So far, my tenure on AM 1700 has gone well… To my knowledge, there have been no charges of slander. There have been no complaints filed with the FCC. No one has attempted to fire-bomb the studio in protest. No one has suggested a boycott of our advertisers. Not a single guest has passed out drunk in our child-sized-coffin-of-a-bathroom. No one has peed on the carpet. Not even a little bit. For all of my worry that epic scandal would bring the “Saturday Six Pack” down like all of the AM 1700 programs that preceded it, things have gone surprisingly well. Sure, we’ve had some crazy callers and some uninvited studio guests, but, through it all, we’ve managed to skirt disaster and keep things moving in a positive direction.
Somehow, in spite of ourselves, we’ve been able to maintain the perfect balance, holding the attention of everyone, from Ypsi-Arbor’s so-called “professional” class, to the folks on the weirdo fringe, our frontline warriors in the fight against homogenization and conformity. It may sound like a simple thing to accomplish, but, having failed at it repeatedly in past endeavors, I can tell you with some authority that it isn’t. It’s really hard to strike the right balance, and, so far, we’ve been able to do it. We’ve been able to glide somewhat effortlessly from the relatively heavy to the super light without, to my knowledge, putting anyone off. One minute, we’re discussing the historic plight of young, mistreated “factory girls” in Ypsilanti’s mills, and the next we’re having a completely unplanned conversation about ceramic cock photography with a man who claims to visit people in their dreams, and it somehow all makes sense within the context of the show as we’ve created it. I still can’t figure out why it is, but everything seems to work. Maybe it’s just the beer that makes it seem that way, but I think it goes deeper.
I know it’s a tiny thing. I know that there are probably only a few dozen people listening to the show live, as it actually unfolds in the moment. I really do get the sense, however, that, while we’re on the air, people are connecting across lines that typically divide us from one another. And I think that’s kind of beautiful. If you don’t believe me, just listen to the first and second shows. I think, if you do, you’ll get a sense of what I’m talking about… It’s kind of magical.
While we’ve got a lot planned for this Saturday’s show, which you can stream live on the AM1700 website or listen by way of TuneIn.com, there are two guests specifically that I’d like to tell you about right now, so that you can start thinking about questions for them. Katrease Stafford and Krystal Elliott, who, until somewhat recently, covered Ypsilanti for the Ann Arbor News and Ypsilanti Courier respectively, will be in the studio at 6:00 to discuss the current state of the local press, some of the more interesting Ypsi stories that they covered during their tenures, and all of the stuff they wanted to, but weren’t allowed to, put into print. So please plan on calling in if you’d like to contribute to our conversation, which I expect will be pretty freewheeling and fun… And, after that, if the last few weeks have been any indication, things are likely to get a little weirder. But that’s all I’m authorized to say at the moment.
Here’s the ad that the station owners had made for the upcoming episode. I guess they think there may be potential to either secure a boot company as a sponsor, or grow our audience among the country and western lovers who live in the Township. As of yet, there’s been no word from them as to whether or not I have do anything special during the show, other than wear the cowboy hat, but I’m half expecting to find a memo taped to the microphone instructing me to greet people with an enthusiastic, “Howdy, Pardner,” when they call in. So, if you do call, don’t be surprised if you hear a twang in my voice. For what it’s worth, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. I’m just happy that station management hasn’t asked me to dress sexy yet. For that, I’m truly thankful.
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And remember to call me between 6:00 and 8:00 on Saturday evening at 734.217.8624.