Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
Jay Maynard

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Who the heck is Jim Ladd?

Last week, while I was driving back to my hotel from the Jimmy Kimmel Live green room, I had the car radio tuned to KLOS (95.5 FM), a classic rock station in LA. As the clock struck 10, I heard this long, obnoxious intro for some guy I'd never heard of and how his radio show was not focus-group approved, and similar statements.

Now, I'm a fan of the old-style album-oriented rock radio format, where they didn't just play the hits from the best-known artists, but also lesser-known stuff. Great, I thought, I'd found a kindred soul.

Maybe, maybe not. I heard plenty of stuff that I hadn't heard before, or in a long time. I also got an earful of leftist crap.

Ladd took the occasion of his upcoming star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to rant about corporate ownership of radio and the FCC's obscenity crackdown, and how it was stifling all but the approved voices in radio. He went on to point out that he never uses obscenity or indecency, and felt that Howard Stern (who he did not mention by name) was hurting the cause.

As if that wasn't enough, he went on to rant about what he saw as the real obscenity: the war in Iraq.

Am I the only one here who finds someone ranting about the supposed suppression of voices on broadcast media on a radio show in one of the biggest markets in the country just a little hard to believe?

I take comfort in the knowledge that there are a lot of stars on Hollywood Boulevard with names nobody knows any more, and Ladd's will, instead of being the statement he claims it is, simply be one more star nobody pays attention to.

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