Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fare Thee Well, Commodore!

So this week Jim Philips announced that he will be retiring from The Philips Phile effective January 2018.

I've been a fan of the Phile basically since I got my first car.  I would drive around with the top down and listen to the Phile...  Yeah, I was that smooth...  Had to beat the ladies off with a stick...


In the 90s, after I moved away and before streaming online was a thing, I spent time seriously trying to figure out a way to remotely record the show and send it to myself.  I never did it because it would have been expensive and difficult and streaming came along to make it irrelevant but the show meant that much to me.

I listened in the days of Ms. B.  I listened to Big Mo.  Jack and Oddo, Stacy and Banana, Eddie the Shaman, Pat Clarke (who I never liked until I heard him on the Phile), Wanzie and Doug, the dad and son who did the video reviews, Closest to the Pin, Phactual Phil, the Oy Vey Survey and so much, so very much, more.  I love the Phile.  It's not like anything else on the radio.  It's quirky and unique and such fun.  I agree with almost none of Jim's politics.  As he admits himself, he's a blowhard sometimes.  He can be rude to callers.  He sometimes doesn't listen to people who disagree with him...

And none of that matters.  Jim is always the glue that holds things together.  He claims to have been a ringmaster at a circus in his past and it shows.  He does such a great job of making the show run.  It feels effortless but it probably isn't.

As he himself would say, life will go on but the fact of the matter is that Jim will be missed.  At least I will miss him but I know I'm not alone.

Thanks for the fun, Commodore.  You've earned the right to pound your conch.

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