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OldRightHander
08-26-2008, 02:21 PM
What are those commercials, radio or tv, that have you reaching for the mute button as fast as you can grab it? I have a few that pop up on XM quite a bit.

1. Life line screening. I don't know why it bugs me, but the ad starts with "real words by real people" and then the "real" people are so obviously reading their lines and trying to put added drama into their reading that I can't stand to leave the volume up.

2. Tell them about the discount Harry. I don't hear it as much anymore, but this awning company recently made a different ad which is essentially the same thing, just without the annoying woman. This time it's two guys and one keeps pestering the other one to mention the discount. You would think if enough people complained about the other ad they would change the whole formula, not just the ad.

3. Anything with Billy Mays.

4. The Ad Council. They have several the permeate XM. Just about all of them annoy me.

There are plenty others I can't think of off the top of my head, but I'm sure I'll hear them soon enough.

SeeinRed
08-26-2008, 02:35 PM
The Columbia Hyundai commercials with the talking car. Those drive me to the brink of insanity every time. That and those Grippos commercials. I love Grippos, hate the commercials. The GoldStar commercials with that "Get lost in the Taste" song kill me also. Especially the high pitched ending. Skyline ads if for nothing more than frequency of the ads. 2 per commercial break is a bit excessive. Local ads are like shooting fish in a barrel though. Nationally, those stupid Ford Edge commercials.

klw
08-26-2008, 02:46 PM
Its not a mute issue but I hate the commercial where the woman is turning around inside the minivan to simulate what a 360 degree view on the computer would look like. I also hate the commercial for Secret where the woman in the tank top is walking down the street continually raising her arms.

bucksfan
08-26-2008, 02:50 PM
I still think it should be illegal to have any radio commercials with sirens, etc. One of my pet peeves in the category of annoying commercials.

Besides that, commercials that sell with yelling, commercials that regard more adult topics, especially when they air them in early viewing hours, like when I am watching a day game on a Sunday, etc...

Roy Tucker
08-26-2008, 02:57 PM
I still think it should be illegal to have any radio commercials with sirens, etc. One of my pet peeves in the category of annoying commercials.



Oh man. Several years back, there was a radio ad that had a train diesel horn in it. I was out driving and crossing some RR tracks when it came on.

Words cannot express the pure and utter panic that hit me. I thought I was dead.

GoReds
08-26-2008, 03:04 PM
Sham-wow.

Chip R
08-26-2008, 03:18 PM
Frischs commercials

deltachi8
08-26-2008, 03:27 PM
Sham-wow.

look at dis

HeatherC1212
08-26-2008, 03:34 PM
If I see Mr. Opportunity on one of those annoying Honda commercials again anytime soon I'm throwing a shoe at my TV. Those are SO ANNOYING and yet they're on ALL THE TIME. :thumbdown

RosieRed
08-26-2008, 03:37 PM
Alamo Electronics. I should NOT know all the words to their jingle.

NJReds
08-26-2008, 03:41 PM
"Viva Viagra ..."

Yachtzee
08-26-2008, 03:47 PM
I still think it should be illegal to have any radio commercials with sirens, etc. One of my pet peeves in the category of annoying commercials.

Besides that, commercials that sell with yelling, commercials that regard more adult topics, especially when they air them in early viewing hours, like when I am watching a day game on a Sunday, etc...

That's my number one issue with radio ads too. Sirens drive me nuts because it's so important to pay attention to those when you're driving. I agree with the yelling too and would add eating. I hate hearing people eat in radio ads. McDonalds once had a radio ad with someone smacking their lips and making "mmmm" sounds. Ugh.

klw
08-26-2008, 04:27 PM
That's my number one issue with radio ads too. Sirens drive me nuts because it's so important to pay attention to those when you're driving. I agree with the yelling too and would add eating. I hate hearing people eat in radio ads. McDonalds once had a radio ad with someone smacking their lips and making "mmmm" sounds. Ugh.

They are not ads but your average NPR has so many of these sounds that I am often driven to the point of physical illness. It could be some sort of PTSD from my 2nd semester of law school when I sat next to a classmate who would try to eat bananas quietly in Plroperty Law. It was excruciatingly distracting waiting for that next chew/slurp noise as he paused for so long between bites. I complained to the woman on the other side of me one day. she thought I was nuts until he started up again in class that day.

Degenerate39
08-26-2008, 04:33 PM
George Grande

Progressive Auto Insurance (Can't stand the woman)

Yachtzee
08-26-2008, 04:59 PM
They are not ads but your average NPR has so many of these sounds that I am often driven to the point of physical illness. It could be some sort of PTSD from my 2nd semester of law school when I sat next to a classmate who would try to eat bananas quietly in Plroperty Law. It was excruciatingly distracting waiting for that next chew/slurp noise as he paused for so long between bites. I complained to the woman on the other side of me one day. she thought I was nuts until he started up again in class that day.

I think I know what you are talking about. I noticed there are some shows where you can hear the person licking their lips or something like that when they talk.

I remember in my Wills class, we had two young women who would bring a pile of snacks to class every evening (took it over the summer). They would sit there with their snacks, eating the whole class. I couldn't believe the professor would tolerate it, considering they sat right up front.

Dom Heffner
08-26-2008, 05:44 PM
The JG Wentworth commercials that have the people opening up the window and screaming, "It's my money and I want it now!!!!!' over and over again.

Terrible.

redsmetz
08-26-2008, 06:13 PM
Frischs commercials

For a long time, I assumed most ad writers had all dropped acid at one point in their lives. Frisch's commercials really make me think that.

redsmetz
08-26-2008, 06:15 PM
I remember in my Wills class, we had two young women who would bring a pile of snacks to class every evening (took it over the summer). They would sit there with their snacks, eating the whole class. I couldn't believe the professor would tolerate it, considering they sat right up front.

Unrelated, but in my bio class at UC eons ago, some guy brought in a fetal pig and set it right on the desk in front of my and this girl I knew. We were having some pre-class donuts and she leaned forward said sharply, "Hey, we're trying to eat here!". He put it under the desk.

redsmetz
08-26-2008, 06:16 PM
Any ad featuring Bill Cunningham. I just turn them off and if I do here them, I make a mental note not to do business with anyone who would use him as a spokesperson.

WVRed
08-26-2008, 11:30 PM
I know this will sound cruel to some, but when the animal control commercial with Sarah McLaughlin comes on, I immediately have to change the channel.

That video is too painful to watch.

durl
08-27-2008, 08:56 AM
Car radio ads that begin (or end) with the disclaimer details that cram 30 seconds worth of text into 6 seconds. Cannot STAND those things.

CySeymour
08-27-2008, 10:52 AM
My wife wants one for me

CrackerJack
08-27-2008, 10:55 AM
I wish the "Mr. Opportunity" Toyota commercials would stop.

And yes the Alamo commercials during Reds games are the most obnoxious, ridiculous things ever.

I really don't watch much TV anymore, other than a ball game, so thank goodness my exposure is quite limited.

HeatherC1212
08-27-2008, 11:47 AM
I wish the "Mr. Opportunity" Toyota commercials would stop.

Those are for Honda, not Toyota. Unfortunately I've heard the commercial enough through the Olympics to know this for certain. :bang: (I also posted about my hatred for those commercials earlier in this thread.)

Gotta agree with the Viva Viagra commercials too. SO ANNOYING. :rant2:

LoganBuck
08-27-2008, 12:05 PM
I have reached my point of saturation with the political ads.

Falls City Beer
08-27-2008, 01:38 PM
The most recent "Just for Men" commercials are awesome.

yab1112
08-27-2008, 01:40 PM
Frischs commercials

The one with the people who talk in rhyme makes me want to blow my freakin head off.:explode:

Thank God I haven't had to hear those since I moved to NY. (not that they don't have their own annoying ads.)

OldRightHander
08-27-2008, 02:16 PM
Frischs commercials

Not your favorite thing?

BoydsOfSummer
08-27-2008, 05:30 PM
Those annoying male enhancement ads that dance around and refuse to say penis.

Tommyjohn25
08-27-2008, 08:16 PM
I know this will sound cruel to some, but when the animal control commercial with Sarah McLaughlin comes on, I immediately have to change the channel.

That video is too painful to watch.

Oh...you're not the only one. I'm a huge softy for animals, that commercial breaks my heart.

And my "mute button" commercial?

FREEEEEEE CREDIT REPORT DOT COOMMMM!!!!

RedsFan75
08-28-2008, 11:42 AM
In addition to the ones mentioned above, which I fully agree with...

I was happy the other day when I found that my Dish system would allow me to watch the Reds Games on Sports south.... I only got national commercials, and didn't have to watch those HORRIBLE Grippos commercials. (or the other ones etc... )

Now if I could just find a broadcast where I didn't have to listen to George!

Roy Tucker
08-28-2008, 11:54 AM
Those annoying male enhancement ads that dance around and refuse to say penis.

Smiling Bob isn't smiling much these days...

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080827/BIZ/308270019

RichRed
08-28-2008, 12:02 PM
Oh...you're not the only one. I'm a huge softy for animals, that commercial breaks my heart.


Showing a one-eyed puppy is just dirty pool.

NJReds
08-28-2008, 12:22 PM
Smiling Bob isn't smiling much these days...

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080827/BIZ/308270019

Well, based on where he's going, he better hope his product doesn't work.

marcshoe
08-30-2008, 10:16 PM
On XM, the commercial offering the instruction book to fix your kids. My sister (who actually has a kid) was riding with me once when it came on, and she blew up.

toledodan
09-01-2008, 10:54 PM
Alamo Electronics. I should NOT know all the words to their jingle.


i happen to love that one. everytime it comes on my daughter gets up and starts to dance to it. than she points out how she's not as spoiled as those kids playing the video games in their stadium seating.:D

LoganBuck
09-01-2008, 11:03 PM
That stupid golf club stand thing on FSN really ticks me off. I don't even know what it is called, but I have instant rage when I see it.

kaldaniels
09-02-2008, 12:51 AM
That stupid golf club stand thing on FSN really ticks me off. I don't even know what it is called, but I have instant rage when I see it.

The over/under on production costs of that commericial is 75 dollars by the way.

Degenerate39
09-02-2008, 02:30 PM
Sham-wow.

I just watched this commerical. Did you notice when he pours the stuff on the piece of carpet that the table below it is wet. Then right before he puts the towel on the carpet the table is dry. I don't know it sells it's self :dunno:

OSUredsFAN
09-02-2008, 02:47 PM
FREEEEEEE CREDIT REPORT DOT COOMMMM!!!!


I agree, I hate those

RedsFan75
09-02-2008, 03:08 PM
That stupid golf club stand thing on FSN really ticks me off. I don't even know what it is called, but I have instant rage when I see it.

Don't you hate that! Before he's even told them what they got him, he's squeaking out, what's a ... Whatever the name is!


Or how about Farmers only! When the wife and I saw it for the first time we thought it was a parody, and kept waiting for the Punch line! "Wherrrrrs Jilllll"

I still think the Grippos ones are some of the worst, and no, they are not "That Good"

savafan
09-02-2008, 08:35 PM
1/800-Safe-Auto commercials

gm
09-04-2008, 05:03 PM
I almost never have the sound on while watching Red's games, anymore. Unless they're interviewing someone. I'm usually listening to podcasts during the game (no commercials, and it's easy to jump ahead past the intros and bumper muzak)

Tony Cloninger
09-04-2008, 09:17 PM
Yes...Viva Viagra......i mean one day I may need it but i do not need a commercial with bad singers and a Bad Elvis song reminding me of it.

Those stupid Pepto Bismo ads also......like that stuff needs a catchy jingle?

Degenerate39
09-09-2008, 02:56 PM
The JG Wentworth commercials that have the people opening up the window and screaming, "It's my money and I want it now!!!!!' over and over again.

Terrible.

I hate all the JG Wentworth commercial. I just saw the operah one and it drives me crazy every time.

gilpdawg
09-09-2008, 02:59 PM
On XM, the commercial offering the instruction book to fix your kids. My sister (who actually has a kid) was riding with me once when it came on, and she blew up.
The one that annoys me right now on XM during O & A is the "I'm slipping into my pj's and going straight.....to college."