, shock and horror and your homeland suffered some of the worst earth events imagineable. I just wanted to say that I am wishing the best to you and yours and hoping for a speedy recovery for those of your so terribly affected by the recent events in your homeland.

May all that is good fall upon you.

Hang in there…

Peace,

DJ

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This Just In…

by on Mar.09, 2011, under The Other Stuff

This Thursday…

 

Jacnique

 

Jacnique will be singing at The Warehouse in Marina del Rey at 8PM. We will be celebrating my recent awards nominations for 2011 Los Angeles Music Awards “Jazz Artist of The Year” and 2011 Black Music Awards “Neo-Soul Artist of The Year”. Here is the address:

Thursday, March 10th 8:00PM

The Warehouse

4499 Admiralty Way

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

310-823-5451

http://www.mdrwarehouse.com

Tickets are $10.00

Also…

The Los Angeles Music Awards Nomination Ceremony & Performance next Thursday,

March 24th at Whiskey a Go Go in West Hollywood at 7:00PM. Here is the address:

Thursday, March 24th 7:00PM

Whiskey a GoGo

8901 Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

310-652-4202

http://www.whiskeyagogo.com

Tickets are $15.00

For tickets to either show, please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible by replying to this email at jacniquetickets@jacnique.net or call 323-580-8382 and put your ticket request in because tickets are going fast!!! Tickets must be purchased in advance via Paypal in order to be held at the door.

And…

The Black Music Awards will be held in Los Angeles on May 7th. Save the date!

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Oh. So noow you want a T-Shirt….

by on Mar.06, 2011, under Station Update, The Music, The Other Stuff

Geek & Graphic T-Shirts

Too late the store is gone!

Maybe I will license the designs to some clothing creation bunch…we shall see.

In the meantime, enjoy the music.

It has been a long day. Hopefully these cuts will chill out the night….

 

Oh yeah….By the way…. For you funkateers…March 15th Amazon.com will be releasing a  Funkadelic compilation CD packed with some serious goodies….

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Your Last Chance…

by on Feb.28, 2011, under Station Update, The Musings, The Other Stuff

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This is it.

The last day.

The end of an era.

Only hours left …

To catch a piece of internet history

A chance to collect wearables totally unique in all of your wardrobes.

That’s right.

You have mere hours to grab some rare and unique artforms, clothing and more at the WBPM NetRADIO store. After this day there will be no more.

(sniff!!) I’m gonna miss ya store! And so will you.

I want to again thank those of you who’ve purchased shirts, t-shirts, undergoodies, artwork, cups, thermos and more from the store over the years. Wow its been open since 2004! (Okay so its not like been open since the inception of Woolworth’s but you get the idea).

If you have not seen what you are about to miss…look NOW because when I wake up the WBPM NetRADIO Store will be history. The store is located at http://www.cafepress.com/wbpm Those of you who decide to make a last minute purchase WILL receive your orders!!

 

Think I’ll spill some funk for those who’ve missed out.

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Numbers Game…

by on Jan.20, 2011, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

dream.numbers
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More from the

“Things That Make You Go Hmmm…” Department.”

This year we will have 4 special dates.

1/1/11 New Year’s Day

1/11/11 January 11th, 2011

11/1/11  November 1st, 2011

11.11/11  November 11th, 2011

Try this on everyone and see if it bears out.Drop a comment here. I want to see what happens…

So far it works for everyone I know except those born in 2010 (11)

What you do is add the year you were born to the age you will be this year
Did the number add up to 111?

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Is That You?

by on Jan.04, 2011, under Station Update, The Music, The Musings, The Other Stuff

Happy new Year and all that …

I was going through the stats for the last month while doing end of year stuff and thought I’d share this and also my thanks to you for making this a truly global experience.

This is a list of cities that have had people visit this site and then listen to the station in the last 30 days. Right now -as of this moment- there are a total of 1,199 people who have set up their players or web browsers to directly listen to the station. Who will be 1200? What the data shows is that usually people hit the site first then click the widget over on the right hand side to listen. Interestingly there is another large group of people who connect directly to the station and then click to visit the site! Cool!! Two way traffic!

By the way.

Get $20 off! Become a V.I.P. (click the link)

Or get a FREE 5 Day Trial –>

What do you get? As a VIP you get to hear WBPM NetRADIO as it should be heard. That is without ANY interruptions. Just non-stop music. Imagine what the station sounds like without breaks. Ask a VIP who listens and see what they say. Oh much as I hate to admit it…you also get to tune into literally thousands of other commercial free stations as well. But I suspect that you may wander but you will always come back. Why because NO ONE else is streaming quite like this.

The first person who becomes  1200th person to save WBPM NetRADIO as a preset and becomes a VIP by clicking the banner below gets to pick something valued up to $25 from the WBPM Store.

I had a conversation recently with someone who claims I have a nice radio voice and wanted to know why no live shows recently. In short, I’m looking for the right equipment. One of my mixers died and it was absolutely perfect for doing live shows. The remaining ones are more an exercise in frustration more than anything else and I don’t think you want to hear me cussin’ in the background HAHAHA!!!

What does all these listeners mean to me? Well…hmmm….It means that maybe I am on the right track (?); Music is truly a universal language (?); Good Beats move feets (?). Maybe it means that we might have a lot more in common than some might want us to believe. I suspect that it might be a good thing that I keep my mouth shut and let the music pass the word instead. That make sense?

So, what does the coming year bring? I have not the slightest idea. Maybe people will start buying that WBPM NetRADIO gear I have on sale. That would keep the station on the air

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for another year. Or, maybe some hurting terrestrial radio station will discover what I am doing and PAY ME to come and play  program director helping them to dominate their market (yeahhh riiiiiiiiiiiiight!!).

Would be cool to get on Sirius. Anyone know anyone? I’d yap it up for that!!

It was pointed out that if each one of those 1,199 kind folks signed up as a VIP we could go live 24/7, upgrade the gear in here, do much more on the site with artists, upgrade the gear in here, and possibly stream video from special events at locations like New York and Miami (Did I mention upgrade the gear in here?). That would be cool since the Winter Music Conference is coming in about two months. Imagine getting live feeds from the events down there during that week (See photo at right heheheh!). (Looking around for a hat to pass right now!) Well, whatever happens in 2011 I wish us ALL the best and less headaches….

Here’s the list of the top listening cities in the past 30 days:

1. New York New York United States

2. Somewhere in France….

3. Scottsdale Arizona United States

4. Bedzin Slaskie Poland

5. Jersey City New Jersey United States

6. Brooklyn New York United States

7. Atlanta Georgia United States

8. Arlington Virginia United States

9. Oshawa Ontario Canada

10. Ipswich Suffolk United Kingdom

11. Valencia Comunidad Valenciana Spain

12. Bangkok Krung Thep Thailand

13. East Elmhurst New York United States

14. Manchester Manchester United Kingdom

15. Czestochowa Slaskie Poland

16. Cheltenham Gloucestershire United Kingdom

17. Lombard Illinois United States

18. Charlotte North Carolina United States

19. Montego Bay Saint James Jamaica

20. Chicago Illinois United States

21. Caldas Da Rainha Leiria Portugal

22. Rio Rancho New Mexico United States

23. Newton Iowa United States

24. Thessaloníki Thessaloniki Greece

25. Toronto Ontario Canada

26. Ratisbon Bayern Germany

27. Rome Lazio Italy

28. Superior Wisconsin United States

29. Concord California United States

30. Ljubljana Bohinj Slovenia

31. Madrid Madrid Spain

32. Miami Florida United States

33. Cabot Arkansas United States

34. Melbourne Florida United States

35. Zapopan Jalisco Mexico

36. Tokyo Tokyo Japan

37. Round Rock Texas United States

38. San Francisco California United States

39. Queensbury New York United States (Where?)

40. Towson Maryland United States

41. Auburn Pennsylvania United States

42. Nuremberg Bayern Germany

43. Brisbane Queensland Australia

44. Kissimmee Florida United States

45. Richmond Virginia United States

46. Pathum Thani Pathum Thani Thailand

47. Longmont Colorado United States

48. Muntinlupa City Rizal Philippines

49. Bloomington Illinois United States

50. Tallahassee Florida United States

51. Basildon Essex United Kingdom

52. Metz Lorraine France

53. Fredericksburg Virginia United States

54. Green Cove Spr. Florida United States

55. San Isidro Lima Peru

56. Garches Ile-de-france France

57. Cumming Georgia United States

58. Szászberek Jasz-nagykun-szolnok Hungary

59. Targovishte Turgovishte Bulgaria

60. Harcourt New Brunswick Canada

61. Stockton California United States

62. Ussana Sardegna Italy

63 New Castle Delaware United States

64. Asheboro North Carolina United States

65. Santiago Region Metropolitana Chile

66. Köping Vastmanlands Lan Sweden

67. Elmhurst New York United States

68. Quincy Illinois United States

69. Yamanashi Shizuoka Japan

70. Chiba Chiba Japan

71. Mechelen Antwerpen Belgium

72. Guangzhou Guangdong China

73. Konstanz Baden-wurttemberg Germany

74. Manassas Virginia United States

75. New Paltz New York United States

76. Sarajevo Federation Of Bosnia And Herzegovina

77. Fort Worth Texas United States

78. Kingsport Tennessee United States

79. New Haven Connecticut United States

80. Montgomery New York United States

81. Laval Quebec Canada

82. Reda Pomorskie Poland

83. Nice Provence-alpes-cote D’azur France

84. Wappingers Falls New York United States

85. Puyallup Washington United States

86. Pomigliano D’arco Campania Italy

87. Lyon Rhone-alpes France

88. Seoul Seoul-t’ukpyolsi Republic Of Korea

89. Suzano Sao Paulo Brazil

90. Bridgewater New Jersey United States

91. Rosedale New York United States

92. Istanbul Istanbul Turkey

93. Svätý Jur Bratislava Slovakia

94. Bath Bath And North East Somerset United Kingdom

95. Elmwood Park Illinois United States

96. Bellevue Washington United States

97. Stefania Emilia-romagna Italy

98. Graz Steiermark Austria

99. Cranbury New Jersey United States

100. Benson North Carolina United States

101. Mezohegyes Bekes Hungary

102. Portoroz Bohinj Slovenia

103. West Harrison New York United States

104. La Baie Quebec Canada

105 Alamosa Colorado United States

106. Waukesha Wisconsin United States

107. Trnava Trnava Slovakia

108. Odolena Voda Hlavni Mesto Praha Czech Republic

109. Selkirk New York United States

110. Ningbo Zhejiang China

111. Forest Hills New York United States

112. Apple Valley California United States

113. Newark California United States

114. Leiden Zuid-holland Netherlands

115. Wingdale New York United States

116. Budapest Budapest Hungary

117. Calgary Alberta Canada

118. Santa Clara California United States

119. São Paulo Sao Paulo Brazil

120. Bronx New York United States

121. Burnaby British Columbia Canada

122. Carrollton Texas United States

123. Upper Marlboro Maryland United States

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Here ya go!

by on Dec.31, 2010, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

Stereo Rack
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Hope that sanity and good vibes have thus far reigned over your parades…

Check this out…

I found a resource for you and the stereophiles in your worlds that might do a better job than I at explaining all this technogadetry.

I had started out a few posts ago going over some of the definitions of music related tech. Got bogged down with a lot of projects (gotta make them beans yanno?). So, when this came to me it was like YEAH!!!

Take a look at this site and let me know what you think!

http://www.soundadvice.com/HelpLibrary.aspx

No. Really…let me know people.

Peace & Deep Beats in 2011,

DJ

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Now’s Your Chance…

by on Dec.05, 2010, under The Other Stuff

GE security scanner at DFW
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Without saying a word now you too can mindslap a person without so much as wrinkling a forehead.

How you ask?

Take a look HERE.

(Or copy this link into your web browser:

http://www.cafepress.com/wbpm/7526797 )

(I’m just sayin’ ….)

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LOL!!!

by on Nov.24, 2010, under The Other Stuff

Episode of game show “Family Feud” where contestant blurts out first thing that came to mind…

Enjoy!

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Huh? Recent Wall Post I Found Pending…

by on Nov.22, 2010, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

FORTYEIGHT | threesixtyfive "Hackers"
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If Yahoo Babel Fish is wrong I owe this person
(not the dude in the photo, the guy or gal who wrote on my wall!) a real apology so I hope he or she has a sense of humor. Even though I have never kicked that person out and for other reasons their claim is suspect at best. I swear I’m not making this up. Read on…

Привет. Странаня ситуация, пытаюсь зайти на блог, меня постоянно выкидывает. Сейчас зашел через прокси и все нормально. Можно попросить разблокировать ип адрес 192.48.250.80
Так уже с недели две не могу попасть со своего ип в блог.

Translation:

Regards. [Strananya] situation, I attempt to visit to [blog], it constantly throws out me. Now it visited through proxy and everything normally. It is possible to ask to unblock IP (Internet protocol) address 192.48.250.80 So already from week two I cannot fall from my IP into [blog].

The Response:

Привет. Странаня ситуация, пытаюсь зайти на блог, меня постоянно выкидывает. Сейчас зашел через прокси и все нормально. Можно попросить разблокировать ип адрес 192.48.250.80
Так уже с недели две не могу попасть со своего ип в блог.

Translation:

“I think (don’t speak Russian) your message says you keep getting kicked off of the blog and you want me to unblock your IP address. If you were having problem reaching the blog how are you posting on the wall? In order to figure this out I will need you to buy 6 items from the official store. (cafepress.com/wbpm) okay? When I get the money I will think about it.(The money).”

Just buy a Custom T-shirt or a 16 oz. Original design Coffee Cup (or something!) for some deserving soul instead of spamming regular folk. Here, go to my store at www.cafepress.com/wbpm and be the first on your continent to have some official WBPM NetRADIO swag. Then you can sit around doing crossword puzzles and listen to all this good music I mix up for you!

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The Recipe…Part 2

by on Nov.19, 2010, under The Other Stuff

The Speakers

Recently I’ve been asked what kind of speakers I use to listen to the station. Generally, I use a now 10 year old Logitech 4.1 speaker system connected to my main PC. When I am creating the mixes you hear I either listen via my Ultrasone S-Logic headphones or I use my  KRK ST6 Studio Monitors. I do my quality checks on a set of 250 watt 4 ohm Acoustic model 626  Studio Monitors that I picked up waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy back in 1982.(Where’s my walker dagnabbit!!)

Do you need all that?

No.

One of my Studio Monitors...

There are a lot of computer speaker set ups available in the stores right? Some of you have asked what is the difference between 2.0 and 5.1 and 7.1 systems.

To be honest, actually the main difference is the number of speakers.

A “2.0” setup would refer to the traditional stereo speaker pair (left and right).  And a system that is “something”.1, like 4.1 or 5.1 and so on, is basically describing a system where you have (in the case of a 4.1 system) 4 main speakers and 1 sub-woofer (sub woofer is the speaker that kicks out all that massive bass — more on that one later).

5.1 follows the same theme. Five main speakers and one subwoofer.  The main speakers are responsible for creating all of the sound that comes out of the computer while the sub woofer is specialized for creating the bass in the sound.

That’s really it in a nutshell.

Now there are some specifications you could use to compare the different systems but the best way to measure how well you like them is to go listen to them.

If possible, listen to something that you would normally listen to at home. Also take into consideration where you are listening to them at.

A lot of stores like to crank the the speakers up so as to give the impression that the louder the speakers are, the better they are. Not always the case. You want speakers that sound “full” at any volume level. By “Full” I mean that as you turn down the volume the bass or the quality of the sound doesn’t diminish along with the volume.

Also note how far apart the speakers are when listening in the store.

If they  are right next to each other you really don’t get a good idea of what they will sound like when you take them home and set them up. You’ll just be able to hear how loud they can get.

I’m saying that because I have seen where demo speakers were not correctly wired up and even though I felt they sounded “weird” in the store, no one else seemed to notice.

I couldn’t confirm my suspicions until I looked at how the cables were connected to the speakers.

The left hand speaker was correctly wired so the red wire went to the positive connector on the speaker and the black wire was connected to the “negative” connection on the speaker.

The right hand speaker was the exact opposite.

Not good.

When speakers are connected in this fashion,  the signals going to the speakers are “out of phase”.  ( Not gonna get technical..just trust me -smile)

So, some of the sound coming out one speaker was being canceled out by the other one and the music sounded “funny”.

You want a speaker system that allow you to place the speakers where they are best suited for your particular situation.

Some things to consider are:

Are the speaker cables long enough?

Do I need special hardware or tools to mount them on the walls if I desire to?

Are they too big for my shelf if I want to put them on shelves?

Are they too heavy for those shelves?

Will they fit on my desk?

If I wanted to use these brand new “hear tomorrow coming” headphones I just picked up, is there a speaker control module with a headphone jack that I can easily plug into?

Does the speaker control module have controls for the amount of Bass and or Treble, or for controlling the speakers surround sound effect in addition to volume?

Does this system require that I plug it into an power outlet for power?

How do I connect it to the computer? (Many sound systems have cables made to connect to your computer’s sound ports (usually jacks on the rear of the computer case…sometimes the cable plugs are color coded to match).

There are a number of questions one could come up with. These are just a few to get you going. Now as a rule of thumb, all things being equal the larger the speaker the better it will sound compared to a smaller one.

But these days all things are not equal.

Generally speaking, stand alone speakers will, more often than not, sound much better than the speakers that are built into computer monitors.

However, when comparing small stand alone speakers to larger ones, thanks to technology, that is no longer the case. There are micro speaker setups whose sound rivals larger speakers and in a number of cases sound just as good if not better while not taking up a lot of space.

I use a 4.1 setup when working at the computer and listening to WBPM NetRADIO. I have two in front of me to either side of the monitors spaced about 10 feet apart. I have the two “rear” speakers about 8 feet behind me also spaced about 10 feet apart. I have the sub-woofer behind the desk on the floor.

Sub woofers don’t have to be aimed in the direction of the listener because of the characteristic of the bass signal. It will spread in all directions so no matter where you are sitting in relation to that speaker, this type of signal is said to be “omni-directional“. So,you should hear what comes out of that speaker sitting behind it  just as well as if you were directly in front of it.

Different story as far as my other four speakers go and the same goes for your left and rights or you other speakers. They should be aimed in the direction of the listeners. Most of these systems come with plenty of info as to how to place them properly.

The sound that comes out of these speakers is more of a directional nature. Meaning that if you are not in an area that the speakers are aimed towards, you will not hear what comes out as well as if you were in the area they were pointed towards.

How the speakers are connected and where they are aimed will determine how well the surround sound or stereo effect is heard by the listener. It will also make a difference in how WBPM NetRADIO’s “Enhanced Stereo” format sounds as well.

One thing about cables:

The longer they need to be the more you should pay attention as to how thick the wires are. You do not want to use tiny little thin cables to connect the speakers up of they are more than 4 feet from the sound source. You also don’t want them longer than they need to be either.

Most systems that come designed to hook up to computers should the proper types of cable.

But for those who look to extend the speakers even further away you might want to consider getting cables that are a heavier gauge (thicker).

I’m really trying to keep this short so…

Here’s the drift… Many of you already have nice sound systems. There are a number of factors that make them so.

If you are in the market for a speaker setup. Take your time and shop around. You don’t need 50 bazillion speakers to get good sound. Actually there are a number of good sounding two speaker + sub woofer systems available. Here’s an article about them.

There are lots of manufacturers of speakers for computers these days. They include Logitech, Polk, Altec Lansing, Harmon Kardon and Creative.

Look for a set that will last a while. Why need to replace them every few years? So look to see how well built the speakers are. Are they sturdy enough to take an accident fall of knocked over or off of a desk?

Let your ears be the just about how they sound and …

Don’t be shy tell the sales person that you want to compare and decide what sounds good to you.

You don’t have to spend a small fortune on them anymore but you still have to remember … You get what you pay for!

Any questions just drop me a note!

Next….Connecting your computer to your sound system…

Later…

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History of House Video Pts. 1-4

by on Aug.14, 2010, under The Music, The Other Stuff

The first four installments..

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C-c-c-c-c-changes (Pt. 2)

by on Jun.20, 2010, under Station Update, The Musings, The Other Stuff

Earth
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It’s been a real busy kind of month so far. Here’s where things stand as of now.

Seems some automaton in the Live365 infrastructure took the money needed to renew the package I had before I could stop them. I was hoping to get a different package that was less costly. Naturally when it happened I felt a “sting”. Well, I got busy trying to make up the loss. Not quite there yet. But here’s the plan. I am still working to move to a new package. In preparation for the change, new playlists are being uploaded (right now actually). The old playlists were 64K MP3PRO formatted files. The files being uploaded right now are 96K Mp3PRO files. What’s the difference? Basically better sound quality (Imagine that …right?).

New tracks are also in the pipeline. They are liable to turn up here very soon. So keep listening.

Thanks to new listeners in (in no particular order!):

Houston & Luftkin, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Anaheim, South Gate, Beverly Hills & Glendale, California; Alamoosa, Colorado; Edmund, Oklahoma; Evansville, Indiana; Bloomington & Chicago Illinois; Pittsburgh & Philadelphia PA.; Atlanta, Marietta & Lawrenceville, Georgia; Rock Hill SC; Charlotte; Washington,DC; S. Plainfield, NJ; New York City (Hi You Guys!); Albany, New Hartford & White Plains, NY; Brocton, Mass; Oromocto, Canada; Cusco, Peru; La Paz, Bolivia; Bogota & Cucuta, Columbia; Cancun Mexico (I could really use a trip there about now..how about you?); Basildon & London UK; Hoorn, Netherlands; Prague; Zurich, Vienna, Madrid, Ljubljana & Radovljica, Slovenia; Budapest; Warsaw & Rzeszow, Poland; Klaipeda, Lithuania; Moscow; Istanbul; Athens; Bangalore; Bangkok; Cebu City, Phillipines, Perth, AU and last but in no way least Sapporo Japan.

I am deeply thankful to all of you for listening. Please listen often…now…

GO BUY A T-SHIRT (or something) Here !!!

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C-C-C-C-Changes….

by on Jun.02, 2010, under Station Update, The Other Stuff

Recording Studio
Image by TomBorowski via Flickr

Okay so its time to renew the license that allows me to stream all of this good music to you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. And, the price is steep.

As many of you all realize times are tight. With the online store not doing so well and other business entities of mine currently underperforming (sounds corporate huh?) I am facing a potential shutdown of the station.

Currently I am attempting to license a different setup with Live365. Emails have been sent and no response as of now. If no response soon its gonna have to be goodbye folks. So just in case…

First I want to thank my family and friends who’ve supported me.

I want to thank the anonymous listeners who would tune in for days on end in Tokyo, Amsterdam, Houston, London and Altoona PA. One listener was logged on for so long I feared the worse! Along these lines I of course want to thank all of the listeners located in over 76 countries who have taken the time to “drop in and listen a spell.”

I want to thank the Twitter, Facebook and MySpace peeps who have supported me throughout the past six years by tuning in.

I want to thank all of you independent artists who have placed your art in my hands so that the world can hear what you’ve created.

I want to even thank some of the spam-creeps who keep trying to hack this site. (I’m getting a bit tired of the work it takes to get the site back up…repeatedly).

I want to thank my fellow Live365 broadcasters who’ve lent support and advice when I needed it. Big thanks to Dianne of Solaceradio.

And most definitely I want to thank the one person who listened more than anyone on the planet:

Bohemian Chick

Thank you most of all. She has heard (suffered through) every messed up mix, hear every technical snafu and has been dropped off the air when I would switch between live and prerecorded shows than anyone I know.

She’s always suggesting new music that she would somehow she would dig up and it would be some of the most amazing music I’ve ever heard.

This listener always had something positive to say when I admitted that at times she’d be the only one listening. So I want to give special thanks.

To a broadcaster the greatest compliment one can receive is people tuning in on the regular.

So what’s next? Well right now a 95 long set of mixes that have been done over the past 6 years is playing on the station while I work this out with Live365.com Assuming I get things straightened out I will update this post with the latest. If not … well my labor of love will go on hiatus for a (hopefully) short while. This site will remain up and I want you to keep in touch okay? Oh the store located @ www.cafepress.com/wbpm  will be shut down on June 30th 2010. Buy something…it might help! 😉

Peace,

DJ

(No.. thats not a picture of my gear…I have a roomfull!!)

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All I’m Saying…

by on Apr.29, 2010, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

MD to GA 30: Welcome to Georgia
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Normally I would not say anything relating to politics, religion etc. on this site. I believe there are better forums for such rants and raves.

But this time….

Okay, it has been about a week since the foolishness in Arizona has kicked off. Pundits of both sides of the issue have had their chance to sound off on the issue on a multitude of television stations, radio stations and of course web sites and blogs.

One thing I have not seen in the coverage of all of this madness, as reporters have scrambled to collect reactions and responses, is that there have been little comment from those who might have a little experience on the receiving end of such policies.

My two cents goes like this…

In 1999 I purchased a house in Florida while still living in New York City. During the Thanksgiving weekend of that year, I drove down from New York alone to Florida to check on the house.

During this time people were being stopped along Interstate-95 by state troopers and local police – ostensibly to try to stem the flow of drugs coming north out of the southern states.

The trip south was uneventful until I entered the state of Georgia. By time I’d made it as far as the city limits of Waycross it was dark – about 10pm – and by then the temperature had dropped into the 40s.

I was traveling among a group of other cars and SUVs. I was driving in the right hand lane behind an RV. Behind me was a U-Haul moving van. A line of cars came up behind us traveling in the left lane looking like they were moving well over the speed limit. The group I was with was cruising along at about 60MPH.

Just as the new group of cars passed me I noted a black BMW with TV monitors in the headrest. AND on the median was a white car with its headlights pointed across our lanes.

As the cars passed this car on the median, its headlights lit up the insides of the cars as we passed it. I knew it was some kind of law enforcement and immediately rechecked my speed even though I knew that the cars in my lane were not speeding and was certain that if it was “ticket time”, one of the cars passing in the left lane were prime candidates for a speeding ticket.

But I wasn’t worried.

About two minutes later the same white car that was on the median is behind me with its lights flashing so I pulled over onto the shoulder of the exit ramp (at the northern side of Waycross).Wondering “What does this guy  want with me?”. Immediately memories of Amadou Diallo and others flashed through my mind.

The officer get out of his car with every light on the planet trained on my car, walked up to my car with his hand on his gun and asked for license and registration saying that I was speeding.

Naturally (trying to sound as calm as possible) I asked if he wasn’t mistaken because there was no way he could have clocked my car with his RADAR in the method he claimed because both I and the black BMW passed by him at exactly the same moment. (He claimed his RADAR tagged me). I’d never heard of a radar that could read the speed of a car through another larger vehicle directly in front of it.

The next thing out of his mouth was a request to search my car. When I asked why, he stated “because of the drug traffiking going on along the interstate heading north through Georgia”. I reminded him I was heading south and that it would seem that he would’ve been better served scanning cars on the northbound side of the highway. I tried real hard not to sound sarcastic.

He just shrugged and said to sit tight he was calling a drug dog in. So next I asked what would the dog do if he didn’t find anything. He replied “Nothing, probably keep circling the car”.Then he asked me to get out of the car. So I did. I also kept my eyes on him noting every move he made.

20 minutes later a K-9 unit arrives, I’m shivering from the cold (I had no jacket on and the wind from the passing trucks made it feel like 40 below zero. The trooper actually asked why I was shaking. Duhh.

Anyway, the dog circled the car 4 times.

On the last pass, he pee’d on my tire!

Naturally nothing was found because I wasn’t carrying anything. But as a result of the stop I had a brand new hole in my door panel and my clothes and stuff was tossed all over the inside of the car.

Now the officers are apologizing for stopping me and telling me I am free to go. I’m like “What about the speeding ticket?” I was told to forget it.

It was obvious that I spent and hour and a half on the side of the road for nothing more than an ad hoc drug search.

I left them and drove down the ramp and continued up the entrance ramp back onto the highway. Cussin’ the entire way and thinking how I’d not been to Waycross since I was a kid (I have family in that town). As I was leaving the Waycross city limits…

One of Waycross’ “finest” sitting on the median, pulls out and pulls me over stating

“We had a report of a red uhh..(he hesitates to see what kind of car I was driving) Dodge with two occupants needed to be pulled over. We need to search the car.” I was looking at him like he fell off Mars. There was no “we” he was alone!

Now I’m really pissed. I said

“Bullshit. I was just stopped by state and let go. You didn’t even know what kind of car this was nor did you adequately explain why I was being stopped. You simply pulled me over because you feel you can.”

He looked at me hard for a second as I started him directly in the eyes. Then says “You can go, you are not the right one.”

As I see the reactions about what’s happening in Arizona, noting the Governor of the state herself admitted she doesn’t know what an illegal alien looks like, this past event came rushing back at me.As did memories about the 4 kids (they were students behaving properly by the way) who had a really bad scene on the New Jersey Turnpike involving troopers not long before this happened to me.

I can guarantee those troopers and that city cop couldn’t describe a drug dealer and could only do so relying on their perceived profile bolstered by the stereotype of what a drug dealer would look like (black guy, nice looking car, dreadlocks).

Yeah he let me go. And I didn’t stop until I was well into Florida realizing it could happen there as well.

On the return trip north, I passed through Georgia during daylight. Then …

As I passed through Maryland I saw what looked like a pair of grandparents who were black with two kids on the side of the road standing in a line next to their car as troopers searched their 1970-something bllue Oldsmobile Delta 98.

They too were stopped along the southbound side of Interstate-95. Now of course I have no idea why they’d been stopped or why they were being searched but I have my suspicions.

So I write this to say this…

Those of you who are undecided about this situation in Arizona would do good to take into account what I am telling you. Laws like this one the braintrust over in the “Land of McCain” came up with does not bode well.

It is the grease on the slippery slope. We’d already stepped over the edge when there was little popular outcry over the stopping of people traveling along the interstates of this country for ambiguous reasons while minding their business.

I hope such a thing never happens to you.

If it does, then you would understand why I am absolutely opposed to such laws as the one signed by Arizona’s Governor last week.

If it has never happened, now you have yet one more chance to oppose such nonsense.

Just think about it.

Okay … now back to the music.

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