To Err on Air

Letters from the week of October 24, 2002

Mama's Boy

Hey, Todd, how embarrassing is this?: What a pleasant e-mail to have received regarding the Best Sports Interviewer being Todd Walsh (Best of Phoenix, September 26). I happen to be his mom who lives more than 2,900 miles away from Todd. But this makes me a very proud mother. Todd sure does a great job and walks the extra mile to do a great performance. I have seen a few tapes he mailed me and I enjoyed them so much. I also enjoy his humor (Todd is also very handsome on TV -- this is only a mom's opinion). Thanks for writing such a neat story on Todd.

Jayne Walsh
Todd Walsh's mom
Fairport, New York

Duran, Duran

Over the line: After reading your column, I have come to the conclusion that you are an idiot ("Seeing Red," Robert Nelson, October 17). You know what? DJ Beau Duran made a mistake, and he is paying for it. He deserved to be fired. That may have been harmless and funny to you, but to others, even those (like me) who had no rooting interest in the series, it was appalling.

Tony La Russa had every right to call this guy out. They realized they made a mistake, but when you are on a live radio broadcast, 20/20 means it is too late. There isn't much you can do.

I am sorry that now you are forced to listen to a more bland radio show, but if you feel for some reason that that kind of pushing the line humor is necessary to entertain yourself, then maybe you ought to find a hobby or two.

Ken Nollsch
Denver, Colorado

Cardinal sins: First off, there need to be more journalists like Robert Nelson.

Second, if what Beau Duran did was such a crime, then every damn guy in this country should be incarcerated. We've all told some girl that we find her attractive and asked her out. Once he was told no, he didn't push her to change her mind or anything of the sort.

What he and John Holmberg did was stupid. They admit this and have repeatedly asked for forgiveness, as Nelson explained.

And as for Tony La Russa, I'm sure he'd feel big and bad hiding behind Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds as they "messed up" Beau. That'd sure be a fair fight. Grow up.

Joel Sterling
Mesa

Beau knows radio: In this week's New Times, Pope Robert Nelson canonizes some dumbass disc jockey. Nelson is for some reason outraged over the treatment of Beau Duran. It was just a harmless prank he pulled, I guess, unless you've been singled out because you are the widow of a 34-year-old guy who unexpectedly dropped dead just a few months ago.

Duran got what he deserved for being such a dip-ass. Too bad for him, he'll have to get another job. And I'm sure he will.

Bob Nelson needs to get a grip. Nelson is blowing the entire event out of proportion, not Tony La Russa. What, exactly, I'd like to know, is the scary "power of a big league manager"? And what lapse in logic did it take to drag September 11 in here? Nelson seems especially to worry over the e-mails sent to KUPD. I personally think wishing a cancerous death on Beau Duran is way funnier than trying to harass a grieving widow. Maybe the station should try to hire one of them. But Nelson seems to believe Beau Duran is the second coming of Salman Rushdie and Lenny Bruce, so whatever.

I just hope Duran went the way every morning man deserves to go -- the sound effect of a toilet flushing followed by a cut to commercial. I feel better because his firing seems to indicate that, if only occasionally, being a total douchebag has some consequences.

David Giglio
Scottsdale

Beau jest: I agree 120 percent. Tony La Russa overreacted big time and, thanks to some lack of testicular fortitude, so did KUPD management. "Morning Sickness" is the best radio show anywhere. And I think I speak for all of the Big Red Radio's loyal listeners when I say, "Bring Back Beau!" Send me the petition and I will sign it.

Tracy Castle
El Mirage

Radio daze: How naive can you be? The idiots in question, including KUPD management, weren't even going to offer an apology until public pressure forced an about face from their original statements following the incident.

This was a premeditated attempt at humor that was incredibly insensitive and cruel. I'm in the radio business and carry a sometimes controversial show, "The Bob and Tom Show." If you want to hear good, edgy radio, listen to them. You're never going to hear an attempt at humor at the expense of a widow. Don't let these people bullshit you. This article reeks of someone who's afraid he won't get a backstage pass to the next show that comes through town.

Mitch Baker
Springfield, Missouri

Schlock jocks: Calling for a "hit" on Cardinals manager Tony La Russa? That's almost as juvenile as Beau Duran's stunt! If Duran is as contrite as he seems to be, I'm sure he understands he doesn't need apologists like you. Excusing outrageous behavior simply because it was carried out "in the spur of the moment" is patently absurd. Duran (as he himself understands) got what he deserved, and I hope it is a wake-up call for the horde of low-life "shock jocks" who think that a $10-per-hour job behind a microphone entitles them to behave far outside the bounds of human decency.

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