I'm still tied up like crazy but should be back in a couple of days. In the meantime, I've got a few minutes here tonight so will toss off a couple.
(1) My appreciation of Michael Gruber will be appearing as soon as I can write it.
(2) Cannot believe I missed what from all reviews were very well-received wife swaps. I wonder if someone an tell me:
-- Confessors reported on Gordon and Geoge as plus-ones on The Hardline. Did HL personnel appear on The Musers? Any other swaps?
-- Was there any reported reason for the swaps? Was Corby away? Travel plans require the swaps?
(3) Re: Vulgarity. I hope I have been clear about my position on this. Let me repeat it: The Hardline is not too vulgar for me. I don't recall ever punching out because I was offended by any of the orifice and related humor. My point in the past has been simply that The Hardline is, by terrestrial radio standards, pretty blue, and that the talent on that showgram is better than that, and the presentation would be better without it. And that the vulgarity is a big reason that a lot of non-listeners are non-listeners. Pretty obviously, The Hardline's tone hasn't hurt it one point in the ratings, so I wouldn't expect they would change a thing.
(4) As to whether this site comes to any host's attention: I agree with the commenter who said that they probably cruise by once in awhile, but I'm guessing that every host and Jeff Catlin get more emails every day than this site gets hits. They've probably had complaints about content for years. And I suspect they're a whole lot more interested in y'all than they are in me.
(5) The question of Michael's replacement is a verrrry interesting one. There's a lot of talent among the JV, but I believe only a few are highly experienced board operators. I had a candidate in mind, but I don't think I've ever heard that he twiddles and tweaks, so I'll probably stash that idea. So who knows -- we may never have heard of the next BO. Whoever it is, I'm already feeling sorry for him -- or her.
Think about it.
Hope to be back with some actual content in the next few days.