Not NPR!!!

December 10, 2008 at 9:18 pm 31 comments

klevineNational Public Radio showed 65 people the door today, including two of my all-time favorite radio sluts – Ketzel Levine and Linda Wertheimer!

Damn you economy!!!!!!!!!!



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  • 1. hilary321  |  December 10, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Jim Ed Poole of the Morning Show (FM89.3 St. Paul) will bite the dust tomorrow. He says he’s retiring but I have a sneaky feeling he will resurrect as Tom Keith somewhere or other that has need of a good sound effects man.

    Dale his trusty colleague will also bite the dust but will magically reinvent as something or other on Heartland Radio.

    Oh well. It was nice while they lasted. I wonder ig the Pres. of NPR will give up any of his $513,000.00 salary.

  • 2. lifeisacookie  |  December 10, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    he should — as a layoff veteran I can say with some confidence that everyone can make a sacrifice if they think it’s important enough

  • 3. curious  |  December 11, 2008 at 12:03 am

    good luck to them but its about time the govt quits supporting these talentless liberals and their so called quest to educate the masses. oh happy day! i wonder if they ever had a real job, or the rest of the media, that actually produced anything?

  • 4. lifeisacookie  |  December 11, 2008 at 1:50 am

    What am I gonna hafta do to make you act right, Big C?!?

    Don’t you even like Car Talk??? NPR is wonderful — and exceptionally informative. I think you take an opposing view just to get my juices flowing!

  • 5. curious  |  December 11, 2008 at 2:48 am

    npr is a haven for liberals who can’t sell their services in a competetive market. who cares about an endangered moth in tibet or the blooming of flowers in the arctic? no one really cares about way beyond mainstream views.

    that’s my point. i hate most things that are mainstream but i don’t want the gov’t to pay for me to hear about it. if you put michael savage on npr the hipies and washed up boomr would have a stroke and have him removed. he would bring more listeners than anyone else npr has to offer but the people running that network don’t understand how capitalism works. no liberal radio show has ever come close to the top 10 conservative radio shows.

    i even watch chris matthews to find out what the far left is thinking. he interviewed bill ayres tonight on softball and he treated him with more respect than he has any conservative. he even sympathized will bill. i wanted to puke. i would love to catch ayres in a dark alley and terririze him with a billy clob.

    no, i’m not trying to contradict anyone here. i am only expressing the views of a conservative. since most people posting here are liberal my views sound radical. remember the saying “if you are a republican when you are young, you have no heart. if you are a democrat when you are old, you have no brain.”?

    nothing but love for you cookie but i have to stick to my conservative guns. nite nite 🙂

  • 6. Type Writer  |  December 11, 2008 at 3:01 am

    Conservatives cling to this archaic theory that the government is subsidizing public radio, but since the early ’90s the amount of funding NPR receives from the government has been miniscule. By far the greatest component of the funding for NPR has come from listener contributions and corporate sponsorships, so I guess your theory that no one cares about public radio doesn’t hold water outside of your household…

    i even watch chris matthews to find out what the far left is thinking

    If you honestly think Chris Matthews is far left, then you really need to get out more. Chris Matthews isn’t even the far left of MSNBC. And speaking as someone who grew up outside of America, what you guys think of as “far left” and “far right” is really just left and just right of center. There are very few radicals in America on either side, and most people living in other countries can’t tell the difference between Democrats and Republicans…


  • 7. lifeisacookie  |  December 11, 2008 at 3:02 am

    Now you know you don’t mean that, Big C!
    I can understand you not being down with Juan Williams, Andy Bowers or David Edelstein but the really cool, totally down thing about NPR is that there really IS something for everyone!

    C’mon – you KNOW you’re hot for Pam Fessler! The way she ‘covers’ homeland security?!?

  • 8. curious  |  December 11, 2008 at 4:34 am

    why are conservative theories archaic? why aren’t your views archaic? i think conservatives are much more tolerant of you than you are of us. i couldn’t care less that you lived outside the us and hate america. let npr get out there and sell commercials to pay for their broadcasting and see how long they last. limbaugh and hannity would would have to come to their rescue. you just hate capitalism.

    lets all move to africa and live in the land of milk and honey. or maybe russia or china. you can but i’m happy living in the greatest country in the history of the world. God bless America!!

  • 9. lifeisacookie  |  December 11, 2008 at 11:01 am

    well, I can tell you with certain authority that TW loves the good ol’ U-S-of-A so much that he worked to become a citizen (instead of being a lazy bum like me and being born into it 😉 )

    But on the other point, I always loved the fact that, without having to kowtow to advertisers and spin a broadcast accordingly, NPR is able to bring a wider variety of programming so that there really is something for everyone.

    On an hour-by-hour basis, most of their programming is outside the political arena. Ketzel’s gardening knowledge is wonderful! Linda moved from the National beat years ago and now does, well did … all kinds of truly interesting pieces. I love the Sunday Puzzle and Wait, Wait Don’t Tell me … heck, I’m surprised you don’t love Mountain Stage, Bic C!! It is wonderful — seriously, you’d love it.

    Nah, you can’t slap NPR with the lib label just because it’s a donation-based deal. It’s just not that kind of one-trick pony – there’s really just way too much happening there.

  • 10. curious  |  December 11, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    again cookie, you look at the world through liberal glasses. most all conservatives i know agree with me.

    hope you have a good day 🙂

  • 11. lifeisacookie  |  December 11, 2008 at 1:20 pm


    Rose-colored liberal glasses, my friend! 🙂

  • 12. hilary321  |  December 11, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Curious C, I would like to check it out. Could you please list the top 10 conservative radio shows? I for one have an open mind and would like to listen to what your reccommendations have to say.

  • 13. curious  |  December 11, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    just a few off the top of my head
    michael savage
    neal boortz
    mark levin
    laura ingram
    glenn beck
    bill o’reilly

    i haven
    t checkec, but i bet they are all in the top 10

  • 14. Type Writer  |  December 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    well, I can tell you with certain authority that TW loves the good ol’ U-S-of-A so much that he worked to become a citizen (instead of being a lazy bum like me and being born into it )

    Thanks for coming to my defense, Cookie. For the privilege of being an American I spent hours doing tedious form preparation, dropped about $1300 between the immigration lawyer and the application fee, and went through multiple interviews (including a biometrics session where I was fingerprinted yet again by the Feds — they just can’t get enough of my prints). So it’s pretty lame to be told I hate America simply because I dare to contradict the conservative line. And I love how I was told specifically to move to Africa if I don’t like it here. Instead of being banished to my place of origin (Jamaica), I gotta go back to some place no one in my family has been from in generations? Nice one, curious…


  • 15. curious  |  December 11, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    moving to africa would be your choice. i also included russia and china. not hating on you but sometimes it would be nice to hear a liberal to say something good about america instead of the constant bashing.

    what if i said all jamaicans were lazy? would you be offended? well that is the experience i have had with the 25+ jamaicans, with the exception of 2, that have worked for us in the last 3 yrs. i would never say or believe that but it is the experience i have had.

    i hope you have a very happy and prosperous life here in the us. america is one of the few places in the world where you can start from nothing and get a great education and have a good life.

  • 16. lifeisacookie  |  December 11, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    america is one of the few places in the world where you can start from nothing and get a great education and have a good life.

    Except for, maybe, Natchez, Mississippi!!!
    I KID, I KID!!!

    haha … not really … but kinda

  • 17. hilary321  |  December 12, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Well I checked out Rush Linbag; is he addicted to something? Like the sound of his own voice maybe. What a wind bag. Somebody should give him the paddle from a canoe; he could stir the shit faster and more efficiently!

  • 18. curious  |  December 12, 2008 at 3:10 am

    yeah but he is top dog and no demo-rat is even close. this wind bag knocks down a cool $1,000,000 a week for his shit stirring. thats right, 1 million dollars.

    from wikipedia:
    Politically liberal talk radio aimed at a national audience has also emerged, although its ratings remain a fraction of conservative talk radio. Air America Radio, a network featuring The Al Franken Show, was founded in 2004. It billed itself as a “progressive alternative” to the conservative talk radio shows, although in contrast to most talk radio, it was a subsidized operation with wealthy backers buying airtime, and largely not able to support itself by selling commercial time to advertisers.

    basically, no one really cares what a liberal has to say.

    la la la la la

    so many cats and so few recipes

  • 19. lifeisacookie  |  December 12, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Nah, I think nasty sells

  • 20. hilary321  |  December 14, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Well I listened to Hannity. He seemed pretty angry to me. He speaks angrily about what seemed to me to be fairly trivial matters, almost as though he were casting about for a good idea. Anyway I didn’t listen long.

    Laura Ingraham is only on a station locally between 11:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. My guess is she has an audience that doesn’t need to get up in the mornings. Anyway I gave her a try. Alas she did not hold my attention and sleep overcame me.

    I looked for some of the other top tenners you mentioned Curious, to no avail. Probably big yawns like the others.

  • 21. curious  |  December 14, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    yeah hillary, i guess you fit the profile of the 90% who never listen to talk radio.

    do you watch house? friends re-runs? desperate housewives?the view? listen to howard stern? pee wee herman’s playhouse?

    i know you and most everyone here puke at the mention of conservative thought but it is what i subscribe to and so do enough people to keep these shows at the top.

    btw, not craking on pee wee here. he is one of my heroes.

    have a good day hillary

  • 22. hilary321  |  December 14, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I am begining to understand why you use the screen name Curious. Curious math; 10% of radio listeners keep talk radio at the top. Curious logic; what is the profile of the 90% who never listen to talk radio?

    Since you asked: no I do not watch House, I do not watch friends re-runs, desparate housewives or the view. I do not listen to Howard Stern; I have read that he rants and besides being vulgar, he’s not a very nice person. The only thing I am shocked by is that he contines to find supporters. And, as for Pee Wee Herman, what is it you like exactly? Is it his propensity for perversion?

  • 23. curious  |  December 14, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    i like like walks in the park, little puppy dogs, romantic evenings with my partner and a great vegetarian meal just to name a few things.

    the reason most people don’t listen is becuse they tend not to think. ignorance is bliss

    if you are a republican when you are young, you have no heart. if you are a democrat when you are old, you have no brain

  • 24. Type Writer  |  December 15, 2008 at 3:05 am

    I love how curious equates not listening to conservative radio with not thinking 🙂 As for age and political persuasion, I find the older I get, the more liberal I become, as a reaction to all the libertarian/conservative claptrap I have to deal with from some of my fine IT co-workers. There must be a rule somewhere that requires every tech office to have at least one libertarian on staff. It’s the least appealing aspect of my profession…


  • 25. hilary321  |  December 15, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Curious, my mind boggles at your inability to remain focused on the subject at hand. Lifeisacookie made a simple posting about 65 people leaving NPR (probably involuntarily). Somewhere along the way, you seem to me to have confused “poor economy” and “job loss” with a conservative vs. liberal street brawl.

    Glad to read that you like walks in the park, puppies, romantic evenings and vegetarioan meals. How nice.

    I got a bit stuck on your next thingamajig about why people don’t listen (presumably to “conservative” talk radio) is that they have a tendency not to think. I think I will have to think about that.

  • 26. hilary321  |  December 15, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Yes Curious, your ignorance is bliss bit did bring a blissful smile to my face.

  • 27. curious  |  December 15, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    looks like someone else lost focus here too. YOU DID! sitting there stewing over what you really wanted to say to me and making back to back posts. but it’s ok. like i said, liberal = no brain

    i don’t hold it against you. i could sit down with you hand have a big ol’ glass of sweet tea and talk politics, religion, sports, music or just about anything else. the difference is that you would PROBABLY, but not not absolutely, walk away hating my guts and wishing some camel jockey would throw shoes at me. i would walk away thinking it was an interesting day but there is always hope. it’s kinda like raising kids.

    where’s my pupy dog? 🙂

  • 28. lifeisacookie  |  December 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I knew it — you two are totally doing it!

  • 29. hilary321  |  December 18, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Been away for a day or two. Oh my word! Does totally doing it mean what I think it means? My mother would never forgive me if she were to read this.

    On another note; I must say I love your super sexy French accent Curious. J’espere que tu as trouve ton chien.

  • 30. curious  |  December 18, 2008 at 2:36 am

    well she is a puppy and she is pooping a lot. she’s a shit-zoo named sassy.

    leave it to cookie to break the ice. lol

  • 31. lifeisacookie  |  December 18, 2008 at 11:05 am

    hehe Hilary — it does! My mouth, err, keyboard — can’t control it!

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