The Midday 180 – 104.5 The Zone – Nashville, TN
If you have any interest in sports, I suggest listening to The Midday 180 on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, TN. It airs between 12 noon and 3pm CST. You can listen live online from their website. The show features Jonathan Hutton, Chad Withrow, and Paul Kuharsky. These guys could not be more different. Actually, I think Chad Withrow and Jonathan Hutton are much more similar than Paul Kuharsky. Kuharsky, a 1991 graduate of Columbia University, and self admitted “die-hard Yankee” has been a sports reporter ever since…I believe. He’s worked for the Tennessean, ESPN.com (current gig), and 104.5 the zone. He participates on the morning show with Frank Wycheck (former Tennessee Titan) and is one of the hosts of Midday 180.
The reason I spend so much time on Kuharsky is because he’s probably the guy you’ll love to hate. Either Kuharsky doesn’t at all care to be liked or he goes home at night and sobs like a baby over all the people in Nashville who dislike his loudmouth and arrogant attitude towards his listeners, especially those from the south. He insults people and defends himself as being a guy willing to speak his mind. I think Kuharsky believes it’s his job to point out the shortcomings of anyone he believes doesn’t do it his way. My guess, however, is ratings are going through the roof, because, even though your skin may crawl just to hear the sound of his voice, it’s like a train wreck…you just can’t avoid listening to it. Speaking of train wrecks, it might eventually end in a train wreck. Ok not a train wreck but a fist fight among the hosts could be in the offing.
I keep tuning in so I don’t miss it. We might need to start an over/under on the date all three start wailing on each other. Hutton and Withrow seem to have it under control so it probably won’t get to that point. Kuharsky is also very much in control. No one would characterize his behavior as out of control. But Kuharsky’s attitude is DEFINITELY combative. All three probably also realize how the ying and yang make for some pretty good “train wreck” style of radio. It’s almost a “shock jock show” southern style. Think Tabasco sauce on chicken wings. Chicken wings are mild until you throw Tabasco sauce on them.
On some level, Kuharsky is a bully with a microphone. He’s got control of the mike. He can cut you off when he feels like it and keep talking. I think he likes the power. While Withrow and Hutton occasionally agree with Kuharsky, the disagreements are worth listening to. Withrow and Hutton live by a kind of human decorum that is foreign to Kuharsky. Instead of going home at night and sobbing, Kuharsky might go home and laugh at how much he digs at so many listeners. If that’s the case, he won’t make any lifeboats among listeners. But, at the end of the day, the owners of 104.5 the zone are also laughing and maybe all the way to the bank.
Speaking of lifeboats, I did hear a story that Kuharsky lives/lived by a lake and next to a country music singer. Apparently, Kuharsky and this country music singer got into a dispute because Kuharsky, big shock here, complained about something so much, the singer decided to do something about it and, from what I recall, got the last laugh. I cannot confirm this story but…that’s what I heard. I say this because I believe complaining is a tiring exercise. It wears you out and ultimately doesn’t do anyone any good. Maybe Kuharsky got what was coming to him for all the complaining he does.