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calimary

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Gender: Female
Home country: USA
Current location: Oregon
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 60,701

About Me

Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

Journal Archives

Welcome to DU, BlueWI!

PLEEEEEEEZE send Scott Walker to the unemployment line! He's a member of their "bench strength" - who flatters himself, thinking he's worthy of the Presidency. He wants to run for the big job, and badly, I suspect.

Thanks! I usually take notes on some of these shows.

But I wasn't expecting this, and once she started in on it, I was transfixed (when I wasn't dancing and fist-pumping across our bedroom, that is). Too busy becoming thrilled and relieved and exultant to go find my usual notepad and pen.

Dayum, forgot that one!

Gotta add it, in your honor, lastlib!

Sounds like you and I have shared work and activism experiences from back-in-the-day,

whatever that day was.

I remember when Reagan got rid of the Fairness Doctrine and the ownership restrictions. Used to be that one could own only THREE broadcast properties in any one market. That usually worked out to one TV station, one AM station, and one FM station but it could have been any permutation of those elements. But only THREE. Well, fucking Reagan got rid of that one, which led to a literal orgy of mergers and acquisitions, and buying out the mom-'n'-pop stations to cobble massive and mighty radio networks together while the moms-'n'-pops unloaded for ridiculously lavish amounts of money (which they took and then RAN!), and what had been 600+ owners of broadcast properties across the country were soon consolidated and shrunk to a mere SIX. Six obscenely large and eventually over-leveraged corporate giants.

They all argued that this would SERVE the LISTENER!!!! But all it did was serve the corporate masters, as radio staffers from coast to coast were fired or laid off, and you'd wind up with ONE jock recording liners from New York or some other center and syndicating to stations in all kinds of markets including those little ones that are very local and had been serving their communities rather intimately. That's all gone. So many jobs that so many of my friends and colleagues lost! You could have ONE guy in Manhattan telling dozens of morning shows and local program directors what to play, regardless what the local community wanted. SO MUCH local talent was shoved out onto the street. HORRID. And worse, if the station could be automated, all you'd really need were a couple of ad guys and an engineer to make sure the machinery worked and the syndicated shows piped in from across the country, and man were you saving on overhead.

But the ART was lost. And the local flavor was lost. And the local TALENT that opened the supermarkets and rode in the annual Santa Claus parades was lost. No wonder their numbers all dropped. When your favorite deejay is replaced by some purported big name from faraway New York City or Chicago or L.A., who could you relate to every morning (or other dayparts)?

It was horrible. And very very sad.

Did you guys just catch what Rachel Maddow reported???

Just now. She had a wee bit extra at the end of her first segment. Something she said she saw on Page 42 of the latest Justice Department paperwork - that asserts, as she put it, that "if Mueller goes 'poof' (removed, fired, no longer part of things), the investigation WILL still go on without him. Because Page 42 includes a statement that says the assistant special counsel or prosecutor (not sure of the wording here) was highly experienced and credible, and would and could continue the investigation.

I don't have all the language down here and I'm no legal expert. But that's the conclusion she said she draws from reading the paperwork, and added it struck her as being something significant.

Last minute or so of her first segment.

...or maybe vote 3rd party or some protest vote or spoiler on the far right.

Where's Ross Perot when we need him?

And don't forget - he's also pissed off Mexico plenty.

I swear, and I've said it before - by the time we're finally rid of him, we won't have a friend in the world. Including Putin. He's just there as an opportunistic infection, temporarily, only as long as it serves his own interests.

I think it was Colbert - as host of the White House Correspondents Association dinner

back when dubya was pResident.

And reality isn't all that's got a liberal bias. Just study the teachings of Jesus our Savior. Matthew 25: 35-45 is a good read.

Whoa... let's see "Roseanne" tackle THAT one.

I was about to go have my card laminated so it wouldn't get dog-eared.

I've got another month or so before it matters.
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