Benner and Michael Jackson
a Double Hit on KPFK Radio
2, 2004) LARadio.com
appearance by Radio Talk Show legend Michael Jackson on my Inner
Vision show was a real hit! enthused Michael Benner. Management
flipped out and gave us a second hour. Lots of KPFK people loved
hearing Michael, and quite a few of his fans ended up listening
to KPFK for the first time. It was a win-win all the way 'round.
Benner and Jackson go back to their days together on the La Cienega
compound. Benner, a ten-year fixture at KLOS and KABC, would sit-in
for Michael when he was on holiday.
was amazing for a commercial radio talk host, said Benner.
He didn't back off of anything I threw at him, whether it
was WMD being an absurd lie from the beginning, the fact that
the US under Ronald Reagan gave Saddam Hussein the deadly chemical
gases he used and trained Osama bin Laden in terrorist tactics.
There's been a lot of clamor to get Michael to do a show on KPFK.
I can't comment on KPFK's position or Michael's for that matter,
but if you did not hear the show, fortunately it's archived
on my website.
and Michael Benner at KPFK.
Benner was a gracious and hospitable host as always, wrote
Jackson in his journal that appears at his
Web site. The callers were not ditto-heads (Limbaugh-ese
for one who listens to him and accepts his words and ideas as
gospel). These were bright and thoughtful folk, most of whom sounded
young and all of whom were intelligent in their reasoning, questioning
is the way radio used to be before 'in your face' radio became
the established norm. Most of the callers wanted to speak about
the state of the country and the race for the White House. Most
of those who made it to the air were somewhat hopeful that the
Democrats would be able to bring about a change and oust Bush
II. They appeared more pragmatic this time around, looking for
the candidate who, whether he was their ideal choice or not,
was most likely to give meaning to ABB Anybody but Bush.
made a comment about no commercials on public radio. I
generally don't enjoy hearing commercials, but a confession,
I love presenting them; it's an integral part of my profession.
On the other hand, it is possible to get so much more ‘stuff’
done when you haven't the 18 minutes of promos and commercials
blaring forth right at a salient point in a conversation.