Getting to the bottom of the EMU “redface” incident, talking Detroit rock with photographer Doug Coombe, and the music of J.T. Garlfield… on this weekend’s edition of the Saturday Six Pack

For some inexplicable reason, Brian Robb, the station manager at AM 1700, has been telling people that I plan to just lock the studio doors, unplug the phones, and play with my new puppy for the duration of this Saturday’s show, oblivious to my responsibilities as a host. He took to Facebook this morning warning people that, if they were to tune in, they’d likely just hear me “scratching (my) dog’s ears” and saying things like, “Who’s a good boy? Who’s a good boy? You are. You’re a good boy.” Well, as much as I love the idea, my new dog, Ollie, will not be in the studio with me this weekend, as she’s yet to have all of her shots. [And, no, I do not believe vaccinations cause canine autism.] While Ollie won’t be in the studio, however, I do suspect her name will come up. Or, more to the point, I think I’ll be asking Mr. Robb how it is that he came to know that we’ve got a new puppy living in our house, as I don’t think I mentioned her during last week’s show. So, if you’d like to hear me accuse Mr. Robb of spying on my family, be sure to tune in this Saturday at 6:00 PM. [To see Ollie for yourself, just scroll down to the bottom of this post.]

And, for what it’s worth, I won’t be alone in the studio this Saturday. No, we’ve got a full slate of guests lined up. We’ll be talking with Nathan Phillips, the local man who was just recently in the news after having confronted a group of drunken EMU students in “redface” about their racism, only to be told to “go back to the fucking reservation”. We’ll find out from Nathan, who is Native American, what happened, what kind of response he’s gotten from the community at large in the wake of the media coverage, and what he plans to do next. And, after we talk with Nathan, we’ll be joined by Amber Morseau and Michelle Lietz of EMU’s Native American Student Organization (NASO), who will tell us both about their own personal experiences on the EMU campus, and the conversations they’ve had with University leaders since the off-campus altercation noted above.

And, as if that weren’t enough, we’ll also be joined by legendary Detroit rock photographer Doug Coombe, Ypsilanti historian Matt Siegfried, and musician J.T. Garlfield.

And you can be damn sure that I’ll be scratching all of their ears.

So, if you’re just sitting around your apartment this Saturday night with nothing to do, tune in. Or, better yet, call in and join the conversation. It should be interesting.


[note: I do this show in large part because I don’t get to draw on people’s butts in my real, everyday life. Speaking of which, if you’d like to have your girdle signed, there will be a line forming outside the studio this Saturday night at 8:00 PM. I can’t promise I’ll be able to sign everyone’s ass, but I’ll keep at it until my hand cramps up.]


If you’d like to tell your friends about the show, feel free to share the Facebook event listing. As of right now, it looks as though only a few dozen people are planning to listen, so, if you don’t like crowds, this may be a good one to tune in to.

Unless you live really close by, I’d recommend streaming the show online, which you can do either on the AM1700 website or by way of

And for those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the show, and need to get caught up, you can listen to the entire archive on iTunes.

One last thing. We love phone calls. So please scratch this number into the cinder block wall of the recreation room of whichever facility you’ve been assigned to… 734.217.8624… and call us between 6:00 and 8:00 this Saturday evening.

Oh, and if you don’t live close enough to the AM 1700 studio to pick us up on the radio, and you don’t have access to a computer, I’m told that, again this week, the folks at 826michigan will be hosting a listening party at their downtown Ann Arbor Robot Supply Store. So, if you can’t hear it any other way, or you’re just curious as to what Annarbourites look like when they listen to the radio together, head over to Liberty Street and pound on the door until they let you in.

And, lastly, this is our new dog, Ollie, sleeping alongside our old dog, Freeda. Ollie is a rescue from Detroit who we acquired through the awesome folks at Last Day Dog Rescue. She’s the first puppy we’ve ever had, and she’s a handful, but we already love her to death. And, thankfully, so does Freeda… Oh, and for what it’s worth, I will be bringing the dogs into the station someday soon for an all-canine edition of the show… Stay tuned for details.


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  1. Posted May 1, 2015 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    Everyone will be enjoying an interesting time.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted May 1, 2015 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    I will donate five dollars to Last Day Dog Rescue if you rub Doug Coombe’s ears and ask him if he knows he’s a good boy.

  3. M.
    Posted May 1, 2015 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Councilman Robb as Big Brother

  4. Kit
    Posted May 1, 2015 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    The rumor is that the men who yelled at Mr. Phillips and threw a beer can at him were members of the EMU swim team.

  5. Dan
    Posted May 1, 2015 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    so, for the record, will this blog now be 90% ads for your AM radio show?

  6. Posted May 2, 2015 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    The blog is now in audio form. I think that is a good thing.

  7. createharmony
    Posted May 2, 2015 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    blah blah blah bada boom bada bing….

  8. Posted May 4, 2015 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    I listened to the radio show. It was an interesting time. Doug Coombe is one of my favorite people.

  9. Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Create Harmony, are you suggesting that this incident involving Nathan never took place, or is your reference to “the boy who cried wolf” in response to something else that took place during this episode?

    And, yes, Dan, this site is now just one big ad for AM radio, so you can delete the bookmark for this page. Farewell. And thank you for your years of service.

    And, yes, Pete, there is much to like about Doug.

  10. stupid hick
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Mark what is the origin of the ass graffiti photo? Also consider publishing transcripts of your radio show to make them more accessible.

  11. Anonymous
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    I want to say the man in the image was Dali, as he was known to do such things.

  12. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I suspect Dan and I are in similar in that we appreciate the blog very much but have seen a serious decline in the content of posts

  13. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Oops, I posted the last comment too soon accidentally…I have noticed a serious decline in the quality of the posts and comments on your blog. It is your blog and I admire all of your hard work here over the years, and choosing other avenues of expression is of course your choice…I just noticed the decline seems to have coincided with the radio show. I didn’t find the “six pack” shows very interesting, but that is just my opinion…Who cares….But I, for selfish reasons, wouldn’t want the radio show to diminish the quality of the content on the blog. Maybe Dan was thinking the same thing? Anyways, I also appreciate Dan’s contributions to your blog so I wouldn’t want him to feel dismissed so easily, either.

  14. BrianR
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    The inspiration for the photo came from a spread in the January 1950 Life Magazine entitled “Ball Point Bathing Suits” wherein popular strip cartoonists were invited to draw on models in white swimsuits.

    This poster was one of the more difficult ones to recreate as it was shot at the Regal Beagle where the light is rather poor.

  15. Posted May 4, 2015 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    I found that “Life” spread online; it’s rather creepy, although it’s interesting to see the old cartoonists. I believe Mark’s face has been pasted over that of Otto Soglow, creator of “The Little King.” Elvis, Otto… who will he behead next?

    I’ve only listened to bits of the radio show, but it seems to complement the blog nicely. Onward, Mark!

  16. Posted May 4, 2015 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    If I had been writing blog posts daily for a decade, I’d be up for a change, too

    The radio show is great. Anyone who doesn’t think so isn’t listening.

  17. Posted May 4, 2015 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never even met Doug and I love him! Also, regarding the Anonymous comment above:

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