"Heard you missed me...I'm back"
Today I woke up early to get some work done and didn't feel like drinking my wife's crummy coffee (sorry, nanc). So I made the short drive to the bakery for breakfast. While warming up the car I remembered that today was the debut of David Lee Roth's new radio show.
I turned on the new "92FREE" (i.e. NO MORE "MODERN ROCK" STATIONS IN NYC) in time enough to hear DLR ranting about censorship and the religious right and how Americans need to push back every time the government infringes on rights (hmm...where have we heard all this before ...ah..ah..HOWARDTCHOOO... 'scuse me I sneezed).
There is someone else in the studio with Diamond Dave (producer? sidekick? sycophant? I didn't stick around long enough to find out) who laughs nervously as one might while thinking how to get away from the dude at the party that won't stop talking and laughing at his own jokes.
I LOVE old Van Halen and even Van Hagar and I admit, I had high hopes, hmm, well, hopes for DLR but another couple of minutes listening dispelled all that nonsense. I had read somewhere that DLR in studio has access to tons of song clips, full songs and sound bites and he was injecting said sound bites after every few sentences (perhaps to suck on an oxygen tank or helium one to belt out one of his patented Van Halen-era yelps). Then he started playing a FULL reggae/dancehall type song (or what my brain perceived to be one) and he was SINGING ALONG TO IT!!!! I could just picture all the radio muckety mucks pulling out their hair plugs screaming "Wotthefukk is this David Lee Rothaoke!?!!?" Then he uttered a sentence that included the word "slacks" and the phrase "huarachi sandals" completely alienating anyone under 40 years old.
Now I understand that on radio dead air is a killer (hear that Mike Francesa?) People think something's wrong with the station and they change it. They will never call DLR "Dead Air Dave". Until they cancel his show.
editors note: the entire post above was based on a total of about 5 minutes of listening to the show. Perhaps that was the only bad 5 minutes.