Last week, while taking the bus downtown, I realized that I was taking my life in my hands. I was on my was to do some editing with C.F. Roberts, the most dangerous man in Fayetteville. A certain thrill went through me as I wondered what others thought when they saw his name on the credits on various shows on C.A.T.?
Do they tremble? Do mothers warn their children not to go to Community Access Television after the sun goes down, in case the dark and mysterious C.F. Roberts may be skulking about?
Have there been C.F. Roberts sightings in various parts of town, with nervous folks peering from behind their curtains, wondering when the madness might strike, and their lives will never be the same again?
Well, the truth has to come out sometime, I suppose. The dark madman many fear exists only in the realm of my fevered imagination; in reality, C.F Roberts might be described as this really, really big teddy bear.
He is also the director of my show on C.A.T. Over the years, I have found it useful to invoke the image of a snarling, bad-tempered director, when the show is almost out of time.
“Well, my director has just thrown a chair at the wall,” I might say. “It’s just his way of telling us that our time us up.”
“My director is shaking his fist at us. I think we’re running out of time.”
“My director just threw a camera operator through the door. I think our time is up.”
I’d like to think that over the last few years, the C.F. Roberts whose name is attached to my show represents a magnificent dark force to unsuspecting viewers, the kind of man who clutches a bottle in one hand and what is left of his sanity in the other.
Just think of the biker/mercenary in Raising Arizona, and magnify that by ten.
I suppose I could come clean, and tell people what a nice guy C.F. Roberts really is, but it’s really not in my best interest. After all, if he is the most dangerous man in Fayetteville, surely I am the bravest, for working with him?
Quote of the Day
"Nobody can be well psychologically if their riches or life depend on the instability of someone else's life." - Rachel Townsend, Northwest Arkansas Workers' Justice Center (2007) - quoted in Little Rock Free Press
On the Air with Dotty Oliver
Dotty Oliver, author of Mistress of the Misunderstood, and publisher of the Arkansas Free Press, will be my guest next week.
Mistress of the Misunderstood is a collection of Oliver’s columns, which ran in the Arkansas Free Press - originally the Little Rock Free Press - throughout her run as publisher. Reading the columns is akin to opening a time capsule on a period many may not even be aware of.
Oliver also wrote on subjects that many publishers never go near, including the drug war and her views on sexuality, among many other subjects.
In the 1990s Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee sued the Free Press; the story is recounted in Oliver’s book, and discussed on the show.
In addition to discussing the Free Press, many other subjects are touched upon, including Oliver’s life before launching the paper, her political and social views, and her thoughts on the future of alternative journalism.
Show days and times
Monday - Sept. 28 (7pm)
Tuesday - Sept. 29 (noon)
Saturday - Oct. 3 (6pm)
C.A.T. is shown on Channel 18 of the Cox Channel line-up in Fayetteville.
Those outside the Fayetteville viewing area can see the program online at:
Programs online are shown in “real time,” meaning that they are shown at the same time as they are shown on C.A.T.