This week’s chat with CHML’s Scott Thompson starts with a clip from Sunday’s Christmas episode of The Simpsons. Scott wanted to know if the Simpsons were as relevant now as when the series started 21 years ago. I dodge the question but suggest the series is running out of stories. New writers needed, Scott asks? Perhaps, but even new writers have to pen episodes 508, 543, 562…just what the hell is left to tell? Still, the show is as solid as ever on Sundays in the ratings, especially in Canada. The show has been renewed for a 23rd season, which will push it over the 500 episode mark.
We talk about the 30th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon and how hard that hit this Beatles fan. Scott brought up Lennon’s TV appearances and we reminisce about vintage Lennon on Mike Douglas, Dick Cavett and Tom Snyder’s old Tomorrow show. His death, of course, was announced to millions by Howard Cosell on another TV show, Monday Night Football.
Speaking of broadcasters, we touch on the death of Citytv newsman Mark Dailey and what a void his passing leaves at that network. His voice literally was “everywhere” on City.
We also cram in a comment or two on WikiLeaks and those anti-American CBC shows singled out in a couple of reports. Wiki-wacky.
You can listen in here.