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March 11, 2011



Luke "you know" Burbank. Lazy filler speech.


Oops! Republicans pick today to try and slash funding for tsunami monitoring.

" House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government at current rates for three weeks –until April 8 – while cutting $6 billion in spending. [...]

-$99 million – NOAA – Operations, Research, and Facilities
-$18 million – NOAA – Procurement Acquisition and Construction."

Yeah, that NOAA. The ones tasked with monitoring and warning Americans about natural disasters ... like tsunamis.

The Anti-Dori

But Sparky, that money could be better spent on another tax break for billionaires.


{slapping forehead} of course! How silly of me to forget the millionaires!


Rachel Bell is on Ron and Don now, and she's almost speaking as poorly as Luke does. Enough with the "like"'s and the "really?:'s Rachel You're not back in Socal with your girls at the mall. You're on the air. Clean it up RaChel- unlike Luke , i actually like you. Step it up.

lotus eater

Luke was refreshingly articulate, and spot on.

Definitely not lazy, filler speech.


On Air: Luke "you know" Burbank. Lazy filler speech.

The Glenn Beck Comedy Tour

Kinda "like" your last post, gregory?

Nancy Botwin

I have to agree with Gregory. Luke "you know" Burbank is suppose to be the professional on air host. Sample a ten minute period and count the number of "you know."

It is lazy.

old DJ

Nancy- if Luke's grammar was as bad as yours, he wouldn't have a job. Please step up your game if you are planning on criticizing others.

grammar coach

If Luke's grammar "is" as bad as yours . . .


Please note photo of Luke illegally driving with cell phone to ear...is this from one of those traffic camera images.

Nancy Botwin

old DJ I did not attack you. If you want to attack someone get a pair first and don't hide behind your keyboard using a screen name.



Got dyslexia? Unless Luke is in the UK (or some other places that drive on the left) he is on the passenger side of the vehicle. Note the seat belt.


You guys sure it's even a car?


I'm with Gregory and Nancy.....a broadcasting giant once said that anyone over 25 who still says "dude" is an idiot. I would expand that to say that anyone who says "like , "you know" and "dude" who is over 25, is an idiot. Luke says all three, especially "like". He seems to believe, from some of his comments, that the filler usage of "like" is something that has been incorporated into good English speech over time, and is now acceptable for on the air conversation. Of course It hasn't been accepted and there is no reason for it ever to be acceptable. It is simply asinine, lazy speech.


@ Tommy008


It's part of the vernacular. I wonder if it drives Dave crazy, too? I can't listen to it.

Radio Queen

The joke at my house? Quoting Luke when he id's himself on the air: "I'm...like...Luke...ummm...Burbank, you know?"


Luke uses "I mean" to begin every sentence. He seems like a smart enough person, but I mean, like, I have to change the station, like every day. I mean, I'm done with KIRO.

Progressive Blog Junkie

‘a Quigley’

Makes you want to cry that someone came up with a name for killing two people with one shot. Sickening.

Justin Credible

That was a beautiful story you linked, PBJ.
Thank you.


i've noticed the latest trait of beginning every sentence with "I mmean" , but until now, it has seemed to me to be almost exclusively a teen phenomenon, or at most from teens to 21 or so. I don't want to sound like a snob , but i might add that it seems to be mainly a habit of our non "college-bound" young citizens. Now i read that Burbank has been doing this. Is Burbank deliberately trying to sound like a doltish teenager? Or is really just this silly?


or is he really just this dumb, might be a more blunt response............"he seems like a smart enough guy"........."seems" is the operative word here........... such a serious lack of awareness of how badly he is sounding over the air to the general adult , over 21 public , otherwise known as "cluelessness", coupled with a stubborn unwillingness to rectify the situation, really casts major doubt on the validity of Burbank's obvious extremely high opinion of his own native intelligence.....


OT i notice Bill Radke is one of these hotshot, slick radio jerks that dispatches with bothersome good mornings or any variations of the standard polite greeting, when introducing a phone guest, and goes right into his first question. Boorishness. In this morning's case, the guest, a nuclear expert, had the class to say good morning himself.


I just had Dave Ross on this morning and the first time Luke said "Thee", I had to go KOMO.
I realize that there is nothing wrong with using "Thee" instead of "The"...
But it just irritates thee shit out of me that Luke seems to do it just to be annoying.
Like, and I mean, are mildly irritating, but there's something more to Burbank's fly in the Dave Ross ointment going on...
clearly he brings more listeners to the show than he turns off.
I miss the Dave Ross show.
I'm glad that Carlson is there for me.


Somebody out there actually likes Rachel Bell?

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