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Airdate: Monday, December 13, 2004

Sender: Fraser, Scotland

A sender's friends want advice on being a radio show host, and Strong Bad decides to give them some pointers. His first rule is to make sure you sound nothing like how you look, as he demonstrates by making Strong Sad act like a loud, obnoxious disc jockey known as "The Deathly Pallor".

Strong Sad: 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! (claps his hands over his mouth, mortified, as Strong Bad laughs) Don't you ever do that again!
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Strong Bad then demonstrates how various types of radio personality would say the test sentence "The fish was delish and it made quite a dish":

  • A "smooth 'n' smarmy" public radio announcer, who reports on the doings of Capitol Hill and the United Nations, and leaves Marzipan wondering when she's supposed to get her tote bag.
  • Stoops and Gusso, the "AM Morning Crude Crew", a pair of smart-alecky "drive time morning show" hosts: "These guys are like bad stand up comics that you can't heckle. Or jeckle. Or throw highball glasses at." Which doesn't stop an annoyed Homestar from throwing a rocks glass at his radio. ("Alright, squawk box! Shut it up about that fish already!")
  • College radio, which features a stuttering, mumbling "bewildered freshman" for a DJ, and which Strong Bad believes "can be summed up in five words: Dead air, um, dead air."
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  • Old-timey radio ("Just in case your friends are... um, in the past"), which features Old-Timey Strong Bad as the narrator for a thrilling radio drama, the "Fish Was Delish" program. "Stay tuned for partial excitement!"

Strong Bad: 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.

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  • Brick Joke: During the public radio segment, Marzipan mentions that she never got her tote bag from the station. Shortly afterwards, in the morning show segment, Homestar is wearing a tote bag from the public radio station on his head.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Homestar shouts "High-ball!" while throwing a rocks glass at the radio.
  • College Radio: Strong Bad does his best impression of a "bewildered freshman" while demonstrating what college radio is like.
    "Uh... campus outreach is looking for... um... Hang on..."
  • Continuity Nod: The college radio station is apparently "the voice of CGNU".
  • Dumbass DJ: The AM Morning Crude Crew rely on bad jokes and obnoxious sound effects.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Strong Sad playfully addresses Strong Bad as "Senator", to which Strong Bad replies "Quit calling me that!"
  • Large Ham Radio: Strong Sad speaks in a hammy, motor-mouthed voice as "The Deathly Pallor".
    Strong Sad: Oh yeah! What's the phrase that pays that plays for days? It's numbity 902, "The Sturge"! Don't you touch that zabbitablah!
    Strong Mad: (confused) ZABBITABLAH?
  • Our Slogan Is Terrible: Portly Washboy Laundry Paste: "Don't Eat It Like the Cartoon Man!"
  • Shout-Out:
    • Strong Bad refers to Strong Sad with the nickname "Ol' Greystoke".
    • The narrator announcing Strong Bad's test sentence sounds a bit like the voice-over announcer from Password who announces each round's password to the audience.
    • An Easter egg features a mock-cover for "The Fish Was Delish, and it Made Quite a Dish", a Dr. Seuss pastiche written by "Crazy Prof. Sportsinterviews".
    • An Easter egg has Old-Timey Strong Bad borrow Dick Dastardly's catch-phrase "Drat and double-drat!"
  • Two Words: Obvious Trope: Strong Bad remarks "College radio can pretty much be summed up in five words: Dead air, um, dead air."
  • Vocal Dissonance: According to Strong Bad, "The first rule of thumb for all radio personalities is to look absolutely nothing like how they sound."

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