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Strong Sad: Shock jock?

Strong Bad Email #120

Strong Bad gives some advice on how to be a radio host, in various genres.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Strong Sad/The Deathly Pallor, Marzipan, Homestar Runner, The Strong Bad, Strong Mad (easter egg), The Sneak (easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, Strong Sad's Room, Marzipan's House, Homestar's House, Strong Bad's Basement (easter egg)

Date: December 13, 2004

Running Time: 4:01



STRONG BAD: I got miles and miles of the e-mail style. Miles and miles of the e-mail style.

{types in "strongbad_email.exe"}

subject: radio
Dear Strong Bad,
My friends are radio hosts. Any chance you could give
them any pointers on what they can say/do on their show?
bowing to you
Fraser, Scotland

{Strong Bad actually says "slash" between say/do.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Oh, no need to bow, Fraser. Get up. {reverently} Rise, my son. And giveth me instead, $7.50 with which to buy some buffalo chicken tenders. {clears the screen} So your "friends" are radio show hosts, huh? Well, the first rule of thumb for all radio personalities is to look absolutely nothing like how they sound. Take Ol' Greystoke for instance.

{Cut to Strong Sad standing in his room}

STRONG BAD: {voice-over} Now here's a whiny know-it-all who sounds just like he looks.

STRONG SAD: Why thank you, Senator.

STRONG BAD: {voice-over} Quit calling me that. Anyway, if Strong Sad was a radio host, he'd sound like this:

STRONG SAD: {In spontaneous, radio host voice} Hey hey hey, it's the Deathly Pallor, coming at you on numbitty 902, WA3D FM, "The Sturge." Coming up next, we got some hot new tracks from double-O ballyhoo!

{Strong Sad covers his mouth in horror while Strong Bad laughs.}

STRONG SAD: {normal voice/frightened} Don't you ever make me do that again!

{Cut back to Lappy 486.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} So once they've got the voice/appearance mismatch working, then it all just depends on what kind of radio station they work for. Listen and loin as I run my test sentence through the various genres.

Voice-over: Strong Bad's test sentence is "The fish was delish and it made quite a dish." {The sentence appears on-screen.}

STRONG BAD: First up is public radio: smooth n' smarmy.

{Cut to Marzipan's kitchen. A radio is sitting on the counter.}

STRONG BAD: {as Public Radio host} Today on Capitol Hill, the fish was delish, and according to U.N. secretary council members, it made quite a dish. You are listening to member-supported public radio.

{Public Radio theme song plays. Marzipan walks in.}

MARZIPAN: Dang old public radio. I never got my totebag.

{Cut back to Lappy 486.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Next up is the drive time morning show. {A morning show poster with two Strong Bad-like hosts appears onscreen.} Oooh, these guys are like bad stand up comics that you can't heckle. Or jeckle. Or throw highball glasses at.

{Cut to a clock-radio.}

STRONG BAD: {as morning talk show host, with sound effects in the background} Rise and shine, people! The fish was delish. {canned laughter} Wait for it, wait for it! {clowny sounds} And it made quite a dish.

{Cut back from the clock-radio to show Homestar in his house with a Public Radio totebag over his head, holding a glass containing a brown liquid with ice cubes.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: All right, squawk box! Shut it up about the fish already.

STRONG BAD: I guess that's the way {honk honk} the cookie crumbles.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hi-ball! {throws his glass at radio}

{Cut back to Lappy 486.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Then, there's the utter misery that is college radio. Where they apparently just let any bewildered freshman wander in to the booth and try to run a radio station.

{Cut to a boombox containing a blank tape.}

STRONG BAD: {as college radio host, over a song ending and some feedback} Uh, that, that was "The fish was delish" and we heard... track... {thumbing through CD jewel cases} six... "It Made Quite a Dish."

{Cut to Strong Sad's room, where he is sitting next to the boombox writing some calligraphy.}

STRONG BAD: {on radio} Um... ca... campus outreach is looking for... hang on...

{Cut back to Lappy 486.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} College radio can pretty much be summed up in 5 words:
Dead air, um, dead air.

{Cut back to the boombox}

STRONG BAD: {as college radio host} Okay, I am out of here for today, but um, but first up is an, um, er... an... an hour of chanting.

{A chant plays on the boombox. Strong Sad hits the Play and Record buttons.}

{Cut back to Lappy 486.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} And just in case your friends are um, in the past: here's old-timey radio.

{Cut to 1936 style and an old-timey radio, with The Strong Bad reading in front of a microphone.}

THE STRONG BAD: {as old-timey radio host} This week on The Fish Was Delish progrum, brought to you by Portly Washboy laundry paste, {Portly Washboy Fancy Laundry Paste logo appears} we join The Fish down at the wharfs as he closes in on the Quite a Dish gang's hideout. Stay tuned for partial excitement.

{The Portly Washboy logo appears again. It depicts a boy and a heaping jar of paste with a spoon in it.}

Voice-over: {singing} Portly Washboy: Don't eat it like the cartoon man.

{Cut back to Lappy 486.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Done and done, Fraser. Your friends should be well on their way to annoying drivers and gas station attendants the world over. Ooh! And see if you can score me some free coozies, frisbees, or bottle openers from their station. Those free giveaways: Highly flammable.

{The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • Click on Strong Sad's stomach while he does the radio voice to see him wearing a T-shirt from WA3D FM "The Sturge."
  • Click on "The fish was delish, and it made quite a dish" to show a Dr. Seuss-style children's book of the same name. It was written by Crazy Prof. Sportsinterviews (aka Leomard Sportsinterviews), who writes most of the children's books Strong Bad mangles.
  • Click on "coozies, frisbees, or bottle openers" after The Paper comes down to see them. The coozie is blue and says, "WSBD The Voice of CGNU 89.3 Several Dozen Listeners." The frisbee is white and says, "The Sturge numbitty 902 WA3D FM." The bottle opener is red and says, "Smooooooth 'n smarmy."
  • After the test sentence disappears, you can still click where it was to show the children's book.
  • Click on "annoying" after The Paper comes down to see/hear more of Strong Sad's new persona.
STRONG SAD: Oh, I disagree! I think it's more than just a matter of simple economics. In fact, I'd say... {radio host voice and mannerisms, with music} Oh, yeah! What's the phrase that pays that plays for days? It's numbitty-nine-oh-two, "The Sturge." Don't you touch that BLABITTABLOUGH!
STRONG MAD: {confused} Blabittablough?
  • Click on "me" after The Paper comes down to see more of old-timey Strong Bad.
RADIO: {The Strong Bad} Stay tuned for partial excitement!
{Portly Washboy Laundry Paste theme song plays over radio}
THE STRONG BAD: {listening} Drat and double drat! It's true what they say! The rah-dio really does add four and twenty stone to one's voice!

Fun Facts


  • "Four-and-twenty stone" is 336 pounds (one stone = 14 pounds), though it is probably a play on the saying that "the camera adds ten pounds."


  • The totebag on Homestar's head reads: PRS Public Radio Sounds "Smooth 'n Smarmy." This must be the totebag Marzipan's missing.
  • Homestar must have his lights set to come on with the radio alarm at 7:00 am; strangely, he is already up and having a drink.
  • Homestar's radio is set to about 96.1 FM or 850 AM.
  • Homestar must be a terrific athlete if he can nail a glass on a radio with a totebag over his head.


  • The left sleeve of Strong Sad's radio T-shirt disappears during parts of that Easter egg. If you click on him again, it reappears. (See the article image above.)

Inside References

  • This is the second time Strong Sad has confused Strong Mad by saying something weird. The first was in caffeine, after he said "parakeet."
  • Strong Sad's calligraphy pen is also featured in his action figure in the Easter egg for action figure, and from the Strong Bad Is in Jail Cartoon.
  • The college radio station, 89.3 WSBD The Voice of CGNU, refers to Crazy Go Nuts University.
  • The Trivia Time cookie jar appears in Marzipan's kitchen.
  • This is the second time we've seen the interior of Homestar's House. The first was in caper, when Strong Bad and The Cheat tried to steal his Jumbles. Apparently, someone fixed his cow lamp, which is seen at the righthand side of the screen.
  • Strong Sad refers to himself as "The Deathly Pallor," harking back to Coach Z's introduction of Strong Sad in the email impression.
  • "Progrum" is also a referance to "Strong Bad Type Interview Progrum" from pizzaz
  • Right at the very end of the chanting, one can hear the first two notes of the Sweet Cuppin' Cakes theme song, as seen in Decemberween Sweet Cuppin' Cakes.
  • The short theme heard while Marzipan listens to public radio is reminiscent of the theme to the National Public Radio program "All Things Considered".
  • The booOOMbox Strong Sad listens to was also seen in autobiography. However, it had no record button.

Real-World References

  • A highball glass is a tall, narrow glass typically used to serve certain types of alcohol and cocktails. Homestar's glass, therefore, isn't a highball at all; it's a "Rocks Glass," which are generally short and stout.
    • Homestar's glass is the same one The Cheat had on the table in montage while smoking.
  • Marzipan's reference to the totebag has to do with public radio and/or TV stations often having on-air fundraisers where they offer gifts for different levels of donations.
  • Marzipan's book Tolstoy Story 2 is a reference to Leo Tolstoy, a famous Russian author, and also to the Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 2.
  • Strong Bad's test phrase is an old broadcasting clich�. The phrase has been used to test the levels of the F and SH sounds in audio signals for recording, public address and broadcast. When those sounds are too "hot," sounding like intense hisses, the mic can be moved or covered to reduce the "swishiness."
  • "PRS" is a playful combination of PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, NPR National Public Radio and PRI, Public Radio International.
  • The "UN Secretary Council" represents a mix between the UN Secretary-General and the UN Security Council, both of which sound similar and frequently make headlines on PBS, PRI and NPR.
  • The voice-over telling the viewer what the test phrase is is a reference to game shows like "Password," where something similar would occur so that the viewers knew what the password was.
  • Judging by Strong Sad's T-shirt, "The Sturge" is short for sturgeon, a large, rare fish and is an obvious spoof of radio stations named after animals. For example, WKRP in Cincinnati had the mascot "the WKRP Carp."
  • "Heckle or jeckle" is a reference to the Terrytoons cartoon Heckle and Jeckle.
  • Strong Bad calling Strong Sad "Greystoke" is a reference to Tarzan.

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