Today on TLO, we’re featuring Q&A’s with the two electable candidates in the 2014 Oklahoma City Mayoral Election: Mayor Mick and Councilman Ed. We sent the same 19 questions about local issues and culture to each candidate. The questions are all over the map – some are serious, some are absurd, and one I forgot to ask, hence the 19 questions. It’s also the closest thing this city will probably have to an actual debate.
I first met Mayor Cornett back in 2005. I had just started the website, HornetsCentral.com, with a co-worker who just happened to best friends with one of Mick’s sons. One night, a couple of friends and I met up with that co-worker (and Mick’s son) to catch a Hornets game at Buffalo Wild Wings on Expressway. My friends and I were getting hammered and knocking back some of those tall 60-oz towers of Bud Light when all of a sudden the mayor appeared at our table to start the second half. We were kind of star struck, and drunk, and suddenly felt the need to try and act sober. That’s always a pain in the ass.
Anyway, fast forward 9 years and Mick is still the mayor and I’m still getting drunk around him. The only difference is that I no longer try to act sober and now ask him trivia questions. It’s funny how life works.
The Mayor’s Q&A is after the jump. Click here to read the one with Ed Shadid.
Yesterday, the following map went viral on the internet. It shows the most “distinctive” artist from each US state. It has some strong Oklahoma ties:
First of all, notice how I used the word “distinctive” instead of “favorite” or “best” or “most popular” when describing the map? That’s because there’s a difference. The map doesn’t show your state’s favorite act, it simply reflects what band, performer or country douche bag people in your state listen to more than people in other states.
As Mother Jones noted yesterday, this detail was lost on a majority of the content starved, pageview desperate websites out there. Most, including our very own KFOR, went with the incorrect “THIS IS THE FAVORITE BAND IN YOUR STATE CLICK HERE” angle. Check out what the KFOR Social Media Bandit had to say:
Study: Oklahoma’s favorite band is… favorite artists for each of 50 states
What is your favorite band? Think it is the most loved band in the whole state?
Well now you can find out thanks to a study from The Echo Nest, a major music firm.
Paul Lamere, the director of developer platform for The Echo Nest, tallied the number of streams for a given artist in all 50 states for his music clients’ listeners, according to Business Insider.
He found which artist each state supported the most.
It should be noted that KFOR’s Facebook post on the story received 322 likes, 174 comments and 70 shares. Why try to get a story right if it doesn’t matter?
Anyway, let’s get back to the actual map. I guess some guy named Jason Aldean is the most distinctive artist in Oklahoma. Since I have an IQ above 100, enjoy good music and have never had sex in a Wal-Mart bathroom, I can proudly say I can’t name one of his songs.
Well, at least I couldn’t. For fun, I typed his name in You Tube. The first song that caught my eye was called “Big Green Tractor.” Here’s the song and some of the lyrics.
Back in December of 2012, we gave Governor Mary Fallin a hard time when she stumbled out of a National Governors Association conference with President Obama wearing black tights with open toed shoes.
Here’s what we had to say about the apparent fashion no-no:
Yikes, who knew Gov. Fallen had such an avant-garde fashion sensibility when it came to women’s hosiery! That’s like the male equivalent of wearing a brown belt with black shoes, only worse, because you’re a damn woman and are supposed to know these things! At least a dude can untuck his shirt to cover up the fashion faux pas. The only thing Mary could do is squint like she just walked out of a movie theater.
The National Governors Association had another meeting with the President this week. It looks like Governor Fallin has updated her wardrobe. Check out her new kicks:
Earlier this week, “Dancing with the Stars” announced it was replacing co-host Brooke Burke with sports reporter Erin Andrews. According to US Weekly, producers made the switch to bring a “young male following” to the show. That makes a lot of sense. If there’s one thing that will get young male viewers to watch the same dated reality program as their mom, defeated father and grandparents, it’s an attractive reporter who lost most of her relevance when she jumped to Fox Sports.
The announcement got the attention of KOCO’s Abigail Ogle. She sent the following tweet to Erin Andrews:
If you exist in the year 2014, then you probably don’t have to listen to local radio. Your car has some sort of port or bluetooth capability that allows you to play music from the affordable, pocket-sized computer that is your phone, and you live like the king that ‘80s sci fi could never even imagine. There are times, however, when you find yourself listening to local radio. Like when your car’s auxiliary port no longer recognizes auxiliary cables, no matter how many new ones you buy.
I have found myself in this unfortunate situation as of late. Listening to all the Clear Channel offerings in the OKC Metro has not only made me aware of which 20 songs are most popular at any given moment, it has also made me murderous. Which makes me think that local radio personalities are similarly murderous.
This got me to thinking. If local radio personalities are, in fact, dangerous warriors driven to kill by the back beat of a Katy Perry song or hearing the same commercial for a car dealership 18 times in one hour, then surely they are fighters that can be ranked. And surely if you paid Blizzard Entertainment enough of your money, you could create characters just like our local radio hosts. Thus, I bring you the stats and rankings to better help you choose which radio personality would best serve you in a game of World of Warcraft.
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