Just like everybody and they mama, I have opinions. I don't know why anyone in particular would be interested in my opinions. I mean, I don't care about your opinion. So why would you care about mine?
But I am entrenched daily in the media. I see the right get fake outraged over the left. And I see the left get fake outraged on the right. And then I watch as the media blows all of it out of proportion.
Being able to see thru all the contrivedness (no that isn't a word) to what is actually interesting, entertaining, and important is what I'm good at. I think it's a talent, but it probably isn't.
I'm a liberal on some stuff, a conservative on others. It depends on the issue. I MAKE A DECISION ON EACH INDIVIDUAL ISSUE LIKE ANY NORMAL, INTELLIGENT, RATIONAL HUMAN BEING.
Anyone who is all right or all left is DUMB. And anyone who thinks the "other side" of what they believe is somehow "wrong" is also DUMB. It's all opinion.
Oh, and if you're against gay marriage, you're a bigot. And if you don't believe in legalization of marijuana, you're an idiot. And if you disagree with me on anything, you're WRONG.
So every weekend A&G have a "Best Of." On KKSF, it's on at various times (check here for times), and on KSTE it's on Saturdays at 6-9am. KFIV has no Best Of- I have no idea why.
During the week one of the things I do is keep track of which segments I think qualify for Best Of. By Thursday, when I put Best Of together because if I had to do it after Friday's show (for which I come in at 1 AM to do COW) I would die, I have about 120-130 minutes of A&G hawtness.
I tend to lean to lifestyle, wacky, comedy-based segments for Best Of. I figure on a Saturday you're cooking bacon and eggs or on your way to your kid's soccer game and you probably don't want to hear about car bombs in Iraq or stories about pedophialia. So generally speaking, I stay away from hard news for Best Of.
Of course there are always exceptions. If something is huge, then it's huge. And so it becomes part of Best Of.
So I tend toward the lighter stuff for Best Of like Jack assaulting people with his guitar case or Joe talking about lesbians who want to buy his shirt.
Another thing to consider is something that may be hot on Monday you won't give a flying rat's ass about by the weekend. Like you'll hear about it so much that you'll be sick of hearing about it by Wednesday, or like if the Republicans have a debate over the weekend or early in the week and by Friday it's just played out.
I also tend to shy away from segments with reporters for Best Of. For one, they're usually reporting on things that are happening NOW RIGHT NOW and they're just no longer timely, topical, or relevant by the weekend. Second reason is that, with a third voice, there's just less A&G in the segment. And I want as much A&G per capita as possible.
But I love putting great guests into Best Of. I especially like it even more when we had the guest on for 2 segments. Like the Washington Post Fact Checker guy we had on a few weeks ago. His interview was interesting for the full 2 segments, and from my perspective, I got half of one hour of Best Of ready to roll easy peezy.
If you listen to Best Of regularly, you'll notice no topic goes on for more than 2 segments long. I figure that's enough to stay on a topic, and I want Best Of to be diverse to showcase as much A&G goofiness as possible. And just like the real broadcast, we're almost always moving on, so I want Best Of to represent a microcasm of the actual show.
Of course, there are exceptions. Like I said before, if something is huge, it's huge. And I'll put together an hour around it. Usually it has to be a big event, like Osama being killed, or it's just too good to cut off, like when we had those 2 ladies arguing about an alleged sex offender camping out in one of their driveways.
There's no real logic to how the segments get placed where. It's mostly about time. I have a specific amount of time I need to adhere to, and so putting together Best Of is kind of like a jigaaw puzzle.
Usuallyan hour of Best Of consists of 4 segments. But it's not always like this. I've done an hour of Best Of with like 6, 7, even 8 short segments. I get these short segments from when say Jack talks about Sam, and then they talk about Al Qaeda. I'll cut out the Al Qaeda part and then I gots me a short segment.
They come in handy. Like I said, putting together Best Of is like a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes I'll need a 3 minute segment here or a 6 minute segment there. And (also) like I said, the more diverse the content the more enjoyable I think it is. Even if it's a 2 minute segment where Jack and Joe go off on Marshall's "kicker" story it's still funny, so into Best Of it goes!
Another way a segment makes it into Best Of is if a listener calls in and asks. Like if Jack and Joe do a particularly funny segment, people will call in and be like "That has to be in Best Of!" and I happily oblige this request.
And since I decide what goes where and when, I've even asked listeners what time they want to hear the segment like "What time will you be listening? What time do you want to hear it? Tell me when you want it aired." See how awesome I am? Das right. I take requests!
So Best Of is me basically trying to be as entertaining as possible for as long as possible to you guys- just like the regular show. It's how I pick callers, how I decide which clips to pull, how I do my opening 45 seconds at the top of the show.
Hopefully you enjoy it! I'll do another Op-Ed someday describing how I do the always controversial Vacation Best Of.