Six hours of Uncle Larry 2.0

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Oh my gosh! I’d forgotten this atrocity existed. Perhaps I blocked it out of my memory.

I’ll never forget my original “Uncle Larry’s Most Requested.”  It was my 2003 first-stab at poking the short-lived “Carson Daly >> Most Requested” syndicated radio show. As I browsed my computer’s D-drive, I came across this reboot of “Uncle Larry’s Most Requested” (like it needed one?) inside an unassuming, nondescript folder.

What’s worse: I made six friggin’ hours of this horrible show.

Backstory on “Uncle Larry” round two

My long-time childhood buddy from middle and high school moved into my college dorm. What would you do if every night was a party with one of your best friends?

Naturally, you’d record six weekly pirate radio broadcast hours of crappy 80s R&B  and tired 90s pop music.  :-/

As the weeks You can actually hear my buddy’s enthusiasm gradually evaporate as he realized just how horrible this show was. It’s one thing when a broadcast project is intentionally lazy. When it turns out badly, nobody bats an eye. But this show seemed to mirror the formatics of a real syndicated show. It’s premise wasn’t bad. But the execution is really, really, really bad.

Uncle-Larry-Goldwave

The only reason this show is salvageable, is thanks to my buddy (“Cousin Gary”) who was there every week — until he knew it was time to grab a life boat. And, of course, a friend at work (“Sister Sherry”) who volunteered to call in, since I knew the pirate transmitter was getting us jack squat.

The good

  • It was an actual show.
  • We put some planning into it, including a lot of amusing pre-produced bits.
  • As harsh as my above criticism is, as I actually sit down to listen to this show, I find myself occasionally laughing out loud. Perhaps its that same paternal instinct that a father has, when he laughs hysterically at something rather lame his toddler says. This show is my estranged baby.
  • We executed everything live, which is a rarity in today’s podcasting world.

The bad

  • Seriously? “Walk the Dinosaur”? What moron picked this crap? (me)
  • It often tries too hard (or not hard enough) to be funny, and falls flat.
  • A few of the funnier bits were stolen.
  • Equipment issues galore. It’s six hours of buzz and static. Thankfully, the sub-par content and acting masks our technical issues.
  • My “Uncle Larry” character voice sounds like a guy doing a character voice = BAD

Perhaps this is the pirate broadcast which drove my buddy into law school. (He now makes seven times what I do).

The recordings

Here are all six unedited hours. I haven’t even bothered to sit down and re-listened to these. So who knows what terribly embarrassing bits I have recorded in these. So, if you on a car ride from San Francisco to Las Vegas, and want to find a way to destroy long-term friendships with your passengers, I recommend starting with hour number one:

Week #1, first half-hour

 

Week #1, second half-hour

 

Week #2, first half-hour

 

Week #2, second half-hour

 

Week #3, first half-hour

 

Week #3, second half-hour

 

Week #4, first half-hour

 

Week #4, second half-hour

 

Week #5, first half-hour

 

Week #5, second half-hour

 

Week #6 (final week)

 

 

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