12th March 02:53
"On radio, he's a real turnoff"
IMPULSE! YOUR REVIEWS: DAVID LEE ROTH
On radio, he's a real turnoff
January 9, 2006 - New York Newsday
Ex Van Halen front man David Lee Roth started his tenure as Howard
Stern's replacement last week on "Free FM," (92.3 FM, the former
K-ROCK). We asked the Review Crew to tune in for a few days and rate
Rainbow Kirby, 28, Long Beach
Rainbow says: "The David Lee Roth Show" tagline - "Like a thunderbolt
in your Cheerios" should be "Like soggy cereal in your milk." If I
wanted to listen to someone recount his glory days, I'd hang out with
the men in suspenders playing bocce in the park. The guest appearances,
aka "The Who's Who of Dave's Life," should be saved for his next "E!
True Hollywood Story," not A.M. radio. Mr. Roth, the '80s are over.
Please open a newspaper and see what's going on in the real world.
Ralph Fornoles, 24, Freeport
The only reason I tuned in was to predict how long Roth's tenure will
last. My guess: not too long. How could a has-been ex-rock star
possibly follow the footsteps of the legendary Howard Stern? I thought
his commentary was atrocious, with subject matter I couldn't relate to.
At least Stern was for the working man.
Elizabeth Weilhoefer, 27, Middle Island
Unfortunately, David Lee Roth is no more fit to host a talk-radio show
than Howard Stern is to lead a rock band. How is "Diamond Dave" going
to fill four hours a day, five days a week, when he's already talking
about nothing? Mr. Roth should go the way of all respectable retired
rock legends and do a reality show about getting plastic surgery.
That's something I'd tune in for.
Ryan Mulholland, 22, Levittown
If David Lee Roth was hoping his morning show debut was going to be the
birth of a new free-radio empire, he'd better rework his plan. Morning
commuters Tuesday undoubtedly heard the dreadfully long interview with
the host's 86-year-old Uncle Manny. It put me back to sleep. The rest
of the show was sprinkled with some Howard Stern-like humor, but with
no- where near the entertainment quality of his predecessor.
Joe La Puma, 22, Brightwaters
David Lee Roth has his work cut out for him taking over for the "King
of All Media." After listening for a couple of days, Roth seemed to
lack the shock-value comedy that helped Howard Stern succeed. Fans of
Stern who craved pushing the limits and taking risks first thing in the
morning will be disappointed in Roth. It may be too early to tell, but
right now the rock legend is making $12.99 a month for satellite radio
look like a bargain.
Greg Robson, 24, Manhasset
I never liked Howard Stern's radio personality, so tuning in to David
Lee Roth was a bit of a litmus test. Replacing Stern is impossible, but
I praise Roth for staying true to himself. Roth is a compelling,
captivating radio voice that's learned and opinionated. While I've
never liked him much as a rocker, I don't mind him as a DJ.
Grade: B (plus)