Well, all good things must come to an end, and that fate, it seems, has befallen KDHX's six-year-running "No Show," hosted by bon vivant bartender and man-about-town Brett Underwood. Read more about his decision to pull the plug here, and catch the last few broadcasts this week and next, before this passes on to that Great Community Radio Station in the Sky.
I generally prefer to keep my various worlds from colliding too much, but in the interest of contributing to the public debate, just want to invite you (now that the show's streaming) to pop on over to "The Wire" radio show's section of the KDHX website to hear last week's conversation -- a full half-hour! -- with Dr. Diana Bourisaw, superintendent of the St. Louis Public Schools. Among other things, find out if she thinks she'll be in the job for much longer...
Even for the normally loose-lipped Joe Sonderman, this one's a doozy: in the Dec./Jan issue of the St. Louis Journalism Review, the end of his far-ranging column "AM/FM" is devoted to a slam of the RFT's "Best of" Awards that encompasses community radio station KDHX, too. Or maybe it's the other way around? In either case, Sonderman's doggin' 'em both out, after congratulating the staff of Lindenwood University's KCLC (89.1 FM) for taking home this year's RFT nod for "best radio station":
"Now, we all know the RFT rankings are a complete joke. Its arrogant, PC staff and many of their readers despise commercial radio, constantly naming KDHX (88.1 FM) the best station. The station would not last one minute if it was required to turn a profit...So, congratulations again to KCLC. At least RFT readers didn't pick KDHX again."
(We'll set aside for the moment the fact that, alas for Joe, the readers' choice *was* KDHX; he's muddled the staff's pick and the readers' pick.) While it should be noted I have a non-financial interest in the perception of KDHX, that's mighty big talk from a columnist whose own publication also can't support itself in the marketplace alone. Come to think of it, Joe must be outnumbered in his thinking over there, since in many ways they're casting their lot with the future of KDHX radio and tv: founder Charles Klotzer looks forward in the new issue to a potential new show on KDHX-TV that will "add to the presence of SJR in our community."
It was a night of many firsts: the first time any part of Free Candy was recorded in video form, the first time Matt Brinkmann and DJ Play had discussed what they were about to do, and, quite possibly, the first time a tuba player (Matt) and beatboxer (Play) have ever performed something approximating Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy." The video was shot by Chris Carey using a lowly Canon PowerShot A60.