Thanks for your show. I am very much a regular listener now on WNYC in New York (Sunday at 6:00).
This might sound offensive, but I mean it in the best way: I hear the promo for your show, and I often say to myself, “I don’t give a shit about this.” Then I listen to ten or so minutes of your broadcast and I find myself totally engaged and totally drawn into whoever you are talking to, or whatever you are talking about. Your program has the ability to make me care about subjects that I was 99% sure that I wasn’t interested in. An odd compliment I’m sure, but it is a compliment I assure you!
Best to you and your colleagues at Bullseye. Keep at it.
A specific instance, delivered earlier today via email, of a sentiment I hear a lot about Bullseye.
It’s great fun for people who are already on board with the show (or who are listening on the radio and simply don’t change the channel). For us, though, it’s a pressing problem.
What’s the hook when the premise, essentially, is “trust us?”
We don’t do SHOCKING BOMBSHELLS, we don’t do CRAZY CONFLICTS, and no boldface name we book seems to have more than about a 10-15% impact on our numbers.
So… I dunno. Just throwing it out there.(via jessethorn)
This so much. I started listening because I already loved Judge John Hodgman and JJGO and I saw that Nico Muhly was doing a segment on Bullseye. After that, I went through the entire back catalog, including the college years, and haven’t stopped listening since.
If you like to enjoy things, you will probably love Bullseye. Jesse Thorn is a wizard who can make you care about things you’ve never heard of, and that’s the whole point - new things are scary but Jesse only chooses things that are scary good. It’s the best of the best and so much of what I love now has come from listening to Bullseye.