RUSH: Just a housekeeping thing. I notice many of you when I take your call say, “I want to get right to the point. Mr. Snerdley told me to get right to the point.” Let me tell you why you are told to get right to the point. It’s not because Snerdley is mean, and it is not in any way insulting. It is so the show doesn’t lose pace. It is all for the express purpose of moving the show forward. The show establishes a momentum. I, as host, provide it.
Going to the phones should not slow it down. So there’s the reminder, “Get to what you wanted to talk about.” That’s why you’re going on the air, what you wanted to talk about, and it’s just a friendly reminder just to get in, get it, and get out. It’s all about flow and momentum. It has nothing to do with being insulting. It’s not that nobody wants to talk to you. When someone says, “Well, Snerdley told me to get right to the point, so, you know, I really don’t want to get to the point!
“There’s some things I want to say first! But Snerdley told me to get to the point.” It’s not that we don’t want you to have some fun. It’s about the flow. It’s about maintaining the flow, and it’s about having you look as good and sound as good as you possibly can because what you called about is what you’re passionate about — and that’s the magic.
RUSH: That’s right. That was a Caller Clinic. We used to do these things regularly in the early days because calls were used so differently on this program than your traditional, standard, ordinary radio talk show back in the day, and it was necessary to explain to people. Folks, it’s no different… Let’s say you’re invited to a Super Bowl party and you go to the party and you arrive, and you walk in the door, and you start talking to whoever’s there about whatever’s on your mind.
“Hey, who do you think’s gonna win the game?”
You don’t say, “Well, I was told when I got here, uh, you know, to just get straight to the point.”
“Yeah, well, who do you think is gonna win?”
“Well, I just want you to know that somebody told me not to mess around when I got here. I was supposed to say what I wanted to talk about.”
“Who’s gonna win?”
“I’m just telling you, I was told that when I got here to get to the point. This guy that invited me, Snerdley, said when I got here I’m supposed to do this and that.”
“Okay, well, fine. If you don’t want to tell me who you think is gonna win, fine. We’ll move on.”
That’s what would happen at a Super Bowl party. Now, we’re more polite than your average Super Bowl host. So we work with callers, ’cause callers are rank amateurs, and love them and so forth, to train them to becoming their own version of seasoned broadcast professionals.