Like many of my fellow right-wing nutjobs, I spend a lot of time listening to KFYI radio while I am playing bumper tag on the Valley freeways.
For the most part, I enjoy their lineup of local talent, even though they have made some horrendous talent decisions in the past. Allowing Grant Woods to assume the microphone and pretend to be a loyal conservative was a huge mistake. The morning team of Heidi Foglesong and Bill Heywood was an unmitigated disaster. Charles Goyette always struck me as someone who did not have a center, who would always go with the controversy, and never with a philosophy. I miss the heck out of Bob Mohan and wish the station would bring him back.
But I really don’t want to talk about all those people; I want to focus on Bruce Jacobs instead. I don’t have any major philosophical issues with Bruce. He generally takes the same positions on major issues that I do, and he brings a great deal of enthusiasm to his beliefs.
Yet, I’ve begun turning him off in the mornings.
Here are some of the reasons:
1. I don’t believe that he does sufficient show preparation, as evidenced by some of the material that he tries to read on the air. Too often, while he is stumbling through a paragraph or three, I have a feeling that he never really sat down and carefully read what he is trying to read aloud. I think he has looked at it, perhaps he has sped through it, but he has not carefully read it aloud prior to attempting to read it on the air.
2. I don’t like being yelled at, and recently the first two hours of his program seem consist of one giant rant, when he is yelling about this or that. Valley traffic is stressful enough without having to hear him scream over the radio.
3. Too many pejoratives. Sure, a funny nickname is cute now and again, but Bruce has a pejorative-based name for everyone, and many are downright offensive. This is the kind of garbage I expect from move on dot org [sorry, no free link for those folks] but not from KFYI.
4. Too much sports talk. I love sports, but sports have a place. I don’t turn to XTRA sports 910 for insightful political commentary and I don’t want to hear one hour of Bruce talking sports when I am looking for insightful political commentary.
5. Too much of the lowest common denominator. Bruce seems to revel in going into the gutter with callers such as Mary. It is simply bad radio. It is beneath him. I belive that Bruce is better than that.
So Bruce, you are a right thinking guy, I think you can be perfect for the timeslot you are in, and I have no desire that they replace you. Just stop yelling at me, do some more show prep, knock off the pejoratives and gutter talk, and limit yourself to no more than 10 minutes of sports talk per hour, and we’ll get along just fine.