June 23, 2004
Solid State Radio
With apologies to Tom Hanks, theres no screaming in baseball.
Memo to L.A.s latest serial screamer, Petros Papadakis: Screaming in major market sports talk radio is contraindicated.
More importantly, its a microphone, OK? Thomas Edison, remember? A device that amplifies sound. You dont scream into it, you dont spit onto it; for best results, speak like a normal person.
Ear plugs, noon to 2 p.m., The Ticket 1540 AM, also known as KMPC, which is sacrilege, but for another column.
Papadakis is a smart guy with something to say. Or was anyway.
His was a professional act as auditioned for what turned out to be Mychael Thompsons gig at the various XTRAs. Something happened on his way to the Forum, uh, Staples Center. Either overexposure to espresso or an ill-advised program director turned Petros Papadakis into a high-pitched, wailing mess of a broadcaster.
Bad idea man. Bad freaking idea.
And its not that this town isnt big enough for all the sports guys available, but if you put all the good elements from all the outlets together, you've got about one good station, plus half a taxi squad.
Lets review, shall we.
Rome is still the best, when hes there. His guest hosts all suck. Skip Bayless is off the charts bad. If Romell follow Keith Olbermanns lead (Keiths never at his show either) and replace himself with the likes of the beautiful and talented Alex Witt, well withdraw the criticism.
Joe is great and Doug doesnt cost you. Thompson is a serviceable Cannon. Hartman doesnt return my calls and is therefore mean, but does good work, except for that squeaky laugh. Not a scream exactly. He knows better. Sounds like a live lobster placed in boiling water.
Masons been everywhere and cant be trusted, and Ireland simply refuses to submit to voice training for the speech impediment. Acknowledging a problem is the first step in recovery, or so Ive heard.
Hacksaws best fifteen minutes generally is fifteen minutes, and its nice to have Rick Schwartz back on the air in SoCal.
JT the Bricks adiosing is the best thing since Gary Sheffields. One down, one to go.
Sporting News Radio, bad; ESPN Radio, good.
Being careful to avoid highly-caffeinated items, pour ingredients into microwave safe container, stir as Jason Reid would undoubtedly say, and in the words of Ricky Ricardo, you might just got something there.
Toss unused portion, or send it to a minor market, like San Diego.
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