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More on Interviewing and Radio

After I made my post about my three favorite radio interviewers, I found myself discussing the topic with several friends who had read the post. I realized that I had not fully expressed what I liked so much about Terry Gross, Tavis Smiley, and Kitty Felde.
Here it is: They ask hard questions. They don’t back down when the going gets tough. They are not afraid to ask hard questions even when the question would be against their own stated view point.
Now that is good interviewing. Many radio hosts are agressive but not effective or they are pleasing but passive, whereas Terry Gross, Tavis Smiley, and Kitty Felde give the journalism profession a good name.
On a different radio subject, I must also give props to KLOS’s night time DJ Jim Ladd, as he is the only free-form FM DJ left in the Southern California market. Jim is not afraid to play Janis Joplin, next to U2, next to an old 1940s gospel recording, next to Social Distortion. He breaks all the rules of the current blander than Wonderbread corporate conglomerate computer generated music radio that is on every channel. May KLOS’s corporate overlords not realize that Jim is actually a live human being spinning records and CDs and interacting with his audience five nights a week…