It seems that Radio One has stirred up a little controversy in Cleveland with the addition of the Michael Baisden Show weekdays from 3-7 p.m. The self-proclaimed “bad boy” of radio has brought hot and steamy to local airwaves. From the Kama Sutra to multiple sex partners, Baisden’s show is aimed at the “Grown & Sexy”.
When I first began this post I was unsure of whether I liked the new addition to the Cleveland radio scene for a number of reasons:
- The content seemed a little risque for the time slot
- It was totally uncharacteristic for Cleveland’s urban radio
- I wasn’t sure if we really need to be talking about “swinging, plural relationships etc.” on the radio.
- Was the show coming to any conclusions or were we being presented “shock” for the sake of entertainment.
I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a little too risque at times for the time slot, and while it appears Baisden wants to be the black “Shock Jock” he does try to bring home a message.
As an example when discussing swinging and plural relationships one of his arguments is that we have to stop the cheating that seems to be pervasive in some circles and thus if everybody is honest from the beginning this will decrease the number of cheaters. While I’m not sure I totally agree with this opinion I can see where one might believe this would help.
On the other hand I believe that often times men and women cheat for the sake of cheating. For the thrill, the adventure that is associated with trying not to get caught. Thus they may practice swinging with you, and still cheat on you because the thrill is in the cloak and dagger, the undercover and not getting caught. There are also people who just live for drama, it is what adds spice to their lives.
One segment was “Men Cry In The Dark” and featured Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu and they discussed the fact that many black men are taught that it is not macho for men to cry so they harbor their emotions and manifest them through drinking, drugs, violence etc. One thing that Kunjufu stated was very true and that is that women have a number of avenues to vent – their girlfriends, journals and God. We will dish all the dirt to our best girlfriends and tell even more in our journals and most importantly when we%