The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

02 August 2006

Whoopi Goldberg, New York City, Seattle Talk Radio


In New York City, It's Whoopi Radio

Right on the heels of former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth's recent spectacular failure on FM morning drive radio, comes another attempt to turn a celeb into a radio star. This time, it's Whoopi Goldberg taking a stab at the incredibly competitive medium.

Does Whoopi have what it takes? Will she have enough material for the show, or resort to filling it up with her extremist political views?

In my latest Inside Radio column, see the early reviews on her performance.

Also in the piece: after last week's massacre at a downtown Jewish center, did Seattle talk radio stations let down their listeners?

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  • "like her extremist political views?"

    Would that include her opposition to the war in Iraq?

    Or maybe her support for stem-cell research?

    Or maybe her desire for congress to butt out of family matters (i.e. Terry Sciavo)?

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 02 August, 2006 14:41  

  • I think the sensible American public will remember when she starred in the infamous Kerry-Edwards fund-raiser at Radio City Music Hall, where she laced her monologue with profanities and obscenities. She even compared the President of the United States to her genitals.

    That little knee-slapper quickly cost Whoopi a six-figure endorsement contract with Slim Fast.

    Goldberg returned to Broadway to push the "artistic envelope" once again.

    In one of her skits, Goldberg plays an ex-drug addict who decides to go back on heroin for as long as George Bush is president.

    "What makes [Goldberg's drug addict character] so wonderfully funny is the rhythm and tone of [her] delivery," says "Her abundance of off-color language that can't possibly use on any network television is absolutely necessary to contrast with the esteemed office in question."

    Yeah, a real laugh-riot!

    Republicans can only hope that Goldberg remains politically active through the next presidential election.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 02 August, 2006 15:01  

  • Benson, you mention the fact that she used profanities as if it is something that is never done in society. apparently, you have never seen any movie above a "G" rating. i pity people who get offended by "dirty" words. it doesn't hurt anyone, and means nothing. but, if you do, let me say this - in the words of Dick Cheney "Go fuck yourself."

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 02 August, 2006 15:29  

  • Yeah, you're right.
    I am a bit more straight than you.

    I'm not crazy about women who talk about ther genitals and pubic hairs at a public fund-raiser.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 02 August, 2006 15:44  

  • please Benson, if Limbaugh said it about libs libs libs libs, you would be slapping your kneee in hysterics.

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 02 August, 2006 16:11  

  • hypocrisy abounds 'round these here parts....

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 02 August, 2006 17:42  

  • Phil Hendrie has predicted her show will bomb.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 03 August, 2006 03:35  

  • Her extremist views? How about on her show when she threw down a cardboard cutout of President Bush and stamped all over it? (Her show was cancelled soon after. I know I did not watch after that.) That is not "extreme" behavior? For some reason, I cannot imagine Rush Limbaugh or Laura Ingraham behaving like that.

    By Blogger Crimsonfisted, at 03 August, 2006 10:58  

  • RWW posted:
    please Benson, if Limbaugh said it about libs libs libs libs, you would be slapping your kneee in hysterics.

    Problem is, Limbaugh hasn't said that, but Whoopie has. You're comparing a hypothetical against a real... Bit of a difference, no?

    By Blogger Lynnwood Rooster, at 03 August, 2006 11:05  

  • I wonder if the numbers for public radio have risen lately, in response to the annoying number of commercials found on am talk radio lately.

    I know I turn it on my radio at home often, but usually not while in listening in the car during the day. For some reason commercials aren't as annoying in the car. Probably because you can just reach over and touch a button to find a station not playing one.

    By Blogger ohio, at 03 August, 2006 11:19  

  • I can say recently WNPR (nee CT Public Radio) has become more NPR News/Talk programming with BBC Radio overnight.

    The stations of WNPR are:

    WNPR 89.1 Norwich

    WPKT 90.5 Meriden/Hartford (which is the Flagship)

    WEDW 88.5 Stamford/Greenwich (where I used to work when they had a facility in Stamford. Since 2000, everything's run out of Hartford, first near Trinity College, now on Asylum Street)

    WRLI 91.3 Southampton, LI

    W258AC 99.5 Storrs

    They used to air more classical music but has since cut back.

    And ohio, you're right, there are some cringing commercials on radio and WAY too many of them. Look I support the free market capitalist system, but sometimes there are mistakes--commercials for a certain "dysfunction" among them!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 03 August, 2006 21:20  

  • Patriot,

    Yes, the commercials are ruling the talk shows. Not only in their annoying repetiveness, but also in the way the breaks usually cancel out any exchange of ideas which can never be done in the time allowed for a call. It essentially gets you nowhere and usually only lets you hear the host pontificate his/her well know stance again and feedback accepted.

    I started listening to the BBC Overnight when the Iraq war broke out because they had more information than I was getting anywhere else. I would hate to see that go away.

    Anyone who can't stand listening to NPR or the BBC has real issues with open dialog. There is no one station or network that can provide a balanced outlook. Its up to us to find it.

    By Blogger ohio, at 04 August, 2006 10:35  

  • Actually NPR started taking the BBC as a way to avoid the "balance" requirements that NPR must adhere to as a conditoin of taking federal tax money. BBC broadcasts are and were highly and unabashedly critical of the Iraq war and Bush in general> NPR could not present this points of view without subjsecting itself to a firestorm of criticism about presenting "imbalanced" programming. Quite frankly, I don't kow why they bother - the CPB doesn't enforce the statutory balance requirements anyway - just look at what Pacifica broadcasts - does that sound balanced?

    By Blogger BLAHBLAH, at 04 August, 2006 15:10  

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