Monday, October 22, 2012

Has "Media Matters" hired Wayne and Garth from "Wayne's World?"

Media Matters for America "is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media." Conservatives compete with their own "watchdog," Accuracy in Media. "AiM" tells us that the liberal-biased media are "anti-family and anti-religion."

"MMfA" produces a radio show aired on weekends on Sirius XM satellite radio. I'm very much interested in both media and politics. I look forward to the show and it's usually informative and interesting. BUT... the amateurish-sounding hosts Brad Herring and Jess Levin often seem like the annoying, giggly kids on "Wayne's World."

Brad and Jess severely diminish the impact of the show and their voices sometimes make me choose a different radio channel before the show ends. If I close my eyes, I can see acne on their teenage faces. (No, Brad and Jess are not really teenagers with acne -- they just sound that way. Radio is "theater of the mind," and voices create visual images.)

I don't know of any contemporary radio broadcasters with the authoritative and comforting tone of Walter Cronkite (1916 - 2009) or the perfect diction of legendary H. V. Kaltenborn (1878-1965), but the unprofessional-sounding MMfA hosts are not the equals of a current competing male/female media critiquing team, Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone on NPR's "On the Media." 

A radio show covering politics and media requires BROADCASTERS -- not just researchers who can speak. Brad and Jess (and their listeners) would benefit from the services of a voice coach -- like  Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady. Oh, wouldn't it be loverly?

Saturday the MMfA show planned to air an interview with Woodrow Hay, mayor of Boynton Beach, Florida. The town (where my parents used to live) was described as being located "between Miami and Fort Lauderdale" and "20-30 miles north of Miami."

It is actually about 32 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, and about 60 miles north of Miami. I guess I have to do some of Brad and Jess's work in correcting inaccuracy in media. Harrumph!

(Map from Google)

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