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Why Is This Show Still On The Air?

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I like AM radio. I like sports. So when you combine the two forces and create sports talk radio, I am in heaven. Last October Mancow mania finally faded into oblivion, so when KLAC AM 570 teamed up Fred Roggin, Tracy Simers, and L.A. Times Sports Columnist T.J. Simers for the much coveted 6-9am time slot before The Jim Rome Show , I gave it a chance. It couldn't get any worse, right? Roggin and Simers2 (squared) is absolutely the worse thing in the Southern California airwaves (worse than Ryan Seacrest on KIIS-FM). Not only is T.J. Simers a nasty, annoying, and witless personality, but it makes it worse that he drags his daughter, Tracy, and our beloved Fred Roggin into this sloppy mess.

Fred Roggin has been an LA institution with KNBC for over two decades (remember Roggin's Heroes), pairing him up with these two have made him into nothing but a traffic cop. Roggin spends most of the show defending their guests from Simer's confrontational and mindlessly abusive questions. While Tracy waits for an opportunity to talk, as her father goes on and on about whatever. Not only is this show a depressing, witless, and pathetic excuse for a program, but it is boring. Good radio sports talk shows should have entertainment (see The P.M.S. Show), listener interaction (see The Loose Canons), hard-hitting interviews (see Jim Rome) and intelligence (see Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton). This show has NONE of those. The program is so bad that they don't even take phone calls from listeners. All they do is interview retired C-Level sports celebrities and other sports media personalities, as they fill in the gap with their mundane opinions about everything. T.J. Simers has been alienated by almost every single active athlete and coach in Southern California, which has made him irrelevant. How can someone be a sports columnist for the L.A. Times and host of morning radio show, when no one wants to talk to him?

Since KMPC 1540AMbecame a Korean language radio station, there has been a weakening of local radio sports talk. I don't like to see anyone lose their jobs, but we have to some standards. There are plenty of other intriguing sports talk hosts out there that deserve a chance in this time slot (see Roger Lodge, Lee Cline, Dave Smith, JT The Brick, etc.). Face it this experiment is over. So why is this show still in the air?

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