Question #2 is of interest
May 22, 2005
Five Questions for Abdul-Hakim Shabazz
Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, 35, is creating a big stir in local government with his "Abdul in the Mornings" show on WXNT-AM (1430) from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays. The show regularly features local politicians discussing the day's news. Shabazz, who came to Indianapolis from Illinois last year, is also an attorney and a stand-up comedian.
1. You've quickly developed a loyal following -- including some of the city's and state's biggest players. How worried should WIBC-AM (1070)'s morning drive team be?If I was WIBC, I would go to bed every night thinking, "Oh, my God. How many listeners am I going to lose to Abdul tomorrow?"
2. You're billed as a "consistent conservative" voice, but you supported the Democratic mayor's idea to merge government, supported a Democratic-led plan to ban workplace discrimination for gays and took Indiana's conservative patriarch, Eric Miller, to task. What's up?
Consistent. It's real simple. . . . I have a problem with discrimination, period. The only discrimination I believe in is based on merit. . . . If the conservative ideal is individual liberty, individual freedom and letting individuals achieve, then why would you put a barrier in their place that has nothing to do with their ability to do a job?
3. Which of your regular guests has the worst radio voice?
Who does have the worst radio voice? Well, compared to me, everybody has the worst radio voice.
4. The word "ego" pops up a lot around you. Where did that ego come from?
The day I realized I was smarter than 99.99 percent of the population. . . . No, in this business you have to have an ego, otherwise people will walk all over you. It comes with the territory. Luckily, it's ego with perspective. I know when to put it on the shelf, but it's a pretty big shelf.
5. Of all the issues you've covered, which has been the most important?
I would honestly say that of all the issues I've looked at to date, daylight-saving time. It's about Indiana's image. One of the arguments that's made from Day One is that, in Indiana, the people are good, they're kind, but they're slow and they hate change. Daylight-saving time was symbolic that Indiana is now at least on the road to the 21st century.