Tuesday, January 22, 2013


I have never missed an episode of American Pickers on The History Channel.  I love the show. 

Instead of just having a camera follow around two guys looking for antiques and telling stories about the products they are buying, I've noticed that the producers have recently been creating fake and scripted scenarios involving Mike and Frank (stars of the show).

This week's scenario had Frank "accidentally" walking on the set of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" while they were taping the game show.  It was so disingenuous and scripted and the show lost some credibility with me. 

Mike and Frank are not actors.  They are real guys who drive across the country picking old barns and looking for "rusty gold."  The show was genuine, real and authentic.  Now, it's losing that touch.

One of the reasons reality shows like this are so popular is that they contain real people, with real stories and real connections.  Just like your radio show should do.

As I watched the show last week, I was disappointed.  Mike and Frank are now less real and authentic.  They are becoming characters.  Real people are more relatable than characters.

Be real and authentic in everything you do on the air. 


  1. I was just thinking the same thing after I saw this week's episode!

  2. Agreed, they need to get back to the reason we all started watching this show. The show is evolving into a phony bunch of episodes that are no longer credible. Focus on the reason we all started watching Pickers and stop the staged baloney.

  3. Apparently the picks are staged too.