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As many of you know, I began as a print reporter down south with "The Los Angeles Sentinel", a black weekly in South Central and started my professional career here with "The Bakersfield Californian". So I could not have been happier when "The Suits" here hit me up about writing a blog.

My goal: to write twice maybe three times a week delving deeper into issues talked about on the show or reaching out to subjects that, for whatever reason, we didn't tackle on the broadcast. In the meantime, if you have topic ideas or want to comment on past blogs feel free to contact me at the website or via e mail at ralphbailey@kernradio.com.

by Ralph Bailey posted Mar 21 2014 3:03PM
Very excited to announce that on April 4 I will be winging my way to our nation's capital along with 19 of the most courageous men this world has ever seen. The spring Honor Flight takes of at the crack of dawn that Friday and I'm proud to serve as a chaperone for one of the 13 World War II veterans and six more veterans from the Korean Conflict.

Lili Marsh continues to do yeoman's work flying our “Greatest Generation” back for the trip of a lifetime. Men who have been witness to most of the 20th Century come back from Washington insisting it was the greatest trip they've ever taken.

Treated like the celebrities they are, the men are showered with standing ovation at every turn, including Sky Harbor Airport, where a recent group was serenaded by a cacophony of cheering and clapping from a grateful nation.

No one realizes more than I that all I do is talk on the radio and, at the end of the day, that and 75 cents will get you a newspaper. But every now and again I get the rare treat to do something of merit...something that truly has a deep impact and I believe this trip is one of those occasions.

I'll of course tell you all about it following our return Sunday, April 6.

Ain't life a kick in the head!
See you on the radio!
RB
 
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Topics : Human Interest
Location : Washington
People : Bailey GoesLili Marsh
by Ralph Bailey posted Mar 21 2014 3:01PM
Very excited to announce that on April 4 I will be winging my way to our nation's capital along with 19 of the most courageous men this world has ever seen. The spring Honor Flight takes of at the crack of dawn that Friday and I'm proud to serve as a chaperone for one of the 13 World War II veterans and six more veterans from the Korean Conflict.

Lili Marsh continues to do yeoman's work flying our “Greatest Generation” back for the trip of a lifetime. Men who have been witness to most of the 20th Century come back from Washington insisting it was the greatest trip they've ever taken.

Treated like the celebrities they are, the men are showered with standing ovation at every turn, including Sky Harbor Airport, where a recent group was serenaded by a cacophony of cheering and clapping from a grateful nation.

No one realizes more than I that all I do is talk on the radio and, at the end of the day, that and 75 cents will get you a newspaper. But every now and again I get the rare treat to do something of merit...something that truly has a deep impact and I believe this trip is one of those occasions.

I'll of course tell you all about it following our return Sunday, April 6.

Ain't life a kick in the head!
See you on the radio!
RB
 
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Topics : Human Interest
Location : Washington
People : Bailey GoesLili Marsh
by Ralph Bailey posted Mar 21 2014 2:58PM
Very excited to announce that on April 4 I will be winging my way to our nation's capital along with 19 of the most courageous men this world has ever seen. The spring Honor Flight takes off at the crack of dawn that Friday and I'm proud to serve as a chaperone for one of the 13 World War II veterans and six more veterans from the Korean Conflict.

Lili Marsh continues to do yeoman's work flying our “Greatest Generation” back for the trip of a lifetime. Men who have been witness to most of the 20th Century come back from Washington insisting it was the greatest trip they've ever taken.

Treated like the celebrities they are, the men are showered with standing ovations at every turn, including Sky Harbor Airport, where a recent group was serenaded by a cacophony of cheering and clapping from a grateful nation.

No one realizes more than I that all I do is talk on the radio and, at the end of the day, that and 75 cents will get you a newspaper. But every now and again I get the rare treat to do something of merit ... something that truly has a deep impact and I believe this trip is one of those occasions.

I'll of course tell you all about it following our return Sunday, April 6.

Ain't life a kick in the head!
See you on the radio!
RB

RB
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Topics : Human Interest
Location : Washington
People : Bailey GoesLili Marsh
by Ralph Bailey posted Mar 20 2014 3:20PM
Very excited to announce that on April 4 I will be winging my way to our nation's capital along with 19 of the most courageous men this world has ever seen. The spring Honor Flight takes of at the crack of dawn that Friday and I'm proud to serve as a chaperone for one of the 13 World War II veterans and six more veterans from the Korean Conflict.

Lili Marsh continues to do yeoman's work flying our “Greatest Generation” back for the trip of a lifetime. Men who have been witness to most of the 20th Century come back from Washington insisting it was the greatest trip they've ever taken.

Treated like the celebrities they are, the men are showered with standing ovation at every turn, including Sky Harbor Airport, where a recent group was serenaded by a cacophony of cheering and clapping from a grateful nation.

No one realizes more than I that all I do is talk on the radio and, at the end of the day, that and 75 cents will get you a newspaper. But every now and again I get the rare treat to do something of merit...something that truly has a deep impact and I believe this trip is one of those occasions.

I'll of course tell you all about it following our return Sunday, April 6.

Ain't life a kick in the head!
See you on the radio!
RB
 
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Topics : Human Interest
Location : Washington
People : Bailey GoesLili Marsh
by Ralph Bailey posted Mar 7 2014 2:38PM
JR and I just wanted again to say thank you to all who came down to the American General Media Headquarters Tuesday and helped us celebrate our one year anniversary. I never ceased to be amazed at how time speeds by and the years begin to melt into one another. Years seem like months and they pass quietly in the night like the Baltimore Colts skulking out of Maryland.

Meantime, Tuesday’s show was a virtual “TRBS” who’s who, from my high school football coach Gary Fowler and his wife, Barbara, to six year old Payden, shown in the picture above visiting our parking lot. Payden’s birthday falls on our anniversary and he and his father, Preston, often play air trumpet  to our music ending the show, “Are You Having Any Fun?” by Tony Bennett accompanied by the Count Basie Orchestra. So as a gift they presented me the LP, an actual record, “One Night Stand” on which the song was performed. As I wrote on FB, one of the most thoughtful presents I’ve ever received.

Other anniversary gifts included a loaf of homemade bread, TWO Pecan Pies, several cards and well wishes and a huge slab of double chocolate fudge cake from TL Maxwell’s owner, Terry Maxwell.

You people are too good to me!!

Ain’t life grand! See you on the radio!
RB
 
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Location : Maryland
by Ralph Bailey posted Mar 4 2014 1:17PM
It’s true.

Time flies when you’re having fun and the last 12 months have been “… a stone cold groove, my man,” as the drunk told Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) in “Trading Places.”

And much like Billy Ray I feel like I’ve transformed into another world. I cannot tell you how happy I am to have made the move here to Newstalk 11-80 KERN one year ago to this day. The lack of acrimony, vengeful competition and flat out childish envy make coming to work every day a complete joy.

That’s why I felt it important to stop on this day and say thank you to our listeners, sponsors and supporters. And now that all the dust has settled from the move, we can finally focus solely on creating the best radio show we can with the most compelling, entertaining and informative guest we can find.

It’s important to me that you know that the entire success of our show depends on you! We depend on you to listen, to support and patronize our sponsors and to recognize Newstalk 11-80 KERN as your first choice for news and talk.

So then it is also my job to reward you for your efforts. Make no mistake about it this is a quid pro quo relationship. That’s why we’re taking four of you to spend an evening in a Staples Center Suite with us as the Lakers take on the Phoenix Suns, Sunday March 30. That’s why we bought cake and cupcakes and other party treats for you to visit the studio today and get a chance to place a face with the voices.

Come jump on the TRBS Train! This year will be riddled with a vast array of fun promotions and events so much so you’ll begin to feel like part of the AGM Family …  and that’s what it’s all about.

So on this one year into our new adventure I say thank you to all of you who made it an easy decision to make to come over here and one I never have to think about twice. Here’s to a great 2013 and an even better 2014!!

Ain’t life grand! See you on the radio!!!
RB
 
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by Ralph Bailey posted Feb 26 2014 11:57AM
Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Lakers
As our one year aniversary fast approaches (3-4-13) the listener who donated the Laker tickets, the Staples Center Suite AND parking passes has yet another surprise to spring on us.

He informed me yesterday we must be in the Staples Center Suite by 5:15 for the 6:30 tipoff. That is if we intend to schmooze with the trio of Laker girls who will be our guest and available for picture taking during that time! AND the afternoon will also be catered with one of my favorite combinations: chicken and ribs! (The listener has insisted on remaining anonymous but at some point we are going to have to recognize him or her.)

Again, you can now register to win two seats in our Suite at Staples when we travel to Los Angeles Sunday, March 30 to watch the Lakers take on the Phoenix Suns. Just click on the banner above and follow the simple, self explanatory directions or call "The Ralph Bailey Show" between 3 and 6 and register on the air!

On Monday, March 24 we will annouce the two winners, who each can take one guest. Everything, meaning food and soft drinks, will be provided, however, alchoholic beverages and transportation to Los Angeles will NOT! But remember, you will be offered a Staples Center parking pass, thanks again to our magnanimous listener.  

Ain't life grand! See you on the radio!
RB
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Location : Los Angeles
by Ralph Bailey posted Feb 25 2014 3:24PM

Our “March to Staples” promotion officially begins today and now you can register either on the show or here on our website to be one of two couples to join us in a suite Sunday, March 30 at The Staples Arena in Los Angeles when the Lakers take on the Phoenix Suns.
One of our more than gracious and magnanimous listeners provided us with the suite at Staples to help celebrate our one year anniversary here at American General Media. (The listener wishes to remain anonymous.) So what better to celebrate than to take two of our favorite sponsors, Curtis Floyd of Floyd and Horrigan, Attorneys at Law and David Perkins, marketing director for Urner’s Zs Please Sleep Center, and four listeners for a crazy Sunday in L.A.
Everything save transportation will be provided, including parking passes, food and beverages.
 So click on the Lakers Banner on this website and follow the simple instructions to get registered. On March 24 the two winners will be announced on “The Ralph Bailey Show”. Good luck and please only enter to win if you truly want to and can make the 6:30 tipoff.
Again, good luck and thank-you so much for a wonderful first year at American General Media and Newstalk 11-80 KERN, the first of many!
ps
MORE INFO TO COME!!!!!
RB
 
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Location : L.a.Los Angeles
by Ralph Bailey posted Feb 19 2014 2:02PM
Initially I wasn’t sure whether to boo Terry Maxwell as if he’d just struck out with the bases loaded against the God awful, stinky smelly, donkey riding, kazoo playing, orange and black wearing San Francisco Giants or should I get up on my feet and drown him with praise with a Kobe-like standing ovation screaming, “White Mamba! White Mamba!”

You see, Mr. Maxwell, Ward 2 city councilman, restaurateur and overall good egg  is either a steadfast, determined citizen looking out for his and his neighbors’ best interests or he’s a wrench in a machine that’s already been built. Depends on what side of 24th Street you’re standing, I suppose.

On one side: Alan Tandy and most city officials, who by a 6 to Terry Maxwell (6-1) vote ratified the 24th Street Widening Environmental Impact Report, which all but seals the deal and slams the doors on a  number of downtown residents who’ll be forced to see their homes razed in the name of city progress.

On the other, however, are a number of downtown citizens, like myself, who think a cynical curmudgeon asking nagging questions about a controversial project may just be what the doctor ordered. For far too long, city projects have been rubber stamped by part-time city officials who seem more interested in getting along than getting to the core of the problem in order to form a solution.

The fact the city mounted a $17,000 tab doing what Mr. Maxwell requested does not make him the baby daddy of that expensive blunder. But in about three years some smart City Council- wanna be sure will place that at Maxwell’s door.

I’m not sure which way the wind is blowing in Westchester on the widening, the cull-du sacs or Maxwell’s eleventh hour attempts but I do know it’s wrong to vilify the man for his efforts to stop a project he doesn’t believe in and one which will impact neighbors and  Jacquie Sullivan was wrong to read Terry the riot act in a recent meeting and I suspect that even those that don’t intellectually agree with Maxwell will respect his unwillingness to accept whatever staff passes down as the gospel. Dare I say we need more Terry Maxwell’s in the chamber.
 
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by Ralph Bailey posted Feb 11 2014 2:00PM
SOMETIMES WE CAN MAKE A DIFF
When I first got into radio I detested being asked to host this or emcee that. I felt it was an intrusion on my time the way I felt homework carved into my childhood. But now that the show and I have both grown and folks actually believe our presence makes a difference it now seems that attending these events is about the only worthwhile thing I do, said the man who earns a check for running his big bazoo three hours a day. This weekend is no exception when I return to the eastside to play auctioneer for the Our Lady of Guadalupe dinner Saturday, Feb. 15 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Brundage. Church and school officials will be on the program with details later in the week but I wanted to take the time to remind ALL of you if you have an event or a program coming up and want to use us as an audio billboard, feel free. It is the least we can do!
WENDY WAYNE’S WIDOWER AGREES WITH ME!
Can’t tell you how happy I was to get an early morning call from local liberal, TV commentator and overall good egg, Gene Tackett. Gene, a former legislator, political consultant and currently a  TV commentator on KGET TV 17, along with our very own Cathy Abernathy, lost his lovely wife Wendy Wayne to non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2012 and he comes on the show today (Tuesday) to agree with me:  what’s wrong with using Wendy to promote higher learning. Yes, the entire manner in which the effort got off the ground was botched. First, folks at CSUB, namely Evelyn Young, appealed to state legislators like Shannon Grove when in fact it’s a city matter and secondly, one must wait five years after the subject’s death before their name can be immortalized. So, as reported in TBC, the on line efforts stop and I suppose we wait till 2017. In the meantime, Gene joins us on “TRBS” today (Tuesday) at 3:30. See you on the radio! RB
 
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