January 16th, 2005


Time Passages

We hadn't been out to sing karaoke for a while, and a couple asked us out to sing karaoke. So, we went.

Alas, they didn't realize the movie they were seeing was as long as it turned out to be, so they didn't get there for a while after we arrived, but they did make it.

I scanned through the relatively recently printed books, and was pleased to see that Billy Joe's had expanded its repertoire... so instead of the Pink Floyd I usually do, I went for something that only hard core Floyd fans would remember: "See Emily Play." During the bridge, I said "For 10 points extra credit, what album is this from?" The KJ remembered the album jacket, but couldn't quite dredge up the title, and another singer knew it.

Upon reflection, I fear I've reminded myself of my progress into fogeydom. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn came out in early 1967; in a couple of years, it will have been forty years ago. Admittedly I was only eleven at the time, but that Pink Floyd song is about as old now as some of Rudy Vallee's hits were then.

That's scary.
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    "See Emily Play," Pink Floyd

Too much of a bad thing

A local FM station changed format from generic 80s rock to all talk and sports. One of the things that they carried over from their former incarnation is the Bob and Tom Show.

The Bob and Tom Show is a morning drive radio show based in Indianapolis. They have very good guests; lots of comics and humorists, and the occasional musician, and people who are in the midst of their fifteen minutes (e.g. Rupert Boneham). They're respectable interviewers. The show suffers from one massive defect: Bob and Tom have delusions of comedy.

To get to the good stuff, one has to listen through their self-produced dreck, which is on a level that the rest of us worked through somewhere around seventh grade. The puerile, sniggering fart and sex jokes are heavily overlaid, you should pardon the expression, with an irritating self-generated laugh track. Basically, these folks need to be bolted into chairs, with a tape loop running at about 250 dB playing Hamlet's advice to the players, or maybe just this portion thereof:

"And let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them, for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too, though in the mean time some necessary question of the play be then to be considered. That's villainous and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it."

for a few decades or so.

Bob and Tom have stopped broadcasting some of their material in the post-wardrobe malfunction era, and they spend part of their on-air time kvetching about it. I'm a libertarian, and as big a supporter of free speech as anyone... but I think they could have taken advantage of the opportunity to try actually being funny.

The station, KBGG (though they never use their call letters in their ads, and you're a good listener if you can catch the call letters in the mandated hourly announcement), has recently changed its schedule, vastly for the worse. A major component of this deterioration is the decision to devote one fourth of every single day to the Bob and Tom Show. 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., every [expletive] day. Now, to the best of my knowledge, the show actually runs only four hours a day on weekdays... so that means that two hours a day on weekdays, and six hours a day on weekends, they're broadcasting reruns. I find it hard to believe that people are clamoring to hear flatulence jokes repeatedly.

This skewing of their schedule has wrecked the rest of their broadcast day, causing the rest of the syndicated daytime talk shows that they run to no longer be live... though in the case of Sean Hannity, they may have planned it that way, padding 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. with the wretched homegrown "Mac and Mr. Fisher" show so that they could then catch the WHO listeners tuning out after Rush Limbaugh goes off there.

The main unfortunate consequence is that Kim Komando has been cut back to two hours on Sunday.

Kim Komando is about the only computer-oriented mass media show available here, now that G4 has ruined TechTV (and for a post-Valentine's Day present will be finally owning up to what they were doing by returning to its original name). The show is worthless unless you run Windows, but she's not a total MS whore; she recommends Firefox and has pointed people at Audacity. The show actually occurs from 9:00 a.m. to noon Central Time on Saturdays, and while KBGG's official air time was 9:00 a.m. to noon on Sundays, you could often hear it between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays anyway. No more.

Ah, well. Just more evidence that commercial radio is dead.

UPDATE: Checking with the Kim Komando web site shows the time listed for the show on KBGG as 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., so perhaps they do still have the third hour.
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