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Options February 27, 2019: Smoking: Isn't it about Dads? (Show #163/635) | Download full MP3

From 21 years ago: Public Service Announcement fest, spliced, collaged and reinterpreted in real time. Later participation via live call-in telephone nonsense, and ambient noises.

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It's a Public Service Announcement fest, spliced, collaged and reinterpreted in real time. Later participation via live call-in telephone nonsense, and ambient noises.

The "Ad Council" was constantly sending tapes and CD's to the station. Some small fraction of these made it onto carts (like 8-track tape loops).

One day in early 1998, I showed up to the station, grabbed the massive box filled with these from the office, and started seeing what I could do with them on the air.

It was 10pm on a Friday night, and apparently I wasn't worried about offending anyone.

Today I'm playing sides A and B of the first aircheck tape. Tape #2 may never be heard again...

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Smoking: Isn't it About Dads? (Part 1: The PSA cut-ups)   Options Show #163, from Jan. 16, 1998  1998  From 21 years ago: Public Service Announcement fest, spliced, collaged and reinterpreted in real time. Later participation via telephone nonsense, and ambient noises.   
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Smoking: Isn't it About Dads? (Part 2: The live call-ins)   Options Show #163, from Jan. 16, 1998  1998  The first caller called in and changed the format forever. I never thought I'd re-air this part.  1:10:13 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
 
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Phone callers talking to samples of themselves   Options Show #216, 8/27/1998: "More Hanson, please: Freshmen Jamming III"  1998    1:29:19 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
 
Girl Talk  Can't Stop   Options Unstoppable      1:55:35 (MP3 | Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  Wed. 2/27/19 5:02pm chresti:

Hello child
  Wed. 2/27/19 5:03pm chresti:

My mom was the smoker
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:04pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

What's it mean to be a Dad?
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:06pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

The "Ad Council" was constantly sending tapes and CD's to the station. Some small fraction of these made it onto carts (like 8-track tape loops). One day in early 1998, I showed up to the station, grabbed the massive box filled with these from the office, and started seeing what I could do with them on the air.
  Wed. 2/27/19 5:07pm chresti:

Awesome
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:07pm Webhamster Henry:

Wow - it does sound old fashioned!
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:07pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

It was 10pm on a Friday night, and apparently I wasn't worried about offending anyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:08pm Webhamster Henry:

I really like PSAs.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:09pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

This is Side A of the first aircheck tape. I'll flip it after 45 minutes. (Show was 3 hours long. Tape #2 won't be heard today...if ever again...)
  Wed. 2/27/19 5:12pm chresti:

PSAs scared the hell out of me when I was a kid
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:12pm northguineahills:

I always found it curious my parents, fundies, and my father was an officer in the Navy, actively differed recruiters and told me not to join (when graduating HS) after I got a 99+ percentile on the test, and kept getting calls for the nuclear navy. (I liked taking tests) Probably for the best, I never could stand authority, I guess they knew who I was.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:15pm northguineahills:

Sounds almost like a Residents rekkid…..
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:18pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

ngh maybe they're still waiting to get you
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:18pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

henry Oh yes, works of art
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:18pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

chresti yup, made by the ad industry, creepy stuff, all of it
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:20pm Rich in Washington:

I was not here before.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:22pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@Rich It's true, you've finally done it!
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:23pm Rich in Washington:

We had a similar thing with Ad Council CDs at KBOO. We NEVER ran PSAs, but they kept coming in. But the weird thing was that our News/Public Affairs Director Kathleen apparently NEVER threw them out. She had thousands of them packed into boxes on the shelves of her already tiny office. She was such a hoarder, that by the time she retired, her desk area was like the seat of a Gemini space capsule - she just had room to sit down at her computer.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:24pm Rich in Washington:

and then I came into the station to see six or seven big boxes of unopened PSA CDs stacked in the hall with my name and a question mark on them.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:24pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Yeah, the history in the piles in our station office were crazy. Unclear if anyone had ever looked at any of it before adding to the pile. When I took over as program director, I went through a pile of papers and found our license renewal in their, due soon, uncompleted.
  Wed. 2/27/19 5:25pm Sandra:

Hi Ken!
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:25pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Indeed, now that you remind me: One of the managers handed me this PSA box. Everyone knew me.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:25pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Welcome home, Sandra!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:25pm listener james from westwood:

Been in since the git-go, but on the road. This mix is a total gas.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:26pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

listener james, just in time for the road segment.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:27pm Rich in Washington:

our program director now forwards every digital PSA to me. I don't think they mail out CDs as furiously as they did in previous years. It's mostly digital now, I think.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:28pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Can me and Olivia and you take me to the zoo?
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:29pm Rich in Washington:

Oh wow! This is fantastic!
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:30pm northguineahills:

For Christ's sake, just take them to the zoological park!
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:30pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

My heart is pounding as I anticipate the climb up to the over-the-top point, before it eventually collapses into silly and pointless phone calls
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:32pm Rich in Washington:

this part!
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:33pm northguineahills:

I spend more time per day on average w/ my nieces, and I only see them once a month.
  Wed. 2/27/19 5:34pm chresti:

From the National dad council
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:34pm Rich in Washington:

I'm dying!
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:34pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@chresti nice
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:34pm listener james from westwood:

The National Dad Council knows where all of its appliance warranties and instruction manuals are.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

It takes a man to be a dad!
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:37pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I can hear the audio tape crosstalk!
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:37pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

(during the silent parts)
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:39pm Rich in Washington:

Oh. I can hear it now - wearing my headphones.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:39pm Rich in Washington:

McScruff.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:41pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Bueller?
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:43pm northguineahills:

I think today the rate is higher due to irresponsible ammosexuals...
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:43pm Rich in Washington:

Everyday we prevent Andrea Thompson.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:43pm listener james from westwood:

Take that, you rotten kids!!
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:43pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I'd done just over 2 years of experimental radio shows before this episode.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:44pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Oh, the sound effects CD's...
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:46pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Flipped the tape, side B
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:46pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Ken, screaming
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:48pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Those are Ad Council PSA gunshots. chresti, no wonder you were so scared of PSA's.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:51pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

This must be my David Cronenberg episode, where you get lulled into the thing and suddenly realize you're really disturbed by it and aren't sure if you should be looking.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:53pm northguineahills:

nice rhythm....
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:55pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Oh there's probably going to be a station ID
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:55pm listener james from westwood:

Ho, jeez, that song sample def marks this as a late-90s mix!
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:55pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Heh
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:56pm listener james from westwood:

"She drives a wooden car" is a very 90s snark-lyric.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 5:57pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

How many more Elizabeths will be killed?
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 5:59pm Rich in Washington:

oh yes. Sound effect #375: Inauthentic Laughter, Women.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:00pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Wow, a surprisingly good station ID
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:00pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

(Robin Leach)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 2/27/19 6:05pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...I'ma take some space right here...
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 6:05pm Rich in Washington:

I recently dreamt there was a brand of cigarettes called Father and Son Cigarettes. I think it was supposed to be an old ad from the 1940s. The pack had an illustration of a dad and a small boy, in portrait.You'd pull one out and a smaller cigarette somehow broke off of the regular cigarette that a child could smoke. It was in the form of an ad myself and someone else were looking it. We were surprised and appalled by it.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:06pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Smoking: If you think you're old enough to start, you're smart enough.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:07pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@RevRabbit: From the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:08pm northguineahills:

Now, I want a cigarette, and I don't smoke....
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 6:08pm Rich in Washington:

someone give that kid a drink of water.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:11pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

And the first caller has called in, changing the entire format of the show forever.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:13pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

People are going to show up now and think this is what I was talking about.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 2/27/19 6:19pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

FRAZEZ
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:21pm chresti:

Excellent phone manner
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:24pm chresti:

My mother said that I would try to eat her cigarette butts
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:26pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Now it's yet another format. This should be called part 3
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:27pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Whoops, tape 1 runs out in 5 minutes and I don't have tape 2 here (it's in a BOX)
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:28pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I am proud of us for trying. This fellow used to call into my show and scream into his phone from his parents' basement.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:29pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Good thing this tape is running out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 6:29pm Carmichael:

Late hello, Kenzington and other smokers/dads (I am one but not the other).
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:29pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

It's now 11:30pm on a Friday night and apparently I'm even less worried than before about offending anyone. Little did I realize this tape would get played on the internet.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:31pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

We've jumped ahead a few months. Here I let the live phone callers try to talk to samples of each other. I'm pretty sure I never speak in this one.
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:32pm chresti:

Late Friday night means everyone’s lubricated and toasted
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:34pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I'm supposed to be training my DJ apprentice who for some reason specifically wanted to pair up with me, so I just gave him his own studio and aired him simultaneously.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 2/27/19 6:35pm Gary:

Hey gang
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:35pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

3 phone lines on the air, someone is sitting in another studio not knowing what's going in, I'm in a different room figuring out how to use a Windows 95 computer to sample from the board
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

The strange apprentice is responsible for the club music and droning narration
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:36pm chresti:

It’s getting interesting
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I'm astonished at how different this all is from the cut-ups part.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 6:38pm Rich in Washington:

I used to get asked to let DJ hopefuls shadow me but most of them seemed nonplussed by me playing 4 or more things at the same time and eventually I was never asked to do it anymore.
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:41pm chresti:

That sounded like Marty mcsorley laughynd
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:41pm chresti:

*laughing
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:42pm chresti:

The giggle/chuckle
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:43pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Yeah I only get apprentices who specifically request me, happens once every 10 years
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 6:44pm Rich in Washington:

Stop playing that girl.
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:44pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@Carmichael Go back to the beginning of this show, for contrast
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:44pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hi Gary hear you soon
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 6:46pm Rich in Washington:

GARY!
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:46pm chresti:

That plaintive Why reminds me of a wobbly track that samples “The Birds”
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:46pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Where did you go to medical school?
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:46pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Using CoolEdit Pro, same as today
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:47pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Why do you want to know who I am and then tell me things like that?
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:49pm chresti:

Because she likes it
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:49pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I'm having trouble fathoming that there were 53 shows between these two shows, only 7 months apart. And wondering if this is the sound of devolution.
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:50pm ike:

Mexican food?
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:51pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

It's tempting to put the first half onto the new DVD compilation, I dunno...
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:51pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

"Unopened Packages"
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:52pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@chresti I love Wobbly and by the time of this show I had met him
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:54pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

There's no transition out of this. How do we escape...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 2/27/19 6:54pm Gary:

Haha
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:55pm chresti:

Yeah/ I first heard him on Shirley and Spinoza
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:56pm chresti:

Stillupsample birds, I was thinking of
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:56pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

There I found us a transition, what a relief
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:57pm ike:

Who’s Blair?
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 6:58pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Thanks everyone. What a strange journey (it still is). Archive'll be up in a few minutes, so you can re-experience the strange range.
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:58pm chresti:

From ‘99>00
  Wed. 2/27/19 6:58pm chresti:

Thanks kenzo!
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2019 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Wed. 2/27/19 7:00pm Rich in Washington:

Thanks, Kenzo!
Avatar Wed. 2/27/19 7:01pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

byebyebyebye
  Wed. 2/27/19 7:02pm chresti:

I have an old recording of shows in the late 70s-1980s-where friends call in to harass guest bands on KPFK
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