BlatherWatch holi-diddled in Canada, a foreign country that fails to celebrate Xmas with the religiou$ fervor that we all do. It's un-American, and we told them so. The laid-back Canucks are so calm about the holiday, the War on Xmas that threatens its very extinction around here, rages on unbeknownst to them. We got caught up in the torporific chaos and spent the Day of Days absorbing the spiritual seasonal vibes in the prone position in a medium hotel with maximum take-out from Vij's. Our favorite in the lavish gift exchange: an Uncle Booger's Bumper Dumper® to be used on one of our many hunting and camping trips.
~ Auld fave from the Blather Xmas song bucket: Ding Fries Are Done!
~ How much is a Duckworth? the price may be going down. Paul Duckworth, former KVI/KOMO Program Director, who takes some to the credit for making KVI what it was, is retiring- effective January 1- from DC's WMAL where's he's PD. He says he's "... always suspect of any radio guy who says that he's going to retire... I could never promise that, at some point, I won't re-surface somewhere in the biz ... right now the plan is to sleep a little later, spend more time with family and pursue a few things that I haven't been able to get to over the last 35 years." Sounds fishy...
~DID YOU KNOW??? "christmas ornaments fat naked people," if googled, gets you to... BlatherWatch!
~ Our Rachel Maddow (KPTK m-f, 3-5p) may not need the incredible shrinking Air America. They laid off her gifted writer, Kent Jones this month. But now the hot news is that all her time spent on MSNBC recently may fruition-up to a show of her own. TV Newser has leaked that she and Bill Wolff, who is the MSNBC prime time VP, a funny, funny, man (and married to BlatherWatch Best Friend and NPR host Alison Stewart) have done a pilot for a show that could replace the execrable rightwing toadie Tucker Carlson, or perhaps General Manager Dan Abrams' slot if he tires of it. Maybe we've got another heavy hitter like Keith Olbermann coming up on MSNBC.
Why talk radio is declining: Worst talk radio topic in a fortnight: "The War on Lawn Decorations." Frank Shiers. KIRO m-f, 7-10p).
~ Or, if you wanted to find Blatherwatch- you could Google "photos of killed squirrels;" "blowjob aruba," or "pictures of monkeys, group, feces, poop."
~ Who the hell is Gary Mantz, you ask? He's the New Age talker you might have heard on Boxing Day filling in for Frank Shiers. Gary's a KIRO producer (Lou Pate, Frank Shiers) and vet board op being given a shot on the other side of the mike by KIRO. Listen Tuesday, Jan.1st at 11p when Mantz will interview Elvis Decoded author Patrick Lacy and Elvis historian Cory Cooper.
~ Bryan Suits, blabbing from KJR studios will host LA's KFI, 7-10p for the rest of the week. Bryan is the recently separated KVI drivetime host who's not let much water flow neath his Mephistos since he became eliglible for unemployment benefits. Will Bryan get the coveted 7-10p job recently vacated by John Ziegler? SuperAgent Paul Anderson is reportedly working it hard and suits has been working the spot plenty lately as well as filling in for John & Ken. (Ziegler may be a tough act to follow for the Port Angeles libertarian: he was sued famously by a Louisville TV anchor he'd been dating after he described her physical attributes, underwear, and genital grooming during his show in 2003. He was found not liable for damages- the judge ruled no there was malice because what he said was true).