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  • Northwest Broadcasters
    The AM, FM, TV and digital broadcasters of Northwest Washington, USA and Southwest British Columbia, Canada. From Kelso, WA to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC - call letters, formats, slogans, networks, technical data, and transmitter maps. Plus "recent" news.
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  • The Moderate Voice
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  • HistoryLink
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right-wing blogs we like

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  • The Radio Equalizer
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October 17, 2005



hey I watch O'Reilly and some time listen to him. Can you tell me where his lies or is this you blabbing again. You sure don't make remarks like that with no examples or is this how you blog with your lies

Bryan Styble

Dear Mr. Hood:

I'm a bit reluctant to reply to the latest Blatherwatch coverage of my KIRO work. I say this not because your own signed critiques, Mr. Hood, have to date several times dismissed various Bryan Styble performances on KIRO as worse than substandard. (In your latest slam against my broadcasting, you called me "fast-talking but slow-thinking." While the former assertion is indisputable, the latter one is...well, it's something with which surely too many--but I hope not most--of my KIRO listeners agree.)

Nor am I loath to respond herein merely because your blog is often critical of certain colleagues whose work I admire, and whose talent sometimes amazes me.

No, the principal reason this fellow who relishes nothing more than discussing, writing about and (obviously) conducting call-in newstalk radio is hesitant to participate in BlatherWatch posting is because you, Mr. Hood (and some of your posters), are often downright scurrilous about KIRO management. Regarding my various superiors, you'll not be, ahem, surprised to learn they hold my total respect. (Of course, I wouldn't join in your dissin' of them even if that WASN'T the case; however dimwitted their son, my parents didn't raise a fool.)

But I'm afraid your readers were somewhat misled by your report regarding certain of my Friday morning, October 14th on-air comments, so here I am again posting to BlatherWatch. You (contemptuously) observed that I nominated Bill O'Reilly to the Supreme Court while noting that I did it "quite seriously", and that's correct. On the same broadcast I also lamented that Dubya hadn't nominated Judge Reinhold, one of my favorite comic actors, and you didn't try to discredit me by claiming that was serious, which is commendable, I guess.)

But while, unlike the Reinhold gag, my O'Reilly statement was not a joke, your presentation of it was rather unfair, especially to someone like me, whom you consider slow-witted. (I always cut additional intellectual slack to anyone who I figure isn't my mental match, and wish you'd the same.) That's because you failed to mention the context in which I made the unorthodox O'Reilly suggestion, something which I went to considerable length to establish on the air.

To wit: I made clear that I was suggesting that Bush might have considered not merely a non-judge (such as Justice-designate Miers, or the previous Justices Douglas, Frankfurter and Warren), but perhaps even a non-LAWYER. That is, I was proposing a "citizen justice", a distinguished individual who could bring a formidable combination of professional accomplishment, intellect and common-sense judgment to the Court and thus serve as but a one-eighth counterweight to the leaden elite legal backgrounds of the other justices.

While this is admittedly an unorthodox idea, nothing in the Constitution prohibits it, and indeed, I am hardly the first radio talker to suggest it. (Michael Medved also recently floated the idea, without advocating it, for instance.) Of course, one might challenge O'Reilly as being a lousy choice for such an appointment, but that hardly undermines the idea in principle.

By the way, I was disappointed to see you, a presumably diligent Internet journalist, misspell my first name, inasmuch as I had previously posted to BlatherWatch in response to that imposter who was for unclear reasons posing as me herein. (Thanks for banishing him/her, incidentally.) Showbiz folk often insist that there's "no such thing as bad publicity", provided "they spell your name correctly". So I guess this is an example of bonafide negative publicity!

Lastly, regarding your lampooning of my admittedly too-frequent citing that my surname rhymes with Bible: if you worked in an aural medium and were cursed with a frequently-misheard name--if, say, your fine name sounded like "Hood" but was spelled "Hod"--might not you also mention that it "rhymes with wood"?

Sincerely (if slow-thinkingly),

John Babarovich II

Bryan, just off the cuff, and it really doesn't concern anything you are trying to say, but anyone, and I mean anyone, who actually types an "ahem" into their rant, is a A-1 pretentious sissy-mary. I had to hurry to the end of youe message to amke sure it hadn't been typed by the ghost of Truman Capote.

Have a nice day.


Isn't your real name Brian Stible anyway? How the hell did you get on KIRO? How does this kind of crapola happen?


wow...the conserves are sure getting grouchy now that their Georgie Boy's numbers are in the crapper!


I would say "desperate"

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