October 07, 2005

Lewis, Redux

Two sources with knowledge of the situation say that Jason Lewis will return to KSTP-AM in the mid-day shift, basically replacing Rush Limbaugh.

This of course trashes my prediction, but whatever.

It seems a curious decision; mid-days don't generate all that much ad revenue. With Limbaugh, it wasn't a problem - the station paid nothing for Limbaugh's show (Limbaugh's salary came entirely from network spots); every nickel in advertising the station sold went to the station. Now, they have to cover a good-sized nut in a time of day that just doesn't generate that much money.

Again - still in the realm of rumors, but the story seems to be firming up.

Posted by Mitch at October 7, 2005 05:14 AM | TrackBack

But it sure would feed the ego to be able to say "I replaced Rush Limbaugh on a 50KW station in a major metro area," wouldn't it?

Posted by: Steve G. at October 7, 2005 08:33 AM

I love listening to Jason, but I suspect he would enjoy saying he was the replacement for Rush on KSTP... and like I said before, that would be a rich timeslot for listeners (choosing between Rush, Prauger, and Lewis would be stiff competition).

That said, I wonder if a better time would be before Rush or after Souch. (Partially, for selfish reasons... I'd like to listen to him at my leisure, and at work it's going to be tricky for me.)

Posted by: baddablogger at October 7, 2005 09:42 AM

Personally, the weakest lineup on am 1500 is in the morning between Davis and Rush. Rush could go back to his normal slot, Bob could work for 5 hours and Jason could go back to afternoon drive and nobody would notice. Since I listen to Laura in the morning anyway, I wouldn't bat a lash...

Posted by: trekbike at October 7, 2005 11:56 AM

Jason just chose to wait until next summer to make a final decision. No word on why.

Posted by: Boy Howdy at October 7, 2005 12:22 PM

Maybe it's only temporary until he moves back to the Twin Cities after his contract is up in NC

Posted by: Margaret at October 7, 2005 12:38 PM

OK, I'll ask the dumb question. When is Rush going off of AM1500 and where will he be heard in the Twin Cities? I always liked Lewis and will be glad he's returning (if he does). Of course, if he hadn't left, I'd never have discovered The Patriot. ;)

Posted by: Theresa K. at October 7, 2005 02:07 PM

As I understand it, Rush goes to KTLK in January as soon as they are up and running on 100.3 FM... might even be the first.

Re: Bob Davis
I can't imagine he'd go for five hours each day... that's insane.

Posted by: baddablogger at October 7, 2005 03:44 PM

Confirmed; no sooner than mid year next year. I was getting excited to hear him again. I've streamed him from Charlotte over the Internet a few times.

Posted by: DrJonz at October 7, 2005 04:36 PM

Such choices...

Well, yet another reason to ignore KSTP. It's too bad Rosenbaum is so handcuffed by Hubbard, he and O'Connell are the only intelligent thing on before Soucherey. Davis couldn't find his rear end, Limbaugh says clever things like cows cause more air pollution than humans (as an aggregate, not per capita), and if they put Davis back on it will be because they are desperate for the ratings he once drew with his disinformation campaign. The problem KSTP faces is that the whole show is wearing thin.. The promised solutions failed, the "you won't notice the lost services (a famous Lewis line) proved untrue", the "War on Terror" was lost by Bush, and the fiscal conservatives wear Democratic suits.

Lewis will draw no more than does Limbaugh to that slot, probably less as the ditto-heads want to be told what to think and Lewis at least occassionally challenges the right-wing theology.

Probably irrelevant though, the whole format is losing ground. Maybe someday Americans will read again too.


Posted by: pb at October 7, 2005 09:19 PM

Well... you do yourselve no favors claiming that Rosenbaum and O'Connell have an intelligent show. ;)

Remember, this possition in a four year cycle is likely to be the lowpoint regarding political conversation and excitement.

By waiting until at least next summer, Lewis will be walking into a time when his initial ratings boom very probably will grow as the major election cycle builds up steam. He'll be good in the Twin Cities (if he does in fact return) for at least four years.

Posted by: baddablogger at October 8, 2005 10:04 AM

Rosenbaum and O'Connell at least occassionally flrit with facts and the Constitution. Niether Davis nor Limbaugh have ever let those two things interrupt their diatribe.

Regardless, I hold no illusions about the fall of "conservativism", as long as there is money to propogandize, there will be idiots to follow. Plus, "conservatism" has the added advantages of not requiring its followers to take responsibility for anything and not requiring them to read or investigate anything. It feeds them obscure and normally pretty twisted facts, so that it can continue to do the two things it cares about:

1. Cut taxes on the wealthy
2. Expand spending on pet programs

Those two concepts are the only ones that the Republican leadership appears to actually care about, as all others have been sacrificed at the alter of those two.

Ethics? - Sure, go ask (Delay, Safavian, Rove, Ebbensteiner).

Reduced Governement - OMG - I'm falling over laughing

Fiscal Responsibility - Now I've nearly passed out from laughing.

Truth - Sure, Rove tells the truth, as does Bush, and I'm the Queen of England.

The problem Conservatism faces currently is that the concept of "trickle-down" is about as worthwhile as communism. Both believe in an idea that cannot, EVER, succeed. Namely, that if you give power (or money) to a group, they'll share it. That's just absolutely assinine. They convince you all that the real culprit is the "elitist" liberal, Upper-middle class and wealthy east-coasters who support big beaurocracy, while at the same time complaining about "elitism" and class warfare. In short, they tell you that an organization (the government) that they control, and have controlled for the past 25 years, is keeping you down (it's the MAN keeping you down, man - sound familiar), with taxes that are both the lowest in the westernized world, and which are basically a zero sum game to you until they start preventing significant return (by significant I mean below the rate of inflation). They then lie to get you to back their (small) government program of croney's, corporate welfare, user fees, line access charges, and courts dedicated to making sure you pay your damned bills even while gas prices, home heating prices, skyrocket, yet they get tax breaks to build things like bridges to nowhere.

Then they lie to you get you to invade an uninvolved in Islamo-fascism state (Iraq) to protect and also intimidate an involved one (Saudi Arabia).

They complain about activist judges, when their own judges are THE MOST activist, BY FAR.

The issue is not that conservatism is dead, it's that it is hollow, and it shows.


Posted by: pb at October 9, 2005 09:04 AM

"Rosenbaum and O'Connell at least occassionally flrit with facts and the Constitution. Niether Davis nor Limbaugh have ever let those two things interrupt their diatribe."

PB: While you occasionally write things that spark interest, it's posts like this where you start to come across as a frothing crackpot.

Posted by: Steve J at October 9, 2005 11:20 AM

Focus, focus, focus.

You're only showing how little you understand conservatism, Bob Davis, Limbaugh, Lewis, etc.

However, you're partially correct about a good number of Republican politicians... they are spending money faster (and some might say more recklessly) than drunken sailors.

Enough that (as Lewis would say) it would be an insult to the drunken sailors.

Posted by: baddablogger at October 9, 2005 07:06 PM


Let's remember it's you and your's that can't admit a mistake, must win at all costs. I point out the flaws on both sides, and believe that discource, and respect for those who seem to have any decency, any interest in the truth, is warranted, even if I don't agree with them. If you don't like Rosenbaum, your choice, but saying that because I note that they actually talk about the LAW and FACTS rather than blather like Babs, means I'm frothing, I think maybe you've got the shoe on the wrong foot.

Baddab.. True conservatism, like true liberalism, is a dying, vanishing, nearly invisible breed. Limbaugh, Davis, and Lewis represent the worst of what's it was replaced by.

I have respect for the anti-keynseian side (sorry I never remember how to spell that), I don't believe the government can just print paper. OTOH, in times of great crisis, deficits are warranted. But my philosophy is hardly the one that matters (btw, Steve, isn't it funny how you all are ready to attack me, rather than challenge the statements?)

The current republican leadership doesn't give a whit about fiscal responsibility. It represents the most elitist, old-money club there is. They play you all for pawns (I'm assuming none of you are yet multi-millionaires who inherited most of it and attended the best prep schools) I don't hate them, they believe their social class simply deserves to not work. I detest that as much as the other end of the social spectrum feeling similarly because of whatever reason (slavery .. .who knows).

The point is that conservatism, true conservatism, the points that were good about it, are LONG dead. These boys use the government to prop up their companies, forgive thier debts. They use the companies to write them huge parachutes when they fail, write them loans they never have to repay... and it's all legal, because we let it become so. We pass laws to give handouts to oil companies who are making BILLIONS from us, but can't (gosh because the DONT want to) build oil refineries. They didn't build them not because of tax policy, but because it was more profitable not to. They probably WONT build them now.

The republicans keep the vote open for 50 minutes past the deadline to armtwist votes for that piece of pork, but hey, they are the party of ETHICS, of follow the rules, the rule of law.. yeah sure.

But call me frothing at the mouth. I don't care, because it just continues the pattern of personal attack rather than discourse. Perhaps there is intelligent life out there to talk to in the noveaux conservative dervish world, I've just not run into it much. Even the author of this blog never had a real answer for nearly anything I asked him.

Go on reading though, if it helps you sleep at night while your wages get squeezed so that a President who never could hold a decent job nominates his personal bobo to the SCOTUS, and spends the country into bankruptcy that you have to pay for.


Posted by: PB at October 9, 2005 09:48 PM

PB... give me an idea of where you're coming from, I just don't want to guess that you're a Libertarian, Green, Democrat, former Republican, etc. I'm fairly new here (and to this sort of thing).

Re: Death of true conservatism and liberalism... why do you say they are dead? Give me an idea of what you think true conservatism is and what represents it best. (Sarcasm-free, if you don't mind.) I have a couple of ideas where this might be the case, but I certainly don't see it as a near-dead political movement.

What is so wrong with Bob Davis, Rush Limbaugh, and Jason Lewis? (I wonder if you've really ever understood Lewis... he was never shy about pointing out RINOs or poor moves by Republicans, for that matter Davis and Limbaugh do the same.) Each of those three do plenty of show-prep and reading... I don't think you can say these guys are water-carriers for Republicans, or that they pull this stuff out of their hats.

Now just for fun, where are the voting booths that were kept open for another 50 minutes while Republican operatives twisted arms (and how were they forcing votes for R candidates)? I suspect you won't say Chicago or Cook County. ;)

I can't be the only guy in this topic-section asking all of these questions.

Posted by: baddablogger at October 10, 2005 10:47 AM

I don't think he will answer... although when he does (as I have discovered) he'll take at least eight 'graphs to address part of my first question.

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