After his inauspicious ending on Seattle's public radio KUOW, windy weatherman Cliff Mass has been acquired (we don't know if he's being paid this time) by Tacoma's KPLU. ("NPR News and all that jazz").
His 5-minute segment will follow Birdnote in the 9 o'clock hour starting September 2.
No more live radio free-form to get him in off-topic and in trouble: Cliff will have a weekly 5 minutes on tape and with a minder, Keith Seinfeld, a veteran (Seattle Times, News Trib) science journalist who's no doubt happy to get the gig. No politics, just science. Scripted, edited, pre-recorded.
He likes to talk about the inadequacy of local math education, and who's responsible - which may or may not have merit - but Scher and producer Katy Sewall couldn't abide him going off the ranch on live radio blithering about it while he was doing the weather report.
After accusing KUOW of spreading "misinformation," and casting nasturtiums on Scher and Sewall in any local media who'd listen, he asked supporters to demand the station reinstate him, and fire the wicked Weekday honcho and honchita. That wasn't gonna happen, but he persisted, in the interim by stirring the pot, whining to his fans and making a Facebook stink and giving a bewildering, yet pathetic lecture on math education on Channel 13's late news. The whole thing blew over in flurries of weather-punned headlines, mostly on this blog and his own.
His untoward behavior eclipsed any real discussions of his views, and forced a needless controversy.
Welcome back to the radio, Cliff. We loved you when you were just the weather babe, and we had no idea what your politics were. We hope they have you in the corral this time. (keep
(Dr. Mass, as are too many in his profession, is in love with his own stentorian tones and may think their magical effects on impressionable young students carry over to the adult population in general. But we gotta say it, he's persistent. In announcing his new gig on his blog, he couldn't help himself and added his Seattle School Board election endorsements as an addendum).