Monday, December 17, 2012

On The Air: Dish Nation (2012)

Celebrity gossip is a regular topic on morning radio, so it seemed to make sense that someone had an idea to build a TV show around gossip on the radio.

Dish Nation launched in September, and is filled with jump cuts from one city to another, with morning teams in Atlanta, Houston, and New York in particular. Representing the Big Apple are veterans Scott Shannon, whose last TV gig was as an original VJ at VH1 in the mid-80's, and Todd Pettengill, who cut his teeth as a morning host in my district in the late 80's-early 90's before moving to his current gig. During his early years in NYC, Pettengill also signed with the then-World Wrestling Federation to host a Saturday morning highlight show, and spent more than 4 1/2 years with the promotion before leaving in the fall of 1997.

Edit: 12/9/14: The original video posted was deleted. In its place, co-host Rickey Smiley appears on Good Day LA to talk up the show in the only remaining clip related to season 1.

The jump-cutting is necessary since they can't get some of these folks in the same building to tape a week's worth of shows in a singular studio. Meh, that's the price you pay for experimenting.

Rating: C.


magicdog said...

Scott Shannon looks pretty good!

I remember back during his time at Z-100 (early to mid 80s) he was rather portly and was an early spokesperson for Nutrisystem. While he hosted he'd give update on how he was doing on it. He was also still heavyy during his VH-1 times but dropped the weight as time went on and he looked fabulous!

The clip shows he hasn't changed a bit!

hobbyfan said...

Shannon ain't the only one. Other DJ's, including a few in my area, also went on NutriSystems, and did the same thing, updating their listeners on their progress. Pettengill hasn't changed much, either, 'cept for the hair color...