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!
by Ralph Bailey
posted Mar 4 2014 1:17PM
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!!!
by Ralph Bailey
posted Feb 26 2014 11:57AM
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!
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!
MORE INFO TO COME!!!!!
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.
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
by Ralph Bailey
posted Jan 28 2014 3:22PM
As Super Bowl XLVIII nears, thought I’d be fun to put together my own Top 10 list of Greatest Super Bowls of All time. Please remember, some of these are based on nothing but my own life experience (Raiders) and personal bias (Raiders!).
TOP 10 ALL-TIME SUPER BOWLS
10) Super Bowl I, Jan. 15, 1967 Green Bay vs. Kansas City
… “The Beginning”. How can the first NOT be on the list? Friends and family of Vince Lombardi insist this game made the greatest football coach ever more nervous than any other game in his career. The AFL, AL Davis, Lamar Hunt and the Jets’ Sonny Werblin, were in a war with the NFL. An upset loss to the upstart league would have been humiliating to the NFL and the NFL owners made that crystal clear to Lombardi, whose name would later adorn the Super Bowl trophy.
GB 35 KC 10.
9) SUPER BOWL XXIII, January 22, 1989 S.F. vs. Cincinnati
…”Hey Bart. Look, It’s John Candy.” It’s the immortal last words of the greatest QB ever right before one of the many drives that earned him his four rings and title as GOAT (Greatest of all time). If you’ve ever seen the NFL films and audio of Sam Wyche you must feel his pain. “Thirty five seconds away! That’s how close we came. Thirty five seconds!”
8) SUPER BOWL XI, Jan. 9, 1977 Oakland Raiders vs. Minnesota
… “My first Super Bowl!” My pop knew a guy, as the story usually begins, but he really did. He sold tickets professionally, legitimately at a place called Murray’s on Exposition Boulevard down near the Coliseum and he owed my dad a favor. We were Ram season ticket holders so I had no horse in the race but it was one of the greatest days of my youth. My dad and I drove downtown and took the bus to the Rose Bowl and participated in one of the coolest half time shows ever.
Raiders 32- Vikings 14
7) SUPER BOWL XLVII Feb. 3, 2013 Baltimore vs. S.F.
… “So long, Ray!” The NFL bid adieu to arguably the greatest linebacker and greatest football player the game has ever seen. Like Elway and Strahan before him, Ray Lewis went out a champion and in typical fashion. Ravens make a four down stop on the goal line with Ray screaming, “One mo, just one mo!” on fourth down! Classic!
Baltimore 34 SF 31
6) SUPER BOWL XXV Jan. 22, 1991 NY Giants vs. Buffalo
… “WIDE RIGHT” For years Scott Norwood was harassed and vilified by idiot Bills fans who blamed him for the first of a series of four SB losses, including losing twice, back to back, to Jimmy Johnson’s Cowboys.
Giants 20 Bills 19
5) SUPER BOWL III Jan 2, 1969 NY Jets vs. Baltimore Colts
… “I guarantee we’re gonna win.” The game became the biggest upset in NFL history at the time. Joe Namath was ground zero for the war between the NFL and the AFL. Davis talked his AFL buddies into going after NFL prospects and Namath was the first big sign. The victory played a huge role in causing the two leagues to finally merge. “The Legend” Johnny Unitas did not play till late but did account for the Colts’ only score.
Jets 16 Colts 7.
4) SUPER BOWL XIV Jan. 20, 1980 Pittsburgh vs. LA Rams
… “A Tale of Two Cities.” To steal from Dickens, it was the best of times it was the worst of times. This time we went to the Super Bowl as fans. AS I mentioned we had Ram season tickets and once again headed to the Arroyo Sacco believing my team could upset the three-time and defending champions. And the game was much closer than the final score. Rams were trailing 24-19 on 3 and 19 when Terry Bradshaw hit John Stallworth with a 40 yard pass that sealed the game and our losing fate. Hardest loss I ever suffered. Said nothing to my dad on the 45 minute ride home! But I am still part of a Super Bowl record … largest crowd ever, 103, 982. So I got that going for me!
Pittsburgh 31 Rams 19
3) SUPER BOWL XIII Jan. 21, 1979 Pittsburgh vs. Dallas
… “The First Shoot-Out” This looked like a rout but you can never write off Roger Staubach. America’s QB made a last ditch effort and came an on-side kick away from stunning the Steelers who at one point was leading 35-17 in the fourth quarter. I’m not going to do the math but just take a look at the rosters of both teams and count the number of Hall of Famers on both teams, including Tight End Jackie Smith who uncharacteristically dropped a pass YOU would have caught in the end zone which might have changed the outcome of the ballgame.
Steeelers35- Cowboys 31
2) SUPER BOWL XLII Feb. 3, 2008 NY Football Giants vs. NE Patriots
“ One of the greatest endings to one of the most unlikely upset victories in history as the Giants and Eli Manning bust up the Patriots bid to end the annual champagne self-admiration, love fest that goes on down Miami way with the undefeated Dolphins.
Giants 17 Patriots 14
- For my money the greatest Super Bowl ever was XVIII Jan 22, 1984 Los Angeles Raider vs. Washington. So many factors made this game my PERSONAL greatest. Clearly not the greatest Super Bowl but it is to me. I was a senior at Morehouse College and my roommate was from Oakland. My then GF, Kay McCloud, was an engineering student at Georgia Tech from, you guessed it, Washington D.C., and this was the Raiders first year in Los Angeles and Ed Skelly and I over Christmas olidwere at the Coliseum when the Raiders set another NFL record, most fans at an NFL playoff game, 92 thousand and change. Fred, my roommate in Atlanta, and I threw a huge party but the game was out of control by halftime and we were left with two cases of Stroh’s Beer, a favorite in Georgia.
Raiders 38 Redskins 9
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Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Ed Skelly, Georgia, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minnesota, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Washington, Washington D.c.
Eli Manning, Jimmy Johnson, Joe Namath, John Candy, John Stallworth, Johnny Unitas, Kay McCloud, Lamar Hunt, Ray Lewis, Roger Staubach, Sam Wyche, Scott Norwood, Terry Bradshaw, Tight End Jackie Smith, Vince Lombardi
by Ralph Bailey
posted Jan 24 2014 3:04PM
By listener demand, here are Ralph's top 10 list Best Motion Pictures of All time
- Citizen’s Kane … Orson Welles film that may not be the most entertaining but inch for inch, cinematography, lighting, writing it’s technically the greatest film ever made. “Rosebud” was an affectionate term William Randolph Heart used for a part of his mistress’s body. Enough said.
- Casablanca … I’/m s sucker for three things that all make up this movie: intricate love stories, World War II and buddy movies, “…Louis, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
- Possibly the best mob film in history. First crime movie where even honest folks had empathy for the Corleone’s.
- Godfather II … First sequel in history to equal and some believe bettered its original. The trip back to Corleone is epic. “Michael, say good bye!’
- Jaws … My grandmother always believed it was better to be lucky than good and Spielberg caught an unknown break when the shark kept breaking down. It limited the amount of time we saw the beast which added to the film’s tension! Robert Shaw steals the picture. (See below.)
- Stalag 17 … the film that gave rise to “Hogan’s Heroes.” Not straight out comedy byt very funny WWII film in which William Holden won the Academy Award for a sensational performance.
- 7) It Happened One Night … I was a young print reporter in L.A. when I first saw this and have always loved the film star’s Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. I went to high school (Buckley) with Gable’s son, John, who never met his father. He died while John’s mother was pregnant.
- The Sting … saw this in 6th grade and thought it was the smartest movie I’d ever seen and it hasn’t dropped too far down the list 40 years later. Again, I say, Robert Shaw steals the picture. “But that’s my money in there!!!!!!!!”
- Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner … My mother, wife of a med student in his residency at the time, took me and told me not to say anything to anybody. (GWCD was a controversial racial movie in the 60s.) And what did big mouth do, told anyone I saw at school the next day. Sir Sidney Poitier should have won an Academy Award and it was Spencer Tracy’s last film, his ninth with Katharine Hepburn and he died weeks before its release. He never saw the film.
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof … Southern family fight over the millions left by the dying patriarch who’s in denial about his demise. Great movie if for no other reason than a young Elizabeth Taylor running around in a slip for half the film. But Paul Newman is great and Burl Ives, who won an Academy Award, is sensational!
Filed Under :
Burl Ives, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Elizabeth Taylor, John, Katharine Hepburn, Orson Welles, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy, William Holden, William Randolph Heart
by Ralph Bailey
posted Jan 14 2014 2:13PM
We lost a very good man this weekend in Nick Uricchio, founder/owner of Uricchios Tratorria Italian restaurant. Nick, like yours truly, came here in the early 1990s and with his daughter, Claire, son Steve and loyal Chef Raphael Hernandez kicked off one of the most successful Italian eateries in town. “Papa Nick” to family and friends, he brought a sense of class, style and professional decorum not often seen here in the 90s. Uricchios has and will always be a special place for me. And if you’ve never made it downtown to 17th and K, do yourself a favor and visit Papa Nick’s long lasting legacy (Try the Clam Chowder and the Chicken Piccatta, best in Kern County!).
Hard to believe but we’ll be celebrating our one year anniversary in the first week in March! To help ring in my 15th year in radio, we have an awesome promotion involving you all, our sponsors and a Lakers game live from a Staples Center Suite! We’ll be taking a winner and three of your closest friends! Keep it locked on Newstalk 11-80 KERN for further details on how to register to become eligible to ride to Staples with me and JR!!!!!!!!!
And don’t forget about our golfing promotion: “Win a Round with Ralph”. A listener and a friend receive a round of golf with with me at a golf course to be name later AND a round for two at said golf course before we play as a tune up! Again, stay tuned for further details. See you on the radio!!!!! RB
by Ralph Bailey
posted Dec 2 2013 2:25PM
In the wake of a very Happy Thanksgiving it’s great to get back to work and to be able to stop and say THANK YOU to the greatest listening audience in radio and the best sales staff in the business. The last nine months and the transition to American General Media have been the scariest conversion of my life. Would my sponsors come with me? Would my audience follow me and can we build an audience where there was none?
Many folks, even those close to me, thought I was nuts to give up all that I had at the other place…ratings, an FM simulcast and an audience I personally built up from nothing over nine long years! But after feeling taken for granted, underpaid and unappreciated I was welcomed here with open arms by the staff and all my fears were quickly laid to rest. We, or I should say I, never imagined the kind of early success we have enjoyed here and after the New Year we should have some more solid numbers that should give us a better idea where we are.
But after my mother asked me what I was thankful for I realized it was you all! You people have stood by me during my personal foibles, trials and tribulations, failed relationships, illnesses and changing stations and I could not be more grateful. As I redundantly state it is a heavy head that wears the crown of a “TRBS” listener. I ask you to not only listen but be my personal PR agents by spreading the word to friends and foes alike patronize our sponsors and remind businesses where you heard about them.
So if you’ve never tuned in to “TRBS” and you’re looking for insightful political analysis or deep insight on today’s societal ills or the GOP talking points, then DON”T tune me in!!!!
“The Ralph Bailey Show” is about entertainment, information, fun and a little more entertainment. I’m here to make you smile but most importantly make you think. I’m not paid to be a genius. I’m paid to be the master of the obvious and to remind you as to what’s really going on in our community. Thank you, again, for your seemingly undying support and here’s to 2014, the year we put “TRBS” firmly and forever BACK on top of the local radio heap!