5/8/2012 10:23:00 AM
The addition of live texting to the show has had its ups and downs. I keep an eye on those texts the entire show and answer as many as possible time permitting. Most are meant to add information to the discussion. Some are jokes that I laugh at but can't read on the air. A few are questions about my opinion on something. Once every few weeks I get an insult like yesterday:
"Primeau's 6 o'clock show used to be good. Went downhill when she teamed up with the so called comic."
I'm never sure what to do with them. I don't want to encourage a listener to switch the station but I always wonder what's forcing someone to listen to a show they don't enjoy and why they took the trouble to tell me they're not enjoying it. You would think it would be easier to switch stations than send a text but clearly they wanted me to know they don't like me. The "so called" part is meant to suggest, I assume, that I'm either not really a comic or I'm just not funny. I did respond to this text and asked what they didn't like about me or the show and what they would like to hear. The answer:
"Oh I don't know. Current events, social issues. Are u telling me there's nothing happening in the world? Stop mailing it in"
Here's the problem with that. That's not what our show is. This would be the same as this gentleman attending a figure skating competition and being disappointed that there weren't more fights. Rutherford and Adler are the social issue shows. We're light entertainment after a long day at work. Yes, we're a show about nothing but I can assure you we NEVER "mail it in."
We received a few more texts from this listener that each ended with an insult like this one:
"You know what else is boring? The Primeau and Gross show. Rather listen to a faucet drip."
After 3 solid hours of texting back and forth I suddenly realized I'd done my job. I kept this guy entertained for 3 hours. Sure it wasn't how I intended to entertain him but I definitely didn't "mail it in". I texted it in.