On the upcoming “Saturday Six Pack with Mark Maynard”….

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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Click here for this week’s Facebook event page, where you can see who else in the community will be listening. (As of right now, we have 34 confirmed listeners, so we still have a few milliwatts to spare. Reserve yours now.)

And remember to call me between 6:00 and 8:00 on Saturday evening at 734.217.8624.

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10 Comments

  1. Greg Ginn
    Posted January 29, 2015 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    $35 and a six pack to my name six pack!
    Spent the rest on beer so who’s to blame six pack!
    They say I’m fucked up all the time six pack!
    But I know they’re a waste of time six pack!
    I know it’ll be o.k.
    When I get a six pack in me, that’s right
    My girlfriend asked me which one I like better six pack!
    I hope the answer don’t upset her six pack!
    I was born with a bottle in my mouth six pack!

    Now I’ve got six so I’ll never run out six pack!
    I know it’ll be o.k.
    When I get a six pack in me,
    That’s right $35 and a six pack to my name six pack!
    Spent the rest on beer so who’s to blame six pack!
    They say I’m fucked up all the time six pack!
    But I know they’re a waste of time six pack!
    Six pack! six pack! six pack!

  2. 313
    Posted January 29, 2015 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Would you consider having live bands in the studio? If so, I have some suggestions.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted January 29, 2015 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Be sure to ask Katrease if it’s a coincidence that she quit the Ann Arbor News shortly after she was made to cover your sausage eating competition.

    http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/03/sausage_lovers_to_take_on_20-f.html

  4. If
    Posted January 29, 2015 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    You should have picked Sunday at 6:00 so you could have gone up against Matthew Altruda’s Tree Town Sound on 107.1.

  5. Anonymous Mike
    Posted January 29, 2015 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Have you heard of the Chris Gethard Show?

    From New York Magazine (http://nymag.com/arts/tv/features/chris-gethard-2012-4/):

    It’s 10:15 on a Wednesday night, less than an hour before TV’s The Chris Gethard Show is to go live, and our host is hunched over the trunk of his Ford Fiesta, looking for props. “My house is filled with this kind of junk,” says Gethard, sifting through wayward clutter that includes a vuvuzela and a fog machine. “It looks like an anime nightmare’s about to unfold there at any minute.”

    Gethard grabs some boxes and heads to the West 59th Street entrance of the Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the public-access hub where, for nearly a year, he’s been filming his shambolically ambitious, oddly uplifting TV party. Each week, the lean, bespectacled Gethard—a 31-year-old improviser and writer—engages in awkward viewer calls, stages high-concept (and occasionally disastrous) group-comedy bits, and subjects himself to all sorts of abuse: He once hired a kickboxer to pummel him whenever he couldn’t answer basic questions about his friends, and spent an entire episode being painfully humiliated by a dominatrix.

    But The Chris Gethard Show is also a sort of free-form bullshit session for the well-behaved goofs who fill the studio and flood the phone lines with proud-loser confessionals. These are teens and twentysomethings who aren’t the typical outsider archetypes, being neither nerdy-chic cool nor Zuckerberg-ishly remote. These are Gethard’s people—kids who, as he says, “feel like they had a little bit of a raw deal growing up.”

    Gethard can relate, having come up scrawny and shy in the New Jersey suburbs with a last name that, on paper, was an unimaginative bully’s dream come true (it’s actually pronounced Geth-herd). In a recent memoir, A Bad Idea I’m About to Do, he recalls the depression and low self-esteem that followed him into early adulthood. “In improv, you have your high-status characters—the boss, the military officer, the cop,” he says over lunch one day. “I was always much better at the lower-status character—your zhlubs, your losers—because I’m more of a low-status guy in real life.”

  6. josh
    Posted January 30, 2015 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    Just what is the range of 1700am? Always wondered, never thought to figure it out. Do I have to be at the Vu to listen live?

  7. Steve Swan
    Posted January 30, 2015 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Do the girls at the Vu actually strip to your voice instead of music while you’re on the air?

  8. KKT
    Posted January 30, 2015 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Ask them how they stayed awake during City Council meetings.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted January 30, 2015 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Interview this guy.

    http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/01/ypsilanti_man_says_religious_b.html

  10. Posted January 31, 2015 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    This might be an interesting time.

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