REMOVING "The God Gene"

The WQLZ Music Minute

April 2, 2012

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Music News from the Rock Station, 92-7 WQLZ by Bishop


It’s a family reunion of sorts—but not everyone’s gonna be there. Korn’s Fieldy and former guitarist Brian “Head” Welch are hitting the stage together for the first time in six years. But, it won’t be to perform music. Rather, the two will talk faith and religion. This will take place during The Whosoevers' "Threat To Formalized Religion…I Am" conference in Diamond Bar, California. The Whosoevers are a coalition of rock stars that want to spread happiness, hope and love around the world. Head left Korn nearly 7 years ago saying he was a born again Christian. Fieldy as well is a born again Christian but decided to stay with the band. Find out more about the conference online at

Trouble in paradise

Limp Bizkit "posing" like there are not internal problems

There are some signs of a serious dysfunction among the Limp Bizkit family. Apparently drummer Jon Otto and DJ Lethal have become a bit estranged from the band and they came out public saying they may get the ax. In a series of Tweets, Lethal said “From what I understand, Fred doesn't approve of our lifestyle which includes partying and fun.” After fans showed their displeasure, guitarist Wes Borland came out trying to explain the possible changeup. Borland said on Twitter that fans do “not have the information needed to form valid opinions on the situation” and he’s not gonna be the one to make it public. Borland also says to get off Fred’s back because it’s a band decision, not solely Fred’s. It’s unclear what the future holds for the band as they just signed a record deal with no word yet on when a new album may surface.

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It's alive!

April 1, 2012

Something growing in the front yard. Not sure if it's a weed or what, but it's growing up pretty cool, so I think I'll let it continue.

And they're gonna be beautiful!

Seriously, I am just in awe of nature today!  After spending all day (and actually, most of this absolutely beautiful weekend) in the garden outside, I've gotta share with you some of the stuff I've stumbled upon. 

First of all, my dear mother came to visit the house for the first time this Spring and was in just as much bewilderment as my girlfriend and I were.  The previous owners of this house put quite a bit of time and effort into all of the plants in the backyard. 

My mom was like a little school kid running around at recess.  She was all over the place picking weeds and talking about coming back up to garden (uh ... I thought I moved out to get away from being around my mom :D ... JK). 

Tomatoes growing in the green house

Tomatoes sprouts in a miniature planter inside the greenhouse.  I also have broccoli and several types of onions starting in the greenhouse to keep them safe from the potential frost.

I'm actually looking forward to her next visit so she can help me determine what is and is not a weed, because there is so much stuff growing I just don't want to yank something out that could be a beautiful flowering plant. 

I don't just have an awesome flower garden essentially all over the yard, I also have eight raised beds for growing all the vegetables I can possibly manage (the raised beds were one of the selling points of the house ... well that and the greenhouse!).  So, while I endure this awesome journey of developing my green thumb, I'll share with you my successes and discoveries. 

One thing I'm discovering is that the green house is a great way to jumpstart those tomatoes, broccoli and onions before the last frost comes our way sometime in mid-April.

The really difficult part, I think, and one I'm sure to share with you, is transplanting the stuff I have started in the greenhouse to the actual raised beds.  This is something I do not want to screw up.  I'm gonna have to do a bunch of research on this step to ensure I have some delicious and healthy vegetable come mid-summer!

There are some other pictures from my Secret Garden you can see here.

Saturday Session with Bishop

March 31, 2012

Get with the program and join Greg Bishop for Saturday Session from 3 to 7p CST only on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield!  Listen online and have that phone ready to call in and sound off--call 217.629.7970.  Tonight, we'll talk media frames, The Supremes, News on the March and so much more.  It's Saturday Session with Bishop only on 970 WMAY.

I built this frame for you

Just one example of how the media can frame things with very little ease
Just one example of media framing
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There are countless examples of how the media can frame certain events to project a reaction from the viewer--a reaction that typically will lead to some kind of emotion or reactionary response.  If you're not privy to their ways, you are very susceptible.  Several instances of definitive framing from the mainstream media working to trigger a counter-reaction from the media user are evident this past week and we'll talk about as many of them as we have time for.  A few to consider: Trayvon Martin versus George Zimmerman and the drones are coming, the drones are coming!  Also we'll discuss the Hutaree Militia, Islamic extremism in France, and Kony 2012--just to name a few.  

Learn about the tactics that the gatekeepers use when reporting the "news" so you can unlock their control over your emotions!  Propaganda relies heavily on framing a story a certain way.  You've got to provide some kind of context for the story to mean something to the individual consuming the media, why not manipulate them to the interests of your media owners (the media cartel)?

Even deeper framing analysis 

If you want to get even deeper with critical media framing analysis, plan on attending the Teach-in with Greg Bishop in Rooms C/D at the Public Affairs Center on the campus of UIS Friday April 6th at 7p.  The event is organized by Occupy Springfield and Bishop will be presenting parts of his Communication Masters Thesis about mainstream and alternative media's first month of framing of the Occupy Wall St. movement.  

The Supremes take on the mandate

Three days of oral arguments--day one talked about if it's preemptive to even have arguments about a law that hasn't fully taken effect, day two got into the meat of the question about the individual mandate, forcing through threat of fine, someone to purchase health insurance, day three focused on if the entire law should be scrapped and congress should start over.  Sound off on whether you should be forced to purchase a product simply for living.  And for those worried about cost of uninsured--end the wars and there can be more assistance--but keep in mind, when the government subsidizes anything (housing, education, ... health care) the price goes up.  

News on the March

They're all a bunch of money schemes
If you did what the feds do you'd be in prison
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Here is a brief overview of some of the things we'll talk about during Saturday Session's News on the March: How much is a human life worth?  The CIA says they can spy on you through you refrigerator.  1984 may be getting re-made by Ron Howard and Sheppard Ferry--Mark Dice has the update (we hope to be joined by Mark on the air live next week).  The cost of NATO in money and rights.  The rise of autism, "One Government's Meat is Another Man's Felony Poison," MF Global mother-f███g lied, and so much more! 

Don't miss a minute

Saturday Session airs every Saturday from 3 to 7 PM CST on 970 WMAY, the News and Talk of Springfield. You can contact Bishop many different ways. Read recent show briefs with Bishop's WMAY blog, check out Bishop's Google Profile for more links and information. Get the latest podcasts at and "Like" Bishop ON Air on Facebook. During the show, call 217.629.7970 and email anytime

WQLZ Music Minute

March 29, 2012

Music News from the Rock Station, 92-7 WQLZ by Bishop

Selling gangbusters

Shinedown is expected to have quite the showing in the first week of sales for Amaryllis. Industry experts indicate that their fourth studio attempt could sell upwards to 90,000 copies in the first week. That’s a pretty good indication that Shinedown will be around for the long haul as their staying power with fans is evident with healthy sales in the first week. Plus their latest single “Bully” is top of the charts.

New singles soon

In just a matter of weeks, we’ll have our hands on the latest single from Linkin Park called “Burn It Down”. A video should accompany the singles release as well sometime mid-April. The band recently shared with the press that their previous record may have gone to far with the use of electronica and the new album will be more down-to-earth. Expect Linkin Park’s fifth attempt sometime this summer.

Rush album update

Word on the street, (actually in the music blogs) is that Rush will soon be releasing a new single for their upcoming album Clockwork Angels. The single is said to be called “Headlong Flight” and will hit the airwaves April 19th. Rush had originally released two songs online: “Caravan” and “BU2B” reports indicate they had to re-record those because of a record label change. The band will release Clockwork Angels on May 29th via Roadrunner Records.

Rush - Playlist (featuring "Caravan" & "BU2B")

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