I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. -Adlai Stevenson (1952)
That quote always makes us think of Alan Colmes -- we'll catch holy hell from our liberal readers for even saying this, but it's a shame that KPTK is not responding to Colmes' syndicaters about filling the empty evening slot vacated by Randi Rhodes.
OK, we know: Alan is syndicated by Fox News Radio, and worked 12 years as the designated liberal on Fox News' Hannity & Colmes.
He got all manner of shit for being too conciliatory, and not mean enough to Sean Hannity. Even we called him "a willing piñata" once.
But Alan Colmes is a principled liberal, a veteran radio man, and runs a reasoned, thoughtful, listener-driven show not unlike Ron Reagan, or Thom Hartmann or Peter B.
It would not be the first time he's been in the Seattle market: in 1993, he was on, of all places, evenings on seminal right-wing talker, KVI. It was in the early days of the talk radio re-awakening, and conservative talk didn't quite know who they were yet.
He didn't last long. "I was doomed on KVI," he says, "... [It was] like being a hamburger in a vegetarian restaurant."
We know how popular Randi is in Seattle (in that little whoopdedo 2-share popularity that KPTK hosts enjoy around here) and we've heard that KPTK has been in contact with her. They've said publicly they're willing to give her another go. (It's beginning to sound like a bad marriage).
We wish them luck, but if Randi should fall off or through again, we'd hope they'd at least talk to Alan.