|I laughed when the Phantom Gourmet Andelman Brothers talked about family get-togethers or what they did over the weekend.
Michael Graham always challenged me to think even when he was going off the deep-end on a subject or playing "devil's advocate" to provoke callers to challenge him.
I will forever miss Margery Eagan's "blond" moments, although I was getting a little tired of some of Jim Braude's seemingly put-downs of Margery. But with Jim's crush on Senator Scott Brown, I felt he was starting to see the light! I have to admit that I enjoyed listening to the Governor when he came in for his monthly on-air chat.
From time to time you may have even heard "GOP Sue" calling in with a crazy comment or two. I often recognized other callers too including friends from Red Mass. Rob Eno was a repeat caller and guest on Michael Graham's show.
Call me crazy but I liked the commercials too. I visited Ken's Steak House and F1-Boston because of strong recommendations from the host and tried many a new restaurants mentioned by the Andelman Brothers. I had a house roof done a few years ago by someone who advertised on the show. Over the past 10 years, I attended many business openings, shows, comedy nights and Boston events because of recommendations from the host or a caller.
But now it's all gone and I know it's because of ratings and cost. Heck, I can understand that paying a full day of hosts has to be a lot more expensive than just running crappy music. But I don't understand considering the large number of sponsors and commercials that 96.9 had that they were not making a healthy profit. Plus the switch to "crappy music that other stations play" must have resulted in losing about 90% of their audience.
Knowing that it's done and time to move on I'm wondering what others who loved 96.9 have moved on to. Is there a true local talk format left either on FM or AM?? Or is it time for me to go to a paid radio service and if so what?