Saying goodbye is a bitch.
It just hit me today that Big Words Radio is nearing a very real and definitive end of the road. After being a guest on Susan Marie’s ‘This Is Not The Apple’ on Think Twice Radio in June of 2008, producer Richard Wicka asked me if I’d be interested in doing my own show. I was reluctant, but after chewing on it for a few hours I figured ‘Why the hell not?’
It took a few shows to get my legs, but somehow the format figured itself out. With my marriage, stress and an unexpected firing, the show turned into my therapy along with a launching pad for some of my favorite local musicians, national comic book artists and writers, adult film stars and a never-ending roster of great co-hosts. Intentionally Bald Mike soon gained favor as a crucial part of the show. Insanity, tell-all comedy and schmaltzy sound props quickly became the order of the day.
I can’t believe that it’s been four years. I can’t believe that I’m two shows away from saying goodbye. Between three or four different web sites, iTunes and a number of incarnations, put-ons and lurches and upsurges in the rest of my life, this is it. It was a peripheral hobby that looked promising until it wasn’t. Listeners started disappearing over the summer and the numbers kept getting worse. Not one to go down with a sinking ship, I made a clear decision to ride out on a high note.
Tomorrow I’ll be coming full circle by interviewing the man who helped me to get the ball rolling: Producer Richard Wicka. In three weeks time, every co-host who’s ever appeared on the show has a standing invitation to get back at me for all of my taunts, attacks and threats over the years for the Big Words Radio Finale on Friday, December 2nd from 6-8 p.m. If you’ve been a co-host in the past and you’ve relocated, please phone your roast in to: (716) 823-1750. Mention the roast at the beginning of your message and we’ll splice it into the last show.
There are too many people to thank who’ve been involved with the show so we’ll do that another time. Early on I decided to formulate a persona that was clearly over the top compared to the voice I employ in my books. Walking in the footsteps of heroes like Don Rickles, Lenny Bruce and Andrew Dice Clay, I figured that I’d host a show that I’d want to hear. The kind of show that made me die laughing as a kid. A format that made fun of everything. Offensive, ridiculous and insane. I hoped that people would get the gist of the spirit of the show. I was wrong.
There was a boom in 2009 when the show split onto MyPodcast.com, but downloads and site hits have started vanishing in the last six months. I guess my brand of comedy is a bit too extreme. In 2002 I used to run out of breath hearing industry greats like Opie & Anthony in the studio with a rogue’s gallery of stand up comics tearing into each other. I wanted to make a show that appealed to the comedian’s comedian. For awhile it looked like it was working.
Best not to drag it out. Chalk this up to closure. I’m walking into the studio one last time and then we’re recording the Roast in December. It’s tough to say goodbye to something that turned into such splendid therapy, but I strive to focus my efforts on projects with the largest audience. Big Words Radio no longer falls into that category.