560 AM - WIND has been my choice for talk radio for 2 years now. My favorite shows are Michael Savage and Laura Ingraham.
Michael Savage's show is raw, brutal and enlightening. He strips away most of the political correctness that encapsulates our political dialogue and drills down to the details in the news that the MSM ignores. He's like the interesting, angry uncle that comes over for dinner once in a while.
Laura Ingraham, on the other hand, is erudite and highly informed. She is an attorney who once clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas. She's genuinely funny and fills her show with funny banter, interesting guests and audio tidbits that will put a smile on your face for the short 2 hours that she's on our local affiliate.
I'm slowly pulling away from WIND since they replaced Laura's morning show with Dennis Miller. While Miller is a talented comedian, he's definitely out of his element when discussing politics. His sidekick - "Sal" - is an annoying personality who rarely has anything to add to the discussion. They take turns laughing at each other's remarks, which aren't all that funny in the first place. And when Miller makes a comment which he thinks is humorous, he chuckles at himself. He's the only one chuckling at his obscure references. As I write, Miller is interviewing Norm McDonald and allowing McDonald to do a "stand-up" routine for most of the hour. Miller must be the only person who thinks Norm McDonald is funny. Again, no one is tuning in to Dennis Miller to listen to a mediocre comic - we want to hear political discussions and interviews.
But the worst part of WIND's lineup is definitely The John and Cisco show. After one year, it is painfully obvious that they don't belong on the radio.
It's apparent that they don't prepare for the show by doing research. For example, they interview Micheal Medved every Friday for a 10 minute segment. When Ann Coulter made her famous "jews aren't perfected beings" remark, Medved spoke with her on his show. He did a good job of clearing up the controversy and determined it was blown out of all proportion by the media.
On the following Friday, a week after Coulter appeared on Medved's show, "Big John and Cisco" wanted to hear Medved's take on the Ann Coulter controversy. These two couldn't be bothered to pull 15 minutes of Medved's show to figure out that he'd already spent hours talking about it! For the listeners who already heard Medved's take on the whole thing, it was tiring to listen to the whole thing again. I was thinking, "Why couldn't these two be bothered to tune into some of Medved's show - or have Medved's engineer send them a slice of the Coulter show?"
Another annoyance about "Big John" is his thinly veiled dislike for the Police.
When Chicago police officers raided a false identity ring, run by Latin King gang-members, in the Little Village neighborhood last year, "Big John" Howell said, "Why couldn'nt the police NOT come in such large numbers and wearing their big, black riot gear - it was all intimidating."
He's made a number of ridiculous and uneducated comments on the air - enough of them that I've sent emails to Dave Santrella, WIND's General Manager, complaining about the show's bias and its lackluster content.
All they do is read newspaper items and then comment about them - it doesn't take much "talent" to do that. I'd rather see BIll Bennett brought back for the 5am to 9am slot, with Laura Ingraham returning to take the reins at 9am to noon.
So for now I've gone over to 890AM - they've got Don & Roma (pro-Police) in the morning, Rush Limbaugh at 11am and Mark Levin at night.
I've had enough of WIND's morning boredom show and their idiotic comedian commentary.
If you feel the same way as I do, you can email Dave Santrella at email@example.com