(January 18, 2019). Vince is back after a long and needed holiday break. Joining him for the show is Rod Hurt (pictured top-left). They'll do some catching up. After last week's special airing of Tapestry of Torment - see Last Friday information below - Vince has been doing some thinking about that show and much of what makes up conventional talk radio. He'll discuss both with Rod as they get things underway at 9:05 a.m. pacific time.
Joining the conversation at around 9:36 is Nancy Byrne (shown at top-right), author of "Choices." She listened last week and wanted to take part in this show. She knows the difference between people when they ramble, and when they talk from a place deep within themselves. She majored in psychology at the University of Colorado Denver, both graduate and undergraduate.
Nancy has worked for an adolescent psychiatric treatment hospital, a rape crisis center, a major police department as director of a victim services unit and several high risk shelters for adolescents. In addition, Byrne graduated from the Aspen Program for Psychic Development with certification in Psychic Development, Spiritual Mediumship and Medical Intuition.
How to take a rape victim and put that broken person back together, will be among the topics. Click on her photo to visit her website which includes a link on how to order her book.
At 10:07 in the second hour you'll meet Megan Hustings, interim Director of Operations at The National Coalition for the Homeless. Megan has worked for a variety of anti-poverty efforts since childhood. In previous employment, she provided case management and life-skills training for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Vince and Rod will explore the growing epidemic of Homelessness and will talk about how in the 1980's when America was experiencing prosperity on the one hand and growing homelessness on the other, it was said this was a time when the country was losing her heart.
When people have more, do they forget those in need and treat them like they are non-entities, and is it happening all over again? Megan has moved NCH into the 21st century, spearheading social media and website development, as you'll see by checking out their website by clicking on the photo at right-center.
Will President Trump finally get his wall? How long will this partial Government shutdown last? Mark Krikorian (right), Executive Director for the Center for Immigration Studies guests at approx 10:36. Mark is a nationally recognized expert on immigration and is animated by a pro-immigrant, low-immigration vision which seeks fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome to those admitted.
Krikorian's knowledge and expertise are sought by Congress, as well as the mainstream and new media. He is a frequent contributor at National Review Online and has appeared on all major cable and broadcast news networks. He'll join us to look at things 'big picture' and to break down where he believes we go from here. For more on the Center, click his pic on the right. Feel free to join our conversation with him and any of our guests this week by calling in at (951) 922-3532.
Returning today are the Monterey Minute and the KMET Remembers KMET mini-segments.
LAST FRIDAY ...
(January 11, 2019). This prerecorded Many Moods Special focused on a single issue: the scope of the problem of Priest Pedophilia in the Roman Catholic Church and the cover-up of Sex Abuse by its clergy.
Up until now, Tapestry of Torment has not been broadcast on KMET. It needs every minute of its two hours as it offers a forum for Survivors to share their horrific stories of the suffering they endured as children and continue to deal with as adults.
This show features Mary Grant, one-time west coast regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, who many years ago "felt like a lone voice at a time when people were a lot more afraid to come forward with their stories."
She'll share her inner-torment as she is joined by another survivor, David Guerrero who suffers with AIDS and other by-products of this abuse, including isolation. Vince will turn his microphone off and allow Mary and David to open up. Telephone calls from other victims and from listeners follows this segment.
This show is not suitable for children but is certainly encouraged if you are a parent. It's a powerful show and hopefully you'll do yourself the favor of listening to both hours from start to finish without interruption. Audio podcast available here by clicking: Vince Daniels: TAPESTRY OF TORMENT 01 11 19 Hr 1 and Vince Daniels: Clergy Sex Abuse Support Group 01 11 19 Hr 2.
Every picture you see here is a snapshot in time, taken during a week in December after Sam Feliccia (owner of Feliccia's Italian Restaurant and Deli in Vista, Ca) sent an e-blast to his customers with a surprise announcement that he would be retiring, closing down and waving goodbye within a week-and-a-half.
On December 13th, 2018 after 40 years in the same South Santa Fe avenue location, Sam and Nina Feliccia indeed closed their doors on a place that regulars regarded as a tradition, while others in town knew Feliccia's to be a treasure. Some went so far as to refer to Sam as "Mr. Vista."
In fact, this restaurant became a gathering place for dignitaries of the city, including the Vista sheriffs and fire departments. In addition, Sam was a jobs creator. Many in the area that are now older, have fond memories of Feliccia's as being first-time employment for them.
A first for me was having Feliccia's as one of my original sponsors when The Vince Daniels Show found its new home last June on KMET radio. In full Italian accent, Todd Rowan was the voice of Feliccia's. This familiar sixty-second spot with accordion background music would run a few times a week. It's hard getting used to the Feliccia's commercial no longer airing. What's harder is knowing that Feliccia's is no longer around.
In the final eight days after Sam's announcement, I would drive 45 minutes one-way from Riverside County to soak up as many opportunities and enjoy as many meals as I could, which included one last breakfast. Feliccia's then stopped serving breakfast altogether as it was Oscar Rodriguez' last day, for whom the famous "Oscar Scramble" was named. Also, because they were quickly running out of food.
I would come three more times for dinner, where a scaled down half-page menu was offered. On their final two nights they were opened from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. offering a farewell buffet by reservation only. Sam, Nina and the grandkids were serving Sicilian Chicken, Mostaccioli, Lasagna, Salad and Rolls to those waiting in line. With a one hour turnaround time on tables, Nina said to me, "there was no other way. We were overwhelmed by this."
In those last days, I met some new friends who were coming in two to three times a week for more than thirty years. I overheard conversations by folks who had been coming in since Sam first opened back in 1978. I discovered Feliccia's within a couple of months of moving to Vista in 2013. I moved away in 2017 but managed to stop in every other week or so. Listening to all these stories had me thinking of that Olive Garden ad: "When you're here, you're family." While I've never felt that way at Olive Garden, I always felt that line applied more to Feliccia's.
My first impression when I first started eating there was of the large array of photographs that align the walls of the deli, dining room - even restroom - which feature generations of Feliccia family and relatives. The whole idea of family is so obviously important to Sam and Nina that it's right there in front of customers and hard to avoid. The waitresses that work there, are either family or just like family. One who had a thirty year career there is Sam's sister, Cathy Parisi. I was greeted as often by her as I was longtime waitress, Cindy Villapondo.
Along with Oscar, these were the mainstays of Feliccia's over the years. Beverly Stavron had only been there for two years, but it seemed like she'd been waitressing there forever. She would call you by name just like Cindy, Cathy and Sam. And this is something you can't fake or build a corporate slogan around. To make a customer feel like they belong to an extended family, you have to have the right environment.
Most Italian restaurants are structured like what you think a restaurant should look like, with tables and booths. Feliccia's didn't have booths. They had a series of tables that were set up in what resembled your family dining room, with the kitchen close by. It was all very small and quaint. It allowed for Sam or Cathy or Cindy or Beverly or Nina to come sit with you and visit. When Sam sat down to visit, you knew where he was coming from. He wanted his customers to feel free to express themselves too.
You knew he loved his community as well as his country. Sam's a patriot. In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential election, much as he wanted him to win, Sam didn't think Donald Trump had a chance. On the morning after he won, Sam was so overcome with emotion that he threw an all-day party. It was Pizza and Whisky on the house for everyone.
What Sam Feliccia built was a place where you can bring your family, bring a date, bring a friend or come alone. You can feel happy, or you could feel sad. Believe me, I was there on many an occasion where I needed to process sad times and difficult decisions I faced in my life; including times where I had to say goodbye to something or someone.
I'll miss the C.D.'s that Cindy produced for the restaurant, especially the Elvis music. I'll miss the Andrea Bocelli music. Maybe that's what sometimes made me cry. Not to mention, I'll miss their homemade sesame seed bread and the split pea soup, in fact, all their soups. I'll miss the Bambino Pizza and the glass of Vernor's they would bring me. Their french toast and the Willis Omelette were the best. Yeah, I'll miss those too. And I'll miss the regulars that I came to recognize over the years, even if I never talked to many of them.
Looking back, I really like the way Sam processed his goodbye. On the second to last night, everyone sitting at our table noticed that he was trying hard to hold back tears. We're sure he had a good cry that night after he locked up. On the last night however, he must have got it out of his system, because he was his usual self again, happy and shaking hands. That's the way I want to remember Feliccia's. Hey, I wouldn't mind having a "Sam's Special" sandwich to go along with that memory.
To hear a tribute I did for Feliccia's just days before it closed, click this Podcast link then jump ahead to 31:58. It begins with the radio ad: Vince Daniels: Goodbye FELICCIA'S 12 07 18 Hr 2
Welcome Back From Vince
June 1, 2018
After six years, I'm back with The Many Moods of Vince Daniels. Sometimes referred to as The Vince Daniels Show.
The show began on a Los Angeles-based web radio station in early 2001 where it remained for five years until moving to the Inland Empire and to terrestrial radio each Saturday beginning in 2006, on KCAA-1050 AM. It was one of their top weekend shows. It ended there on July 14th, 2012.
The show you've heard me do has always been described as "variety," "magazine format," even "controversial." Almost from its inception, there have been a stable of co-hosts joining me on the show, along with numerous segment contributors.
When my show moved from the internet to KCAA, it moved quickly. I kept my original cast and added a few others over time. A guest that I had on quite often was Peter Ford (son of the late actor, Glenn Ford).
In the '90's, KIEV 870-AM in Los Angeles had a two-hour Monday night program called The Peter Ford Show, and there was nothing like it. I was glued to my radio because I never knew what was coming at me from week to week. One night, Ford would have a gripping roundtable discussion about the horrors of child sexual abuse. The following week he might interview actors in a 'Whatever became of' segment.
Whether it was an author that told a compelling story or two sides in a spirited debate over a hotly contested issue, it was always two hours, one topic and plenty of time to tackle that topic. I couldn't help but to think that if Peter's show went away, somebody might pick up his mantle and carry it on. I never fancied myself a talk show host. I was a music jock, having interned at KWIZ in Orange County and was on the air on the old KQLH 95.1 FM - now K-Frog. Not to mention, nightclub spinner at The Righteous Brothers Hop.
In the early 2000's an opportunity came along to shift gears from doing music to doing talk. My whole Many Moods concept was based on what I perceived Peter Ford's show to be. For over a decade, I was swept up in a show that became multi-topical in the space of three hours. It became what it became and it was all to the good. However in the almost six years that I've been off the air, I was always reminded of one thing. I never had a chance to do the show that gave me the impetus to be a talk host in the first place. This time, I'll be doing it.
My thanks to KMET 1490-AM and the powers that be, Mitch McClellan and Bill Bruns for staying after me and making me feel like a welcome addition to their great line-up! Above-all, thanks for offering me this two-hour Friday morning time slot. It's the perfect length, not to mention a conducive format in which to take on a different topic each week and finally, for the most part be able to work solo.
You can listen to me live from 9:00am-11:00am pacific on Friday's. If you miss a live show, scroll up to the top-right on the banner and click the orange Podcasts button.
Vince enjoys some food with several fans.
The paintings of Gil Casados. He was a longtime friend of Vince's family who passed away in April of 2010.
Vince's New Opening Theme: Monterey by Eric Burdon & The Animals
Maybe it's the opening lyrics that made this Eric Burdon song be the perfect theme to be chosen as the new Many Moods show opener. "The people came and listened. Some of them came and played." Along with its great melody, the list of artists mentioned in the song (who graced the Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967) also inspired Vince to feature a weekly snippet from one of the array of performers from that historic concert. He'll talk about one of the artists and highlight their song in the final minute of the first hour at approx 9:59am each Friday.
Old-school AM/FM radio the most popular media of all, says Nielsen
By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Even in the age of sophisticated cable TV and video on demand, it is old school AM/FM radio which rules the nation’s media world according to Nielsen, which has revealed the audience numbers. With 243 million monthly listeners, radio bests the competition across the board.
“Each week, more Americans tune to AM/FM radio than any other platform. What’s more, according to Nielsen’s second-quarter 2017 Comparable Metrics Report, 93 percent of U.S. adults 18 and older listen to radio every week — more than those watching television or using a smartphone, TV connected device, tablet or PC,” Nielsen noted in its report, which was released Wednesday.
In comparison, TV reaches 88 percent of Americans and garners 229 million viewers.
“Technology trends are a bit like fashion trends,” said Brad Kelly, managing director of Nielsen Audio.
“They come and go, oftentimes long forgotten after the craze ends. But there’s one notable exception to the technology/fashion trend rule in the media world — broadcast radio. AM/FM radio is the blue blazer of the media universe. Who would have believed 100 years after its debut, AM/FM radio would continue to top the charts as the medium that reaches more consumers each week than any other?”
The analysis cited “compelling audio content and expanding delivery options” as a strong factor in the consistent appeal of radio.
It also found that the most popular format was country music, closely followed by news/talk combinations, adult contemporary music, pop contemporary hits, classic rock, classic hits, “hot” adult contemporary, urban adult contemporary and non-commercial news and talk. These are the top draws in a lengthy list of genres.
The report also said the popularity of podcasts has increased by 157 percent in the past four years; 30 million people now regularly download the specialized audio presentations to their smartphones or other devices.
The appeal of radio is also something the generations can agree on.
“AM/FM radio is America’s top reach medium, giving it mass appeal among diverse audiences — across generations, ethnicities and demographics,” the report said. “By generation, radio has the largest reach with Generation X (ages 35-54), with 80.5 million listeners tuning during an average month.
“This is followed by millennials (18- to 34-year-olds), with 71.6 million listeners tuning in monthly (95 percent of the millennial population),” the report said.
“Meanwhile, radio reaches 41.2 million monthly listeners among Baby Boomers (ages 55-64), representing 98 percent of the Baby Boomer population.”
Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Reprinted by permission.