Back home after doing 60 days. I swear, I didn't know there was weed in the glove compartment. Anyways, I'm reloaded and have your radio queries in my cross-hairs:
Dear Billy: Most sports play-by-play types have a signature catch-phrase. You know, like Dave Niehaus and his "My Oh My." But last weekend when Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch made the greatest run in the history of Seattle football, Seahawks play-by-play guy Steve Raible capped his call with the phrase, "Oh, My Word." KIRO replayed the call dozens of times, but I've noticed now they've edited out the 'Oh My Word.' Maybe it was a little too embarrassing. Anyway, I'd like Blatherwatch readers to start a list of possible suggestions for Mr. Raible, so next time Seahawks have a huge play he has something a little better to say. Any thoughts? Signed, Hawk Fan in Dupont
Dear Fan: How about "Gee Willikers" or "My Stars." Or the always popular, "Pass me the bong, Warren."
Dear Billy: On the Tuesday afternoon after the horrible shooting in Tucson, I heard something really weird on KIRO-FM. Jessica Gottesman started off her newscast talking about the parents of the young man who did the shooting. She referred to them as "Mommy and Daddy." I think her exact words were "Mommy and Daddy don't know what caused their son to do the shooting." Her voice seemed to be dripping with sarcasm and I could only interpret it as some sort of criticism of the parents. It just struck me as beyond odd. Why would a news anchor, at a time when no one knows anything about the parents, refer to them as "Mommy and Daddy?" If she thinks the parents should be blamed, why doesn't she just say it instead of hiding behind a thinly veiled insult? And if she really is blaming the parents, I pray that her kids turn out perfect. Honestly, it was the most vile, sanctimonious cheap shot I've ever heard on any newscast. Signed, Angry Mom in Edmonds
Dear Mom: I kinda like my news sprinkled with opinions and insults.
Dear Billy: I really like John "Let's Put it This Way" Clayton and his NFL insight on 710 ESPN. Me and two of my buddies started a drinking game. We'd take a drink every time John would say "Let's put it this way." All three of us are now signed up for Schick Shadel. Signed, Drunk in Kirkland
Dear Drunk: Let's put it this way, the guy knows his football..
Dear Billy: I'm still trying to be a fan of KPTK and progressive talk. But I'm suffering from Lee Callahan overload. That woman is on the station every single time there's a commercial break. She's either pitching supplements or giving me an eco-minute tip on her compostable paper coffee cups or telling me she ate too much over the holidays. Don't they have anyone else at that station? Signed, Ticked at KPTK in Seattle
Dear Ticked: I know nothing about KPTK. My radio is locked (and loaded) on KTTH because I deserve the truth.
Dear Billy: Kevin Colabro has become the best talk-host on Seattle radio, in my opinion. When 710 ESPN first started, I didn't think much of him, but he has really settled into a nice rhythm and is doing a great show. The guy is very sports-smart, and not just about basketball. He is really displaying his football knowledge. He's witty and funny and really brings out the best in his guests and co-hosts. He makes Jim Moore sound better. When John Clayton is on, he makes Clayton sound better. This week, he had on Brock Huard and he made Huard sound much better than he sounds when he's teamed up with someone else on his own show. A lot of the sports talk on Seattle radio sounds like it's aimed at 8th graders. Colabro is smart but still very entertaining. Signed, Sports Fan in Seattle
Dear Sport: Yeah, and how does the guy find the time to do all that and the Sonics?!
Dear Billy: I really wish all the lib-talkers on KPTK would get off Sarah Palin's Ass. Sarah Palin didn't shoot anyone. Sarah Palin didn't write that speech. She didn't come up with the term "blood libel." Even now, she probably doesn't know what it means. Sarah Palin didn't put cross-hairs on that map. Sarah Palin, even now, probably couldn't name half of the members of congress who were 'targeted' on that map. She is simply a vapid puppet whose strings are being pulled by right-wing operatives who are using her to push their agenda. She is making millions in the process. But she is only a figure-head and has no control over her organization. Even if she wanted to have control, she's just not smart enough to do so. If not for John McCain, Sarah Palin would be fucking up something else in Alaska and hardly anyone would know anything about her. Signed, Old Coot in Carnation.
Dear Coot: Thanks for coming to the defense of this fine tea-baggin' patriot. Now if she'd only pose for Playboy.
Dear Billy: Is KVI having technical difficulties? I just moved back after a year living in California and every time I try to catch Kirby Wilbur or John Carlson, they’re just playing some old fill music? Signed, Back Home in Lacey
Dear Back: Not sure, I’ve been in the can for the last few months.