When my daughter left for college I was left with a house full of boys. At the time both our dogs were boys! With their older sister away at school, my boys quickly “hijacked” my favorite radio stations and navigated to Sports Radio 104.3 (in Denver) to tune into “The Drive with Big Al and D-Mac.” Isn’t it funny how you envision radio broadcasters? Let’ s just say, based on the guy’s voice, D-Mac on the right sounds like he is 25 years old. Seriously, I thought he was 25 years old. It’s funny how we picture faces when we only hear a voice over the media outlet of choice!
So, I started tuning into Big Al and D-Mac on my way to carpool in the afternoons. My strategy was to glean a few talking points from the sports world and impress the boys with my questions or comments. My immediate impression of sport radio is it is essentially the “male version” of The View. It’s a whole lot of shouting, grandstanding, opinionated sports enthusiasts (one is a former Denver Bronco). And, it is way more entertaining than ANY of the other radio stations. It’s kinda refreshing.
That’s right! What began as a way to bond with my boys, I found to be highly addictive. The banter between Big Al and D-Mac was more entertaining and better than any other late afternoon radio show. I spend the after school hours in my car (either shuttling kids or conference calls with west coast clients) so Sports Radio proved to be such a surprisingly, enjoyable break from the political shows or celebrity trash talk radio segments. And, the boys love the lively discussions between Big Al and D-Mac. Big Al is still ruminating about the devastating, superbowl loss from earlier this year! We can’t talk about it at our house.
Thanks Big Al and D-Mac for giving me the opportunity to connect with my boys and for a few minutes a day to feel like I am the cool mom! Any of you share a favorite type of radio program with your children?