He belches on the air.
He farts on the air.
He broadcasts with his mouth full.
He's not much of a sports prognosticator.
He's been known to mistreat subordinates.
He'll twist off on a caller from time to time.
But I gotta tell you: I've been listening to Norm substituting for the Musers the past few days, and I've been enjoying it quite a lot. In particular, I've been enjoying:
-- the show prep.
-- his interaction with Mike, Ty, and even Jeremy.
-- his interviews.
And that's before you get to the run-of-the-mill segments, which are almost always listenable. I suppose it is fatuous to say this after the man has been in broadcasting, what, eight decades or so, but Norm throws out a darned interesting showgram, professionally presented. Yeah, he's not a hip young cat anymore, and some of the jokes are obvious and corny, but I don't get a feeling that Norm is out of touch when it comes to sports and even pop-guy culture.
(Now, if they'd just run Bob and Dan as a morning-drive substitute from time to time so I could get a stronger dose of them (kicking myself for inability to hear any of their recent drive-time substitution).)
Listening to Norm also suggests a larger point with respect to the future -- yes, the future -- of The Ticket. It reminds us (all right, reminds me) that a format consisting of more-or-less equal co-hosts isn't the only format that can succeed on a sports-guy talk station. A strong central "star" personality surrounded by solid sidekicks/producers can also work well. You need the right guy, and the right chemistry with the second bananas, but you don't need two stars.
Because he just turned 67 (I think that's right) there is the temptation to think that he's in the twilight of his career. But he sounds pretty strong to me, and he clearly has the passion to put on a good show for the listener.
Appreciate ya, Norm. Appreciate ya.
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