Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The KNBR Morning Show And 'Dude' Are So, DUDE!

 "DUDE!" --"Dude!" --Hey, wait a minute, dude!"

The KNBR Morning Show is quarterbacked by two primary players--actually, a couple of frat boys who mix 16,000 various pop culture references around Giants talk, 49ers chatter and Warriors wraps. It's ho-hum, morning zoo standard faire with the usual noise (lots of sound drops) traffic reports, sports updates and the like.

Oh, and hosts Brian Murphy and "Paulie Mac" (the guy with the fake NJ accent) penchant to utter the word, "dude" every 10 seconds. I had a lot of time on my hands Tuesday morning so I counted out loud every time I heard dude. From 5 AM until just before 6, "dude" was used 64 times. I may be off a dude or two but at worst, 60 utterances of DUDE is a major bummer to me. You too.

Moreover, who the hell says dude anymore? Let alone guys in their late 40's with some grown children. It would be easy to cast off the overuse of dude as just lazy behavior by two banal radio guys only Murphy, a former sportswriter for the Chronicle and Examiner, should know better.

DUDE, get off my lawn and reinvigorate your vocabulary. Brian, between, dude, your 17,999 UCLA and pop culture remarks, dude, couldn't you just be a little more creative? Seriously, DUDE!


41 comments:

  1. compared to the gigglers on kgo morning drive.these guy's are great

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  2. Better to day "Dude"...than "Bro."

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  3. It's sports talk radio, not Masterpiece Theater. Why the constant criticism?

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  4. Drivel radio. Sad how Murph "authored" Giants and 49ers books that are total jokes. He's no authority on either team but a shill. Likely why he was chosen.

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  5. These dolts are asskissers to the San Francisco Giants. Plain and simple. Also, to the 49ers and Warriors -- in short, any team that broadcasts their games on the Sports Bleeder. They have nothing to say about nothing. They are just talking heads.

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  6. Dude and I have to hear about the Grateful Dead reference about 25 times in about a hour. Also that nervous laugh when Murp asks a tougher question is very predictable.

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    1. Seriously, the fucking Dead are dead. Let 'em go, Mac. They weren't all that even when they were around.

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    2. No kidding. I never liked them much.

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    3. Hot Tuna, on the other hand...

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  7. Completely agree. Their over use of that word is horrible. They should use it sparingly only to emphasize a point or just avoid it altogether. Also Brian, among many phrases, overdoes ".so there you go.." as a throwaway wrap line. Do they ever review their performances, even after 10 years? They should!

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  8. You can take your "dude" & shove it up your ass!!

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  9. I don't mind Murphy but MAC is horrible. Try listening when he is by himself

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    1. It really is so much worse when Mac is on his own. Exponentially so.

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  10. Ed Barbara from Furniture USASeptember 8, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Hi Kids!

    Yea I never got these guys at all. NEVER listened. I always came back at 9 am.

    Bye Kids!

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  11. What is even worse, is the use of "You know" said by them and others in the media. NO I don't know...........

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  12. Sounds like they're giving Chef Scott Ryan over at KGO a run for his money with the usage of: HEY DUDES!!!!!??????

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  13. They both love Paulie Mac's song parodies, which I hate, and turn the station every time they're about to play one.

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    1. Those things are truly horrific.

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  14. I stopped listening to them about 4 years ago, yet it still amazes me that when all you ever hear is how tough media jobs are to get, Paulie Mac is still employed. It's not that I can't stand him, he just doesn't have anything to contribute. Bruce Springsteen is irrelevant, The Dead is actually dead and song parodies went out with Dr Dimento about 30 years ago. I've always thought Brian Murphy could be saved, but he needs a male role-model/co-host who can talk sports with him as well as call him out on when his creepy homo-erotic Giant's fetish gets out of hand.

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    1. LOL. So, so true. His Giant fetish really is quite creepy.

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  15. They are the worst this area has to offer in the morning. I don't know how they have enough people listening and have stayed entrenched so long.

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  16. Murph is okay by himself. Can't stand Paulie Mac. I agree with a previous poster--if Murph was paired with a better co-host he'd be fine.

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  17. DUDE, maaan, like um, y'know, sports-talk radio, is, um, you know, like lame, and, um, you know, stuff, dude.
    FAAAARRRT.

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  18. While not much better than the "Game"'s drivel, at least they can put together an intelligent conversation, unlike those "experts "...

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  19. Does Pauly even watch any sports? He is always getting the facts wrong. His music knowledge is terrible also unless it's about the Dead or Bruce. All he contributes is a Rain Man knowledge of 49er uniform numbers.

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  20. Have no real comment on the air time of Paulie Mac, but I have seen him at a few
    USF basketball games and appreciate his appearances at a local college event.
    Re: Murph, his few UCLA references don't bother me. He certainly is not in Fitz's category of telling folks he went to Notre Dame, which is a huge character flaw. Ted Robinson went to Notre Dame as well, but few know. Ted is aware that no one really gives a crap. Where I part company with Murph was his gushing about Bonds
    when he broke Aaron's record. The next morning, it was a kind of "Where were you when......" kind of approach which should be reserved for the Kennedy assasination
    and 9/11. Bonds is a liar and a cheater and Murph is a shill in the Krukow mold.

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  21. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but given the a.m. track record (you really want John London) on KNBR, I think these guys are fine. Are they breaking any creative barriers?, no. But, are they a nice, easy tune-in for the morning drive after the prior night's game (Giants, 49ers, Warriors, College Football weekend)? yes. Sure, they could get some angry Pete Franklin type to criticize everything every team does, but does the sophisticated/educated Bay Area fan really want that in the morning? no, I think not. Like it or not the ratings reflect what people like. I listen, and for the most part enjoy it....guess what?, I'm not alone.

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    1. The Bay Area is neither sophisticated nor educated, but I digress. It's not that the show doesn't offer enough criticism, it's that it sucks. Its drivel. At times, its unlistenable.

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    2. That's my take too as far as KNBR is concerned. They are a fairly upbeat pair in the morning to take people like me to work in the morning. I'm assuming that's KNBR's standpoint, not mine. I also assume the homerism is management's idea. I'm sure they record incoming phone calls when the hosts talk about national vs. local sports and local sports is the thing people want to hear about. You compare them to Tolbert and Ratto in the afternoon drive time, and aside from Tolbert's goofy topics which I personally enjoy, the more insightful sports discussion ramps up quite a bit compared to the morning.

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  22. I feel bad for Kruk and Kuip who have to talk to these two idiots in the( early) mornings after the games especially when and if the Giants lost the game the night before.

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    1. I wonder how much longer they will being doing those segments, given their age and Kruk's health status.

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    2. Oh yes, poor Kruk and Kuip -- having to collect another check for giving their slanted, biased point of view on KNBR. Shills, just like Murph.
      K&K are lucky to have been working for the Giants when they won WS titles. Overall, neither is in the top tier of Giant broadcasters. Can't hold a candle to Hodges, Simmons, Al Michaels, Hank Greenwald, etc.

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    3. 7:30,

      Yeah, seemed Hank's departure (subsequent to his return in '89) was rather sudden and premature. Perhaps his son is waiting in the wings for the full-time big league gig.

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    4. I think Hank didn't get along with the station manager. I didn't like Al Michaels as the Giants announcer. He was a little shrill in making his points. Lon didn't want to leave KSFO when the Giants went to KNBR. Ah, the '70s . . .

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  23. How many times doing I have to hear Bombs away, after someone hits a home run ? They are a like a comedian who tells the same joke over and over again. Mac musical abilty is horrible. Show is a bore. I listen to 1050, unless they are interviewing someone I think highly of.

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    1. The freakin' "Bombs away" outlived itself quite awhile ago. I suppose, like Paulie Mac's "Songs", we'll have to continue to endure it for a long time to come...

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  24. Thanks a lot Rich! They must've heard you on "dude" because they've replaced it with "man." Just as annoying. Maybe more.

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    1. I noticed that this morning too, and yes, it just might actually be worse.

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  25. These two are a joke. I really wish they would talk about sports intelligently, but they talk about the Giants like they deserve to win 162 times a year. No criticisms, no reality when it comes to the Giants.

    What happened to "The Sports Leader"? Sorry, but when I hear that, I expect you to know about sports. You should know about the other 29 MLB teams, not just the Giants.

    Really tired of these guys and Kate Scott just kisses their asses. Its sickening.

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  26. I usually flip stations in the morning Can't stand any of the ads.. Actually enjoy Murph & Mac. Also listen to Fernando & Gregg and Sarah & Vinny.

    My all time fave morning show was Alex Bennett.

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