Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Annoying One

When I get off work, I usually listen to the radio on my way home. Sometimes I do prefer the silence (such as it is-I don't drive one of those quiet cabin luxury vehicles-the interior of my lowly car, even with the windows shut tight, sounds like I'm sitting in the front row at a NASCAR race) but more often then not I'll flip on the radio and tune it to one of the talk stations. I could listen to music, but most music-oriented stations don't play anything I really want to hear.

I've been listening most frequently to Mark Levin, another neocon phony "conservative" clone. Even though he so obviously is NOT a real conservative, he amusingly gets the usual extravagant praise from his red-state fascist listening audience. According to them (the words in quotes taken from forum comments), he is "brilliant", "gifted", has an unmatched "intellect and knowledge" and wrote a "masterpiece" of a book.

Now, if shouting and screaming every 30 seconds or so in the most infantile manner possible makes you a brilliant intellect, I've got some college professorships lined up for the local crazy homeless people (whose insane and bizarre rants actually make more sense than most of what exits Levin's mouth).

But what I really don't understand is how this guy got into radio in the first place. He has the most annoying and irritating voice possible for the medium. This observation has nothing to do with his politics. Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, they all have acceptable or very good radio voices, but Levin is beyond the pale. Grating and obnoxious, Mark Levin has the nasal voice to end all nasal voices, you might even call it The Mother of all Nasal Voices.

So what gives? How do even his fans stand listening to him for more than a few minutes at a time?

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