shalom larry, auf wiedersehen eric

atlanta’s only true “shock jocks,” larry wachs and eric van haessler, the regular guys on 96 rock, have once again been fired by clear channel communications, the station’s corporate parent. the firing, reported on wsb-tv here seems to stem from differences with morning deejays yogi and panda on sister station viva 105.7, and a recording wachs made of yogi and panda in the bathroom.

wachs, of course, has a different take than that mentioned in a lawsuit filed by yoig and panda and given out by clear channel for the firing. you can read his side of the story in a statement posted on his blog here.

i’ll admit that even though it goes against my general air of snobbishness, i like and am a regular listener of the regular guys on my morning commute. i had been wondering what was going on when for days they had been running “best of” tapes i missed the bit in question so i don’t have an opinion on whether or not larry and eric should have been fired. i am also aware that there are plenty of you out there who are thinking “good riddance to bad rubbish,” and i have no intention of defending the regular guys.

i’ll miss them though. they made me laugh with many of their stunts. i was always a huge fan of “the stoner spelling bee,” and the “FU line.” what shall i do now? i know that i should listen to “all things considered,” but i am trying to wake up on my commute to alpharetta.

“the bert show” is out for me. i used to date someone who made me listen to it, and i tried to go back the other day, but it just seemed so geared toward girls living in midtown, and guys trying to impress them. not my speed. nothing really makes me laugh on the show.

since the regular guys were fired and released from their contract, maybe dave-fm will pick them up. or the buzz. god knows they could use the ratings boost. but until that happens i guess it’s back to the ipod in the mornings. thank god for my griffin roadtrip.

6 Comments so far

  1. Dayna (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 12:09 pm

    This is not fully on-topic, but I wanted to sympathize with your commute to Alpharetta. I don’t currently have any CDs in my car, so I’ve been flipping stations on my 17 mile commute from Buckhead to Alpharetta.

    We should totally carpool.

  2. CaptainObvious (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 1:41 pm


    I too am an avid Regular Guys fan and quite disheartened once again by Clear Channel firing them, this time “with cause”. I heard their bit on Yogi & Panda and it was fucking hilarious!

    I’m too damn tired of all of the politically correct bullshit that has taken over this country. We have become a nation that is so damn scared of hurting someones feelings or making someone feel inadequate that we can no longer call a spade a spade.

    Yogi & Panda pander to this mentality especially in the latino community where a large majority of their listeners are illegals in this country. When the Regular Guys brought this up, as well as Yogi & Panda’s support of the latino community boycott over illegal immigration issues, last March Yogi & Panda became incensed on the air. Too bad Clear Channel had to bow to this attidue for fear of legal repurcussions, we’ve lost one of the better morning shows in the nation.

  3. Jim V. (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 2:23 pm

    The Buzz will definitely not pick them up, as it’s Clear Channel as well. Dave FM is unlikely, if CBS Radio wants that genre of radio, they can bring in Opie and Anthony at a fraction of the cost of running a morning show. The Regular Guys didn’t intend to work together after they were fired in 2004, I suspect it’s less likely now, but who knows?

    There is a free trial of Howard Stern on Sirius today and tomorrow.

  4. james (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

    good point, jim. i forgot the buzz was clear channel. they still need the ratings tho’.

    i actually don’t like either howard stern or opie and anthonhy. one of the things that i appreciated about larry and eric was the edgy, politically incorrect humor that was divorced from the rampant sexual humor of shows like stern, o&a and don and mike.

    just not my thing.

  5. valerie (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 10:21 am

    I’m a 38 year old female, mother of 2 very young boys, and a big fan of the Regular Guys’ show. Not exactly their typical demographic, but alas, there aren’t too many of us gals out there who appreciate clever humor about “inappropriate” subjects. I am so disappointed in, and exhausted by the hypersensitive, over reactive, and under enlightened walking brain stems who put all of their limited faculties and energy into protesting what they perceive to be injustices in, of all things, morning talk radio. Doesn’t anybody get it? We’re not laughting at blacks, hispanics, jews, and rednecks. We’re entertained by those who think they’re being disrespected because they are black, hispanic, jewish or a NASCAR fan. Indeed, where are we to go from here? Time for an IPOD.

  6. The Crusher (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 4:56 pm

    I can’t believe it. I just… I can’t believe what this country is turning into. I have had 4 generations of family fighting to keep this country FREE. Many of them are rolling over in their graves right now and you chicken-shit, I’M TOO SCARED THAT THEY’RE MAKING FUN OF ME” kindergarten-mentality dim-wits need to just get the fuck out. If not, I’ll take my whole family and my yearly 100k in TAXES with me and go to Mexico, where they still understand the meaning of the word FREEDOM. Oh, and by the way, just a reminder… if YOU don’t like the stuff you are hearing on the air, you shouldn’t be listening… you are disrespecting the 100s of Thousands of Americans who gave the ultimate gift of their LIVES so that you can be free to change the channel without being shot or whipped for it. All of you liberals can just go jam it.

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