This Week in Milford

March 12, 2018

Is That A Grundig?


Happy Monday! We have sprung forward and it seems waaay to early to be doing this. Thankfully there is much to chew on in today’s installment, so let’s jump in!

Yes, indeed, Marty Moon just walked off the job when the kids turned up the heat. This prompts SO many questions about WDIG’s sports broadcasts as well as the nature of Marty’s job. Those kids were getting on Marty’s nerves so he just strolls out? Did the station have something ready to throw on the air? (An old episode of the Joe Morgan Show?*) Will Marty face any heat from management about walking away from an assignment? (“Well, we can’t really fire him. We don’t actually pay him to do the games.”)

So, Marty takes to the airwaves from his studio safe space to rant about “a few ingrates and malcontents, fueled by Gil Thorp’s indifference”. Oh, that is so delicious. Actually, I think that quote should probably be included on the masthead of This Week In Milford!

The icing on the cake is that Gil is actually at home, listening to Marty, live on the radio! Gil, has it come to this? This is your Saturday? If Marty finds out that you’re actually listening to him, you know you’re gonna unleash the beast! Choose your words carefully when Marty comes to see you on Monday. (Is this Monday, I forget.)

Speaking of radio, I spent more than a few minutes trying to identify Gil’s radio, or at least something close enough that might have served as Whigham’s inspiration. I’m kind of fascinated by radios and the evolution of design. I didn’t really find a good match. Do any of you other malcontents have any ideas?

*The absolute worse thing I’ve ever heard on sports radio. I actually reached out the program director of a local sports radio station and begged him to put anything else on.



  1. This is just pure excellence, if you willingly suspend disbelief about what radio is really like. By now, Marty would have cost WDIG any chance at that Mexican restaurant account (and probably Taco Bell to boot) and sparked a growing boycott of the station. He would have been fired, even before he walked out on a live broadcast. Then again, “Frasier” bore no resemblance whatsoever to any real radio station and it was still entertaining, so suspend I shall.

    That radio looks like a faux-throwback. I’ve got a radio/CD/MP3/record player in a big wooden box that’s meant to look like something out of the 1940’s. Gil’s radio has the telltale digital readout front and center. Clearly meant to resemble Bakelite, which is retro-trendy these days.

    Comment by John S. Walters — March 12, 2018 @ 6:46 am

  2. You’ve hit upon something there John S. Many somethings actually, but in particular the trend to design new radios to look like old radios. Actually, this is probably a cyclical thing that isn’t new, but at any rate, it does make it hard to identify something in a comic strip that really shouldn’t be getting that much attention in the first place. Is it new, or faux new, or faux retro? Very few care.

    Comment by nedryerson — March 12, 2018 @ 7:13 am

  3. ned, I liked Grundig as I was wondering if I was the only one who noticed the radio Mimi must have bought for Gil as a birthday present from one of those antique malls. Was used by a little old lady from Pasadena only on Sunday to listen to Los Angeles Baseball when LA was still in the Pacific Coast League. About the only thing missing from that contraption is Nipper the dog although I’ll admit the device may not be THAT old. Then again, to paraphrase Magical Mystery Tour, in Thorpiverse, nothing is real.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — March 12, 2018 @ 7:31 am

  4. I do like that Marty’s only well is still “blame it on Gil”, and he just goes back there over and over and over and over again.

    When he stormed out of the broadcast, maybe Von Haney was there to step into the headset. Worked last time

    Comment by billytheskink — March 12, 2018 @ 7:44 am

  5. We all say this is completely unrealistic, and that Marty would have been out on his ass well before this, but have you listened to AM radio lately? I avoid it at all costs, but my barber sometimes has it on, and it would give a wallaby gas. As far as management is concerned, it seems the goal is to stir up as much controversy as possible, and to put out even worse nonsense than the competition. In their view, the only thing Marty did wrong was leave dead air, but over that, like John S, suspend I will.

    Anybody think it could be a Blaupunkt?

    Comment by vaganova — March 12, 2018 @ 8:26 am


    2. He may be a racist piece of shit, but I’m glad SOMEONE is finally calling out Gilberto on his bipolar settings of “Meddle with everyone’s lives and illegally invade their privacy” and “Vanish and do nothing for three months because he doesn’t give a shit”

    Comment by hitorque — March 12, 2018 @ 8:39 am

  7. Looks like a Bose Wave radio to me, older model.

    Comment by Richard Jenkins — March 12, 2018 @ 8:44 am

  8. I’m not sure about the Bose, Richard. Gil’s radio looks a lot more squared off than most of the models I’ve seen. (Has anybody ever owned one of these Bose? I’ve always been turned off by the retail price of those things…although I’ll bet there’s more than a few of these to be had for cheap on eBay.)

    Bonus TWIM credit for anyone who can find a radio model with an integrated table lamp.

    Comment by nedryerson — March 12, 2018 @ 9:01 am

  9. Whether the radio station starts feeling any heat about Marty’s offensiveness, the fact that he’s getting pwned by a pair of teenage girls has to hurt. Realism? I haven’t heard boo about WEEI since they shut down for a day to put the entire staff through sensitivity training. Of course, the only radio I hear is WMBR on my alarm clock.

    Gil’s radio looks more like a Samsung Vr3608 Vcr than a radio.

    Comment by Jael's tent peg (@Downpuppy) — March 12, 2018 @ 9:38 am

  10. Gilberto’s radio looks a wee bit like a Crosley Corsair.

    Comment by teenchy — March 12, 2018 @ 9:57 am

  11. Early Bose Wave Radio occurred to me too, but I’d have to hear it to be sure (in the audio business, the saying is “If there ain’t no highs and there ain’t no lows, then you know it’s gotta be Bose.” They started out making PA equipment, and it still shows..)

    Comment by vaganova — March 12, 2018 @ 10:26 am

  12. “Mitchell Lumitone table lamp radio good shade works

    is a nice Mitchell lumitone radio/lamp. The case is in good condition with some paint loss, no chips or cracks. The controls do as they should and the knobs are fine. The small lamp cover is in good shape with a small hairline crack but still sits tight on the light socket. The lamp shade is very nice with no problems. The lamp works fine. The radio works but does have static in the speaker. Tapping the radio makes the static go louder so t is just a poor connection somew”

    Comment by Jael's tent peg (@Downpuppy) — March 12, 2018 @ 10:57 am

  13. #10 teenchy — yeah, my faux-retro contraption is a Crosley Lancaster. Meant to look old and bulky, but I’m sure the interior is 95% air and 5% digital crap.

    Comment by John S. Walters — March 12, 2018 @ 11:13 am

  14. So lamp radios are/were a thing! Good job downpuppy. Maybe I should grab that one and consult Phil.
    I’ll bet that static never goes away. It never does.

    Comment by nedryerson — March 12, 2018 @ 11:24 am

  15. By the looks of Gil’s freak hand covering most of his face, it appears rotgut again got the best of him Friday night. Marty’s bribery of Wild Turkey will be a step up,

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 12, 2018 @ 12:19 pm

  16. When I was a kid, we visited friends of my parents who had a cottage on a rural Pennsylvania lake, every summer. They had a 1930s console radio (can’t recall the brand) which was, well, furniture. Polished hardwood with a beautiful backlit dial with the various bands displayed, and on the shortwave bands, the names of cities… Damn, that thing was gorgeous. When I think of it hear easy late thirties swing, but this was the 1950s and we most often listened to overseas stations in the evening. Radio Moscow was especially funny back then…

    Comment by vaganova — March 12, 2018 @ 12:23 pm

  17. For such a shitty hot take merchant, Marty Moon has a really large local audience, doesn’t he?

    Comment by hitorque — March 12, 2018 @ 12:43 pm

  18. It’s surprising, hitorque, but going on the operating assumption that this is 1959 with cell phones, there was a pretty serious recession in 1958-59. Milfordians may be cautious about burning gas to drive to away games, which traditionally produced the long line of single-lane headlights as in “Hoosiers,” and choose to listen to Marty make an ass of himself on that little Philco over there instead.

    Comment by vaganova — March 12, 2018 @ 2:07 pm

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