Friday, February 17, 2006

Episode Seventeen

Ravi pays honor to Torino in a DriveTime Olympic Moment before he and Sonia welcome John Sullivan from the band James The Viking. Ravi whips out the air guitar to accompany the opening track from their new CD.

And a surprising -- yet familiar -- "bonus guest" pops in for the coda.

(QuickTime, 09:26)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice episode and Guest

Saturday, February 18, 2006 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Katwalla said...

Ok Ravi. I'm convinced -- DriveTime needs a rockin' theme song. The great outro did it for me.

Saturday, February 18, 2006 1:27:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Garfield said...

Very entertaining episode.

I was hoping for more air guitar...

Enjoyed the fade in/out to/from black, especially the empty car shot.

If episodes keep going in this direction you won't even have to drive guests around anymore...

Pick them up, say hi, complement their hair, and drop them off a block away. ;-)

Saturday, February 18, 2006 4:23:00 PM  
Blogger Ravi said...

First out of the gate and it's anonymous!

katwalla -- I'm definitely still thinking of theme song, logo, opener, etc... maybe during our next hiatus I'll get some of that together!

steve -- I dole out my air guitar in tantalizing morsels. Did this episode seem like we were going in circles? (conceptually and/or geographically?) We actually did transport our flaxen-locked guest on our commute...

Saturday, February 18, 2006 6:19:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Garfield said...

You've got a happy problem where the host and co-host are as interesting, if not more interesting than the guests sometimes.

I've been asking for more Ravi and Sonia and when I get it, I want more guest. ;-)

Here's my quick recap of the show....


Sonia: "Ravi did a bobsled entry to the car"

Ravi: His name is Johnn Sullivan
He is the guitarist.
They have a new CD.
Do you want to tell us about the band? Should we play a track? I liked the opening track...

[ Listen to song ]

Ravi: Semms like it's perfect for a lead track.

Johnny: Perfect

Ravi: Are you Tallest

Johnny: I always play shoeless. I am growing a mop for winter.

Ravi: I said sheepish. You were hanging out. You...

Johnny: Theory on DriveTime - Reverse cellphone theory. Sweet!

Band website:

Ravi: Thanks for sharing this DriveTime with us...

Ravi brings Sonia lunch...


So although I enjoyed all the Ravi and Sonia parts, I didn't get enough Johnny parts.

Maybe you can ask:

"Tell us about the band?"

... and then stop talking so the guest can get a few word in edgewise.

Also, it sounds like you did a lot of research prior to the interview, but it would be better if we heard from the the guest.

What type of music do they play?

What type of influences do they have?

How do they record their CD's? In a real studio? At home?

You get the idea...

Sunday, February 19, 2006 7:17:00 AM  
Blogger Ravi said...

Steve -- the quest for the perfect balance between banter and guest will be the metaphorical fusion-generator that propels DriveTime through the inky cyberspace!

Thanks for the thorough episode analysis... I'm already anticipating the "not enough Ravi and Sonia" critique for episode 18! ;-)

Sunday, February 19, 2006 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger Steve Garfield said...

There's not enough Sonia in these comments. ;-)

Sunday, February 19, 2006 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger Ravi said...

Perhaps she's my ghost-writer?!

Sunday, February 19, 2006 1:10:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...


Sunday, February 19, 2006 5:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Barrington said...

Curling with a chicken???? Have you never seen W.K.R.P.
Poultry (frozen or not) and moving vehicles do not go well together.

Sunday, February 19, 2006 9:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a long time watcher, but 1st time writer to you. Just watched Episode 17 and I think you should use "James the Vikings" song as you theme song or at least play it at the end of every episopde. It really added/ended to the segment.
MikeB Lynn, MA

Monday, February 20, 2006 12:44:00 PM  
Blogger Ravi said...

brian -- thanks for modifying your blue language for our family audience!

barrington -- I have to admit, even a '70s sitcom scholar like myself wasn't sure what the heck you were talking about. But a few google searches later, I was able to get some dirt on the "Turkeys Away" WKRP episode... Wasn't there some opening sequence of some '90s show that had bowling with a frozen turkey? "Life Goes On" or something...

MikeB -- as we say in this neck of the woods, "First time, long time"! Thanks for the feedback -- some pedal to the medal rockin' music does make the blood flow. Now you'll be like me when you drive, incessantly breaking out into "Dee dee deedeedeedeee dee deedeedeedeedee deedee"

Monday, February 20, 2006 5:03:00 PM  
Anonymous marc said...

it seems you guys have lost your spot as the number one search result for "drivetime" on google!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 6:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ravi & Sonia,

Just wanted to drop a line and let you know I found you on iTunes last week and have been hooked ever since. I have managed to watch every episode and laugh all the way through.

Thanks for providing great entertainment and information about Boston.

I'm thinking that maybe you should do a drive time special in other cities, which maybe hard, but would be very interesting to say the least.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger Ravi said...

marc -- google schmoogle! Actually, I don't know if we ever had that top spot...

welcome aboard anonymous -- DriveTime in other cities. Sounds like the perfect basis for a fat grant!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 6:50:00 PM  
Blogger editengine said...

just caught up on eps 16 and 17 on my brand spankin' new and cool but still kinda buggy Democracy Viewer
And no slander of the Scottish 'sport' of curling, I was very offended by Sonia's offhand dismissal of the fruits of my heritage.

OK curling really really sucks, I don't think it even qualifies as a sport due the absolute lack of effort involved. I try to tell my mom that we really don't need to promote all the lame things the Scots have done, I mean Plaid? Curling? Haggis? We don't even eat haggis it just sits on the damn table until one person has too much to drink and they put a bit on a cracker and choke it down.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 10:22:00 PM  
Blogger Dave H. said...

Well i've been hearing about DriveTime for a while now and i'm super duper glad i finally checked it out! this is a great idea and i enjoyed it thoroughly. looking forward to more.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 7:46:00 AM  
Blogger Ravi said...

hey editengine! I think I've gotten my curling fix... yesterday they had a three-hour match on TV that was two days old. Hmmm... three hours, two days old. Didn't do it for me.

dave -- I'm super duper happy that you've check us out! ;-) Welcome aboard.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 3:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Johnny said...

The James the Viking CD "Easier" referred to in this episode can be purchased here:

Da da da da da da, da da da da da da dah!

Sunday, March 12, 2006 12:12:00 PM  
Blogger Ravi said...

johnny -- I want two cents on every CD sold through that comment directed to the DriveTime Production Fund! ;-)

Sunday, March 12, 2006 1:19:00 PM  

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