Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Jonathan Goldstein meet Joe Frank


Or "groundbreaking" meet "universe creating." I've written before about how easy it is to take something happening in the United States, repackage it, and get serious cash from the government to do it in Canada. And it ain't something that I think is inherently bad.

What I think is bad, and very bad, like so bad I never want to listen to your radio show again, is passing it off as original. In today's Montreal Gazette, Alyson Grant writes a piece of fluff about Mr. Goldstein's radio show (that apparently is taking the country by storm!) without managing to write the words "Joe Frank." Mr. Goldstein himself is quoted as saying that his "show is a reworking of the (Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks) 2,000 Year Old Man routine." Like, right.

Listen for yourself, Mr. Frank's radio show airs tomorrow (Thursday at 6 pm EST) on WFMU along with a bunch of other radio stations at other times. Mr. Goldstein's radio show airs on Sundays at 1 p.m. (1:30 p.m. NT, 4 p.m. PT) on CBC Radio One and then again on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (9 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio One. If you can't wait until then, there are some archived shows on Mr. Frank's website that can be listened to for free, unfortunately, the CBC hasn't quite figured out how to archive talk radio just yet.

[Update: Nov. 19, Ms. Grant just emailed me, and wrote "Just wanted to let you know that in our interview Jonathan mentioned Joe Frank as an influence. Not mentioning the connection in the piece was my oversight." I am duly impressed with her forthrightness.]

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