Pecan Pie

Social Anxiety from the South

Sunday School in the Car

Last week on my way to school, I was listening to The Bert Show on Q100, as I always do whenever I have the chance to be in the car when the morning show is on the air.  I love this show.  I’ve listened on and off since they started about 10 years ago.  It’s sort of like E! and Bravo wrapped up into one morning show.  They rarely tackle super controversial topics (unless you count the ridiculous antics of listeners as controversial) but they are funny and entertaining and they do make me think beyond the show on a regular basis.

So anyway, last week, one of the personalities, Jenn Hobby spoke about going to a funeral and being impressed by the faith of this family who had lost a son.  She lamented that she rarely took the opportunity to share her faith, especially on the radio, which she feels is a golden opportunity to do so.

Don’t get me wrong.  I like Jenn a lot, she seems like a really nice girl and I went through a divorce at the same time that she was very publically going through her own divorce, which was sort of comforting as I rode to work every day unable to think about much else.  I also understand that she’s a pretty liberal Christian and I’m sure it gets old having all the RWNJ’s talk for you when you live and work in the South.

However, it really started to make me uncomfortable as they took all these calls from people encouraging her to speak up on the air.  I don’t listen to the show to get a Sunday School lesson.  I live in Georgia, I get enough religion just driving to work and school and every other place I could possibly go without having it injected into my morning commute.

I respect the fact that I know most of the show’s members are believers, but that rarely, if ever, is brought up on the show.  I don’t like talk radio because I don’t enjoy becoming enraged when I’m trying to drive.  It’s frustrating and to me, pretty unhealthy.  I listen because I view the show as my entertainment during my drive, because they are funny, they do good charity work and they really seem to care about the people who have made them the most popular morning show in Atlanta (and soon to be Tennessee, as well.)

So, to Jenn, there’s no reason to be ashamed, but, there’s no reason to use your position as a pulpit, either.  There’s nothing wrong with your faith being private and, as a listener, I’d really prefer you continue on as you always have.



Written by thelittlepecan

January 27, 2011 at 9:57 am

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  1. Quit whining. I dont understand why it bothers you people so bad. Just suck it up.


    April 13, 2011 at 9:33 am

  2. I agree completely. I’ve listened to the Bert Show since they started out but more recently they’ve been going off on tangents like this. Stick to what they do best. Entertain.


    January 28, 2011 at 8:53 am

    • It really made me uncomfortable. I would not want to ask someone to hide who they are, but using your radio personality position like that seems very intrusive.


      January 28, 2011 at 9:57 am

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