The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

20 February 2005

Hunter S Thompson

Apparently I'm not the only one up late writing tonight: Michelle Malkin has the news on Hunter S Thompson's passing.

In radio this quote is commonly attributed to Thompson:

"The radio business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."

As it turns out, it's part of an urban legend, Thompson was actually speaking of the television industry but others adopted and adapted it to suit their needs. The last sentence about the "negative side" was not his at all.

Many people in radio feel the quote is especially accurate in depicting the industry and would be shocked to learn it's a distortion of Thompson's actual words.


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