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BY SHIREEN ALAFI


PICKS



   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 you?)
   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.


PANS



   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 be back."
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?)




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