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A Challenge to Dave Pratt, 'The Morning Mayor,' on X103.9 FM

X103.9's Facebook fans may still be posting comments like "Maybe you guys can set around in your daily meetings and talk about how great the color red is and the wonders of wearing untied white high tops. You guys really screwed yourselves on this decision" and "Pratt? I thought he was dead. Maybe I will get lucky and he will drop dead tonight. Won't be listening. Thanks for nothing 103.9," but Dave Pratt Live, the latest FM morning show venture from the longtime Valley "shock jock" hit X103.9 this morning.

Joined by his co-host Kassi Jade, Pratt took over at 6 a.m. this morning. So did he play country? Did he stick to X103.9's alternative format? Did he play any songs by The Brady Kids?

Short answer? Yes, to all of it.

Pratt boasted that his show would be "no format," and indeed it was. He tossed in selections you might expect on an alternative station, like The Clash, Adele, The Killers, and The Arcade Fire, but mostly Pratt leaded toward a slightly older audience, with songs by Aerosmith, The Pretenders, Fixx, AC/DC, and Def Leppard.

He tossed out some oddball choices, too, playing a little jam from The Brady Bunch, and "Wild Thing" as an extended joke about Charlie Sheen's Diamondback's adventures this weekend.

Pratt ended his show with The Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffet's "Knee Deep," and a Green Day snippet, which he justified by mentioning Dave Grohl has stated he likes Zach Brown.

I'd like to issue a challenge to Pratt: If we're going to use Grohl as an excuse to play non-format tunes, how about playing some Cat Power, Probot, King Buzzo, or something from the Backbeat soundtrack tomorrow?

Or maybe some Scream? Now THAT would really be "no format."

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.