At first their flamboyant manner will unnerve
you, as Karel and Andrew point out in their own slogan, "driving
you home or driving you crazy." But after the third or fourth
or fifth time, the middle-of-the-road duo's discussion of normal
coupling issues - such as buying a house together- on mega-mainstream
KFI 640 AM promotes tolerance of their lifestyle more effectively
than left-leaning showS like KPFK's "IMRU" (I am, are
KFI's Phil Hendrie's glib and grammatical repartee
(with himself, usually) inadvertently provides a community service
to listeners, rather than infecting the airwaves with poor English
and partially spelled swear words.
For his offbeat and captivating true tales
on Public Radio International's "This American Life"
(KCRW 89.9, KCSN 88.5), Ira Glass deserves an A-plus. A recent
episode starred larcenist-turned-actress/writer Julia Sweeney
recounting her pre-fame days of filching $60,000 while bartending.
The Catholic-raised woman swore that greed wasn't her motive;
it was the fun of dropping C-notes on the collection plate at
mass every week. "I felt God was my accomplice; here is
your cut, God," She stopped stealing in '84, leaving
plenty of time for the statute of limitations to run dry.
Was KABC's Joe Crummey copying Howard Stern?
The ordinarily mindful weekend host invited a member of the same
group whose disciple spent July 4 on a shooting rampage of blacks
and Jews. For one solid hour, the World Church of the Creator
follower discussed his feelings (e.g., he'd rather that a dog
save his life than a person of color). While illuminating the
origins of his guest's racism, Crummey provided a platform for
hate radio,which doesn't equal "good radio."
Does competitiveness motivate the man on those
co-hosted shows to constantly interrupt the woman? One young
female actually asked her husband/co-DJ for permission to talk
- sans sarcasm. On KABC's "The Restaurant Show," co-host
Amy finally learned to speak up. She corrected her partner, Mario,
when he announced, "I will be back" with "We will
After the break, she admonished her him: "You're ignoring
me; I will not be ignored." While denying the charge, her
unprofessional co-host spoke over her. The listener has to wonder
if he behaves this way at home. (Does the company pay one or
two salaries for this show?)