I love listening to the radio--always have. I listen to Cigar Dave--even though I don't smoke, I listen to Frank Beckmann--even though I don't live in Detroit, and I listen to home improvement shows--even though I'm not handy.
Given the blue collar and welfare queen Toledo environment, I was always amazed that WSPD hired Brian Wilson, who had guests like Thomas Sowell and Ann Coulter. Surely, the potential audience in Toledo of people who have a clue has to be small. I guess it finally caught up with Wilson.
Wilson's replacement, Johny D, runs a show that is much more conducive to the typical Toledoan's intellect. I listen, although not for the length of time that I listened to Wilson, and I don't have an issue with Johny D; but I marvel at the number of people who call-in to talk about strip clubs, vasectomies, fat wives, and tattoos.
Maybe Johny D is a microcosm of what has happened to Toledo. The transistion from employed, church-going family men and women to less-than-stellar entitlement recipients who are more interested in talking about if people should be weighed before getting on an airplane than whether Obamacare will result in the decline of the U.S. health care system. The transition from a city that valued education and where generations of families lived to a city where college-educated students never return.
Drive the length of any of the major Toledo roads--Monroe, Reynolds, Alexis, Summit, Dorr, Hill, Airport, etc.--and you'll see a city with low or no expectations.
Yep, there's no audience for a local radio show with nationally known guests--better to stick with subjects like whether to stay with a wife who has gained weight.