Friday, December 19, 2008

In Absentia

If the eponymous member of an entertainment program takes off for a week, you likely wouldn't expect much from the show he left behind. But from the little I heard of the program this week, I thought the cast did an excellent job. It was entertaining in the right places, and informative in the other, uh, righter places.

I'm one of the fans who actually like the show when Imus leaves. If you get x amount of talented funny people together, they will not magically lose their talent and funniness when the boss leaves the room. This isn't Flowers For Algernon. All in all, they did a great show.

What do you think?

16 comments:

Al said...

The show could be like the last few days most all the time if Imus didn't have about 87,000 things to sell and causes to promote....

Lou, certainly seemed to be having fun!

Anonymous said...

They did a fine job, but I miss Imus. Am I the only one worried about him? I didn't hear the beginning of the show today. I wonder if Bernie said anything more than he did the past few days. I hope Imus is really okay.

Esme

Al said...

Well, Imus has one lung, pneumonia and he's 67 or 68 years old...

he'll probably be ok, but he really needs to take it easy...

queenpat said...

Nothing that a steak and a baked 'tater couldn't cure. Agreed CG... the show has been a lot looser and more relaxed this week. There were a couple of flat spots, but even Kinky Friedman let out a " I Like it here" which he hasn't done since Imus has returned. The cast led capably by Bernard did a steller job...now, if we could ONLY have the Cardinal...

Laree said...

http://imustimes.wordpress.com/2008/12/20/imus-country-christmas/

Juan Morecow said...

My two favorite moments of the Imusless Imus In The Morning program this week were ...

1. Col. Jack Jacobs and Jeff Greenfield being on together. [Thank you Bernie for asking the Col. to stick around after his 6:30 appearance. And thank you Col. for not having "any place to go."]

2. Charles' cell phone going off while he was doing the news.

Just,

Juan Morecow

Al said...

It would've been cool if Charles had answered his ringing cell phone...

B said...

Thank you CG,

I too missed Imus this week. But his health is more important than his radio program. According to RFD-TV Imus will be off until January 5, 2009. If that's the case do you know if he will broadcast at all during the Christmas/New Years Holiday? I cannot find a WABC-Radio schedule.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you.

CG said...

I heard the Jack Jacobs/Jeff Greenfield thing and loved that. It was great to hear these two very intelligent guys talk about the financial crisis. Alas, I missed the cell phone incident. I would've loved to have heard how that went down. My question is, who calls people at 5:00 in the morning...

I also hope the I-Man makes a speedy recovery. While I enjoyed the show in his absence, I don't want him to him to have torturous death-like illnesses just so I can enjoy a program ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure that it was later on in the morning that Charles's phone went off, CG. So the show is off until January 5? I'll be counting the days until the entire crew is back. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. (You won't catching me saying "Happy Holidays.")
:)
Esme

Queenpat said...

For those who aren't in the WABC listening area. the program is featuring Bernard, Warner and the Hindu News Princess Babita Hariani, for this week at least. Not sure what next two weeks will bring. Today's program with an extra special phone call from James Bradly was the best in a long time.

But BOY! Do I miss Bartlett.

Mike said...

I'm hoping that with the return of the I-Man comes the return of the WABC jingles we're used to - not this angry stuff. C'mon, no more Ed introducing the I-Man at five after? And that "dah dah dah dah DAH DAH!" before Charles' newscasts make them sound so much more important.

CG said...

I love the old-school jingles! And I don't know why they got rid of them, not cool. Maybe they wanted something "younger-soundng"? I guess someone said at a meeting, "You know what draws the young people to a radio station? Not content, not personalities. Jingles!"

I'm glad to hear the show is doing OK this week. Hey, people still have to work in the days before Christmas, and therefore still have to listen to the radio in the morning...they still need to be entertained too!

Queenpat said...

Old school Jingles? http://www.pams.com/listen.html

and WABC jingles..

http://www.musicradio77.com/pams.html

Al said...

Well, the 5-past-the-hour Imus intro is new...

Good show with the Bo-Man today...

Yo,Babita

Whew!

Wow!

Laree said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL AND OR HAPPY FESTIVUS!