In other words -- I don't know much about this. If you do, let The Nation hear from you.
In any event, it's welcome. As admiring as this site is of The Hardline and its proprietors, it has been critical of the increasing vulgarity and profanity on the show. I've spoken with several P1's who have switched their PM drive allegiance for this reason, although it is obvious that The Hardline isn't losing share for this reason (and who knows, maybe they've increased it). I've mentioned in the past that Mrs. Plainsman will tolerate any Ticket showgram on while she is present, except The Hardline.
I know this sounds prissy. Fact is, I'm not particularly prudish about program content and while I don't like the profanity, it doesn't hugely detract from my personal enjoyment of the show. The problem with its use on The Hardline is that it gives the show an angry and sometimes even a misogynistic tone that is at odds with the rest of the station and grates on the ear. It sounds deliberately provocative and forced. So for me it's less verbal immorality -- heckitytoot, I like a little clever smut as much as the next cat -- than it is the damage to the color and gestalt of the show as a whole. It's just not as good with excessively blue content.
Everyone I hear from on this subject says the same thing about The Hardline's forays into Stern territory: These guys are better than that.
And they are.
LOTS more on The Hardline in the weeks to come. In the meantime, if anyone has any information on any CTO edicts on this topic, do advise.
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