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Counselor Senior Editor Michele Bell's slanted view of the world.

The Mouths That Roared

Filed under: Editorial, Fun

Hi Everyone –

There’s not a week that goes by that Rich Fairfield, ASI’s senior vice president, the publisher of our magazines and my boss, doesn’t come up with an idea that makes me scowl, roll my eyes and whine, “Where’d you come up with that cockamamie plan?” 

He had a doozie recently, in which he proposed that the five senior editors – myself, Editor-in-Chief Melinda Ligos, Counselor Editor Andy Cohen, Advantages Editor Kathy Huston and Managing Editor Joe Haley – would host a weekly call-in radio talk show. I’ll spare you my initial reaction, but “cockamamie” would have been kind. However, as a large percentage of his ideas are ultimate successes, we’re proceeding with ASI Radio, premiering next Tuesday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m. EDT via streaming Internet feed (www.asicentral.com/radio). The 10:30 a.m. start, incidentally was Rich’s concession to me, who routinely strolls in at about that time to start the work day.

In this radio show, the five of us will be discussing industry hot topics such as price increases and product safety, in addition to other profoundly important issues of the day, like who’s the yummiest hottie (as well as the biggest pain in my ass) in the industry. Now, people in the industry I’ve shared this premise with – my Michaels, Polyconcept North America’s CEO Michael Bernstein and Express Pens’ owner Michael Linderman – both had the same concern: “How the hell are the other three people supposed to talk with you and Joe Haley sucking all the oxygen out of the room?” They are not wrong. Of the five of us, Joe and I – hand’s down – are the loudest, most reactionary and opinionated. Maybe because we’re both short in stature, we wield our big mouths to overcompensate for our little size.

Below, in this PR shot taken for the radio show, Andy, Melinda and Kathy look pretty much as they do every day. Joe and I, however, were asked by Rich to dress in a way that exemplified our “personalities” – Joe in an old-fashioned bowtie signifying his curmudgeonly nature and me in an excessive fur coat and blood-red stilettos. There’s just one thing: In the 11 years we’ve worked together, Joe has never worn a bowtie and though I do wear fur coats, not usually in June, when this photo was taken. Consequently, Joe looks like a Tool and I, a surly tranny.

All that said, Rich’s idea will probably be another good one and we’re all looking forward to the radio show very much. If, for no other reason, than to weigh in on such crucial industry issues as price increases –  as I type this, the Chinese government announced it raised prices on fuel, which will mean still higher prices on their exports.

If the somewhat dire state of affairs has you developing a twitch, I encourage you to listen to ASI Radio next Tuesday, July 15, call in (215-953-4979) and share your concerns with us. Joe and I promise to keep our big yaps muzzled.


Looking like an aging rock band together again for a reunion tour, ASI’s senior editors (from left: Michele Bell, Andy Cohen, Melinda Ligos, Joe Haley and Kathy Huston) prepare to ride the airwaves on ASI Radio.


  1. Roger Burnett Says:

    Are you going to be on a 5 second delay or something? This COULD get interesting, darling!

    Wednesday July 9, 2008
  2. Kathy Huston Says:

    We look like ABBA.

    Wednesday July 9, 2008
  3. Michele Bell Says:

    Yes, the five-second delay (or, since we don’t have one, lack thereof) is going to be interesting to say the least. During our first “run through” for the show, it took under four minutes for me to blurt out “he’s such a f***ing tool!” in reference to someone in the industry. Tim Andrews, saint that he is, rolled his eyes, shook his head and walked away muttering something about reallocating ASI’s budget to allow for the FCC fines. ; )

    Wednesday July 9, 2008
  4. “E” Says:

    OMG, I may have to cancel my sirius subscription for this! I can’t tell you how excited I am. This should definitely be interesting!

    Wednesday July 9, 2008
  5. “E” Says:

    It this the coming attraction for a twist in The Bachelor??

    Wednesday July 9, 2008
  6. Michele Bell Says:

    Ready for your special day on Monday, E??? Of course you know I wouldn’t forget. Expect a phone call, Sweetie… ; )

    Wednesday July 9, 2008
  7. Eric Johnson Says:

    If the four of you are ABBA – whch i thought of prior to reading Kathy’s comment – MBell – who are you in the group? The cabbie that drove them there? I think more like Julie the cruise director?

    Thursday July 10, 2008
  8. Michele Bell Says:

    I am Keith Richards, who infiltrated the group to make them less “wholesome” and more “degenerate”… ; )

    Monday July 14, 2008
  9. Kuntom Says:

    Hi I was concerned with poisntg these vids on my business page because the name of businesses are displayed and clients might call the business direct. Is there any guarantee that this will not happen? Are the suppliers of ASI credible to not deal directly with the end user? Thanks

    Thursday May 3, 2012

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