This Week in News: 10/17/19
Hear the latest media and fast food blunders, as well as what’s happening in the music and entertainment industries.
Episode 33: October 17, 2019
TITLE: This Week in News: 10/17/19
HEADLINE: Fake Footage, Fake Food, and Real Entertainment
EPISODE DESCRIPTION: Hear the latest media and fast food blunders, as well as what’s happening in the music and entertainment industries.
Here is a snappy summary of the news – a weekly digest of the latest events and happenings at home and abroad. I’m your host, Rodge Bigsby and this is your Retrotone News Minute!
Greetings Mr. & Mrs. America and all the burgers in Blunder’ville. Let’s get on the Bubble!
1) IN FAKE NEWS
Well I’ll be jiggered. ABC really s***** the pooch this time. Sunday’s lead story “blew up” after the network mistakenly aired footage of a Kentucky shooting range in lieux of the Turkish bombing in Syria. Twice. That’s right, folks. ABC reporters are under fire after playing a video from a West Point, KY gun range. Viewers came out guns-blazing on Twitter, and World News Tonight and Good Morning America retracted the video, tweeting out apologies for their error.
2) IN FAKE FOOD
The Ringer reports: “Last week marked the now-annual return of McDonald’s unholy BBQ-flavored sandwich, which sparked the limited-edition food craze. Nearly four decades later, it may be facing extinction. The global pork market is facing disaster with African swine fever, a viral disease with a 100 percent fatality rate among pigs, has spread to more than 25 countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia in the past year. ASF hasn’t reached the United States, but if it does, estimates put the damage at more than $4 billion. China, by far the largest pig-producing country in the world, is estimated to have lost roughly half of its swine population to the outbreak. There’s talk of China raising pigs to the size of polar bears to combat the domestic decline; North Korea has officially reported only one instance of ASF, but unofficial internal reports suggest an apocalyptic collapse in stock.” Meanwhile, the McRib is back, baby!
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3) IN ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Talk about Chasing the Clouds Away!
The makers of the most popular kids’ program of all time, Sesame Street, have created a character to help address the widespread opioid crisis. Turns out, the new character’s mother is battling addiction. Some feel Sesame Street is taking their community cause too far. I say, horsepucky. Someone needs to get real with the kiddos. Sesame Workshop reports that “One in 8 children under age 11 in the United States lives with a parent who has a substance-abuse disorder.” ONE IN EIGHT! And that number doesn’t even count kids who aren’t living with an addicted parent because of separation, divorce, death or incarceration. Leave it to the puppeteers to take on the difficult subjects. Hats off, Muppets!
4) IN MUSIC NEWS
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's 2020 nominees Have Been Announced!
This coming year’s crop of nominees includes: late music icons Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G., as well as Depeche Mode, Soundgarden, T. Rex, and Pat Benatar. The 2020 inductees will officially be announced in January, with the ceremony holding court at the landmark Public Auditorium in the city of Cleveland, Ohio on May 2, 2020 – where Rock-n-Roll was given its name by my dear friend and disc jockey of the day, James “Alan” Freed. Of the guys and dolls included in this year’s list, nine are first-time nominees. Who will make the cut!?
Dave Matthews Band
The Doobie Brothers
Nine Inch Nails
The Notorious B.I.G.
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
5) AND NOW FOR THE HIP TO THE HOP WITH BIGSBY’S BEAT OF THE WEEK
And you can’t and you won’t. You DON’T stop! This one’s for all the ladies in the house with style and grace. One of my guilty pleasures packs a punch. The N to the B-I-G brings an iconic founders of the trade, here’s a little ditty, Big. Poppa to get you right for a little gin and juice, with Notorious B-I-G...S-B-Y. Peace
6) SIGN OFF STATEMENT
And that's one for the Republic! I'm your host Rodge Bigsby and this has been news from Retrotone, a service of Evergreen Podcasts.
Until next time… stay clear of frankenfoods! Yoo-Ha! Hashtag, RodgeBigsby
6) PRODUCER ANNOUNCEMENT
Hi I’m Dave Douglas, produer of Retrotone News, and I have big news! Rodge Bigsby will be reporting the news LIVE! at Cincinnati Podcast festival next week. Join us at Reingeist Brewery at 9AM on Wednesday, October 23. Rodge hopes to see you there!