Sunday, February 18, 2018

Slogan

Rummaging around the game show Interwebs, I came across a minor announcement that Buzzr is back on WBXZ, a low-power station in Buffalo.

You might ask, what's the big deal? Well, it's not a big deal, though the station has a somewhat colorful history. WBXZ has had a tough time even staying on the (low-power) air. The station dropped Buzzr a while back, and then WBXZ went dark completely for a couple months. But now it has returned to broadcasting with the game show oldies diginet as part of the lineup.

The reason I noted the item is that it sparked The Slogan on the Buzzr Facebook page. I hate Steve Harvey. That was the reaction of one poster on the oldies board to the Buzzr announcement. This incantation has become the Cathago delenda est of the oldies boards. Almost any subject, no matter how unrelated, eventually comes back to the Horribleness Of Steve.

It even happens on this blog. Yesterday I jokingly referred to the "gazillions" of runs of Cash Cab on GSN. Full disclosure: the network will run Cash Cab "only" thirty-eight times this week. Let's be numerically correct!

A commenter complained that I never trash GSN for all of the Horrible Steve they run. I pointed out my "Heap of Feud" post last December when I did ridicule GSN, Buzzr and syndication for the heaping helpings of Family Feud they serve.

Of course, what the commenter really wanted was a dump on Harvey himself. I hate Steve Harvey. Sorry, but I think Harvey is a fine host and has done a good job of reviving Family Feud. So sue me. (And, psst, I think that Horrible Steve will even show up on Buzzr one of these days.)

13 comments:

  1. This blog has become incredibly stale with you beating the same two drums week after week. Find a way to freshen this up.

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    1. This blog just got the most pageviews in its history in January, and it's on the way to another record month in February. I guess it pays to be "incredibly stale."

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    2. You're fighting with mouth breathers who keep coming back to the page or refresh the page to rebuke your constant classic program/Steve Harvey viewpoints. If that's what you want to have recurring on this blog, I guess that's your cross to bear. I would personally be looking to craft more quality to get different people interested, instead of quarreling with the lowest common denominator.

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    3. Translation: “I don’t like the opinions expressed by the blogger on this blog and demand he post something I agree with.”

      Harvey Feud Derangement Syndrome is real. You’d think after 6 years of reruns on the network the oldies boards would give up this silly crusade against Steve and his Feud being rerun. Nothing’s changed over these 6 years. And things aren’t going to change for awhile.

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    4. Jelly is actually right in a way. After almost nine years of blogging, I've gotten a pretty good feel for what attracts readers, or at least commenters.

      Something like my recent post "Enter to win!" won't get much reaction, and I knew that as I was typing it. The entry was just a note on a new show (or interstitial) that not many people have strong feelings about, one way or the other.

      Posts on Steve Harvey are a little different, to put it gently. He's the hottest button issue on the game show Interwebs. People have really, really strong feelings about the guy.

      The blunt fact: blogging about hot issues on any topic gets more pageviews. It's not hard to understand, even for "mouth breathers".

      I honestly try not to overdo it. Still, every time I glance around the game show sites, it seems that Mr. Steve is getting lots of notice. So what am I supposed to do? Pretend I don't see what's on my screen?

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    5. That's because the olides boards, or Buzzr Facebook page cannot leave the subject alone. They've been complaining about this for years. And they'll continue to complain as long as "The Antichrist" continues to get good ratings and multiple timeslots.

      And yes, I must confess, I found the enter to win entry rather bland :)

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  2. No matter who hosts Feud, they can never match Dawson if you ask the extreme oldies fans. Steve is a funny and talented host who made Feud one of the top 5 syndicated shows on the air right now. At this point 8 years ago, it was nearly dead in the water.

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  3. GSN Harvey Family Feud abuse and Buzzr rerun abuse are the same thing! Both channels need to look at expanding their library to include different shows.

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  4. Oh, thank you for the faux tweet about Joanna Gleason. Sad to read about the last days of Monty & Marilyn Hall, although age does take a toll.

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  5. The day Steve eventually leaves the show is the day the oldies boards will throw a New Year's like celebration and rejoice. I love how they have been hoping Steve's ratings will drop. It's still doing really well. These are the people that didn't mind Dawson kissing the ladies, but freak out over Steve's usage of words. Dawson was a good host, at least up til the early mid 80s where he lost interest in the show, but his Texas sized ego is what bothered me at times. But of course Dawson fans won't admit that. They act like Harvey in general is the worst thing to happen to game shows. Again, the show is really family friendly compared to cable shows.

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    1. If I may ask, what was wrong with Dawson kissing the ladies? Yes, I really have to ask.

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    2. You must have missed the past year of constant sexual harassment scandals. Even Dawson cut out the smooching in his 1994-95 return, and no game show host would dare to do anything like it today.

      The most that any other Feud host dared was an occasional chaste peck on the hand by O'Hurley with an older lady contestant.

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    3. I guess people didn't like him doing that and thought it was strange. Dawson mentioned in an episode that a viewer wrote a letter saying they didn't like what he was doing and he should stop it. He then suggested the viewers to write a letter to say if he should keep doing it or stop it. Lots of people didn't mind it, so he kissed until the final episode. He obviously didn't kiss when he returned in 1994 because well, he'd be considered a creep.

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