WGBH's Emily Rooney interviewed fired WBUR/NPR host Tom Ashbrook, will air it on her media show on Channel 2 tonight, but tells Eagan and Braude that Ashbrook wants to get back into broadcasting, maybe starting with a podcast, so she doesn't think he'll sue 'BUR for firing him.
Braude, meanwhile, acknowledged that, yes, Boston has an NPR station besides WGBH, but says that other station needs to learn what a joke is.
His particular contretemps involves a Boston Magazine puff piece about how wonderful and must-listen he and Eagan have become that ends with Eagan joking about comments that the stuffed-shirt NPR affiliate never covers Roxbury:
“We get a lot of calls from Roxbury, actually,” Eagan says. “Because there’s nothing else on.”
The two then keep riffing on that, finally concluding they have their new slogan: "Braude and Eagan - There’s Nothing Else On!"
A WBUR reporter read the encomium and went on Facebook to ask her colleagues to offer up nice things about Meghna Chakrabati, host of WBUR's Radio Boston.
Although Carey Beth Goldberg specified she knows Braude was trying to be funny, and noted the Boston Magazine account specifies the whole thing was a joke, it wasn't:
Boston Magazine has published a big valentine to WGBH's Boston Public Radio that's problematic in too many ways to list here, but here's the one that really gets me as a colleague who sits across from Meghna Chakrabarti and watches the making of the daily miracle that is Radio Boston every day: At the end, the WGBH hosts joke, unchallenged, that they get calls and listeners because "there's nothing else on." If you appreciate Radio Boston and Meghna's brave and often brilliant takes on Boston and the far broader world through a Boston lens, could you post some kind words here, and I'll pass them on to her?
Braude, of course, couldn't just let that rest, so he ended Rooney's Ashbrook musings on 'GBH this afternoon with a rant advising Goldberg he was just funnin' and, gosh, she really should learn how to take a joke. He said that after telling listeners people might not realize just how important Ashbrook was - his show was on like 300 stations - because it aired the same time as Eagan and Braude on WGBH.
And now I've written nine whole paragraphs on all this. Bartender, another!