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Friday, March 18, 2005
Quite possibly the weirdest local media story in several weeks: Beaner and Ken return to The X How very odd. I was saddened recently when Citadel said they were going to start simulcasting Tuttle and Kline on Beaner and Ken's old station--a) because I think they're crappy, and b) Beaner and Ken killed in the ratings even without any help from the folks at Apex. It just seemed like twisting the knife--not only were Tuttle and Kline soundly thrashed at "The X," now they were going to bring down another station as well. And Beaner and Ken got shipped off to Syracuse.
And now? Somehow, Tuttle and Kline managed to get a gig in a Top 10 market, and Beaner and Ken are back where they started, kinda, with the added lure of Syracuse. (And for the people in Syracuse, the added lure of Birmingham.) So very odd.
As for the technical side, it'll be simple to do the Syracuse-Birmingham tie--before when Beaner and Ken were on the air in Tuscaloosa, Beaner was actually living in New Jersey and through some sort of digital hocus-pocus and a pact with Satan was able to broadcast and make it sound like he and Ken were both sitting together in the station in Tuscaloosa. The thing that is going to be interesting to see is how their show will translate to what are admittedly two rather different markets. The show here in Alabama had a lot of local flavor, especially the long-running gag with Vulcan reading the weather, so it might be hard to do something that will appeal to both places. Or not. I suppose we'll just have to see how it works out. (I just hope they quit saying "ass" so much.)
In the spirit of learning more about our new radio sister city, here are some little known facts about Syracuse: Now then, a little trivia about Beaner and Ken's new old station, 107.7--long ago, there was a tiny startup station called WBHR, "The Bear," broadcasting at 105.9 here in the local area. They did a lot of indie "new music" stuff that the kids thought was real groovy, and grew influential enough amongst the radio goobs to be noticed by the bigger radio goobs, and were then bought, and then swapped frequencies with one of the old-line stations in town, WENN, and changed their call letters and name to WRAX, "The X," and then they hired Beaner and Ken who quickly became very popular before they went their separate ways several years back.
That original station, WBHR?
It originated from, of all places, Trussville. (The call letters have since been reassigned to an AM station in Minnesota.)
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