I understand that this post will fall completely flat for anyone outside the Chicago area, as well as most of those within it, but hear me out.
If you have been living in the Chicago area for the last three months, and you aren't a pretentious snob who thinks radio is beneath you (unless it's satellite or public or some other snobby, commie bullcrap), then you've probably at least caught a bit of Q101's new morning show, "The Morning Fix."
(Still don't care what I'm talking about? Too f-in' bad.)
The show, on the whole, is usually pretty entertaining--good interviewees, decent comedy bits, fun personalities. At the very least, it's way more appropriate for a young, non-homophobic audience than "Mancow's Morning Madhouse," the relic it replaced.
However, the show has one glaring weakness: Their sports guy, whose name is Jim Lynam (pictured top), is an obnoxious stroke. He's bad news. Just hah-rrable. Don't believe me? Here's an example of Jim trying to funny from this morning Re: criticism of the Bears' defensive line for its recent low sack production:
Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye responded to the criticism by saying, "We're not going to let this stuff get to us."...Things that do get to Ogunleye, however, are mom jokes, sad movies, and comments about his weight. [forced laughter by co-hosts] You know...He's a sensitive guy!
Sadly, this joke was one of his better efforts. You also have to keep in mind that he delivers literally every story in this monologue-y, set-up-to-punchline style.
Every. Single. Story.
What's ironic is that this show was created under the premise of doing away with the shock jock format and being different, edgy, smart, etc, but Q101 picked a sports guy that is the complete opposite--loud, hackneyed, generic, and Mancowesque.
So here's what I'm proposing. We, YCSNation, start a grassroots campaign to get this clown fired. Moreover, we help our own in the process.
For those who don't personally know us (maybe six of you), two of our very own staffers, Matt Zuchowski and myself, are experienced radio personalities, both having having worked for three years at WMUR in Milwaukee. (It's a really popular radio station. You can look it up if you want.) And at the moment, Zuch finds himself between careers while I, well...I'm just a fickle dude who will more or less jump at the chance to do anything new for a living. Also, after seeing "Morning Fix" co-host Ginger Jordan's picture on the Q101 website, I sure wouldn't mind working with her. (Hot dang, what a fox!)
Zuch and I could split the sports guy job, seeing as a two- to three-day work week is more up our alley than the traditional and excessive five-day. Plus, I think I speak for Zuch also in saying that we would gladly do it for half each what Jim Lynam makes.
Professionally, we may not quite have the proper qualifications or big-time radio training, but personality-wise, we're more than qualified. Zuch knows more about sports than just about anyone in the salaried media, while I--and please correct me if I'm at all mistaken--am one of the most generally hilarious and charismatic people in the world today. And oh--talk about faces for radio! (Well, I mostly have a face for glitzy fashion magazines. But I'm sure I could make it could work on radio too.)
Yeah, it may seem like a longshot getting one of the highest-rated radio stations in the country to fire one of their on-air personalities to hire two people they've never heard of without any compelling or justifiable reason, but I have a feeling they'll think twice when their inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) is flooded with roughly one to six emails. At the very least, they'll be happy to receive feedback other than complaints that their "Clarissa Jenkins" character is racist.
YCSNation--we're counting on you. Support our effort for better radio tomorrow, today! And more importantly, support our effort to make ourselves a name and money...also today!
If you really loved us, you would do it.