Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Oates Brothers on Ringside Rap

The Good
Ringside Rap is a tremendous show and Les Thatcher is able to create an environment that helps .  The Oates brothers, Ted and Jerry, have great careers behind them and they are able to give glimpses of its significance here.  Great stories of Jack Brisco, Dutch Mantell and especially mythical bookers Leo Garibaldi and Tom Renesto take this to a level of exceptionality that these shortish radio interviews rarely hit.

The Bad
The time is just too brief on this one as trying to say much about the careers of the Oates Brothers together let alone separately or as promoters just cannot be done in an hour.  While the banter between Rich, Les and Mike is good, it is not the highlight of the show and I often fast-forward to the interview.  It also seemed like while generally positive about the business, they were pretty negative about today's product, rising stars and all that.  Fair criticisms, but unwanted when there is so much history to explore.

The Rating: ***1/2

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