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Radio Personality Mark Stevens passes away Tuesday October 12th at 6 am in Houston

Texas Radio Hall of Famer Mark Stevens (Stevens and Pruett – Hudson and Harrigan – KILT-K101 – KFJZ) passed away Tuesday October 12th at 6 am in Houston – No services are planned at this time

 

Mark Stevens

Mark Steven’s career took off after landing at KFJZ in 1961 . The "Mark E. Baby Show "   was a hit with listeners from that time and rocked-on until 1974 . Steven’s was a fixture in Fort Worth and was witness to the evolution of rock and roll. Many famous bands got their first break on the show. Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bruce Chanel, Jimi Hendrix and Elton John were just a few of the groups who’s fame was enhanced by Mark E. Baby’s recommendation.    Stevens interests were not just confined to radio. In the late 60’s he opened  the high fashion boutique Mark Sebastian Ltd.,  starred on Channel 21 ‘s  Mark E. Baby  Show  and owned and operated a number of entertainment venues including a teen club called the BOX, a night club known as Gingerbread, and a club in Dallas called the PIT .  His first partner at  KFJZ  ,  Larry Shannon , was known as  the  popular  voice of the Biff Burns.
Stevens’ radioname ,  Mark E. Baby  came  from calling his mother on the air  while he was hosting his weekly show from 3 to 6 PM .   He would call to  ask  what she was cooking for dinner. But before that he would call his wife and see what she was "fixin". To see if he could get a better" deal" at his mother’s he would call her and she would always refer to him as Markie Baby (" I’m doin’ some stuffed cabbage and mashed potatoes MarkE Baby are you coming” over?") And this would go on almost every day… so the name caught on.
 
In 1974 Bill Young was hired  as consultant to KFJZ and before he left he made a deal with Stan Wilson the GM  at   KFJZ to offer  Stevens  a job in Houston to do mornings at KILT AM . Stevens then took on the moniker   -  Mark Hudson. Hence be became Hudson of the Hudson and Harrigan  Morning  Show for 4 and a half years. There he teamed up with his second  and only other  partner  Jim Pruett (as Irv Harrigan). Figuring they could never make a name for themselves as H&H they decided to leave KILT and took a job at KULF AM in 1979 and opened up the Stevens and Pruett Show until a management dispute in 1980 gave them a chance to take the Stevens and Pruett Show to  Dallas at KEGL FM where the S&P Show rocked on till 1986 at the Eagle.  After a management dispute with KEGL, KLOL offered them a chance to go back to  Houston where they pioneered a broadcast concept that is heard to this day on hundreds of stations both radio and TV called "Boy’s Talk" or "Shock Jock" and the S&P Show ruled at 101 until the year 2000.
 
Mark has two daughters, Kathy Cushing and Kim Stevens, both who reside in Texas. He and Melissa make their home in Houston.

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October 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm Leave a comment

Microsoft Windows Live Essentials 2011: New beta roll out

Windows_Live_Essentials_logos As expected, Microsoft is making a new beta of its Windows Live Essentials 2011 (known currently as “Wave 4″) available for download starting today, Tuesday, August 17.

Windows Live Essentials is a bundle of a number of the Windows Live add-on services, unified via a common installer. The Wave 4 suite includes updated versions of Messenger, Live Mail, Writer, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Live Sync (which is now Live Mesh plus the existing Live Sync), Family Safety and the Bing Toolbar. Microsoft delivered a first beta of the Wave 4 bundle in late June.

LiveSide posted a link where anyone interested in testing the Beta 2 build can download it.  The final version is expected to be released to the Web this fall.

I use Live writer almost daily – this is the best tool I’ve seen for posting blogs.

 

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August 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment

iPhone 4 Costs less than $190 To Make

 

iPhone 4 BOM study

Ever since iPhone 4 was launched, we have seen tear-down pictures and videos of the latest iDevice.

Now, electronics market research firm, iSuppli, has published results from a tear-down study where the company has looked into the costs incurred by Apple in manufacturing the latest iPhone. iSuppli has revealed that a 16GB iPhone 4 carries a Bill of Materials  cost of $187.51.

 

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June 29, 2010 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

Favorite Video of the Week

Credit Unions are a different kind of fighter. Underdogs? Maybe. Champions of a cause? Most definitely. But what is certain, is that the ground has shifted, and your corporate-driven opponents have lost their footing. Now is the time to fight for your share and differentiate yourselves from banks. Now is the time to tell your story. Because you are a different kind of fighter.

Congrats to Third Degree  for great concept and creation!

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February 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

3D TV Production is Here

At this weeks CES show 3D is all the buzz.  Many booths are touting 3D TV’s and production systems. The movie Avatar and other productions draw big crowds so we can now expect it on the small screen soon. But how do you thumbnail.veraproduce it?

Congrats to Digital Jungle, a Hollywood post-production studio who had the distinct honor of being one of the first post production houses in the world to create a 3D workflow for the new Panasonic Viera active 3D television set, debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Read more about Digital Jungle here.

Get ready 3D is coming!

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January 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm Leave a comment

CES is almost here – coming trends to watch

The 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show is just days away — it unofficially begins on Tue., Jan. 5 and officially on Thurs. Jan. 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada — and this year is expected to make several technologies popular.

 

1.) Small laptops experience fragmentation

With the Intel’s new Atom N450 processor, the netbook is taking steps toward becoming less than a poor-performing, undersized laptop.

At the same time, expect all the major notebook manufacturers to introduce laptops with ultra-low-voltage — providing better performance and battery life.

Complicating the situation is the introduction of the smartbook that fits between the netbook and the smartphone. Smartbooks are extra small and portable, offer comparable battery life and eschew x86 processors (goodbye, Intel!) for mobile processors (hello, Qualcomm!), just like e-book readers. They’re expected to be priced more affordable than the netbook (we’re talking $150 to $250).

Two years ago, we had laptops of all shapes and sizes. One year ago, we had netbooks. Now, we’ll have full-powered notebooks, ULV laptops, netbooks and smartbooks. (Not to mention the occasional rumored slate tablet device by a certain company in Cupertino, among others.)

2.) Home theater goes 3D

If you have been to the movies lately you know what a buzz 3D is these days.  Now the experience comes home.

Since CES places such prominence on the home theater segment of consumer electronics, expect to see a number of big-name TV manufacturers placing renewed emphasis on 3D tech for the home. What that means: bigger sets, sales of sophisticated 3D glasses, 3D boxes and a whole lot of (likely overpriced) HDMI cables. Now that the technology has been available for awhile, prices are pushing down — meaning you can soon buy an 82-inch 3D HDTV for less than $2,999. Expect 3D to make a play for your attention.

3.) Brighter, crisper, more flexible displays

Now that we’ve got all these big, interactive screens in our lives — televisions, laptops, smartphones, and so forth — how can we improve on them?

That’s where OLED, or “organic light-emitting diode,” displays come in. Like 3D home theater tech, OLED is nothing new, but it’s plenty expensive. At CES in previous years, Sony and Samsung have outgunned each other in terms of the thinnest and largest OLED displays. Until now, the price has proven too high for all but the wealthiest of early adopters, and durability has always been a concern.

This year, expect OLED (and thin, durable cousin AMOLED, or “active-matrix OLED”) to work its way into many more portable gadgets. The world may not yet be ready for an 82-inch OLED display (though I know a few folks who will make themselves ready), but the three-inch screen on your smartphone? That can certainly be done — meaning brighter, crisper displays are already coming to your favorite electronics.

For several years, manufacturers have been working on ways to offer flexible and/or transparent OLED displays. They’re getting better at it, and the technology has proven itself inexpensive to manufacture. Don’t expect to see any products with the technology at CES, but you might see a prototype (e-book reader, perhaps?) of things to come.

4.) Car tech gets smarter

Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally is scheduled to give a keynote speech at CES this year, and there’s a reason: car tech is back in a big way.

For years, car tech meant making automobiles less hostile to portable technology (remember the 2001 Mazda Protégé MP3?). Now, car makers are realizing that the best way to please folks is to actually make cars smarter and incorporate one’s personal tech life into the vehicle by fully integrating with other decidedly non-car devices.

For Ford, that means plenty of promotion of SYNC, the company’s in-car communications and entertainment system, which was developed in partnership with — you guessed it — Microsoft. Sync incorporates essential services (911 emergency, turn-by-turn GPS directions, weather and traffic info) with hands-free, voice-activated manipulation of phone calls, music, text messaging — even turning your vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

In other words: your car is now playing nicer with your digital life.

5.) Smartphones get aggressive, tablets get impressive

CES was never really a mobile phone show, but Palm’s success drawing eyeballs for the launch of its Pre smartphone and webOS platform last year told the world that it’s not a half-bad idea to break the rules.

We’ve come a long way in a year’s time. It was barely a year ago that the first Google Android phone (T-Mobile G1) was released, the first touchscreen BlackBerry (Storm) was introduced, and touchscreen smartphones were an expensive novelty.

The mobile market in 2010 will be a cage match. Palm’s already scheduled another press conference — maybe this year they’ll save the company — and with a bit of Apple-like flair, Google has announced a January 5 event that’s expected to be for its Google Nexus One Android-based smartphone for T-Mobile.

Moreover, Dell is rumored to be announcing something mobile — maybe an Android phone, maybe a tablet PC — at CES. And have we mentioned Google Chrome OS yet? Something tells me HTC’s got something in the works.

6.) Eco-friendly everything

All year, manufacturers have been touting their green credentials, from better power efficiency to reducing manufacturing costs to making more environmentally-friendly packaging for their new gadgets (see Dell’s above). For them, it’s not just good for the environment, it’s good business, too.

This year’s CES is making “green” official by scheduling green-specific conferences and green gadget show-and-tells. The show’s governing body, the Consumer Electronics Association, has also promised to buy carbon offsets and donate $50,000 to the Las Vegas police department to invest in electric vehicles.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks to Andrew J. Nusca, associate editor for ZDNet and SmartPlanet for this CES update.

January 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

Is Augmented Reality a good marketing tool? (part 2)

BackberryPair Augmented reality combines the real world with digitally created images. This technology gives marketers the ability to control their viewers environment using sound and compelling visuals. Doesn’t this sound like a dream come true for advertisers? If the message is compelling and fun it can for for the ad man and the consumer.  This is fun!

One new trend is AR or augmented reality. See our article: http://mediaslap.soundworks.com/2009/09/18/is-augmented-reality-a-good-marketing-tool/

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December 22, 2009 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

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