Jay, (We Wish We Could Say) We Hardly Knew Ye (Talk Jock Jay Severin Update)

WKKK's Jay Severin

WKKK's Jay Severin

Tick, tick, tick… (waiting for the bomb to explode), or thud… (waiting for the other shoe to drop). The anticipation was overwhelming. Would Boston radio’s most racist, hate infused, name changing (his birth name is James Severino), pedigree embellishing (he falsely boasted on air to taking a master’s degree at Boston University and to having been awarded a Pulitzer prize), and obnoxious shock jock finally be fired by his employer station?

For those of you that have not read the May 19th and May 25th articles on this site (and by the way, why haven’t you?), Jay Severin is a reich-wing conservative talk show host who’s program aired on a Boston, MA radio station, known to us progressives as WKKK. Severin’s show however, was suspended by the station on April 30th as the result of the overwhelmingly negative response from both listeners and advertisers to his recent racist and hateful diatribe against Mexicans. That was certainly not the first time that Severin has “crossed the line” on air, but when coupled with his recent decline in ratings from 3rd place to 15th place in the coveted age 25 to 54 age bracket, it could have sounded his death knell.

It has now been more than a month since the inception of his suspension and we hoped that it would become permanent by means of his termination from the station (and hopefully from all of the Boston air waves). It should be noted however, that some ill-informed critics of the suspension continue to decry the suspension as a violation of Severin’s First Amendment right to free speech. Much like the amateur Constitutional Law experts that found fault with the criticisms recently levied against Ms. California, they fail to understand the protections granted by said amendment.

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America protects citizens from governmental prohibition of free speech (except in rare circumstances that are not relevant to this article). Despite Severin’s suspension  by his radio station employer, he has, in no way, been prevented by the government from expressing himself. The First Amendment guarantees that Severin could go right on spewing his hate filled invectives whenever he pleases to do so. For instance, he could set up a soap box on the Boston Common and talk all he wants, or he could continue to publish his blog on the internets tubes, and he even has the right to establish his own radio station should he choose to do so.

The First Amendment does not however, entitle Severin to employment and compensation for his views from an unwilling private employer.  It is humorous when one considers that it is the right wing radio nuts that pretend to fear the re-institution of the broadcast “Fairness Doctrine”, yet they are the ones that protest the loudest when one of their own is silenced, not at the behest of the government, but rather, by the capitalist, private sector, profit driven, radio station owners. Some folks simply cannot be pleased when the non-regulated profit driven media works its magic.

For those of you that would like a little taste of what Jay Severin serves up on air on a daily basis, please listen to this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh3dR5QxB5U&feature=fvsr

But alas, our hopes have been dashed. Today’s Boston Globe and Boston Herald Republican report that WKKK has ended the suspension and Severino will return to the air on Tuesday,  June 2, 2009. His return, however, is contingent upon his toning down the on-air intolerant rhetoric. We can only hope that such a condition will be too difficult for Severino to live up to.

Also, too (ha ha ha, funny Sarah Palin reference), if any readers could provide us with some insight about their local right wing radio air-heads, please do so in the Comment section to this post.

And for those that like a good song parody, here you go…

That’s Amore song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69O4PXzAQ5Y


(sung to the Dean Martin song “That’s Amoré”)

In Old Beantown on the air-waves
When ratings fall here’s what they say

When the shit hits the fan and they give you the can
You’re so boring
When you become racist and then cease to exist
You’re so boring
Phones don’t ring ding-a-ling-a-ling, ding-a-ling-a-ling
And you’re no happy fella
Listeners cheer have another beer, have another beer
Like a gay acappella

When you are such a fool that your words incite drool
That’s abhorring
When the “Best and the Brightest” are the dumb and the whitest
You’re alone
When you’re name’s Severino but you drop the letter “O”
That’s deceiving
Scuzza me, but you see, you’ve no masters degree
That’s abhorring

(When the shit hits the fan and they give you the can
That’s abhorring) That’s abhorring
(When you become racist and then cease to exist
That’s abhorring) That’s abhorring
(Phones don’t ring ding-a-ling-a-ling, ding-a-ling-a-ling
And you’re no happy fella) Happy fel Happy fella
(Listeners cheer have another beer, have another beer
Like a gay acappella) Sorry fella

When your mouth’s spouting lies of a Pulitzer Prize
That’s abhorring (That’s abhorring)
When you no longer play on W-K-K-K
That’s real love
When you’re talking the talk but have nowhere to walk
Cuz you’re boring
Scuzza me, racist pig, but we hardly knew ye
You’re so boring, (So boring)
You’re so boring

Posted on May 30, 2009, in Boston Talk Radio, Jay Severin, Songs, Talk Radio and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. ha ha ha ha ha.
    Jay is back today!!!!!!!
    Hope you will be listening today at 3:00.

  2. That little ditty sums it up brilliantly. I’ll listen to Jay only to see who his sponsors are so that I – and anyone I can influence – can boycot them.

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