Disclaimer: This post appeared in a slightly different form on Facebook yesterday.
Dave Hill’s weekly radio show, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, airs on Jersey City station WFMU Mondays at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. It has a running time of three hours, so if you’re in the Eastern U.S. and it’s a work night, uh, move to California.
Two nights ago Dave was eating Pumpkin Spice Oreos while on the air.
There was skepticism on the part of listeners whether he was actually in the WFMU studio or in contact by telephone from NYC, due to a personal appearance in the city earlier. Doubt cast a dark cloud over the entire evening, which was escalated by memories of a recent power outage during the show. It was a nightmare.
Dave says he got a taxicab in Manhattan, and arrived at the studio on time for his broadcast. I believe him, and hope he hasn’t made a fool of me. He hasn’t broken my heart yet, but we all know what can happen when we begin to trust someone too much.
Does the photo (below, posted by his humble servant, Danne D, on Twitter) remind you of an old suspense film? The villains kidnap someone, and when they send the ransom note they enclose a picture of the victim holding a current newspaper.
Let’s put on our thinking caps and be realistic. The cookie package doesn’t have Monday’s date on it. So, there’s no absolute PROOF of anything. Print editions of newspapers aren’t easy to find anymore, though, so Dave didn’t have the same advantage as kidnappers in the movies.
Does he have a dated taxicab receipt? Is he willing to release GPS info from his phone? Can he prove the phone was with him at all times?
Wait. Priorities. Does it matter where our hero was when he hosted one of the most brilliant shows in recent memory? Uh, no, it doesn’t.
Here’s the most important Dave Hill claim we have, and we must ponder it carefully: Dave was ambivalent about the Pumpkin Spice Oreos. If memory serves, he used the adjectives “good” and “disgusting.”
Unless we are in the habit of running away from difficult situations, we’ll try the Pumpkin Spice Oreos — maybe.