~ News of HistoryLink's Walt Crowley still recouping in the hospital from his larynectomy last week from friend Pam: "Walt had a cup of coffee from the Tully’s downstairs, declining the one that came with his hospital lunch. He also now proudly sports a Patches Pal button, one of a bunch of gifts from JP Patches himself, who made a surprise visit yesterday. Marie & Walt continue to ask that you wait to visit until he gets home and more recovered, but for JP Patches an exception plainly had to be made."
~ We've got to give Ron Reagan (KIRO m-f, 12-1p) a shout-out for talking about the viaduct last week; and deeming to do a local issue on his show. He doesn't like local topics and we think that's too bad. We were glad to see that he voted in the 2006 election- having noted he did not vote in 2005.
~ Do we have to come down there? Bryan Styble, the quirky, racist KIRO fill-in motormouth is urging listeners to call or write the new Bonneville management to re-hire him for the overnight shift. His nutty and outrageous remarks last week that African Americans were better off as slaves in America than they were in tribal Africa would have gotten anyone else reprimanded or fired. 56.5% of our readers thought he should have been fired; 18.6% said he should apologize and be forced to bugaloo down Broadway in a plaid dashiki on M.L.King Day; and the rest said he should run free. We can't imagine this strange little man as a permanent hire at the Seattle station.
~ "third ballsack hernia" is the only Google search term we're going to share today that brought up BlatherWatch to an earnest researcher. We just had to share...
~ That's What We're Here For, Dep't: How was KTTH's Dan Sytman (KTTH m-f, 5-9a) able to quote arch competitor KVI's John Carlson of The Commentators (KVI m-f, 9a-12p) verbatim on the air? He laundered it through BlatherWatch, that's how. When handling the shocking story of freaky dancing in Gig Harbor, Sytman quoted us quoting Carlson's sexy, sexy definition of the stylish dance. Did he mention our name? no. Did he sound like a little prig with his underpants on his head? yes.
~ Today as we sat in the Vein Closure Procedure Chat room, we were thinking of how we constantly bitch about such annoying and execrable KIRO talk hosts as the Styblehead and Frank Shiers (m-f, 9p-1a). But we were delighted to catch Phil The News Junkie (Sundays, 4-7p). Phil is Phil Vandervort, producer the Dori Monson Show for the last 7 years., described by a colleague of his as a radio producing "lifer," not interested in being on the air. That must have been apocryphal because Vandervort's a natural. We found him to be easy listening; not too political, but with a programming sense that shows an intellectual curiosity and the ability to spark listeners' interests, too. He's thoughtful, educated, and informed- and refreshingly- we didn't hate his guts! Why does KIRO hire such an oily and infuriating polemicist as Shiers and didactic know-it-all as Styble, when they've had the eminently likable and talented Vandervort on the payroll all along?
~ Letters, we get letters... this from Jeffy about the Fox News attempt at political satire, The 1/2 Hour News Hour. "There are worse things in life than bad comedy, but almost nothing worse than comedy that is not funny. FOX will probably order a few more just to say they tried, but this show is not going to be around for long. Nothing distinguishes it from any thing else on FOX. Which is a shame, because liberals do things that are really funny. Just watch the Daily Show or Colbert and you will see what good jokes about these follies are like. Isn't it strange, just like good news, good comedy works best when you are "Fair and Balanced?"
~did anyone notice? Sheriff Hairspray, the Republican congressman from the 8th district who ran hard against the Bush administration to get re-elected in November, voted against the resolution in the House to stop the Bush war escalation. No wonder they're lining up already of[ver in Bellevue to run against Dave Reichert in '08.