Stay in School and Don't Do Drugs

On tonight's show, callers helped Andy give his daughter and nephew college advice. Julie, on her way to Hampshire College, and Jake, on his way to Emerson College, listened patiently as they were told everything from how to pick their undergraduate thesis advisors to how to avoid joining cults. You can hear all this great advice and this blog's very first on-air plug here (RealAudio) or here (MP3).

...and how could I forget all of my gossip and scoops? Word on the street is that Andy will be doing a show with someone else next week. Will it be his college-bound coed daughter? Will it be WFMU's only Kelly Jones? We'll see. Also, my insiders tell me that on the week after that (8/23/06) there will be a rerun of an old show. If you have any requests, you should post them here before Ken leaves on his lakeside vacation.

29 comments:

Austin said...

Second time reader, first time poster.

My long time wish is to hear the complete version of an old school episode featured on the Death Defying Radio Stunts CD.

I can scrounge up $82 if the FCC comes for you.

Jacob Haller said...

This is great! Livejournal has a feature where it allows you to create 'syndicated accounts' for sites with RSS feeds, so I've done this for this site at http://syndicated.livejournal.com/ssdelay/profile if that is useful to anyone.

Anonymous said...

long time poster, first time listener. i went to hampshire, and i have to tell andy: your daughter is going to learn a lot more about drugs than you did.

Duncan said...

If you search for the old homepage at http://www.archive.org/ you can find a list of slightly older SSD shows.

I know from that list I'd love to hear "Calling Florida" (Nov 15, 2000), "Andy Breckman, This Is Your Life!" (April 25, 2001) or possibly "Carlo's Dilemma" (May 9, 2001) because I miss Carlo.

I think the show with the cub scouts would be hilarious and/or horrifying but apparently there's no tape of that one.

melorama said...

Great site! And may I be so bold as to say that Andrea, you have the most adorable radio voice I've heard in a long time...much cuter than Andy's voice. And Andy's voice is mondo cyuute!

listener zero said...

In addition to duncan's wishes, I want to mention the "coin tossing episode" that was once mentioned. I want to hear that one!

conwright said...

Did anyone else think that the now apoligized for tug of war episode was great up until the point when people starting showing up? Listening to Andy sit in at a McDonalds playground with a rope worrying about cops/security guards showing up was hilarious.

Jacob Haller said...

I didn't think the tug of war episode was that great, but when Ken said he thought it was the worst ever I just thought of radio word search and, man, not even close. Sorry Ken!

Station Manager Ken said...

Thanks, I will look for some of those shows. I have a batch of older shows that have never been re-run as really low quality mono realaudio files, but I think the quality is just too lousy to air them. Maybe I could pocast them though.

Kelly Jones will be doing the show for sure with Andy on 8/16, and I'm still trying to figure out what to do on 8/23 - run a repeat, or let Dum Dum do the show and offer up a podcast of one of the requested shows, which is most likely what I'll do.

And big thanks to Andrea for setting up this blog!

-ken

SueB said...

i listened to the whole tug-of-war show on itunes last week. how do i get my dollar value fries?

SueB said...

oh ! one more thing!


i know i tried to jog ken's memeory, but he does not remmeber this show. It was the only one i called in for and i think it was about some leader in the middle east like Saddam and the many different ways he can be assassinated. The idea i called about was a fake crashed helicopter that this leader would triumphantly pose next to for a photo-op, but it would be booby-trapped.

i said it could be photoshopped by his cronies.

anyone remmeber this one?

Anonymous said...

Hi. I went to Emerson. My advice is don't get too sucked into the Emerson Crowd. There are so many other schools around the city, try to make friends all over the city, You'll learn a lot more.

gbr said...

long time listener, first time poster. What happened in that infamous cub scout show?

sueB said...

oooh! i'm a den mother can i bring cub scouts to the station?

Station Manager Ken said...

The cub scout show was total chaos. I remember it as being truly awful, right down there with the Tug of War show and the screaming at the postal workers show and the Andy in Texas airport show and the bringing the TV into the studio show.

Since you're all so interested in the Cub Scouts show, I will podcast that one on 8/23, when it's now confirmed, Professor Dum Dum will be filling in on the air. But don't say I didn't warn you.

And Sue, no, you may not bring your troop down. We never make the same mistake twice without a really good reason.

-ken

gbr said...

yay!

Duncan said...

If you listen to the Cognitive Recollection Contest show you get a vague idea of what happened with the cub scouts.

I though the tug of war show had a few funny moments at least, like Andy not wanting to go up to the black security guard with a rope and asking him if he wanted to play a game.

robin.g said...

I will bet one thousand dollars that Andy never ever reads this blog. Or if he does, he will never ever reply. Does he know to click the mouse? And use the cursor?

I thought the Tug o' War was funny due to the plaintive groaning.

Courtney said...

Unfortunately, I'm not able to listen live to the show, but I also went to college in the lovely Pioneer Valley (at Smith) and wanted to offer up some advice.

First, do take advantage of the Five College system's policy that allows you to take classes at the other colleges in the area. This especially applies to UMass-- though the liberal arts colleges are great for the small school experience, and I wouldn't trade my time at Smith-- the breadth of classes that a major university is able to offer is impressive. Included under this umbrella is getting out to the other towns in the area to see what they have to offer.

Second, remember that one of the best cities in the world for young people, Boston, is only a short drive away. People in western Mass often have the mindset that they are practically beyond civilization and never go to Boston, but it's really a short trip. Park your car at one of the subway stations that offers a big garage-- Alewife and South Station on the Red Line are great for this-- and take the T into Boston and/or Cambridge.

Third, a fake identity may be going a bit too far, but when encountering persistent male strangers who pester you for a phone number, having a fake number to give out is always a great idea. I suggest the old fallback of the girls in my house-- 585-2328, otherwise known as the Smith College Menu Line.

Fourth, the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is your friend and will take you to the rest of the five colleges and the mall for free. Not to mention it can get you home on a late night when you're in no shape to drive.

Fifth, take time to browse the communuty access tv station. Watch it long enough and you will be sure to encounter the legendary "Polka Time with Ed Targonski," an inexplicably charming program featuring videotaped polka events from all over New England. Do not be fooled by imitators. There is only one PTET.

Sixth, don't get too myopic about what you're doing. When you're in college, it seems like the things you are doing school-wise are earthshatteringly important. Don't lose sight of the big picture or turn yourself off to great experiences you could be having. Don't compromise your mental or physical health for school.

This is already ridiculously long, so I'll close by saying that it's important to make great new friends in college, but it's also very valuable to maintain friendships you had before, no matter what the lifestyle or geographic distances.

I know Julie is going to have a great experience.

Anonymous said...

Andy in Berlin said - -

>the Andy in Texas airport show<

What are you talking about? That was a good show - I only started listening to SSD because I heard this show. You mean the Thanksgiving show? I liked that show.

But my vote for a rerun goes to some of the shows that are dead archive files like...

...hey I just looked, they're all back!

Anonymous said...

> hey I just looked, they're all back!

Unfortunately, that's not the case: http://www.wfmu.org/messageboard/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=WFMU;action=display;num=1153667180

Listener Danyo! said...

I started listening to 7sd when Slate speck com rated it as best podcast and haven't been able to stop!!! I've been working my way through the archive so my vote is for something that isn't on the archives!

Anonymous said...

Andy in Berlin said - -

>Unfortunately, that's not the case: http://www.wfmu.org/messageboard/yabb/YaBB.cgi?boar<

The good news is, you're wrong...

...if you go to the archive page, all the shows are now available. I tested a couple that used to be dead and they seem to be there and working.

David Lifton said...

I have to say that the Tug Of War show was far worse than the one where Andy called in from Texas. That was the first episode of SSD I ever heard, having just been turned onto the show, and was spellbound by Andy's, well, Andy-ness and continued listening. Had the Tug Of War episode been the first, I would have thought the show sucked and never listened again.

SueB said...

could we get a heads up about the next show topic here?
IF it is decided well b4 6PM on Wed? I am usually commuting at that hour (train - no radio) but always am willing to participate. Esp. if K&A are looking for girls to call. I am here to help.

Anonymous said...

> The good news is, you're wrong...

Nope. Some shows don't have any archive links next to them anymore.

Andrea said...

Long time listener, short time blogger.

Hi, Andrea here.

I just want to say thanks to everyone for getting so involved in this blog. I was terrified that I would create posts and then just stand there, with 100 feet of rope in my hands, waiting for you all to comment. Instead, you've all really run with this space and, as a fellow addict, I love having this online outlet. Thanks Jacob for creating the syndicated feed (http://syndicated.livejournal.com/ssdelay/profile), thanks Melorama for calling my voice cute, and thank you all for requesting the Cub Scout show. I just can't wait.

Hank said...

The first show I ever heard - and the first time I heard WFMU - had Ken and Andy discussing organ donation. Andy said if he had to get a glass eye he would opt for a clear one so people could see straight into his brain. I haven't heard that show again and would like to for sentimental reasons. It told me that this was a very different radio station. Oh, and my vote for the worst was the Texas airport show. Ken was in extremis, like someone whose carelessness had just killed a child.

Anonymous said...

Andy from Berlin says - -

>Nope. Some shows don't have any archive links next to them anymore.<

We're having a Monk moment here. I looked and everything is up*. Maybe I'm living in a parallel universe but in MY parallel universe everything is up.

*sometimes shows that were not archived originally are archived on their rebroadcast.