The cold that I’d spent the better part of the week trying to stay ahead of finally caught up with me this weekend. And, by the time I was making my way into the AM 1700 studio, I was a coughing, sneezing, dripping mess. But, I somehow made it through the show… It had occurred to me earlier in the morning that I could reach out to sone of the other Mark Maynards out there, and see if one of them might want to host the show in my place, but then it also occurred to me that he might do a better job of it than me… so I started franticly juicing vegetables, mainlining cough syrup, and cooking chicken noodle soup. And it apparently worked. I was able to buy myself a two hour reprieve from my symptoms before limping home and collapsing into a pile of goo.
If you haven’t listened to the show yet, it’s pretty awesome. If you want, you can now listen through iTunes, where, if you like, you can even subscribe, so that every week a new issue will be pushed your way. (And, yes, I know I only signed up for four episodes, but I think, given the response, that I’m going to keep it going a little longer.) And, if you don’t want to listen through iTunes, here’s the episode on Sound Cloud. (Oh, if you do go to iTunes, be sure to rate the show and leave a comment. I’d appreciate that.)
I was going to go into a lot of detail as to what was covered, but, as I’m still deathly ill, I’ll just ask you to listen. I should mention, however, that, as in weeks past, the first hour or so is pretty weighty, and things take a much less serious turn during the second half of the show. Here, for those of you who don’t have the time to listen to the whole thing, are the bullet points. [All photos by AM 1700 staff photographer Kate de Fuccio.]
• The show begins with an intro made by my friend and bandmate Dave Miller in Portland. It features drunken audio of me rambling in a studio somewhere, toward the tail end of one of our annual Monkey Power Trio recording sessions. It hadn’t occurred to me, when I asked for Dave to make an intro for the show, that he had access to this long forgotten material that I never thought would see the light of day.
• Our first guests are Katrease Stafford, formerly of the Ann Arbor News, and Krystal Elliot, formerly of the Ypsilanti Courier… both who, until somewhat recently, covered Ypsilanti for their respective publications. They were awesome. They stayed with me until the 52-minute mark, talking about the current state of local media, and how difficult it can be to do good watchdog journalism in an environment increasingly driven by Facebook shares and click counts. It’s an awesome conversation, and I’d encourage you to listen to it if you have a chance. We cover all of their favorite Ypsi stories, from the Ypsi Pooper to raccoon infested houses. One of them also says that, quite often, she felt better informed on the issues before City Council than some of our elected officials, but you’ll have to listen to find out which one it was… Here are Katrease (top) and Krystal (bottom).
• At the 52-minutes mark, we played a song written that very morning by Peter Larson, our only listener in Kenya. He must have recorded it outside somewhere, as you can year Kenyan birds chirping in the background. It’s quite beautiful.
• At the 57-minute mark, we play the intro again and call David Miller to discuss what he was thinking when he made it. Dave was standing on Oregon coast, with his feet in the Pacific, as he was talking with us.
• At 1:04, Linette’ cousin Andy from downriver calls in to play a song that he’d written for the show. He mysteriously disappears at the end of the call.
• At 1:07, Alan and Marty talk comedy with me. Alan gave us the perspective of someone relatively new to the business, while Marty entertained us with stories of having grown up in Brooklyn among the likes of Henny Youngman and Buddy Hacket, honing his one-liners in the Catskills. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I think the segment worked really well, and I look forward to seeing who Brigid brings with her next time. Here are Alan (top) and Marty (bottom) explaining to us why they’re funny… Oh, and Marty mentioned in passing that he’d been right next door, at the Martha Washington Theater, in it’s previous incarnation, when he and his wife had gone there to see Deep Throat in the ’70s.
• At 1:20 Cre Fuller comes in and asks people to bring in their left-overs for a new segment he calls the Hungry Collector. Two people show up with food for him. Joe Bertoletti brought in potato leak soup with homemade Tasso ham. And Dan Carroll brought in vegan chili. (Dan had a new haircut.)
• At 1:27 Kristin Schraeder calls from outside a party that I’d been invited to, but couldn’t attend as I had to be on the show. She described the scene inside.
• At 1:29 Cre purchases the Tasso ham soup for $5 cash. Here they are executing the deal, followed by a photo of Cre enjoying the soup. (If you’re eating out in Ypsi next Saturday, drop by the studio with your leftovers for Cre.)
• At 1:35 Chris Sandon called in to ask for more Collin Morehouse. Collin, as you may recall, is the guy who dropped by the studio last week after first calling in to say that he visited me in my dreams. Chris also offered to come in next week and bid against Cre for leftovers.
• At 1:37 we play Helen Reddy’s Angie Baby while I use the bathroom.
• At 1:41 Patrick Elkins comes in to play steel drum as Cre tells us about his recent vacation in Jamaica.
• At 1:45 the world famous Doug Coombe drops by. We talk marriage, and proper pronunciation of his name, which we were told is Welsh.
• And then things just continue to devolve as those of us who remain in the studio kick around ideas for future shows and the like. Things culminate with Patrick Elkins going next door, to the local strip club, looking at their window display, and coming back to us with a weather report based on what he’d seen. It was lovely.