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11-02 15:13 - '[Dutch] How dangerous is the attack on the VRT? What the N-VA does is not new.' (self.belgium) by /u/KantIsCool removed from /r/belgium within 276-286min

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The VRT must move to the right. After years of guerrilla by N-VA'ers against the public broadcaster, the Flemish Prime Minister Jan Jambon says loud and clear what it's all about. What are the consequences? The N-VA wants to take revenge on the VRT. I just don't know why.
Few parts of the Flemish coalition agreement are as clearly written down as the chapter on the media. In 22 bullets, the Jambon government makes clear how it intends to redraw the Flemish media landscape over the next five years, and thus also the tower of the VRT in the middle of it. Prime Minister and N-VA member Jan Jambon is happy to tighten up that part of the interviews a little. The VRT has a wide range of opinions on its news website and in its programmes', says the coalition agreement on the VRT. Last Tuesday in Humo, Jambon had a record made of what that means for the poor listener. At the N-VA, we believe that the left is given a forum that is too large in comparison with its social relevance. That calls for a correction,' says the Prime Minister.
Since the Jambon government was sworn in, the N-VA has openly made it clear that it is targeting the VRT. We can live with Het Journaal of Terzake. But De Afspraak, that's a problem', said an anonymous N-VA member to De Morgen a fortnight ago. That's not very surprising. For years, prominent N-VA figures like Theo Francken and former Speaker of the Chamber (and former VRT journalist) Siegfried Bracke, with in their wake also a number of lesser gods, have strongly criticised the news service of the public broadcaster on Twitter. Bart De Wever wrote to VRT in 2016 about a joke about Pol Van Den Driessche in De afspraak that he found it 'to puke'. It must be said: the N-VA-chairman has a whole list of media with which he is in conflict. He doesn't want to talk to De Standaard and Le Soir anymore, and the relationship with Knack is not always harmonious either, while he is still a regular guest in Terzake. The difference with the VRT is that the broadcaster is to a large extent dependent on the politicians who criticise it today for its funding.
Chronometer
Are such attacks on the VRT unseen? I am sorry to have to tell you that this is by no means new', replies Walter Zinzen. I have an impression of déjà vécu. Zinzen worked for the public broadcaster from 1967 to 2002. In the eighties, the CVP party bureau started calling names to the BRT every Monday for fifteen minutes. That was a regular practice there', he says. The liberals were equally dissatisfied with the public broadcaster, and the socialists were also against us. That is why VTM was founded in 1989. That was not the initiative of private players, but of political parties that asked the newspaper publishers if they wouldn't like to start their own channel'.
The stories from that time are numerous. Parties saw journalists as their pawns rather than as independent reporters. If one of them did not fulfil that function, it could cost him dearly. Daniël Buyle was taken away from the political editors in 1981 for this reason, after he had asked too sharp questions in an interview with Prime Minister Wilfried Martens. The various political parties within VRT also held each other in a stranglehold: the time spent in Het Journaal on the celebrations of Labour Day was synchronised every year, so that a few weeks later exactly the same amount of time and attention went to Rerum Novarum.
It is not surprising that the BRT went badly in those years. The viewers dropped out en masse. It wasn't until the mid-nineties that things changed. As Minister of Media, CD&Ver Eric Van Rompuy started working on the depoliticisation of public broadcasting in 1995. From then on, the board of directors no longer had any control over the content of the programmes, and the editors were given a status of independence. With the appointment of Bert De Graeve as managing director in 1996, this operation was also managed within the BRT (VRT since 1998). Under him, public broadcasting became the dominant player that he still is today.
Emperor of Ostend
Of course, it is not because the news service operates independently of politics that politicians do not try to influence the journalists. It's a boutade in Wetstraat that a journalist only really meant something in the early 2000s when he had received an angry phone from former Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt (Open VLD). Yves Leterme (CD&V), who succeeded him in 2008, also regularly clashed with journalists from the VRT. You don't want to know how many problems I've had with politicians of all kinds,' says Siegfried Bracke. Until 2010 he worked for the news service of the public broadcaster, and in that year he was elected to the N-VA in the Chamber. The classic was that my editor-in-chief came to tell me that I urgently needed to have dinner with a politician. Those were people like Steve Stevaert or Karel De Gucht who were very angry about something. I listened to their grievances. Often they were wrong, but sometimes I agreed with them. At least you tried to talk to them.
It doesn't always have to be so direct. In 2012 VRT journalists Wim Van den Eynde and Luc Pauwels published De keizer van Oostende, a scandal book about Johan Vande Lanotte's political career. The two VRT journalists were temporarily suspended by the then editor-in-chief Luc Rademakers shortly after their publication (and a press conference by Vande Lanotte), although they were allowed to start working fully again a month later. Rademakers has since left VRT, while Van den Eynde and Pauwels still work for public broadcasting.
What the N-VA does is indeed not new,' says political analyst Rik Van Cauwelaert. Every political party that comes to power and gets into difficulties tries to blame this on the VRT. This is the same as in the past, and it is happening all over Europe. Public broadcasting has always done it. The polls simply don't look good for the N-VA, which will certainly contribute to the nervousness. I don't hear Tom Van Grieken (chairman of Vlaams Belang, nvdr) complaining about the VRT today.
The only difference with other politicians is that N-VA'ers are voicing their criticism of the VRT or other mainstream media in all publicness. Journalists of the VRT don't have to have dinner with N-VA'ers to know what they think of their work, they read that on Twitter and Facebook or in other media. In this way, the VRT's reputation is undermined tweet by tweet.
Frequently asked guests
What remains is: is Jan Jambon right with his criticism this time? Is the VRT too left, or does it get a bigger forum than it actually deserves? The Flemish coalition agreement promises to 'develop thorough internal and external quality control and reporting'. Knack put it to the test himself and from the beginning of this year he was able to find out which guests were present in the studios of Terzake and De afspraak (see box documents, pp. 32-33). An over-representation of the left is not apparent from this, although the significance of these figures is relative. The content of news programmes is dictated by the news agenda of that day, and of course it is not counted which guests refused an invitation.
The VRT itself does not systematically keep track of which guests appear in its programmes. It is only during the blackout period before the elections that this is monitored very closely', emphasises Steven Samyn, the editor-in-chief of the interpretation programmes. The criterion for this has been the result of the previous elections at the same level for many years.
During non-election periods, we do try to maintain the broad balance,' it sounds. But it is not illogical that members of the government are more often featured in programmes such as 'Terzake' or 'De Morgen', says Samyn. If there is an explosion or a convicted person escapes from prison, you want the Minister of the Interior or the Minister of Justice in the studio in the first place.
Even politicians from other parties do not see the importance of such censuses. Left or right is not a journalistic criterion', says Bart Caron. For Groen, he was chairman of the media committee of the Flemish Parliament in the previous legislature. A concrete example: the presidential elections of the CD&V received much more attention than those of my party. Should I be angry about this and say that VRT is too right-wing? No, of course not, because that choice is understandable. The fact that there are seven relatively unknown candidates in the CD&V is exceptional, and logically receives much more attention.
In the words of the anonymous N-VA'er, however, Terzake is not 'the problem', it's De Afspraak. In that talk show, far fewer politicians have their say and commentators and opinion makers are allowed to say their piece about the topicality of the day. Since the beginning of this year, political scientist Carl Devos and journalist Jan Segers have been the most frequent visitors. Here, too, there is no noticeable overrepresentation of left-wing voices.
As a viewer you don't always see which guests were asked but couldn't or didn't want to come. In addition, we must also take into account the quotas that the Flemish government imposes on the number of women and new Flemish people in our programmes. And in the end, the goal is still to make good television. Programme makers are looking for guests who can tell their story well', concludes Samyn.
Shocked
No one is invited as often as Rik Van Cauwelaert. The former editor-in-chief of Knack and commentator for De Tijd is at both Terzake and De afspraak in de top. However, I would be slightly shocked if they would call me on the left', says Van Cauwelaert. In De Afspraak I regularly see guests such as Rik Torfs or Mia Doornaert. You might also offend them by mentioning them on the left. So Jan Jambon really has no point. N-VA'ers are well represented in all news and talk programs. What else does he want? I sometimes have the impression that the N-VA is trying to take revenge on the VRT. I just don't know why.
Siegfried Bracke sees that somewhat differently. Since he was not elected in the elections of 26 May, he is a free man, but he still shares the criticism of the N-VA. It's not just about the figures,' says Bracke. Everything can be proved with that. I've already heard it said that in such counts, politicians who are asked and who don't come should also be counted. Can you imagine? Every day they ask Bart De Wever and put a line behind his name, so that N-VA'ers make up 80 percent of the total number of politicians asked for'.
So what is the problem? Bracke: 'It's about a pensée unique that reigns at the VRT, and that's left and green. When I used to talk to someone on the left as a journalist, I approached him from the right. On a right-wing politician I went to the left. That's all over: all questions are asked from a vaguely left-wing, and above all very green, approach. Except when someone wants to touch the many payroll cars of the journalists of the VRT. Even Kristof Calvo van Groen knew that in De Afspraak op vrijdag.
Not everyone agrees. Saying that the VRT is on the left or that the N-VA and Vlaams Belang are not sufficiently covered, is really taken seriously', says CD&V member Eric Van Rompuy. He was not only media minister in the nineties, but was also a member of the media committee of the Flemish Parliament until 2014. The VRT is of course not a Flemish-national station, which has to serve as a propagandist for Flemish-nationalism. Jan Jambon wants the VRT to be the herald of his views, which is typical for nationalist politicians. These are etatists who always want to get a grip on the media.
Climate deniers
In Humo, Jan Jambon already gave a cross for a new voice at the VRT. Asked whether it was a good idea to give the floor to a climate denier, the Prime Minister replied with approval. A certain segment of the population is suspicious and thinks: they will never let those climate sceptics have their say, so they must be right', he said. Invite such a person, if necessary, to show what how inconsistent they are. [...] In a democracy you can't be afraid of a dissenting opinion, can you?
Many media have not allowed climate deniers to speak for a long time now, since their opinion has no scientific basis whatsoever. Journalism must put the social relevance of someone's contribution first,' says Bart Caron. When it comes to global warming, I'd like to hear someone doing scientific research into it. If you have to respect the balance between left and right to do this as well, you end up with people like Jean-Marie Dedecker, who has already had the opportunity to say his piece of unscientific advice about it at length.
However, climate is a theme that has already led VRT to self-criticism. After the elections, a report leaked in which VRT acknowledged that it had paid a great deal of attention to the climate, without feeling that many people were fed up with that theme. The news service is looking for a way to better gauge what the Flemish people are worried about. In February, Jean-Marie Dedecker already wrote that Green Chairman Meyrem Almaci and climate activist Anuna De Wever have been pasted onto the VRT test image,' says Bracke. Why, then, did VRT only realise months later that it had devoted far too much attention to that theme? I have the feeling that the editors-in-chief no longer even look at their own programmes'.
No state broadcaster
How does this end? De Morgen wrote that the chief editors of the news service are meanwhile trying to enter into dialogue with the coalition partners of the Jambon government, to see if they can get some problems 'massaged away'. The chief editors should not hear from parties what they can do for them,' says Walter Zinzen about this approach. That is a frightening reaction. I also hope that they will not do hypercorrection. Het Journaal once had a liberal, socialist editor-in-chief, who wanted to avoid being suspected of partiality at all costs. As a result, every day he wanted news about the Pope in The News, so that Catholics could certainly not complain. That must not happen. The news service must continue to do its work quietly, according to the rules of journalistic deontology. I also hope that a number of politicians in the Flemish Parliament will finally take on the defence of VRT.
As of next year, the N-VA, together with Vlaams Belang - which goes from zero to two seats - will be able to appoint half of the members of the board of directors. With Philippe Beinaerts, Bart De Wever already has his Antwerp chef de cabinet on the board today, and there is a good chance that the N-VA will soon also be able to provide the chairman. For the time being, that is former Flemish Prime Minister Luc Van den Brande (CD&V). It's up to the journalists and editors of the news service to guarantee the objectivity of their work', he says in a short reaction. I also think that they will succeed in this. This is apparent from the evaluations by the Flemish Regulator for the Media and the European Broadcasting Union. Like the members of the board of directors, politicians cannot intervene in the content of programmes either. VRT is a public broadcaster and not a state broadcaster, that is a big difference.'

Savings: 12 or 44 million?
Paul Lembrechts, the CEO of VRT, tried to keep up the courage during the government negotiations. He sent an e-mail to all negotiators in which he stressed the importance of the VRT for the Flemish identity. The VRT propagates the Flemish identity in all its diversity, is a foundation for the Flemish heritage and promotes Flemish music', he wrote, according to De Tijd. Lembrechts therefore hoped for an additional increase in the allocation: from 21.9 million in 2020 to 32.7 million in 2024.
It was not meant to be: the VRT must, once again, make savings. According to the Flemish coalition agreement, public broadcasting must save 2.4 million euros each year, i.e. a total of 12 million euros. The VRT itself came to 44 million: it is also about 15 million euros due to the non-indexation of the operating resources, and another 17 million euros due to a series of measures already taken by the Bourgeois government, such as not compensating for the increasing ageing costs. In 2018, VRT received a total of 276 million euros from the Flemish government, and the broadcaster received 174 million euros from its own revenues. However, it is only during the negotiations between the Flemish government and the VRT on the management agreement that the exact savings will be written down in black and white. This agreement is due to enter into force at the beginning of 2021, so the negotiations will begin in the coming months.
I don't want to anticipate the discussions on financing, but VRT has already made great efforts in recent years', says Luc Van den Brande, chairman of the board of directors. We have already been slimmed down considerably and are now working with around 600 full-time employees less than we did a few years ago.
The Flemish Association of Journalists is concerned about the savings. It's not about cutting off a thin layer of fat, it's really about muscle tissue that needs to be removed', says Pol Deltour of the VVJ. However, the news service is already on its gums. Here and there, there may still be some savings to be made, but that's really it. Everything that still goes off, will be at the expense of the supply, both in quantity and quality.

N-VA versus VRT: 5 years of friction
October 26, 2015: 'Why populists?'
Above a piece about the Polish elections, the editorial board of VRT news has the following headline: 'Populists win elections in Poland'. The headline is openly criticised by the then State Secretary for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken. He wonders why the VRT calls the party of Kaczynski (PiS) populist, and proposes a change. Please adapt'. A bit presumptuous, as Francken apparently realized. In response to a critical reaction, Francken answers that he 'certainly doesn't want to order anyone'.
January 2016: 'To puke'.
An item in De afspraak arouses the wrath of N-VA chairman Bart De Wever. In the item in question a tweet by Youssef Kobo was shown. He had wondered whether the 'dealing with women' courses in asylum centres were also accessible to Pol Van Den Driessche, the communication advisor at the N-VA, who had resigned as candidate mayor of Bruges in 2012 following accusations of sexual cross-border behaviour. De Wever sent an e-mail to the VRT management. He called the fragment 'to puke', and wondered how someone can be so 'stupid/inept/degoutant/low-hearted'. You can't expect me at the appointment, anyway.
18 January 2017: 'Journalist or activist?'
For the programme De ochtend (The morning) VRT journalist Marjan Temmerman reports on the situation in a transmigrant camp in Dunkirk. In that report, Temmerman talks about refugees, whereas, according to Theo Francken, she should have used the term migrants. In a tweet, Francken asks whether Temmerman is 'a journalist or an activist'. Or is it the same nowadays in the VRT editorial team? Unbelievable.
3 January 2019: Biased evening radio'.
VRT correspondent Michiel Vos in the US reports on the election of Nancy Pelosi as 'speaker of the House'. Problematic, Theo Francken judges on Twitter. He points out that Pelosi is Vos' mother-in-law, and calls the report 'biased evening radio'. The VRT defends itself with the argument that the connection between Pelosi and Vos is mentioned 'every time'.
May 26, 2019: Many left-wing journalists'.
On election day, Theo Francken gets a microphone from a VRT journalist pushed under his nose. He asks him whether his use of language has not contributed to the victory of Vlaams Belang. Francken's answer 'betrays' what he thinks about the journalism of public broadcasting. This is the criticism of a number of left-wing journalists, such as there are many at the VRT.

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From the NH NORML FB Page about HB 1631- our decrim bill

HB 1631 would have decriminalized the possession of a small amount of cannabis. Here's a list of the Reps who voted AGAINST it. They need to be replaced:
Abbott, Michael Cheshire 01 Abrami, Patrick Rockingham 19 Almy, Susan Grafton 13 Azarian, Gary Rockingham 08 Bailey, Brad Grafton 14 Barry, Richard Hillsborough 21 Bates, David Rockingham 07 Belanger, James Hillsborough 27 Biggie, Barbara Hillsborough 23 Brown, Pamela Hillsborough 31 Bush, Carol Rockingham 31 Cahill, Michael Rockingham 17 Chase, Francis Rockingham 20 Christiansen, Lars Hillsborough 37 Cooney, Mary Grafton 08 Cordelli, Glenn Carroll 04 Cote, David Hillsborough 31 DeSimone, Debra Rockingham 14 Devine, James Rockingham 04 Dumais, Russell Belknap 02 Ebel, Karen Merrimack 05 Ferrante, Beverly Rockingham 06 Fields, Dennis Belknap 04 Flanders, Donald Belknap 03 Fothergill, John Coos 01 Francese, Paula Rockingham 18 Friel, William Rockingham 14 Gannon, William Rockingham 04 Goley, Jeffrey Hillsborough 08 Gould, Linda Hillsborough 07 Graham, Robert Strafford 01 Gray, James Strafford 08 Green, Dennis Rockingham 13 Grenier, James Sullivan 07 Griffin, Barbara Hillsborough 06 Griffin, Mary Rockingham 07 Groen, Warren Strafford 10 Guerette, C. Lee Hillsborough 33 Haefner, Robert Hillsborough 37 Hansen, Peter Hillsborough 22 Harris, Jeffrey Rockingham 09 Hatch, William Coos 06 Hess, David Merrimack 24 Hill, Gregory Merrimack 03 Hinch, Richard Hillsborough 21 Hodgdon, Bruce Rockingham 01 Hoelzel, Kathleen Rockingham 03 Hogan, Edith Hillsborough 34 Hunt, John Cheshire 11 Hurt, George Belknap 02 Kappler, Lawrence Rockingham 03 Katsakiores, Phyllis Rockingham 06 Kenison, Linda Merrimack 15 Kolodziej, Walter Rockingham 07 Kotowski, Frank Merrimack 24 Kuch, Bill Merrimack 23 Ladd, Rick Grafton 04 LeBreche, Shari Belknap 06 LeBrun, Donald Hillsborough 32 Leishman, Peter Hillsborough 24 Manley, Jonathan Hillsborough 03 Marston, Dick Hillsborough 19 Martin, John Merrimack 23 Matthews, Carolyn Rockingham 03 McCarthy, Frank Carroll 02 McConkey, Mark Carroll 03 McKinney, Betsy Rockingham 05 Mullen, John Strafford 01 Nelson, Bill Carroll 05 Nigrello, Robert Rockingham 16 O'Connor, John Rockingham 06 Packard, Sherman Rockingham 05 Palmer, Barry Hillsborough 32 Pantelakos, Laura Rockingham 25 Pellegrino, Anthony Hillsborough 21 Peterson, Ken Hillsborough 07 Pierce, David Hillsborough 06 Prudhomme-O'Brien, Katherine Rockingham 06 Rice, Frederick Rockingham 21 Rouillard, Claire Hillsborough 06 Rowe, Robert Hillsborough 22 Russell, David Belknap 05 Schmidt, Peter Strafford 19 Schmidt, Stephen Carroll 06 Schuett, Dianne Merrimack 20 Seidel, Carl Hillsborough 28 Shurtleff, Stephen Merrimack 11 Smith, Steven Sullivan 11 Snow, Kendall Hillsborough 42 Southworth, Thomas Strafford 20 Spanos, Peter Belknap 03 Sprague, Dale Strafford 18 Sytek, John Rockingham 08 Tholl, John Coos 05 Thomas, Douglas Rockingham 05 Thomas, Yvonne Coos 03 Tilton, Franklin Belknap 03 Tilton, Rio Rockingham 20 Umberger, Karen Carroll 02 Ward, Joanne Rockingham 19 Webb, James Rockingham 06 Welch, David Rockingham 13 Weyler, Kenneth Rockingham 13 Wuelper, Kurt Strafford 03
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Het bericht dat de MKBA voor de groei van Schiphol niet voldoet aan de daarvoor door de Kamer vastgestelde criteria en aantoonbare onjuistheden bevat

Vragen van het lid Van Raan (PvdD) aan de minister van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat over het bericht dat de MKBA voor de groei van Schiphol niet voldoet aan de daarvoor door de Kamer vastgestelde criteria en aantoonbare onjuistheden bevat. (ingezonden 7 augustus 2018)   1 Kent u het artikel ‘Vlag, volkslied, vliegveld; de toekomst van Schiphol’? 1) 2 Onderschrijft u de stelling van onderzoeker Walter Manshanden dat de luchtvaart niet behoort tot de sectoren die goed verdienen of gezond te noemen vallen? Zo nee, waarom niet? 3 Onderschrijft u de stelling van onderzoeker Walter Manshanden dat het een grote fout is om te denken dat de economische groei in Nederland wordt veroorzaakt door de luchtvaart en dat de luchtvaart juist toeneemt door de stijgende welvaart? Zo nee, waarom niet? 4 Onderschrijft u de stelling van de Raad voor de leefomgeving en infrastructuur (Rli) dat er momenteel geen sprake meer is van economische legitimatie voor verdere groei van Schiphol, noch voor een voorkeurspositie van Schiphol binnen het overheidsbeleid, vanuit het rapport Mainports voorbij? 2) Zo, nee, welke voorwaarden of omstandigheden zijn in uw ogen veranderd? 5 Waarom zien we zo weinig van dit advies terug in het huidige overheidsbeleid dat nog steeds gericht is op groei van de luchtvaart? Kunt u tegenspreken dat de sterke lobby van de luchtvaartsector, KLM en Schiphol in het bijzonder, daarbij een belangrijke rol speelt? Zo ja, hoe? 6 Onderschrijft u de conclusie uit het artikel dat de interne beleidsdiscussie over de toekomst van Schiphol in een aantal scenario’s in het voorjaar van 2018 naar buiten is gebracht als 'Verkennende maatschappelijke kosten-batenanalyse beleidsalternatieven luchtvaart' 3) en daarmee gepromoveerd werd tot een officieel document ter ondersteuning van de politieke discussie in de Kamer, terwijl voor een volledige maatschappelijke kosten-batenanalyse (MKBA) heel andere eisen gelden? Zo ja, komt er nog een een volledige MKBA? Zo nee, welke status heeft dit stuk? 7 Kunt u uitgebreid reageren op de constatering dat er in de MKBA voor de groei van Schiphol aantoonbare onjuistheden zitten en deze verkennende MKBA bovendien niet voldoet aan de criteria die de Kamer daaraan heeft gesteld? Kunt u voor eens en voor altijd alle onduidelijkheden wegnemen? 8 Snapt u dat veel mensen geen idee meer hebben wie ze moeten geloven als het gaat om de luchtvaartsector? Erkent u dat dit een groot probleem is voor het voeren van een effectief luchtvaartbeleid? Zo nee, waarom niet? 9 Klopt het dat de kosten voor de klimaatimpact van de luchtvaart tot wel een factor drie te laag zijn berekend? Zo nee, hoe zit het dan? Wat is uw boodschap daarbij aan de maatschappij, zowel die in het hier en nu als die van de toekomst en in het buitenland? 10 Erkent u dat de geloofwaardigheid van de overheid op het spel staat wanneer er geen actieve rem wordt gezet op de luchtvaartsector, die zichzelf zeker niet aan banden zal leggen, in tijden waarin van bijna alle andere sectoren grote klimaatinspanningen worden verwacht? Zo nee, waarom niet? 11 Deelt u de mening dat wat ooit een goed idee leek, dat niet voor eeuwig hoeft te zijn? Erkent u, net als TNO en de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam in hun studie 'Van mainport naar wereldstadhaven' 4), dat het mainportbeleid daar een mooi voorbeeld van is? Zo nee, waarom niet? 12 Kunt u reflecteren op de sterk uiteenlopende werkgelegenheidscijfers, zoals destijds berekend door Regioplan en Decisio en zoals de in opdracht van Schiphol en KLM berekende cijfers door McKinsey en Boston Consultancy Group (BCG)? 13 Erkent u dat het onwenselijk is dat de Actieagenda Schiphol cijfers bevat die werden geschat door de huisconsultants van belanghebbenden, zijnde Schiphol (McKinsey) en KLM (BCG)? Zo nee, waarom niet? Wat is uw inzet om dergelijke situaties in de toekomst te voorkomen? 14 Wat vindt u van de vergelijking van onderzoeker en adviseur Floris de Haan die de huidige fase van Schiphol en KLM vergelijkt met het boren naar steeds kleinere gasbellen? 15 Onderschrijft u de stelling dat Schiphol ook met aanzienlijk minder verbindingen voldoende verknoopt is met de rest van de wereld? Zo nee, waarom niet? 16 Erkent u dat een stijging van de ticketprijzen onvermijdelijk is, aangezien het niet doorberekenen van de daadwerkelijke schade van de luchtvaart maatschappelijk onhoudbaar is vanwege de negatieve impact op het milieu en de volksgezondheid? Zo nee, waarom niet? 17 Onderschrijft u de stelling van onderzoeker Menno de Pater dat de groei van Schiphol en het openen van Lelystad Airport mede daarom niet nodig zijn, aangezien stijgende prijzen voor vliegtickets voor dalende passagiersaantallen zullen zorgen ten faveure van meer duurzame vervoersmiddelen zoals de trein en de bus? Zo nee, waarom niet? Zou u dat een wenselijke ontwikkeling vinden? Zo nee, waarom niet? 18 Bent u bereid een prijselasticiteitsonderzoek uit te voeren voor wat betreft de prijzen van en de vraag naar luchtvaarttickets? Zo nee, waarom niet? 19 Kunt u uitgebreid reageren op de stelling van onderzoeker Walter Manshanden dat de fixatie van uw ministerie op de luchtvaart niet klopt, aangezien de overheid er niet is om specifieke bedrijfsbelangen te beschermen? 1) De Groene Amsterdammer, 1 augustus 2018 (https://www.groene.nl/artikel/vlag-volkslied-vliegveld);. 2) Raad voor de leefomgeving en infrastructuur, juli 2016 (https://www.rli.nl/publicaties/2016/advies/mainports-voorbij);. 3) Bijlage bij Kamerstuk 29665, nr. 290. 4) TNO en Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, maart 2010 (https://mkb- mainports.hva.nl/Bibliotheek/2010/2010-Van-mainport-naar-wereldstadhaven- Kuipers.pdf).
  Datum: 7 augustus 2018    Nr: 2018Z14545    Indiener: Lammert van Raan, Kamerlid PVDD
Bron:    tweedekamer.nl
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Nao ’t Zuuje

Voor Hollanders (zoals ik) die niks van Carnaval snappen is dit hele een gave doco. https://www.npo3.nl/3doc/08-02-2018/BV_101386687 En Walter van der Kooi schreef er een mooi stuk over in De Groene. https://www.groene.nl/artikel/ik-ben-bekeerd-niet-tot-carnaval-maar-tot-een-carnavalsfilm
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How do you voice Steve Dooley? I swear I've heard Steve and Bobbie talking at the same time. How do you make it sound like he's talking in the background? That's a question people ask a lot, and it's a good question, because I've never really been aware of that phenomenon until people started bringing it up to me. The best way to answer that is to say that I have an ability to very realistically mimic human conversation. I know how to take the breath when I should, I know how to insert those awkward, uneven moments when people are thinking about the next thing to say, I know how to drop in and interrupt from the other person, which happens in normal conversation, and so when you put all of that together with a certain level of skill it indeed sounds like a real conversation, and real conversations do overlap. So I think that what you're experiencing is an audio illusion, if you will. Like a visual illusion or something similar.
I'm a big fan. I've been listening to you since day one on KFI (1996 IIRC). I remember being very upset that my favorite show (Mister KFI) had been replaced by some other dude... Then I heard your "guest" Shaq. I have to say my being upset dissappeared in a hurry. By the end of the night, I was roaring with laughter. Now on to my question(s)... With all the time and changes over your career what moment/place/station/show/etc had the biggest impact on your life? What do you wish you could have done that you didn't? What are you most proud about? A train trip that I took from LA to Seattle in the spring of 1990 is where I made the decision to commit myself 1000% to the art of radio, and essentially, the artistry of Phil Hendrie. I had really been half assing my art and my career up until that point. And I can remember where I was. I was on the coast of California. The Coast Starlight was the name of the train. I remember staring right into the setting sun and swearing this oath to myself that I was never gonna waste another second on the air.
What's your favourite sports team (in each sport maybe?)? My favorite sports team? Now or of all time? I would have to say The Los Angeles Dodgers of all time. Right now though, and this is heresy coming from a Los Angeles fan, I gotta tell you in retrospect I love the way the 49ers played against the Giants in the playoffs last year, Harboughs walking off the field notwithstanding, the way they stuck with that kid who fumbled the ball, the way they fought their way back to being the San Francisco 49ers. I just really loved it.
Phil, in my opinion, your show is the most entertaining thing on the radio today. I was an 8th grader in 2004, and that's the first time I heard you; my dad and I would stay up late every night laughing until we cried. You even got me interested in politics. I still subscribe to your podcasts, and now all my friends are into it, too. Thank you for your brilliance. Here's my question: have you ever faced significant consequences - from a radio affiliate, a pissed off listener, etc. - as a result of your pranks? Obviously, when real people call in to argue with Bobbie or Ted, they're incredibly mad. Have you ever gotten into hot water for taking it too far? Well I was sued by an NFL player once for basically satirizing a comment he made, by going on the air and calling him a homosexual. And I was sued for a sizable amount of money. Eventually the case was dismissed.
Um, Mr. Hendrie? A lot of times I find that you seem to have more fun just talking to a character without any intent on talking any calls about it. Is that true, and if so, why? Also, is part of each bit/character your way of giving people a chance at telling off people who are just like your characters? It's a good question. The high I get from both kinds of performance is pretty equal. When you've pulled callers to a bit that are over the top, hooked by just about every ridiculous thing you've said, and are repeating those things back to you and the character, it's a comedy orgasm. By the same token, when you are in an absolute groove, in that zone, creating just a bit with a character, and I can think of one in particular, when Ted Bell was on our show many years ago (and we re-did the bit about two months ago-- with not quite the same results), he was crying because he felt he needed rape counseling after his wife tried to put her finger up his ass. We did that bit for a half hour with absolutely no phone calls, with a camera crew from Channel 5 doing some B-roll, and everybody having to stifle their laughter. It was hysterical. The setup required to get phone calls, to create that comedy with a caller, can also turn off the larger audience, because you're in the mechanical process of trying to hook callers. It can be redundant. It can be very factual and not very funny. And so by the time you draw those callers you've lost your audience. Sitting there and freelancing with a character and "winging it" means the humor is immediate, not trying to compare it to the humor you get from callers, but the humor is immediate, completely controlled by you, and I frankly feel that again, given the reality we try to adhere to on the show, is still really high quality stuff.
How does it feel to have your own wiki page? Because if I had one my mind would be blown. Every morning when I awake and the realization washes over me that I have my own wiki page I just wanna roll back into bed and take a few extra moments to pleasure myself.
If you had only primitive weapons, and had to fight a dinosaur to the death in a "Dinosaur Death Match", what is the biggest dinosaur you think you could defeat? You don't have to give a specific dinosaur, just give us a general size. Also you can't set traps. I would imagine it would be an herbavor, so the animal would simply be fighting defensively, and not needing me for food. And that would simply then mean outlasting the creature, but I'd have to be creative. So let me go out on a limb here and say, given time, and my human intelligence for hiding, perhaps making some primitive noose out of vines, and all of that other Swiss Family Robinson horseshit, I would say a brontosaraus.
Why are you so against piracy? Also, do you think piracy serves a purpose in modern times? I'm against piracy the same way I assume you're against someone coming into your house and taking what you own, or what you've created to sell-- merchandise to market to the public.
Piracy serves no purpose other than as a false issue, upon which some people stand to claim support of free speech. But if you think about it, those same people are brought to heel very quickly by large monied companies like Sony and Warner Brothers. Therefore, the only people left for these pirates to pilfer are small operators and artists who don't have a lot of money for attorneys. And they do... They steal from the very same little people they claim to support. That's unconscionable and it's beyond me how anybody could agree with that.
So what's your deal with TRN? Are you going to split and self-syndicate, change syndicators or what? (And yes, I saw this: Link to www.radioink.com Thanks, Phil. Rock on, bro! I appreciate your question, but I can't really comment on the particulars of my deal. In referencing the TRN lawsuit against Dial Global, I simply was expressing my constitutional right to take exception to two things. Firstly, my radio show is mentioned along with three others, that are syndicated by TRN, in the opening pages of their suit. Secondly, as was indicated in the story, the lawsuit expresses a presumption by TRN that they represent "hosts". That is overreaching when it comes to my show.
Do you ever have callers who are "in" on the joke but try to get on just to play along? Yes, but we don't like those kinds of callers. They invariably sometimes do get on the air, and with all due respect to them, they never work.
Would you like to take my Japanese Bonsai class? Yours truly, Walter G. Bellhaven. Thank you, Walter. Let me explain how I created the character of Walter Bellhaven. Herb Sewell, another character, was incarcerated with Walter at Atascadero Forensic Hospital. Walter is a serial murderer, but according to Herb, gave fascinating botany lectures on weekends to the other nuts.
Hey Phil! I am a big fan from way back, I started listening in Orlando, FL around 1999/2000. I was so happy when I moved back to TN and found you syndicated here as well, then heartbroken when you retired. I have since listened to your new show, and I have a question about that as well. Here we go. 1) I love Ted Bell, he is one of my favorites. What were your inspirations for such an over the top character as Mr. Bell, and what are your favorite bits with him from the old days? I always loved the Shrimp Cocktail bit from 2001! 2) I remember the 2001 Rose Parade webcast, what gave you the idea to try that on the Rose Parade, and why did Harvey Wireman rape EVERYONE? 3) I noticed on your new show, the theme changed from the classic liberal theme to a very conservative theme. What happened in your life to cause this radical change in direction? Ted Bell started as a dentist named Mark Barkencroft, based on my dentist in Atlanta, who had a pronounced overbite. And he then became a sports announcer when I moved to Miami, but for some reason when I got to LA the entitled personality of that character and the obvious physical homeliness seemed perfect for a Beverly Hills restaurant owner. And I just decided to change his name and occupation, but keep his personality. That's really what happens when you change a character. You don't change anything about the character except the name, the occupation, and the residence, but the essential guts of the character stay the same.
Doing the Rose Parade was David G. Hall's idea: the real David G. Hall, who was program director of KFI at the time. It was a great idea and became sort of an instant classic. The idea of Harvey as a sexual assailant was born of his frustration with RC Collins, who he encountered early on. Harvey was powerless in the face of RC's sarcasm and juvenile shots. And that frustration boiled over into him wanting to assault and humiliate RC. I think the first time Harvey wanted to jump RC was when I was doing a remote from the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
I believe it's unfortunate that I ever let politics pollute the show to the extent that it did. I think it confused the audience and drew away from the comedy; however, to answer your question, 9/11 is what happened to me, as it did a lot of people I think. I was a classic 9/11 Democrat.
Do you get lost in the character? I mean by that after the show is it tough to get your head to shut down or are you just exhausted? No, it's not difficult to shut down after the show. I am, in fact, pretty tired. I never go into character outside of the radio show.
Do you have a bullet points for how you would like each show to go as that at times you have up to four characters arguing at the same time? Yes, I bullet point the bits. And keeping it loose enough, obviously, to improv anything you might want, but keeping it tight enough that you have somewhere to go after each aspect of the bit is expressed.
What specific constraint of radio frustrates you the most? Well, that can be answered so many ways. I think this is not really a constraint, but rather a sad reality, because there are no constraints in radio, per se, the FCC and the language barrier doesn't bother me, and at certain times of the day there's very little of that kind of control to worry about. But what I see as a glaring weakness is the quality of industry leadership we have right now. It's never been worse. It's never sounded more confused. The suits have never been emptier. But I am sure out there somewhere are broadcast executives and programmers looking to reinvigorate our medium. Godspeed to them.
As a fan, there hasn't been an hour I haven't loved and thought was flawless. But as the artist behind the craft, what percent of bits afterwards do you think you did a really good job and what percent are you unhappy about? I'd have to say it's 50/50.
do you have a picture in your head of what your characters look like? (If so, I'd love to hear some examples and see if they match mine) Oh yes, I do. I know where the characters are from, what they look like, what their childhoods were like. This is a normal function of performing a character. I think a lot of actors create the bio before they've actually gotten in the skin of the character. I don't know how that's possible. I have to perform the character a few times to begin to get a sense of who they are.
Also, I recently majored in history and have a strong interest in WWII (you've talked about your interest and books you've read about the topic). What's the best book on WWII that you've read that you recommend? Thanks Phil! Number one, without question, is "At Dawn We Slept." The most comprehensive book written about the attack on Pearl Harbor.
You've recently expressed that you're not quite content with your current radio distribution. Are you looking into ways to get better timeslots and more stations? I've been listening for 10 years off and on and am a BSP member. Keep it up. Once we are free to talk about those things we will. At present, I can't explore any of those options, because I'm under contract, but naturally, you want the very best support that you can find.
Hey Phil, how in the sweet living hell do you keep the players straight on your Milwaukee Lions Podcast episodes? Do you have a cheat sheet? And are the commercials pre-recorded? Huge fan! That's a great question. You simply have a roster sheet in front of you-- the same way any play-by-play guy has a roster sheet. And when I fuck up, and I fuck up a lot, I've created a character named Touch Gerber, who is the son of one of the owners of the team, who's supposed to be Jack's spotter, but obviously is terrible at the job because he's always running out getting ice cream and cotton candy.
Have you every thought about using pre-recorded sound voices of your characters so that you can overlap your real voice and have a 'guest' saying something at the same time? Like record 2 different Bobbie segments of 'hmm mmm' (so they sound different) and have them on a sound board, so when you're talking to her you can play the clip so it sounds even more like a real caller? I used to do that in different configurations. Pre-recorded material is very hit and miss. "Drops", as we call them, are rarely used to great effect, unless the person using them is skilled at it. The best I ever knew was Neil Rodgers.
So, how'd you get into writing? Did you know people or what? I started writing when I was twelve years old. Writing was simply an outgrowth of what I do on the air. I had to write the bits. So I really started the acting part before the writing part. I had to write in order to articulate what it was that I was trying to do.
Also, do you make money off of the writing, or is it just one of the foundations of your overall career? I prefer acting. Writing is much more difficult for me.
What is the most over the top reaction you've ever gotten from a caller? Thank you for margaret by the way, she was easily my favorite character. Well that would have to be the famous "Greenskeeper", who we thought was going to stroke out. That bit is available on one of our early CDs, but also on one of our free podcasts. The greenskeeper is a man who had called our show to take issue with Dean Wheeler, a character of mine, commenting on the early career of Tiger Woods. Dean was making all kinds of racially charged comments and this Greenskeeper, a man who appeared to be perhaps in his sixties, was becoming so incensed that he began to lose his ability to breathe. And he had lost his breathe at one point and he sounded as if he was gonna faint or have a stroke. And I thought about that guy after we got off the air and sort of for the next few days, checked the news to see if anyone had a heart attack on the golf course.
I noticed when I watched your Rose Bowl Parade coverage years ago that it didn't seem to work and you just sounded like you were a crazy person talking to yourself. As to the Rose Bowl broadcast, indeed it was me on a microphone attempting to create an ambient difference. That is, moving myself forward and away from the microphone to create the illusion of different people. I think in your case, it obviously didn't work.
Maybe I'm confused with something else, but years ago you did a show about a married couple driving around lost in a bad part of town, calling into the show for directions. It escalates till someone gets shot… any idea where I could find this? I can't find it on BSP. That was an early KFI radio bit from 1997. It was Margaret Grey and her husband Frank. Unfortunately, those shows, when recorded, were recorded on old logger tape. The quality was horrific and often those tapes were erased inside of a week. Long story short, there was simply no preservation of that material.
Hi Phil, huge fan, thanks for all the laugh-out-loud moments. IronSwine is so completely, hilariously out there. What was the big bang moment that gave birth to the bit? The IronSwine theme music is perfect ... what is it? Also love, love, love Margaret Gray! Playing the theme music to Ironside on the air one night. I was fooling around with music beds and just kept going back to the Ironside theme, and Bud popped out. At the time swine flu was epidemic, and we'd been talking about it, so the two melded together into this strange beast called Ironswine. I think, as I recall, Bud originally played some doctor that was trying to kill the swine flu virus.
How's the weight battle going nowdays? Thanks for asking. As of today I am at 224 lbs. I began this diet on Mar. 19, 2012 at 289 lbs. So thats 65 lbs lost... I feel great, and god damned if I don't look great too.
Will you be doing any live shows in the LA area? Also, do you remember a bit where a guest was going on about giant spiders in the bible? Yes, to the nature of which I cannot discuss right now, but I'm looking forward to it.
I don't remember that bit; I apologize.
Hey Phil, Great show as always. How do you successfully screen the calls, and how many callers that try to get through are actually aware of what the show is? I don't think i've ever heard a bad apple slip through! The screening process is part basic mechanics and part intuition. I know what it is that I'm asking of the callers. I know how a normal person is basically going to react. I know that callers have a certain level of interest, and I know that cranks, or people that are just trying to get through, simply do not have that depth. Most of the time they think a vague question or opinion is good enough, which of course, it isn't.
Hi Phil, I wanted to say thank you for the many years of great comedy. My favorite bit might be when RC Collins felt he had the right as a handicapped person to disable peoples cars if he wanted their parking spot. My question for you is, Do you have any advice for people who want to pursue an artistic path (writing in my case)? - THanks, Matt. I want to recommend a book to you: The Artist's Way. One of the first lessons is to immediately, everyday, put onto the page your stream of consciousness, WITHOUT EDITING everything. Once you're satisfied you've done that honestly you can then begin your edit process. What I'm saying is start immediately on your craft. The "job" part of it will follow much easier than you think.
Hey Phil, I always wanted to know if George Dunham, the sports radio guy from Dallas, was in on the joke during the "BTK Clothing" bit by Brad Rifkin. If indeed a guy named George Dunham called the show, I can assure you that he was not in on the bit. He sure as hell didn't check with me. I never had any phone conversation with that man other than when he allegedly called the show.
also, other than Herb Sewell, which one of your characters do you think you'd find the most detestable if you met them in real life? The only celebrity who was ever on the air and in on the bit was Gary Shandling with Bobbie Dooley.
I've heard Matt Groening always wanted you on The Simpsons, any reason why that hasn't happened? I think Matt has a phenomenal cast and lots of go-to people. I don't think it's anything other than the fact that right now there isn't the opportunity to bring anybody new in. He's always been a terrific friend and supporter. He's a genius.
Hey Phil Have you thought about creating "head toys" for all your characters? Thanks! The thing about merchandise is that it has to be "lovable." I have to come up with a cartoon version of each character in order to make them lovable. Human looking dolls are not lovable, but cartoony looking dolls are. So that's the challenge, and merchandise right now is sort of a bottom rung priority-- other than what we already have in our store.
I heard you say on a recent show during a Time Warner rant that your studio was like a block up the road. TRN had an intro on their site saying you broadcasted out of your home. Which is it. I ask because I wonder if you think technology (ISDN lines, remotes from home, etc,) have hurt broadcasting? We have a studio in Ventura.
Technology has not hurt broadcasting. In one of the all-time ironies when it comes to radio, today, we have some of the most marvelous opportunities, technologically, to broadcast from anywhere and in many different configurations, and we have never had such a dearth of quality content. It's appalling.
When you voice Futurama is it one of those shows where everyone does their voices separately or were you in the room with everyone else? It depends upon, literally, the actors' schedules and the studio time available, etc. You can be in the studio with all of the actors. As I recall though, I voice tracked by myself. But I could be remembering that wrong... I know on King of the Hill we often worked ensemble together in the studio.
Did your kids/stepkids ever try to pull Bobbie Dooley's trademark (hmmm hmmm) on you when were telling them what to do growing up? I used that move to keep my sanity while growing up with a forever nagging stepmother. It was perfect. Thanks for the laughs over the years Phil! No, they never did. I think the times that I interacted with the kids comedically was either at dinner or driving them to school, when a number of characters would pop out.
Hi, Phil! What do you prefer, Coke or Pepsi? Since I was in the hospital for pneumonia three years ago, funny as it sounds, I've become a Pepsi fan. I have no idea why. But I don't even drink cola anymore. I'm a Red Bull Zero fan now.
Hello Phil! I remember when I was a kid and somebody played me a tape of (I think) Ted Bell selling passes for like $500 to go sit on a bus outside of the superbowl with some popcorn and I just thought it was the funniest thing I had ever heard. My question is have you ever been offered a contract by any other talk radio show (O&A, Stern, Mancow, whoever) to bring over your voices and characters as a part of their show? No, not to be part of an ensemble. I don't think they would ever really offer me a deal like that, because I think they, especially Howard and Mancow and Bubba, understand what I do.
Do you like gladiator movies? Oh gosh, I just adore them!
1) What are your thoughts on Gary Johnson and his ideas? I apologize, but I don't know who Gary Johnson is.
2) Do you believe in god, and if so, what is your religious affiliation? I believe in the universal law of cause and effect. That probably is akin to some kind of Buddhism. I aspire to a Buddhist ethic, but I wouldn't call myself a Buddhist, because that indicates that you've somehow mastered those ideas.
3) Don Parsley is one of my favorite characters of yours and I’ve always been curious about something – have people actually sent him donations, and if so, how much? No one has sent donations to Don. If they have, I don't know about it. What address would they have sent it to? I don't remember giving out one.
This was one of the few times I actually felt bad for a caller. My questions: was it ever hard for you to stay in character as a result of a caller such as Tracy, and what was the gift you gave her? No, it's not hard to stay in character, because you never know whether someone is being truthful with you or not. You assume that they are telling you the truth, but one thing to keep in mind is that unlike Punk'd (or other candid gotcha type of shows), people call us willingly. No one is throwing a banana peel in the path of an unsuspecting person. We are giving a phone number and they call, and ultimately they assume risk. I don't recall Tracy specifically. I probably did give her a gift, like one of our pieces of show merchandise, because I wouldn't ask someone to stay on the line if I wasn't going to do so. But I have had people call with stories of misfortune and we've gone on to mock them, depending upon their attitude. For instance, a man who called and angrily announced that his step-daughter had been killed in an automobile accident, was, in my opinion, attempting to hijack the emotional tone of the show, and did not seem sincere. So we went on to ask him if his step-daughter was a piece of ass. Is that rude? Not if you take into consideration the attempt at control that this caller was trying to assert.
Any chance that you'll bring back that conceited British music critic character? He's the reason I got into your show in the first place. Yeah, and we actually have a couple of times off and on, but I feel that character needs to evolve a little more to find the tracks, and I don't think we've really settled that character down into his own track yet.
Hey Phil, thanks for taking the time to do this AMA! Who's funnier, Mike Judd or Judd Apatow? Who's funnier, Lenny Bruce or Laurel & Hardy? You're asking me a question that cannot be an eitheor. I love both Bruce and Laurel & Hardy equally, as one loves ones children. I would have to say the same of Mike and Judd.
Have you ever considered a bit you do as just for the people who are in on it? Nah. You don't ever try to be inside. You always try to make the bit as accessible as you can. I would say that there's two rules: be funny, and be funny to as many people as is possible.
Phil! As a man of many voices, you must be a man of many drinks. However, is there one you prefer over the others? Do you have a favorite cocktail or liquor (perhaps even while doing your show)? My favorite drink of all-time, without question, and I believe will be for the rest of my life, because I've spent my life looking for it, is a double Don Julio Blanco on the rocks. No lime. No lemon. No pussified salt.
Would you ever consider a mockumentary style film about Bobbie Dooley and her antics as HOA President at Western Estates… btw I've been listening to you since the late 90s, and I'm friends with one of your nephews. I would love to do any and all of those kinds of movies. And let me at this time give a shout out to two histarically funny and wonderful people: Liam Sullivan and his wife Alana. Two comic actors who also create films that I have promised a Ted Bell re-write to. I want to get that to them ASAP. We've been talking at length about working on that, but to answer your question: yes, absolutely. My characters are custom made for that exact kind of satire.
Hey Phil, I have been a huge fan for many years and am also a BSP and will always be one. I haven't put too much thought into evolving RC. I've often thought of him, and I probably will have him, going to work for his father in the Bay Area.
I was wondering if you have thought about doing another "live" broadcast like the one from Disney where you kept getting kicked in the balls by that kid. HAHA I still laugh thinking about it. I was also wondering if you had any thoughts about evolving RC into a post military acadamy character. Well, that was actually done from the studio at KFI. In order to pull off the any kind of illusion on air it's paramount, at least in the kind of comedy that I like to do, that you make it sound as realistic as possible. That means you have to have the exact right background effects. You have to, obviously, perform the characters as they should be performed. You have to have the right sound, in short. While most of that depends on me a great deal of it depends on the support you get from whatever station or network you're working on. At the excellent end of the dial, on that scale, I put KFI, Premiere Radio, WIOD Miami. At the piss poor, shitcan end of the scale... no comment. So, therefore, to do that kind of bit, where you think I'm really someplace that I'm not, everything has to be right. And again, with all modesty, I am the best in this business at creating that kind of illusion. And I know when not to try it.
Hi Phil! Thanks for answering questions today! I wondered if you will be doing webcam (live) commentary with your characters. I know you did it awhile back, but I don't think I've seen it since. Anyway, I thought it was a hoot. :-) ~Andrea (spunkyandy) Yeah, right now, every night at www.philhendrieshow.com we do a live videocast of our radio show.
Ha-ha... :) I mean there was a webcam on location and you were making comments on people walking by it... Sounds like a good idea, but I don't remember that specific bit. We may just have to bring it back!
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