steve dahl fired (again) in chicago

an excerpt from the Tribune:

Steve Dahl, a Chicago radio personality for more than 30 years whose broadcast style inspired a generation of voices, told his WJMK-FM 104.3 listeners that he was leaving the CBS Radio outlet after today’s broadcast.

Dahl’s announcement confirms longstanding rumors that he would become the latest top-paid CBS Radio Chicago host cut loose in recent months despite a contract that extends to mid-2011 worth more than $1 million annually.

“This is our last show here,” Dahl said.

Dahl, 54, has been a seminal figure in the radio business both as a solo performer and as part of a team over the years, including pairings with Garry Meier and Buzz Kilman, his most recent partner.

Seen as an influence on Howard Stern and others, Dahl was among the first to return radio, which had become a time-temperature-song medium, to something approaching theater of the mind. He did not have a classic old-school radio voice, but that was part of bringing a certain “reality” to the air, taking listeners into his world, his head and behind the scenes at the stations where he worked.

Does this mean Howard could do the right thing and offer Steve a show on Sirius XM?

Christmas is coming… and Sirius’ stock couldnt be lower. If I was Mel and Howard I’d say, what the hell, lets do this damn thing.

but seriously, CBS, what are you doing paying a guy over a million a year for three more years and not having him work for you? why give Dahl a three year paid vacation?

oj is being sent to jail today for years and years and years

because we have decided that you cant threaten to do harm to people, you can’t “kidnap” them by making them stay in their vegas hotel rooms, and you cant use a gun while you do all this crazy nonsense when you should be in florida counting your lucky stars that the glove didnt fit, etc.

because the sentencing is so stiff for this sort of illegal activity you dont hear about a lot of people doing these sorts of crimes.

however there is a multimillion dollar industry to protect people from catching computer viruses. unlike illnesses that strike the human body due to viruses, computer viruses are man-made and solely intended to injure people’s computers. it’s like taking a machine gun up a clock tower and just spraying bullets at the innocent people below.

but unlike such a crime, the internet virus spreader has the benefit of having others do their bidding for them. once his program strikes the first person, the evil spreads from computer to computer at breakneck speed.

OJ will be going to jail for at least 6 years and after those are served, because he used a gun, he will have to do a few more years. internet criminals should face the same tough sentencing: years for trying to ruin people’s personal and professional equipment, and because they used a computer they should have to get more years.

imagine if you intentionally attempted and then was successful in infecting 1 million people’s computers – ruining months of hard work, stymieing projects at work, and generally being a dickwad. now imagine if that crime could get you 15 years to life. dont you think this bs would stop immediately?

it’s indeed time for change.

more than one person has sorta complained

that i have turned my twitter feed into what jason sutter calls “a link blog”, and because i respect all of those people a great deal, most of all sutter, i will explain why i politely disagree with them.

the job of black people, of which i am proudly a card carrying member, is to take something somewhat interesting (a guitar, a turntable, spray paint, a basketball, an old cadillac, the english language, the executive branch) and make it really interesting.

i am an early adopter. im friendly with the boys of twitter. i owe much of what i have now to the boys of twitter. and yet when i used it and when i talked to people about it folks would say “i dont get it”, and i would say “i dont get it either”.

now and then i will fake myself into thinking that i do get twitter. for example when Typepad appears to be down but doesnt say its down, i will go to and do a search for “typepad” and see what the twitters are saying, if a few of them are all “wtf typepad?!?! down again?!@?!1” then i can tell my bloggers to chill, that its not us, it’s typepad.

it’s in those moments that i believe that the nature of twitter isnt to be the star of the show (like it is in blogging), but its to be a thread in the tapestry. people enjoyed the tweets from India which helped tell that tragic story. others hated the east coast tweets several months ago which gave away the winner of American Idol. thus twitter becomes a double edged tapestry of love+hate, and one is forced to go back to thinking it’s not only Not All That, but one of those things simply destined for the second volume of Stuff White People Like.

anyways, for as many people who said that they loved the fact that i didnt blog like everyone else, some were put off by the Nothing in Here is True part, including a particular young lady who i last made out with but then said she never wanted to see me again, and then gave me the longest most lovely kiss that lasted til the morn.

therefore you folk can use twitter for the things you like, and im gonna fuel it with my friendfeed and pretend that thats why it was invented: so people can find out what im thinking about, reading, favoriting, uploading, downloading, statusing, and stalking.

in other news, im currently watching mr woodcock on tivo.

photo of madonna from her new louis v ad campaign via goldenfiddlr via the apt