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THE NATIONAL RADIO HALL OF FAME
7/14/2009 9:18:35 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

The National Radio Hall of Fame ballot came across my desk, and I had a choice of voting for various nominees in the Local, Regional and National categories, including a few Pioneers I assumed were newcomers or up-and-coming personalities from various American markets.

As I knew none of the Local, Regional or Pioneer candidates, I limited my vote to the National field. Even then, I had misgivings.

Neal Boortz of WSB, Atlanta, was the only name familiar to me. It took me several minutes of soul-searching to vote for him -- but in the end, I did. (By the time this is published, I suspect he will either have won or lost the award.)

Upon reflection, Mr. Boortz might not have been my first choice, but considering I had never heard of the people running against him, he figured to be my only choice. Of course, I could have skipped the whole thing by simply clicking the “delete” button, but that would have been like going to the polls during an important election and walking out without casting a ballot for -— somebody.

According to Mr. Boortz, a lot of people may have done just that during the recent election for the U.S. president. They came in and stood there staring at their choices and wound up doing one of two things: either they walked out without casting a ballot, or they voted for one guy over another because they didn’t know any better.

At least, that’s what Neal Boortz says what happened.

I contemplated my National Radio Hall of Fame ballot for a long time before I finally voted for Boortz. What persuaded me? I certainly disagree with 97% of his proffered political views. He calls himself a Libertarian, but his credo seems anything but. He blames President Obama and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi for everything wrong with America except his dog’s poor eyesight, and if there was a way, he’d pin that on them as well. He decries the public school system for mass producing a nation of hapless idiots, while suggesting people like Rush Limbaugh, Shaun Hannity, Ann Coulter, Dick Morris, and any hot babe on Fox News holds the Keys to the Kingdom in their right-wing, conservative craniums.

So why did I vote for him, really?

Two reasons: No. 1, I don’t believe his tirades are anything more than “shtick.” No. 2: Jamie Dupree.

Without WSB’s Washington correspondent to make sense of Neal Boortz’s pontificating on political matters of which he has whatever superficial knowledge can be obtained by listening to his peers and reading sixty-year-old “prophetic” novels, the Neal Boortz Radio Show would be just a sloppy carbon-copy of other less entertaining diversions such as Limbaugh, et al.

Jamie Dupree brings a few minutes’ rationality, clarity, and unbiased truth to Boortz’s three and a half daily hours of predictable insanity, and I concluded a vote for the so-called “Talk Master” was really the only way to elevate Dupree to his rightful place. Jamie will probably never be officially elected to the Radio Hall of Fame—but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t.

Now that I’ve brought him up -— who is he? I could Google him, but I rather like his anonymity. Is he short or tall? Fat or skinny? Blond, brunette or bald? All I can assume is, he’s young. Not college young, but barely old enough to occupy the White House himself. My guess is 35 or 36.

His greatest credential to date is, he makes Boortz look rational by shamelessly calling out his flaws and correcting his myriad of mistakes on matters to do with national activities in Washington. Dupree is, if nothing else, the Voice of Honest Interpretation. If he has any personal axes to grind, the only clue we get is his determination to keep Boortz on the straight and narrow, as if that were possible.

So I had no choice but to vote for Boortz. The greatest injustice in America today is that Dupree earns about a tenth of what the “High Priest of the Church of the Painful Truth” makes, but I’ve done my part: I voted for Neal Boortz. If he wins, Jamie Dupree, by default, gets into the National Radio Hall of Fame.

I can’t think of anyone else who deserves it more.


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