I know I won't be alone in expressing the following sentiment: Greg and Chris Crofton's Thursday morning radio show Best of Bread is easily one of, if not THE, most entertaining bits of programming ever broadcast on Vanderbilt's WRVU. The monotony of too many over-caffeinated Thursday mornings has been busted up by the fraternal ranting of the Croftons. Whether it's a diatribe on the merits of John Denver, a tirade against the absurdity of hipster culture or merely a solid block of rock 'n' roll, the Brothers Crofton know how to host a radio show. So why is the future of Best of Bread being threatened? Well that's a great damn question.
You may have noticed if you dialed in to 91.1 this morning that Best of Bread--which has been broadcast for four years--was conspicuously absent from the air. According to Chris Crofton, the show has tentatively been removed from scheduling due to alleged equipment abuse, as WRVU's new general manager explained it to him. Apparently innocuously touching a web cam is grounds for dismissal without warning. While dozens of listeners have already expressed their outrage by emailing WRVU's general manager, programming director and others, Crofton has asked that the angry messages be curtailed until he has a chance to meet with the station directors, which he has plans to do tomorrow.
Again, because the outcome of this debacle isn't yet certain, we won't post the contact information for WRVU's management/personnel just yet, and we ask that you hold off from barraging them with messages. But I can tell you this much: If Best of Bread is permanently removed from the air due to highly dubious claims of misconduct without so much as a farewell show, Nashville's show-going, music-loving, sense of humor-having silent majority and WRVU's largest (now-threatened) demographic shall let the vitriol rain down upon General Manager Mikil Taylor's inbox without mercy. And by the way, this apparently isn't the first occasion that WRVU's young G.M. has attempted to remove a show from the air for questionable reasons.
If you've never before listened to Best of Bread, you can visit the show archive here and see the playlist archive here. We'll keep you posted as the story develops. And for now, if you'd like to share why you think Best of Bread is the best radio show in Nashville, you can do so in the comments.