Ryan Wrecker

WRECKER: Do you talk to your TV?

Ryan Wrecker
May 14, 2018 - 10:00 am
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Before the Sunday night show on Overnight America, I was in the studio and offering commentary on a monkey wrench infomercial.  I’m not sure why the commercial was so entertaining, but it was.  Producer Greg Harvey asked me, “do you talk to the TV at home?”  That’s a great question.

I’m sure it was annoying.  He was trying to do his job, and I was telling him how no guy works in his garage waring sleeveless flannel shirts, except for Larry the Cable Guy before he was popular and could just hire someone.  I also thought it was funny that a product can offer a lifetime warranty when it’s almost a certainty they’ll be out of business in 2 years.

If you ask my wife, she will tell you that I talk to the TV all the time.  And she’ll tell you it’s annoying.  She’s right.  Not all ideas are worth sharing, even if it sounds good in your head.  But I can’t be the only person who does this.  Isn’t that was continues to drive most social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook?  Well… that and fake Russian ads.

No one expects the TV to talk back, and you can’t call the person the TV and talk to them like you can with a radio program.  Maybe it’s for my own mental health.  Or maybe it’s a sign that my mental health is slipping.

Maybe we all need a sounding board that can’t talk back.  To some extent I think we all talk to ourselves in the car at times.  Or maybe we yell at another car for cutting you off or not moving at a green light. 

But it’s more fun to do a radio show when you actually interact with me besides yelling at the speaker.  Forget I said anything.