As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve got sort of a man-crush on 99.1 FM Talk. That doesn’t mean I’m blind to the faults of the station. I hate to be critical of their advertisers since I certainly want all those who support the station to be successful; however, I have a bone to pick with a couple of them.
First, the ad for Clearwire. I have a Clearwire modem, so I speak from experience. Clearwire is a lot like satellite internet service. It’s okay if there are absolutely no other choices but I certainly wouldn’t use it if I had a choice. Clearwire is outrageously expensive compared to cable or DSL and minor things can completely kill your signal. My worst experience with Clearwire occurred recently when the credit card they had on file expired. They used a robo-call to ask me to call them back, leaving no useful information about why. I finally realized the problem when I tried to connect to the internet and was prompted to make a payment. Robo-calls are an automatic deal-killer for me. And this was on top of the fact that the last time I called them about a service problem they never called back.
I will state that my problem is with Clearwire and not the advertiser that runs the ad – I believe the business is J&S Satellite. You should patronize them – just avoid Clearwire.
Second, the abomination known as The BBQ House. I was not a fan of their old ads. I’m not a fan of their jingle (“hot sauce!”). But the “Joe the Plumber” ad sealed the deal. I don’t get the Australian/N’awlins accent. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure about most of what is said in the commercial because I turn it off as soon as it comes on. I’m trying to think of a more irritating campaign, but nothing is coming to mind.
Let me put this in perspective. If I went to vote and was given a choice between Obama and this ad I would be seriously torn. Destroy the country and possibly the world? Or hear that blasted ad one more time? I think I’d probably write-in Carrot Top. Yeah, it’s that bad.