Hollywood Hamilton Takes Aim At Shock Jocks
January 25, 2008 at 5:55 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Rhythmic WKTU/NEW YORK afternoon co-host and syndicated TOP 30 COUNTDOWN host SEAN "HOLLYWOOD" HAMILTON recently sat down for an interview with a local paper, THE HUDSON REPORTER. While most of the interview was of the "who have you interviewed" type questions -- one question and answer is sure to ruffle some feathers.
Managing Editor DIANA SCHWAEBLE asked HAMILTON, "Do you feel that [DON] IMUS struck a blow for DJ rights?
HAMILTON responded, "No, I feel he got what he deserved. You can't go on the radio and say anything you want. If you're talk radio, if you're a shock jock then you have the easiest job in the world. HOWARD STERN, who is incredibly talented, and DON IMUS who can just get on the radio and say anything they want, it's easy to grab a rating. So it's good to see them get their hand slapped every once in a while. It's very easy to get that rating. HOWARD STERN is not doing so well anymore. He's forgotten because he can say anything he wants there's no reason anymore. There's no 'let's listen to what HOWARD says today because he's going to be getting away with murder on radio.' Now he's over there [on SIRIUS] and he's saying whatever he wants. He gets away with anything. There's no danger to it.
So it's good to see them get their hand slapped every once in a while.
"So IMUS got slapped a little bit for saying things -- plus he's a little old. What is he, in his 90s now? How old is he, honestly, 98? He's a little senile now. The older you get, when you think something, you're going to say it. I don't know if he did it intentionally when he made the comment, but he was thinking it and it just came out. I've got no love for shock jocks. The toughest job in the world is sitting here and grabbing a rating with boundaries. Clean, fun, family show, play lots of music, and you get a rating 'cause you got to get creative and be clean."
Read the full interview here.