February 28, 2006

Listening

I plugged in the headphones and caught the Keri Rodrigues on WSAR’s Keri Rodrigues Show and it was a very positive experience.

I get the impression that she has a lot of guests on. Yesterday afternoon, Andrea Silbert (Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor) was her late-afternoon guest, and I was glad I had the chance to hear that. The idea of a new Democratic administration in the state that has a clue about improving the economy is a breath of fresh air, and Silbert has some chops. But this is really the first I’m hearing about the race, so stay tuned.

With the help of her first guest, she applied facts to the hubbub about the recent use of eminent domain in Fall River, and why they’re not rushing to use it in the Weaver’s Cove situation.

So, the show was a definite improvement over what I am used to, and I’m planning on listening when I can, though 3-6 is when I’m most warmed up at work. Having the headphones on seems to cure my nervous habit of becoming distracted at any office noise just outside my door. So that’s a plus.

Posted by James at February 28, 2006 7:29 AM
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At your behest, James, I listened. They still operate without a call screener/producer. This is simply not professional. This means Kerri gets a thread about politics going and then some bonehead calls in to talk about a lost lawn ornament, or worse. Sounding deceptively more like a disc jockey than a pundit, Kerri admirably shakes down callers who have agendas by shoving their talking points right back down their throats. Bravo, entertainment. Unfortunately, the callers (whom I know from YEARS ago) are still pushing the same wearying Reagan-era cart, only now with the ugly "liberals are traitors" sidecar. Anytime their nonsense hits ears is a mistake. But I understand the low bar of local talk. I'm enjoying being edified by NPR, not assaulted by 'SAR.

Posted by: ThirdMate at February 28, 2006 12:44 PM

I apologize for the mis-spelling. It's "Keri."

Posted by: ThirdMate at February 28, 2006 2:06 PM

It's almost a certainty that this place I like to call theSC is my home for life. And so, I have a real interest in the future. So when I see improvement, I get excited about it.

This LNG issue, for example. I think we're partly reaping what Fall River has sown with failing to develop its waterfront. If they were doing more on that waterfront, I can't imagine that FERC would have approved this LNG terminal. (I can't imagine that they approved it in any case, but...) And if LNG comes in, I imagine that Fall River will never develop the waterfront. So, there are important issues.

What is see going on now is an improvement, and I want to encourage it. On your point on the callers -- I expect that if people weren't off at work all day they'd have a larger pool of callers.

I know you're frustrated with this area to the point where you'd like to leave. I'm rooted here, and want to see it improve. So I cling to hope, and honestly think that the future here is going to be better than the past and present.

Posted by: James at February 28, 2006 3:28 PM

Ouch! My family is here, too. And I do all I can to improve this area. I was hurt personally by Fall River's neglect of its waterfront. My house was there untill they sank it. I was involved in a non-profit educational organization that forgot its mission and caused a lot of bad blood. I was part of a group of local artists and musicians developing a cultural center, until we were shoved off and berated by local business "leaders" who "don't fund arts and crafts."
Narragansett Bay, the Taunton and Sakonnet Rivers. My home waters. I miss this place whenever I'm gone -- and I've been to some great places. I admire your optimism, James, and -- though it's not clearly visible or believable -- I share it. I'm sorry I appear to dislike it here. That is far from true. "Frustrated"? No. I know we can do better.

Posted by: ThirdMate at February 28, 2006 4:17 PM

I didn't mean to imply that you don't do everything you can to make improvement happen -- I hope you didn't take it that way.

You're right, I do cling to some optimism. And I admit to not being as involved in these issues personally as I could have been (though for about a year, free time has been practically nonexistent).

I do apologize that I misinterpreted your opinion about living in this area. That's my mistake. But I wouldn't blame you for being frustrated, comsidering history.

More later.

Posted by: James at February 28, 2006 4:58 PM

No harm, no foul. "The SouthCoast. We're all in this together."

Posted by: ThirdMate at February 28, 2006 5:36 PM

My typing = as poor as ever

Posted by: James at February 28, 2006 6:01 PM

Yeah ... I guess I do have alot of guests on ... but I think that can be a good thing. I've had Deval Patrick, Richard Clarke, and just last week John Kerry. I try to make it interesting and get the newsmakers on the show so we're breaking news and pissing people off live on the air. Plus, it's great for me to pontificate on what I think for hours on end ... but I imagine it gets a little boring for the listener.

It does suck not to have a call screener, and that's tough ... but I think it makes me better in my position as host because I better know my shit. LOL I get tired of having to deal with the regulars occassionally ... but I feel like we're starting to wake people up ... at least a little.

As for the producer part, I've been one of the top talk radio producers in the country for the last several years ... so hopefully you'll at least acknowledge that we're putting some decent effort in.

Don't give up on me yet ... suggestions welcomed.

And I'm so excited I made the blog! :)

Posted by: Keri at February 28, 2006 10:09 PM

I like the guests. I wish I'd been able to catch Kerry on your show. I was listening in my car when Barry first announced he was going to be on. But that was an especially busy day at the office.

Who am I kidding - they're all busy days lately as we try to not blow our deadlines too far out of the water.

You were on a tear today, eh?

Posted by: James at February 28, 2006 10:31 PM

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