Mix 98.5 listeners aren’t as cool as I expected

I knew it! I knew it! I meant to post this two days ago, and just now I there’ll be no more Lander in the Morning (HT2UH)!

Seriously – I thought Mix 98.5 was supposed to be one of the ‘hip’ stations in the market. But a recent morning drive-time poll proved otherwise with Lander and his crew.

The question was “What movie franchise is the most popular of all time?” They actually spent so long taking reader calls (and playing a song, and doing morning DJ talk stuff), that I actually ran into my office and tried calling in to answer – I’m not sure I’ve ever done that before.

While a number of the answers were obvious – the staff guessed Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), and Star Wars (is on the list). Many listeners guessed Batman (yes, it’s a franchise, but it’s not that big), Rocky (which I understand in a historical context), Harry Potter (a good guess), Pirates of the Caribbean (which I would have dismissed personally – not enough of them yet), Jurassic Park and The Matrix. Those are all fine.

But who in the world guessed Back to the Future? And was disappointed when it didn’t win! I loved the 80’s as much or more than anyone who grew up there – but get real, honey; the time traveling Delorean was a flash in the pan, and not at all a serious contender for franchise popularity. And Lethal Weapon? Or Home Alone? Who are these people?

As Dave Barry says: I am not making this up. It really took them almost 20 minutes to find a winner. Sheesh. No wonder Lander’s moving on. (OK, I know, it’s all about contracts – but the timing is still ripe to call conspiracy theory!)

2 thoughts on “Mix 98.5 listeners aren’t as cool as I expected

  1. Dude, you’ve got it wrong some how. Maybe you didn’t phrase the question correctly? The highest-grossing movie franchise of all time depends on which franchise has most recently had a release. Warner Bros was touting Harry Potter as the most successful,

    http://www.hpana.com/news.20190.html

    but then Quantum of Solace hadn’t been released, so I think as of today it’s Bond, James Bond, with Harry Potter a close second and Star Wars a close third (dunno how well Clone Wars animated flick did). See:

    http://money.aol.com/bw/general/best-movie-franchises

    Back to the future is way down the list.

    vty,

    –Dennis

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