Friday, March 02, 2007

Who's Calling My Name?

I listened to Mike Ball on New Hampshire AM radio this morning. I'm not close enough for the signal, but the stream worked fine on the WSMN's site. In a week or so, the podcasts of the two hours should be up for listening.

Several of his fans called in. Of course, it was talk radio, so they had comments and questions. However, they also greeted him personally. Typical was Bob saying, "Nice to hear you on the radio again."

When they asked him if it was true that he would sign on to a local radio station soon, he replied, "You never know. You gotta keep your options open."

We also learned that while he was in Florida, he got a realty license.

Personally, I found it disconcerting to hear callers say his name repeatedly. I involuntarily looked up. Aren't I Mike Ball?

By the bye, while our politics are divergent, I find him enjoyable to hear. He has a nice tone and delivery. He's calm and not at all strident or catty like so many conservative talk show hosts. He doesn't say things just to get a rise out of people.

Good on him.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Return of the Radio King

Here's hoping that the pending visit by Mike Ball to New England radio is just the teaser.

Fans of the long-time New Hampshire talk radio host get a chance to hear him again Friday, March 2nd from 7 a.m. through 9 a.m. He's on WSMN, 1590 AM, out of Nashua, hosting the Woody Woodland show.

Many of his loyal listeners were very disappointed when he got caught in broadcast politics a couple of years ago and forced off the air. We'd get regular emails asking if we knew his whereabouts.

If you won't be in the signal area tomorrow, you can listen on the Net or catch the podcast later. To stream the show live, go to WSMN's site and then click Listen Live! at the top right.

Of course, this is talk radio. You can call in to participate at 603-883-9900.

They archive the podcasts too. The most recent ones are on the main podcast page. You can search for Mike later at the top of this page.

A note that Mike broadcast by email started:
Hi Everyone,
It has been a while since I last mass e-mailed all of you. I would first like to thank you all for the continued interest in my whereabouts and your hopes for me getting back on the air.
Maybe he'll tell us his plans and the likelihood he'll be a regular on New England air again. He does conclude his note with "Once again, I am humbled by the support and good wishes you have extended to me and my family. I believe this could be the beginning of much bigger radio things to come in the near future."

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