In Defense of That Which Is Suggested To Be Indefensible: Adam Levine of Maroon 5

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by Ryan Meehan

Because of the highly critical nature of our society, there are certain negative opinions regarding famous individuals which are considered to be universal by those consider their musical preferences to be “above” such figures within the entertainment industry.  These beliefs are usually held by folks who think that for some reason there is no possible way for anyone who has become successful to be a decent person or a talented musician.  This is where the whole hipster culture grew an extra head and begin turning its nose up at anybody who wasn’t holding a tall boy of Pabst Blue Ribbon and proclaiming that the only good music in the world exists on the early Pavement demos.

Over the course of this progressive bullshit hipster revolution, I can’t help but notice that the celebrity who is constantly dogged more than anybody is Maroon 5 lead singer and star of NBC’s “The Voice” Adam Levine.  This of course is a travesty that is occurring in a world where Iggy Azalea is one of the highest grossing tour acts on the planet, and there are so many other artists who deserve the level of vitriol that is hurled in Levine’s direction.  To be brutally honest with you, I get it.  To the average blue-collar factory worker that isn’t an international sex symbol, I could see why some people view this dude as being a bit of a dick.  He exhibits certain aspects of confidence that could be misconstrued as pomposity, so I’m not going to act as if these thoughts are a tad bit unwarranted.

That being said, I think that even though the price of success often comes with the risk of monumental mockery perhaps adult males are giving this guy an unnecessary amount of shit.  He’s become pop music’s Carrot Top, and I don’t really understand how it got to this point.  Let’s take a look at some of the reasons that we might possibly be throwing rotten tomatoes at the wrong man… Continue reading

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10 Questions with Wink Martindale

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by Ryan Meehan and Emily Allyn

In the history of televised game shows no name is more synonymous with “host” than Wink, the man who has guided twenty-one game shows. But Martindale’s fifty-plus years in broadcasting encompass more than the hit programs for which he is best known. Before TV there was radio. Before game shows there was a Platinum record, “Deck of Cards”, leading to an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Along with “host” there have been numerous “producer” credits as well. Winston C. Martindale – nicknamed “Wink” by a neighborhood pal – was born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee. As long as he can remember there was a strong desire to be a radio announcer…a desire that was realized prior to graduation from high school at age 17. In less than two years on small stations in his hometown Martindale advanced to the much larger WHBQ in Memphis where he quickly became one of the city’s most popular personalities on both radio and television. In 1959 after being transferred by RKO to Los Angeles Wink caught on immediately. Five years of continued success on radio led to a series of popular network game shows, including “Gambit”, “High Rollers”, “Trivial Pursuit” and ten years as host of the enormously successful “Tic-Tac-Dough”. In 2006 Wink was presented with his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2012 he was honored as an original inductee into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame. May 11th of this year his alma mater, The University of Memphis, named Wink their Alumni of the Year with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Currently Martindale continues to develop television shows for network and first-run syndication. Retirement? “Why retire? I’m not tired”! Wink is the father of four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. This August 2nd Wink and Sandy will have been married forty years and have lived in Mt. View Estates, Calabasas for twenty-three of those years.  It is an absolute honor to have the legendary Wink Martindale as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

The Deep Six: Why Getting Weird Al Yankovic to perform at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show might not be such a weird idea at‏ all‏

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by Ryan Meehan

As die hard sports fans, we’d all like to think that we have no real opinion on the Super Bowl Halftime Show. This is the time that we use to relieve ourselves from all of the Busch Heavy that we drank in the first thirty minutes of the contest, and perhaps type up a few first half wrap-ups. But in reality, like it or not it is part of the experience. Over the past couple of weeks, a petition started by Ed Ball of Washington over at change.org has been getting a lot of attention.  Ball supposedly drafted the petition while intoxicated, but the purpose of this petition is clear as day:  He wants the National Football League to get Weird Al Yankovic to perform at halftime of Super Bowl XLIX this February in Glendale, Arizona.

I used to listen to Weird Al a lot when I was younger.  We used to get the tapes and copy them for each other, and Al was a seemingly never-ending source of entertainment.  “Dare to be Stupid” was one of my favorite albums.  Eventually my tastes progressed towards much darker subject matter, and there was a certain passage of maturity that came with saying “I don’t listen to that stuff anymore”.  Nevertheless, I still respected the guy and the career he was able to put together with an accordion and wire-rimmed glasses.    Continue reading