Fake Radio on the Internet

February 24, 2008 at 3:30 am | Posted in Gabe Bullard, KWMU, Matthew Hurst | 1 Comment
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Many of our regular readers (and even some occasional new readers looking for him of the Google) will remember Highway 61’s own contributing editor Gabriel Bullard.  Yeah, we miss him too.  Since his move to Louisville, Kentucky (as sister city to Saint Louis if I’ve ever seen one), Gabe has kept his hands busy serving his fellow Ville-ians in his capacity as a reporter for WFPL (their public radio affiliate).  Of course we couldn’t be happier for his employment, especially given our well-documented interest in local public radio.

But just because he’s become an old-media Louisville transplant, which would make it rather difficult to continue his contributions to this online publication, doesn’t mean he’s given up on new-media all together. To the contrary, Gabe has expanded his words into the world of aural storytelling in a decidedly internet friendly venture – he calls it Fake Radio on the Internet.  The stories, while reminiscent of public radio stories a la The Listening Room, are being provided as a podcast and are probably ready for actual broadcast on the airwaves. 

Until that day, when the revolution will not be televised, Gabe asked that I pass along notice to our readers in a style loosely resembling a 52nd City blog post.  With apologies to Thomas Crone, here’s how he put it:


Fake Radio (On the Internet) is seeking submissions. Fake Radio is a 
podcast of interviews and feature stories that explore the 
interesting details of ordinary people and things.

Past episodes include:

  • An interview with a man who chose to drink his coffee at a cafe 
  • A look at the illegal ice-cream truck business
  • The story of a drive-in adult movie theater
  • The sound of real-life mothers reading real-life sassy t-shirt slogans
  • An interview with a teacher who uses song parodies to annoy her 

If you know anyone or anything with a slightly bizarre story, or if 
you would like to produce your own Fake Radio piece, e-mail us at 


Farewell good friend

January 2, 2008 at 2:10 am | Posted in Gabe Bullard, Matthew Hurst, Video | 1 Comment

Looks like we’re not the only friends of Gabe Bullard, a frequent contributor to Highway 61, who have really felt his noted absence from Saint Louis.  Not only were his contributions to the media landscape of this lonely berg something different and special, but he was a fun person who made the ordinary parts of town seem extraordinary.  PubDef.net offers another glimpse of the man who made us laugh and look forward to another year.

This blog (and this contributor) are forever indebted to the work of this good man.  We’ll be keeping tabs on his work, especially on his first day of work (today).  Farewell good friend (we miss you).

Where to Listen (tonight)

December 3, 2007 at 7:10 pm | Posted in Gabe Bullard, Matthew Hurst | Comments Off on Where to Listen (tonight)
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For all those of you who prefer your fake radio to be over the airwaves (as opposed to the internet tubes): Please tune in to KDHX (that’s 88.1 FM, you’ll recall) at 7:30 this evening to hear Highway 61’s own Gabe Bullard.  He’ll be a guest Topic A, the new venture of former The Wire hosts Tomas Crone and Amanda Doyle, where he’ll be discussing the state of “America’s youth”.  Whatever that means exactly we’ll find out, although it looks like the first month of this new show has been spent discussing new media in an old (but reliable) medium;  you also have a option to listen online.

UPDATE:  Subscribe to The Wire’s podcast to listen to December 3rd’s episode and keep up with the show.  For thoe who like their civics a la carte, a streaming version is also available.  Discussions included an examination of new media, Mister Bullard’s other projects, and what to be done about all us youngins.

Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going

December 1, 2007 at 9:04 pm | Posted in Gabe Bullard, meta | 4 Comments

I’m sure that many a loyal reader sees a null Highway 61 RSS and thinks, “Where’s Gabe?” 

Well, I’m over here: www.fakeradioontheinternet.com

Hop over and enjoy some podcasts. We’re also listed in iTunes.

I’ll keep posting here, but only until 2007 ends. After that, I’ll be moving to Louisville to start a new job as a Public Radio reporter.

(Insert Knitting Pun Here)

November 13, 2007 at 11:05 pm | Posted in Gabe Bullard, shopping, the loop | 1 Comment
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What to choose

I (and many others) have documented the rise in Urban Knitting before. Since my last post, local knitters have gained strength and now they’re giving the community more than warm garments.

Located in the underrated and quickly developing East Delmar Loop, Knitty Couture is an upscale retailer of yarn, needles, books and camaraderie. (The last one is free.) But Thi Miller, the store’s founder, is devoted to more than just making sure urbanite knitters’ yarn baskets are brimming with quality, colorful stock. The store will host knit auctions and other programs to help raise money for neighborhood kids.

“We’re going to knit for kids without toys and warmth,” said Miller, in between manning the register and advising customers. “It’s important to give back.”

Miller also says the shop will make toys, blankets and more for local children.

None of that charity could happen without the shop itself, though. While it’s not the only knit shop in the area, Knitty Couture sets itself apart by catering to all types of knitters. On opening day earlier this month, customers of all ages and genders browsed the boutique, and no one looked out of place.

“I had two little boys in here earlier today,” said Miller. “They both had yarn and needles with them.”

Their enthusiasm wasn’t just youthful exuberance. Miller reported that about 20 people camped out for over three hours before the store opened its doors for the first time. With free pastries laid out, traffic that day remained steady.

“I even managed to sell something,” said Eileen Solomon. A part-time saleswoman and full-time Webster Professor/interview subject.

To find out more about the store, pay them a visit (they’re right across from the Pageant) or, check out their excellent website, complete with a blog.

Kim Jong Ill vs. Mickey Mouse

November 2, 2007 at 10:12 am | Posted in Art Show, comics, Etcetra, Gabe Bullard | 1 Comment

So it’s really nothing like that, but the Wash U’s Kemper Art Museum (Skinker and Forsyth) is hosting a showcase of Korean comics. From their description:

Korean Comics: A Society through Small Frames features works by twenty-one of North and South Korea’s most talented cartoonists, drawn from the 1950s to the 1990s. On display in the Museum’s Teaching Gallery, this collection of comics provides a decade-by-decade glimpse at the evolving social realities in contemporary Korea, ranging from popular children’s entertainment to aggressive forms of political commentary.   

  The exhibit is open until December 17th, so take your time. If you want company, I’m planning on going fairly soon. 

It’s All For The Kids

October 25, 2007 at 10:32 am | Posted in Gabe Bullard, music, Video | 2 Comments

I’ve written before about the commercialization of indie rock, and hopefully no one thought of our not-quite rock stars as sellouts. Then again, anyone upset over Stephin Merritt lending a song for a dog food ad may be flat-out enraged over this:But for all their hocking of cell phones and cars, indie rockers give something back to the community, as illustrated by these child-friendly, puppet and CG filled television appearances:Eh, I never did like the Aquabats, can’t this show offer something better? That’s more like it.Of course, it probably all started with the band that more or less invented indie rock, from 1999: If a Jim Hensonized Kate Pierson imitator is too much for you, revel in your hipster irony with this, the most dour songwriter on a kid’s network for adults. 

I’m Still Alive

October 13, 2007 at 12:51 am | Posted in Gabe Bullard, meta | 1 Comment

Fear not, loyal readers. I, Gabe, am still alive and well. I just haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been working hard the past couple of weeks, but I will return with more posts and a podcast soon.  

St. Louis Mediawatch

September 20, 2007 at 6:13 pm | Posted in Gabe Bullard, Media, meta | Comments Off on St. Louis Mediawatch

As a college graduate, I have a job. I work at PubDef.

If you read the site, you’ll have noticed a mini-feud with KSDK. I don’t want to mix business and pleasure by posting shop talk here, but I think this opens the door to a pretty interesting topic. Click the link in this paragraph to read more.

Come Write For Us

September 20, 2007 at 6:10 pm | Posted in Gabe Bullard, meta | 2 Comments

Do you enjoy rocking, whining, consuming and putting links all over the damn place? Well, why not write for us?

We’re looking for contributors. Let us know if you’re interested by e-mailing us at hwy61revised @ gmail dot com.

You won’t get any money, but you will receive a wonderful pastiche of smugness and pretension.

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