I Heart Armstrong & Getty

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If your radio dial hasn’t quite made its way to 650 on the AM, do yourself a favor and move it there between 6am-10am Monday through Friday.

Once Shawn & Jeff left the airwaves, I quickly became a convert to the Armstrong & Getty morning drive program after hearing my friend Elizabeth start virtually every sentence with, “This morning on Armstrong & Getty they were talking about…”

Now, much to my husband’s probable annoyance, that’s the preface to much of what I’ve said in the past year or so (at least I’m not talking about our cat or Dean Karnazes — two other favorite topics of mine.)

Don’t let their KSTE cohorts like Dr. Laura or Bill O’Reilly fool you; these guys are down-to-earth, middle-of-the-road, salt-of-the-earth, well-read, and countless-other-apt-cliches-with-words-separated-by-punctuation.

Both are brutally honest and possess the sense of humor befitting either a pre-pubescent boy or ribald academician and all shades in between.

This morning, I had the privilege of being a “guest producer,” which meant that I sat in the corner in their studio wearing headphones and watched as they skimmed news stories spread out in front of them and bantered with each other, with callers, with CNN reporter Dick Uliano, and with their producer and other fellow whose title eludes me (but is responsible for all the bumpers, timing of the commercials, sound effects, and essentially keeping them on track & keeping their advertisers happy.)

I sat in from the 8am-9am timeslot, and topics covered included radical Muslims, our “exit strategy” for the war, Sen. Carole Migden’s hazardous driving, and golf.

Since they were busy catching up on the latest news and discussing what would happen in the next segment, I didn’t get to chat with them too much during their commercial breaks (Uncle Matty, Paramount Equity Mortgage, Sleep Train, Griffin & Reed Eye Care, to name a few.) However, they did engage me in brief dialog a couple times and certainly made me feel welcome.

None of these people, in case you’re wondering, has “the face for radio.” Each was a nice-looking gentleman, which you can no longer see live every day since Q58 no longer runs their live feed (you can still catch them on TV in the Bay Area.)

If your mornings are busy or your shower radio is broken, you can download podcasts of each of their shows too. Check it out! It’s a tightly run ship (unlike this afternoon’s broadcast of the Tom Sullivan show on KFBK where they lost the live feed and I actually heard someone say a four-letter-synonym for excrement before several seconds of dead air…oopsie.)

About RunnerGirl

The secret to running 50K/50 mile/100K races = Run until it gets too hard, then walk until it gets too easy. Repeat. I can give you some good taping techniques to prevent blisters, too. Likes: brains, wit, athletic prowess, thirst for knowledge, adventurous palate, kindness to animals, generosity of spirit, the Western States trail, Brooks running shoes, Streets of London Pub Quiz, David Sedaris, Arrested Development, Sherman Alexie, Malcolm Gladwell, Eddie Izzard, Gilmore Girls, House, Top Chef, Top Model, '80s mod/techno/industrial, California Golden Bears, Alfred Hitchcock, Will Shortz's puzzles, Armstrong & Getty, running ultra-marathons on the trails Dislikes: Under Armour clothing worn as an everyday fashion choice, real fake-y looking French manicures, snobs, mayonnaise, the words "moist" and "delicious" (or any made-up variation of "delicious," especially "delish" -- thank Rachael Ray for ruining it for everyone), country music, running on pavement

21 Responses to I Heart Armstrong & Getty

  1. Lynn says:

    I listened to them a few times about five years ago. I stopped listening to them because they made racist comments.

  2. sac-eats says:

    I’m with you, Lynn. I don’t even listen to radio anymore with all the bigots that are on the airwaves. I don’t watch TV either. In fact I don’t even leave my house. Best to just read my Hardy Boys books under my blankets with a flashlight and avoid any outlet in which someone might say something disagreeable.

  3. cakegrrl says:

    Runnergirl, I know you love them, but I love them more. ;)

  4. RunnerGirl says:

    Well, Lynn, that is certainly your prerogative* to change the station if you don’t like what you’re hearing. Not enough people do that, but continue to complain that they’re offended. So, while I don’t agree with your take on this show, I can respect your not listening.

    For everyone else, maybe you can sing this for the rest of the day like I will be now after typing that word:

    Everybody’s talking all this stuff about me
    Why don’t they just let me live (Tell me why)
    I don’t need permission
    Make my own decisions oh
    That’s my prerogative (It’s my prerogative)

    It’s my prerogative
    It’s the way that I wanna live (It’s my prerogative)
    I can do just what I feel (It’s my prerogative)
    No one can tell me what to do (It’s my prerogative)
    Cause what I’m doin’
    I’m doin’ for you ah

    (courtesy of Bobby Brown and sing365.com)

  5. CSI Sac says:

    I love listening from 6-7:30, the lesser commuter hours where they talk about the super random topics and are even more conversational. They lean a touch more conservative than me, but I put that aside due to the fact that I find them so danged funny.

  6. The Chadd says:

    My morning listening priorities, depending on topics and commercial breaks:

    Rob, Arnie, and Don
    Adam Carolla (don’t care how to spell it)
    NPR

  7. Norm says:

    If Armstrong and Getty are middle of the road, I guess Rush Limbaugh is only slightly right of center.

    I remember how Armstrong and Getty did their part to help sell the war in Iraq to the good people of Sacramento by going to some park, dressing a guy up in a Saddam Hussein mask and inviting people to come by and shoot him with a paint pellet gun. They even had their Channel 58 simulcast cameras out there, and as I remember, some git-r-done-type local redneck brought his kid out there to join in the fun.

  8. KLJ says:

    Yeah, they’re racism, sexism, homophobia aside, I just don’t see the humor in anything they do or say. I can honestly say that I’ve given them a fair listen but I’ve never heard anything other than two dumb guys talking about things they don’t understand and then trying to make jokes about it. And I can hear that at work, and be paid for it!

  9. RunnerGirl says:

    As stated many times before, I’m really a 70-year-old man trapped in the body of a 30-something female, as I shake my fist at those who have a sense of entitlement — all while I work hard and pay higher taxes to subsidize **some** who milk the system.

  10. B. Durbin says:

    That guy who runs the board? “Board Op” or “engineer.”

    I have always preferred the former, seeing as I come from a family of engineers. And yes, my brother *is* a rocket scientist!

  11. Giovanna says:

    I love Armstrong and Getty. I just blogged about them too. And hey I made it on to mail bag. I was so excited. Check out some of the very funny cartoons made for their show on YouTube…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIJAPOm6UiQ

    Love the post! A&G are the best!

  12. Mike says:

    These guys are great. I miss them more than anything in California since I moved to Utah in March. Funny, definately middle of the road if you take all of thier opinions as a whole, and very entertaining. I was shocked to hear them in L.A. a few weeks ago in a promo for an afternoon show. I hope they get to be on in Utah. Good work guys.

  13. RunnerGirl says:

    Mike, you can download their podcasts or listen to them live on KSTE.com. I get the podcasts on iTunes then startle my fellow gym rats when I chortle at something A&G have said.

  14. Kevin says:

    Like RunnerGirl, I listen to the podcasts at the gym, and I’m sure people must think I’m a loon when they see me laughing out loud, out of nowhere, on the treadmill.

    I don’t get those who decry them as racist or homophobes. They are amazingly balanced politically. Libertarian would come closest to defining their politics (i.e., Republicans and Democrats both suck). Someone would have to be pretty far out on the left-wing extreme to view them as right wing. Not that it ever hurts to hear a reasoned presentation of opposing ideas anyway.

    If you favor out-of-control government spending without accountability, are a dog fight fan, and only want to listen to extremists who favor your brand of political thinking, you won’t enjoy Armstrong & Getty. Better you should listen to Shawn Hannity or Al Franken and be comforted by someone telling you that those who think for themselves are dullards and morons.

  15. A&G Fan says:

    To all of the sensitive people who said A&G are racist, bigots, sexism, homophobic you are crazy!! You are not really listening. This is one of the better shows out there where you can listen to two real (down to earth)people talk about real life problems, politics, entertainment, who challenge you to agree or disagree intelligently. So many people look for a reason to be mad… I say take a vacation, a deep breath and pull your head out of your A**! Then when you get back from that vacation turn on A&G and laugh! They always make you laugh.

  16. ts says:

    A&G are “California Republicans”…fiscally conservative and socially liberal. In fact, they often say they are “libertarians.” You have to be open-minded to apreciate them, especiallf if you lean toward the left like me. They are overall very intelligent and very open-minded. The TV show is now on KFTY TV50 in the Bay Area.

  17. Tom says:

    I love listening to Armstrong and Getty. I have never heard them say anything racist, but I’ve heard them say lots of things that the brainwashed politically correct crowd would love to pounce on as “racist”. It’s this honesty and refusal to bow to the brainwashed masses that I respect.

  18. lucas says:

    A&G have saved talk radio for me. I’m a talk radio junkie, but I got to the point where I couldn’t listen to the Rush Limbaughs or Sean Hannitys anymore because they’re just so friggin predictable and one sided. Jack and Joe seem like guys I would have hung out with in college and gotten along with. I can totally relate to the way they oscilate between raging against the world and looking at everything through the lens of wry cynicism.

    I really don’t get worried about people who decry them as racist, homophobic or whatever because it seems to me an obvious truth that these people just don’t have the mental capacity to understand the subtleties in their dialog ;).

    Runnergirl – how did you manage to be a producer for a day? That would be great!

  19. RunnerGirl says:

    One of my friends got it at a charity fund raiser and gave it to me as a gift because she knows how much I love those guys. The “guest producer” opportunity is sometimes a silent auction item, so be on the lookout for it at any charity events you might attend.

  20. Maria says:

    This may have been mentioned above, but can someone tell me under which category I can locate a & G via podcast? I get so bumbed when I get ot work and don’t get ot finish the show I started listening to on the drive in.
    Thanks!

  21. Jason A says:

    Armstrong and Getty are morons. They have those awful Sportscaster sounding voices, and on top of it, their jokes are completely inane. Sounds like the exact same watercooler banter you hear at any office in the country… right before you walk away.

    I can’t say it any better than KLJ said:

    Yeah, they’re racism, sexism, homophobia aside, I just don’t see the humor in anything they do or say. I can honestly say that I’ve given them a fair listen but I’ve never heard anything other than two dumb guys talking about things they don’t understand and then trying to make jokes about it.