Thursday, January 12, 2006

Radio Habits

I'm still at a bit of a loss for mornings on the radio. A new job starts sometime next week and I doubt I'll be able to listen much... although some of what I'm doing may occasion involve some lame filing and phone calls so I might just bring in my little stereo and headphones.

The best stuff seems to include:
  • Laura Ingraham on AM1280, from 8:00 to 11:00 am
  • Bob Davis on AM1500, starting at 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Rush Limbaugh on 100.3 FM, starting at 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Dennis Prager on AM1280, also starting at 11:00 am to 2:00 pm (the perfect tonic for folks who don't like Rush)
  • Joe Soucheray on AM1500, starting at 2:00 to 5:30 pm
I just can't listen to Medved (AM1280, also starting at 2:00 pm) for too long. Don't get me wrong, he's quite good with callers. His topic range from typical conservative fare to fairly interesting unique material... but not as unique as Prager.

He's clearly not a radio guy... or if he is, he's running every cliched stunt and delivery he can think of. He delivers his opening statement, and many other comments, as if he running through it... there's no normal, natural delivery. Soucheray does this much better. Hell, everybody does this better. Maybe even Krok. It sounds forced and artificial.

His produced segment "Eye on Entertainment" sticks out like a sore thumb, as does most of his bumper music. The music should compliment the host's personality to some degree, the style of the show to another degree. Again Soucheray manages to make some music work... the kind of stuff you'd never associate with him. Maybe it's the degree to which he goes out. Medved occasionally uses some techno-like stuff that sounds great... doesn't match him AT ALL. Sounds like he's trying to catch an audience that wouldn't listen in the first place.

He also is too cute with the music and certain phrases. For example, if he's talking about false accusations about a public figure you can be he or his producer will use (or at least considered) "Little Lies" by Fleetwood Mac... and THEN he'd come out of the break saying something like, "No, you can't disguise your little lies, Mr. In Studio Guest." He'll quote directly from the music he uses, from the sound byte he's using, or from the movie he's referencing. It's strictly amaturish and lame. He's really much better than that... go read some of his columns, he can come up with better comments and introductions than what he's getting by with now.


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