Some listeners enjoy this kind of talk radio; others might laugh it off. Personally, I never listen to mean, nasty, and brutish acts such as Severin or Howie Carr. But Schrag called him on the remarks -- literally.
Schrag called into the show and got on for nearly six minutes, rubbing Severin's face in his own words and hypocrisy while producing a full transcript for his blog, The Schrug (not to be confused with his other blog, The Schlog, or his previous online periodical, The Schragzine):
David: OK, so can you define "poor" for me then? Because I just want to let these folks, you know, know who they are that you think are boring...Schrag was unsuccessful at getting Severin to define the term "poor", probably because Severin realized it would have caused many of his listeners to realize suddenly that Severin was insulting them directly. Ah, the dangers of engaging in class warfare when your livelihood is at stake!
Jay: I’ll let you define the poor.
David: No, no. You’re all about "words have meaning." You know, you’re very precise in terms of language.
Jay: Indeed I am.
David: And so if you’re going to use a word like poor, I assume you know what it means. It’s a relative term, so what does it mean to you?
Jay: "The poor" is not a relative term. The poor are the poor.
Severin eventually hung up on Schrag. Not leaving it there, Severin launched into a six-minute tirade against the caller who could no longer defend himself, calling Schrag "some poor, friendless, unemployed... wanking dwarf... I think he probably smells."
Needless to say, Schrag is not unemployed. He's a local business owner and a member of the Brighton Board of Trade who does not frequent dungeons. Severin's show probably won't be getting much in the way of Brighton advertising dollars anytime soon. But at least Severin managed to hold onto his impoverished listeners.