Max: (on air) Before I go on with the new, I would like to read a personal message to the listening audience.
Dave: Okay, here it comes. Get ready to cut the feed, Joe.
Max: Let me start off by saying that I've had a rather spotty professional career. To be frank, I've been fired a lot. Too many times to count. Okay, thirty seven. But so far, the people here at WNYX have not fired me. In fact they even let me on the air. Which is promising. And so, what ever the future may bring, I'd like to take the time now to offer my profoundest thanks to the whole gang here. The station's owner Mr. Jameson. Barbara, the red headed temptress. Beautiful Brown Haired Journalism Woman. Tall Skinny Guy With Glasses. Electrical Man, of course. And especially the man who has given me the confidence to be myself, my new new director: Dave Nelson. And most importantly, I promise to do the best job I can and in doing so honor the memory of my dear friend: Bill McNeal.
And now on with the news...
Dave: Okay. We keep him.
Lisa: Does anybody have a radio?
Matthew: A what?
Lisa: We're here because we're a radio station. Yes, we're friends. Yes, we love each other. Blah, blah, blah, blah. But first and foremost we are a radio station.
Dave: And your point is?
Lisa: My point is: If he's any good on the air, we keep him. If he's not, we fire him.
Beth: That is a good point. But how will we be able to tell if he's any good on the air?
Dave: Well, we could listen to one of our own broadcasts.
Dave: (referring to Max) What evil game are you playing, little man?
Max: Just tell me about the news, electrical man!
Joe: You mean that crap they put on the air and pretend is news? Or the real news the government thinks we're too stupid to understand?
Dave: It just doesn't seem right to hire someone because the mob dictates it.
Jimmy: Whoa, whoa, ring, ring. Hello! Don't you know the benefits of getting along with the mob?
Jimmy: All right. Let me tell you. Take that mob of villagers that chased Frankenstein through the streets. Now, wouldn't it have been smarter for Frankenstein to pick up the torch and help the villagers hunt down some other freak?
Before Jon Lovitz was signed, Patrick Warburton was briefly considered as a replacement for the late Phil Hartman (Warburton would later be cast as Johnny Johnson later on the season).
When Lovitz took the role of Max Louis, he had already guest-starred on NewsRadio twice, both times in different roles. A close friend of Phil Hartman's, when he was cast as Max Louis (his third role on the show), Lovitz prepared and read a statement to the cast that addressed his feelings about replacing Hartman.
Lovitz and Hartman worked together on NBC's Saturday Night Live, and in late 1999, during SNL's 25th anniversary special, they showed a brief tribute to Hartman introduced by Lovitz and Jan Hooks. Surrounded by Kevin Nealon, Mike Myers, Victoria Jackson, Nora Dunne, Dennis Miller, and Hooks (Dana Carvey was contacted but was unable to make it), Lovitz gave a very emotional introduction before they showed a short film featuring Hartman and Hooks.
Jimmy uses Frankenstein as the symbol for a freakish outsider in a tortuous lesson in conforming. In actuality Jimmy is referring not to Frankenstein, who was a well connected scientist of noble birth, but the monster created by Frankenstein by giving life to an assemblage of dead body parts. Staples of popular culture, both Frankenstein and creation first appeared in the novel Frankenstein or A Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley.