For me The thing that made @lrckcrw so special was its format: a straight-ahead political discussion-conversation from different perspectives with a seated panel from start to finish. I enjoyed hearing honest, opinionated, informed, uninterrupted dialogue. I always thought the show was too short at 30 minutes because they never really had time to delve deeply into any one topic. Then they extended the show to an hour and I thought great, now they can really go to town with the "civilized yet provocative" conversation,discussion& debate.Little did I know that @lrckcrw was about to become the Josh Barro GoodTime Hour. The host Josh Barro started doing the things that they do on every other news magazine show at the expense of the best thing about the show-its format. Josh started asking the panel to "sit-back" while he did separate interviews and discussions with other guests. Then Josh would invite the panel back and bring on another guest-completely destroying the continuity,mood and tone of the initial discussion with the original panel.
Its also very problematic for Josh to be both the host and the Center voice for the show. As the host he has certain allegiances and obligations that certainly infringe on his freedom to speak his mind for the Center.
Then they thought it would be a good idea to change the show's theme music-"Let's Call The Whole Thing Off"-an iconic duet featuring Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong to something bland & generic that would fit in better with the show's new bland & generic style & format.
How could it get any worse, you ask? Well, after giving up on the show months ago I recently tuned in again to see that Good Old Boy Josh B has STOLEN the LRC show description for his latest "All Trump/All the Time" radio endeavor "LRC Presents: All The Presidents Lawyers." LRC is now described as a "weekly confrontation"while his new show is the "civilized yet prococative discussion," allegedly. It wasn't enough for them to change the show music & the unique format, they had to steal the catchy show description too for their new Trump All The Time trainwreck of a show. Sounds like the're auditioning for MSNBC jobs. Oh wait, josh is/was already an MSNBC contributor.
I can understand the motivation for wanting to make the show more relevant for todays audience in regards to music& format etc, but stealing the show's description for your new Trump Sh*# Show is just cheap, lazy, and more than a little sleazy. Way to go guys!