~~Talk radio spent days bitching about Live Earth, Al Gore's 24-hour, 7-continent, concert series to raise public awareness about global warming over the weekend. Everybody attacked- U-2 wasn't there;
Gore did not announce his presidential candidacy; it didn't reach TV billions as hyped, (only 10's of millions) and Madonna said, "motherfucker," on the air. But if the awareness to the issue was raised 6 inches, that's good enough for us. Two years ago, the issue was little more than a title of an Al Gore speech. That the good guys can do such a massive musical outreach is a great strength. Can you imagine a conservative cause or effort even coming close to rallying people on this scale? S'pose they could have Live Womb, a global anti choice concert with MC Hammer, and the Mormon Naberclacle Choir- we'd watch that... at least until Top Chef came on.
~ That's gotta be a pistol in your pocket! Violent gangs of lesbians? what a great idea! Certainly an upgrade on the usual, tawdry groupings of street thugs who typically lack self-awareness and gym memberships. Billo Reilly shot off his big mouth about this culture war atrocity which had a nationwide underground network of urban street dikes recruiting our little girls for violent sapphic street crime. We were getting all het up about this on several levels, but turns out- o darn- it was only the wet dream of a Christianist homophobe and "Fox News Analyst" and... apocryphal. Orcinus' Dave Niewert has the video, and the rest of the story.
~ WTF?! Air America has cut Seder on Sunday (KPTK 1-4p) to two hours, and surrounded it with rehashed replays of previously aired material... looks to Sam's fans like a slow push out the door. Sam's always been treated like the red-headed step sister by the network's new ownership.
~ Great radio last week: Michael Medved's three-hour interview with Christopher Hitchins, author of the bestselling, must-read (according to Medved) god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. (he refuses to capitalize god, God damn it!) Hitchens sums up religion: “[It] offers either annihilation in the name of god, or else the false promise that if we take a knife to our foreskin, or pray in the right direction, or ingest pieces of wafer, we shall be ‘saved.’” (photo: Mr. Hitchens on a bed of lettuce) These two religious crackpots with polar opposite positions on God, battled substantively without, it seemed, losing much respect for each other. They were well-matched for the duel: it was Hitchens' gadflying via Oxford vs Medved's godflying via Yale (with a stop at the Heritage Foundation). They both appeared to get off on the erudite brabbling, and we certainly did.
~ God is not a great talk radio topic, usually. However, Bryan
Styble's lecture on his personal toilet paper preferences on KIRO's
50,000 watts last week made us google frantically for the Hour of Power. Bryan is mad that the only papier hygiénique
you can get these days is unscented white- "I used to prefer the light
blue or pink," he explained. He blames the environmentalists for this
outrageous slippage in his quality of life. Bryan has even more opinions than we.
~ Not to worry, they won't follow us there... Turns out that while our troops have been busy kicking over the Middle East beehive for Bush over there, we've apparently been left wide open to attack over here.
~ Jesus Frank, Dep't: We've been trying to let up on Frank "Shudder" Shiers lately for some long-forgotten altruistic reason. When we heard he'd be filling in for Dori Monson (KIRO m-f, 1-4p) this week, we thought it might be nice to have a hubris break. But Frank's long, Wednesday segment, "Should I take my 5-year-old daughter to Walking With Dinosaurs at the T-Dome?" made us cry out for hubris, what with all the self-indulgent bragging/complaining. The bragadacio was about being such a good daddy and spending all this time with his kid, but couched in the facile complaint that it's somehow controversial, or risky (or interesting to callers, we'd add). The sin turned mortal when he devoted even more hours Thursday with the much promo-ed topic, "I took my 5-year-old daughter to Walking With Dinosaurs at the T-Dome." Thank god they wouldn't let him do that live remote from Tacoma. Frank needs more kids to smooth out the preciousness, and to shut up about his child-rearing on the radio. And one more thing, Frank: please stop already about how large your "bottom" is. 'kay?
~ He's comfortably insured, himself; but The Bad Lieutenant Bryan Suits, (KVI, m-f, 3-6p) has not seen Michael Moore's new documentary, Sicko,
about the U.S. healthcare crisis, and probably won't. Despite his diversity of chins, Bryan shot off his bazoo Wednesday
that Moore couldn't be trusted to know anything about healthcare because he's fat.
(photo: Bryan at summer weight)
~ "Downtown" Floyd Brown is back. Thanks to Postman, for alerting us to the excellent News Tribune piece on Floyd Brown, the evil, mean and nasty right-wing hatchet who, with his infamous Willie Horton ad, seminal in slash & burn politics helped sink Dukakis in 1988. He's back home in the Northwest after a stint in California. He and his psychic twin Dick Morris are busy with a slasher movie about Hillary Clinton to be released when it can do maximum damage. Seattle talk radio listeners will remember Floyd as a KVI talk host back in the early '90's. He took Kirby's old evening slot when The Kirb went to mornings. Brown went to UW in the 1970's and was in the reactionary Young Americans for Freedom with Kirby and John Carlson (future Attorney General Rob McKenna was around there too, somewhere). We'll never forget Brown and his cohort Dave Bossie telling us at a KVI event about scudding around Arkansas in 1993 on Richard Mellon Scaiffe's American Spectator dime trying to dig up the mudhoney on Clinton. Wonder when he'll start practicing his dark craft for the hapless state GOP? You oughta give him a call, Stefan...
~ we were fascinated hearing Don of the Ron & Don Show (KIRO m-f, 4-7-) talk about a UCLA study that proves women are attracted to bulky musclemen such as Don himself. They like the guys with the big "guns" (biceps) for one-night stands, said the researchers, but think they're too self-absorbed for the long haul. Who could argue with that? That's kind of why we couldn't listen to them for much longer than it took us to find Rachel Maddow (KPTK m-f, 3-5p) But you gotta wonder: these guys replaced Dave Ross in afternoon drive???
~ we have a study of our own: Dr. Edgar "Choch" Manaña, psych
researcher at the Hair University For Men has data that suggests that
mullet cuts causes a significant degeneration of cognitive powers.
In other words, stupid men don't cause mullets- mullets cause stupid
(photo: Don O'Neill in a youthful, self-destructive do).