Your Plainsman tries to be fair. Sometimes this consists of taking shots at some of the showgrams and some of the hosts. As ardent listeners, the stuff that stands out for us is the stuff that irritates, even though most of it is great.
I don't know what happened today. I've been a little logy lately, under the weather, and kind of had that la-de-da sensibility that comes from mainlining DayQuil. Maybe it was because I'd had a good meeting with one of my numerous bosses. Maybe it was because I'd knocked off work early for no good reason. Maybe it was because a checkout lady at the supermarket insisted -- even after I denied it -- that I was a well-known national television figure. Swear to Jah.
Whatever it was, I have this to say:
I thought The Hardline was incredibly good today.
I smiled, I laughed, I cackled, I chortled. The highlight was when they announced some giveaway of tickets to a cowboys-of-color rodeo. Almost drove off the road during that exchange. All of the hosts were on their game, all were funny, the coarseness was kept to a minimum. The "Tom Sawyer" E-News segment also stopped me down. The Joel Jenista reminiscence was perfect.
Your Plainsman (among others) gripes about Hardline show nonprep, vulgarity, over-Corby, Mike R's early retirement -- but jeez, these guys (and Danny "Wool Hat" Bacon and that Nice Young Michael Gruber) are pretty incredible broadcasters. I thought about that scene in "The Fugitive" where Harrison Ford is keeping just a few scrabbling steps ahead of the train wreck that's advancing on him -- that's The Hardline at its best, and it was at its best today.
Despite the fact that all of us (cowardly, anonymous) media experts have a list of stuff we'd like to fix, The Hardline is an astounding radio showgram.
That, among other admissions I sprinkle in here from time to time, is My Ticket Confession.