In the 1960's radio compelled us to listen with entertaining content. What a concept!
Sometime during the 70's or 80's the cool people running the business, perhaps because they were having too much fun at the party, decided to give the industry's keys to the the geeks from the accounting department. (Any endeavour about to take the big slide into oblivion always winds up in the hands of the accountants.) Today's radio is the unlistenable product of humorless no talent drones who, typical of the true losers they are, couldn't get laid in a womens' prison with a fistful of pardons. Like small town undertakers applying rouge to a moldering corpse, they fill the air with brainless verbatim liners like, "Just ahead of another commercial free all music jam" and "the best variety all the time". You know...the stuff that worked so well in, (insert the name of any city where this clown last ruined a station).
But here's the good news.
There is GREAT content on the Internet. Yes, thanks largely to entertainment pioneers like Adam Carolla and his Ace Broadcasting, anybody can download terrific shows on ipods or other portable devices and find themselves a boatload of pure magic. You know...stuff that makes you laugh and sometimes learn. Compelling content.
Adam is a true virtuoso. He's funny and he gets it. There is no better curmudgeon. H.L. Mencken is alive and living in the Carolla garage. And, if you want story telling, there is This Week with Larry Miller. Not since the late Jean Shepherd has there been anyone as gifted with a yarn as Larry Miller. A longtime comedian and actor, Miller has a million stories and he isn't afraid to use them. His show is a humor pinata stuffed full of belly laughs and insight. A welcome audio air conditioning for our modern day miasma.
If you haven't already done so, don't waste another second. Get yourself to the Carolla website and start downloading some downright righteous shows.
Kickass radio is still around...It just moved to the internet.