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.)