Yesterday, we received an email in our tips inbox with a subject line that couldn’t be ignored. It was short and to the point, and it had us at the very first grammatical misfire: “Who’s @$$,” it asked, “Is Fat???”
How could we not investigate further?
As it turns out, the email blast was from a radio “personality” named Jackson Blue, who appears on Boston’s KISS 108-FM, and who apparently just hosted a concert with Lady Sovereign and Perez Hilton. After watching the enclosed YouTube clip–which, oddly enough, occasionally uses the proper form of “whose”–we were taken aback: Have radio DJs really become this crapdragony?
Of course, it’s not news that radio-show jockeys occupy the lowest rungs of society. In fact, according to a 2005 survey, this is where rank in the world’s social hierarchy:
REPUGNACITY RANKING (FROM MOST LOATHSOME TO LEAST LOATHSOME)
1) Dog molesters
2) MORNING RADIO DJs
3) The walking dead
4) Email spammers
5) Phil Spector
So, as you can see, they fit in right between pooch-poppers and zombies, which is just about right (“music bloggers,” by the way, are at No. 11–we beat George Tenet!) But even though radio DJs have been go-to punchlines for a while now, we’ve isolated ourselves so effectively, we had no idea how bad the airwaves had become. Is it like this everywhere? Are all of the country’s big-market stations now staffed by catchphrase-copping fart-shtickers? We usually don’t beg for comments, but we want to know your thoughts, your prayers, your slide-whistle nightmares. Please feel free to share below.