So we all know Howchie has a hard-on for SNL, i think he probably fancies himself somewhat like Lorne Michaels. I believe that is the model that he is trying to base his show on. He believes that he can pick talent (though no one is as funny as he is in his mind) and put together an ensemble team that is truly creative.
I've noticed these topics HS brings up when talking to cast-members:
HS is fascinated by the competitiveness of the SNL writers and cast when trying to get noticed by producing the funniest skits. Howard tries to emulate this with his "writers meetings", notice how everyone is currently involved. Howard has now made everything on his show a "bit" and that is how you get air-time.
Howard believes these meetings are going to bring something relevant new and fresh. The difference - SNL pays for talent and if it doesn't work they get rid of them. Howard doesn't want pay for talent and will take cheapest hack available. Moreover, he is too spineless and doesn't want to take the effort of firing people and getting fresh blood in.
Here is Howard's Catch-22 and I think it also explains the state of the show currently. HS wonders why cast-members don't stick with a known bit or gimmick (Goatboy, etc.). Howard loves to take a funny idea and repeat it over and over and over until it is annoying. So the staff is expected to come up with funny bits - and repeat them ad nauseum. Tradio calls, Richards dad, Kennedy impersonations, Benjy vortex were funny the first couple (maybe a few) times - the 100th.....it's just sad.
I think Howard is in panic mode now with Malone/Liberty coming in and is trying to set up his show as the radio version of SNL. There have recently been statements that there is a lot of tension in the studio, so there is obviously pressure coming from somewhere.
Just a thought while I kill some time.