So on tonight's episode of Coast to Coast AM, we have radical-fringe-right rhetoric from Pat-"I'm-Not-A-Racist-Just-Because-I-Believe-White-Americans-Are-Superior-To-Everyone" Buchannan (anyone remember the episode where he gave a deep, intellectual, historic defense of his use of the word "wetback"?), followed by the Grandaddy of End Times "Christian" paranoia, the not yet late and definitely not great Hal Lindsey--a man who has been so consistently wrong in his predictions of impending tribulation and rapture, for 40 years running, he deserves his own entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. Seriously, Harold Camping should take lessons from this guy. Camping has only had to wriggle out of inaccurate predictions a handful of times; Lindsey has made a career out of it, and people are still buying (and booking) his bs.
And both of them are coddled and humoured by Mr. Noory--the rhetoric they spill is allowed to pass unchallenged and unquestioned.
If Knapp's absence the other night does indeed turn out to be something more than a technical issue or a case of the sniffles keeping him off the air, and we've heard him for the last time, then even the most ardent optimist will be forced to declare that the very last vestiges of the Coast we knew and love have at last been put down, and the co-opting of what was once an original and unique voice on the radio is complete.
I seriously do hope Art comes back in some form or fashion to give the C2C "franchise" a run for its money, but if he doesn't, I hope SOMEONE does. For the love of all gods that have ever existed and those that haven't, please...deliver us from this nefarious mediocrity.