the necessary road trip companion

Whenever we take a road trip, we make sure that an FM radio transmitter is in our vehicle. Shuffling around CDs is an outdated form of listening to music quickly on the way to joining cassettes and 8-tracks.

Almost every music connoisseur that walks the planet owns an MP3 player whether its a pocket-sized device like an iPod, a mobile computer, a smartphone, or a media center. Not every car has an auxiliary port. This is where the FM radio transmitter bridges today’s electronics with the tried and true functionality of a car stereo system.

This useful device powers on with two AAA batteries or the included  cigarette lighter with an adapter. The stereo jack plugs into your MP3 player where your headphones usually go. Turn on the radio in your car. Tune the radio to the station set on the transmitter. Press play on your MP3 player, and your custom radio station fills the airwaves around you.

Is an actual radio station interrupting your better music? Press the button on the transmitter and select an open frequency. Your CD player now exists only to collect dust. Your entire music collection can be digitized and downloaded to your super cool MP3 player and you can beam the superior sounds through your car stereo with a transmitter.

A must-have toy like this might cost somewhere around $10-$20 since that seems to be the asking price these days for add-on gadgets of this magnitude. Try the marvelous sale price of $4.99. Not only that, it’ll be shipped directly to you for no extra charge.

If you own an automobile and an MP3 player, then you must own an FM radio transmitter. Not having one in your G-ride is the only shortcoming keeping you from being able to enjoy every MP3 you own while you’re behind the wheel or riding along.

the txdot click it or ticket radio jingle (2010)

Everyone driving on Texas roads must obey a new law went into effect  requiring all passengers in a vehicle to buckle up.

This jingle surfaced in April and currently plays across Texan radio airwaves:

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Texas Department of Transportation
Violation Citation

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Violation Citation

Put your seatbelt on. Strap yourself in.
Buckle up tight when you go for a spin.

No matter where you drive. If it’s near or far,
Buckle up all the riders in your car.

‘Cause it’s the law and if you’re in violation,
An officer will be right there to give you a citation.

Yes, they’re stepping up enforcement,
Sending out more police,
‘Cause Texas wants you in one piece.

Put your seatbelt on. Strap yourself in.
Buckle up tight when you go for a spin.

(A new state laws says everyone in a vehicle has to buckle up. That means passengers in the front and back seats can be fined for not wearing a seatbelt. Seatbelts save lives, and they can also save you from an expensive ticket. Click it or ticket. It’s your choice. You pick.)

When you go for a spin.

(Brought to you by the Texas Department of Transportation)

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For those of you who lack Flash support on your browser (or just want your own copy) can click the MP3 icon to download it to your computer.

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The Texas Click It or Ticket campaign’s home page is located at this link. More jingles and other campaign materials can be found at the Click It or Ticket page on TxDOT’s website.

the nesesary audioverload + the wurkweek rootene

My schedule during the weekdays have been very routine for the past several months now. I try to be in bed by 11pm each night and asleep before midnight. I first wake up in the morning when the first alarm goes off on my cell at 5:16am. Three more alarms at 5:47am, 5:57am and 6:05am plus the 10-minute snoozes continue to go off on my phone as I cradle the device with me enjoying the last moments of half-asleep before my alarm clock fires off full blast at 6:00am with the last song before The Morning X with Jason and Deb commences.

I sleep through the 6am news and usually out of bed getting ready for work by the time Morning X Rewind is played. I go through the morning weekday routine: pack my lunch, shower, dress up, and gather my portable audio devices and other necessary items I carry around with me (wallet, keys, cell). By the time I’m putting on my clothes, Morning X Sports is playing. On a good day, I’m out the door before the 1st hour Sports segment ends. On a normal day, I’m looking over at the clock on the microwave in the kitchen and it reads 6:40, 6:41, or 6:42.

I exit my dwelling unit, lock the door, and I’m in my car and warming it up during this time of the year. The face plate goes on my CD player and 101X is tuned to continue Morning X. Commercials or a song are usually playing at this time as I make the very short trek to work. Depending on whether or not I catch the light, the commute averages around seven minutes.

I get to work, scan in at the entrance to the fortress where I’ll be for the next eight hours, put my lunch in the break room fridge, go to my desk, clock in somewhere between 6:55-6:59, and start the grind. While my application loads, I equip my ears with ear buds and continue Morning X on the portable HD radio that my Maribell got me for the holiday. From the time I arrive ’til about 10am, I am tuned in to 101X listening to my favorite morning show of all time.

When Morning X concludes (now click that Play button but adjust your volume first) and the commercials starts to play again, I disconnect my headphones from the HD radio and plug in my custom-engraved iPod Shuffle I received as a gift for being the Best Man at one of my best friend’s wedding. I go through the playlist on shuffle ’til about ten minutes ’til noon.

At 11:50am, I switch back to the HD radio, exit my app, log my break, go to the break room, grab my lunch, exit the building, and stroll to my car. I enter my car, remove my headphones, and turn on the radio. I text my request to Flashback Lunch as soon as the lines open then proceed to consume my lunch which has been mostly the same thing every weekday: a can of soda (usually Coke® Zero™) and a sandwich (premium bread + premium sliced cheese + white chicken or turkey that was formed and packaged into a cylinder).

While I eat my lunch, I text the daily trivia question to TW. I hang out in my car for the radio ads to play and the first couple Flashback Lunch requests hoping that txt to 29217 was picked. When I finish my lunch and ready to return to the grind, the headphones go back on as I listen to Flashback Lunch for the hour.

Flashback Lunch finishes around 1pm. If Lawless is DJing, he plays a track from across the pond for UKTX. This is where I heard “Dominos” by The Big Pink and got into them. I scored a promo copy of their debut album at Cheapo Discs and really like it. UKTX recently played “Velvet” off the same album, A Brief History of Love, and that’s an excellent track, too.

After UKTX, I plugged back into the Shuffle and continue the mix ’til my shift ends at around 3pm. I remove my headphones, clock out, log off, and go back to my car. By this time, Toby is DJing and it’s about time for his 3 O’Clock Whatever. He was going to play Soul Coughing’s “Soft Serve” today but opted for System of a Down’s “Psycho.” He’s played “Soft Serve” before, but that song is a great jam and should be his go-to track if he doesn’t have anything else queued up.

I make the short drive home or to run an errand or two with the radio playing, and the audio doesn’t stop ’til the car stereo turns off when I pull into a parking space, shut off the car, remove the face plate, and enter my abode after a usual day at work.

the txdot click it or ticket radio jingles

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)’s Click It or Ticket campaign raises awareness to drivers and passengers about the importance of wearing safety belts. Catchy jingles about “clicking it” can be heard on the radio as part of this advertising campaign.

Here are a couple versions that are currently playing on 101.5 KROX FM Austin.

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Texas Department of Transportation
Click It Song (Explosion)

Recorded 2009-06-16 from 101X with a Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio.

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Click It Song (Explosion)

Click it. Click click it.
Click click it. Click it.

Click it if you’re tall.
Click click it if you’re short.
Click it in your automobile before you start.
Click it for your babies, toddlers, and kids.
Don’t just pretend to and say you did.

Click it if you’re a rebellious teen.
Click it even if your two-year-old screams.

Click it.

Click it if you’re driving one short block.
Click it if you’re driving around the clock.
Click it if you’re on time or running late.
Click it automatically. Don’t hesitate.

Is there ever going to be a time when I don’t have to click it?
The answer is “No! No! No! No! No!” You’ll get a ticket.

(Drivers and passengers, whether you’re going two blocks or two-hundred miles, be sure to buckle up. If you don’t, you could be fined up to two-hundred dollars. Click it or ticket. Brought to you by the Texas Department of Transportation.)

Click it. Click it.

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For those of you who lack Flash support on your browser (or just want your own copy) can click the MP3 icon to download it to your computer.

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Texas Department of Transportation
Click It Song (Cecilio)

Recorded 2009-06-12 from 101X with a Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio.

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Click It Song (Cecilio)

Buckle up. Buckle up. Now click it.

Click it if you’re tall.
Click it if you’re short.
Click it in your car before you start.
Click it for your babies, toddlers, and kids.
Don’t just pretend to and say you did.

Click it if you’re a rebellious teen.
Click it even if your two-year-old screams.
Click it if you’re driving one short block.
Click it if you’re driving around the clock.

Buckle up. Buckle up. Now click it.

Click it if you’re on time or running late.
Click it automatically. Don’t hesitate.

(Is there ever a time not to click it?)
The answer is “No” ’cause you’ll get a ticket. (Oh.)

Buckle up. Buckle up. Now click it.

(Drivers and passengers, whether you’re going two blocks or two-hundred miles, be sure to buckle up. If you don’t, you could be fined up to two-hundred dollars. Click it or ticket. Brought to you by the Texas Department of Transportation.)

Buckle up. Buckle up. Now click it.

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For those of you who lack Flash support on your browser (or just want your own copy) can click the MP3 icon to download it to your computer.

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The Texas Click It or Ticket campaign’s home page is located at this link. More jingles and other campaign materials can be found at the Click It or Ticket page on TxDOT’s website.

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the first single off green day’s 21st century breakdown (know your enemy)

Today, Green Day released Know Your Enemy, the first single off their upcoming album 21st Century Breakdown. Their eighth studio album which was produced by Butch Vig will be released on May 15th.

At 8:40 during Morning X on 101X, Know Your Enemy was played on the radio for the first time in Austin.

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Green Day
Know Your Enemy

Recorded today at 8:40 from Morning X on 101X with a Mambo Clamp.

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For those of you who lack Flash support on your browser (or just want your own copy) can click the MP3 icon to download it to your computer.

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Notes about the recording hosted here:
The audio was recorded in mono from a local radio station broadcast. The quality is inferior to the actual single and is supplied here for reference purposes only. The introduction to the song is spoken by Jason Dick of Morning X on 101X. Please pardon the small bits of static in the audio. The concrete walls of the fortress where I work my day job causes interference.
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the thundercloud subs radio jingle

Fellow Austinites who tune into 101X have probably heard the annoying jingle that Thundercloud Subs is currently playing. I would have to say that it is currently tied with the Reid’s Cleaners jingle that is currently playing on television but loses severely to the local Gatti’s commercial (“Dial 4 5 9 22 22 and get a Mr. Gatti’s pizza delivered…real cheese… real h0tt…”). Thundercloud’s previous jingle was mostly tolerable at least.


Thundercloud Subs
2009 Radio Jingle

Recorded from 101.5 KROX FM on 2009-03-27 at 0748 with a Mambo Clamp.

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For those of you who have never heard this and have been told to listen but may lack Flash support on your browser (or just want your own copy) can click the MP3 icon to download it to your computer.

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Thundercloud Subs Radio Jingle lyrics

When I’m really hungry and I want something good,

I go to the Thundercloud in my neighborhood.

The sandwich makers are friends of mine ’cause I’m in there all the time.

When my stomach starts to grumble, you can bet I happily stumble into Thundercloud Subs!

For a hometown vibe with delicious grub…

Thundercloud Subs!

It’s a tasty place that everybody loves.

Armadillo lady on a date with a stallion,

She’s a Veggie Delight and he’s a New York Italian.

You gotta eat. You know it’s true.

While you’re in the neighborhood, here’s what you do…

You go to Thundercloud Subs!

(roast beef avocado)

Thundercloud Subs!

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It was drilled into my brain for a couple days, but I have yet to succumb to its temptation by getting one of their delicious NY Italians. We’ll see.

Please share your thoughts and/or opinions to the rest of the world about what you think of this jingle, since you’ve stumbled across this page almost by accident. I’m sure you’d like to be heard, and everyone will read what you wrote and might have the courage to comment, too.

the 21st century breakdown title track

Around 10am this morning on 101X after the Morning X concluded, the station played a new song from Green Day. The song is the title track of the upcoming album, 21st Century Breakdown, which will be released this upcoming May. The album was produced by Butch Vig, and the first single titled Know Your Enemy will flood the airwaves on April 20th.

Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown (Demo) MP3 is currently being distributed via BitTorrent. You can also get a copy by clicking this icon.