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Options August 3, 2020: Triple sound collage from 2003-2004 (Show #262,263,336 as #729)

"Karen's Dead" + "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8" + "A Carousel Ride After Too Much Soup" + "Children's Television Voteshop (7-minute edit)", from 2003-2004

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Karen's Dead (give her the goddamned camera!)   Options Show #262, from 7/23/03  2003    0:00:00 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8   Options Show #263, from 7/30/03  2003    0:27:01 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  A Carousel Ride after Too Much Soup   Options Show #336, from Oct. 5, 2004  2004    0:54:56 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Children's Television Voteshop (2007 edit)   Options Show #324, from July 27, 2004  2004  Behavior Modification. (The 7-minute edit)  1:52:30 (MP3 | Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 2:58pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

And now, we begin! Again! For the firstlast time. Hi!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:01pm chresti:

Hello Kenzo, no work today, I took the day off.
Avatar 3:02pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Yaaaaaaay chresti
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:03pm Rich in Washington:

Karen's dead again!
Avatar 3:03pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Rich, let's have the best year of our whole lives
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:03pm Rich in Washington:

Let the regurgitation begin!
Avatar 3:03pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

In 30 minutes, "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8".
And in the second hour, "A Carousel Ride After Too Much Soup"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04pm Rich in Washington:

Is that Amanda?
Avatar 3:04pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Depends on which one you mean
Avatar 3:04pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I always think it's going to make things simpler to bring out some old classics, but it's just as fully production-oriented. This week these are all remastered.
Avatar 3:06pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@Rich It's actually Sandra, whose slot I was subbing for at KOOP Austin. This is my second-ever broadcast there.
Avatar 3:13pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Smile
Avatar 3:13pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Mary Tyler Moore was later also great in Flirting With Disaster
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:20pm Rich in Washington:

Just give her the damn camera!
  3:20pm Mirandamirandamiranda:

hello Ken in the present and from the halfway point of my life so far!
Avatar 3:22pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Miranda, you can add one to your life every moment
Avatar 3:23pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

(Miranda, which one are you listening to?)
  3:25pm Mirandamirandamiranda:

I love how there are different sizes of one (1). The WTJU streamer wasn't working so I came to this star-filled page and am listening to the quarreling picture-taking people and the stock-buying optimist and pachabel's canon. It sez 2003?
Avatar 3:26pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

OK, so you're in hour 1, the WFMU GTDR version. Great, you don't have to miss anything!
Avatar 3:26pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

You're not EVEN halfway through your life so far!
Avatar 3:27pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Here comes the second half of the first half.
Avatar 3:32pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I am listening to the radio and the two streams that are an hour apart from each other and my live mix that is 16 years delayed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:33pm Rich in Washington:

I would totally listen to a 24/7 KLERE stream, like that 24/7 Over The Edge stream.
Avatar 3:34pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I could start popping in the 1994-2002 cassette tapes!
Avatar 3:35pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I dread trying out my really excellent condition tape deck, because I haven't touched it in many years, which means the belt has to be warped from sitting in place the whole time.
Avatar 3:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

The second hour (Carousel Ride) is really fun, I hope you can be here for it (unless you already are)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:38pm Rich in Washington:

I'm still needing to take my really good cassette player to the tape machine hospital to get all its belts replaced. I found a guy in my town who does excellent work and is really reasonable.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:39pm Rich in Washington:

I'm scared to play cassette live on the air, even though my currently installed tape deck is pretty good.
Avatar 3:39pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

If I get mine up, I've got no excuse to finally broadcast/computer-archive the 230 shows that are only on tape.
Avatar 3:40pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

The last straw for me in moving to home studio was the local station threw away their tape decks (and cart machines, although those hadn't probably worked in over 10 years)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:41pm chresti:

Love this part.
Avatar 3:41pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I exaggerate and of course treat the timeline like it's in my show archives. Non-sequential and overlapping.
Avatar 3:42pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@chresti Whew, this part makes me nervous, good to hear it's positive
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:42pm Rich in Washington:

Our station similarly dropped its cassette decks in an ill-advised studio rebuild. The engineer in charge assumed no one was using cassettes without actually asking any DJs. They were in the process of begrudgingly re-installing one deck when the covid thing shut down station access.
Avatar 3:43pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Let's complain about radio on the radio (oh I've got to get live calls working)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:44pm Rich in Washington:

When our station transitioned away from cart machines - and after those Denon CD decks meant to ape cart machines in appearance and function - they got one of those hard drive Instant Replay machines. It had all of KBOO's 30+ years of celebrity IDs, funny collages, sound effects, etc.
Avatar 3:45pm Sem:

Along for a listen. Hello, Ken, the extravagant, the multi-layered, the bald.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:45pm Rich in Washington:

Then some smartypants made a hand rolled Windows spot player that doesn't work very well and in the process, someone lost all those classic spots.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:46pm Rich in Washington:

Hi Sem!
Avatar 3:51pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Sem, welcome forward!
Avatar 3:52pm Sem:

Yo, RiW.

I traveled from the east coast of Canada to Vancouver Island, to help out a station transitioning from humans doing everything, to an 800 slot cart machine which was supposed to make them more money.
Oy. I lasted 10 months there, went home and doubled my dollars, because I was then "from away."
The only way to get a raise in the Maritime provinces.
Avatar 3:58pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

This moment is the most confusing of the whole thing. I'm like a multi-station commercial DJ before computerization of that and I have to announce two things at once while coordinating a few schedules and I think I'll make it through to 4:01pm...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:59pm Rich in Washington:

You're a human radio station, Kenzo.
Avatar 4:01pm Sem:

You're the man, Ken.
Avatar 4:01pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Smooth transition, no words were lost anywhere, I think I said goodbye in the right way and I hope it applies at 4:59pm!
Avatar 4:02pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Oh shoot I messed it up, arrrrgh
Avatar 4:04pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Never mind, I just utterly confused myself, sending coincidentally the beginning of hour 2's original source to nothing but my own local speakers while the same thing was playing but augmented with the 2020 content on GTDR coming from my phone, playing from the 1-hour tape delay, and the volume was too low and I was scared that meant that GTDR would get 4 minutes of low volume until I remembered that GTDR is getting my content from a FLAC I'm playing that was recorded an hour ago and ends when I just did my handoff
Avatar 4:05pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

ANYWAY, here we are, in the very delightful and only ever heard once before by me, A Carousel Ride after Too Much Soup
Avatar 4:07pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

It gets much more confusing when WTJU needs me to live-read an underwriting announcement, so I have to do some math and substitution so I don't send any of that to WFMU but I still keep on top of what the tape delay is up to so I can hand off between the hours and still fill up the time slot
Avatar 4:08pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I have apparently made no mistakes yet in this new experiment, except that the audio from the brand new "Regenerative Memory Feedback" two weeks ago got truncated two seconds early, ruining my graceful pop-music fade out, and I still can't figure out how I did that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:11pm Rich in Washington:

Aw... The GW Bush days.. So innocent by comparison - unless you lived in the Persian Gulf, that is.
Avatar 4:13pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Terrible (terror-ful) government/corporate apparatus going back decades and no signs of any improvements on the way.
Avatar 4:16pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I guess I was calling this A Carousel Ride after Too Much Cake briefly, but Soup makes a lot more sense for anything having to do with this show
Avatar 4:18pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

My whole living room filled up with ladybugs that one day.
  4:36pm Kenzo:

I want 24/7 this for my birthday
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:44pm Rich in Washington:

This is lovely.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:46pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

This is my last ever radio ravioli soup to nuts extravaganza
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:46pm Rich in Washington:

Hi Granny Spicy Tuna!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:46pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

Hey there, Rich! How's the Lower Columbia region today?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:47pm Rich in Washington:

Kind of cooling off. It was really hot the last couple of days but we're slowly transitioning into our normal weather pattern: cloudy and rainy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:48pm Rich in Washington:

Oh, and Federal troops are exiting Portland, so there's that...
Avatar 4:51pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Glad for the Spicy Tuna into the Soup!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:52pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

Hey, Kenzo! Doin' the backstrokeā€¦
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:53pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

Rich in Washington: ding dang, not soon enough. OY! I hear Oakland may be next.
  4:54pm Mirandamirandamiranda:

Oh dear this part might be too scary for a miranda
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:54pm Rich in Washington:

Are Feds currently occupying Oakland and leaving or will be arriving soon?
Avatar 4:54pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Probably just gathering up people to assist the minster with certain inquiries
Avatar 4:55pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Miranda, reasonable! It doesn't really fit; was chosen in haste because it's just the right size.
Avatar 4:55pm Sem:

My ears are full as I push away from the audio banquet. Thx, Ken, hear you next time.
Avatar 4:56pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Interesting how it fit so perfectly. 20 minutes before the broadcast, I was rapidly making edits to the 7/23/03 and 7/30/03 shows to remove excessive KOOP mentions, and then the three shows plus this scary edit added to end at exactly 4:00pm and I said goodbye and the next WTJU DJ transitioned. But uhhhhh yeah the way voting works in the US is REALLY SCARY
Avatar 4:57pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Fare well, non-glutonous Sem.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:57pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

RiW: i heard that Oakland was being considered as the next film location for some fascist propaganda, that's what i've heard
Avatar 4:57pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Glad to have had you all here for this filling and cleansing. See you next week for Something.
  4:58pm Mirandamirandamiranda:

Yup, only as scary as the real world!
Avatar 4:59pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Aha, it's cutting off my endings. Well well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

Wrangle those robots, Kenzo! YEEHAW!
Avatar 5:01pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

(toolkit) Audio archive of the whole party will be posted in 10 minutes, minus the crucially missing goodbye of the last 10 seconds!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:02pm Rich in Washington:

WOnderfuL ShOw ToDaY, Kenzo! tHaNkS!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:02pm chresti:

Thanks Kenzo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:11pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Must have been the right place, but I must have had the wrong time.
Avatar 5:11pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Always on time, KFHP!
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