For those of you outside the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, you may not be aware of "The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes" on 106.7FM, WJFK. A couple of months ago I would have said you all were missing out on a great show—a show that contained sports news, interviews, humor and some great opinionated views from two hosts, LaVar and Chad.
But something happened in the last few weeks; I started noticing more and more that callers to the show were getting mocked, cut off, and mimicked, usually by LaVar. Now I don't have a problem with Chad hanging up on stupid callers or people that freeze or get nervous.
I understand he's got a show to run and needs to keep things moving and entertaining for the listeners. My issue is with the constant talking over and interruption of callers for stupid reasons.
For example, someone with a high voice calls in and says "hey guys"—LaVar can (and has) go off for 30 seconds just repeating the way the person said hey guys—making fun of the voice or the demeanor of the caller. You can't even here the caller's question or comment.
Then, when the caller has to stop talking because LaVar is rambling on and joking about how that person started the conversation, Chad and LaVar will get annoyed with the caller and hang up on him.
Let the guy finish his question, comment, thought, whatever. Then you can dialogue back and forth or free up the phone line and address the caller's comments. But when you mock someone and throw them off balance you shouldn't get annoyed when they are quietly waiting for you to finish your 5th grade class talent show impersonation of them.
This is not the way LaVar or this show started off, but it has become so commonplace now that I can't listen to the show without getting annoyed. And no, I'm not whining about something that happened to me on the air by LaVar—I've never called the show—I'm just expressing my frustration at how the show conducts itself now and longing for the way it was when it first aired, when LaVar "dared to be different."
Hang up on all the posers, idiots and jerks—hell, I don't mind you making fun of those people, that's funny. It's the regular caller who just starts getting mocked from the moment they say hello and then has to struggle to get a sentence out without being interrupted. I know it's your show LaVar, and you can do what you want on it, I just wish you never turned the DJ mocking the caller corner.
And before you say it, yes I also know that I can change the station at any time if I don't like it, which unfortunately is what I just did.
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