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If Mara Davis still had her Radio Free Lunch with a Trump White House...

This was posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Last year, for kicks, I "revived" Mara Davis' Radio Free lunch, which she did on Z93 and Dave FM for 18 years, taking a theme, often timely, and matching songs that fit the theme.

I plucked topics, such as vaping, Uber and Donald Trump in politics, that would not have really been topics before 2012, the last year she did the show before Dave FM went away.

Davis herself, who now hosts "Atlanta Eats" on NewsRadio 106.7, offers concert tips on 90.1/WABE-FM weekly and picks up talent for Adult Swim online, offered up her own ideas related to the craziness at the Trump White House and Anthony Scaramucci's brief tenure as communications director on social media. (#whitehouseplaylist)

If Radio Free Lunch was still a thing I'd have the best playlist for the past few weeks in politics. Another One Bites The Dust, Movin' Out (Anthony's Song), Loyalty by Kendrick Lamar, I could go on.....


Other suggestions emanated from  social media:

"Hello, Goodbye" The Beatles

"Don't Come Around Here No More" Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

"Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen (Yes, the Scaramucci/Fandango jokes are rampant on Facebook)

"One Week" Barenaked Ladies (though Scaramucci did last 10 days)

"I Knew You Were Trouble" Taylor Swift

"Don't Dream It's Over" Crowded House (Crowded [White] House?)

"Changes" David Bowie

"Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye" Steam

"Goodbye to You" Scandal

"Leave" JoJo

"Minnie the Moocher" Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

"Change of Heart" Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker s(again!)

Davis had so much fun with it, she created a Spotify playlist, which also includes:

"Bye Bye Bye" N Sync

"Witch Hunt' Misfits

"Who Can It Be Now" Men at Work

"Eve of Destruction" Barry MacGuire

"Should I Stay or Should I Go" The Clash

"Circus" Britney Spears

"Crazy" Gnarls Barkley

"Under Pressure" Queen, David Bowie

"Talking In Your Sleep" Romantics

"Lies" Thompson Twins

"Six Months in a Leaky Boat" Split Enz

"Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On) - Robert Plant, Alison Krauss

"Dirty White Boy" Foreigner

In an interview, Davis said this isn't her first themed Spotify list but her first one in awhile. "There has been so much craziness in 2017," Davis said. "It's like, 'Oh my God. It's a field day!' This one especially when I saw Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times, he mentioned 'Movin' Out (Anthony's Song]' and it clicked."

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.