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Save the best for last...
After a month of Guffman performances at a horribly inappropriate venue, last night the musical fired on all cylinders. We moved the show to a great room, and many financial and theater people attended. the sound and lighting were better than ever before, and the audience actually enjoyed the experience. This became apparent at the very beginning when they laughed in the right spots. I knew from there it would be a charmed evening. And it was. Those capable of adding money to the pot and the wherewithal to bring it to Broadway swarmed the creator of the show afterward and its future looks bright. My time with the show has, thankfully, ended. I'm glad it closed on a good note.

It's back to work on the start-up radio network. The studios have been built out conveniently across the street from the Hustler store on Sunset Strip so our in-studio guests can do an interview then go dildo shopping. I'll be focusing the next week on booking and producing the interview segments as well as creating some content. It is a fun environment although I continue to question its business model. To me, canned pre-produced radio is not radio it all. It is TV for the blind.

I'm waiting to hear about the off-network pitches that were made today. Should any one of them go forward, that would be a ticket to ride.

My old boss and radio mentor set me up for an interview today with a gay radio network that is about to launch. The lunch with Mr. Morning Host started off nicely enough. We spoke of our mutual love of talk radio and its power. We railed against Rush Limbaugh and collectively scratched our heads at his success. I had already listened to some of his shows he currently has on-air and I was relieved they weren't frivolous but actually had substance. There were no poppers or porn reviews, and he tackled both social and Beltway politics. But the lunch started to go south.

The conversation turned to a Rolling Stone article I had read in last week's issue about "bug chasing" and "gift giving." This is something my friend Scott and I have been hand wringing about for the last few years - horrified and repulsed by its existence. Mr. Morning Host wondered why Rolling Stone would print such an article and feared it would give fodder for the Ashcroft brigade to force homosexuals to once again wear a pink triangle. I didn't mention to him that pink triangles are willfully pruchased at every gay store for accessorizing your car, jacket or bare chest. I pointed out the article was very even-handed, did not ascribe to any agenda and told an important story that has been aggressively ignored by the gay mainstream press. He countered that Fab, a gay circuit rag hand-out in LA, already covered it and why should the straight press pick up the story at all. I informed him the founder of Rolling Stone is gay and the story itself transcends sexual orientation. "But what gay people read Rolling Stone?" I told him I've always had a subscription to RS along with my Maxim subscription and my Vanity Fair monthly. He started to glaze so I took the opportunity to tell him what a genius I think Dr. Laura is as a broadcaster, and how GLAAD and others subverted the 1st Amendment by their strident reactions against her TV show. His fixed smile told me lunch was over.

I'm pretty certain this would not be a good fit for me. The very notion of gay radio or gay TV or gay restaurants or (to borrow fabulist's phrase) gay bread is kind of silly and ghetto (not fabulous).

Current Mood: hopeful hopeful
Current Music: Phil Hendrie - KFI

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From: solemnrayne Date: March 5th, 2003 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad that the show finally went well for you. And I read Rolling Stone also.
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guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: March 6th, 2003 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)

You've hooked me now....

It's interesting you brought those articles to the table. Mr. Morning Host said he researched the writer of the article and found his background to be one of military writing - not pro or con, just battle analysis. He also said the vast majority of bug chasers were married Mexican men who understood the system well enough to know if they sero-converted, they would get full medical benefits and a pass for the family to stay in the country. I found it hard to believe a man would purposefully get infected to provide for his family but then again, gay men are doing it for far less substantial reasons. The RS article confirmed what I have been seeing on the internet for the last few years - a growing culture of gay men who feel left out of the inner-sanctum of HIV or believe they are going to get it anyone so why not on their own terms.

It was a lively lunch and Mr. Morning Host was very impressive in his ability to make his case - a necessary trait for a talk radio. If the RS article fabricated information for its foundation, my faith in their journalistic abilities has just plummeted. Now I must do more research to have the argument with Scott I know is bound to happen. Were the articles you read debunking the numbers of bug-chasing in the gay community in the mainstream press?
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guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: March 7th, 2003 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You've hooked me now....

I really appreciated Dan Savage's take on the RS article. While the statistics are open to debate (25% of all new infections are from bug-chasing) because simple math does not support them, the fundamental fact of this activity existing at all is horrifying. The number of barebacking and bug-chasing sites are indefensible. And sad. While Savage understandably quibbles with some of the facts, he clearly sees this as a problem as well.

I'm glad you brought this to my attention. It reminds me I always need to question what I read.
ruralrob From: ruralrob Date: March 6th, 2003 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
After a month of Guffman performances at a horribly inappropriate venue, last night the musical fired on all cylinders. We moved the show to a great room, and many financial and theater people attended. the sound and lighting were better than ever before, and the audience actually enjoyed the experience. This became apparent at the very beginning when they laughed in the right spots. I knew from there it would be a charmed evening. And it was. Those capable of adding money to the pot and the wherewithal to bring it to Broadway swarmed the creator of the show afterward and its future looks bright. My time with the show has, thankfully, ended. I'm glad it closed on a good note.


That's so good to hear. Maybe its time to take the show on the road. How do you think a limited run in Nanookvile would go?
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: March 6th, 2003 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it would play very well in your neck of the woods. I had two Canadians there, both tough critics, and they actually liked it as well.
lapalomita From: lapalomita Date: March 6th, 2003 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm so happy that things worked out in the end. It's wonderful when struggle have a positive payoff, isn't it?
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: March 6th, 2003 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
You are so right. I'm happy it's over and I can focus on something closer to my heart.
lapalomita From: lapalomita Date: March 6th, 2003 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)
What would that be?
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: March 6th, 2003 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Inane radio and ridiculous TV : )

Once I can bank enough money, I want to retire to work with animals but I have to pay the piper first.
explosivo From: explosivo Date: March 6th, 2003 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I can totally see the guy's face as you launched into your Dr. Laura segment :)

I was at a dinner with about 30 gay radio guys a couple of years back and one of them said, "Well, who DOESN'T love Barbra Streisand."
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: March 6th, 2003 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Well? Did you raise your hand?
fabulist From: fabulist Date: March 6th, 2003 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Congrats on the timely wrap. That "show's over" buzz is the best kind.

I wish I still had your affection for talk radio--I listened with fervor in the 80s, but it's just gotten so monotonous lately (even outside of the conservative sweep of the biz), unless I'm really missing something. That said, I'm more of a fan of the old single-voice radio show--which has never recovered since the demise of the amazing Jean Shepherd. There's still the wonderfully esoteric Joe Frank and some others, but until someone fires a Scud into the Clear Channel offices, it's a desolate landscape, alas.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: March 6th, 2003 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately you are very right about the talk soundscape now. Consolidation has squeezed out what little wiggle room was left. I am in love with the possibilities of talk - its intimacy, its economy, its mental and emotional theater. I love talk because it happens in real time and the listeners are an audience sitting in traffic and they have the ability to respond immediately to what is on air. I like the level of give-and-take with the listeners. The shrillness of right-talk has overshadowed the fun that can be had (Jean Shepard - a beautiful and whimsical voice) but some of the talent out there is still amazing (Phil Hendrie or Howard Stern). I hope talk radio can find a political balance during these times when we need a healthy debate - not a one-sided scream fest.

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