As a revolution, it might be a little tepid, but it's a revolution nonetheless.
So far, le petit stink the Cliff Mass firing last month has only inspired creation of a couple of Facebook pages against KUOW and it's marquis morning show, Weekday with Steve Scher.
The facebooking activists are planning to demonstrate at a public on-air production of the show at Seattle's Town Hall, July 5th to demand their weathered math-ed prophet be reinstated.
Look for the angry Facebookers at Tell KUOW - It's time to fire Steve Scher and Katy Sewall, and KUOW Listeners Speak Out.
Steve is the talent for the show, and Katy is the producer. In revolutionary terms, Steve is Il Duce and Katy his running dog.
Go on up there and "like" your ass off. You'd be joining the "likes" of 200+ other "like" minded folks, although the only "likes" shown on the pages are those, oddly, of Weekday, KUOW, The Conversation with Ross Reynolds (the other weekdaily show), The Stranger, and Cliff Mass.
(We hate how you can't "hate" anything on Facebook. There's much up there the likes of haters like us would love to hate, or hate to "like." We do like to like, and like that we're likable, but mild hating is a part of life we like).
The pages, plus the occasional whining post by Mass on his weather blog, is all this revolution's got at the moment. It's lost a little of the steam originally generated by the messy firing, but who knows what the revolutionaries are plotting?
The little demonstration at KUOW which made Channel 13 news is so far the coup-plotters' greatest achievement; other than that, it's grouchy Facebook "Wall" postings spurred by Mass's infrequent yet lengthy white papers posted on his blog. It's mostly the same ol' complaints against the imperialism of KUOW management. KUOW is a democracy hijacked by evil dictators. Mass in his latest blog post:
Now this disinterest in listeners wishes became even more obvious after the “firing.” Five thousand signatures, several thousand emails, and one-side polls by the Stranger (only 8% of roughly 1500 people agreed with the dismissal), and thousands of friends on Facebook pages asking for my return—it didn’t matter to KUOW. I talked to Jeff Hansen, the program director a few days after my release. I asked him explicitly—wouldn’t all that feedback be reason for us to sit down and figure out an approach whereby my weather segment could be saved, perhaps with another host. He said no—it did not matter (in fact he noted that explicitly on a statement he put up on their web site, which they changed a few days later!). I asked, if there were 10,000 or 20,000 signatures, would that change his mind?…..he said no. The number of listener supporters did not matter. That really took me aback—this from the Program Director of OUR local public radio station.
But will Mass try to resurrect the controversy and his media persona by crashing the party with his avid fans?
It's on a Friday, the very day of the programming week Mass once held forth preceding the weekly feature, "Your Take on the News," a news panel with Knute Berger, the Seattle Times' Joni Balter and The Stranger's Eli Sanders.
(Katy Sewall and Steve Scher. KUOW photo)
Will his supporters jump up and yell anti-Scher slogans? Will Mass crash the party? That would be something to see (or hear) -- KUOW goons blocking the doors as the martyred Cliff is led away in cuffs.
We can't wait: If you can't make it downtown that morning, be sure to tune-in. We'll be there so you won't have to.