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55+ radio listeners will know what this is.

I noticed this old thread from radiodiscussions.com, it’s a discussion about the radio market today.  Maybe I posted this previously, but here it is again:

http://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?690210-Imus-Unloads-on-the-Dickey-Brothers

Imus says what we’ve all been saying since December 2011.

“They [the Dickey brothers] “went around the country and ruined radio stations” …

“Now [WABC] is being programmed by the sales department. It’s a disgrace…

I’ve never listened to an Imus show, but, as someone noted in the comments, it’s too bad he spoke up only after the Dickeys left the building.  Not blaming him, but if more people had boycotted the Dickey’s business maybe it could have prevented the destruction of radio as-we-knew-it.  It’s still puzzles me why former KGO listeners would listen to one second of that station, knowing what they know now.  It’s a Cumulus station and banned from my airwaves.  Currently, the Cumulus stock can’t go much lower.  The last time I checked the stock was at $0.27, but it looks like it’s climbed a bit since then.

This says it all:

The current last sale of $0.48 is 166.67% Higher than the 52 week low.

You can watch the drop of the Cumulus stock price here:

http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/cmls

I’m always open to other listening options.  That’s how I found Joe Pags.

If you have not yet heard The Joe Pags Show, you are missing some good talk and general messing around.  When Pags was on vacation recently, a fill-in host said, “I’d better take some calls because Joe left instructions that calls take priority.”  That about sums it up for The Joe Pags Show.  I love it!  Thank you, Joe Pags, for bringing the talk back.

I have to say the same for Mark Simone.  I haven’t forgotten him and those wonderful New York callers.  Many say radio is in decline because of the 55+ audience but some of those 55+ are the most interesting and funny callers.  Mark Simone brings it out of them by teasing and asking unexpected questions, or he pods down the volume and makes comments over them as they speak.  It’s fun to hear.

The same thing happens with Joe Pags.  He brings so much energy and discussion to his show.  It’s obvious that he’s having fun doing it.  He’s based out of San Antonio but is carried on many stations across the country and his show is catching on.  Every week he’s adding more stations.

It seems all of the popular shows on the radio include callers.  That whole talk and no listener interaction format is not working.  Yes, Gil Gross, I’m talking to you.  Boring is boring, no matter how many hours one host talks to himself and it doesn’t get interesting no matter how many Politico correspondents are on the phone as guests.  Yawn.  Yawn.  YAWN!

So, what do you get with Joe Pags Show?  This guy has a silly format that is seriously working.  Every work day has a theme and song to go with it.  Pags sings along.  He also creates his own parody songs.  Some make you cringe, others make you laugh.  You never know what you’re going to get.  I admit to cringing during the Rubio song when I first heard it, but later this week I had to laugh out loud.  Okay, Pags, you got me.  It was hysterical.  Not the song itself, but the way you used it on the caller who said you ruined Kung Fu Fighting for him forever.

Anyone want to hear it?  Listen to this clip, around 1:16:30 (it’s near the end of the podcast).  You’ll also be able to hear the caller who was Rickrolled before the Kung Fu guy.

Joe Pags Show – Wednesday 3/23/16

https://player.fm/series/joe-pags-show/joe-pags-show-3-23-16

The shows on player.fm can be played without Flash.  These are archived shows so it takes a day or two to find the most recent show in the playlist.  If you want to hear the complete Rubio song it’s on the Friday podcast dated 3/25/16 and it plays around 1:05:00 (near the end of the podcast):

Joe Pags Show – Friday 3/25/16

https://player.fm/series/joe-pags-show/joe-pags-show-3-25-16

He also plays songs on the show that a musician friend of his creates, usually about the people who work on the show and all of their idiosyncrasies.  You can hear one of the songs around 42:00 on the Friday podcast.  Vote for Joe Pags.  ha ha!

The show has a consistent theme for every work day:

  • Motown Monday (oh. my. gawd, when he tries to sing along with Motown it will make your cat cry because that’s what it sounds like)
  • Taco Tuesday
  • Hump Day
  • Feeling Alright, bring it like it’s been brought’n
  • Thank God It’s Friday/Free Speech Friday

There is a song for each theme and Pags sings or hums along.  His singing is so effective his listeners want to get into the act and post online selfie clips singing with Joe who is singing his show songs.  His listeners feel they are a big part of his show and they engage with him in social media.

Pags posts his own Facebook and Twitter, he never has anyone else do it for him.  He is the one who responds.  I like that.  I can’t see his Facebook page now with that blocking feature.

I’m not a Facebook user but sometimes I’ll view a Facebook page to see what’s going on with someone or something.  Looks like Facebook doesn’t want someone like me roaming around public pages.  There is a blocking feature now that moves further up the page as you scroll down.  It obscures the page under a white transparency.  I don’t know how long that has been in place.  It’s been awhile since I looked at a Facebook page.  Oh well, doesn’t affect my life.  I just know to stay away from Facebook now and not even try to view it.  Nothing against Facebook users, I just can’t view it now as a non-user.

Here are some Pags sites that you can view:

Just so you know, he is a conservative talk-show host who supports Cruz, but I don’t hold that against him.  It’s always informative to hear the other side of the argument.

http://www.joepags.com/

https://twitter.com/joetalkshow

http://www.iheart.com/show/The-Joe-Pags-Show/

https://player.fm/series/joe-pags-show

I usually listen again to his shows because I miss so much while working.  And, I really want to hear what I’ve missed.  It’s refreshing to enjoy a radio show again.  Hey, Simone, I enjoy your show, too, but Pags is bringing it every time and doesn’t repeat all of the same rhetoric spewed by Rush and Hannity.

 

If you listen, you’ll hear that Joe Pags has a similar habit reminiscent of Frosty when he hosted a local talk show in the Bay Area.

Pags drinks Diet Dr.Pepper on the air, always pulling the tab on the can so listeners hear the fizz and Pags’ big, sloppy sip.  His commentary usually includes how cold the soda is and if there are ice crystals in it.  I haven’t had a soda for a long time, but Pags is making me think of picking one up.  Especially as we head into the hot weather season.  But, I prefer water, and don’t want that empty-calorie sugar hit that screws up your system.  So, I have to say it, what the heck’s the matter with you, Joe Pags?  (Listeners will recognize that phrase, although it doesn’t include the echo effect and I altered it a bit by removing the double toothpicks and took it out of Minnesota).

In between soda sips, Joe is an intelligent guy and is a good interviewer.  He always shows respect to his guests.

He includes his staff on his show.  No, not his wife!  We don’t need to hear another Gil Gross disaster on the air!

Joe Pages shares the show with his news anchor, Cari Laque.  It is taken me some time to get used to Cari’s role on the show.  She is a news anchor in San Antonio for NewsRadio 1200 WOAI.  I heard her news reports when I had to stream San Antonio live recently when another station preempted Pags’ show for sports.  On the live San Antonio show, Cari sounds professional reporting the news, but on The Joe Pags Show she acts as a sidekick to Joe.  He teases her and bounces off her sarcasm of him and his antics.  She has to defend herself against Pags’ relentless commentary about (imaginary) Cari fart-fests during the show.

Boys will be boys, as they say.

It used to bother me that Pags, at times, seems more informed abut some of the news than Cari, a news anchor.  She usually responds with, “I did not know that.”  Maybe she’s busy doing other things, or maybe it’s more relaxed for her on the show and the news is not her priority.  At first I wasn’t loving it, but now I get it.  I don’t mind listening to her now.

Another Joe staffer, Polo, comments during the show as well.  Pags brings him in when he wants more interaction or feedback.  I’m warming up to Polo as well.  I’m not sure what his role is on the show, something behind the scenes.  Hey, I’ve just started listening to the show this year.  Give me time.  I do know that Polo admitted to crying at the movie, ‘Marley and Me’.  How can someone not like this guy?

If we’re going to be stuck with streaming live shows or podcasts to get our talk radio fix, then I don’t mind being stuck with Joe Pags.  He gives me hope that talk radio will return the airwaves to the listeners and all voices will be heard.  And, it’s never boring.

By the way, did anyone watch Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show reruns on KRON-TV this week?  I happened to see the episode when Gary Shandling debuted on the show.  It was a great routine and I laughed out loud several times.  At the same time, it was a poignant moment knowing he is now gone.  I’m sure it’s on YouTube somewhere unless the content is blocked for copyright.

I also heard on The Mark Simone show this week that David Letterhead is channeling Grizzly Adams.  See what I mean here:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-et-mg-david-letterman-beard-bald-shaved-head-20160324-story.html

Compare it to this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Life_and_Times_of_Grizzly_Adams

Good for you, Letterman.  Let out that inner grizzle.  I think I’m going to wander away now in search of some grizzlin’ food.  Hot off the grill.

 

And, don’t forget to put a little Kung in your Fu this weekend;

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?lyrics=4572

 

See you all next time!

 

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