Year Two (Episodes 52-84) Year 1998
52: Hallucination Engine:2/HostileTakeover (5/10/98)- Returning to a
three hour format, we return to the topic of various drugs. A little
later, some folks from other parts of the Frequency Modulation spectrum
use the phone lines to make the show their own.
Episode 53: Veteran's Day(5/17/98)- Discussion
of the forthcoming holiday, Veteran's Day. Masonic/Illuminati receptacle.
The World's most unwanted song. SINATRA=I R SATAN.
Episode 54: Arab fm hifi(5/24/98)- Masonic-themed
stuff. We can't really tell you more than that, as our throats would
be cut across, our tongues ripped out at the root and buried at the
low water mark.
Episode 55: absolutely 100% (5/31/98)-originally
slated as somewhat random receptacle, this quickly turned into an episode
about one of our favorite athletes-turned-actors: OJ Simpson.
Episode 56:The Ryan Report(6/7/98)-Eating
Orange Flatin Croutons at a casino in Las Hubbards in 966. Very dapper.
Phone-sex colour poems(although none about orange, sadly. I guess they
couldn't find a rhyme in time).
Episode 57: The dapper duck line(6/14/98)-
The start of some severe pause-policy sampling. Some Hardcore fundamentalist
preaching. And Dave's not dead anymore, I think.
Episode 58: Morality is Stupid (6/21/98)-
more pause-policy stuff, plus a bit on the existence of morals at the
Episode 59: Hallucination Engine 3 (6/28/98)-
a rather generic look at hallucinogenic substances, done as only we
Media Terrorism Vignette 1: 966 Scare
(7/4/98)-Listen and See
Episode 60: Ryan Report 2/Better Chinese
Homes and Ramberts(7/5/98)-Paul Ryan visits with two new Ryan Reports.
Home construction is examined in great detail and in Chinese. Later,
a disciple of Bill Moyers nearly wrecks everything.
Episode 61: some various random musical
stuff(7/12/98)- A live (or pseudo-live) performance by the Button of
Area 51, as well as some live improvised techno-kinda stuff featuring
some very dubious sample material (let's just say this could only be
aired after midnight...). Plenty of technical mishaps, but nonetheless
Episode 62: Weather Exorcism(7/19/98)-
A show about weather, severe and otherwise. Attempts were made at
caller impersonations of their favorite weather patterns, with mixed
results. features various chunks of an episode of Ken's Last Ever
show unformatted similarly to our own). Try
this to hear most of it in streaming RealAudio.
Episode 63:The Best little Horror-House
in Cleveland (7/26/98)- A mangling of bits of various low-budget horror
Episode 64: Golden Medallion (8/2/98)-
A hunt for the famed Golden Medallion in South America, followed by
some stream-of-consciousness word association.
Episode 65: The Camping Show (8/9/98)-
A live broadcast from deep in the woods of northern Canada, the Camping
show provided a live feed between the Great White North and Cleveland,
so callers could intereact with the hosts.
Episode 66: Freshman Orientation '98(8/16/98)-
Since Case Wackass Reverse University is holding freshman orientation,
we thought we'd do a little of our own. three "freshmen" were given
the opportunity to be on the air for a while, interspersed with some
Episode 67: Button Release (8/23/98)-
To promo their new self-titled CD, The
Button perform various selections from it, as well as some unreleased
Episode 68: Freedom of Appropriation(8/30/98)-
A mix loosely about the troubles of pressing albums in these troubled
times. After this episode aired, the RIAA did modify their pressing
guidelines to at least acknowledge the existence and possibility of
Fair Use. Coincidence?
There was no show on 9/6/98, as WRUW's
Episode 69: Whitewaterfostertravelfilejoneslewinskygate(9/13/98)-
A mix about our poor beleagured president, and the media's hounding
of the story. Will probably never be released due to obviously illegal
sampling of Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar". Various high-level sources
call in with their theories/news on the event.
Episode 70: Mir, Mir, on the Wall (9/20/98)-
Featuring special guest Paul Ryan!! For this first time in history,
an interactive radio talk show was broadcast from spacestation Mir!
Started off with an all new RYAN REPORT episode about why the trees
are so short in nothern Canada, many callers believed elves are the
cause, which set off Paul Ryan to a field trip to the North Pole. Aftwards,
we unsuccessfully attempted to maintain contact with Stanley Salashy
from Mir, so Paul Ryan desperately called other potential guests for
another Ryan report and successfully got a hold of Satan for a live
interview! Another Ryan Report took place while Dr. Asbestos tried fixing
the faulty WRUW satellite feed from Mir. In minutes, we had Stanley
Salashy live on the air from Russian spacestation Mir...bringing Earth
the first ever interactive talkshow from space!
Episode 71: Generation Q (9/27/98)- The
turn of the century brings us a new generation of faith, which Stanley
Salacy of The Button Press believes will be the faith in human life,
not spiritual life. The "Q" stands for "questioning." Most listeners
thought Stanley wasn't serious in his belief that religion will die
in the next century, yet many called and shared beliefs as to what religions
the next century will bring us. The most notable of these potential
religions was "Theraminism," which is the belief that Uncl Rus (from
Chicago) is God. At one point, the satellite broadcast from The Button
Press was interrupted by a punk 70's kid on his CB radio for roughly
30 minutes. He also managed to take calls which has The Button Press
baffled to this day.
Episode 72: Warming Up To Play (10/4/98)-
The Button Press's very own sound artists, The Button, were in the studio
to play some live music duringStanley Salacy's Press The Button Programme.
During their warm-up session, Stanley discussed with the callers Hoover
vacuums in outer space versus the deadly swarm of flying fish in Cleveland,
OH. The consensus was that "those fish aren't fresh." Finally, The Button
finished warming up, but the radio show ended
Episode 73: Infancy (10/11/98)- The birth
of humanity, music, ourselves, and our listeners. Concentrations were
heavier on the birth of rock&roll, how to effectively communicate
with any basic infant, and earliest childhood memories.
Episode 74: Toddlers (10/18/98)- Paul
Ryan appears with Ryan Report #11, concerning the amazing powers blankets
have over the monsters under your bed. The show itself addresses how
life is very scary between the ages of 3 and 8 because your parents
no longer let you sleep with them. You're therefore much more vulnerable
to the monsters, however, you begin your own record collection to ease
your fears so you can at least entertain yourself with songs about love,
happiness, and Jesus Christ. Then again, like most of our callers claimed,
you just might have been happier sleeping with the monsters.
Episode 75: Junior High School (10/25/98)-
Proper education for children ages 9-14 explored here. Lots of heavily
thematic samples and callers in this show, including our first caller
over the age of 60! We intelligently discussed the downsides/upsides
of co-ed junior high with him in regards to his having attended an all
boys school, as well as the downsides/upsides of co-ed junior high for
his 14 year old daughter now attending an all girls school.We also heavily
sampled his voice over the conversation which he never seemed to notice
since he was listening through the phone, and not the radio. Tisk tisk!
Episode 76: High School (11/2/98)- Sound
bites of an interview about high school with Negativland's David
Wills two hours before the broadcast play throughout this nearly
pointless program with nearly pointless samples and nearly pointless
noises with nearly pointless callers that clearly made the point of
how we all felt about high school. So psychedellic you just HAVE to
get HIGH to it! Also, for the first time in Press The Button history,
the on air staff significantly swapped artistic roles, with Dr. Asbestos
doing concrete art, and Stanley doing abstract.
SPECIAL EPISODE: 966 2 (11/7/98)- Friday
night/Saturday morning at 2 am - 5 am, Press The Button did another
parody of WCSB's 669 radio show which airs during the same time on WCSB,
89.3 FM, Cleveland. 669 was postponed this week because the host was
out of town, so we ended up getting their caller base. Special guest
Nixon (or Eskimo Guy) showed up under the name Jamaican Man for the
duration of the show. Note: This parody was done in honor of 669, not
to disrespect them. We feel they are the best at what they do.
Episode 77: College (11/8/98)- A total
party show, man! Starts out with an 80's theme, with commercials from
the 80's intertwined with a group of people talking about how to get
into college. Within a few minutes, a talk show started involving the
"audio ink blot test" to which the show received a record breaking amount
of callers in the first hour. Negativland's David Wills calls
in at the beginning of hour two, and discusses his college years, as
well as his tape recorders, his cats, his roof, and Negativland's first
album. In hour three, he played a tremendous amount of his answering
machine messages, one of which was Negativland's Don Joyce telling him
to call Over The Edge during the week of the Weather CD Release Party,
only the tape was constantly being manipulated by David during the playback.
He also played lots of cable channels, ham radio jammers, and noises
that ruin your orgasm on the Playboy channel. The show ended with loyal
caller Mr. Blister asking for dating advice which generated plenty of
calls, until Jamaican Man called and discussed his cousin Nixon's drunk
driving accident when he was 22 years old and broke every bone on one
side of his body and lived to call about it. Party on, dudes!
Episode 78: Post-College Collage (11/15/98)-
Guests: Uncl Rus from Chicago, Slink Moss from New York City. The music
and sample mix was 100% from the 1980's. This is the first show that
actually required all three of WRUW's studios!t Slink and Uncl Rus were
in Studio A, where Rus played the theremin and Slink played the electric
guitar and and sang improvised vocals about life after college. Stanley
Salacy and Dr. Asbestos were in Studio B mixing and taking calls. Uncl
Rus and Slink Moss would frequently run to Studio C to mix records or
do talk show bits. Later, Mr. Blister calls us from the hospital where
he was admitted after having a minor heart attack at work! Throughout
the show, Blister calls a few more times from his hospital bed giving
us updates on his current condition, only to get off the phone each
time because the nurses needed to take blood tests. The second hour
was mostly a live performance improv by the members of The Button with
Slink Moss. Negativland's David Wills calls in for the third
hour to discuss the tape recorders he was using between the ages of
22 and 35. At the same time, Mr. Blister calls in on another line which
Uncl Rus punched into the mix through the microphone in Studio C. For
about ten minutes, you could hear both conversations, and surprisingly
clear! Blister said he was hooked up to a bunch of things in his hospital
bed, while David Wills was admitting he had an orgasm that day. Later
we learned that his cat "Buddy" pumped twice during the week.
Episode 79: Middle-Aged Remote Control
Receptacle Program (11/22/98)- First hour is a mix of recordings from
the tavern being bartended by frequent-caller Mr. Blister and all the
middle-aged people within it along with several samples about beauty
and cosmetics for the aging woman. The host Stanley Salacy began reading
texts about the questions most people ask themselves when their age
doubles, and about the social differences in every ten year stage of
life. In hour two, Mr. Blister called from his bar, and we forced him
to hand the phone to a middle-aged man who was sitting there drinking.
We chatted with him for nearly a half hour about the texts being read
before his call, when we cut him off and went to the next caller, "Old
Man" who went into his own personal feelings about the same topic. In
hour three, Negativland's David Wills called at the very top
of the hour, so we faded in the conversation after the mandatory station
ID's and public service announcements, which was probably very confusing
to anyone who was listening (which made this a typical start to the
third hour.) The confusion continued as David told all the middel-aged
listeners to pull out their remote controls and to "press the buttons"
next to an AM radio turned all the way to the bottom of the fequency
spectrum. Doing so results in wonderful noises coming from your radio's
speakers, per David's various examples with many remote controls over
the phone. A few people called in and did the same collaging with our
mix while David was still on the line, adding even more collage to our
variety of samples of David and other callers being played back at them.
David helped us close the show with a great mix of 70's commercials,
nuclear attack warnings, and tapes of his middle-aged mother and grandmother
while we twisted, tuned, and shifted those same recordings as they came
at us live, and mixed them with even more cosmetic and beauty tips for
aging women. (Note: Buddy pumped again this week.)
Episode 80: Attack of the Horrible Noise
(11/29/98)- The Stages of Life theme was rudely interrupted by interference
caused by the asteroid field the planet Earth recently went through.
The horrible noise continued throughout the entire program while people
called in about UFO sightings in Cleveland Heights that may have been
responsible for adding intensity to the interference. Mr. Blister called
from work to criticize Nixon for not going to strip bars on the east
side, and Nixon called to criticize the strip bars on the east side.
Some wacko from Waco called from a hospital in Poland claiming to have
arrived there via UFO transportation provided by white fluffy teddy
bear-like aliens. Negativland's David Wills called near the end
of the program with a voice processor patched into his telephone, and
was in an extremely confused state of mind as locals called up to spout
out non-sensical gibberish at him, but that didn't stop him from fighting
back with his own collection of entertaining noises and samples making
the cacaphony of the interfering horrible noise almost musical. (Note:
David mentioned off the air that his cat Buddy indeed pumped again for
the third week in a row.)
Episode 81: Bob Newhart Toast (12/06/98)-
A toasting in recognition of the forgotten Bob Newhart standup comedy
from the 1960's before he started doing sitcoms. It was more fragments
of Bob than straight comedy pieces, and was hodgepodged with improvised
extremely psychedellic sound environments, interrupted by interesting
callers with processors, callers with recordings of our earlier shows,
and of course, The Button's Uncl Rus (drunk at the time) calling in
from Chicago to play his new song over the air. Somewhat like a talk
show in parts, very much so an improvised musical performance in others.
If you're into an extraordinarily psychedellic scene, this show is for
Episode 82: The King's Conspiracy Call-In
(12/13/98)- This death conspiracy show had one major rule: Everyone
who calls must not only sound like Elvis, but must also report an Elvis
sighting. San Fransisco's public access celebrity Bug Girl was the only
exception, as in the first hour she provided a nice collage of sound
effects, music, and Negativland's David Wills rapping out incredible
abstract poetry. The show then explored the conspiracy that Elivs left
an answering machine message circa 1981 revealing why he hoaxed his
own death. We read the text of the message in its entirety with commentary
from the callers, in addition to an incredible mix during the second
hour. In hour three, mixed within the phone calls, was an hour long
non-stop cut-up collage of every Elvis record we had in our library.
Episode 83: *5 Hour Special Edition* History
of English Language Part 1 & The Devil In Miss Jones (12/20/98)-
First two hours are filled with brief educational samples about the
english language and properly grooming your child for school. That's
in addition to very small cut-up pitch-shifted fragments of a special
Pat Robertson tape after he obviously took several strong hits of depressants.
That became our favorite "sample communication" type mix, in which all
the sample outputs communicated with one another completely out of context...the
results were hilarious. The third hour was more noisy and musical, with
a call from Mr. Blister's bar in the first half hour. The hour finished
with a surprise call from Negativland's "more dumb than ever" David
Wills who stayed with us for the next hour! When he wasn't taking calls
for us, he charmed us with tapes he made from an old sampler, in addition
to instructions on how to properly change a lightbulb in your refridgerator.We
also discussed David's maniupulation of the english language as well
as our own, with words such as "seatbeesate" and "stratakoovia." We
played the "guess this sound" game with David and the listeners for
about a half hour, but for some reason David kept confusing the sounds,
and confused paper tearing with "belly dancers wearing skirts" and bottled
water swishing with choo-choo-trains. He got one right though, the sound
of a"pornographic video tape being taken out of it's case." Indeed,
the final hour was loaded with soundtrack samples of all the original
"The Devil in Miss Jones" movies, (David says he saw the original film
in a movie theatre!) mixedwith callers who discussed witchcracft, satanism,
strippers, and how to get to first base with a stripper using satanic
Episode 84: *5 Hour Special Edition* 1998
Finale (12/27/98): The last program of the year! Utterly tons of source
material, and untterly no preparation whatsoever. These 5 hours were
entirely improvised, unrelated, and without any significant theme. Highlights:
Rare recordings of Negativland's David Wills, including an appearance
on a San Fransisco public access show hosted by BugGirl and her sexy
date with him, very unique recordings of BugGirl being remixed by The
Button, the unwelcome return of "masturbing shawn" has phone sex with
a female caller, tons of bizarre recordings from shortwave Radio Taiwan,
and lots of remixed cut-ups of extremely rare european 60's psychedelic
garage rock from WRUW's record library.