The Imus show is back from vacation! And they have a new affiliate in Richmond!
Also, I somehow missed this excellent article about RFD-TV and their expansion. It's all very interesting, but the best part is when an "agriculture media executive" criticizes Mr. Gottsch. He claims that all of RFD's program has "trended towards the cheap and cheerful," and then delivers the ultimate bitchslap: "Patrick's seen as a dilettante in the industry." A dilettante? Oh no he DIDN'T!
So here's what these quotes apparently mean: in the Agriculture Media World, RFD-TV is apparently considered a "sellout to the Man" and "a corporation spoonfeeding the masses." This raises several important questions:
-Is there a vast, agricultural media that we know nothing about?
-If so, does this mean that RFD is like the Parade magazine of the media, but with slightly less tackier ads?
-Who is the New York Times of the agricultural media? Do they have a bunch of Maureen Dowds and Tom Friedmans, who parody Department of Agriculture figures and write about how "the plain is flat?" Is there a Frank Rich who writes savage reviews of the crops at the county fair?
-Is there a cult of personality among famous agriculture journalists? Was there ever a lunatic who beat up a Dan Rather doppelganger while yelling, "What's the crop rotation, Kenneth?" (Which would later be a song by Rascal Flatts.) Does everyone remember when a Walter Cronkite figure reported on massive crop failures, and subsequently started crying on-camera?
It's also unsettling that Mr. Gottsch is being accused of belonging to the famous Dilettante Society of Cambridge. When someone belongs to a society that intends to "correct and purify" the cultural preferences of the nation, you get worried when that someone happens to program I Love Toy Trains.