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May 10, 2005

Al Franken visits KPTK in Seattle, jokes

As part of their attempt to challenge Urdu Chat and other more popular radio formats, Air America sends Al Franken and Jerry Springer to the hamlets throughout this great land as a way to pump up the faithful. Yesterday Stuart and Co. broadcast live from KPTK 1090 AM in Seattle, and three people who went (together) each have reports on their blogs. If you've just eaten, come back to this post in an hour.

From the Northwest Progressive Institute:
After a hilarious opening monologue, Franken introduced us to his co-host Katherine Lanpher... We started off talking about Seattle and the Puget Sound region. Franken joked that people get the impression that it rains a lot here because our tallest mountain is named Mount Rainier...
"But, seriously, folks, have you tried the veal?" The NPI threatens to post a one-on-one interview with Stuart Smalley later.

And, from blatherWatch:
When [a local free newspaper columnist] said that fearful gays, (he and his partner among them) had seriously considered moving to Canada, Franken said: "We don’t need you in Canada, we need you here. And we need more Canadians to move here."
I'm sure Minnesotans will remember that. A site appropriately named "Horse's Ass" educates us:
I have one observation. Sitting in that sold-out auditorium, watching the enthusiasm of the audience, it’s hard to believe that anyone doubted there was a market for liberal talk radio. Sure, NPR draws away a large portion of our listening time, because… well… we just enjoy the kind of in-depth news coverage and intelligent conversation you can only get on NPR. (Plus, we hate commercials.) But there was definitely pent up demand for something like Air America to battle the entrenched right-wing talkers.
And, the Seattle Press-Intelligencer's "Fans of Al Franken's radio show welcome him to the left side of country" has several quotes from Franken's fans.

It also informs us that there "was rarely much pause between jokes." Yes, indeed.

UPDATE: There's an interview with Franken here. Stuart doesn't think NPR is biased.

And, NPI's big Franken interview is available. The Franken show gets bits from blogs, but: "We trust only reliable sources like Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo, Atrios, or Daily Kos". Hatrios and Daily "Screw 'em" Kos? I think that's another one of Stuart's "jokes."

Posted in StuartSmalley at May 10, 2005 09:29 AM


This may be the most pathetic blog I've ever seen. Are conservatives so afraid of a fair fight that you actually expend energy hoping that Air America will fail?

Get a life.

Posted by: Yorn at May 10, 2005 09:37 PM

Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.


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