There, amongst the murderers in their felony pajamas, the abused pets with their pleading eyes, auto accident scenes wrapped in yellow tape, (and, ironically, a frenetic weather report delivered with eye-popping digitation) was UW climatology professor Cliff Mass lecturing to the masses about math ed.
In case you don't remember, or have zoned out our incessant coverage, Mass was the public radio weather babe fired because he wouldn't shut up about math education in his 5-minute weekend weather report.
Sadder yet was the little stink also reported as Mass's fans, a half dozen strong, delivered a petition to KUOW with 5000 signatures. Let in the door by KUOW Consigliere and Vladamir Putin look-alike Arvid Hokansen, the infuriated fan clubbers spoke to PD Jeff Hansen who thanked them for their efforts, requested they buzz-off, and have a nice rest of the day. That's the public radio way.
(photo: lion at the gate: the Putinesque Mr. Hokansen)
Mass's ardent supporters don't seem to get that it's not what Mass says -- he's right: Math scores are too low in the US -- it's just that he expects and demands time that's alloted to weather analysis on Weekday to be reserved as an open mic for his views -- on not only education, but also other parochial university yada-yada.
It's boring radio even for the dedicated perpetrators of boring radio.
What's more, he's pissed everybody off and poisoned the well by talking about these unweatherly issues after he was asked, warned, begged not to. Then he raised this putrescence after KUOW finally, timidly, passive-aggressively, let him go.
He had no contract, he was not paid. He has no rights in this matter.
KUOW needs a laxative and a stool softener, but Cliff Mass won't be the one to administer them. He's relegated himself to the unseemly role of that crazy guy pounding on the door demanding to be let in.