The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

20 June 2007

Roseanne Barr Radio Talk Show, KCAA


Another Celeb Finds She Can't Handle Talk's Pace

In what has become one of the industry's most annoying trends, yet another celebrity has found hosting a radio talk show much more difficult than expected.

This time, it's none other than Roseanne Barr, who lasted just three months on the air before giving up the show and heading for Hawaii (hat tip: Perry Simon).

You say you didn't know Roseanne had a talk show? Neither did your Radio Equalizer.

Apparently, it was hosted from Las Vegas and heard on just one station, KCAA 1050 AM in San Bernadino. It's pretty clear this was an attempt to create a nationally- syndicated talk show.

It featured all of Barr's radical leftist viewpoints, including generous helpings of Bush- bashing.

In recent years, we've seen a number of Hollywood types "play radio" in between gigs they consider more important, only to find that hosting a daily show requires an incredible amount of prep work.

From the Riverside Press- Enterprise:

Roseanne Barr's show has gone off the air again.

The comedienne broadcast the final edition of her "Roseanne Talk Live" radio show for KCAA 1050 AM on Friday.

She started the show, which aired from 5 to 6 p.m. on weekdays, on March 15.

Station officials said Barr pulled the plug on her show.

"She needed a rest and went off to Hawaii," said Todd Rowan, the station's sales director.

He said for now the show is on temporary hiatus.

The Emmy-winning actress, who previously starred in her own top television show, broadcast her weekday radio gig with sidekick Johnny Argent from Las Vegas, where Barr was performing a show.

KCAA's studios are in the Carousel Mall in San Bernardino.

"Play some blues because we're sad," Barr said in the opening moments of her final show. Sidekick Johnny Argent obliged, playing a blues riff on a keyboard.

"Better to quit before we get fired," Argent joked.

Barr had no qualms about tackling controversial issues on her show, from religion to homosexuality to the war in Iraq. Sometimes, she battled critics and other times fielded calls from supporters.

"If we could put all those differences aside and just join up together, I mean it would be like the mightiest roar that would set this country straight again," Barr said on her final show.

Adios, Rosie, we have little doubt there are a dozen other celebs right behind you ready to give radio a try in a moment of career panic. And without fail, there will be just as many corporate suits willing to help them out. Why doesn't this industry ever learn from its mistakes?

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  • "Apparently, it was hosted from Las Vegas and heard on just one station"


    "It featured all of Barr's radical leftist viewpoints, including generous helpings of Bush- bashing."

    Tell me something hack. How the hell do you know what was featured on the show if you are not even certain about where it was hosted ?

    You are a transparent piece of @#$# Maloney.

    P.S. Tell your imaginary emailers to use their imagination for the reference to '@#$#'.

    By Blogger elmonica, at 20 June, 2007 17:57  

  • "In recent years, we've seen a number of Hollywood types "play radio" in between gigs they consider more important..."

    You mean like Fred Thompson?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 20 June, 2007 18:13  

  • I see you two are in a delightful mood today.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 20 June, 2007 19:47  

  • Any comments yet on the ThinkProgress report on talk radio? I haven't had the chance to get through it yet...

    By Blogger Robert Spuhler, at 20 June, 2007 20:34  

  • You mean this:

    You'll have to do a little cut-n-paste

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 20 June, 2007 21:59  

  • Solid report.

    Sorry to stray off-topic from your celebrity news segment, Brian.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 21 June, 2007 11:14  

  • "I see you two are in a delightful mood today."-Brian


    Brian, they are always in delightful moods. They are the entertainment on your site.

    The more of a foul mood they are in and the more they attack you and other commentors, the more we can figure that the right is winning and your views are right on or they wouldn't put such effort into this.

    They can see by now that they are not going to deter you from blogging and they haven't deterred anyone from reading it, so why else would they put such effort into it?

    Oh, I'm sure they will have more excuses about why they do which will be sure to be total putdowns-but that means nothing.

    But, lefties bring it on. We're ready for some more intertainment.

    Great blog, Brian. I'll be reading it (and the comments for entertainment), but probably not commenting much.

    By Blogger Linn, at 21 June, 2007 19:02  

  • Brian is actually right about one thing, I will give him his props.

    Hosting an entertaining radio show (especially an all-talk one) does require a massive amount of preparation.

    I've worked in radio and it is clearly the red-headed stepchild of all media, with no respect from people working in the press, films, television or whatever.

    That doesn't mean lefties can't do it friends. It just means that celebrities probably aren't any good at it. It's a daily slog.

    But it was clearly a good move for Air America to hire Franken and Garofalo. They're both gone now, thankfully, but clearly they did their jobs in garnering free publicity for the network.

    By Blogger Scott, at 22 June, 2007 11:17  

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