February 28, 2008

Goodbye, Mike

Just one of the reasons I’m glad I read Thirdmate’s blog is that I find out news I’ve overlooked because I’ve got my head buried so deep in the day-to-day BS of keeping my head above water. Well that and playing with the kids and practicing violin.

Anyhow. He posted that Mike Moran has left WSAR and no longer has his morning show.

Most of the people who read this blog probably don’t know about Mike Moran. I don’t know if I have many local readers; most of my friends are somewhat distant. Therefore, I’ll try to keep this brief and interesting.

Mike Moran’s show in the morning was one of the reasons I was glad whenever I was in the car between 9 and 10AM. It was a breath of fresh air to hear someone actually trying to be reasonable. That’s rare anywhere. When I listened to Mike, I heard qualities that I admire in many of my friends. He always seemed friendly, measured, and fair. And I was always interested in his take, even when I wasn’t interested in the specific subject. You can learn a lot from someone who actually puts effort into caring about how valid an argument is rather than spinning that argument. You can learn a lot, as long as you are paying attention. And I tried to, whenever I had the opportunity.

You’ll likely not read this, but I wish you luck, Mike. Continued success in your endeavors, and good health. I agreed with you more often than I disagreed. Whenever I disagreed you made me reexamine my opinion. Thanks for that.

Posted by James at February 28, 2008 8:30 PM
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I've bemoaned the crumbling artifice of civil discourse over there for a while. Yours is a fitting tribute to a good guy.
Good luck with the violin, by the way. (Fiddle is so much more "hipster.")

Posted by: PJ at February 29, 2008 8:36 AM

I'm going to miss Mike Moran. It's so nice not to be shouted at, and I'm afraid that without Mike Moran, people won't have an example of how to think about something before you form your opinion.

Fun fact: in Scientific American Mind an issue back, I think, they described a study that had looked at differences between progressives and conservatives. Conservatives, it turns out, have trouble suppressing their first reaction. So they truly have "knee jerk" reactions that they have difficulty controlling.

Posted by: Maggie at February 29, 2008 9:23 AM

I sometimes have trouble suppressing my first reaction, too. The difference is that I don't feel obligated to that first reaction, to the point of sticking with it for the rest of my life, as if it's too sacred to be reconsidered rationally later on.

I don't blame conservatives (or anyone) for having a first reaction - even if they express it and it's stupid. What bugs me is that they never seem to go beyond that first reaction, to dig deeper and try to understand the thing that upset them so much.

Posted by: Julie at February 29, 2008 10:38 AM

It was a tough decision. I never had any doubt that people had great affection and appreciation for Mike ... my only regret is that there are not MORE of you.

Posted by: Keri at February 29, 2008 4:38 PM

Ouch. Money. Maybe we could all just have a conference call with him every morning from 9-10. Or ask the man to start a blog. I'll read it. :-P

Posted by: Maggie at February 29, 2008 5:06 PM

Mike's show was like great kitchen table conversation. Friendly, reasonable and informative.

I loved that he could entertain both sides of the argument and had no qualms playing Devil's advocate.

Mike is a class act and will be missed.

Posted by: Lefty at March 1, 2008 5:52 PM

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