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Ray Appleton: not his finest moment

In a strange attempt at humor that came across more like explosive ego mixed with downright boorishness, radio personality Ray Appleton really botched his introduction of Audra McDonald at her hometown concert Friday at the Warnors Theatre. After joking about being coerced into wearing a tux, the KMJ host told the audience:

It’s nice to be in a room in which there’s a native-born Fresnan more famous than me.

The response from the audience: near silence, with a few slight but detectable hisses rising up from several of the more appalled concertgoers.

What an embarrassing way to start off such a classy, elegant event. Sorry, Audra, that you had to walk on stage after that weird, tone-deaf intro.

Responses to "Ray Appleton: not his finest moment"

Leslie Cunning says:

You will now be tagged as an ultra-left KMJ hater. Just sayin’

Blair says:

His inclusion in the event was unnecessary and downright asinine. As soon as they announced him there was a feeling of “who thought this was a good idea?” I am surprised he didn’t cut the arms off of his tux to show off his ink.

ed says:

why did they have appleton introduce her?

claudette davis says:

Ray is not always right. It is very hard for him not to be in control.

Stacy Pederson says:

It’s not hatin’ if it’s true.

Little Pond says:

Why was Appleton selected to introduce her anyway? Is he on the Opera’s board of directors?

Seems odd to pick such a polarizing character to emcee.

Clearly Ray is proud of being from Fresno. So proud, in fact, that he lives in Shaver.

Richard says:

Don, your words are well chosen. Audra deserved a much more elegant introduction. Even a new tux can’t disguise a crude egocentric blowhard. It is a credit to Audra’s charm and professionalism that took it in stride, and gave us a brilliant performance to her hometown audience. I admired her caring attitude when that mysterious blast occurred during her first set. Had one of Ray’s gun totting fans forgotten to turn on the safety?

Richard Darby says:

Appleton’s popularity with some Fresnan’s, is the absolute worst thing which can be said about my old hometown…

Joel Whitehurst says:

“Kansas City Star, That’s What I are. Oddleeedleayhee, Ya oughta See My Car!”
Roger Miller was probably driving through Fresno when he heard Ray and wrote that song!
Somehow, Ray and Fresno (Don’t step in the fresno!) are a perfect match!

sodd runtlestuntle says:

And this is a bad thing why?

Karan Johnson says:

THANK YOU. I was one of the appalled audience members – all set to enjoy a marvelous evening when this Neanderthal was allowed on stage. His remarks really left a bad taste in my mouth – which quickly disappeared when the marvelous Audra McDonald began to sing.
The “introduction” served no purpose, and if the opera felt one was necessary, I can think of a myriad of Fresnans more appropriate than this cretin.

grendel_loki says:

File this under “I could give less of a damn.”

sunny fresno says:

We were in the audience and there was an absolute pall at this idiot’s putting himself on a par with Audra. The word for him is, “Infamous” not “Famous”.

Dudeisonthebeach says:

Appleton just happened to be in the right place at the right time some 24 yeas ago and has been living off of being a big fish in a small pond for decades. His attempt at “humor” was an example of why he remains in a small pond today. I’m with Karan – his introduction served no purpose other that self-promotion of Ray and not KMJ. Their sponsorship could have been handled in any number of ways that would had matched the class of the evening.

native fresnan says:

Ray. You have always been an embarrasement to the City of Fresno with all of your right-wing commentary on your right-wing KMJ radio station. Some of the smartest people in the world are also the dumbest!!!!! The residents of Fresno now know which one of those you are.

Kristin C says:

Is it weird that I have no idea who Ray Appleton is? What did he do to make him Fresno Famous?

gw70 says:

What? Did he NOT mention his FAT Fiji tattooed arms? Come on Ray, time for ANOTHER facelift!!
#occupyrayappleton

cory zamora says:

back in the 1970′s there was a ROCK station called kfig..he was one of the dj’s. he used to PARTY at my home.how he got here, not a clue . i only knew the liberal side.

Peter Robertson says:

Mr. Appleton may be a native-Fresnan, but Ms. McDonald is not.

He had it wrong on with his introduction on Fri. night, and The Fresno Bee had it wrong on Sat. morning with her photo caption.

Audra McDonald was born in Berlin, Germany!

However, I’ll still agree: “Audra McDonald is Fresno’s favorite daughter!”

Myrna McCoy says:

A much more deserving person to introduce Audra would have been Dan Pessano, so instrumental in Audra’s life and training. He would have been articulate, witty and above all, appropriate! In other words, everything Mr. Appleton was not. The lady from KMJ would have been more than enough!

Myrna McCoy says:

A much more deserving person to introduce Audra would have been Dan Pessano, so instrumental in Audra’s life and training. He would have been articulate, witty and above all, appropriate! In other words, everything Mr. Appleton was not. The lady from KMJ would have been more than enough!

Dave says:

I know Ray. Worked with him in the Radio City Building a number of years ago. Nice guy, HOWEVER, his moniker “Ray Egoton” is WELL deserved.

Lary Atchison says:

I moved away from the Central Coast 5 years ago, and checked in to see how The Sons and Ray Appleton are doing, and find that nothing changes. The ultra left wing bird cage liner, The Fresno Bee, along with their liberal readers, AGAIN have a problem with Ray Appleton…Go figure. Is Ray always correct? Hell no. But when the man is correct does the Bee ever report it? Show me one good thing that the Bee ever had to say about Appleton.
And by the way Ray started out on KMJ as a screaming Liberal then found the err of his ways.

Mike Oz says:

So you don’t live here, don’t read the paper every day, but are willing to throw around words like “EVER” — no, that’s not illogical at all.

Heather says:

Shhh, Mike. Be nice or he might move back just to SHOW US ALL.