The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

25 January 2007

Erich "Mancow" Muller, Talk Radio, Jennifer Strange Death


Longtime Shock Jock Calls For 'Responsibility'

This must be the week for counterintuitive publicity stunts!

Between libtalker Ed Schultz blasting Hillary Clinton and a new "responsi- bility" movement created by none other than shock- jock Mancow Muller, your Radio Equalizer must admit to having fallen for both hook, line and sinker.

In Mancow's case, it's a full- scale war between pot and kettle as the longtime morning host launches his Foundation For Responsible Radio, dedicated to cleansing the medium of antics such as the Entercom- sponsored contest that killed a young Sacramento mother of three.

And if one isn't familiar with his history, this might seem credible, but a look at the past proves he helped pave the way for radio's current sad state of affairs. For a notorious stunt that shut down the Golden Gate Bridge, he's still hated in the Bay Area, even many years later:

Another bridge prank occurred in 1993, when a disc jockey for radio station KSOL - Manfred "Mancow" Muller - tied up traffic on the Bay Bridge by organizing vans to block all the westbound lanes while his sidekick, Jesus "Chuy'' Gomez, got a haircut.

The stunt was a parody of President Clinton's ill-timed haircut in Air Force One a week earlier, which blocked traffic on a Los Angeles International Airport runway for an hour. Muller was prosecuted and given three years' probation, 100 hours of community service and a $500 fine.

And, in a sworn deposition published by the Smoking Gun, fellow shock- jock Howard Stern claims Mancow sent him a box of fecal matter, in addition to having an assistant defecate in the lobby of Stern's building in front of two female employees.

More recently, Mancow has attempted to reinvent himself as a "conservative" commentator, which has earned him regular guest spots on the FOX News Channel. At the same time, his sloppy rhetoric has provided easy fodder for the left. So far, however, most on the right have ignored his attempts to gain political legitimacy.

In the end, the real lesson from recent events is that to gain substantial press attention as a radio personality, it takes a either a new degree of creativity and sophistication, or to descend to a depth so low that it kills a young mother of three.

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  • this is not on topic, but i was hoping you would respond to it. i remember your post about the movies "God Spoke" and "Jesus Camp", and just wondered if you had any thoughts on Jesus Camp being nominated for an Oscar

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 25 January, 2007 14:44  

  • And how does this initiative address automated Orwellian stations and what they pull?

    Will voice tracking help?


    The airwaves belong to the people and the only way for this problem to be properly addressed is for stations to be nationalized so proper oversight can be rendered.

    And, thus, no need for "Mancows"...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 25 January, 2007 22:29  

  • Mancow is pathetic. Stern beat his ass into the ground and Mancow, being oblivious to the fact, decided "I gotta go redesign myself as a boy of the right."

    It's like that Greaseman asshat... too much striving for what will never be more than a niche when Howie turned him into Stern's biatch.

    By Blogger TC, at 26 January, 2007 14:47  

  • "The airwaves belong to the people and the only way for this problem to be properly addressed is for stations to be nationalized so proper oversight can be rendered."

    You mean like your boy Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, SOCIALIST?! NO WAY!

    The people who get these stations are the ones who have the jack to start them up! Airwaves do not belong to the people, they belong to those who have the money to start them up! That's capitalism!

    Now go back to your college professors and they'll still continue to teach you how to behave like a loony leftist! I SHOULD KNOW!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 26 January, 2007 18:30  

  • Have your venture capitalists and moneychangers done an acceptably good job at policing themselves, Patriot World?

    Blame imaginary "socialists" and "lefties" all you want, but the pure fact of the matter is, it's YOUR system and YOUR globalist free market that ensures that you, yourself, will never work in radio again...

    Ever feel cheated??

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 26 January, 2007 21:19  

  • If you would like to donate to the Jennifer Strange Memorial Fund, go to All of the proceeds go straight to the family.

    By Blogger jenns_memorial, at 27 January, 2007 14:30  

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