Bob and Bing. Laurel and Hardy. Abbott and Costello.
Ever notice how the greats always come in pairs? We're not talking about the inferior species of Sidekickus Comedia, either - some schlub licking up the crumbs that fall from the master's comedic table. No! The funniest are always the true partners, who play off each others' strengths and weaknesses like Punch and Judy.
That's why the favorite radio personality this year is actually a twosome: Heather Brown and DC McGhee of Alice 107.7.
Together five years now (Heather was born and raised in Texas, while DC is a Cabot boy made good), Heather and DC's interesting brand of jawbonin' about their hang ups, families and day-to-day lives has made them a part of the morning routine for many in Central Arkansas. Though their viewpoints are often divided by the gulf of gender, they keep it light.
"So many times you go to work and you're afraid to tell people what's on your mind," DC said. "Or in my case, I've offended many people or made them uncomfortable because I say what's on my mind. Heather just laughs it off."
The day we visited, the pair was hip deep in what is often one of their most contentious and funny segments: "Relationship Wednesdays," where listeners call in for advice on everything from bisexual love triangles to their spouse's bathroom habits. It's old hat for Heather and DC. They say the laughter often heard from their studio can turn a bad morning into a good one, and not just for their listeners. A little over a year ago, DC's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. He said the show helped him get through it. "Coming in here was almost like therapy for me," he said.
Asked why their show is successful, DC admits that he doesn't know if the show fits the definition of success. For him, it's just another day of good-natured arguing with a friend. To keep that spontaneity, nothing is scripted or rehearsed. With a few exceptions like "Relationship Wednesdays," they don't even discuss what they'll be talking about until they hit the air.
"We do a real show," DC said. "Everything we do should be relatable to just about anybody's life." Given that it's all just talk, Heather said she often finds it hard to believe that people want to hear more of it.
"What I really find surprising are the people who say to us, 'I hate it when you play music, I wish you'd just talk.,'" Heather said. "You'd think it'd be the other way around."
Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
So fed up was young Edgar Welch of Salisbury, N.C., that Hillary Clinton was getting away with running a child-sex ring that he grabbed a couple of guns last Sunday, drove 360 miles to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., where Clinton was supposed to be holding the kids as sex slaves, and fired his AR-15 into the floor to clear the joint of pizza cravers and conduct his own investigation of the pedophilia syndicate of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "The Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim to fame.