This syndicated radio show is–I think–fairly new in the NY metro area, where it is broadcast on Saturday afternoons on the local CBS affiliate. I listened to it last week, and it appeared to be mostly commercials for NY/NJ/CT dealerships, plus a few call-ins related to car problems. During my brief listening to it, I wasn’t impressed.
So, today, I decided to listen for a longer period of time, and to do some actual time-keeping during the show. Initially, I came up with a ratio of ~80% commercials (both dealerships and various car “accessories”) and ~20% actual car-related advice/call-ins. However, if one analyzes the advice and the call-ins more than superficially, then the actual ratio is more like 90/10.
For instance, in between dealership commercials, two of the guys on the show began talking about springtime being a good time for waxing and detailing your car. Okay…fair enough…but then they launched into a discussion of why ONLY Meguiar’s products should be used!
One of the call-ins (about maintenance) included the advice to be sure to use a specific brand of snake oil every time that you change your oil.
A woman called in for advice regarding which 3-row SUV she should buy, and she was told about the advantages of the Buick Enclave. Okay…fair enough…it is a good vehicle, but then she was told to be sure to go to the show’s website in order to see their list of dealerships that she should visit, and which salesman she should see at each of those dealerships!
One of the callers stated that he doesn’t have any car problems, and he was calling just to let everyone know that the 2017 Nissan Titan is the best truck ever.
I know that–unlike PBS–a commercial radio station has to pay the bills, but–IMHO–this program is beyond ridiculous. The chance of hearing any objective car maintenance/repair advice is…nill.