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December 29, 2006

On the Occasion of John McIntire's Last Flip Side Show


I'm tempted to just write a big
THIS SUCKS!

because it does.

If, as the New York Times says, The Carbolic Smoke Ball is Pittsburgh's version of The Onion, then certainly John McIntire's The Flip Side is our very own Countdown with Keith Olbermann (High praise indeed if you know how many times we've quoted that show on this blog).

McIntire not only spoke truth to power, in addition to all the usual suspects you'd expect as guests on a local talk show, John featured an entire universe of alternative regulars: bloggers (including this blog), lesbians, twenty-somethings who were given as much credibility and airtime as established talking heads.

But, most importantly, John brought the funny...he brought the snark. And there's no better way to burst the bubble of pomposity of those in power than making your audience laugh at them night after night. Don't get me wrong. He could delve into great detail on real issues too, but how much better when that's followed up with some great snarky remark or comedy bit?

Which brings me to my very own little conspiracy theory.

I was less than thrilled when John's NightTalk TV show ended abruptly as the 2004 election was really gearing up. And, now it seems to me to be a little too convenient that The Flip Side is coming to an end right before the 2007 primary election for mayor starts up.

Mayor Luke "Opie" Ravenstahl just got a present too large for his Christmas stocking. And, that sucks too.

Yeah, John can continue to keeps tabs on Luke from his Pittsburgh City Paper column and his blog (MacYapper), but that ain't quite the same thing as blasting over KDKA's big airwaves.

John will hopefully be coming back on an FM forum in the spring, but does that mean spring as in March or spring as in June?

[sigh]

I know I --and many of you -- will be counting the days.

Now go listen to John and his last historic Flip Side show!

14 comments:

Judge Rufus Peckham said...

John is an immense talent, brilliant and funny. But AM radio in general -- yes even the mighty KDKA -- has been in a slow-motion freefall for a long, long time, and not even John could stop the bleeding for the 50,000 watt blowtorch. Let's keep our fingers crossed that John winds up on an FM station on the upswing instead of one in decline.

Judge Rufus Peckham said...

John is an immense talent, brilliant and funny. But AM radio in general -- yes even the mighty KDKA -- has been in a slow-motion freefall for a long, long time, and not even John could stop the bleeding for the 50,000 watt blowtorch. Let's keep our fingers crossed that John winds up on an FM station on the upswing instead of one in decline.

Sherry P said...

yep, this does suck.

Anonymous said...

This is a good thing. That guy has failed everywhere he goes, must be a reason why...oh wait I know...because he sucks!

Schmuck Shitrock said...

You know, Anon, you have a point there. He does, in fact, have something in common with George Bush.

Synergy-synthesis said...

John is okay, in fact the first time I ran across Maria and Dayvoe was on John McIntyre's program. They talked about their 2 Political Junkies blog site and about blogspot. They turned me on to blogging (other than on The Augusta Chronicle bulletin board).

That said, both 2PJ and John McIntyre are too concerned with local Pittsburgh issues for my tastes listening down here in Georgia to KDKA at night.

My absolute favorite talk show host of all time is Chris Moore. I think he is talent par excellence. KDKA made a big mistake when they replaced Moore with McIntyre and are making an even bigger mistake replacing McIntyre with Boortz.

Boortz is more nationally oriented, but he is only a hair this side of Limbaugh, Savage, Mark Levin, and other right wing maniacs - and even that is debatable.

Anonymous said...

John, you forgot to mention that you share that very same trait with George Bush as well. Does that just not make you feel so good inside to know that you share the same traits with Dubya?

Perhaps if you stopped attempting to prove that you're some kind of online genius with your condescending remarks you project toward those you disagree with others would think a bit more highly of you, not to mention, why don't you get your own blog? Or are you too dumb to figure it out?

:)

Justin said...

Johnny Mac ended up replacing both Chris Moore (on Saturdays, he's still there Sundays to my knowledge) and Mike Romigh. Now he's gone. To be honest, I was growing kind of tired of his schitck anyway, but I'd rather have him than Boortz any day.

The Life Lounge still has Saturday nights, though, for what it's worth...not much, really.

Schmuck Shitrock said...

Your brilliant analysis has skewered me, Anon; I'm too dumb.

Sam Drucker said...

Oh, don't even try to suggest that McIntire's absence is some politically-motivated conspiracy. He got shitcanned from PCNC because he made too much money for the paltry audience the show drew (fewer than 5,000 viewers, typically). He's gone from KDKA because they want to save $$$ and run syndicated shows after 6 p.m., since they can't sell much advertising in those hours anyway.

The whole "firing" is a ruse because CBS/Infinity is going to launch a younger-skewing talk station on 93.7 within a few months. McIntire and Scott Paulsen will be at the forefront of it.

And, Judge Peckham, AM stations are the market leaders in other cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis and Minneapolis. You just have to put on compelling programming and promote it properly. You can't throw shit on the air (Honsberger, Marty Griffin, Larry Richert) and think that tradition will draw an audience. That's the big mistake KDKA has been making and it's the reason they've been sliding down the crapper.

Whigsboy said...

Sam D. sounds like he knows what he's talkin' 'bout to me. Now that's insight.

Sherry Harvey said...

Guess you have heard that there is no such thing as bad press? They lied to you brother. Heck with Opie! Get out of the light. Fast. That shine is not becoming!

Anonymous said...

The departure of John McIntyre is just another indicator of Michael Young's complete dimantling of KDKA from a powerhouse to alsoran. Every move Young makes turns out disasterous. He should get the axe, not John McIntyre, nor his predecessors Mike Pintek, or Mike Romigh.

Anonymous said...

Johny Mac was fired from a job..nothing new here!!! He sucks and he keeps proving it over and over!!!