Before anything . . . START WITH THIS PREMISE – The Media and the Politicians are in bed with each other, and the only difference between the Republicans as we know them now, and the Democrats as they are – is who has power, and which one of the two does not.
And make no mistake about it . . . NEITHER COULD CARE LESS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO THEY FEED OFF.
The relationship between the Media and the Government is INCESTUOUS TO THE MAX. When the Government needs Media Savvy, they turn to the NEWS Stations and Networks to Recruit.
When the Government changes Parties, the Media Members who are out of their Government jobs find themselves as NEWS ANALYSTS in Print, Radio and Television.
You would be astounded at how many people there are in all the various forms of the Media, at all levels, who are married to, or living with Government Management Types, who pretend that that they are OBJECTIVE, when nothing could be further from the truth.
You could believe if that’s what you want, but I won’t for several reasons:
1 – We ABSOLUTELY know that Politicians and Bureaucrats LIE like cheap rugs.
2 – We also know that the Media seem to spend more time on withholding NEWS, and spinning it, than they are in disseminating it.
3 – The Networks are controlled with MEGA-DOLLARS, all of which is not necessarily homegrown money, as we see with FOX News and CNN, where a huge chunk of their cash comes from Saudi Arabia and other really Bad Actors.
4 – News has become ENTERTAINMENT, where it’s all about the RATINGS and Access, where the Story and Truth come SECOND to the Revenue.
5 – And no one is going to convince me that the Media CANNOT BE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR. And outside of BLOGS like this one, and to a limit, some of the High Profile Talent Driven Conservative Radio and Television Talk Shows . . . I DO MEAN ALL OF THEM!
None of the foregoing is to suggest we should stop reading, listening and watching the Media . . . it is merely a warning that what we believe is true because the Media says so, is not necessarily even close to revealing the whole story, let alone being the TRUTH.
In 1996, I was offered the DREAM JOB OF A LIFETIME, being the Morning Host of a once-upon-a-time Major Montreal AM Radio Station, which had seen much better days in terms of Audience.
But even though this station (CIQC) was down in the dumps, to be offered this opportunity in the City of your Birth is as rare as it gets. And as flattered as I was to be given the chance to be a voice in Montreal, I turned it down several times.
My conditions were simple:
1 – They would have to set-up a Broadcast Facility for me to do the show from my Private Office on my own property, which was built beside our Horse Paddock.
2 – I would Broadcast all of my shows without a Producer.
3 – I would Travel wherever I wanted for my advertising business, from where they would have to make arrangements and pay all the costs for the LIVE Broadcasts back to Montreal. I would pay for all Travel Costs – including Planes, Hotels, Car Rentals, Meals . . . ETC.
Which for them . . . it was a great deal, because of the cachet it gave the show.
4 – I also accepted a relatively small Salary, which was paid to my Advertising Agency, which made me one of the LOWEST PAID BROADCASTERS IN CANADA, with the exception, that part of my contract allowed me to have my own Sponsors, which paid me directly, making me INDEPENDENT from the Station, in as much as they couldn’t hold a large Salary over my head for RANSOM, and that my sponsors more than made up for the small salary.
I certainly could have negotiated better. But it really wasn’t in my interests to be beholden to the station. Besides, it wasn’t my REAL Job, and who knew how long it would last.
It’s kind of how Galganov.com has been developing over the years.
5 – I demanded a VETO over who the Station could sell advertisements to during my show, from sign-on to the sign-off.
6 – Also, there would be NO DELAY WHATSOEVER from what I, or the callers would say from the time they said it, to the time the audience heard it. So, if someone were to say F-OFF or F-YOU live on-air, it would be heard. Which might have happened perhaps just TWICE.
So how do you think it worked-out?
I started against Howard Stern on the same day he began Broadcasting his morning show in Montreal. And where every Radio Station, in English and in French lost listeners to Stern, because he was such a novelty, my numbers went up by 15%, which in Radio Parlance is quite substantial.
A SUBSTANTIAL FOCUS OF GALGANOV AT HIGH NOON . . . featured an ALL OUT WAR against the Montreal Media, Newspapers, Radio and Television, both English and French, who freely BS’ed their markets in order to sell Advertising, for which I SUED MOST OF THEM at the Advertising Council, WINNING EACH TIME.
WHEN I WON, I was warned by the Advertising Council . . . that my victory MUST BE KEPT IN-HOUSE, and not made public, since they would relay their decision as a slap on the wrist to the affected media, to which I answered by making the VICTORY against the DISHONEST Media as PUBLIC as possible on Galganov At High Noon.
AT ONE POINT – THE STATION . . . was warned by the CRTC (Canadian Radio And Television Corporation – Akin to the America FCC), that it must make a Public Apology to a French Listener, without revealing her identity, who was AGGRIEVED by my VISCERAL comments on Quebec Separatists, and the Quebec Government, which made the Unrestricted Use of the English Language ILLEGAL.
So . . . when by accident, I heard of this CRTC Demand for the apology and the anonymity of the “victim”, I COULD NOT WAIT to get on-air, and BLAST the CRTC, while announcing the NAME OF THE AGGRIEVED SEPARATIST WOMAN.
What was the CRTC going to do? FIRE ME? I wasn’t their employee. So good luck with that.
Were they going to have the Radio Station FIRE ME? So what . . . I owned a successful Advertising Agency, and staying on-air was not all that much of a big deal for me. But in the long run, a whole bunch of Bureaucrats were bent out of joint, the Station Owners were raked over the coals, AND THE AUDIENCE LOVED IT.
AT ANOTHER TIME . . . The Canadian Radio Standards Council issued a condemnation of how I spoke and what I said on-air. My response to them was to call their Director of the Standards Council while I was LIVE-ON AIR, to effectively tell him what kind of a DICK he was, which also didn’t go over all that well with the Insiders. BUT THE LISTENERS LOVED IT. And so did I.
BUT THE BEST . . . at least in my opinion, happened when I did my show LIVE at 35,000 Feet On An AIR-PHONE, while flying across the Canadian Prairies, coming back from a Western Swing of doing Radio Broadcasts, when my Guest Host asked me if I heard that the CRTC ADMONISHED me for my Broadcasts, to which, without really thinking, because I was so tired – I answered . . .
“What part at 35,000 Feet, CAN’T the CRTC understand that they CAN Kiss My Ass?”
I so disliked the HOITY-TOITY in the Government and Media, that I regularly rented busses, invited listeners to join me, and took my show LIVE BY CELL PHONE to where the Bad Guys were HOLED-UP, whether it was in Ottawa at the Prime Minister’s Residence, or to Quebec City, where the Separatists and other Ethnocentric Quebecois Nationalists lived very much High-On-The-Hog.
The Broadcast Quality over the Cell Phone SUCKED, but the content was Fabulous.
I mentioned that raising the audience numbers by 15% in one Rating Book against Howard Stern was HUGE; so imagine what it was like for me and the station I broadcast for, when I raised the Stations Ratings during my Time Slot from 7-Thousand Quarter-Hours Tuned . . . to FORTY THOUSAND Quarter-Hours Tuned in the space of JUST ONE YEAR.
Which was nearly a 600% Increase in Audience.
So – when it comes to understanding the Media, and what the PEOPLE really care about in terms of information about Government, the Bureaucracy, Big Business, Big Banks, Big Labor and all the many things that are killing our societies, which the Media sort of play with, this kind of Media Dishonesty is not new to me.
In a perverse way . . . Standing-Up to them is kind of what I live for.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov