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May 24, 2006

Lewis

After months of rumors, it's looking official - Jason Lewis is bound for KTLK.

Maybe. Probably.

Nobody local has announced anything, but he's announced it on his show on WBT in Charleston:

"...I guess it was a Biblical passage that said 'this too shall pass'." Jason started. "I've got an announcement today that is very difficult to utter...but I've reached the decision with my family that it's time to go home." Jason stressed that his decision was a personal one, and is not related to any perceived pressure from elected officials or station management.
(Listen to his entire statement below in the Show Audio Section) Jason will continue to work through the end of his contract, which ends in October, or until WBT management can indentify the new host
On the one hand, it'll be good to see another nail pounded in the coffin of the "Conservative talk is dead" theory (and, in fact, that Lewis is a hot property tends to scupper the idea in the first place).

On the other hand, Beatle Bumper Friday gives me an almost uncontrollable urge to have Sex Pistol Saturday.

The real question: When will Lewis air? The natural assumption is PM drive (replacing Janecek and Lambert,) - but lore had it Lewis left KSTP at least partly to get out of working drives and evenings while his children are little.

Bumping Pat Kessler's 9-noon show? Possible - but there's not as much sales revenue in mid-days as in the drives, and it's not hard to imagine that Lewis is going to be charging a bundle.

It should be interesting.

(Via Brad Carlson)

Posted by Mitch at May 24, 2006 12:23 PM | TrackBack
Comments

So glad you remembered to put the word "Pistol" in there...

Posted by: Jeff at May 24, 2006 12:40 PM

In September 2003...the DFL pee'd their pants in joy as Jason Lewis left for Charlotte.

In September 2006...just in time for the 2006 election cycle, the DFL's worst nightmere returns to Minnesota.

I can hear the DFLers peeing their pants again...but not in joy.

Posted by: Dave at May 24, 2006 01:11 PM

I hate to nit-pick, Mitch...but WBT is in Charlotte....not Charleston.

Posted by: Dave at May 24, 2006 01:33 PM

Mitch and Dave,
This is one Lib that will be glad to see Jason Lewis back. I like the guy and have had great debates with him. He's consistent and a real conservative. He's wrong but, knows his positions.
Not pi*sing my pants Dave, just waiting for some real entertainment and solid debate that's not wrapped in the speaking points of the day.

Eric

Posted by: Eric_Mitchell at May 24, 2006 01:54 PM

Remember the times when Jason would have Senator Wellstone come on his show. That was some of the best, most enlightening radio I had ever heard. I am over-joyed to hear that Jason is coming home to Minnesota.

Posted by: The Lady Logician at May 24, 2006 02:14 PM

Please, oh please, let Janacek and Lambert be the ones to get bumped.

Posted by: Nordeaster at May 24, 2006 02:18 PM

"Please, oh please, let Janacek and Lambert be the ones to get bumped."

AMEN!!

Posted by: Brad at May 24, 2006 02:36 PM

"Please, oh please, let Janacek and Lambert be the ones to get bumped."

Who?

Posted by: Kermit at May 24, 2006 02:38 PM

Nothing against Brad, but Amendment X posted the news yesterday afternoon.

http://www.savagerepublican.com/2006/05/jason-returns.php

Posted by: The Lady Logician at May 24, 2006 02:48 PM

It is the Rino's that should be worried also.
He might scare Pawlenty back to the Right. Ever since Jason left the Republicans have acted like Democrats. No offense Eric.

Posted by: Brian at May 24, 2006 02:59 PM

Hey Brian,
I'm for that as well. I'm from the school of thought that when Republicans act like Republicans and Democrats like Democrats- Democrats win statewide while Republicans win more local districts.

Posted by: Eric_Mitchell at May 24, 2006 03:18 PM

"Nothing against Brad, but Amendment X posted the news yesterday afternoon."

No offense taken, LL.

Hey, all I did was look at Jason's web page on wbt.com after seeing the little blurb in the Strib yesterday. Anyone could have done that much. While I'm flattered Mitch referenced my post I am definitely not looking for credit in breaking some sort of exclusive story.

Amendment X indeed had some great posts and insights on Jason coming back!!

Posted by: Brad at May 24, 2006 03:27 PM

Mitch,

Any reason they wouldn't put him in AM drive? Colton and Guest have been an unmitigated disaster on the air and in the ratings, while Kessler and Brian/Sarah have been only a disaster in the ratings...

matt in mac-groveland

Posted by: fasolamatt at May 24, 2006 04:24 PM

Jason Rocks!

I like Hugh Hewitt, but local political coverage would be better.

Posted by: Rob at May 24, 2006 07:21 PM

I'd like to see him go up against that "glittering jewel of colossal ignorance", the Mayor of Jackass Logic, Joe Soucheray.

Posted by: Freddie Beamer at May 24, 2006 07:32 PM

He was on after Rush in Charlotte. Maybe he will get that same slot here. That would have him done and home in time to tuck the kids in to bed...

Posted by: The Lady Logician at May 24, 2006 09:46 PM

I think Hannity has that slot locked up.

With Jasonís salary, itís gotta be drive time.

Great lineup: Rush, Hannity and Lewis!

Posted by: Rob at May 24, 2006 09:51 PM

Rob,
It would be a mistake to conclude that local radio cannot co-exist with national radio (i.e. KSTP vs. Patriot, Lewis vs. Hewitt). It's entirely possible for both to exist side-by-side and still make advertisers and listeners happy. It's symbiotic and good for talk radio. And what's good for talk radio is good for conservatives, and so on. There's plenty of room in the boat, and I will be glad to hear Jason take on the local liberals once more. Hopefully he'll also embrace the blogosphere.

Posted by: rambix at May 24, 2006 10:01 PM

I agree, I plan to listen to both Hewitt and Lewis.

Posted by: Rob at May 24, 2006 10:12 PM

Paging Smokin' Joe Hanson; Mr. Hanson to the courtesy phone.

Posted by: Lileks at May 24, 2006 10:29 PM

I would like to see more of this type of local political coverage:

************************************

Patriot to cover GOP State Convention

From:
http://am1280thepatriot.com

Coverage will be provided by the Northern Alliance


June 1st, AM1570
5-9PM
Mark Kennedy Speech at 7PM

June 2nd AM1570
1-9PM

June 3rd AM1280
9-1PM
Tim Pawlenty Speech at 11:30AM

Posted by: Rob at May 24, 2006 10:44 PM

"Patriot to cover GOP State Convention
From: http://am1280thepatriot.com
Coverage will be provided by the Northern Alliance"

Great news -- I'll look for NARN Thursday and Friday with my fellow District 5 delegates!

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Jason Lewis helped energize lethargic conservatives and inspired many to get involved in local politics. I'm thinking a pre-Rush shift - with his downloadable podcast feature currently at WBT.

Posted by: Nancy at May 25, 2006 07:51 AM

I can't believe I forgot about Joe Hanson.


One point, since there was a rumor that Lewis would do his WBT show and his Twin Cities show until his contract runs out... and that the Strib article (which uses the potentially loaded word "portends", as if this is bad news) says he's coming back sometime this fall...

...maybe he is going into a morning slot. To put him into the Kelly Guest spot up against KSTPs unfortunate and utter train wreck would be mercilious and embarassing for KSTP.

KTLK might think that would be overkill. ;) Maybe they'd put him up against Laura Ingram and Bob Davis... that's pretty good competition.

Posted by: badda-blogger at May 25, 2006 08:41 AM

ď...maybe he is going into a morning slot. To put him into the Kelly Guest spot up against KSTPs unfortunate and utter train wreck would be mercilious and embarassing for KSTP.Ē

I disagree, after inflicting Chris Krok on us for what seemed a lifetime and now this equally unlistenable idiot in their early morning spot, KSTP deserves no mercy.


Posted by: Thorley Winston at May 25, 2006 11:43 AM

"Jason Lewis helped energize lethargic conservatives and inspired many to get involved in local politics."

I agree Nancy. Jason could have an impact on the 06 election!

Posted by: Rob at May 25, 2006 12:28 PM

It is with a heavy heart that I report to you that Smokin' Joe Hanson passed away a few days ago.

He was a great guy, one of the nicest guys I ever worked with at KSTP and he will really be missed.

Posted by: CCK at May 25, 2006 01:48 PM

Oh, sure, now that the stadium bill has passed, NOW he decides to come back. How convenient, as the Church Lady would say.

Posted by: pete at May 25, 2006 11:19 PM

Oh, sure, now that the stadium bill has passed, NOW he decides to come back. How convenient, as the Church Lady would say.

Posted by: pete at May 25, 2006 11:21 PM

Lambert & Janecek should start looking for another job.

Posted by: Rob at May 26, 2006 12:18 AM

yo

Posted by: alone2 at June 9, 2006 08:48 AM

Xenical

Posted by: tester at June 23, 2006 08:10 PM

WBT is in Charlotte, not Charleston

Posted by: Carl East at July 10, 2006 01:28 PM
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