Monday, January 09, 2006

Steve Dull: The Tribune's vice adviser

Somehow he has ended up at the Chicago Tribune as the expert on vice. Is it any wonder that people--especially the young--are turning away from newspapers?

As a kid, I thought Steve was a semi-cool, trouble-making, alcoholic DJ, who brought us Disco Demolition at Comiskey Park and had a vasectomy done live on the radio. That was 20 years ago. He has since gotten rid of his partner, gone sober, stopped being funny, and become an obnoxious bore whose greatest achievement in the past 10 years has been seeing Howard Stern go off the airwaves.

Back in the 80s, I remember hearing Steve talk about doing a newspaper column, I think when he was making fun of Richard Roeper or someone. He said he could easily crank out a funny column each day of the week. In his stint as "vice adviser," he's covered the following topics:

1. Going to a bunch of White Sox games last season.

And that's about it so far.

But I suppose we should wait and see what develops. What other vices will Steve cover in the coming year?

Eating too much deep dish pizza?
Talking too much about masturbation?
Wearing too many Hawaiian shirts?

Let's take a look at them and have some fun with them, as Steve wrote in his column. I'm hoping we can make fun of the funnyman a time or two.


Anonymous The Mom said...

I'll never forget when one of the guys on his program went to get his tonsils taken out. They teased him mercilessly for the whole week. Then the guy DIES!! I think that's when Steve became Dull, so don't be too hard on him. He may feel somehow responsible; so if he behaves, nobody dies.

8:33 AM  
Anonymous art attack said...

atually he didn't feel bad that he died; he felt bad that he didn't pony up the couple hundred bucks so the guy could go to a normal hospital and instead the guy goes to county and although ER is supposedly based on cook county hospital, that place had a revolving door into the morgue, and everyone knew that. But in any case, I think shock jocks stopped being shocking a long time ago, notwithstanding all that hoopla with Howard Stern.

1:24 PM  
Blogger kevin said...

Harsh post, AP.

Like art attack sez, people who read/listen to Steve are not looking for shock value, even though he practically invented the "shock jock" persona. Mundane as it may be, Steve provides a "sometimes-serious, mostly-mocking, rarely-boring, and (hopefully) frequently-funny look at local news, sports, and weather."

Sound familiar?

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Molitor said...

There will be 2 words to describe talk radio after the satellite radio craze dies down: "nothing shocking"

As a Chicagoan I also take pride that this market is the only major market in the country where Stern came into and his ratings were in the gutter. I remember he cancelled his show. While he did eventually come back he doesn't have half the ratings as local personalities do

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never imagined Steve Dahl a blonde!

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't really say Steve is blonde.

4:01 PM  

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