January 26, 2006

NEVER HEARD OF PHIL SPECTOR? (via Fred Jacobsen):

Public radio, private lives: Chris Douridas' troubles tune you into the internal conflict of KCRW listeners. (Meghan Daum, January 21, 2006, LA Times)

THERE'S TROUBLE ON the left side of the dial. As was reported Jan. 14 on page B3 of this newspaper (What? You didn't see it?), KCRW-FM announcer Chris Douridas, host of "New Ground," the exceedingly mellow alternative music show that airs on Saturdays, was arrested Jan. 6 outside the Circle Bar in Santa Monica for allegedly drugging and attempting to kidnap a 14-year-old girl.

Not many details are yet known, but the allegation is that Douridas, 43, was seen slipping a substance into the girl's drink and, along with a friend, carrying her out of the bar around midnight, at which point she became ill. Toxicology results aren't yet in, and so far no charges have been filed. KCRW, for its part, is standing behind Douridas, who reportedly posted a $1-million bond and remains on the air, steady and smooth-voiced as ever.

For devotees of Southern California public radio, a group for whom KCRW is nothing less than the sacred bovine of bourgeois identification, this news was downright world-rocking, as unthinkable as the notion of an insider-trading scandal in the Unitarian church.

I'm a fan of Douridas myself — personally, I think he has the best music show on the station — and at this stage, I still find it difficult to believe that the man who has championed legions of musicians (many of them the kind of female singer/guitar strummers who sing earnestly about things like date rape) would drug a 14-year-old girl in a bar.


As Mr. Jacobsen points out: there's a touching naivete to the belief that because he advocates progressive rock on the Left side of the dial he wouldn't be a deviant.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2006 2:02 PM
Comments

Hah! I wonder how many of the young female musicians that he "championed" he also drugged and banged in a dark room somewhere. Perhaps this young lady is just the one he got caught on.

Posted by: Bryan at January 26, 2006 2:28 PM

Wonder if they'll be giving away bottles of the substance as part of the next KCRW Pledge Week?

Posted by: John at January 26, 2006 3:24 PM

Is the bar off the hook for serving a 14 year old kid?

Posted by: erp at January 26, 2006 5:19 PM

Is this really any different from Oregon Governor Goldsmith - a DemoRat - banging an underage teenager?

Posted by: obc at January 26, 2006 8:00 PM

Play Misty for me Chris.

Posted by: Genecis at January 26, 2006 9:55 PM

. . . I think he has the best music show on the station and at this stage, I still find it difficult to believe that the man who has championed legions of musicians (many of them the kind of female singer/guitar strummers who sing earnestly about things like date rape) would drug a 14-year-old girl in a bar. . . .

A variation on an old tune he's singing there:

. . . Jack Henry Abbot is such a forceful and sophisticated writer, I can't imagine he'd kill anybody . . .

. . . Roman Polansky, with a 13-year old? Impossible! . . .

. . . William S. Burroughs is a literary genius, not a murderer . . .

. . . Fatty Arbuckle, do that? . . .

. . . Lassie, y'canna be serious! Robert Burns, the Bard of Scotland, fatherin' a bastard child? Daft, it is! . . .

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 26, 2006 10:24 PM

Never confuse aesthetics with morality.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at January 30, 2006 2:28 PM

That's what the Beautiful is--The morally ordered Universe.

Posted by: oj at January 30, 2006 2:52 PM
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