Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Bob Eubanks

Here's my conversation with Bob Eubanks, the legendary host of "The Newlywed Game." Besides discussing his many years on that TV show, we also talked about how he became the promoter of the Beatles concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964, plus many other rock acts he booked, from Tina Turner and Chuck Berry to Elton John and Barry Manilow (neither of whom he has kind words for), and how his career once crossed paths with Charles Manson.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Brian Regan

Brian Regan, one of the top comedians in the country and frequent guest on my show, was back today to joke about Little League baseball, softball, the election, and the instructions on a box of Pop-Tarts. Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!

Previously on Harris Online...

Monday, October 25, 2004

Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

The humor columnist and the crime novelist were on my show today to talk about their collaboration on "Peter and the Starcatchers," a prequel to "Peter Pan." We also discussed their Rock Bottom Remainders band, Dave working with Jon Macks writing jokes for Steve Martin at the Academy Awards, and the 2004 presidential election.

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Roger McQuinn In My Studio

Roger McGuinn, leader of The Byrds (who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991), brought his trusty Rickenbacker guitar into my studio this afternoon to play and talk about meeting David Crosby to form the band, merging folk music and rock, and recording "Sloop John B" with Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson for his Folkden website.

We also discussed how he recorded the Byrds first hit ("Mr. Tambourine Man"), his friendship with Bob Dylan and later with Tom Petty, his relationship with The Beatles, and how making money in the music business is easier now thanks to technology. He also performed two more of his songs ("Chestnut Mare" and "I Wanna Be A Politician").

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Sunday, October 24, 2004

Auditor Bad, Secretary Good

"Auditor McCaskill. "

That's what Matt Blunt kept calling his Missouri gubernatorial opponent, Claire McCaskill, on Charlie Brennan's KMOX show Friday morning.

Yes, she's the State Auditor, and he's the Secretary of State. But I'd never heard "auditor" used as a title that way before. Other office titles are commonly used in this manner -- President Bush, Governor Holden, Senator Bond, Mayor Slay -- but Auditor McCaskill? Can you just take someone's job title and stick it in front of their name when you're referring to them?

It works for some professions -- Doctor Smith, Professor Jones, General Franks, Special Agent Thompson -- but not for all of them. I don't call my lawyer Attorney Sherman, and I don't want him calling me Broadcaster Harris.

Oh, hello, Carpenter Jenkins! Have you seen Plumber Tompkins? If you do, have him get in touch with Store Manager Giovanelli, who's in a meeting with IT Specialist Fanning.

So why does Blunt do it? It has nothing to do with her qualifications, or his. It has nothing to do with any issue that makes any difference to the people of Missouri. It's gotta be purely psychological.

There is no doubt some research indicating that "auditor" has a negative connotation with voters. It probably reminds them of the IRS, which was recently named, once again this year, America's Most Despised Agency -- just ahead of the Department Of Major Construction On Whichever Road You'll Be Taking Today.

By constantly preceding her name with "auditor," rather than referring to her simply as Mrs. McCaskill, Mr. Blunt surely hopes to subconsciously sway public opinion against her. Maybe this sort of thing does work with undecided voters. I don't know.

But in a world filled with ugly negative campaigning and attack ads by both sides, it's best for the voters to remember the horrible word that describes both of these candidates: "Politician."