~~How would we know which talk host in which Seattle music station insists on bringing her small, ill-tempered dog into the studio every day? You know, the one who craps around the management suites and has bitten people in sales ?
~~Reader John wrote to recommend Equal Time, which is broadcast (but not broadly) on Fridays at noon on tiny KLAY (1180 am) in Lakewood, Pierce County. We gave it a listen and it's hosted energetically by a couple of very dedicated Pierce County libs- Frank "Motor Mouth" Blair and Audrey Chase. Audrey chairs the Democrats 25th legislative district, Blair is a local business man very active in the local Democratics. Podcasts are available at Democratic Radio.org. Check out the 2006/04/21 program featuring an interview with 8th District Democratic congressional candidate, Darcy Burner.
~~Ace blogger, and hard-working researcher Dan Kirkdorffer over at On the Road To 2008, has dissected Dave Reichert's voting record, and it ain't pretty. Republicans like and including Reichert stuck in swing districts, are scurrying to the middle in order to get out of the way of the Anti-Bush tsunami aimed at their fat asses (Bush got a Nixonian 31% approval rating, today). In order to appeal to independents and Democrats, Reichert's people are claiming he voted 55% of the time on the same side as the majority Democratic position. Kirkdoeffer says: "Problem is that almost half of those votes (206) were undisputed procedural votes, and hence meaningless when determining voting tendencies. Furthermore, his overall voting record has him voting 94% of the time with the majority Republican position." Read the facts here.
~~It's been heartening that KIRO's new schedule added the well-informed and amiable Ron Reagan, (m-f, 12-1p) a local progressive host doing local progressive talk, albeit for only an hour a day. The re-interjection of Dave Ross (KIRO m-f, 9a-12p) into the ayem fray has also helped. It's all kind of a push, since we lost liberal hosts when Erin Hart was riffed and Mike Webb imploded. Nobody much listened to Erin; and Webb did little more than pluck the low-hanging fruit of the Bush blatancies which are already well-covered nationally. Local progressive activists never considered Webb a local talk host. Democrats need hosts like KVI's Carlson and Wilbur.
~~Reagan's producer and on-air sidekick is none other than Sprince Arbogast, the weekend Metro traffic person with the made-up sounding name. She's kind of mysterious about her background, but she's been doing traffic around here for quite a few years. That she surfaced as producer of the hot new Ron Reagan show is impressive and she still does traffic in her spare time.
~~We haven't seen the important "money demo" yet of the Winter ratings book recently released by Arbitron, but Air America's KPTK in Seattle is pulling a respectable 2.8 in the 12+ survey. They're doing it with no local programming. It's mystifying why they won't take a big chance and hire a jock to do local stuff it's only money to be made...liberal tlk in Seattle? what a concept!
~~On May 5, Rush Limbaugh (KTTH m-f, 9a-12p) denied any similarity between his and Rep. Patrick Kennedy prescription drug problems. Big Pants was confronted by a caller over his acceptance of a deal in which he pleaded not guilty on April 28th to one charge of doctor-shopping to get illegal amounts of drugs. Limbaugh asked: "Tell me ... where they're similar. I had a problem. I admitted it. I went and dealt with it. I have been clean from the painkillers for almost two years and eight months." The Big Fat idiot got honest about his addiction to painkillers only after reports of his problems surfaced based on allegations from his housekeeper. Limbaugh said Kennedy's case differs from his because "there's a cover up" in Kennedy's case. Media Matters reports, "Yet, when the caller confronted Limbaugh about reports that the investigation into his abuse of painkillers had initially included, according to the New York Daily News, an examination of whether Limbaugh was 'buying thousands of addictive painkillers from a black-market drug ring,' Limbaugh refused to answer, stating only that he would not 'dignify such tripe.'"
~~Remember how we complained about the cigar show and the wine show on Saturdays?
We got a snide note from someone over at KOMO: "And I know you have to hold your nose to listen to KVI, but the Cigar Lounge with Mister Anderson hasn't been on for weeks and it was only a half hour when it was on. Maybe it just seemed longer...Doc Vino aired exactly twice two months ago. We are currently in the process of selling the 6pm hour on Saturday to another show." Blatherwatch got the information from the KVI website that they had hurriedly altered shortly before writing us their petty complaints. May be they should bring their website into the 21st century as KIRO did a few months ago.
~~There's a certain guy in a certain Seattle music station who's threatening to kidnap and eat a certain small, ill-tempered dog brought into the studio every day who craps around the management suites and bites people in sales. Bon Appetite! as we always say...