I wrote the cover story in the current issue of the American Spectator. It's on the sad decline of the AM band. One of the points I made in the article was that when radio was a bottom-up phenomenon, with local stations creating programming that caught on nationally, the medium better served its listeners. I'm reminded of that today, with the release of The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp as Tonto (The modern pair look like two dudes one might run into at an avant garde sex party.). WXYZ, a since-defunct station in Detroit created the iconic character in 1933. A few years later, that same station introduced mankind to The Green Hornet (whose sidekick Cato seems a ripoff of Tonto). Most of the AM stations received on my radio play programs piped in from afar, informercials, and repeats. That's the point of the article--if you don't produce quality programs, you won't get much of a measurable listenership. My article is only available in print thus far, so pick up a copy--the Spectator print edition has returned to its oversized roots--at your local magazine rack. And do let me know if The Lone Ranger is as good as my article.
I'm thinking that most people have seen the Depp/Jack Sparrow routine before. Many times over. So a weird looking over the top Depp/Tonto?
As it turns out, The Lone Ranger was beaten at the box office by a cartoon sequel.