My John Aielli insight

I’ve been listening to John Aielli on KUT’s Eklektikos for about 100 years, but this morning I had a weird feeling about his rant du jour (about the Bleak House production he’d been watching on KLRU). It was somehow familiar in a way I didn’t connect with Aielli. This is like… like… a BLOG! It hit me – not like a bolt of lightning, more like a slightly starchy wet noodle – but it did hit me: John Aielli’s rants have the casual, slightly inane quality of many blog posts; he’s blogging out loud. So if he wasn’t playing music, if he was blogging text, would I read him? Would you?

15 Comments so far

  1. omit (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 11:22 am

    Astute observation. To which I reply, no.


  2. M Sinclair Stevens (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

    Sounds like he could move straight to podcasting.


  3. scoop jackson (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 4:09 pm

    yes please, kut’s programming is solid in so many other ways. it is freaking jarring as heck to listen to morning edition and then roll into john’s scattered blog-fm.


  4. Hope Munro Smith (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 9:49 am

    John Aielli is an Austin institution.


  5. Hope Munro Smith (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 9:50 am

    He could use a permanent sidekick though.


  6. anon (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

    An institution, indeed. I listen to him because my radio is always tuned to KUT for the AM/PM drive-time public broadcasting, but I keep listening after 9am because Aielli is so unintentionally humorous. I can’t wait to hear what comes out of his mouth next.


  7. Kristina B (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 1:05 pm

    I can’t bring myself to listen to him long enough to agree or disagree. I love public radio, and I think he does have a following in Austin, but 5 hours starting at 9:00 AM on week days is just out of hand.

    I lived in DC for 10 years and they have something similar: hours upon hours of Bluegrass programming. However they have the good sense to not put something so geared toward a specific market on during commuting hours.

    He has a market, like I said, but I’m most certainly not in it and would not read it if he were blogging!


  8. Butter Woman (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

    John must go. Five hours a day! Heck, that’s down from ALL DAY–what used to seem like an eternity. Ugh. He annoys me. Ugh. I’ve lived here all my life and he really, really annoys me. Ugh.


  9. Bill Jones (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 4:33 pm

    I like John most of the time. Im just pissed that they reduced Larry Monroe’s on air time and that I have to listen to Prarie Home Companion TWICE on the weekend.


  10. Hope Munro Smith (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 5:20 pm

    Having sat on the other side of the microphone at KVRX, KUT, and other non-commercial stations, you have to keep it interesting for yourself. BTW, John’s shift has not been 5 hours long for quite some time. He’s on from 9am to 1pm, and half that time is taken up by interviews and live performances.


  11. KUT Listener (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 8:59 am

    John Aielli an Austin institution? More likely he should be put in an institution. I agree with Jon. I like the music he plays, but I can’t stand is incessant inane babbling.


  12. Spook (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 10:46 am

    While we’re bitching about KUT…,

    WTF is it with KUT running so many news programs? Here’s a rundown of a typical days news programming:

    BBC World Briefing: Breifly put, every thing in the world is still sucking
    BBC World News: Now a longer version: Nothing out there but bad news.
    Morning Edition: All the bad, depressing news that we can fit into 3 fucking hours
    Fresh Air: Hi, I’m Terry Gross; I’m clever and you’re not
    All Things Considered: a 2.5 hour round up of all the day’s bad news to ensure you remain depressed througout the evening.
    Marketplace: We really, really like The Economist magazine.
    The World: The show for people who don’t have iPods or radios that can tune to other stations.

    Shit fire, KUT runs 10 hours of news every damn day. Do we really need that much news? I mean, really? In the meantime, the afternoon jazz show has been wittled down to two hours, there’s less and less of Paul Ray and Larry Monroe in the evenings, and Horizontes, once a bastion of Friday afternoons is but a two hour shadow of its former glorious self. I mean, who wants to drink a Friday afternoon beer while listening to Latino USA? Bah.

    Hey KUT — how about more locally produced MUSIC shows? Lots more. Like in the old days. It was mostly music shows. Dump the news shows, please! And while we’re at it, can we PLEASE get rid of Car Talk and Prarie Home Companion on the weekends? Their suckitude knows no bounds. Oh yeah, that stupid Living on Earth has GOT to go.

    There, now I feel better.


  13. scim (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 1:51 pm

    No no no! John Aielli lives in his own world. He was probably my #1 cause of road rage before I discovered the magic of podcasts and mp3 players.
    In fact, I’ve got my own little rant about him.


  14. Cindy (unregistered) on February 12th, 2006 @ 11:58 am

    YES – I love John and have since the first day he went on the air. The most heartbreaking thing about leaving Austin after 34 years in this awesome city is that I will have to find another way to listen to John – his musings, insight, and ramblings AND the selection of music. John, you are the greatest! We’ve been through so much together and we’ve never even met. Larry Monroe, I will miss you, too. I love you both. Happy Valentine’s Day to my secret loves.


  15. Cecily (unregistered) on February 14th, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

    You guys are a bunch of haters! John Aielli rocks. He’s truly one of the few things this town has left going for it. If you really care about “keeping Austin weird,” quit complaining about the few things we have left that make Austin different, random, and cool.

    Btw, I like the comparison to a blog very much. I think you’re absolutely right, Jon.



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