~~ according to the AP: Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was seen by more than 38 million people. Nielsen said more people watched Obama than the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, the final American Idol or the Academy Awards.
~~ we were wrong, wrong, wrong: PD Dennis Kelly writes to say KVI and KOMO ran the Obama speech last night, though without commentary or listener call-ins.
~~ Luke Burbank writes after
we snarked TBTL good for not devoting time to the historic night. Seems
they racked up the first 20 minutes they've spent on the presidential
elections before embarking on the Twinkie frying segments. Luke: "TBTL
did spend 20 minutes of pre-twinkie time talking to Dave Ross live from
The Convention. There was a bit of vamping from 8-8:10 as we
established our phone connection with Denver, but once we got him on
the line, I think the exact quote from me was: IT "As excited as we are
about the deep frying that is afoot, we'd be remiss if didn't take some
time to reflect on what just happened, which agree or disagree with
Obama, you must admit falls squarely in the "historic" category." What
followed was Dave's typical smart, insightful, accessible take on what
it was like to be there in the stadium, and what it all meant. We also,
of course carried the speech live, as we will with McCain's speech next
week." Here's some audio.
Local AM radio didn't give any time at all to the historic acceptance speech by Barack Obama. On the Fox News Headlines on the KVI site: not one word that the Obama speech even happened.
KUOW ran the NPR election call-in special and for that we are grateful.
Dave Ross live-blogged admirably through the speech with some good pictures. We hear he appeared to report on the speech to the only live & local evening show on Seattle newstalk stations, TBTL (KIRO m-f, 7-10p,"The Show Politics Forgot and Vice Versa"). They may not have noticed -- they were deep-frying Twinkies on this night of nights.
The speech was spectacular -- he more than met the hugely high expectations held for him by everyone, media, friends and foes. The Lil Architect who pays only cursory attention to the minutia of politics looked up during it and said, "How can McCain walk out on a stage with any confidence after this?"
There are lots of people like her who are just now starting to pay attention and if they were first exposed to Obama Thursday night with this speech, they got the cream of this campaign and they'll know he's something different and special and will probably be the next president of the United States.
(That said, we gagged at all the predictable and clichéd commentating: "he hit it out of the park!" or "a homerun!" or "he hit all the notes," or "played the right chords." Sweet Jesus).
Barack said what he was supposed to say, and remarkably put 84,000 butts in 84,000 seats in a football stadium.
Meanwhile, sad, Olde John will announce his VP pick at 9a (PSDT) Friday but is having difficulties filling 10,000 seats in the appropriately named venue: Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. He's busing in comotose and inambulatory seniors from surrounding rest homes to plump up the attendance. There's reportedly a wheelchair shortage in the area for the day.
Attendees will be given samples of Baskin-Robbins' election season flavor "Shriveled Raisin" created to honor Olde John's campaign. The company will also release “Whirl of Change” for Barack Obama.
Friday is also the old gentleman's 72nd birthday.
Even with promises of free ice cream, attendance may be a problem for the Republican Convention. Local Republican politicians, Reps. Doc Hastings, and Dave Reichert, guber-aspirant Dino Rossi have joined endangered Oregon Senator Gordon Smith, California Gov. Schwarzenegger, Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, Susan Collins of Maine, Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina (and scores of other congresspeople) in staying away so as not be soiled by McCain and his festivities in Minneapolis.
order to not soil McCain and his festivities in Minneapolis, Dick Cheney
promised McCain he'll not show, as did indicted Ted Stevens of Alaska.
President Bush will parachute in to make a speech on Labor Day when the
smallest possible audience is expected to be watching the teevee.
(photo: Ruth "will attend.")
Barack didn't need the the extra coverage on the the local stations. His convention's been killing them on teevee. Nielsen estimates that on the broadcast and cable networks, nearly 26 million people watched the Tuesday-night hour with Hillary Clinton's speech -- with PBS, add 2.8 million more. In 2004, a similar hour drew 18.5 million viewers - though not on the convention's second night, when ABC, CBS, and NBC didn't bother with coverage at all.