Mancow’s Fall, Steve and Garry’s Return

Why does this make me smile? Because I think Mancow is a tool. According to Phil Rosenthal today, Erich Muller has lost another station in his vast empire: KKZR-FM in Little Rock, Ark. From the column:

Despite heavy billboard and TV promotion and giveaways of trips and a Dodge truck, KKZR operations manager Charlie Kendall said Mancow drew well under a 1 rating among listeners over the age of 12. So station owner Archway Broadcasting is dropping him after 10 months, even though it remains on the hook to pay for another two months.

“I could put on a montage of sheep bleats and get better ratings,” Kendall said by phone.

Meanwhile, Steve Dahl and his old partner Garry Meier made front page news in both papers when they reunited during Dahl’s show last Friday. I don’t expect anyone who didn’t grow up in Chicago to get it, or anyone under 30 either, but Steve and Garry were the original, the real deal, before Howard Stern took it to another level. When I was a kid they ruled the airwaves and when they broke up it was truly sad. Dahl eventually quit drinking and suffered through some hard times (most notably on the sports station wasteland known as WMVP) but in recent years he has regained his form and I find myself listening to him a fair amount.

No one knows if Steve and Garry will get back together for good or if it was just a one day fluke, but for those who missed it, WCKG (105.9) will re-broadcast the entire show from last Friday today at 2pm (Dahl is on vacation this week). New listeners won’t get all the inside jokes from long ago but trust me, when the two of them were on, they were on.

11 Comments so far

  1. Bill V (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 11:07 am

    Sorry, can’t agree with you regarding Steve and Gary. Steve’s not interesting at all these days. He even writes boring articles in one of the newspapers. Their old show was quite sophmoric with about 10 minutes of funny material spread out over 4 hours. At least they didn’t talk about strippers 90% of the time.

  2. Dave! (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 12:03 pm

    Yeah, I’d pretty much rather jam an ice pick in my ear than listen to *any* of those dorks… but Mancow was especially vomit inducing.

  3. Mr. Smith (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 12:09 pm

    I’ll add my voice to the chorus. Dahl is incredibly boring. I’ve heard less dead air in an empty church.

  4. Danny Doom (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 12:20 pm

    Yeah, I don’t know many people who listen but somehow he’s been around longer than all the others and keeps going. What can I say, I’ve listened to him off and on for a long time. I didn’t expect people to get it, but I appreciate the fact that he just shows up and everything is unplanned, no bits or strippers. There’s gotta be someone who knows what I’m talking about!

  5. steven (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

    Sheep bleats, ha. That’s good.

  6. Erik (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 11:15 am

    Obligatory: “Disco sucks!”

  7. Stabby McKnife (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 8:45 am

    And who are you exactly? And your opinion matters why? Anywho… The fact of the matter remains that there is a LARGE demand in the Chicago area for the return of Mancow. Chicago is large enought that there is room on the airwaves for everyone… even those that are old and crusty like the Dahls and Brandmeiers. Both of whose shows have been dropped from stations many many more times than Mancow probably ever will be.

  8. Danny Doom (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 10:34 am

    Thanks, Mancow, for stopping by!

  9. Buster Hyman (unregistered) on September 1st, 2006 @ 12:58 am
  10. Stabby Mcknife (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 9:15 am

    Nice Response… Again I ask.. Who are you again? Like Mancow would actually take the time to respond to you. You are a flea on the nutsack of the world by comparison. Your just jealous that someone you see as a moron reaches more people than you could ever hope to. I hope for your sake that this is not your career, if it is I hope that its on an upward trend. I really hope for you that the pinnacle of your media career is not as a blogger. You know why you dont know that many people who listen to dahl, right? BECAUSE HE SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Danny Doom (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 9:57 am

    Nope, it’s not a career, I am only using my metblog salary for my summer home. Still looking for something a little more solid to retire with. Easy with the knife, Stabby!

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