I have really enjoyed reading the defenses of Dan McDowell. I know that some readers regarded my three-parter on BaD Radio as highly critical of him, and indeed it did identify him as the source of my less-warm/fuzzy feeling about that showgram. In general, though, I ended up finding the show worthwhile and Dan worth listening to But I do understand why readers thought I don't like Dan. It's a fair cop.
Here's the latest from "Anonymous," the latest poster to the article titled "Jeez, This Is Not Going Well":
I remember a while back, during some Q & A (either on-air or in that occasional Ticket publication that the hosts contribute to - I can't remember the name), I think it was George who said something to the effect that Dan was either the most professional or hardest working guy at the Ticket. Count me as a Dan McDowell fan - I realized after years of listening that it was Dan's contributions on WTDS that had my attention (in addition to Line 4 Guy), and his pairing with Bob was genius. Something that was part of the BaD Radio magic, early on, was the contributions of Jimmy 'The Saint' Christopher. The mix of Bob, Dan, Jimmy and Tom solidified the show as my favorite on the Ticket. Somehow, with all the changes in the show, it has remained my favorite (I like Donovan, a lot, and am happy he landed with the BaD Radio guys) - it maintains a funny, real edginess that's addictive, more so than the other shows for me (though I like them all). That edge wouldn't be there without Dan McDowell.
One other thing I can add: McDowell is responsive to e-mail questions (Corby and Gordo, too; the Old Gray Wolf? Not so much. . .). By the way, great blog!
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Thank you, Anonymous. Jimmy the Saint was before my time, but comments like this one are what make me think that I need to expand my opportunities to listen to the BaD Radio showgram. I've changed my views on certain Ticket guys over the years and it could well happen with Dan.
But I don't know exactly how I'm going to get over the feeling that Dan is not a favorite among his own colleagues. Maybe it shouldn't matter, and maybe even it's a virtue -- some readers identify this as "edgy," which is fine. An earlier commenter said that Dan's colleagues defend him, and I responded that I'd never heard that. Anonymous has provided us with an example, and thanks again, Anon. My question is: To what was George responding that he was required to say something positive about Dan? Have you ever heard any other host defend another main show host?
And -- again, with complete respect to Dan defenders -- whether he is professional, or hard-working, or responsive to P1's, is less important to me than whether he sounds like a putz when I tune in the showgram.
Which, when I tune in, he too often does. But then, so, sometimes, does Corby. Gordon. Guys that overall I like a lot. But I hear them more often. I've internalized their schtick; maybe I just haven't had the opportunity to "get" Dan in the same way. Which is why, in fairness, I must acquire a larger sample size on Dan and on Bad Radio generally before switching over to Greggo and Richie Whitt (more on them later).
Until then, I cordially invite Confessors to continue my Dan education.