Horror, girl gangs, mopeds and radio drama …on this week’s edition of The Saturday Six Pack


Interestingly, the staff designer at AM 1700, had the idea for me to pose with Charlton Heston on a scooter without knowing that, on this Saturday’s episode, I’d be talking with Autumn Rae, a founding member of the Femme Pedals, an all girl moped gang representing southeast Michigan. My plan was to talk with Autumn about the upcoming I Built It Myself moped rally, but, now, judging from the mail I’ve been receiving since the poster went public along with news that we’d be discussing mopeds on the show, I suspect we’ll be spending most of our time talking about the differences between mopeds and scooters. It would appear, you see, that we’ve unintentionally broken some kind of unwritten law of the Ypsilanti NoNos (No shit taken, No fucks given) by promoting a show in which mopeds will be discussed with a photo of a scooter. [The NoNos are an Ypsilanti-based group of vintage moped enthusiasts.] If this had happened a few weeks ago, I might have just laughed it off, but, given the violence we saw erupt recently in the parking lot of a Jo-Ann Fabrics between rival biker gangs over a perceived slight, I’m not willing to take any chances… Hence the following formal statement drafted by the attorneys of AM 1700.

“We know the difference between mopeds and scooters. Mopeds are for for the strong. Scooters are for the weak. We know that. And we meant no offense to the NoNos, who we both respect and fear greatly. The poster in question, we can assure you, was designed well before a decision was made to book Ms. Rae as a guest, and the intern who designed it has not only been let go, but told never again to step foot in Ypsilanti. If your code of ethics demands that you attack someone for the slight, though, we can tell you where she’s hiding. The important thing, as always, is that you not come after station management, or smash our windows, which would be expensive to replace.”

And we won’t just be talking about mopeds on this episode… We’ll also be joined by Josh Malerman, the author of the horror novel Bird Box, and member of the band The High Strung… the only group to my knowledge to have played Guantanamo Bay. Josh will be reading from Bird Box, along with his partner Allison Laakko, both of whom, I’m told, will be dressed as clowns for some reason.

And, as is often the case, we’ll be joined by our friend Jim Cherewick, who will be leading the Saturday Six Pack Orchestra, and local historian Matt Siegfried, who will be telling us about about Ypsilanti in 1840.

If you’d like to tell your friends and neighbors about the program, feel free to share the Facebook event listing. Or, better yet, print out a few copies of the inflammatory poster above, and nail them to the front doors of all the houses on your block.


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 TuneIn.com.

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’re doing time in… 734.217.8624… and call us between 6:00 and 8:00 this Saturday evening.

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  1. Posted May 28, 2015 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    For those of you dwelling in an alternate reality, here’s how Mr. R, the owner of AM 1700 describes this coming weekend’s show.

    Known for his quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality, Mark Maynard has attracted millions of viewers and listeners throughout the United States with The Saturday Six Pack. His radio show is heard on over 400 stations and is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. It is the third highest-rated national radio talk show among male adults ages 25 to 54. This week Mark tries to answer the question, “Is capitalism helping end global poverty?”

  2. Eel
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Clowns reading horror?

  3. 734
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    The High Strung didn’t just make Vanity Fair. They also make This American Life. The segment was called Dewey Decibel System.

    “Alex Blumberg tells the story of an audacious act of rebranding done by a group of people who aren’t normally thought of as very audacious: public librarians. In Michigan, they’ve started staging rock concerts in libraries. The band that’s been thrown into the experiment— The High Strung—couldn’t be more perfect for the job.”


  4. Shane Davis
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    That’s a good lineup! Bird Box and bikers.

  5. Andrew Claydon
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Not only does the scooter need to be replaced with a moped, Charlton Heston needs to be replaced with a raccoon!

  6. AM1700
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    In the greatest movie ever made about two-wheeled gang culture (Quadrophenia), two rival gangs (the Mods and the Rockers) rode Vespas.

    All you have to do is ask yourself the question, “Would Paul Weller ever ride a moped?”

    If the Modfather doesn’t need pedals, then neither do you.

  7. XXX
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Russ Meyer’s Motor Psycho:


  8. XXX
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    “Bike riding hoodlums flat-out on their murder cycles”


  9. Doree
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Clowns Reading Horror should be a thing

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