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a crack in your ear through which sound surreptitiously slips, or an illicit substance which gives your ears immense pleasure while enslaving them to a crippling addiction

Saturday, December 02, 2006

more fair game

This comment was just posted to my blog:

Wow. Just heard my first episode of Fair Game on KUOW tonight. This has to be the worst new show on public radio that I've heard since...hmmmm, was Rush Limbaugh ever on public radio? Basically, Fair Game is identical to Rush except that it appeals with the same mindless enthusiasm to idiots on the left.

Colleges! Sign up now for a speakers debate between Rush and Faith: Idiotic spew from people who don't know any better for their dumb little choirs.



This was posted to the entry labeled "Fair Game". I deleted the comment, because it seems mean-spirited and it doesn't appear to be from anyone I know personally. But in retrospect maybe I just should have left it. Doesn't matter now, because I'm featuring it in this post.

This is an ongoing issue for us -- how to keep the show balanced, while also making it relevant, and funny in an intelligent way. Some epsiodes we achieve this better than others. But we've only just begun, and we're still learning. It's good to know that there are people who are hearing a bias, because this is clearly a problem and something we want to avoid in the future. I just wish some people were more polite about voicing their concerns, ya know? We work pretty hard.

What do the rest of you think?
(UPDATE: On second thought, I think we should leave that question rhetorical)

If you'd like to give it a listen, our fifth show ever was produced this week. You can hear it by clicking on this sentence.
(UPDATE: the show is sounding much better now than it did then. To hear the latest show, go to Itunes or morefairgame.org)

P.S. I just created a new myspace page, for my little pop song things I make. All the songs there can be heard here too, but on myspace you can see a cool picture of Super Grover as my profile pic. Check it out!


Blogger darien gap said...


1) Yes, my comment regarding Fair Game was sadly mean-spirited and not as constructive as it should/could have been. I apologize for not respecting your hard work.

2) Goodness knows we need people like you creating better programs for public radio. Thanks for all that you do.

3)I think you got my point: the show I heard was one-sided and not particularly funny or intelligent. I felt the piece on plastic surgery had been done a dozen times by Geraldo starting in 1987 and the chat with the Bryan's was a bit simplistic. Satire is ridiculously hard but I believe the hurdle was held fairly low for that segment (e.g. Mission Accomplished jokes are a bit old even if GWB picked at that scab again just a few weeks ago).

Keep up the good work. Looking at your bio it seems that I've enjoyed a lot of other stuff that you've wroked on.



11:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I (politely) agree with jim's post.

3:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tremendous respect and admiration for what you do, but... yeah. Although the music segments have sometimes been right up my alley and I'm squarely in the age demographic it's reaching for, Fair Game's become one of the few times of the day I have to switch WNYC off.

12:43 AM


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