Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Whole House FM Transmitter

Well, here we's summer. The activities are concentrated outdoors. And so has my work. Between the maintaining the playlist stream, website and blogging updates, the lawn and the hot-tub now beseech my return.

How to keep the monitoring of my operation in check is no problem.

I would like to put in my two cents about this product. With the addition of the 'Whole House FM Transmitter' , I'm unchained from the PC and have now allowed my internet station, GUS.FM (or any audio source) to be broadcast not only all over the house, but outside to my car, garage, back yard etc. Talk about going the distance! My neighbors have been caught cheating and listening in at 107.7 (the available frenquency in my area) instead of listening online. I have a Bose Accoustic Wave® and the sound of my little 'ol station is magnificent. From my professional standpoint, it rivals the loudness and clarity of the adjoining 100K FM stations.

About the size of a deck of cards, It's a great investment for home or broadcasting MP3 in your vehicle if you don't have a line in. It's a quick and simple plug-in.

Go to for specs.

Bryan Thompson

'WebRadio of the Great United States'

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Elmore James

I wanted to focus special attention this 'Blues Tuesday' on the legendary Elmore James. Not many have heard of the 'King of the Slide Guitar' before, but his influence is immeasurable.

If you could ask the notable blues, country and rock legends of today ie; The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughn, Travis Tritt, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers and ZZ Topp to just name a few, Elmore James would be place upon the Top 5 of the Blues Guitar totem pole. Paticularly with the Robert Johnson penned song "Dust My Broom', the key that opened the box and still endures today.

George Harrison was a paticular maven of the works of much as to pay tribute
in a roundabout with the Beatles song 'For You Blue'..which you'll hear George quip in the song...."Elmore James got nothin' on this baby......"


Thursday, May 22, 2008

While We're In That Room

The Community Page on GUS.FM has now been renamed 'The Nation'. It's a logistics thing.

Let's see, we were discussing Terre Haute, next week it will be another place. But to bring a BIG SECRET out into the open, if ever you were curious as how the city/state of the week are chosen, it's quite a complex and scientific process, really. Data is compiled and extracted from a six-fold compressed zip file. It is then transfered to a sub-level plane. Random monetary value is applied to a trickle down method of placement within a dimension to a geographical area. The sum of these equations reveal the new area for said week. That seemed a bit more logical than to say a map is spread on the floor and a coin flip lands on the sweet spot.

You just gotta have fun with this thing.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Is it "Hot" or Is It "Hoot"? Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

First of all, my apologies for a cliche. The featured City/State of the week on GUS.FM is Terre Hautte, IN. Probably one of the most mispronounced cities in the world.

A debate that I had with my wife was whether it's pronounced Ter-ruh Hote, or, Terry-Hot. She's from Central Illinois. Close enough in the region to have heard it mentioned a few times. She says it's Terr-uh Hoot.

Hoot, Hot, Hote...where are we on this?

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Lob This At The Next Game

Yesterday was a beautiful day for baseball. Ann & I had the opportunity to see our two grandsons in back to back games. Just loads of fun.

There's only one thing that can damper the spirit. You got it, the occassional zealot parent that has to make a scene when his/her son (or daughter) is outted in that not so controversial play.

I've seen it enough now that I've become curious as to what you call a parent like this. Is there even a word?

If not, I have a suggestion. Label them 'scuds". You know, in honor of the missles lobbed into Israel by Saddam's Iraq during Desert Storm. A big show but not much blow when the impact is made.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sioux City

Wasn't that one of the hot spots during the primary a few months ago? Anyway, if you're from there it's your turn for braggig rights as the GUS.FM city/state of the week.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


A daily feature that will focus on the stories of an artist/group/song of an individual genre each day.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Cel Phones vs. Driving..Some Will Never Get It Right

I was a kid in the 60's, about the time I began an interest in reading the newspaper.

An editorial that caught my eye was criticizing then President Lyndon B. Johnson's intelligence and ability for snap and important decisions. "Johnson can't walk and chew gum at the same time", the lead paragraph said. I began to picture LBJ chewing gum and stumbling around the oval office. I even questioned my own ability, in trying, I found that wasn't a problem at all. I summed it up, even at that young age, as an exageration.

Fast forward to the 21st Century and I'm not so sure the same can apply to driving and talking on the cel phone. I won't go into boring details about how many of us have been cut-off (or have done the cutting-off) by a driver on the phone.

The facts are obvious. It's impossible for many to connect motor reflexes and conversation together for varied reasons.

Try this experiment next time you're at a 4 way stop with vehicles stopping at close to the same time. Most state-standardized traffic laws have the vehicle that made the first stop to have the right-of-way, with visual contact confirmation to the driver that you will be crossing against.

Virtually every time a driving cel phone user approaches, just watch. In most cases a complete stop is never made. If that driver was number 4 at the stop, they'll proceed. In most cases a visual contact was never made. Phone to ear and straight ahead!

Yeah, there are laws. Reckless driving, knee-jerk election grabbing campaigns, etc. I propose a device that blows the sound of a car horn at full decibel in the ear of the offending cel driver!

Next time you'll take your turn!

Friday, May 2, 2008


I find this interesting, and plausible. Free-flowing is what captures our audience and that's what you'll find on this site.


Music subscriptions services aren’t catching on with consumers, according to figures released by the RIAA. Subscriptions to services like Rhapsody and Napster grew from 1.7 million subscribers in 2006 to just 1.8 million in 2007 — an increase well under 1%. Revenues actually fell 2.6% over this same time span (from $206.2 million to $200.9 million). As Digital Music News reports, there are fewer companies competing in the space. Rhapsody has taken over MTV’s Urge, and RealNetworks (Rhapsody’s parent) is assuming control of Yahoo Music.

Source: News@11