~~ "If I believe the country will suffer with either Hillary, Obama or McCain, I would just as soon the Democrats take the hit," comedian Rush Limbaugh told Washington Post columnist Howard Kurtz. Would a McCain presidency be a setback for Big Pants? "My success is not defined by who wins elections," he intoned. "Elected officials come and go. I am here for as long as I wish to stay."
~ Alan Colmes hearts BlatherWatch, and now we heart Alan Colmes. Hannity's eager piñata dropped us a line this week: "I really enjoy your site," he wrote. And linked us to his blog Liberalland, which we now really enjoy. Now that we're close, we wish his radio show were in our market, so we could suck up to him even more... maybe get a meat-up with Sean Hannity.
~ We know that Too Beautiful To Live (KIRO m-f, 7-10p) isn't for us. And we're used to being the oldest one in the room. And we're usually impressed with the Next Gens we know. But the long, long segment on TBTL Thursday with the silly little coeds with their Make-out Test, and ditzy, kissy-face drunk-a-logs were turnoffable for any listener with a watt in their head. Damnit, we dial-up the show to hear about Luke's skin problems, and black-out drunks -- not the skin problems and black-out drunks of pseudonymous sorority girls. TBTL is some booze-obsessed radio!
~~ Why, God, oh, why?.. when you Google, what to eat so you do not get hemorroidal? you get directly to BlatherWatch???
~~ More Google keyword news: Laura Ingraham, (KKOL m-f, 6-9a) that striking blonde, neocon harpy in all of our faces this week bitching about that knee-jerk liberal John McCain, inspired masses of Google searches for "Laura Ingraham naked," completely eclipsing our usual flood of requests for "Michelle Malkin naked." Any thing with "naked" in it brings you here, of course... especially "naked WalMart girls," or "naked lunch." Laura, 45, is single; though she's been engaged at least twice: once to the little neocon prig, Dinesh D'Souza (author's note: yuck -- would not have wanted to be a fly on the wall during that coupling). She once dated scandal-ridden Democratic former congressman Robert Torricelli, so she's probably not as virginal as you'd expect with all the prudish lecturing you get out of her. We did hear her once say that she thought GW Bush was "hot." (There are no on-line pictures of her naked, btw, so don't bother looking).
(photo above, Laura Ingraham topless)
~~ We're hearing something or another REALLY BIG will happen to the KIRO Sunday schedule; we can't find what it is. PD Rod Arquette (KIRO m-f, 9-5p) has made us certain assurances, and he's never lied to us. Can't listen to KIRO any more on weekends (our cat needs his anals expressed) but if you hear anything different, be sure to write.
~~ KIRO's redheaded stepsister KTTH must be awful lonesome over there for Dave Boze, (KTTH m-f, 3-6p) Nobody but him and those robots who only talk to the "birds." Bummer, too-- no live streaming, no podcasts, no drinking fountain. Must be kinda like the first Golf War.
~~ It's the sign of the times. Get fired, then get a blog. (except for Goldy who did it the other way around). The Truly
Unpleasant Bryan Styble, a victim of last week's Bonneville massacre, is
now blogging over at
radioactiveprattle.blogspot.com where he writes
gushing and self-aggrandizing posts about Seattle radio he hopes will be read by
the local programmers whose asses he's trying to smooch as he's
job-hunting. Wouldn't bother to mention this except he insists on
mau-mauing our comments threads with links to promote his site, which
is bad form in blogland. And we thought Bryan was all about propriety and the order of things.
~~ He survived last week's Black Wednesday which must say something about Phil the Junkie's (KIRO Sundays, 4-7p) show, though we're up to here trying to figure out exactly what that may be. We're liking his blog on the KIRO Dori page where we learned about yet another employee toilet atrocity. Last year there was the ladies room incident which was duly reported in a KIRO blog: "There is a woman here at KIRO ... major market radio here- who seems bent on goin’ potty and then leaving the seat cover right there on the toilet for someone else to have touch and throw away! That’s just gross!" This week, Phil's blog cited another outrage at the Eastlake pooper: "As I arrive this morning," he writes, "one of my co-workers emerges from the bathroom with a couple of sections of newspapers and proceeds to walk to a table in the news room where all of the day's review subscriptions sit for people to access. The co-worker then re-inserts the different sections he was reading in the bathroom back into the newspapers sitting on the table in the newsroom. Eeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww." These people have no shame: BlatherWatch will pay for information leading to the outing of that employee. Dori?
~~ What does Microsoft's bid for Yahoo mean to radio? "It means we're idiots to be in radio." according to radio guru Walt Sabo. "Yahoo is a failing business with a history of bad management and inability to fight competitors — not to mention a horrible home page — and it's worth billions of dollars? The same bankers cry when a radio station, with decades of positive cash flow, a stable customer base and 50% margins, asks for more than eight times cash flow in sale. Work your butt off in radio and get fired. Do nothing at a web company and get $400 billion. Yep, we're idiots."
~~ AM1090 (KPTK) has partnered with Cell Phones For Soldiers and is collecting used cell phones to help our troops call home. Drop off your used phones at the studios at 1000 Dexter Ave N, Suite 100 in Seattle. CPFS will recycle the phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards for US troops stationed overseas. It's also a big plus for the environment.
WISDOM OF THE [RADIOINFO] BOARDS:
Re: Surviving Cutbacks
«Reply #2 on: February 04, 2008, 06:05:34 pm »
Radio ain't a free ride anymore, cowboys. Morning shows that get up at 3:00a and work til 5:00p will survive. Smiley Jocks that come in a half hour before their shift, do two or three breaks an hour while checkin' the internet and payin' bills -- the gravy train is over. At my old station in a top ten market only mornings are live and the rest of the day tracked. Guess what: the ratings are up. The ax is fallin' and if you don't wanna be under it you might pick up some production or help out the promotions cowboys or god forbid spend some time on your airshift before you go on the air. Clear Channel and Bonneville are the first wake up call with big ole cuts at KIRO, KTTH and KBSG over the last four months. Entercom and Infinity are beginning to follow. Don't be all smiles over at Sandusky and Fisher, this cowboy is bettin they got smaller pockets than the big boys.