Part 1: http://myticketconfession.blogspot.com/2010/08/general-unified-theory-of-bad-radio.html;
Part 2: http://myticketconfession.blogspot.com/2010/08/general-unified-theory-of-bad-radio_05.html; and
Part 3: http://myticketconfession.blogspot.com/2010/08/general-unified-theory-of-bad-radio_09.html,
I am trying to listen more frequently to BaD Radio to see if it worms its way into my affections. I don't dislike it now, it just doesn't feel like part of my Ticket routine yet. For example, I didn't used to care for Rich Phillips, now I think he's quite good. I'm educable.
I don't have a lot of time to listen to BaD but if I'm in my car I tune in to see what's up. Alas, in the last week or so I have had two unpleasant encounters with the broadcast work of Dan McDowell:
(1) Late last week I hit the switch while Dan was calling attention to the inability of two athletes -- Herschel Walker and Magic Johnson -- to pronounce a word. I was driving so couldn't jot this down, but I think the word was "aggressiveness" -- Confessors, correct me here if I'm wrong.
All the programs make fun of athletes who say something dumb-sounding. (Although I think it was BaD that introduced us to the "Phong is ringing" Deon classic.) Usually the misspeaking is noted, we all get a giggle out of the dumb jock, and the show moves on, perhaps with a new drop in the drop machine. But Dan was absolutely pounding these guys, repeating the clips endlessly, comparing the pronunciations side by side. All but saying man, can you believe how stupid these two guys are? It ended up not being a passing amusement, but an exceptionally nasty and mean-spirited piece of radio.
I couldn't help noticing that Donovan was not in the studio during this presentation.
(2) This next one was priceless. Fight Night pre-game. Dan was on the air with George. I believe someone remarked that Rich Phillips was the ring announcer. Then, apropos of absolutely nothing, Dan managed to take a shot at Rich and George in the space of one short question, asking George (and I may not have the words exactly right, but this is close):
"How often are you in the studio for Rich's five-minute Tickers?"
-- taking a shot at Rich for his longer 5:30 a.m. Tickers, and suggesting that George wanders in to his own program only at the last minute. George put an end to this with his ready response, not sounding particularly amused:
"Every single day."
And that was the end of that comedy initiative.
I know, I know, hosts jab each other all the time. But this came out of nowhere -- it was a double-shot that felt as though it were taken for the sake of taking a double-shot, with no comedy predicate for either of them (i.e., (i) Rich's five-minute Tickers are listeners' first catch-up on the sports news of the day and night before and a useful foundation for the Musers' show, and (ii) George isn't known for being late to his shows). In fact, I have a dim recollection, could be mistaken, that George ignored the question the first time around, and Dan repeated it.
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But, as I have noted, many readers are big fans of both Dan and BaD Radio. I will honor that by continuing to listen, and looking forward to more enjoyable broadcasting in the course of future listening opportunities.