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  • Media Matters
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  • Orcinus
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  • Hominid Views
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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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January 04, 2011



Great voice, I wish him luck.
Didn’t the Dorster call folks like him human garbage?


wow! That is cool! I wish him luck. You never know. He's got the voice and he's got the gift if he can just get the chance. Voice overs. I always wanted to do voice overs for some reason. Gotta be in the right place or know the right people. But, since listening to KPTK, i can't get to my remote fast enough after hearing some of their voices over and over and over . . . and over!

a few are coming back to haunt me again like the woman who can't sing and the too cheerful voice sending kids off to their fantasy. Good commercial, I'm just tired of the voice.

BTW, Michael, how come no open threads lately? Malloy was reading an article from Der Speigel about America and I wanted to read it but can't find it online. Anybody else hear it and can you send me the citation? Link? Thanks.

Two years' clean. Makes me remember Bubs in The Wire. When Tommy disses young African Americans, I think about that series. It lent a lot of understanding about how people end up where they do.


Funny, I was talking to my wife yesterday about Bubbles


Fox Sports is reporting that he's just been offered a position with the Cleveland Cavaliers based on this video, which was just uploaded on Monday. Good for him.


This guy probably isn't mentally stable. It's not purely through bad luck that you end up a pan handler. All the business people who plan to profit off of his celebrity might give him shelter and pay him well, but I doubt they're going to look out for him beyond that. Then they'll profit off his demise, like those tabloids that moved paper by showing picks of bald Britney Spears smoking Marlboros. They use mentally distressed people on the way in, and again on the way out.


The Wee Doreeen did indeed call his "kind" human garbage. I can't wait for the day when I see the Dorrfman standing with his sign down the hill at 15th West and W., next to the crackhead hag who has been there for 6 years plus. This will be after he has blown what was left of his savings in a three month gambling binge at the blackjack tables in Vegas trying to get his bank account pumped up after 3 years of unemployment following his dismissal from KIROfm to make for the hipper, slicker John (Curley) and Jessica Show.

Radio Queen

Curley & Gottesman??? Really??? You must be deaf, blind AND dumb.

Jake Hardy

Is there anything you're not sure of, Andrew?


Magic Johnson was once asked "how does it feel to be the greatest basketball player in the world". He responded something to the effect "I'm not...there are a hundred guys in Harlem better than me, the difference is that I have my life together". Maybe this will turn out like a miracle, but probably not. Great talent doesn't always have what it takes to succeed.


Well Jake, let's meet back here in six months and see what "Google News" has to say about Ted Williams.


"Maybe this will turn out like a miracle"? What does that mean?


Come on Blacky, the guy has been a drug addled street urchin for the past couple of years. To come back from that alone and be able to recover a normal life for himself, without relapse is in and of its self a miracle. To get another shot at a once prominent career in radio broadcasting in this shrinking industry is a major step beyond miracle.
I will be pulling for that guy every day and would be willing to be his NA sponsor if we were closer and he had asked. The guy is going to need more than a job on the road to recovery.
Miracles do happen every day. Hope he can hold on to his.


Yah, I agree with you Chuck S. This is someone whom we never knew of until today. He probably did many things to clean up his life. Rid himself drugs, forgo the drinking and did some kindness from time to time. These are timeless American traits, as is voting. I don’t understand, Chuck S. Dori now brands this man as an icon. It’s like Dori possess this man’s reality to illustrate Dori’s dream. But if this man votes, Dori’s brand is “human garbage” and it’s unethical at best. Tell me, why would Dori call a man like this “human garbage”?


How do we know he's really been clean? I'm reluctant to take him at his word. Clean from what specifically? Any special occasions being left out? This is a guy who knows at least a little something about showmanship, do you really think he's going to cop to being a frequently relapsing junkie?


I don't listen to Dori so I can't respond to that Blacky. I do know that there are a few people on this blog that edit, twist, obfuscate, adjust and pervert other peoples words (ie joanie) to suit their own agenda's. So, if I didn't hear it in full context, I just can't take it as gospel.
There is human garbage out there. A lot of it. In my short stint as a cop in California, I dealt with a lot of it.
Like other garbage, some can be recycled and become quite useful. Happens every day. Others stay garbage and should be removed from civil society.


Well Chuck S, unlike you, Dori never got to know those he was calling human garbage. But I understand you can’t respond because you don’t have all the facts; funny though, it never stopped you in the past.


i just caught up with Dori's show, and he was playing a clip of Ted Williams from Matt Lauer's talk with him this morning. Now apparently The Today Show has just hired hom to be part of the show, as an announcer and even more it sounded like. Dori was ranking him down, sayinf he didn't deserve the gig, because he's spent time in jail for drugs several times, and went on a rant about how many much more deserving people there are out there than Williams. What a miserable, petty little turd of a "man". Quotes because i don't consider Monson a man- "manboy" or "twerp" fits him well.


Now Monson is trotting out his "bad life choices" speech and calling Ted Williams a guy with "a great scam going".........


Monson's statement that Williams has "a geat scam going" is just another example of the twerp's meanspirited sophistry. In the original video Williams cardboard sign at the freeway entrance simply states the he was blessed with a "gift" -his radio voice- and that he has fallen on hard times. The man is trying to find work and has been clean for two years. The mention of his voice in his card is not a "scsm" as manboy Monson erroneously states, because there is no victim being victimized by the mention of his talent (voice). He mentions it to put his best foot forward so to speak, and hope that something good comes his way (part time work in radio or announcing, or an actual broadcasting job). The term "scam" suggests that Monson thinks Williams has no serious intention or desire to find work again in his chosen career, and is merely using the radio voice thing to trick people into giving him beer money. This assumption merely makes an ass out of manboy Monson, since he doesn't know Williams, and has no basis for the assumption.


A listener accused Monson of being a racist via email and Monson was stupefied in regards to the woman bringing race into the matter. Monson revealed that he thought Williams was "a grizzled old caucasian guy" - a rather surprising thing, since anyone who pays a modicum of attention to the videos of Williams can see he is a black man.


Monson's handling of the Ted Williams story today is a virtual "trifecta" of asinine comments for our lad- he has really outdone himself on this one.


What I don't understand is why anybody listens to Dori. I tried it a few times but just couldn't take it. There are better shows on in the 12:00 - 3:00 time slot to listen to.


Monson took care to mention how annoyed he was that Williams is now getting work on a "national", "network" level(doing an intro for the Today Show this morning), not just a local station level , which he insincerely claimed he would be ok with. yeah , what about all the poor shmoes, the guys who followed the rules and worked in broadcasting for years and years hoping for the same kind of break , Monson whined. It just occurred to me that Monson was taling about himself- he thinks HE deserves to be on network broadcasts, not the reprobate Williams. Ted Williams made "poor life choices", ( the famous phrase from Monson's dreary lecture, which he repeats ad nauseum) as opposed to Monson's perfect life choices and attendance record. This is a guy (Monson) who is just absolutley green with jealousy over Williams' big break. That's all this is about today.


It's good that he has the opportunity, but I have a hunch that he will fall off the wagon and blow it - hope not. As with stories like this, time will tell.

From Rasmussen Reports;
“Tea Party” Is Seen Less Negatively As a Political Label
Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Voters see “Tea Party” a bit less negatively as a political label these days, while “liberal” and “progressive” have lost ground even among Democrats.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that “conservative” is still the most favored description. Forty-two percent (42%) of Likely U.S. Voters say they view it as a positive if a candidate is described as politically conservative. Twenty-one percent (21%) say it’s a negative description, and 36% rate it somewhere in between the two. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Conservative, in fact, is the only political label other than “moderate” that is a net plus for a candidate.
Calling someone a Tea Party candidate is seen positively by 31%, unchanged from September, but negatively by 32%. Thirty-three percent (33%) put it somewhere in between. In September, 38% viewed Tea Party as a negative.

Being described as a progressive, on the other hand, is a positive for 22% of voters and a negative for 34%, with 41% seeing it in between. But in the previous survey, voters were evenly divided, with 29% saying progressive was a positive description and 28% describing it as a negative. This marks a continuing downward trend for progressive which little over three years ago was slightly more popular than conservative.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 3-4 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

The take away here is that the inhabitants of this blog are largely in the minority.

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