Disgruntled listeners of 92.9 The Wire in Denver, CO, are struggling to explain the preponderance of Mac Davis songs played during the station’s weekly classic country hour. Equally baffling is the fact that all the Davis requests seem to come from the same caller, week after week and month after month.
Denver seamstress Julie De’Reese began noticing the problem sometime last year: “Upon my word, every time I turn on the radio between 8 and 9 on a Saturday night, it’s the same man requesting a Mac Davis song. And every time they play one for him, like he has a direct line to the station or something. How does that call always get through? Why do they always play his request? It doesn’t make any sense.”
Local mechanic Biff Heeney expressed similar frustration: “The first time I tried calling in, I wanted to hear some Merle. After getting about eight busy signals, I finally talked to the DJ. He said he’d try to get some ‘Silver Wings’ going for me, then ended the show with ‘Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me.’ No apology or anything. Mac Davis and his Greg Brady hair make me sick.”
University of Denver adjunct professor Jack Klein was more methodical in his criticism: “Oh yeah, I’ve been listening. It makes me mad. They have time for, what, fifteen songs in an hour? And yet somehow there’s at least one Mac Davis song in each weekly installment. Mac Davis does not make up 1/15 of the important things that happened in country music before 1995. Most weeks, they don’t even play any Hank or Conway.”
Rubbing his chin, Professor Klein wondered aloud: “What the hell? One guy in the world still obsessed with Mac Davis and he has to live in my metropolitan area.”