Howie Chizek: So bad he's good.

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The Greeks had Plato, the French, Derrida -- but in Akron, we've got the Howie Chizek Show. If you've never tuned into WNIR's Chizek, then you really should. The man and his callers are full of mirthful insight on everything from deer hunting to the Browns to Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad. Since Ahmadinejad visited Columbia University on Monday, every news outlet from CNN to WCPN have offered up the same analysis of the "cruel and petty dictator," as Columbia U's president referred to him. They all agree: Ahmadinejad is an incendiary bigot. But Howie Chizek and friends have a different spin on why the Iranian president has so much trouble earning respect from the rest of the world. Yesterday, a caller pointed out that Ahmadinejad would be taken more seriously if he didn't look so damn dumpy. "The guy looks like any bum that just walked off the streets," said the caller. Nevermind that Ahmadinejad is a Holocaust denier who claims that homosexuals don't exist in Iran and regards women as third class citizens. Chizek's caller claimed that if the dude just got a haircut and nice fitting suit, we'd all realize that the guy might actually have something important to say. And Chizek didn't disagree. And this is why Howie Chizek's show is the number-one rated talk show in Akron. Tune into 100.1 FM every weekday from 10 a.m. to noon to hear more genius cultural analysis just like this. -- Denise Grollmus
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