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“You’re not paying me to play saxophone, you’re paying me to be Clarence Clemons”.

Clarence was the sax player in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. According to Penn Jillette on last week’s Penn’s Sunday School podcast, “You’re not paying me to play saxophone, you’re paying me to be Clarence Clemons” is what Clarence told Bruce during a minor disagreement.

It got me thinking about something I heard on another podcast a while ago. Craig Bruce is an Australian radio programmer. On one of his ‘Game Changers’ podcasts, he interviewed Tony Martin. Tony used to present a drivetime sketch comedy show with his on-air partner, Mick Molloy. ‘Martin Malloy’ was networked across Australia in the early 90s, in the afternoon ‘drive-time’ slot. Tony told the story of how him and Mick had a stand-up row with one of their bosses because they didn’t want to interview one of the biggest music stars of the day, Celine Dion.

If you never had the opportunity to listened to Martin Malloy, this sketch should give you an idea of the kind of thing they did;

That sort of radio might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it rated number one just about everywhere it was on. You’d only have to listen to that clip to understand that an interview with Celine Dion would not suit their show.

Whoever it was that wanted them to interview Celine Dion didn’t understand that they weren’t being paid to present the drive-time show, they were being paid to be “Martin Molloy”.

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