Usually this site is dedicated to all things Japanese but this time let me post an open letter to a radio show that I have been listening to for the good part of 25 years and has suddenly gone through some turmoil.
Dear Kevin and Bean,
I hate that I have to write this letter to you but the recent changes and the response to those changes in your show have made it necessary. First, let me say that I am happy to be one of your fans since the day you took over for Poorman. I used to tape episodes of the New Detective off the radio. I still have cassettes of your Christmas albums at my parents home in Arcadia (I have lived in Tokyo for many years now. Thank god for podcasts). I used to love the sports news with an attitude from your sports guy (what ever happened to him anyway?). I’m sure you have heard similar accounts this week.
Simply put, the way in which Lisa was dropped from the show, the amount of silence surrounding it and the rumors flying around have been extremely disheartening. You guys have been like a family to me in a strange way. Even when living in far away Tokyo, I could count on your show to bring me back to LA in a way and keep me entertained. The show has been a constant for me in a world where so few things can be counted on.
And let me just say that I am not completely against change. Although I really disagree with the dropping of Lisa (you and I both know she was a HELL of a lot more than a traffic reporter to the show) the way in which this change was made with its lack of transparency, suddenness and lack of any kind of closure is unacceptable. Now, with the lack of details surrounding this change and the sudden inclusion of Ally (without any formal introduction on the podcast) rumors and innuendo have taken over the KROQ facebook page and beyond. Ralph is being made into a villian and as much as I don’t want to believe rumors on the Internet it has clouded my image of Ralph and my enjoyment of the show.
Some people on the Internet, of course, can be nasty no matter how you go about changes but it is clear that the handling of this has made things much worse, damaging how many think of your show and the character of your cast. From what I could hear from listening to the last few podcasts (it has been hard to get through them) the silence on this issue is deafening and I think what your very loyal fans are asking for is not out of the question. All we want is the truth and some transparency.
I have always believed through the years that underneath all those drunken slurs, strange quirks, and poorly executed comedy bits that you guys are decent, good guys. That belief and enjoyment of your show made me seek out the podcast after moving to Japan, making sure my day doesn’t go by without listening to your show. This whole experience has clouded that and prevented me from enjoying your show. Please resolve this with the openness and sincerity that your fans are craving. Even if you can’t hire Lisa, have her come on the show for a send-off deserving of her service and a top ten moments with Lisa. Give us the closure that we need so we can get back to enjoying your show.
Thank you for all the laughs through the years,