Baldwin took time from his stellar parenting duties recently to pen this article "The Rise and Fall of Detroit" for the far left rag "Huffington Post."
While I don't take issue with him having an opinion, some of his opinions are flat out false and others are just a product of his extreme left wing views.
One of his issues is with management and how they ran the auto companies over the last 30 years.
"The heads of these corporations did not spend the last thirty years lying in bed each night, sleepless. They did not turn their spouses in the wee hours and say, "How do I serve the automotive needs of the American public and better protect their health and safety AND help them conserve energy?" They never said that."
Alec, YES, they actually did "serve the needs of the American public." They made HUGE cars and trucks and the AMERICAN PUBLIC gobbled them up because they liked 'em. Alec's "build a better car" routine is just played out. American cars are just a well made as any foreign car and they have all the "awards" to prove it. For some strange reason American's hold the auto industries poor decade (the 70's) against them but hold no such ill will for the crap the Japanese dumped on us for many years. Much of this routine is simply far left self hating rhetoric and doesn't mean much coming for a limousine liberal.
Instead, they spent billions of dollars attempting to bribe the Congress to avoid putting in seat belts and air bags, installing catalytic converters and reaching more ambitious fuel efficiency standards. For the most part, they succeeded. Congress approached those issues with the same combination of sentiment, fealty and fear that Detroit's customers accepted. It was said to be "bad for Detroit." Little did we know that falling for that bull for so long was what was bad for Detroit. Now, the American automotive industry, once the industrial pride of this country and a source of so many great paying jobs that changed the economic fortunes of millions of Americans in assembly, parts, dealerships and service, is about to go away.
I guess the fuel standards argument is ok IF you actually believe there is man made global warming or an actual shortage of oil. I don't think it is a bad thing to improve fuel standards, but not at the risk of killing jobs. It is too bad that companies don't invest in new technologies BEFORE we get to the crisis point. BUT, most companies are acting in the interest of the shareholder, which in many cases is US.
He makes a great point without even realizing it, when he says the American auto industry was a source of GREAT PAYING JOBS. BINGO, American auto jobs are priceless because they create so much wealth. Jobs with the big three are much more important to economic growth in this country than foreign jobs because they create more jobs in return. The UAW for all its pluses and minuses has helped build a thriving middle class in this country and we should do what we can to protect the manufacturing sector in Detroit.
There can be only one legitimate response to this crisis. Let energy conservation and fuel efficiency rule the day. Let the car makers go under. In the same way we have subsidized Big Oil by destabilizing the governments of petroleum rich countries, or outright invading them, we have subsidized Detroit long enough. Just as every barrel of oil is undervalued because we do not factor in that portion of the defense budget that helped bring that oil to market, so we have undervalued our government's, and therefore our, complicity in producing cars that not only were inferior, but drove Detroit itself right off a cliff.
More left wings garbage. Yep, let the car makers go under and take viewers of your weak TV show and movies with it, I'll never understand why "actors" and those who's livelihoods are dependent on the middle class spend so much time shitting all over the very people who pay their way. Just remember this Alec, these workers that you so despise produce more in an hour than you have ever produced in your life, how about a little respect?
Michelle McKormick, my old partner has scored a gig in Grand Rapids doinf middays on 1300 AM WOOD Radio.
When we launched our contest Michelle was already filling in on WOOD but she didn't know the job was hers, but now that she has a job, the contest is over...for now! I wish her the best and am happy she found something in this economy.
I recently change my phone from the Motorola Q to a Blackberry Curve (thank GOD for Verizon's's "two and it's new" deal) and one of the main reason I upgraded was to have the ability to listen to any radio show in the country on my phone.
Most of you know I am a HUGE fan of Phil Hendrie (KJCE) and Neil Rogers (WQAM) and I like to listen when I am driving around town chauffeuring kids, etc. Until now I've had to listen with an ear piece. Today I was driving around in my brother's car and noticed that he had an Ipod plug, so I plugged in my phone and bingo, I was listen to Pat Caputo on WXYT talk about the Red Wings. It was nice to have a slice of home on the radio. Anybody can do it, all you need to do is follow these instructions.
1. Make sure you have an unlimited data package with your phone cell phone carrier. The cost would be outrageous if you were paying for usage.
3. Add the stations or Internet shows to your account that you would like to listen to on your smart phone.
3. On your cell phone browser log onto your moodio account at www.m.moodio.fm
4. Pick the show you want to listen too and plug your phone into the Ipod jack on your car stereo. If you don't have an Ipod jack, just buy a small, cheap FM transmitter at Best Buy and tune your car radio to the frequency in your area that transmits to your car stereo.
That's it, now go listen to your favorite radio shows anywhere you'd like. You are no longer stuck with shows in your local market while driving, you can get any show as long as they are streaming on the net. So if you are dying to expand your choices, log onto www.moodio.fm and give it a try today.
Last night following the ridiculous call made against the Wings that cost them a shot at overtime, I felt the loss of WDFN for the first time.
After the loss I wanted to hear local reaction to the call, I wanted to hear other Detroiters talking about the colossal screw job the Wings suffered on the Hossa goal with :64 seconds left in the game 3 loss to Anaheim.
So, like any good displaced sports fan would, I fired up the computer and went looking for local radio reaction, what I found was disheartening in this era of syndicated corporate radio.
I knew right away that the flagship station wasn't an option for honest discussion immediately following the game because they certainly aren't going to be overly critical and they had to get through the ridiculously long post game show of the same crap I'd just heard on Versus. So I went to WDFN to see if they would have spent at least a couple of bucks on a local post game call-in show and got....NOTHING. I got a syndicated radio show, J.T. the Brick harping on the Red Sox vs. Yankees. This is where corporate ownership of the local radio stations screws the fans, there was no chance to have immediate conversation about the game.
Instead of waiting for the Red Wings post game show to finish on the flagship, I started searching the net for an LA station that would be discussing the game and again, I got syndicated radio crap.
5 years ago there would have been 3 or 4 stations running local post-game reaction shows for a team defending the Stanley Cup. WDFN, WJR, WKRK and WXYT all would have had shows discussing the travesty at Anaheim, last night...not one. This whole episode is exactly why the FCC needs to review radio ownershiprules, how can JT The Brick bitching about the yankees be in Detroit's local interest and not a Red Wing playoff hockey game?
Technology couldn't help me listen to live react on the Wing game, but it certainly kept me in touch today. I recently got a blackberry and found a new application that allows me to listen to radio shows around the country on my phone. The website is called www.moodio.fm and it allows you to register streams of radio stations you would like to listen to on your PDA and listen to them anytime, anywhere. Cool application.
I noticed today that since my last post about D & D's show being in trouble at WCSX Jeff has deleted the archives of his web site which included a couple of posts where he ripped management at the radio station. My guess is the chiefs at Greater Media gave him the business for airing his dirty laundry on their web site. Deminski's blog has been reduced to a daily rundown of the show. Freedom of speech doesn't apply when you work for a big company.
I'll reiterate the problems and the solutions. I worked on the WCSX morning show for seven years, I think I know the audience pretty well.
1. The show isn't a fit for WCSX. The WCSX listener LOVES the music and they are passionate about it, they don't want to hear dumb stunts with Rudy or about Jeff's infected toe. They need to be talking about the WCSX lifestyle and about the music, their main job should be discussing the day's issues, not making up topics to get phone calls. Content creation is key.
2. 6 records minimum per hour. That is why the audience is coming to WCSX, a talent on a music station should NEVER get so arrogant that they think they are the reason people tune in to MUSIC RADIO. They are there to enhance the music, not the other way around. This is the fastest way to get the ratings up in a hurry. Play the hits.
3. At least act like the music matters, even if it is old, people still like it. The should really go out of their way to create some music related content, etc.
4. Stop with the "topics" and start talking about what is happening in Detroit and the world like real people, just because you are playing 30 year old music doesn't mean you can't be current. "Topics" are designed to get multitudes of phone calls for talk stations, they aren't always interesting and they slow the pacing down.
5. Pick up the pace. On a talk station you can be a little laid back, on a music station you need to keep the pace up and move the show along. Long, drawn out discussions really hurt the momentum of a great morning show on a music station.
6. Do what management tells you to do, this is a tough economy, jobs aren't going to be easy to find. The people at WCSX have been through this before, they know how to win, listen to them and stop with the "we know everything" routine.
My prediction is...before they let the show go belly up they will FORCE D&D to play SOME classic rock in the morning.
I may be "a guy who thinks he's an insider" according to Jeffrey, but I can promise you I nailed the issues they are having at WCSX in that blog post.