Kidman J. Williams

Kidman Williams

Executive Publisher

Kidman J. Williams has been professionally writing for 15+ years now. He has written for many publications in a wide range of different mediums. Through his 20’s he was the frontman of the band Call to the Wise with a mild amount of success touring and making two albums.

Kidman also was in political radio and worked for the broadcasting giant WLS. He worked and learned a lot from the experience. He got to meet political conversation pieces like Todd Stroger, Blagoyavich, etc.

During this time he became burnt out on the high pressure and dishonesty of the broadcasting industry and left. He couldn’t take the constant and brutal dishonesty that came with political radio broadcasting.

With his illusions shattered, Kidman struck out with his writing again. Much like one of his writing influences (Lester Bangs) he found a kinship with music journalism. He has interviewed many from the industry like Hank Williams III (Hank3), Scott Ian and so many more.

He has covered many events like the porn convention, Exxxotica, concerts and sports; he has even done strip club reviews down in the Tampa area.

Now he has found a home and a true kinship with Gonzo Today and the high standard that comes with carrying the “Gonzo” name.

Kidman, “I have always been a political/social junkie of sorts. I always knew that I wanted to be in the political forum. WLS did nothing to curb my passion for it, but what they did do was ass-fuck the ideals that I carried for the genre. They showed me a dark seedy room with sawdust on the floor, bent me over callously and gave me a true knowledge of how dark politics can truly be!”

GonzoFest 2016 Preview: Chrome Pony

 

The Nashville based Prog-rock band Chrome Pony has played everything from small clubs to Bonnaroo in 2015 and now will be playing at GonzoFest 2016. The Indiana natives will be bringing their interesting blend of music to the fest on April 16.

The band is comprised of brothers Tyler (vocals and guitar) and Kyle Davis (drums) along with Ric Alessio on the organ and Jota Ese holding down the bass guitar.

The band is essentially a mix of many influences that range from good old rock-n-roll to the psycho sixties and even a twinge of country splashed around the blasting garage rock and punk that fuels the engines.

Chrome Pony just released their album Past Lives in February of 2016 – you can hear their track, Ragged Child, on the Chrome Pony bandcamp page. This is the fourth release from the eclectic foursome. Their first release was back in 2011 with Illegal Smiles.

Chrome Pony website

CP also did a bunch of recordings with the Chicago based Audiotree live.

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Does the News Media Go Too Far?

 

By Kidman J. Williams

Does the news go too far? I’ve been asked this kind of question before. I have been yelled at for reporting things that people don’t like, quoting people on things that they didn’t want out in the first place, and even pictures that some people felt were just tasteless and crude.

I had come across the forum of Cadiz, Kentucky.  I didn’t even know it was there. How was I supposed to know…I’m still new here in town. Anyway, I landed on a thread that was mad about some pictures that WKDZ themselves published to their website of a car crash that involved a child.

Now, do I think a photojournalist should take a picture of a dead child…JESUS  H. Gonzales…have you gone mad?  Of course I don’t! That is just a sick and twisted individual. Is it alright to take a shot of the scene.  There is nothing wrong with it.

From the Topix.com website in the Cadiz section, a citizen that is going by the alias of FedUp went on and explained his/her point of view on the subject.

“Enough is enough people! It is time that we start boycotting the sick vultures at WKDZ. They posted pictures of a crashed vehicle in which a child died. I know it doesn’t sound like much but it is tasteless and trashy.”

FedUp went on to talk about boycotting WKDZ for the pictures and urged businesses to pull away from the radio staple. Obviously that didn’t work.  WKDZ is just fine. They are doing their jobs and their advertisers are well in place.  Don’t cry for them Argentina, because frankly, I’m pretty sure that they don’t give a damn.

The business of journalism is to tell people the truth and we know how well that can work in our personal lives. You can never please anyone with the truth.  The truth just makes you sleep on the lumpy old sofa in the basement.  You know the one…the one that smells like wet dog. She won’t even let you sleep on the nice couch in the living room.

The truth is a tricky mistress. You will never please everyone with it.  The best you can do is to just do it. Do you really think that any reporter or journalist likes taking shots like that?  It should be obvious that they don’t. Some people can stomach it, some can’t, but the news gets reported.

In the same thread a person by the handle of First Responder came on and voiced his opinion. He/She said,

“I agree they are pathetic. One of these days someone close to them will be in an accident and I hope there is a photographer there to put those pictures on the Internet. As for the one that said they were contributed by an officer that works for them I think ur wrong. Those vultures have scanners and arrive on scene before emergency personnel sometimes. My opinion is that they r trying to make a name for themselves and trying to impress the boss. I would love to break their cameras every time they arrive on a scene. It’s not just WKDZ it’s the newspapers too.”

I could be a grammar Nazi about it and discredit the whole quote for the use of r instead of using the already incredibly short word, are or the use of ur instead of simply using you’re.  They probably would have used your instead.  I digress.

Everyone has their jobs.  Everyone has to do their jobs. Some jobs are more unpleasant than others, but there are still duties that each have to follow.  The truth will set you free! Just remember that next time you say a woman has put on a couple of pounds.  You will be set very free!