Monday, January 20, 2014

Who the Hell is the new guy...Phoebus' brother?

Leave it to the powers that be at WZBH to maintain the status quo.  Yeah, there's some new guy on the morning show and our logical guess, as subdued as he is right now being new and all, is he is yet another White conservative male.  We won't go so far as to say "Christian" because, what little we heard today and a few days ago, he hasn't indicated a religious preference.  We're willing to bet, though, that his Christian views will come through.

Let us make it clear now.  All five of us are Christian.  However, all five of us reject far right, White conservative males who claim to be Christians because they have proven themselves, time and time again, to be nothing more than bigoted false prophets. 

This morning proved the tone that has been standard since Aug 19, 2010, that day of a particularly offensive show by Matt Walsh and Crank.  The topic, this morning, was McDonald's is the most hated company, and, of course, minimum wage came up.

After commercials, the topic continued, with the expected arguments of get-a-real-job-if-you-want-to earn-more-than-minimum-wage and the somewhat unexpected twist of managers earn near 40K per year so apply yourself and work to that position.  Yeah, 40K per year is something to aspire to considering the median income of the average worker is 56K per year.

Yup, typical conservative speak.  Let's say every minimum wage employee of McDonald's, and every minimum wage employee of every Burger King, Hardees, Taco Bell, KFC, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Chiles, TGIF, Golden Corral, Green Turtle, Subway, Starbucks Coffee, Wendy's, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, Applebees, Chik-Fil-A,  Dominoes, Arby's, Panera Bread,  Dairy Queen...and we could go on for pages more, but you get the idea.  There aren't enough "management" positions for most employees to move up to.

The question, then, becomes, while working at a minimum wage position at a national chain, should an employee expect somewhat near a living wage as he/she learns new job skills that he/she can take to another career?

Phrased this way, most people would answer yes.  But our morning hosts chose to phrase the question differently, namely if one is working minimum wage, aspire to do more instead of being a loser.

If only Crank, Sarah, and the new guy aspired to be more....  Better yet, why don't the powers that be at WZBH aspire to be more?  Less than a year ago, WZBH boasted about being a "local" station supporting our "local" businesses.  Crank isn't local.  Sarah isn't local.  We don't know about the new guy on the morning show yet.  The five drunks at WZBH haven't updated their site to tell us who the Hell he is nor is his name  mentioned during the morning show, or at least the new guy's name hasn't been mentioned during the times we listened. 

Point is when Crank went off about "standard orders" from McDonald's, we listened in disbelief.  Eat local, dude.  Any local burger joint will cook your burger as you order it.  If you're in a hurry, go to the national chains and take whatever the heck they give you.  Lord knows none of us want to be behind you in the drive through as you "special order" your burger.  Entitlement asshole.

All that said, what can we conclude? 

The morning show will be the same, drab crap it has been for the last three years.  Don't expect any alternative views, spirited debates, or fireworks.  As long as WZBH's powers that be have determined that Delmarva wants hear conservative, White Christian males, then that's what we get from the station. 

We don't object to their hiring decisions.  We do object to the stereotypes they decide to hire because they are afraid to hire twenty-first century thinkers, thinkers who could propel the station into an age of "must listen". 

All of us growing up on Delmarva has suffered the refrain of "you're thirty years behind everyone else."  Yeah, Delmarva is thirty years behind and WZBH ensure we will be fifty years behind everyone else.  C'mon, WZBH, hire people who will interject life and diversity in your programming.  Be bold and lead Delmarva into the 21st century.  The new century is thirteen years old, already.  When do you plan to catch up to today?  Fifty years from now?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Phoebus leaves radio and sparks fly on the fifth reincarnation of the WSE

What a surprise on Thursday morning's Worst Show Ever.  One of us tuned in and two noticeable changes brought a smile to his face. 

First, the wallflower, Sarah, aggressively challenged Crank's opinions and came into full bloom.  The subject they were discussing was whether or not college football players should be paid.  Our critic wasn't keeping score, but he claimed Sarah won.  All he could tell us was Sarah felt strongly that players should not be paid because they signed a contract and, besides, they're getting a $100K free education...that's pay enough.  She expressed herself the way our critic knew she could.  All he could remember from Crank's side was subtle deferment to Sarah's point of view. 

The second thing he noticed was the absence of Phoebus.  With the lump of clay gone, our critic knew why the wallflower had a chance to bloom.  Flowers wither in clay, but bloom profusely when there's a lot of crap around.  No wonder Sarah came into full bloom Thursday morning.

Doing a little research later that night, we discovered that Phoebus isn't on vacation.  He's left radio to join the coaching staff at World Gym Millsboro.  We wish him the best and advise him to refrain from using his ailing Sylvester the Cat impersonation.  He might get his ass kicked by those much bigger guys we see on the website photo.

Our interest piqued, we all tuned in this morning promptly at six.  Sarah was a little more mellow than how our critic described her performance the previous day, but, yes, finally we all can say that the wallflower is blooming!  Ok, the three guys are grinning ear-to-ear, but the two women only begrudgingly acknowledge that maybe, just maybe, Sarah will blossom into an entertaining morning host show.

Right now, Sarah is a flint spark trying to ignite wet kindling.  Sarah is about ten years younger than Crank and Crank is entering his middle-aged years.  Even though the two more or less agree philosophically (conservative Christian), the age difference alone should ignite sparks to set the show on fire.  At least us three guys are hoping Sarah is the woman we always pictured would be able to body slam Crank to the ground and shut him up.  Wouldn't it be a wonderful show if Sarah sat in the Captain's seat and every time Crank spoke, his thoughts were prefaced with "Permission to speak, ma'am"?

As for reviewing the content of the show, honestly, none of us paid much attention, nor did any of us listen to the whole show.  We all were more interested in the dynamics between Crank and Sarah than we were about what they had to say.  We've seen the spark and we may have to listen more.   From Crank and JJ to Crank, JJ, and Sarah to JJ and Sarah to Crank, Phoebus, and Sarah to Crank and Sarah, maybe WZBH has finally hit a winning formula for the morning show.