KMUD Makes Radio History… Again
I love radio, and I love KMUD, our local community radio station. I really do. I don’t necessarily like all of the programs on KMUD, but I do value “my voice in the redwoods” and recognize that I may not agree with everything that I hear on it. I also recognize that most KMUD programmers are unpaid volunteers, so I don’t expect them to sound like professionals.
As one of those volunteers, I know how much work it takes to put together a radio show, and appreciate anyone who cares enough about any subject to put together a radio show about it. Unfortunately, not all of KMUDs programmers, it seems, care enough about their subject, or their audience, for that matter. As a result, occasionally, KMUDs quality dips a bit lower than I’d like to hear from my community radio station.
Sometimes, KMUDs quality dips quite a bit below my expectations, to astoundingly low levels, historically low levels, even unprecedented depths. Yes, sometimes KMUD, the best radio station in Humboldt County, sometimes airs some of the worst programming in the history of radio.
This morning’s Spiritual Perspectives show, “The Atheist Hour”, provided a great example of a show that explores those uncharted depths. Apparently, Dan Glaser created The Atheist Hour as his own personal bathyscaph which he uses to penetrate the deepest, darkest, murkiest recesses of bad radio. While you can only hear “The Atheist Hour” on the fifth Sunday of the month, and only in those few months of the year that have a fifth Sunday, Dan likes to remind us just how bad radio can be.
With Dan’s apparent contempt for preparation, coupled with his own neurotic personality, I’m sure he could do a spectacularly dismal show about any topic. But the abstract nature of atheism, combined with Dan’s defensively argumentative style, made for historically inane, and memorably maddening radio, this morning.
In the long, checkered history of radio, some really atrocious programming has tickled the ether. For instance, many stations have aired skipping records for long periods of time. In some cases, records of commercials have skipped, repeatedly airing the same two-second loop of an advertizing jingle, over and over again, for hours on end. Dan Glaser’s “Atheist Hour” sent me looking for one of those stations, just for the rhythm.
Now, I’m not saying that Dan’s show sucks because I oppose atheism. I don’t oppose atheism. My mom is an atheist. I wouldn’t mind at all hearing a show about atheism. In fact, that’s why I turned on the radio in the first place. What I do oppose, and find maddening, is people who don’t respect their audience, the station, or their subject matter enough to prepare a radio show. That’s inexcusable. I don’t know why KMUD allows him to make a habit of it.
If Dan had anything to say about atheism, he certainly would have said it in the half-dozen or more hours of air time that he has been granted already. Letting Dan continue to host Spiritual Perspectives, simply encourages him, and gives others permission, to continue exploring the putrid depths of bad radio. Is that why you support KMUD?