CW13: Just because I asked you a question about your motivations doesn't mean I dislike you. My feelings don't run that strongly either way about you other than my general appreciation that you visit our website relatively frequently.
Ronko: More info about these "rants and vulgarities," please.
This is not a good thing.
Yes, JSC is a liberal ... but not a flaming one.
He sometimes let politicos slide when interviewing them ... meaning when he will talk negatively about them at other times, then schmooze up to them while he has them on the air.
But, he did have the guts to deplore the re-election of that liberal nazi Karen Ulrich and has gone on record against other liberal politicians and policies.
Although KVOI has the right to sell airtime to whomever they wish, JSC program was the most comprehensive local issue talk show in town ... bar none.
He has gone a bit overboard lately with the infomercial side of his program content (which probably was a mistake), but you have to appreciate the dialogue he brought to the issues which affect Tucsonans.
But don't worry ... the guy is a survivor, he has been on the air for 40 years and will no doubt pop up again somehow, somewhere.
The amount of money the Star spends on the TFOB could easily pay for several copy editors. Staff at the paper really dislikes that festival.
meme? Have you considered psychiatric help ?
It's just so much more fun to hit dislike. I log in to mulitple computers just to hit dislike as often as I can. It's like the old meme of repeatedly calling a wrong number and yelling "asshole". I'm just waiting for Facebook to get a dislike button. Then the real fun will begin.
I've run every single item Jonathan has sent me. Whether he submits items or not, I can't really control. On the other hand, yes, the opinion pieces are generally more liberal in nature, but I don't think most of the cover features, reviews or other content skews one way or the other.
Obviously, the Weekly reflects the makeup of the community it serves, more liberal and moderate than conservative, but honestly, my biggest concern is in running smart, thoughtful work by people invested in our community. Each time I've reached out closely identified with the local conservative movement, they've turned me down. I think there's probably more value sometimes in staying out of our liberal cesspool than trying to sway our audience sometimes. I'm still plugging away, however, and at some point, I'll find the perfect conservative columnist (I hope). If you have any suggestions, let me know.
Dan, Jonathon Hoffman has contributed 4 guest opinion pieces this year, down from 7 in 2008. On your Opinion Link he is not mentioned in your Columnist Archives. He is listed as an author at the bottom of your Opinion Main page along with 19 other authors. The last piece of his you published was written on October 10th. You publish approximately 75-80 opinion pieces per quarter. So, he represents less than 2% of your total opinion pieces. I think you are stretching it more than a bit to draw the correlation. With regard to the ideology of your publication, please don't defend the indefensible. That one made me chuckle. As a conservative, free market loving, small business owner I salute you for the amazing print and online media device you have built. You "own" the local liberal print media audience. Is it possible that you might create more "buzz" and increase circulation by more frequently and prominently featuring pieces that represent opinion in polar opposite to your own ideology? Jim Nitzel seems to find a 75/25 balance in this fashion. I know he attracts conservative viewers to his show as a result. We certainly talk about his shows at our "tea parties" when he allows a conservative guest to counter point his two more liberal guests.
Don't feel bad, Amigo. It's me, not you. I've been doing this for 2 years now and have become the token, much hated right winger. All some people have to do is see my picture and they click dislike without even reading what I wrote. You can't imagine some of the hatred sent my way. Last year a rather civil fellow, Allan Bartlett wrote about using his loaded penis on my mother. When I pointed out that it was impossible as she is no longer with us, I got 10 dislikes. Go figure. Last month Juan something wished me to get into an accident on my bike. I'll never give up on the Geekly because I annoy the Hell out of these stooges and love every minute of it. I'm up for a beer after the Holidays are over. I just hope this works out better than the last time I got friendly with a " foe". The person I speak of is the one and only Mr. Danehy. Alot of people who read this hate me because I rag on him. Even Gibson the editor recently put his 2 cents in. My first e-mail to Tom ended with me callng him an atomic asshole. I was wrong and down the road admitted it to him. Over the years we learned to accept each other for who we are. We rarely agreed, but learned to discuss our differences in a civil way. When a reader brought his weight into a discussion I went to bat for Tom and defended him. We actually became friends. A while back Tom said in his column that was still waiting for one example of a man with a gun preventing a crime. The monthly N.R.A. magazine has a column called the armed citizen which has just that. I sent some to Tom and he hasn't spoken to me since. All because I won an arguement with him he blew me off like I never existed. O.K. let's start the dislikes !!
I agree with your comments about Jim Monaco. I could spend a day listening to his wonderfully entertaining commentaries; in fact, I have.
I bought my first punk record at Toxic Shock in Pomona in 1984. The album was the day the country died. Bill was always super cool about turning us newbies on to awesome music. Thanks for carrying the torch for so long Bill.
Doug Martin (owner of KVOI) is an acknowledged and open Teapublican who has repeatedly stood on the position that local government should take its marching orders from big business and NOT the voter. If Doug and his bagger board want to get rid of John C. Scott then I for one will no longer be supporting ANY who advertise on KVOI except for those who support Bill Buckmaster.
Radio? you mean that funny thingy with the knobs? My Grandfather has one! Try the internet. You can get any music you want, in any language you want. Talk radio only talks to the choir! If you have made up your mind about a subject, drop it and go with your favorite tunes!
JCS chose to make his show more infomercial and less news to appease the advertisers paying for his show to air. This is unfortunate because it lost the focus of his ability to interview the newsmakers of the day in Southern Arizona. I would listen daily to the interview and tune out when it went back to the infomercial sections. This dilution of the talk programming format is at epidemic proportions with all the pay to play programs out there.
The other talk stations will probably not ramp up their local coverage either. That is something that should be submitted when it is time to have the FCC license renewal comment periods to document in the process the lack of locality these licensees are choosing to do.
Well, aren't the KVOI board a bunch of Right-wing snobs... I have listened to John for years and thanks to him I've learned about the State and local issues. He will be missed terribly. Ask the KVOI board what they think about his annual bicycle drive for poor kids that was able to raise a record $30,000 in 4 hours of programming. Doesn't that prove to you there are listeners and he's relevant??? You going to snub charitable giving too?
As I try to rise above the strange dislikes...reaching across the aisle so to speak. WTF is up w/these readers. I always liked the Weekly for its generally liberal stance. Liberal defined by my Macbook means generous, open to a broad sense of ideas, etc. Here, two generally opposing views come together on a single idea, which is a rare commodity in our culture, and we get negative reviews for it. CW13...it ain't us this time. Perhaps it's time to read other weeklies, or papers. This one is getting difficult to take seriously.
Institutions like the New York Times and the New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal are institutions because they treat their subject matter with respect, whether one agrees with their stance or not. I like a paper that can be edgy, prosaic, conversational, or even hip. But in my opinion at times the Weekly tries to be too hip w/rants, vulgarities, etc and credibility begins to erode. CW13, my conservative friend/foe, let's grab an adult beverage sometime, and rise above the slag.
I really enjoyed reading this, Britt.
Meanwhile, how about posting links to your other 3 Word Odyssey columns?
I don't think there will ever be a shortage of material - OR the chance to perfect our inner nerd. Thanks Britt for the great writing!
What is the real issue behind this column? Is it the preservation of magnet schools in general? Is it the preservation of Utterback as an Arts Magnet school? Is it the continued use of desegregation funds to pay for who the heck knows what at Utterback and other so-called magnet schools? One reason the Ninth Circuit Court rejected Judge Bury's first PUSP was TUSD's bad faith in the way they misused desegregation funds and did not perform audits of those funds.)
There is no reason TUSD cannot continue the arts focus at Utterback that the local community...the students in particular...find so positive without using desegregation funds to do so. Obviously this magnet school has not been successful in integrating the school, and that is the express purpose of the desegregation funds. The real issue here has been the continued use of desegregation money to fund anything and everything TUSD leadership wants to fund without regard to whether it integrates TUSD schools or improves the academic performance of TUSD's ethnic minority students.
I miss 1330 when it had the likes of John C and Bill Buckmaster along with the national's like Alan Colmes; Thom Hartman; Ed Schultz; Stephanie Miller; Randi Rhodes. I find it hard to believe that Progressive Tucson can not find a station with Progressive Ownership!!!
Maybe John C Scott, Alan Michaels, BILL BUCKMASTER, and the other former Tucson radio exiles should buy 1330 The Jolt and create a station for themselves?
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