Jon Gaunt's Podcasts
Jon Gaunt has started doing a series of daily podcasts. I am wondering what people here think? RadioToday and DigitalSpy posters have been quite nasty, but I wonder if they've actually listened? You might not agree with everything he says, but the guy can talk. And he's got something to say.
I see a little bit of Jon in myself. Frozen out of proper radio because the face doesn't fit with the politics, but he sets out good arguments and they hold water.
Of course, the haters will denounce him as a xenophobic racist Tory boy, but take a listen and you'll see that's not actually the case.
Being able to talk and having something to say is one thing. Actually being relevant to the world you live in and speaking about those issues in a way that people can relate to, is another matter. Jon Gaunt has never been relevant. About the only thing I somewhat agree with him on, is his dislike for Katie Hopkins. She is something like a pantomime villain, although that is actually being a little unfair to pantomime villains. A Heel Wrestler would be the more appropriate comparison. And I respect his choice between Katie Hopkins & George Galloway as a prefered debating adversary. I have to be honest and say I would probably prefer debating Galloway too, only by a smidgen though.
Other than that, most of what he says is extreme right wing talk, and not grounded in actuality, but mostly cloud cuckoo land stuff. HS2 is 22 years too late so we shouldn't bother with it, and fall further behind??? What kind of twisted thinking is that?
I think the issue with Gaunty is that he's too right wing for any of the mainstream broadcasters.
If he was an American Republican, he'd probably be a syndicated talk show host, but with Ofcom rules and the like, his rhetoric is suited better to podcasts or Fubar Radio.
I quite liked it.
What occurs to me is that most podcasts I hear lack a decent producer. This one is the same. By episode ten, he was still getting his email address wrong, and the joke about the jingle, while endearing, is wearing a little thin.
The hard work will be keeping doing it once the initial excitement has worn off, and the realisation that iTunes doesn't run a podcast chart, but instead runs an algorithm based in a large degree on trending activity rather than total subscribers. He's #5 not because lots of people are listening, but because he's come from nowhere quite quickly. Without a strong producer keeping the podcast tight and focused, the novelty of hearing 'Gaunty' back on the air might also lessen.
But I like it, and if he can promote it without denigrating 'radio', all power to him.
Yeah, some of it's a bit repetitive, such as the jingle thing - does he really need one? Does it matter? The # Five Gollllllld Stars # thing has also tired really quickly, and it takes up the first 2-3 minutes of the show.
I like him because it's the one place I'm not made to feel like scum for not wanting to vote Labour. Other than that, I'm really enjoying them on my drive to and from work.
So it now transpires the podcast is mutating into a full online radio station in what seems a similar vein to SunTalk or Play Talk UK from a few years back.
I'm trying to stick with it, but his obsession - and it really is an obsession - with Lord Janner is leaving me cold. I can't work out whether it's a bit sad, a bit creepy, or both. It seems to feature on nearly every episode. It was a good listen in the run up to the election, but it's now become The Janner Show as the news agenda winds down for Summer. If he can keep it mixed up a bit, it'll work.
I miss his obesssion with Shami Chakrabarti when he used to call her "Shami, Shami, Shami!" as part of his issue against what Liberty were against restrictions of freedom of speech.
Ironically, Shami supported Gaunty when he left talkSPORT.
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