Early in The Smiths’ career, Morrissey was averse to calling their loyal followers “fans”. He felt it was maybe a bit condescending and he opted for the more fitting “apostles” to refer to the growing legion. To this day, a lot of Morrissey’s listeners still prefer to go by that moniker. Now I personally, have never minded the word “fan”. It is, after all, short for “fanatic” which is what I consider myself to be. For heaven’s sake, I started a tribute band almost 20 years ago dedicated to Morrissey’s songs and even today, I listen to Morrissey ON THE DRIVE HOME from the studio after having just played 2 hours of Morrissey/The Smiths for a radio show I host. I think I can be fairly comfortable with the word fan, but that’s just me.
When it comes to this radio show, I tend to use the word “listener” because I feel it’s just definitive. It’s straight and to the point and I don’t think in any way condescends. I play the songs, I talk, you listen. That makes you a listener. For which, I am eternally grateful.
Now that got me to thinking what shall we call the extra special listeners of this radio show? I’m talking about those who have taken just that little step above to make the show great. Those of you who’ve been with the show since the beginning and come out to my live DJ appearances. Those of you who have turned others on to the show by tweeting your followers or your hitting up your friends on Facebook. One of you even started up a Facebook page (thanks again, Robert). Those of you who listen to the show twice or even 3 times a week!! I wanted to give out a special title for those of you who’ve burned some extra calories to make the show the success it’s been. You know who you are, and from now on, whenever I refer to you on the air I will calll you…….
Breakfast Champions. The Breakfast Champions are an elite group of listeners who’ve shouted from the rooftops, hung on to my rambling week in and week out, e-mailed the radio station at feedback@Indie1031.com and let the powers that be know that they like what they hear. That’s the kind of thing that has truly made our program one of the most if not, the most popular show on this awesome radio station.
To be a Breakfast Champion all you have to do is listen every week and tell your friends to tune in. Participate and request a song or a related artist. Re-tweet, tell your friends, make posters, send out smoke singnals, whatever! Maybe we can have our own way to distinguish who the Breakfast Champions are by wearing a star on your shirt at one of my DJ gigs or with Sweet and Tender Hooligans so I can look out at the crowd and know who my Champions are. (Okay, maybe that’s a bit overboard, ha ha ha ha!!)
Either way, listeners and Breakfast Champions. I’ll continue making this show about our love and respect for Morrissey and his songs. Now go forth and keep spreading the Mozpel.