|Call screening? Really?
||[Apr. 22nd, 2016|03:33 am]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
I listen to talk radio for a while now and then, usually until they "open up the phone lines." Supposedly they have someone screening the callers before they actually go on the air. Well, they don't do a very good job---or they just don't have a very large pool of callers to choose from. Half the time you get people who can't talk. The dead spaces between their words are just hard to take. I start to nod off, then I start to do something else and then I forget all about the radio show and wonder an hour later what the radio is doing on.
The only time unscreened calls were a hoot was when Jim Villanucci was on here in Albuquerque. One March 16th, he explained that a lot of the people who call an afternoon, Republican-leaning, talk show are drunk on their butts and that one of the call screener's main duties are to weed out the drunks. He estimated that fully half of the callers are drunk when they call. Well, for St. Patrick's Day, the following day, they were going to let anybody on, no matter how drunk they were. They would, of course, have the seven second delay in the loop and any profanity would get the caller dumped and hung up on. It was a hoot the first time and I think he did it one or two more times on St. Patrick's Day in following years.
Before KKOB was taken over by Cumulus Corporate Broadcasting, I used to listen to Larry Arrens in the morning, Villanucci if I thought to turn the radio on in the afternoon and Coast to Coast AM when I went to bed. After Cumulus took over, the programming style became very sterile. I don't think they appreciated Villanucci telling the listenership (and the advertisers) that half the people who called the show were drunk and he left shortly thereafter. They replaced Arrens with some brainless 'bot I couldn't listen to and let Coast to Coast AM go and get picked up by another station. I haven't listened to KKOB since.
I just spent five minutes listening to some caller on the Alan Combs Show who probably wasn't drunk but probably was never educated, either, trip all over himself trying to tell us how opportunity is absolutely equal in this country, and there's no reason for anyone to be poor except for the love of poverty itself.
I'd rather listen to drunk people on St. Patrick's Day.