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SoundBits: Fred Gates Has Got His Reasons – for Advising Against Tuning into His Show

Now that Tuesdays are synonymous with SoundBits here on our blog, there’s no reason for a big build-up to today’s special guest. Instead, we’ll just come right out and welcome the man known to thousands of members of the BlogTalkRadio community for the witty, insightful and, yes, sometimes nihilistic comments he posts on these pages, and on the pages of his fellow hosts’ shows: Fred Gates, aka, I Got My Reasons.

As host of I Got My Reasons – which he bills as “the most dangerous show on BTR” – the New York City-dweller has recently welcomed such eclectic guests as Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times contributor David Cay Johnston, Danish graffiti artists MIS Crew, and up-and-coming rockers Pistol Opera. Not only that, but recently on Radio Free Nation, Al Franken was treated to a sampling on Fred’s Al Franken Song. The Minnesota Senator-elect’s take? “Sophisticated” and “charming.” On that impressive note, here’s the multi-talented man of the week himself.

Fred (above): Expressionistic tendencies.

Fred (above): Expressionistic tendencies.

Give us a 15- second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?

Do not, for any reason, listen to my show! You work hard all day and it will just make you angry (especially if you are a conserva- tive). You deserve better. We’ve got enough people listening and you just won’t get it. Trust me on this one. No offense. Oh, I almost forgot: I love long walks on the beach and puppies. Puppies rock!

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

I’m a bit older and smarter than I sound. That’s two; I checked.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Vladimir Nabakov, Andy Warhol, Walter Benjamin, Saul Williams, Andy Kaufman, KRS-1, Marcel Duchamp, pre-alcoholic Orsen Welles, bell hooks, R. Crumb, Graffiti Research Labs, Dizzee Rascal, Paul Gauguin, Günter Grass. I’m pretty sure one of those guys has been on the air. If not, then Alan Watts. He definitely was.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

Portrait of the artist as a not-so-young man.

Portrait of the artist as a not-so-young man.

Karl Rove. I have a soft spot for hoaxers. And I’m pretty sure Orson Welles is already dead. [Editor’s note: Orson Welles died in 1985, at the age of 70.]

As we speak, what are you wearing?

I’m typing, silly. By the time you read this I’ll be in a steamy hot shower. What are you wearing? (You still have my private email, right?)

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

Management has asked me not to discuss it (really!). Also, I’d be too embarrassed.

To sample I Got My Reasons, click here.

To hear Al Franken’s take on Fred’s Al Franken Song on Radio Free Nation, click here.

To download the Al Franken Song, click here.

To read all our SoundBits profiles, click here.

Mr. Franken Goes to Washington (or Does He?)

Though he’s 225 votes ahead of incumbent Norm Coleman in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race, Al Franken remains tangled in a state supreme court suit seeking to unseat him.

Al (above): You can call me Senator Al.

Al (above): You can call me Senator Al.

If he loses the case, the statirist – whom many Minnesotans are already addressing as “Senator- elect Franken” – won’t be living out his dream of representing the Land of 10,000 Lakes State on Capitol Hill.

But if he wins, the former Saturday Night Live cast- member will follow in the footsteps of one-time clebes like Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Fred Thompson and Fred “Gopher” Grandy who were elected to public office.

Tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on Local Focus, Al drops in on host Marin Owings for a live update on the recount trail.

Also on the show will be St. Paul Pioneer Press political corresponent Rachel Stassen-Berger, who has been covering the trial.

To tune in, click here.