264: Fine People on Both Sides

This was a heavy show to research, prep and record. Of course, it’s horrible that Heather Heyer lost her life standing up to bigotry, racism and intolerance. Any loss of life is never acceptable in a situation like this. But, just as troubling to me is that this type of hate can be openly and proudly celebrated in 2017 in our country. I don’t understand how a nation of overwhelmingly good and smart people are allowing this to happen.

Like many of you, I’m disgusted by the man that calls himself our president and I fear the damage he is doing to our country and the lens through how the rest of the world views us. Make no mistake, this type of hate-filled riot was made possible by Trump’s consistent dog-whistling throughout his campaign and into his presidency. Even when presented with the no-brainer choice of denouncing white supremacists and neo-nazis, he did not and will not.

When planning each episode of American Cliché, I really try and create a balance of content. I know that many of you come to hear me rail on Dear Leader, but I also realize that many of you want an escape from this shit. You’d rather hear me joke about weird news or some other crazy thing some asshole did (that doesn’t happen to be our president). And I want that too. However, sometimes things happen and we have a moral responsibility to use whatever platform we have to let those responsible know that what they’re doing is not OK and will not be tolerated or normalized. I have this podcast and I feel an obligation to use it. As a listener, you also have tools at your disposal. Use social media to condemn these acts. Write to your congressional officials. Attend a rally.

Thanks for your support of American Cliché. I hope you’ll share your thoughts on this episode with me so that we can continue this important dialogue. Be good to each other and take care of yourself.

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263: …And That’s the Real News

The tagline for this show has been “sometimes truth is stranger than fiction” since the show premiered in 2005. As I continue to wade through the Trump-flavored firehouse of news each week, I’m reminded of how accurately that line describes our entire political reality right now. If only I had known then, how true that would be now…

This week on the show:

  • “Fire & Fury” with North Korea
  • Trump launches his version of State-run TV from Trump Tower
  • Urban Dictionary defines a “Scaramucci”
  • Texas gun play demonstrates the true meaning of karma
  • Bill Maher dissects GOP hypocrisy on Obama

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262: They’re Going to Die Over There

Another crazy week in politics and beyond. This week on the show:

  • New segment: Top ten old news items
  • Lindsay Graham talks war with North Korea
  • The tale of Neely and Andrew Moldovan – where is the defamation line?
  • State Department issues a warning on tainted alcohol at Mexican resorts
  • Why won’t the media push pack on Sarah Huckabee Sanders?

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261: Spicey’s out, Scaramucci’s in

I’m so excited to be back after a nearly six-year hiatus! I have to be honest, I didn’t anticipate the news cycle changing so quickly. In fact, I’ve had to scrap my show prep three times in the last four days due to the insanity that is the Trump White House. At any rate, here’s where we ended up:

  • Why did I come back?
  • Trump bans transgender people from serving in the military
  • Spicey’s out, Scaramucci’s in!
  • Catheters in ice cream – a new Summer treat?
  • Trump’s adolescent bullying of Jeff Sessions
  • Doctor’s remove 27 contact lenses from a woman’s eye
  • Dirtbag of the week: Mike Leaming
  • RIP Chester Bennington

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American Cliché Returns!

Some of you may have seen this teased on my social channels, but now I’m making it official – American Cliché will be returning as a weekly podcast in the coming weeks. I haven’t settled on the exact launch date, but I’m currently eyeing between mid-August and early September. That may seem like a long way out, but relaunching the show is not a small task.

I’ve been out of the podcast space for five years so I’ve forgotten how to do almost everything and I’m essentially starting from scratch.

I have to build my studio. The only piece of equipment I still had in a closet was my trusty Shure SM7B microphone. That has always been a staple of my sound and I knew I had to use it again. Other than that I had nothing. And because there’s literally dozens of different ways to produce a show, I had to decide on my workflow and how it would all come together. I have always been a live radio guy and doing it “live to tape” has always been my preference. That means the show is recorded exactly as you hear it. All the intros, outros, sound FX, news clips etc. are all played and mixed in real time. There’s no editing. At this point, I’d say I’m about 60% there on the studio equipment. I’m waiting for a few cables, a compressor/limiter/gate and a rack to hold it all.

I have to rebuild the website from scratch. The old site technically exists in mothballs, but it’s seven years old and is outdated. That said, I’m NOT a web designer and I’m having to peck my way through to figure things out. The fact that I’ve gotten this far and you’re seeing this post is an achievement in and of itself. Over the coming weeks, I’ll continue to improve and update the site with more features and functionality.

Finally, I knew that if I was going to do this at all, I was going to do it right with a marketing plan. When I started American Cliché (and 8BallRadio before that), I had no marketing background so I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Social media didn’t exist and I wasn’t starting with any sort of base audience. That’s all changed. So, over the next few weeks you’ll probably start to see promotions on Facebook and Instagram and a big push through Twitter.

I will have a firm launch date in the next week or so and I’ll post it here. I’ll also be doing a few behind the scenes video updates to keep you updated on the planning and progress I’m making with the show.

On a personal note, I’ve been really touched by the support many of you have expressed for me to bring the show back. Thank you for that. I can’t wait to re-start this journey with you all.