Talk-back callers' cherished personal memories. It's a stone certainty that as soon as the punters start reminiscing, their so-called cherished memories will be wrong.
Last week SEN callers were asked to nominate their favourite Cox Plate moments.
- The first bloke lovingly recalled the 1982 Cox Plate "when Roy Higgin's said 'Kingston Town can't win.'" It did. Roy Higgins didn't. It was Bill Collins.
The next caller "will always remember when Taj Rossi won in 1971". 1973.
- Only caught the end of this one today. A bloke had called in to set Mark Doran straight about a match in which Mark Jackson and Tony Lockett played together: "I remember it well. Plugger kicked two goals from tight angles. Straight as a die." This moved Doran to consult his local internet: "Funny how time distorts. Jacko didn't actually play, and Plugger only kicked one goal."
I've got this theory. Talkback callers never actually see or hear their favourite moments; instead, they regurgitate someone else's favourite memory, or re-tell a story they were told. Just as there are usual suspects, there are also usual subjects.
Either way, it would improve talk-back radio immeasurably if they did away with talk-back callers.