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The K-Files


Welcome to this latest installment of The K-Files. It's time to celebrate the end of May with trip down Esoteric Lane, at the corner of Weird and Spooky, to a place known by many as The K-Files.

Last week I gave my take on announcer Ross Mitchell and the bang-up job he's doing filling in for Ian on Coast to Coast Live. We were blessed once again as Mitchell agreed to come back on this past week. Did he live up to his debut appearance, or was it a case of beginner's luck? And what did our ol' pal Ian have to say about it? Read on and find out.

You'd better get ready, 'cause here come The K-Files...

:: Special Report ::

Alright, so my wish was indeed granted, and we were gifted with another 4 hours of Ross Mitchell's fantastic voice in the Coast to Coast Live timeslot. I was unfortunately unable to listen to this one in real time due to work constraints, but I listened to the show's downloaded mp3 in its entirety. Last week I made some pretty serious comments regarding Mitchell's guest hosting. In praising his voice, humor, and personality, I even went so far as to say that if it meant we could get more Mitchell, I wouldn't mind if Art didn't come back for a while. Big words, yes, but after Mitchell's second hosting last Saturday, my opinion has only been bolstered.

Just as with his first appearance as guest-host, Ross Mitchell demonstrated an entertaining personality and genuine interest in the topics being discussed. With his interviewing style, he comes off as friendly and knowledgeable. In fact, I'd say the best way to describe him is Ian Punnett but with a deeper voice. The two seem very similar and compatible with each other.

Last week Ian seemed a bit intimidated at Ross' success. Sure it was a joke on Ian's part to make the new guy feel good, but comedy aside, there was some truth in what he said. I still like Ian and his interviewing style, but Ross had a way of turning a mediocre guest into something that I actually wanted to keep listening to. With Ian and his often less than stellar guests on Coast to Coast Live, I find myself losing interest quickly. To be honest, most times I will only listen to the first hour of Coast to Coast Live. I find the most entertaining part of it is Ian reading some mail, reporting some news, then taking a few calls. But with Ross these past 2 weeks, I found myself sitting through the entire interview. Some of this fascination despite boring subject matter could be explained because of the novelty of simply hearing a new host on Coast, but some credit must also go to Ross' ability to keep things interesting.

The highpoint of the evening came in the last 5 minutes. By this time, I wasn't paying too close attention to the callers, but one in particular caught my ear. He asked guest Dr. Gary Ridenour (who was on talking about the bird flu, among other things) about whether or not his hobby of playing with bird droppings was dangerous. I had to think twice after that one--could it be a joke? As the caller continued, I couldn't shake the feeling that he sounded familiar. Sure enough, it was none other than Ian Punnett himself, calling Coast a few minutes before he'd go live hosting it. I might have to check the record books, but I'm pretty sure this was a first in Coast to Coast history. When Ian asked Ridenour if it was right that a fill-in host is better than the normal guy, I found myself laughing harder than I ever had while listening to the radio. Oh Ian, you clown, you.

But by listening to this duo of esoteric comic genius, a light bulb lit up in my head: Why not do a buddy show? Partnerships are fairly common in talk radio, and what better of a pairing than Ian Punnett and Ross Mitchell? 2 of the funnier, smarter, and most witty radio personalities out there. Yep, I can see it now--Coast to Coast Live with Ian Punnett and Ross Mitchell. I don't know about anyone else, but I'd sure as heck listen to it. Their contrasting voices alone would be worth hearing.

Failing that, Ross Mitchell must not be allowed to simply fade away into mere announcer status. I don't care what must be done, but I would be rather disappointed if he doesn't get a more permanent timeslot. Maybe as Ian suggested, he could take on the AM Saturday timeslot, or perhaps take one of the weekdays away from The Noor. For me, the ideal Coast to Coast schedule would look something like this:

  • Sunday: Art Bell

  • Monday - Friday: George Noory

  • Saturday (Live): Ross Mitchell

  • Saturday (AM): Ian Punnett

With this schedule, The Noor gets to keep his Friday open-lines, and we'd get back to back hilarity in the form of Mitchell and Punnett. Plus, appearing only once a week for Art, Ian, and Ross will keep them fresh and special. Say what you will about George, but I think he's doing a good job keeping the weeknights anchored down. But in any case, with the chances of Art returning this week being slim, we will at least have another chance to get Ross back for a threepeat guest-hosting on Saturday. Here's hoping that we do.

:: Dead End ::


Well, that's all for this week. I trust you enjoyed your trip into this shadowy nether-realm known only as the K-Files.

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Keep your eyes peeled for the next  K-Files, arriving sometime next week. Later.

~Khyron, 2006.


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