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As some one who actually worked in radio it’s probably important to point out a few things.
1. The job of a radio talk show host is to make the phones ring.
2. There are a handful out there who admit that they don’t even believe what they say, but job one is to make the phones ring.
3. IMO no one should ever be allowed to discuss any radio talk show or talk show host until they’ve read David Foster Wallace’s essay “Host.”
Then come back and join this discussion.
The total elapsed time of a sour economy. General rule of thumb states if the economy goes in the dumpster for 12 to 18 months before recovering it’s a recession. Anything over two years, or three, depending on who you listen to, is a depression.
It has to do with the new signals being at a much higher frequency and Alki being behind so many hills. The only signals you’ll get much traction with are from the stations with towers on Queen Anne and the Tacoma stations.
First let me say thank you to all who’ve left a message.
Some one however is not at all pleased about becoming “a teenager because everybody thinks teenagers are stupid and now everybody thinks I’m stupid because I’m a teenager…”
I’ll spare you the rest as that rant started here at the house and lasted the whole ride down to Fry’s in Renton yesterday afternoon.
But you probably get the idea.
He’s 13 and that’s our little secret – K?
Few things are as abused as the wisdom found in a religious tract or something said by the Founding Fathers.
Allow me to torture the latter.
Buried in the Federalist Papers is an interesting discussion about the freedom of the press. It revolved not around the abstract notion of “the press” but rather the physical object itself. The idea was that the greatest number should have access to the instrument necessary to disseminate information if the public was to truly be well informed. I have always kept that in the back of my mind right next to the phrase which was found on the cover of The Last Whole Earth Catalog, “Access to tools.” Coming forward to the current day, we now have the ability, thanks to the tools technology has provided, to disseminate information faster and at the same time reach more people than the Founding Fathers could have ever imagined. In that sense we have honored their thoughts on the matter more so than any other generation.
What they certainly would have been surprised about is that these tools have allowed this to become a conversation, an exchange, or even a collaboration, if you will. Again, because of equal access to the tools necessary we can interact with you. We need look no further than the recent storm. As such, this is the changing nature of journalism. No longer are we locked into either top-down or trickle-up models. If anything this page can be seen as a flat, geometric plane, a horizontal model resembling an old big-city train station where people come, go, stop to pick up information necessary to their journey, and go on.
One thing the new model is not is a zero-sum game.
In this form there is no end of space nor limits of time, therefore there are no limits on the amount of information that can be had. That’s why we’ve been able to include so much of the information you have given us. It’s why you are now part of a larger process of gather information and distributing it. That process in turn is the future of news.
With that in mind I would like to move on from this topic. What I’d like to do instead is to let you know that in the near future there will be a town-hall style meeting about the future of journalism in Seattle. The meeting is an outgrowth of the P-I’s decision to put the paper up for sale. Rather than discuss the pros and cons of the two news sources in West Seattle I would like to ask that you come to the meeting and talk about how you are part of the how information, in this case news, is gathered and distributed. To talk openly about how you the reader and we the journalists are now part of a two-way process.
This invitation is extended to our detractors as well.
If you need the time and place of the meeting please go here –
Thank you for your comments.
Tracy and I will be addressing all this later this evening.
Given the several emails we received I have decided to close this thread.January 28, 2009 at 3:40 pm in reply to: Announcing WInter Movies on the Wall – suggestions needed! #655755
Three words – RUDY RAY MOORE!
I’ll put in my $0.02USD for Talladega Nights: The Ricky Bobby Story or Madagascar for the younger set.
Just as an observation – it’s always interesting to note that you never see any foreign films suggested. Which is fine with me since sitting through two hours of “Jurgtep Who Sits by the Fire”, a sensitive and moving portrait of an angry young swineherd’s coming of age, is not my idea of a good time.
I’ll have Tracy check with the precinct when she gets home.
No, Mom’s not here yet and not one word about we had greasy takeout for dinner and how I let you stay up late and watch tv.
Sorry I was on the phone almost continuously from just before that until almost noon.
This is a much shinier console than the last time I was here. The upgrade has phasers and photon torpedoes. There’s even a button that when I push it would revoke all your LA privileges.
Hey House – pardon me for being thick but could I ask a small favor?
Could you please clarify as to whether this is a gathering of the like minded which BTW might touch on sports or is it a sports discussion period.
The Westside BNI meets on Wednesday mornings at Pegasus Pizza on Alki. If you’re interested you can contact Shannon Felix at Avalon Glass.
Kitty litter’s great for back end ballast in the car and gritty material to create traction under tires. Salt is still best on walks IMHO. One year I could only find some ham cure salt.
The front walk smelled wonderful.
As some one who had to explain who Sgt. Schultz was today my outlook on life drastically improved knowing that Arnold is still with us.
There’s Musso and Franks in LA and the Ship’s Tavern at the Brown Palace. Short of that you might want to check out West5 if Pat’s running the bar. She was the head bartender at the Admiral Benbow before moving to the Junction. Her experience stretches back to the time when Old Fashions and Sidecars were standard fare.November 7, 2008 at 9:41 pm in reply to: Early morning rooftop masked intruder – Fauntleroy & Edmunds #646775
The converter is a one-time-only purchase and you can find them at any of the neighborhood Radio Shack stores. You still need to hook the box up to an antenna of some kind. Locally the box only converts the over-the-air signals.
You can also go here and sign up for a $40 card that can be applied to the purchase of the box.
Try Richie Jenkin who advertises with us. He teaches kids and our son likes him. He’s a very easy going guy.
There’s a whole range of these all of which stem from warm and cold air mingling. At the low end there’s the dust devils and on the other there’s tornados.
Believe it or not I was trained to be a tv weatherman.