Hello everybody, and welcome to Santa Steve's Naughty List, the first of two year-end specials that count down the best and worst newsmakers of 2015. Last year, ISIS received the lump of coal, retired Yankee skipper Derek Jeter scored a charitable contribution to his Turn 2 Foundation, and we honored the memory, music and magic of the one and only Casey Kasem. Who has a Happy Holiday and who wins the pleasure (?) of a visit from a certain Mr. Krampus (an anthropomorphic horned figure who punishes children during the Christmas season as opposed to old St. Nick) this year? There's only one way to find out: Line 'em up and count 'em down!
DISHONORABLE MENTION Me
Yep, I messed up Big Time again! This time, I forgot the following Stevie Awards for Awesomeness In Country Music from the first annual ceremony at http://www.welcometostevecountry.com :
LEGEND AWARD 650 AM WSM Nashville THE country music radio station!
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR NASH FM 94.7 WNSH New York NOW New York has everything!
AIR PERSONALITIES OF THE YEAR AMERICA'S MORNING SHOW NASH FM 94.7 and other stations, with Blair Garner, Charlie Wicks, Erika Grace Powell and Robin Meade If you HAVE to go to work and you WANT to listen to great country music, this is your show!
OK, now that I've recognized EVERYTHING good in Country Nation, it's time to count down the ten worst in the headlines of 2015
10. SESAME STREET
My, have the mighty have fallen! Last year, this pioneering educational kidvid show checked in at Number 3 on the Nice List, but this year, Big Bird, Elmo, and the rest of the gang fall all the way down to Number 10 on the Naughty List for moving to HBO effective January 16. This show was originally created to serve the needs of disadvantaged urban kids, but now it's moving to the home of Carrie Bradshaw, Tony Soprano, Jon Snow, and a host of other characters nobody I know would want hanging around their kids. If you hear a rumbling below Sesame Street, it's Mr. Hooper spinning in his grave!
9. THE DESNUDAS (NAKED WOMEN)
As if the Filthy Animals of Times Square weren't filthy enough, along comes a group of women with everything those showgirls in Vegas have except TOPS! I like sitting in front of the Times Square Studios and watching the world go by as much as the next guy, but, ladies, could you PLEASE put on some clothes?
AND NOW, THE BUMS WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS
8. THE BRONX BUMMER
What would Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, New York's original Little Italy, be without its annual Christmas party, complete with beautiful Christmas tree? They're finding out right now, thanks to increased security over a precipitous spike in the homeless population. The homeless have been using the area as their hotel, and needless to say, the locals ARE not having a holly jolly Christmas.
7. BAD SANTA
Will the real Santa Claus please stand up? According to Macy*s, he's actually sitting down in his red velvet seat in Santaland while a soulless impostor demands $5 from disillusioned Yuletide revelers. Not even his fellow Filthy Animals think this St.Nick got the memo about the spirit of giving!
6. THE HOUSTON ASTROS
They were too good for the C.C. Sabathia-less New York Yankees who fell to them 3-0 in a one-game playoff. At least the Mets made it as far as the Series!
5. DR. BEN CARSON
He only opens his mouth to change feet!
4. DONALD J. TRUMP
He's also made a lot of gaffes this year, but poking fun at a handicapped New York Times reporter? If you hear a pack of groaning camels, it was because that was the straw that broke ALL their backs!
3. WICKED CITY
A wicked bad excuse for a TV drama!
2. BILL DEBLASIO
Where to start? Not stepping up to the plate on the homeless problem, flying off to Iowa instead of focusing on New York, closing down Manhattan while Boston got the brunt of January's blizzard, I'm thinking of throwing my hat in the ring next election! (Hey, ANYBODY could do a better job!)
AND OUR DEFENDING CHAMPION:
What they did in Paris and to that Egyptian airliner is totally unacceptable. We should go right in and kick their you know whats!
Now that you know who gets our lump of coal, who gets a special gift? The answer awaits later this week!