~ Larry Nelson, longtime KOMO radio morning man has stage 4 lung cancer. Terminal, and inoperable, says his wife Gina. Stan Orchard has made a Larry website to honor him. Take a gander, and add your best wishes to the impressive and growing list of admirers and old friends who have written. There are pics, airchecks and lots of memories flying around- go up there at once.
~ We like Dave Boze's new show (KTTH m-f, 3-6p). He had the capable help of mentor and local ultra-conservative poohbah, Michael Medved (KTTH m-f, 12-3p) with whom he's used to yucking it up and mocking Seattle. We particularly enjoyed the talk about his homemade bear sausage, and BlatherWatch fully expects some in our KTTH goody-bag this year. If Boze can quit saying Dan Sytman's name (as in "This is Sytman & Boze on KTTH...") we think this show has a pretty good chance of grabbing not only Bryan Suits' old (and we mean old) listeners (after all there were more than a hundred). He could also grab some who've been listening to the idiotic Ron & Don (KIRO m-f, 3-6p) out of pure resignation. We're about to see a real afternoon battle for conservative hearts & minds. We read what commenters write, it's obvious there's a rightie backlash to Ken Schram- his place, even balanced by Carlson is off-putting to many veteran KVI listeners. As that Zogby poll revealed last week, conservatives don't like to hear the other side.
~ "discussions of discussions" are going on, according to sources, on another place for Dan Sytman on KTTH. We'd approve of anyone getting a live and local show in this market- even Dan Sytman.
~ Bill O' Reilly is missing this week- he's been in Afghanistan and of course he's complaining. Besides, that there's no decent beer- he's bitching about the USO. "I went to thank these guys on behalf of me and my audience," he said in an interview from Istanbul, Turkey. "As far as I know, the only famous people in the past year were (country music singer) Toby Keith and me." Of course, Senate candidate and O'Reilly nemesis Al Franken is busy this year defeating Norm Coleman in Minnesota, but he's been to Afghanistan and Iraq many, many times, bringing something to the troops that Billo never will: talent. Here's a Fox News video report showing Franken in a USO show at an outland US base in Afghanistan.
~ it's not not quite here yet, but the opening shots in local battle of the War on Xmas are just now being heard. SeaTac, the airport, trying to stay out of the line of fire in the annual religious kick-boxing, has decorated the terminal with, as the P-I described, "a grove of luminous birches up to 30 feet high and hung with crystals and mirrors to reflect colored, low-energy lights emanating from within piles of D acron snow." This after the religious spectacle last year of the orthodox rabbi who wanted to see an 8-foot-tall menorah erected alongside the Christmas trees. The Port of Seattle felt it was an all-religion-or-no-religion deal, and took down the Xmas trees which was the only reasonable conclusion they could make, but splitting the baby caused such a shitstorm, our airport this year is scrupulously non-secular. Whew! said we, but that, of course, is not the end of it: the decor is, apparently, unsatisfactory to talk radio who always needs controversy in the slow talk season. Michael Medved on Monday called the decorations "loathsome." Dave Boze said they looked like Halloween; a "celebration of death," he said. This holiday season will be again be filled with the traditional ho, ho, hokum of talk hosts feigning outrage and the cacophony of religionists clamoring each for their own juju to be tacked-up in the airport. Hapless public officials will tiptoe around the minefields they've laid trying to explain what isn't there. Religious disharmony is impossible to avoid, and if it weren't so noisy and people didn't get hurt, it'd just be amusing.
~ "When you mix politics and religion, you get politics."~ anti-abortion Wichita preacher Gene Carlson.
~ Food To Go? It's coming up on our annual national feast day so here's one from the Why Didn't We think of That Dep't. We couldn't help but share this Tai wanese theme restaurant chain that's all the the rage in Taipei with you- The Modern Toilet.