Wednesday, March 30, 2005


Days of April poised to be chronicled

Here comes April and that means some big Cotolo Chronicles programs and other great days of celebration.

April 4 is Tell-A-Lie Day
Today, drop a few lines like, “My father was the King of Spain once,” and feel bigger than life.

April 7 is Paul Williams Day
At Cotolo Chronicles, rock journalist, author and philosopher Paul Williams is the guest.

April 9 is Winston Churchill Day
Who among us doesn’t respect that rotund English bloke who chewed on cigars and sold more action figures than any other World War II personality?

April 13 is Blame Somebody Else Day
Anything you have done that is bad cannot be all your fault. The percentages are against that. So today, look back and accuse others of your mistakes, misdemeanors and mayhem.

April 14 is Professor Lawrence Lessig Day
At Cotolo Chronicles, Professor Lawrence Lessig, guru of the new copyright, is the guest. Indie artists are urged to learn about intellectual properties and the potency of their protective measures.

April 20 is Look Alike Day
Get together with your neighbors, coworkers and especially your dentist, and make an effort to put your individuality aside. It’s not all about you, after all.

April 21 is Matt Mungle Day
At Cotolo Chronicles, Academy Award winning make-up man Matt Mungle is the guest.

April 24 is National Pigs In A Blanket Day
Pigs are violent creatures and have been known to rip humans apart and eat them. So, today, enjoy a good serving of bacon and if you get a chance, put a blanket over a pig and suffocate the disgusting beast.

April 27 is Tell A Story Day
If you don’t have one, I can write you one, a short one, for only $29.95. Contact me.

April 28 is Kentucky Derby Special
At Cotolo Chronicles, a nationally known racing journalist is the guest to talk about the 2005 Kentucky Derby, a great event that makes a horseplayer out of everyone.

April 30 is National Honesty Day
Congress will not be in session.

Monday, March 28, 2005


My foward pages

This week, I am getting pressured again to write my autobiography. An article in the New York Times magazine over the weekend brought the topic into the limelight once more. It seems that every Tom, Dick and Mary is writing a life-based book and literary agent Shawn McBonehip says the time is right for me to do one, also.

I insisted to Shawn that my life is really not that interesting a read, to which he said that few such books are interesting reads. “All you have to do is have a catch, a knack, a gimmick, a crumb of adventure compared to the normal shlep whose life is perfunctory,” said Shawn from his cell phone as he drove down the Henry Hudson Parkway.

“Well, I do have a few crumbs,” I said.
“So there, start writing,” he said.
“But to sustain a person’s attention I need to color up things,” I said.
“Well, we can’t wait for people to die, we have to use real names,” he said, “so when it comes to the details of incidents with famous people, just do what everyone else does.”
“You mean?”
“I mean tell it as you think you saw it. Hell, who remembers anything anyways? We just got to sell some books, so the juicier your memory, the better the read. Jesus, look at Jose Canseco. Fer gawd’s sake, you think he actually remembers the moment the needle went into Bonds? What about those apostle guys? Did they remember every last word Jesus said?”

I have written a lot of my personal experiences over the last few years in chapters at Indie Journal Daily. I am currently writing The Complete and Unabridged History of Japan at that site. McBonehip wants me to explore the rest of my life in the exciting style by which I have delivered thoughts and experiences over there. And, he says, I can make a lot of money and, at the least, $16.95. I am thinking about some things Shakespeare wrote about vanity.

Friday, March 25, 2005


More spring in the air

Let’s flow into the weekend knowing that coming up on Cotolo Chronicles in the next few springtime weeks there will be some great content.

More of Chris Costello on the March 31 show, as we poise to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of her famous father, Lou.

On April 7, Paul Williams returns to the show and we learn more about his antics with Tim Leary and John Lennon at the Montreal bed-in for peace, among the topics.

On April 14, Professor Lawrence Lessig talks about the “new copyright” arrangements ignited by the sharing of intellectual properties on the World Wide Web. You will learn scads about the current and future atmosphere that creators must adapt to.

On April 21 a surprise guest. In fact, just now, he or she is a surprise to me.

On April 28 we will talk with a longtime horse racing journalist (not me, though I am one also) about the world’s greatest horserace, The Kentucky Derby, which will take place the following weekend. What is all the hubbub about this event? Find out, and learn how to enjoy the expansive TV coverage.

Yes, providing life continues on a healthy trail, Cotolo Chronicles is the show to make your whispers into shouts and keep your baggage light through the strenuous journey that is life. Have a great weekend and remember there are no two ways about it, you can only go one way at a time.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005


Welcoming Chris Costello

Chris Costello, daughter of icon comedian Lou Costello, will be the sole guest on the March 24 edition of Cotolo Chronicles at 9 p.m. EST live.

A top show among podcasters and one of the Internet’s most popular talk shows, Cotolo Chronicles is heard live on a slew of Internet radio stations, as well as it is rebroadcast on stations the weekend following the live show—a list of stations is available on this page (please check them for live or rebroadcast situations).

Chris Costello’s father is an American icon and a chapter in entertainment history. Lou was a member of one of the world’s most popular comedy teams, Abbott and Costello. In the 1940s, the team was Universal Pictures’ top box office attraction, saving the company from financial disaster. On radio they were huge successes, too. The duo toured extensively through the years, with much of their early live performance work done as volunteers for the war effort. Into the late 1950s, Abbott and Costello generated top business, even on television, with their unique hit sitcom, now a cult-classic series.

Chris Costello, singer, actress, lecturer and author, wrote a popular biography of her father called Lou’s on First. In 1983, she formed her own public relations company, Costello & Company. “I always found myself promoting myself and others while working in [show] business, it was a hobby turned profession and one that’s been very lucrative for me.”

On the lecture circuit, Chris has presented her “Lou’s on First Slide and Audio Show” at the Adela Rodgers St. John Round Table, for MENSA, various womens organizations, schools and colleges around the country, and even spoke on Abbott & Costello’s burlesque year’s at UCLA’s Burlesque Symposium. She has lectured aboard Cunard’s Q.E.II, Holland America Line and presented a “Naughty Nineties” Abbott and Costello lecture aboard the Mississippi Queen.

Monday, March 21, 2005


Moving Mondays

Good morning Monday to all of you. The blog statistics reveal that our audience picks up on Mondays. This leads us to believe that at the beginning of a week most of you need a picker upper, some positive message to help hurl you into the mainstream, which is what Monday is all about. Back to work, start a productive stream of days, make a buck, continue to build a reputation, wind a clock, roll a bum, dig a hole and all that.

So, on a week with great promise and only days before a terrific Cotolo Chronicles program, featuring special guest Chris Costello, daughter of comic icon Lou Costello, I deliver just the inspiration you need to pump yourself up for this week. Actually, I am going to lead you to places of inspiration and I am going to be objective about it all.

First, a compendium of inspiration by topic is available at . Check out the list, click a heading and see what moves you. One of the great things about inspirational messages is that there are just so many of them you are bound to find one that fits your situation. It's like trying on a hundred hats; one has to fit, eh?

Joseph Pellegrino, a fellow Italian, has a web site that may open your eyes. Check it out at and if you don’t buy that hunka stuff, click on this link-- … and you New Agers will spin in place at .

These web sites are not the best for the subject, I just chose them at random. But when it comes to inspiration, who is to say what is best, what works for who, how high the moon or what color is tea in China? Not me. So read on, young pilgrims and remember Monday will be over before you can pull the trigger.

Friday, March 18, 2005



This Sunday, March 20, the season of spring for 2005 begins. Here are some words about this mystical season from some authors, thinkers and bums over the centuries. At least, this is how they were handed down to me.

A little madness in the spring is wholesome even for the King. But what do I know? I haven’t been out of this house in years. (Emily Dickinson, poet)

Come, gentle spring! Ethereal mildness! Come. Arrive and bring enough whiskey to douse the horrid way I put sentences together. (James Thomson, essayist)

I thought that spring must last forevermore, for I was young and loved, and it was May, and my knickers were so very, very tight. (Vera Brittain, , poet, pacifist)

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we had no summer, it would never be as hot as it gets. If we had no fall, plants would live forever. If I knew what I was getting at, I could soon be quoted. (Anne Bradstreet, poet)

Is it so small a thing to have enjoy'd the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done? No, it is a big frikkin’ deal, believe me. (Matthew Arnold, poet, critic)

Spring comes: the flowers learn their colored shapes. But is that line enough for anyone to consider me a poet? (Maria Konopnicka, woman)

Don't ignore the small things. The kite flies because of its tail. Evening makes the sky dark. A bird has feathers. Eating is the best thing to do when the meal is served. And then there is springtime. Now what? (Hawaiian proverb)

Thursday, March 17, 2005


Your digital life is at stake . . .

Our March 17 Chronicles presents some topics that reach further than the mood of today’s holiday passion. Indeed, we will hope to do what today’s hero did. That is, drive the snakes out from under you.

As a listener of alternative broadcasting or an independent performer using the Internet as your stage, office and marquee, you owe it to yourself to listen to what we have to say this evening. For even as you read this, a new Bible is being written. Even as you read this, tens of thousands of people are buying iPods. Even as you read this, the very fabric of entertainment is changing and youth is guiding the digital ship into uncharted waters .

Here comes April, friends, and “April,” as Shakespeare wrote, “hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” What about you? I wax poetic, sure, but what are wax and poetry for? Ok, then, as Jean Shepherd would say, “fatheads,” listen up because something is happening that even Dylan’s Mr. Jones knows about and if you don’t catch on now, you may be exiled to a world of snakes where not even a drunken saint can save ya.

The Dressing Room hour (8 p.n. EST) precedes the network show (9 p.m. EST). Put on your best blouse, check your sharp objects at the door and always be hungry. See ya there.
(Note -- not all the affiliate stations below simulcast the program, some rebroadcast it over the weekend following the most recent live show. Check the station for air time.)

9 p.m. EST Thursdays

Wednesday, March 16, 2005


'The spring is near when green geese are a-breeding'

Cotolo Chronicles is presenting some shows over springtime that everyone will want to hear . More details about each week will ensue as the days grow closer, but for now, here is a teaser.

Live guests will include Chris Costello (March 24), the daughter of comedic legend Lou Costello; Paul Williams, renowned rock journalist and author returns (April 7); and Professor Lawrence Lessig, guru of digital copyrights discusses intellectual properties (April 14).

And we aren’t done booking guests for a series of spring shows that lift the bar of the Internet talk format. Great entertainment and cultural news make our show unique and—dare I say it—underground material. Speaking of which …

If you enjoy our program, please go to and vote for us every month, helping the program continue to get exposure in an ever-growing podcast market. We are right up there in the Cultural/Political genre and want everyone to know that podcasts have an alternative listening product. Thanks in advance for any support you provide. Keep checking this blog, as we will regularly update the guest list and the station list.

Happy mid-week. See you here tomorrow.

Monday, March 14, 2005


Launch the week slowly

Top o’ the Monday to ya. It’s St. Patty’s week, a celebration of the potato and whiskey, of courage and green clothing, of luck and despair. They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but many people named Horowitz don’t agree with that. You can see their point.

But the celebration of the Irish has nothing to do with my concerns this week. Not while gorillas are being slayed for selfish and financial reasons in jungles all over the world, mostly at jungles where gorillas live. If the gorilla becomes extinct it may affect the world more than any other species, since some people believe they are a link to human development, not to mention the basis for creating King Kong, Bonzo, Donkey Kong and famous and entertaining characters.

So the worst thing you could be in my book this week is an Irish drunk shooting at gorillas. But look in your own book and see what it says there; you could have an entirely different opinion and I hope you do, except for the gorilla thing, I am serious about that.

Other things are happening in the digital community that I will address this March 17 on Cotolo Chronicles. I realize my Irish audience will not be with me live, since they have serious celebrating to do, but those of you who will be there listening to the live feed should be prepared for some dynamic impressions. Because things are changing on the digital entertainment front and clay pidgins are being shot down rapidly. More about this soon.

I encourage everyone to click on -- and leave a comment (click the link for “Leave Comments” about C-Chronicles. Good or bad, just spend a moment if you would and document your feelings. If you don't want to write a word, just vote for or against the program. I 'preachiate it.

Friday, March 11, 2005


An ode, but new, view on spring's arrival

The weekend ahead could be the last breath of winter. Don't listen to the rodent and his shadow stuff, Nature with a capital "N" works above his jurisdiction. So, if that is the case, the weather will be in blazoning mode and you will see more sun, more green and the trees will look less bare. Every particle of air will begin to dismiss its negative ions and eject a flow of positive energy, not unlike the strength of Samson when he picked up all that luggage.

And, you might witness the transformation of pod to seed, as harvest grows closer and there are nay as many slaves available to sow as there are to reap. Salaried people will eye the fertile fields and join with tractors in planting great stalks of Nature's fodder for life.

Around the world a solemn feeling of readjustment will send people to thinking that freedom is worth the wait. Hundreds will line the street and sing The Rascals' People Want To Be Free, with not one of them able to do the kind of organ footwork Felix used to make that a terrific hit. Spring, a season of princes and palpitations, as Chaucer wanted to write but never got around to doing it, makes even the lamest of us flex our muscles and stand straight, looking to the sun and happy that we don't speak like Peter Jennings.

As the winter dies a death like an apostle hung upside down, all of us will feel the oneness of unity and the togetherness of the almighty solidarity of humanity. Not only that, we will leave our dirty laundry until the weekend is over and defrost a good roast for a Saturday dinner with a loved one or a once-loved one or a never-loved one, simple because we feel we are one, even with naughty priests, white boys named Jackson and people who never believed in Rooster Cogburn.

For spring is coming soon. Have a great weekend and don't run when you can walk, even if someone is playing music by The Ventures.

Thursday, March 10, 2005


It's a date

On March 10, the network program (9 p.m. EST, see list of network stations below) presents a spirited conversation about virtual dating with Brian McKenna of Speed to Meet You, an Internet dating site. Even if you are already happily coupled, the topic will be explored as it only can on Chronicles—by peaking into the cracks. Did you know, for instance, that our brains have special neurons that help us find each othe’s lips in the dark? But, just why do you search for lips in the dark? That is the important question.

On the 8-9 p.m. Dressing Room Hour, the precedes the network show (but is also on SRN 1 Radio, KJAG and KUBC) some special treats include flavorful music by Ventana, taking us into the heart of bossa nova jazz; original poetry readings by Soren Kerk; seasonal Irish music by Dub Demon; and a few surprises.

News, information, conversation and insubordination down the Hallelujah Trail only on Cotolo Chronicles, the only Internet talk program that tends to your curiosities.

9 p.m. EST Thursdays

Tuesday, March 08, 2005


Pet sounds on the 'net

Friends of alternative broadcasting, our buddy at EZHelp needs some help.
The event is called EZHelp, You and More's PET-A-PALOOZA.
Simply follow these directions to enter a pet into the contest:
1. Send the picture via email to
2. Provide the name of the pet
3. Provide the owner's name (alias, handle or first name)
4. Only one picture per pet (example: don't send three pictures of the same dog)
Send as many pets as you want. You may be very surprised what the outcome is if your pet stands out!

On March 10, Chronicles will be talking about virtual romance with a special guest who is involved with the internet business of mating, so to speek. Check out Speed to Meet You and be ready to listen to a fun conversation on the topic with Brian McKenna.

Friday, March 04, 2005


May the odds be with you

First, thanks to Frank Nora for a great conversation on the March 3 program. Listen to The Overnightscape every day on your iPod or home computer.

Now for today’s mystery quote:
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and f^^^^^g lies. I like the last kind the best."

To sooth some of your weekend leisure activity plans, here are some odds.

The chances of anyone being struck by lightning are 10 million to1. The chances of someone misspelling the word “lightning” are 2-1.

Hitting a hole in one twice during the same round of golf is 8 million to 1. Getting hit on the head with a swinging club by accident is 23-1. Getting hit on the head with a swinging club on purpose is 5-2.

The chance of anyone over 21 catching head lice in any given year is 100 to 1. The year, however, must be given in a period of 365 days and have the normal number of holidays and seasons. You cannot use, for instance, a Chinese calendar. Not even if you are Chinese. These odds will prevail even for Chinese people, as long as they have head hair. The chances of catching head lice if any person is bald are reduced dramatically.

The chances of a woman being color-blind are 1000-1 because women are ten times less likely than men to suffer from color blindness. So, the chances of you meeting a color-blind woman this weekend are endless, especially if you don’t leave the house.

Enjoy your life, it’s all you can really carry with you wherever you go.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Podders' field

On March 3, Frank Nora will be our guest.

Frank Nora may not be a household word, like spoon or toaster, but it might not be long before people are saying his name, my name and Jim Kloss's name with the reverence family members would use to say the name Perry Como. Why? Because the Podcast is becoming so popular that even the video market is worried and satellite radio is presented with its first actual virtual competitor.

Frank Nova hosts The Overnightscape, a 30-minute daily podcast that is becoming one of the doses of heavy downloads iPod users are injecting into their cigarette-pack sized entertainment boxes. Jim Kloss’s rants were there at the beginning of the iPod surge; Cotolo Chronicles is getting a lot of activity these days; and Nora’s program is breaking ground with a daily half-hour that is produced primarily for podders.

Check it out at his Overnightscape website, linked above. You can also stream a show every day, get archives and post on his BB. Frank is also an author and we will talk about how he markets all of this stuff, why he does it and more.

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