The Sonia Show

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Why are morning radio shows so terrible?


Yeah, so, I’ve been trying not to listen to morning radio because most of the morning shows in the Bay Area are really terrible.

Actually, I’m pretty sure most morning shows in the country are terrible. I mean, apparently Carson Daly has a morning radio show. You see my point?

But my iPod is dead, and I keep forgetting to charge it, so I had to listen to the radio this morning on my way to work. I try to avoid listening to the news, because I’m not ready for news first thing in the morning. The news usually bums me out and/or pisses me off, and I don’t want to come into the office already annoyed, so I listen to the news on the way home from work so I can be pissed off or bummed out at home where there is booze.

So anyway, out of all the morning shows I’ve listened to, I find the morning show on KFOG to be the best. They at least appear to do some preparation for their show unlike a lot of other morning shows that sound like they’re wingin’ it and spend a lot of time saying, “Who’s that guy that’s in that show with the thing?” which makes me want to drive my car off the bridge.

[Side note: By morning shows, I mean radio shows that are on before 9 a.m., therefore friend of The Sonia Show, Ronn Owens on KGO 810-AM, does not fall in this category, because I am out of my car and in the office by then. In other words, I don’t think his morning show is terrible. Ronn is awesome.]

Back when I was a TV critic, I used to go on Ronn Owens’ morning show every few months to talk about TV. He always knew what he was going to talk about. He was prepared to fill his three hours. And when I was going to be on the show, I prepared. I made sure I was caught up on all the shows and all the news about TV. I didn’t want someone to call in with a question and get an answer like, “Oh yeah, that show stars that one guy with the hair, right?”

I don’t understand why the folks on the Bay Area morning shows don’t prepare beforehand. It’s their job to talk for four hours or so. Shouldn’t you think about and plan what you’d like to talk about? And if they are prepared, it doesn’t sound like it. Maybe they are intentionally trying to sound like they don’t prepare? Maybe it’s a thing?

All I know is always sounding like they have no idea what they are talking about is the main reason I don’t like to listen to morning radio. Here are a few tips for the morning shows to keep me from changing the station.

  • If you start your news segment, “In the news today, Kim Kardashian …” I’m going to change the station.
  • If you do wacky blooper calls, I’m going to change the station.
  • If you say, “The ‘Twilight’ books were really great. I don’t think the movies were as good,” I’m going to change the station.
  • If you say, “Let’s not talk about ‘Game of Thrones.’ I’m only on the second episode of the first season” even though the first season of “Game of Thrones” ended last year, I’m going to change the station.

My recommendation? You could try playing some music. Just a thought.


Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

13 thoughts on “Why are morning radio shows so terrible?

  1. It’s the same in Atlanta… all blather all the time… luckily, I *do* remember to charge my iPod…

  2. My hypothesis on why morning shows are usually bad is because everyone’s less awake, so the hosts can sort of let being clever or funny fall by the wayside. Not a good excuse, but an explanation nonetheless.

  3. This is why I only listen to NPR.

  4. I listen to KFOG because, yes, they do usually sound like they are educated and prepared and they don’t do wacky crankcall segments. But then they go and play Dave Matthews Band for the eighth time, and I have to change the station.

  5. Two words: Car. Charger.

  6. Bloopers in the Morning is SO ANNOYING!

  7. Try Armstrong & Getty on AM 910. They are a bit right on some issues, but they are thoughtful and hilarious. Don’t just listen for one day, but give them a few days and see what you think.

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  11. All morning radio sucks. Blame Don Imus; I’m pretty sure he started the pattern.

    The pattern is this: One or two principle hosts with several Ed McMahons who guffaw in response to whatever he (or they) say. Johnny Carson was no comic genius but he only needed one McMahon.

    The host (or hosts) always sound like they’re trying to channel an obnoxious adolescent “cool kid”; they talk in a manner which conjures up images of some frat boy or frat boy wannabe with a backwards baseball hat, T-shirt with the logo of some sports team or rock band on it, chewing gum between wisecracks. They talk as though they’re “one of the cool kids” in the back of the school bus or at the mid school lunch table, and everything else is “lame”. Nothing they say is funny yet their Ed McMahons always laugh.

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