Category Archives: Boston Talk Radio

Sunday Morning Coffee (or Tea) – 30

Just a few newsworthy meteorites that have come careening through the atmosphere this week…

BREAKING NEWS: A Massachusetts politician has once again become a flashpoint in the health care reform debate. Surprisingly it is not the nudist Republican Senator Scott Brown. This time it is House Democrat Stephen Lynch. He has declared that he will vote “no” on the health care reform bill. In doing so, he will be the only one of ten Massachusetts Representatives that will not vote for passage of the bill. Consequently, he has just become the darling of Boston’s conservative talk radio pundits. He has been an invited guest on most all of their shows this week and the hosts are simply giddy that a Massachusetts Democrat is joining all Republicans in rejecting the bill. Lynch has become such a fan favorite of the conservatives that they are urging him to run for the Senate against longtime incumbent John Kerry. The right wing talk jocks are touting a potential conservative revolution in the bluest of blue states. Problem is, the Boston radio hosts have missed Lynch’s point entirely. Lynch is voting “no” because he does not believe that the bill is LIBERAL enough. He opposes the present bill because it lacks a public option as well as a repeal of the anti-trust exemption for the health insurance companies. If Lynch decides to run for the Senate in 2012 it will not be a race against John Kerry. He will run against the newly elected clothing challenged Republican Scott Brown.

THIS JUST IN: Kudos to Florida’s Democratic Representative Alcee Hastings for telling it like it is. On Saturday he told Republicans, “You all in the minority continue to say what the American people think. You don’t know what all of the American people think. And you certainly don’t know what those in my constituency think.Let ’em have it Alcee.

BREAKING NEWS: If you want to witness the stupidity of the Tea-Baggers, watch this.

THIS JUST IN: This week’s episode of “Fox News Phonies Behaving Badly” features Sean Hannity. To add insult to injury, Hannity has been outed by a right wing blogger. Last Thursday Debbie Schlussel posted an article on her blog that reveals that Sean Hannity’s charities which were intended to benefit injured soldiers and their children have actually benefited Hannity and his family to a far larger degree. The article states:

For the last several years, Sean Hannity and the Freedom Alliance “charity” have conducted “Freedom Concerts” across America. They’ve told you that they are raising money to pay for the college tuition of the children of fallen soldiers and to pay severely wounded war vets. In fact, less than 20%–and in two recent years, less than 7% and 4%, respectively–of the money raised by Freedom Alliance went to these causes, while millions of dollars went to expenses, including consultants and apparently to ferry the Hannity posse of family and friends in high style. And, despite Hannity’s statements to the contrary on his nationally syndicated radio show, few of the children of fallen soldiers got more than $1,000-$2,000, with apparently none getting more than $6,000, while Freedom Alliance appears to have spent tens of thousands of dollars for private planes.  Moreover, despite written assurances to donors that all money raised would go directly to scholarships for kids of the fallen heroes and not to expenses, has begun charging expenses of nearly $500,000 to give out just over $800,000 in scholarships.

For the text of the full article, click here http://www.debbieschlussel.com/6938/sean-hannitys-freedom-concert-scam-only-7-of-charitys-money-went-to-injured-troops-kids-of-fallen-troops-g5s-g6s-for-vannity/

BREAKING NEWS: This week’s episode of “Republicans Using Taxpayer Money For Their Personal Benefit” features South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. The Washington Post reports that the wife cheating one time G.O.P. presidential hopeful,

has agreed to pay $74,000 in fines to resolve dozens of charges that he violated state ethics laws with his campaign spending and travel, including a taxpayer-funded rendezvous with his Argentine mistress

Just another example of Republican pols profiting from the stupidity of their supporters.

THIS JUST IN: This week’s episode of “The Biggest Republican Loser” features the former ex-quitting Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. It appears that the poorly educated Palin will star in a cable television reality series tentatively titled, Sarah Palin’s Alaska. She is seeking payment in the amount of One Million to One and a Half Million Dollars per episode. Each week Palin will make surprise visits to places in Alaska where she has never been like the Governor’s Mansion and Juneau.

On a more serious note, please cross your fingers for the passage of the Health Care Reform Bill today in the House of Representatives.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

Dear Mr. Fantasy song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxVlN-LzIks

DEAR, MR. HANNITY

(sung to the Traffic song “Dear, Mr. Fantasy”)

Dear, Mr. Hannity you are a goon
Some even say you are daffy
Your nightly show is just like a cartoon
Hit that bong, chug that jar
Getting happy
You are the one that just makes us all laugh
Unlike Glenn Beck, you don’t go to tears
You should be sad that you do not have your gonads
You could face waterboarding fears

Oooo Ahhhhh
Oooo Ahhhhh
Oooo Ahhhhh
Oooo Ahhhhh Ahhhhh

Dear Mr. Hannity you’re no Brit Hume
Although, he too is unhappy
Insanity prevails throughout Fox News
Always wrong, that you are
Oh so crappy
Yeah, yeah

(musical interlude)

Dear Mr. Hannity  go back to your room
That would just make us all happy
Do anything, take us out of our gloom
Sing a song, play guitar
Make it snappy
We all just watch you to have a good laugh
We haven’t laughed so hard in ten years
You are one sad excuse for a real college grad
Just like all of your poor Fox News peers

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Being (Barney) Frank With Tea-Baggers

Anti-Health Care Reform Protesters and their clever signs

Anti-Health Care Reform Protesters and their clever signs

I do not mean to brag, but sometimes I am very proud that I live in Massachusetts, the “Cradle of Liberty.” In this most blue of all blue states, political discourse is welcomed. Starting with those “Founding Fathers” that conservative Republicans love to invoke so frequently, through those hate filled days of court imposed desegregated school busing in the 1970’s, and right up to today’s Anti-Health Care Reform protests at congressional town hall meetings, Bay Staters have encouraged vigorous public debate. Perhaps it is a by-product of the over 120 colleges and universities in the Boston metropolitan area, that the population is educated and enlightened enough to realize that well informed decision making will trump ill-informed rabble rousing most every time. That might also explain why the Commonwealth has never in its 389 year history, had a Republican Governor serve two full terms.

But I digress. The purpose of this particular post is to illustrate how to best conduct a town hall meeting when alleged protesters that are bought, paid for and bussed to the meeting by Republican interest groups funded by Republican lobbying firms attempt to disrupt the meetings rather than to engage in thoughtful discussion. To that end, please welcome Congressman Barney Frank.

On August 18, 2009, Frank held a town hall meeting in Dartmouth, MA. There were plenty of Health Care Reform supporters and vocal opponents. Unlike many of his brethren throughout the country however, Frank did not cancel his meeting, phone-in his meeting, or resort to accepting only written questions. On the contrary, he explained precisely why he supported health care reform, allowed opponents to question him and provided thorough fact based answers to those questions.

Whenever an opponent resorted to the Republican Interest Group tactic of simply disrupting the meeting by means of screaming and shouting out talking points, Frank confronted them directly. He shamed them, in no uncertain terms, by telling them that such behavior was counter-productive to their cause and would not be tolerated. When attacked by shouted myths of health care reform, such as mandated coverage for illegal immigrants, death panels and budget implosion, he calmly countered with facts taken verbatim from the draft of the most recent incarnation of the proposed bill. In short, he held his ground.

Most impressive however, was the way in which he handled those opponents that displayed personally derogatory illustrations of the President and/or made Nazi comparisons. He fired back at them without pulling any punches. To one woman that displayed a caricature of President Obama in which he resembled Hitler, Frank berated her by asking what planet she came from and then told her that trying to hold a conversation with her was akin to having a conversation with his living room table. She was silenced by her own absurdity.

Barney Frank has manufactured the template for all members of Congress to utilize at town hall meetings. Have a comprehensive knowledge of your material; express it thoroughly yet succinctly; allow opponents to question you civilly and respond in kind; and when confronted by ill informed obtrusive or insulting behavior, exercise your 2nd Amendment rights and fire back unapologetically. To you Mr. Frank, I say, “Bravo.”

Please do yourself a favor and watch this entire clip. They should make multiple copies and hand them out to every member of Congress.

OK, now for the funny stuff. Today’s song parody is my version of the Tea-Baggers’ National Anthem. As Sarah Palin would say, in honor of the troops, please click on the song link below to have more fun singing along. (As an aside, please note that the music video link is in honor of recently deceased filmmaker, John Hughes and is a clip from his wonderful film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

Twist And Shout song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUrOMB-iBLk&feature=related

BITCH AND SHOUT

(sung to The Beatles version of the song “Twist And Shout”)

Well, make it up, ladies, now (make it up, ladies)
Bitch and shout (bitch and shout)
C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, ladies, now (come on ladies)
Know what you’re talkin’ about (talking about)

Start spreadin’ some doubt, honey (spreadin’ some doubt)
Wear your pillowcase hood (pointy hood)
You got the bullshit flowin’ now (bullshit flowin’)
And you’re sportin’ some wood (didn’t know you could)

Just make it up, baby, now (make it up, baby)
Bitch and shout (bitch and shout)
C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, baby, now (come on baby)
You got to start spreadin’ doubt (start spreading doubt)

Just show your twisted little world (shit little world)
Hold up your twisted sign (twisted sign)
Go on up, bitch a little closer, now (bitch a little closer)
And just hold that party line (hold that party line)

Ah
Ahh
Ahhh
Ahhhh
Ahhhhh

Yeah, you’re frothing like rabies, now (frothing like rabies)
Bitch and shout (bitch and shout)
C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, baby, now (come on baby)
Jumping and screeching out loud (screaming out loud)

Just show your twisted little world (shit little world)
Hold up your twisted sign (twisted sign)
Go on up, bitch a little closer, now (bitch a little closer)
And just hold that party line (hold that party line)

Well, fake it, fake it, fake it, baby, now (make it up, baby)
Well, fake it, fake it, fake it, baby, now (make it up, baby)
Well, fake it, fake it, fake it, baby, now (make it up, baby)

Ah
Ahh
Ahhh
Ahhhh

Birth Of A Fiction

Fred Derf, President of the Birther Movement

Fred Derf (R) Funkytown, President of the Birther Movement

If the Republican Party truly desires to return to relevence in American politics, it will first need to distance itself from many of the moon-bat sub groups which comprise its base. The most recent example of one of these conservative reich wing fringe groups is “The Birthers.” You know these crackpots. These are the folks that claim that Barack Obama is not the President of the United States because he was born in Kenya. Of course, they choose to ignore the fact that the State of Hawaii has certified his birth; the fact that his birth announcement appeared in two local Hawaii newspapers in 1961; the fact that that the Republican Governor has stated that he was born there and the fact that the most recent Republican nominee for President, John McCain has stated that he was born in Hawaii (which is interesting itself in light of the fact that McCain was born in Panama).

Facts simply do not matter to”The Birthers.” They would rather ignore facts and simply continue spreading baseless inaccuracies in an attempt to thwart the Obama Presidency. Here is a good example of Birthers in action. Hilarious. Turns out the crazy red shirted woman (why do these nuts always wear red shirts?) is known by local radio station callers as “Crazy Eileen” and has been banned from calling shows on WGMD.

Thankfully, the whole “Birther” brouhaha was finally put to rest yesterday. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill declaring Hawaii the birth place of President Obama.

Now on deck for the Crazy Republican Right Wing Base…?????

As you know, we here at Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off have a fondness for music. The “Birther” controversy piqued my interest in finding not only the #1 song played on the day of my birth, but also the #1 songs on each of my successive birthdays thereafter. After a bit of research, it was learned that this information can be found here. Try it. It is fun. The following is a list of the #1 songs on my first ten birthdays:

Go Away Little Girl – Steve Lawrence

There! I’ve Said it Again – Bobby Vinton

Come See About Me – The Supremes

We Can work it Out – The Beatles

I’m A Believer – The Monkees

Hello Goodbye – The Beatles

I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – B.J. Thomas

My Sweet Lord/Isn’t It A Pity – George Harrison

American Pie – Don McClean

You’re So Vain – Carley Simon

Staying on topic, today’s song parody will be derived from the first song on the list and will address our favorite right wing nut job. You guessed it, Sarah Palin.

Click on the song link below to have more fun singing along.

Go Away Little Girl song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0OrTZd5KM0

GO AWAY SARAH GIRL

(sung to the Steve Lawrence song “Go Away Little Girl”)

Go away, Sarah girl
Go away, Sarah girl
We’ve had enough of you and the First Dude
You quit because of the heat
On Twitter now you can tweet
We’ve moved on to someone else
We’re all done with you

Oh, go away, Palin girl
Go away, Palin girl
Don’t think for even one minute that you can stay
Please fulfill our biggest wish
“Go with the flow like dead fish”
So, go away, Palin girl, and leave as soon as today

Go away

Make our day

That smile now is a pout

There’ll be no more hissy fits
Let’s have one last goodbye kiss
So, go away, Sarah girl
Call it a day, Sarah girl
Oh, please, go away, Sarah girl
And make it a happy day

Go away

Rush The Tragic Maggot

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Everyone deserves a nice relaxing vacation in the summer. What do you say if we take a little trip to that fantastic fantasyland where reality and fiction are reversed. No, not Michael Jackson’s Never Never Land, we mean the Wonderful World of Limbaugh.

Two new attractions were added to his theme park this very week. The first is the Amazing Supreme Court House of Mirrors. On this ride you can look at the actual narrow margin 5 to 4 decision in the Ricci v. DeStefano case and mysteriously see a 9 to 0 decision in which each of the sitting justices  personally blames Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor for her reckless lower court reasoning. The second attraction is The Great Minnesota Senate Robbery where despite the fact that numerous recounts and the Minnesota Supreme Court (in a unanimous decision, mind you) have validated Democrat Al Franken’s victory, you will be convinced by Limbaugh that somehow he gained the senate seat by means of “lying and stealing.” Hurry, hurry, step right up!

Remember when Limbo repeatedly played his cute little song parody entitled, “Barack The Magic Negro”? Well, Rush here it is coming back at ya.

Please remember to click on the song link below to have more fun singing along.

Puff The Magic Dragon song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wik2uc69WbU&feature=related

RUSH THE TRAGIC MAGGOT

(sung to the Peter, Paul and Mary song “Puff The Magic Dragon”)

Rush the tragic maggot lives by the sea
Was born in 1951 in a state called Missouri
Limbaugh’s education went down in a flush
He made it two semesters and his family kept it hush, oh

Rush the tragic maggot had an injury
It was a pilonidal cyst in a place he could not see
Rush the magic maggot petitioned his country
Then they deemed him too unfit for the military

Therefore he did not travel off to the Ho Chi Minh Trail
Limbaugh the rabid chickenhawk was deemed to be too frail
So he became a disc jockey and pursued his fame
Alas he was a failure as his music taste was lame, oh

Rush the tragic maggot found ABC
And began his talk radio stint shilling for the G.O.P.
Rush the tragic maggot tried football on Monday
But when he showed his racist trait they canned his ass hastily

The maggot talks forever and his voice sure annoys
Calls his listeners “ditto heads” while he’s making noise
Rush thinks that he matters and is gen’rally adored
Poor Rush does not realize he’s like a mouse that roars

The mike that he speaks into bigger, than his brain
His brain-dead thoughtless audience is his gravy train
“Operation Chaos” failed in a big way
Despite all Rush’s efforts the Dems won running away, oh

Rush the tragic maggot lives happily
He doctor shops his days away and frequents pharmacies
Rush the tragic maggot loves his Oxy-C
And when he’s feeling a bit down, there’s the blue pill known as “V”

Boston Radio’s Jay Severin(o) – “Snide and Prejudice”

Radio host Jay Severin(o) standing in his yard.

Radio host Jay Severin(o) standing in his yard.

After having been banned from the airwaves for a month following his racist on-air remarks, Boston radio host James Severino (a/k/a Jay Severin) is back to his old tricks. This dishonest and cowardly reich-wing pundit plies his trade on the Boston, MA based conservative radio station affectionately referred to by many listeners as, WKKK.

Yesterday, Severin, (who changed his name from James Severino a number of years back, presumably to avoid any ethnic stereotyping) devoted his afternoon show to discussion of this week’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision in the case of  Ricci v. DeStefano which involved a reverse discrimination claim. In that case, a number of white (and one Hispanic) Connecticut firefighters challenged a city decision to ignore promotional testing results because minority firefighters failed to score high enough to gain promotion. The city contended that Title VII’s prohibition against hiring practices which have a disproportionately negative impact on members of a certain racial group might trigger a lawsuit by minorities against the city if promotions were granted only to members not from that racial group.

At trial, the U.S. District Court found in favor of the city. On appeal to the U.S. Appeals Court (on which Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor sat), the lower court decision was upheld. On final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court however, the lower court decisions were reversed by a narrow 5 -4 decision.

Severino chose to characterize the decision as an outright denunciation of Sotomayor. Of course, his arguments as usual , were replete with inaccuracies, lies and subjectivity. For example, nearly every sentence that he uttered contained the untruth that over 80% of Sotomayor’s Appeals Court decisions were overturned on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. He seems to have come up with that figure by simply parroting a disproved statement made by comedian Rush Limbaugh. The actual percentage of overturned decisions is 66.66%.  Six decisions in which she joined the majority of the Appeals Court were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court and of those, four were overturned.

Severino failed to explain however that the Supreme Court chooses to hear argument on only approximately 1% of the cases appealed to it. There is no absolute right to have appeals heard by that court. Additionally, the court itself chooses to hear appeals of those cases wherein there is a disagreement amongst Supreme Court justices. Once a case is selected to be heard, approximately 75% of those cases are overturned.

Severino’s on-air argument was that Sotomayor is unqualified to serve as a Supreme Court justice because 80% of her Appeals Court decisions which were selected to be heard by the Supreme Court, were overturned. His succinct argument was that anyone that performs his/her job incorrectly 80% of the time does not deserve to hold that job, let alone be promoted.

Problem is, as noted above, the Supreme Court overturns 75% of the decisions before it and Sotomayor had only 60% overturned. Consequently, her decisions are overturned on average less than all cases heard by said court. Additionally, and far more astonishingly however, Severino did not call into question Justice Samuel Alito’s qualifications to serve on the court. You see, a full 100% of Alito’s Appeals Court decisions were overturned by the Supreme Court. Alito, however is a sacred cow to those like Severino because of his conservative leaning decisions.

When confronted on-air with those facts by a caller to the show, Severino took his customary cowardly approach. Rather than try to defend his position with actual facts, he hung up on the caller and carried on with his factually incorrect diatribe to his biased audience’s delight. Severino refers to his audience as, “The Best and the Brightest.” In reality, they are more like, “The Deaf and the Sightless.”

Please click on the song link below to have more fun singing along.

Nowhere Man song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvLj72apGLI

RADIO MAN

(sung to the The Beatles song “Nowhere Man”)

Jay’s a real radio man
Member of the Ku Klux Klan
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody

Has a racist point of view
Changed his name to Severin too
Hasn’t got a friggin’ clue, does he?

Radio man please listen
We laugh so hard we’re pissin’
Radio man, open your mouth and get canned

(lead guitar)

He’s blind like the G.O.P.
Just sees what a racist sees
Radio man you can’t see me at all?

Radio man we’re sorry
We don’t buy your story
We can’t wait till somebody else
Relieves your command

Has a racist point of view
Changed his name to Severin too
Hasn’t got a friggin’ clue, does he?

Radio man just face it
You’ve little time, don’t waste it
Radio man, we cannot wait till your banned

Jay’s a real radio man
Member of the Ku Klux Klan
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody

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

YOU’RE SO BORING (THE ODE TO RADIO’S JAY SEVERIN)

(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

Boston Shock Jock Jay Severin – Update

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This is an update to an article posted on May 19, 2009 on this blog.

A major radio station in the Boston Metropolitan Area, known to progressives as WKKK suspended afternoon drive-time host Jay Severin on April 30, 2009 as the result of hateful onair commentary (See, Lynnrocket’s article posted on 5/19/09 for an audio clip of his vitriolic diatribe). His brand of psycho-babble makes one wonder what he thinks of the inscription on the Statue of Liberty which reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” etc. Despite assertions by Severin’s attorney, George Tobia that the shock jock would return to the airwaves in a short period of time, he remains on suspension after the passage of nearly a month.

The Boston Globe reports today that the suspension may evolve into a firing as the result of a boycott of the show’s advertisers and a recent ratings slide from third place to fourteenth place in the all-important age range of 25 to 54. http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2009/05/25/cultural_financial_storm_blowing_against_severin/

If such is the case, we say, “Bravo” to the activist boycotters and receptive advertisers and , “Good Riddance” to James Severino. As we like to say in Boston, “Jay, we hardly knew ye.”

Any comments?

WWZN AM 1510 – Progressive Talk Returns To Boston

radio_microphone_hg_whtDecember 21, 2006, a day that will live in infamy in Boston, MA. On that day some two and a half years ago, Air America ceased broadcasting in Beantown and so vanished all progressive talk radio in one of the most politically progressive cities in the nation. How could that possibly happen in the Cradle of Liberty? How could a state that elects only Democrats to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and also hosts a Democratic Party Governor, not have a platform for progressive talk radio? How could the airwaves be bereft of liberal talk in the only state that voted against Nixon in’72 (remember those great bumper stickers: “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For McGovern)? Well, it did happen.


From that date through May 17, 2009 there has only been conservative, right-wing hate radio in the “Home of the Cod.” One such station, affectionately referred to by us Lefties as “WKKK”, boasts a lineup of such local gasbags as Michael Graham (of the Boston Herald) and Michele McPhee (formerly of the Boston Herald). If you really want a taste of that station’s most racist, hate-filled programming, however, you must listen to a sociopath named Jay Severin III ( real name: James Severino). I believe he dropped the ethnic sounding surname because it clashed so violently with his anti-immigration stance. This guy is presently under suspension from the station because of some truly racist and hateful dialogue that he spouted on-air two weeks ago. To learn more about Severin, please Google recent national news stories about him. You will be shocked. In fact, if you want to hear a little from him, please listen to the link below.

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Jay Severin link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh3dR5QxB5U&feature=fvsr

Boston’s only other talk radio station of late boasted a lineup of such national buffoons as Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage (real name: Michael Weiner, hmm, wonder why he changed that name?). The local hosts include Howie Carr (of, you guessed it, the Boston Herald) and the station’s only Democrat, former Massachusetts Speaker of the House and might I add, convicted felon (obstruction of justice) and disbarred attorney, Thomas J. Finneran. The station’s choice of Finneran as the lone voice of the Democratic Party is even more disingenuous than Fox News pairing Hannity with the milquetoast Alan Colmes.


But a new day has dawned. On may 17, 2009 Revolution Boston has sprung on the scene at WWZN AM 1510. The present lineup includes Boston’s own Jeff Santos, Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz and Thom Hartmann. This will certainly make drive time much more enjoyable and consequently reduce the amount of Road Rage city-wide.


Massachusetts Trivia Question of the Day: Who was the last Republican Governor to serve two full terms?

Answer: None. Since its establishment in 1620, no Republican Governor has ever served two full terms in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Oh, what the heck, let’s sing another Palin song. This time with a revolution theme in honor of Revolution Boston radio…

Revolution link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imb4tYOk8GE

REVOLUTION

(sung to the Beatles song “Revolution”)

Aaaahhh!!!
You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to lose the girl
You tell her about evolution
Well, you know
She won’t give that thought a whirl
But she knows about reproduction
She and her daughter can spit ‘em out
Pretty soon we will be free, all right
All right, all right.

You say we need a real solution
Well, you know
Sarah’s days are nearly done
She’s lookin’ for some contributions
As you know
For her Legal Defense Fund
But when you want money
To spread politics of hate
Sarah’s giving us reason to investigate
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
All right, all right
Ahh

She may want to change the Constitution
Well, you know
Her chances there are pretty nil
And her position on the air’s pollution
Well, you know
Even more questionable still
And if she keeps pandering to all the Joe Sixpacks
She’ll never earn most of the population’s votes back
So, don’t you see it’s gonna be all right
All right, allright
All right, all right, all right
All right, all right, all right, all right, all right, all right, all right,
ALL RIGHT!