I want my Hour of Slack

From: "Rev. Ivan Stang" <stang@subgeniusNOSPUM.com>
Date: Tue, Mar 9, 2004

Doktor DynaSoar <targeting@OMCL.mil> wrote:
> "Rev. Ivan Stang" <stang@subgeniusNOSPUM.com> wrote:
> }
> } The show is FREE. Can't make it any MORE free.
> }
> Hey WHAT?
> You're not selling it anymore?

We sell the radio versions to a dozen stations and 6 individual
subscribers. Those are audio CD and have the FUX and SHITZ removed --
bleeped, buzzed or "Bobbed". We sell CDs of the high quality MP3s, 12
shows to a disk, but those have the cusswords and can't be played on
American legal broadcast radio comfortably (and aren't, far as I can
tell). We sell low quality mono MP3s of the show, 66 to 80 episodes per
disk, but they sound like a car radio. We have always also offered it
free for download in various different formats, all requiring download,
all cuss-filled.

A number of pirate and foreign stations get the show for free that way,
and rebroadcast it.

Currently, to save money, and also, what the heck, why not make the
freeloaders work for their Slack, the downloads from SubSITE are no
longer in stereo OR mono MP3, but only in OGG.

Even if we stopped making the downloads available, the for-real actual
stations that pay for and broadcast the show also stream to the
Internet, and several, like WREK, keep archives for a week.

If one wanted to, one could hear, and download, every week, the
Puzzling Evidence show with Howll, Philo and Puzzling... "Bob's"
Slacktime Funhouse, alternately by Rev. Susie the Floozie or The Lymph
Node Institute, and The Hour of Slack.

Hour of Slack is now being done somewhat differently than in 2003.
Every couple of weeks Dave, Wei and I go to the actual station, and I
engineer an all-live show that's mostly yak and Spout. Only the WCSB
audience hears these as-is, because I cut them up and intersperse them
with prerecorded stuff, mostly original stuff by other SubGenii that
they deposit on alt.binaries.slack or mail me.

If you download everything on alt.binaries.slack, you can generally
hear Hour of Slack a couple of weeks ahead of time, before it's
produced, but in bits and pieces. For instance, I've already pared down
and posted last Sunday's live bits. We were being hard on the Jesus
movie. I read some posts from a.s. Those will probably recombine with
other stuff now on a.b.s. and monter-movies (like Warner Bros. cartoons
soundtracks) into future shows.

There is a show that's on WCSB FOLLOWING Hour of Slack on Sunday nights
called Radio Synesthesia, also hosted by a dues paying,
X-Day-Drill-going SUbGenius, Dr. Sinister. When he's taking calls, Dave
and I sometimes call in and blather with his other callers -- WHO ARE
Sometimes funny lines from the IRC spouting get repeated vocally on the
radio (and then recycled from there).

So for some time now I have been assembling audio shows for Internet
and broadcast, which are composed of words from alt.slack newsgroup
texts, words and callers from IRC live online chat, live telephone on
the radio, live blather on the radio from the studio, prerecorded music
and collages often remixed FROM THOSE SAME SOURCES, and anything else
on the Internet -- like pirate copies of just-released movies -- so, I
guess it's about as multimedia and as it could possibly be. It's also
interactive, but interactive in slow-motion -- what you contribute now
might not show up for weeks.

The one thing we DON'T use muchof is songs by bands whose albums are in
stores. In other words, the one thing that almost everybody else on the
all radio shows DOES do, we DON'T do. Once every couple of shows I
might run an entire song that's something you could buy at a store. And
even then, I try to stick with bands that we have had some kind of
personal contact with.

You may notice that I don't run much Zappa, Firesign Theater or Captain
Beefheart. That's because I assume that every SubGenius already has
copies of everything those worthies ever did. We did run some very rare
old Firesign Theater commercials for "Bob's Slacks" recently.

This isn't Doctor Demento.

4th Stangian Orthodox MegaFisTemple Lodge of the Wrath of Dobbs Yeti,
Resurrected (Rev. Ivan Stang, prop.)

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