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Bringing Movies Back to Tucson

Posted in Pop Culture and Entertainment with tags , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2010 by raingeg

I had the pleasure Saturday to meet Robert Shelton, no not the former President of the University of Arizona, the man that ran Old Tucson back when it was a thriving movie set. I can’t emphasize the word “was” enough. Old Tucson is only a shade of what it once was, after a devastating fire and a change in ownership, its never been the same.

This is from Old Tucson’s website about Shelton:

In 1959, Midwest entrepreneur Robert Shelton saw more than an antiquated movie set when he set eyes on Old Tucson Studios. He saw potential for expanding it from the ghost town it had become into a viable movie studio and family attraction. Shelton leased the property from Pima County and began to restore the forgotten town. Old Tucson Studios re-opened in 1960, as a film studio and a family fun park as well.

The park continued to grow, literally building by building, with each movie filmed on its dusty streets. Western film legend John Wayne, who soon became friends with studio owner Shelton, starred in four movies at Old Tucson Studios and each production added buildings to the town. Rio Bravo (1959) added a saloon, bank building and doctor’s office; from MCLINTOCK! (1963) came the McLintock Hotel; El Dorado (1967) left Old Tucson Studios with a facelift on Front Street; and from Rio Lobo (1970) came a cantina, a granite lined creek, a jail and Phillip’s ranch house.

The stampede of movie productions during those early years include, The Deadly Companions (1961), starring Brian Keith and Maureen O’Hara; Lilies of the Field (1962) starring Sidney Poitier ; Have Gun Will Travel (1962); The Outrage (1964) and Hombre (1966) with Paul Newman; and episodes of Bonanza (1966, ‘71, ‘72); Death Valley Days (1966-69); and High Chaparral (1966-’71).

Old Tucson Studios became the premier, privately owned, western film location. In 1968, a 13,000 square foot soundstage was built to give Old Tucson Studios complete movie-making versatility. The first film to use the soundstage was Young Billy Young (1968), starring Robert Mitchum and Angie Dickenson. That same year, Shelton also purchased the Mescal property, Old Tucson’s second filming location just 40 miles southeast of Tucson.

Tucson is really hurting for business, mostly because our city is run by people that either really don’t like Tucson and are trying to drive it into the ground (that’s a joke) or they are so tied to their leftist agenda that they are doing more harm than good.

There is a Senate Bill that we should all throw our support around.

Arizona Public Media reports back in April:

Senate Bill 1409 would extend a tax credit to movie productions companies that come to work in Arizona. The current tax credit expires at the end of this fiscal year, and SB 1409 would not only extend the credit but it would also increase it to as much as 30% if certain criteria are met dealing with the amount of money spent in the state and the number of Arizona residents hired for the production. Backers of the bill say it is needed to keep movie companies shooting in Arizona. They point to the 2007 version of 3:10 to Yuma, none of which was filmed in Arizona. Opponents, however, say the tax credit is too much and movie companies make enough money they don’t need the financial help.

On April 5, 2010 the full Senate failed the proposal on an 11-16 vote.

This would bring a lot of business to Arizona and hopefully turn Tucsn, not just Old Tucson, into a place where Hollywood can once again film some movies. With its natural light, great weather and short distance to California, Tucson is a great place for filming movies.

From what I can tell SB 1409 died in the Arizona House, I don’t know for sure. I’ve sent out an email in hopes of getting an answer to that question.

If you’d like to listen to last weekends Voices of the West program click on the link below and listen to or download the file.

Voices of the West 7-24-10


The Joel Gaines Show 12-27-09

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2010 by raingeg

Its a little belated, but here’s the last show we recorded.

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The despots leading Iran have figured out that the International community, led by the United States, is a group of complete pushovers, we’ll talk a little about that.

Let’s talk about the Health Care Bill and take a look at how in the world this pig ever got through the Senate.

Some ninny wrote about the 5 myths of the president’s first year. Basically, stating that the President’s detractors are ignorant and why. Let’s fisk this particular column I want to show you how simple-minded these leftists can be.

After a year at the Helm, has the United States become more loved under the Obama administration?

Joel Gaines Show 11-29-09 (Audio)

Posted in Economy, Health Insurance, Politics with tags , , , , , , on December 2, 2009 by raingeg

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So, it appears the long needed ramp of forces to Afghanistan is going to happen – but I want to talk a little about why it was difficult for this administration to come to this decision.

What did President Obama do on Thanksgiving?

Jeff Jacoby says conservatives have it wrong on Illegal Immigrants – I’ll tell you about his misperception, but I agree with some of his points.

Let’s see how you feel about this. Senator Lieberman on Public Option in Healthcare.

Eric Holder regrets his choice of words related to race relations in America.

Joe Klein thinks it is too early to judge president Obama on his mistakes – why is this?

Leftists to NPR Political Editor: Do what your told!

Posted in Politics, Technology with tags , , , , , on October 25, 2009 by raingeg

This is humorous. A Byron York opinion piece spotlights NPR political editor Ken Rudin’s comments on the “almost Nixonesque” White House and his 180 degree turn around after he angered his liberal listeners.

On National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” Wednesday, NPR political editor Ken Rudin said the White House campaign against Fox News is a bad idea. “It’s not only aggressive, it’s almost Nixonesque,” Rudin said. “I mean, you think of what Nixon and Agnew did with their enemies list and their attacks on the media; certainly Vice President Agnew’s constant denunciation of the media. Of course, then it was a conservative president denouncing a liberal media, and of course, a lot of good liberals said, ‘Oh, that’s ridiculous. That’s an infringement on the freedom of press.’ And now you see a lot of liberals almost kind of applauding what the White House is doing to Fox News, which I think is distressing.”

“Almost Nixonesque” is far from a side by side comparison to Nixon! “Almost” generally means a bit like or somewhat close to, not just like or mirroring Nixon policies. But, needless to say, the left got angry, so he apologized.

“I made a boneheaded mistake yesterday,” Rudin wrote on his NPR blog. “Comparing the tactics of the Nixon administration — which bugged and intimidated and harrassed journalists — to that of the Obama administration was foolish, facile, ridiculous and, ultimately, embarrassing to me. I should have known better and, in fact, I do know better. I was around during the Nixon years. I am fully cognizant of what they did and attempted to do.”

You “should have known better” sir, you are not to anger the listeners! Did I hear your voice move up an octave when you read that news story young man, you are not to have enthusiasm on NPR or an opinion for that matter. Perhaps Rudin will get fed next week, provided he doesn’t say anything else “foolish” about the Obama administration.

Read the whole piece in the Washington Examiner opinion section.

Thanks to Brain Terminal for the link.

The Future of Media: Radio

Posted in Music, Technology with tags , , , , on October 14, 2009 by raingeg

What will happen to radio? My prediction is that music radio will be gone within a decade if radio stations don’t start taking a new approach to music radio, well, it could be considered an old approach. The best part about old radio was the jocks, some might say that people don’t want to hear the jocks anymore, but I beg to differ. They don’t want to hear the jocks talking about useless junk. I would submit that if music radio took a highly opinionated and music savvy jock and just let him loose he would actually bring in listeners. Just let the DJ play what the DJ wants to play, and if the DJ wants to not play something or even say how much he dislikes a certain band, let him do so! I know that there are people that will disagree with this approach, but I think its the only real way that music radio can be salvaged. Pleasing everyone is a very hard thing to do, in fact its darn near impossible to do, so stop trying to do it.

The second thing that music radio can do to improve, is to start creating one to three hour long blocks out of the day and gear those blocks to certain audiences. We’re already seeing this on some stations but it is not done nearly enough. For instance, the rock hour or the hard-rock block. Just three hours of hard-rock with the same jock, playing what he wants to play, much like The Alice Cooper show. This is a very talk radio style approach to music radio, but I think it is a way to make radio more entertaining. If both of these methods, opinionated, music savvy jocks and block shows were implemented, I think music radio has a better chance of being salvaged.

If those two methods don’t get implemented, forget about listening to the radio for music, you might as well just buy an iPod or listen to Pandora on your phone. The internet and technology has ruined the old radio industry and a new type of radio is emerging in the form of pod casting and music radio is going away because people can create their own play lists of music that they want to hear.

Lets say something like what I recommended happens and music radio still dies, what happens then? I think that within a decade you will see talk radio shifting gears and completely moved over to the FM side of the dial. A trend that we are already seeing a lot of. The value of the FM radio station will go down and AM will be rendered obsolete. Something that might happen, as the value of AM radio stations drop, as a result of everything moving to FM, smaller entities might take over AM stations, possibly religious or independent groups, and use them to provide very low-fi radio, provided the FCC would let that happen.

Internet stream in cars is not far off. You can already hook up your Blackberry to an AUX port in your car while streaming Pandora. As technology like that improves and cars start connecting to the web, radio over the internet in the car will be a reality.

All in all, music radio has run its course. I am sad to see it leaving, but I am not sad about what’s on the horizon. Technology will improve and the internet will expand, and the internet will be the “transmitter” and a web based iPod or phone will be the radio. Will the jock all but disappear? That is yet to be seen.

In the coming days I will write about all of the media industries in depth and tell you what I think will happen to them. So be sure to look for these posts interspersed with my normal blog activity.

Please read my introduction to this series by clicking here.

5 Things You Do Not Say Or Do On Talk Radio

Posted in Humanity, Politics with tags , , , on August 27, 2009 by raingeg

Things You Don’t Say or Do On Talk Radio

1. “I was telling your screener”

This is not something that you need to say. In talk radio time is of the essence, segments go by very fast and this is just something that you don’t need to tell the host. In your mind it might seem a bit redundant to tell the screener and then have to say the same thing to the host, but that’s just how it works. As a call screener it always bugs me when my name gets mentioned.

2. “Let me finish!”

I don’t think there is anything that irritates a host more than the words “let me finish.” You need to remember that when you call into a talk show, it is not your show! The host is supposed to let you ask your question or state your point, but you have to allow the host time for a rebuttal. If you start wasting time by not making a point and continuing to say “let me finish,” it doesn’t make for good radio or good political discussion. Hosts will not let you filibuster, unless of course you are making a gigantic fool of yourself, in that case they will let you talk. Coming from a producers prospective, when you are running the board one of the most painful things is hearing the dreaded click of the phone when someone hangs up. If you get angry and hang up the phone fast board ops don’t like it. To avoid this problem, if I see that you’re getting out of hand I’ll take your slider down.

3. Lie to the screener

Don’t lie to the screener about what you want to talk about. If you lie they will cut you off, its as simple as that.

4. “You’ve been paid off by (name a group)”

This is one of the worst claims. It usually happens right about the time that someone realizes they’re loosing the argument. Its so funny too, because it is so far from the truth. Talk show hosts are not getting paid under the table to say what they say, that is a claim that is totally baseless. Contrary to what you might think all of these guys out there talking don’t agree on every subject.

5. Don’t mention another host on a show (Note: there are some exceptions.)

Most of the time it is not proper talk radio etiquette for callers to mention another host  that has the same political leanings or ideas. You need to remember that this is (insert host name)’s show and when you bring up another guy it just doesn’t sound good. It especially doesn’t sound good when you start to draw equivalencies between hosts. “So and so said this!” So that must now apply to all talk show hosts? Here’s some news, if you call in and mention to Dennis Miller something that Dennis Prager said its not going to matter. Let every person speak for themselves. Again, I must reiterate this, not all talk radio hosts agree on everything.

Here is the exception to the rule. If you are calling in to say that you saw a certain host with another host, then that is alright. If you know that a certain host is friends with another host then you can mention them. If the host has been talking about another host then you can mention them. Hosts that are on the other end of the political spectrum are fair game.

The Joel Gaines Show 8-9-09

Posted in Contributed, Economy, Health Insurance, Politics, The Joel Gaines Show with tags , , , on August 10, 2009 by raingeg

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The Obama administration ignored the evidence from Massachusetts with regards to mandated health coverage and is now ignoring the evidence from Universal health Care in France. But I will tell you also why comparing the US healthcare system to some other country is ridiculous to begin with.

I want to talk about the Cold war – not the one people think is over – the one that never ended. And we’ll get into why the Obama administration needs to get tougher in the foreign policy area, and quickly.

The world experienced Mahmoud week just recently – plus more foreign policy discussion – let’s get up to date on developments in our relations with China and North Korea

Finally, last time we talked, I gave you information about the complete zero impact the climate control bill would have on the climate. This week let’s take a look at the impact the Climate Change bill will have on US jobs.