I am listening to Steve Kraske's show on 89.3 KCUR. He's summoned Sonic Spectrum host Robert Moore and KC Star music critic Tim Finn to talk about the best new musical releases of the year. Both guys have come with songs to play and incredibly generic and less-than-insightful things to say about them. I like Robert a helluvalot, but Up to Date's forum is not kind to him.
Maybe I'm just jealous. I am totally willing to admit that as a possibility. Back when I had no life, I listened to KCUR all the time. Hell, I even gave the station money once. So I'm a little sore they never ask me, because I KNOW EVERYTHING. I'd probably freak out on air, though, and start making weird grunting sounds when I didn't know what to say or accidentally cuss. But if not me, they could at least get someone to bring some edge to the discussion. That episode was so boring it was like the three of them were getting their hair done, flipping through women's magazines while carrying on a nominal conversation.
The first song they played when I tuned in was "World Wide Suicide" by Pearl Jam. It was a Tim pick, and all I have to say is "way to go." You just got a public radio show to play a song that's on commercial radio eight million times a day.
Next, a guy calls in and asks Tim & Rob about the Raconteurs. He's just discovered the White Stripes http://www.whitestripes.com/ and has heard about the other band and wants, like, information and stuff you can't get just by Googling. "Yeah, I think that's just a great rock and roll record," says Robert. "Yeah, there's a lot of '70s stuff going on there," says Tim. Wow. Helpful. They go on to mention that it doesn't sound like the White Stripes and they tell the dude he'll probably like it, and then he thanked them and hung up, probably feeling stupid for asking. They could've mentioned Brendan Benson's being in the band, maybe? What about what city they're from (Detroit) and the scene there, or that they'll be playing in Denver in a couple weeks if you have vacation time to use. Also, Brendan's aunt and uncle live here. I met them at the White Stripes show at the Starlight. I mean, what you do when you get on radio is just fucking talk and be interesting. It's a talk show for Chrissakes. Kraske knows that and is good at it, but he's no record store junkie.
Then again, the people who listen to Kraske and Walt Bodine and actually call in seem anesthetized most of the time, so the only things callers wanted to talk about this hour were Bruce Springsteen and roots music. I bet by the time you're reading this, half of Kraske's listeners are already in bed. At least Tim picked a couple of local bands, even though one of them was the New Amsterdams. But you know, I do think KCUR listeners would like to hear some knowledgeable talk about the local scene from people who go out into it all the time and write stories about it and so forth. I guess I'll have to start my own podcast.
Meanwhile, thank God for Charles Ferruzza. His show, "Anything Goes," is on KKFI right after Kraske (which is at 11), and even though I don't know what the hell they're talking about right now because it's something to do with local history, Charles is witty and full of stories and opinions, plus he writes for the Pitch, plus he's got someone called the Garage Sale Queen as a guest -- and, best of all, people are talking.