Friday, June 27, 2008

Return to Sender

Yesterday evening was, by all accounts, very normal and tranquil. I was going about my routine and checking my email. As I scanned my inbox, I noticed that my Spam Folder had a new message. Usually I just flat-out delete them, but unfortunately a well-intended email will sometimes get trapped in there. So I decided to take a peek.

Spam has several defining traits. It often contains a sketchy subject line ("FREE Money and Viagra"), and it's usually sent by a person with an ethnically gibberish name ("Gabaxzafr Maragollelele").This message's subject line was "Warning! This letter contains a virus", so I knew that it was a piece of junk.

But then I saw the name of the email sender: Sliwa.

Yes, Sliwa. So apparently I'm getting spam viruses from a WABC personality. Great.

Why is this happening? I've always shown respect towards him on this website. I've never mocked his 80s wardrobe choices. And this is what I get in return.

The text of the message made no sense either. It went, and I quote: "Go to thy own city. I shall proceed to pay a visit russians, and hungarians, remember, a man is a battle, thy soldiers, o king, filled with joy."

Now, if you're going to send someone a spam message rife with viruses, at least offer them something nice. He could have promised me free Viagra. (I don't biologically need it, but hey, it's the thought that counts.) He could have offered me $13 million from a Nigerian prince, which would translate into 1 million red berets. But no. Instead, I get the Iron Curtain Lord of the Rings.

As soon as I finish posting this, I'm going to check my email again. And if I get any offers of free Viagra and painkillers from a WABC host, I just hope that they won't be from Mr. Sliwa. With any luck, they'll be from Rush Limbaugh instead.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Well, That Was Weird

So, remember yesterday, when you turned on the TV and saw some people freaking out about your favorite show? And they were all over and Drudge and Google, claiming that it was doomed? And then, all of a sudden, the subject practically disappeared?

Yeah. That was weird.

Monday, June 23, 2008

On Pacman

I'm really sorry - I was the last person to hear about this. Forty-five minutes ago, I was sitting on the couch without a clue, watching I Love The New Millennium with one of my best friends. Since VH1 shows seven-minute segments with ten-minute commercial breaks, we started flipping stations in order to pass the time. When we flipped it to CNN, I thought that I was watching an April 2007 flashback.

I will keep this short and sweet:

1) If you listen to a tape of the incident - and when I say "a tape," I mean "a tape that lasts longer than 10 seconds" - Imus was trying to point out that Pacman was being targeted by the police because he was black. In other words, it was the police's prejudicial attitudes towards African-Americans.

2) Do the comments look damning when you first look at them? Sure they do, and that's why everyone in the media is wetting their pants over it. But listen to the tape again, and consider the history of the program since December 3rd.

3) They have a 45-second delay. None of them want to lose their jobs and ruin their reputation. If this was really such a big deal, why did nobody press the dump button? Why did nobody on the staff pipe up?

That is all.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

"Mike and the Mad Dog" May Be Finished

That's what Neil Best claims in this story. In fact, he intones, "they may have already done their final show together."

Why? Apparently for very high-school-ish reasons; their relationship has deteriorated over the past few months.

I seriously doubt that this will happen, but I would really hate to see them split up. It would be sad for their fans; it would be even sadder for those whose financial situation is tied to WFAN. First Imus, now this? Yikes...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Language Police

I have a question for you Imus fans:

When you betray someone, or you get rid of them after they no longer benefit you, you “throw them under the bus,” correct?

It’s a great phrase, and I had never heard it until I started listening to the Imus program. Since then, I’ve noticed it occasionally in other places, too.

I ask because the writer of this Op-Ed piece keeps talking about “throwing people under the truck." And he says it like 67 times. (It was written by David Brooks, who you’d think would know better from personal experience.) Has anyone ever heard this before? Did he think he would get sued by someone if he used the original phrase? It reminds me of the off-brand sodas in supermarkets, like “Dr Thunder” instead of “Dr Pepper.”

So my question: which phrase is the correct one?

Friday, June 20, 2008

Who Said This?

It was written shortly after the NHH incident of last year:

"I'm still boiling because too many people continue to defend Imus behind lame free-speech arguments -- remember, speech is free, but consequences are not -- and the idea that black women just don't know a good joke when they hear one."

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Russert, Continued

The obituary headlines are the most heartbreaking things in the world. Things like "The Smile that Lit Up the Room" and "Dies From a Big Heart." And we've heard the stories, over and over again, about his father, who was just put in a nursing home; and his son, who just graduated from college.

On a slightly macabre note: Yesterday, upon word of Russert's death, the entire New England/Mid-Atlantic population googled "Imus russert" or "Imus Tim Russert" or something to that effect. I know this because all of them ended up here, according to my site meter. This struck me as odd, because with the exception of Mike Francesa, I don't remember hearing Imus' name during the coverage yesterday. (Though, granted, I only watched about an hour of the remembrances and retrospectives.) Apparently, many people associate the two names together, and I'll admit that this surprises me a little. Everybody and his cousin will be tuning in to the Imus program on Monday, so I hope that they're super-prepared.

In the meantime, it's so weird to watch all of the Russert memorials on the news channels. When someone famous unexpectedly dies, I often forget that they've passed away when I watch all of the special programming dedicated to them. It's like, "Oh, look, here's a nice story about Tim and Big Russ walking around Buffalo. How great of the station to show this." It takes a long time to realize that they're actually gone.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert Dead At 58

No. This is not a joke.

EDIT: Enjoy this hilarious Imus/Russert montage on Youtube. RIP.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Yay for New Affiliates

WXZO 96.7 in Willsboro, NY; WEAV 960 in Plattsburgh, NY; and WTSJ 1320 in Randolph, VT. Which, apparently, are all the same station. So they're three separate entities, in three separate locations...yet they're all the same station. This confuses and frightens me.

Also, 1450 WKIP in Poughkeepsie. Which does not have any robot clones, as far as we know.

Monday, June 9, 2008

An Administrative Note

I usually don’t talk about myself, mainly because you guys are here to read about Imus, not me. But I wanted to mention that I'm changing my name.

Yes, I have graduated from college, and yes, it was incredible. But I'm no longer an undergrad, and so my name might be a little misleading. What to do?

When I created this blog, I could have chosen any alias in the world. But I chose "College Girl" because I was annoyed with the way certain people were hyping the "OH NO OH NO THEY MADE FUN OF WOMEN AND WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE" viewpoint. (According to these people, you are not allowed to hurt a woman unless you're Nicolas Cage in a bear suit). They claimed that every young woman in America had thrown away her dreams and ambitions after hearing the remarks of Messrs. Imus and McGuirk, and I wanted to show that this was not the case. It’s true that the “black” aspect of this was emphasized much more than the “young woman” aspect, but still.

And another thing that is slightly off-topic, yet important: Thank YOU, dear readers, for being intelligent and civil and awesome in general. You've made me laugh and made me think, and I can't thank you enough for that. Conversely, thank you for not starting feuds with each other and not posting psychotic delusions and death threats. Whenever I’ve had to go out of town or to take a few days off from the blog, I’ve never had to worry about coming back to find the place trashed. I’ve also never had to delete a comment that wasn’t blog spam, and I hope that it stays that way. It's pretty neat, in my view, that a bunch of people with differing ages, political views, and geographic locations can discuss a fairly controversial subject without killing each other. In sum: Stay classy.

As for my “new name,” just call me by my initials - CG. They’re a cute set of initials (if initials can be called “cute,”) and I like them. (And it could also stand for “college grad,” which I totally did not realize - thanks, Dee).

But enough about me. So how about that T1 Service at the ranch?

Friday, June 6, 2008

The Groom of Satan

Since Hillary has now dropped out of the race, I thought it was a great time to show this video from Nightline in 1992. It's Imus interviewing Bill when he was running for president.

It is memorable for a number of reasons, such as the extremely retro look of WFAN; the creepiness of watching Ted Koppel hang out in Bill Clinton's hotel room; and the numerous disturbing shots of Bill Clinton splayed on the couch. But it's also full of some great Imus stuff.

I'm sure that both parties probably hate this video today, but I really like it.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

It Was Six Months Ago Today

when I woke up way too early, looked at the time, and happily jumped out of bed. That morning, December 3, was maybe the first time in my life when I was ecstatic to get up before dawn.

A few months ago I relistened to the beginning of the first broadcast, and I was instantly transported back to that morning - excited with anticipation, wired on caffeine after only a few hours of sleep, not entirely sure what I was about to hear. I recommend going back and listening to that first ten minutes - it is gut-wrenching, but in a good way. You relive the emotion of that morning, to put it mildly.

There were so many classic moments during the broadcast, particularly in that first half-hour. I could list them all, but describing stuff like this is like describing a trip to a theme park. No matter how incredible the experience, whenever you retell the story to other people, it always sounds lame. ("And then, we got on this big roller coaster? That went upside down twice? And when we got to the top, we all screamed and grabbed each other? Man, that was awesome.") But you know what I'm talking about - you were listening too. Some of you had RFD, and some of you were able to see it at Town Hall. I envy you.

To this day, when Charles does the news and says that I'm listening to WABC, I want to say to him, "Seriously?" It's weird, and not just because I'm talking to a random person on the radio who isn't even in the room. It's also odd because I still can't believe everything that has happened in the past 14 months.

Anyway. Happy half-year anniversary.