Confessor Brad Gilbert somewhat anticipated this topic in his comment to the last post so thought I would go ahead and throw it up here.
Every once in a while you will hear something on The Ticket that will make you go "hmm, is this sincere or are they (or "is he") doing a bit?"
The most recent puzzler is the series of ads featuring the hosts claiming to be P1s, swearing that they listen all the time and even identifying some favorite segments.
There are several possibilities here:
It could be sincere, more or less, in its entirety. It would not be hard to believe that hosts tuned into the station during their listening time, in the car, doing whatever it is they do when they can also be listening to the radio.
The first thing that struck me as odd was Mike's statement that he simply had to tune in to the 8:40 bit everyday. Had some trouble picturing Mike up that early, and if so, targeting that particular segment. Still, made some sense. Could be we are supposed to take it entirely seriously.
It should come as no surprise that Dan is the one most obviously lying -- in a way intended to be amusing, of course, and it is. His first clue is actually somewhat sly, as he identifies the Muser segment in question as "Gordon's [not 'Gordo's] Corner." This is clever – it is just the most subtle hint that he is pretending to know about a segment that he in fact never listens to as evidenced by getting the name just a little bit wrong. In the one I heard this morning, he describes Junior's "Top Five/Bottom Five" lists as the most important thing ever on radio.
Bob gets into the act by expressing uncertainty as to whether Gordon has an Observation "Deck" or "Desk."
And yet we have Norm, George, and Craig more or less playing it straight in their claims of actually listening to the station.
|Yes, I know this is a repeat.|
So what we're left with is a promotion that pretty much undercuts itself. With Bob and Dan being funny, it calls into question whether all of the lavish mutual admiration is sarcastic.
This really isn't intended to be a criticism; I get a kick out of the commercials, and Dan's remarks are amusing. But the schizophrenic message robs the spot of any kind of persuasive power.
On balance, though, I think the ad was intended to be sincere and that we are intended to believe that the hosts tune in to one another with regularity throughout the listening day. So while the spot is not effective in conveying this message, my vote on this one is:
Not a Bit.