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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Talk radio insults again

It only took six minutes to make me hate sports radio.

We took the train home from the San Francisco Giants game last night. But after that, we had a six-minute drive from the train station to our house. During our brief car ride, we tuned into KNBR 680 for a little post-game filler to remind us of the good stuff we'd just seen at SBC Park (The Giants won 5-4 against the LA Dodgers; and Barry Bonds hit his first home run of the season--career home run #704).

We heard two callers--who happened to be women--talk with host Bruce Macgowan about the game.

Not only did Macgowan comment on the fact that women were calling in, he made the lame comment "don't tell my wife"--not once, not twice, but three times in those few short minutes. His point was that women couldn't possibly be interested in baseball enough to call a talk radio show to discuss legitimate sports stuff. They *must* be calling because they are hot for him. Give me a break.

He was trying to be funny and tongue in cheek, but it came off as lame, male-chauvinistic garbage.

It made me think that NPR got it right during a Talk of the Nation program that responded to the ethnic slur made by KNBR Larry Krueger on August 3. It's not "sports radio." It's "white guy radio."

3 comments:

  1. Ugh, he sounds like a total loser. What a waste of airtime!

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  2. Lady, you're up in the night. Maybe if you'd spent seven minutes listening instead of six, you would've caught on to the fact that MacGowan (who is a consumate gentleman)was just flabbergasted that women were calling a weekend, after-game sports talk show at all!

    Steve

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  3. BTW...Krueger's comments weren't racist...He was talking about the style of baseball played around the Caribbean, not the race or nationality of the hitters. This style has hitters taking huge cuts at the 1st pitch they see that looks like a fastball, usually resulting in weak ground balls as they swing at a "pitcher's pitch". Felipe, unfortunately, promotes this style of play, & Krueger was bemoaning the fact that so many of our hitters were less than selective, especially with runners in scoring position.
    Felipe chose to play the race card & blow the whole thing out of proportion so that he could put some heat on a talk-show host who was critical of his managerial skills. KNBR fired Krueger, then settled a lawsuit with him out of court. Krueger landed on his feet at KGO.

    Steve

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