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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 Sep 5 2014 12:47PM
In all my zeal to point out to the Commission on Judicial Performance and to our local Superior Court Judges that their fair-haired boy, Judge Cory Woodward, did NOT cooperate with their investigation regarding his affair with his clerk, Jocelyn Dunnegan and, in fact, did everything he could to lie, mislead and maintain his decadent, philandering lifestyle, I neglected to turn up “Woody’s” most egregious crime: sexual harassment.

How could it slip my mind that Judge Woodward was Dunnegan’s  boss and flirting, canoodling and making love to a subordinate is the classic definition of sexual harassment, despite the “consensual” nature of the relationship.

Office hookups are a human resource manager’s nightmare and for the very reasons played out in Woodward’s own Greek tragedy. Late lunches, courtroom nicknames, preferential treatment were all complaints of Dunnegan’s colleagues and are all classic symptoms of an illicit inner office affair.

While I’m sure the couple thought they were being slick, sly and subtle, their affair become so blatant, (During work hours, the judge made a sexual gesture toward Dunnegan not knowing a public citizen was in the court room, according to the CJP.) no less than at least two employees of the court came forward to complain, including the clerk’s husband.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had good reason to focus on the fact that the CJP and Woodward’s fellow judges let this community down. Their insistence that “mitigating circumstances” such as Woodward’s “…full and forthright cooperation with the commission’s investigation…” is both a complete ignoring of the facts but it’s also the greatest hypocrisy since Woodward’s own reason for confessing.

Let’s understand the facts.

NOT ONCE, NOT TWICE BUT ON SEVERAL OCCASSIONS, Woodward, approached by fellow judges, investigators and a deputy court executive officer, chose not only to lie but appeal his Sancha’s reassignment. And it was only until under the fear of a security breach by the clerk’s HUSBAND, did Woodward finally end his series of lies, obfuscations and premeditated omissions. In other words, when Dunnegan’s husband started popping up at court and contacting court officials about the relationship … Woodward finally told the truth!

And a panel on Judicial Performance and local judges think this guy’s fit to sit on the bench. He’s as fit as Sydney Greenstreet!!! (Please see the motion picture “Casablanca” for the Greenstreet reference.)

See you on the radio!
 
 
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by Ralph Bailey posted Aug 22 2014 12:56PM
I want to run the Golden Empire Transit.

I have absolutely no idea how many people ride the GET bus which keeps me right on par with current GET CEO Karen King.

As former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradley used to say, I don’t tell the truth. I just tell you what people tell me and Ken Weir said on “TRBS” King hasn’t a clue. Vice Mayor Weir described his recent and first confrontation with King as “unpleasant”. When he quite naturally inquired about her ridership she conceded she didn’t know!!!

Are you kidding? Please tell me you’re kidding.

Unfortunately, however, the joke is on us and all those who depend on those gray whales of the streets of Bakersfield. And that fact, tied with a labor force still questioning her leadership, merit pay raise (She now makes $213,000 while our city manager makes 228 thousand to run the city.) and overall competence, spells a case for a thorough investigation and assessment of her abilities.

Thankfully, voices in our city chorus continue to hold her feet and those of a few GET Bus board members to the fire calling for immediate improvements.
Terry Maxwell, perhaps the group’s most vocal member on the issue, says he believes a “timetable” should be established for marked improvements and if said progress is not made it’s time, as they say in most human resources department, “…to move in a different direction”.

Let’s hope that horse hasn’t already left the barn. No one, including yours truly, is hoping King fails. For me, I just want her to perhaps concede shortcomings and adhere to the suggestions of the council. But history tells us few leaders, completely ensconced in the proverbial Ivory Tower, get it before it is too late
 
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by Ralph Bailey posted Jul 8 2014 3:00PM
Just when I thought the producers of “the View” had come to their senses by firing brainless Comedian Sherry Sheppard and equally dead above the neck Jenny McCarthy, they jump into the way, way back machine and resurrect a failed “View” cast member ... Rosie O’Donnell. The former actress and witty comic, who performed well in pictures like “A League Of their Own” and ‘The Flintstones” in which she lost significant weight to play the role and also nailed Betty Ruble’s silly little giggle, enjoyed more than her 15 minutes of fame. Her own show “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” was brief but mildly entertaining, as well.

However, O’Donnell’s own personality, which emerges from the bowels of an abusive childhood, an alcoholic , abusive father and a mother who succummbed to breast canacer when Rosie was 11, tends to be mean-spirited when angered and she tends NOT to be the most open-minded.

But such is the case with most liberals. They preach and moan and complain about others being free to new ideas and new ways of thinking and then turn around and in reality are the most stubborn, narrow-minded, myopic thinkers in the bunch.
 
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by Ralph Bailey posted Jun 4 2014 1:27PM
I know you’re going to call me a rationalist or hypocrite but Pedro A. Rios can beat Rudy “The Patootie” Salas, despite my long held belief that you don’t run the same candidate against the same candidate following a defeat.

But there are always exceptions to the rules and there are good reasons why the Rios/Salas race will be that one exception.

First, by the time the opinion media, meaning talk radio, got wind of the unfair and shameless radio ads the Salas folks ran back in ’08, the race was all but over. The absentee ballots were resting comfortably downtown, many of the low-income isolated voters had made up their minds and the by the time they figured out just how crass and underhanded the ads were, the fervor could not overwhelm Rudy’s considerable name recognition.

Now, however, because of four years of photo ops and no real answers to our most serious problems and because those ads have become so infamous, (Ads in which Rudy tried to imply that Rios was cited for distributing liquor to an undercover agent while a school teacher. When, in fact, the error, which Rios took full responsibility for, actually occurred when he was a 21-year-old kid, long before his teaching career began) the second time around is an entirely new ballgame.

I still stand by my politico credo: never nominate the same candidate against the same candidate who just beat you. I cite Adlai Stevenson, Leticia Perez and our newest member of the two time loser club … Fresno’s John Hernandez, who was taken to the woodshed last night by David Valadao for the second time.

But because the initial race was a phony and voters were unaware of Rudy’s shady ways, the SECOND time could be the charm for the educator from Delano. Now let’s hope the Agbalog camp keeps its promise and helps Rios and the Party tear down the Super Majority.
 
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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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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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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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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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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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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