Star crosses the line, again
Troi Torain, Star of the Star & Buc Wild Morning Show on 105.1 in New York, was fired yesterday for some stupid shit. The story at the link has the details.
I used to listen to Star and Buc Wild on Hot 97 sometimes when I lived in NY, despite the fact that Star said some offensive things and some really stupid things (there was a great deal of overlap). Sometimes, he was really funny, but sometimes he was tiresome or idiotic and I'd have to turn the show off. Unfortunately, I got the impression that some of the things that I found tiresome and idiotic were the things other people tuned in to hear.
I guess the most interesting thing about the show was that it was often very unpredictable. Despite the fact that Hot 97 was a hip hop station, Star never let that interfere with indulging whatever musical whims might strike him at any particular time. He's around my age and we shared a lot of tastes, and he would regularly lambaste fans of the station as musically ignorant for not knowing anything outside of rap music from the last few years. His on-air contests, for instance, would often involve naming who performed songs like "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" or "Love is Alive" (Elvin Bishop and Gary Wright, for those who don't know). He dedicated entire shows to interviews with people most Hot 97 fans wouldn't know they should care about like Nile Rodgers (which wasn't that surprising) or Geddy Lee (which was). Star was a huge Rush fan, and while I lost interest in Rush about 15 years ago (which was about 10 years after almost everyone else) it was interesting to hear hip-hop station DJ interview him.
All that aside, Star was always an inch away from making himself more trouble than he was worth, and it looks like he's taken a step forward, again.