Archive for April, 2007

Early polling a disservice

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) did a smart thing and showed how useless early presidential polling in 2003 turned out to be in predicting the eventual Democratic nominee.

Yet another reason the mainstream media should refrain from early polling.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
I asked KOA talk show host Mike Rosen what thought of Jay Marvin’s response (See below.). This is what he emailed me yesterday:
I’ve had a parade of Denver mayors and Colorado governors on my 9-noon show once a month for almost 20 years.  It’s a tradition. It’s not always exciting radio, although sometimes it can be.  We do it mostly as a public service.  They come on my show because KOA is the blowtorch, heard statewide, and we have the biggest audience.  With all the demands on their time, it just isn’t practical to do many other radio appearances. While I’m an admitted partisan Republican, I usually take a back seat during these sessions so that they may communicate one on one with callers.  Of the mayors, Federico Pena gave the best radio; Hick is pretty good.  Wellington Webb was the most difficult to listen to, never giving a 300-word answer to a question if he could ramble on, deliberately, for 3,000.   Bill Owens was the most air-savvy of the governors; Roy Romer and Dick Lamm were good.  Bill Ritter is getting more comfortable. 

Dems favor Rosen

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Hick and Ritter both go on Mike Rosen’s talk radio show each month. Rosen is a loyal Republican–not to mention mean.

So why don’t these Democrats appear on a lefty show?

The Dems say that they’ve never been asked, but they’d consider it.

Unfortunately, there really aren’t many options. There’s KGNU (1390 am). It has a noon talk show called Metro. Then There’s Rick Barber on KOA in the middle of the night. That’s it for left-leaning talk radio.

Except Jay Marvin, on 760 am, which carries mostly Air America programs in addition to Marvin, who’s local.

But Marvin doesn’t want Dems on his show on a regular basis, he emailed me:

“No I have never asked either of them to be on monthly. I do not do that with anyone except for a select few like the folks from Media Matters and Christy Harvey. A morning drive show is not the same as a mid-day show. Things change too quickly. I saw Bill Ritter last week. I told him he can come on anytime he wants, but I never ask for him unless there is a story out there for him to comment on. As for the Mayor I’m not a big fan. I think he did a lousy job with the snow this winter and the roads are awful. So I’m not a big fan.”

I pointed out to Marvin that Rosen makes news by having these politicians scheduled to be on his show. Sometimes they’re in a crisis, and they make news on his show. Plus, having Colorado politicos on these shows would help give them more credibility–even though, it’s true, politicians can be boring on the radio. Still, if I were Marvin, I’d ask em.

Marvin replied:

“I like Bill Ritter a lot. And he always will come on with me if I ask. The same with Congressman Udall. Also the same with Congressman Pearlmutter. Colorado Democrats hardly ever say no. That goes for all of them. It’s the national ones I have trouble with. The Dems on a national level are not very smart when it comes to using talk radio, and progressive talk on a local level. Here in Colorado this is the best state party I have ever worked with. Pat Wakk is very smart and knows the media. So you should let folks know the Dems here never hide out on me. It’s the national Dems who have a problem.”

Assault on the Rocky?

Monday, April 9th, 2007


The Rocky

Is this the future of the Rocky?

Or its past?

Or is this what happens when conservatives attack the alleged liberal media?

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

In my Sat column, I wrote that Clear Channel’s Kris Olinger told me that the perceived political bias of a radio network is a factor in Clear Channel’s decisions on which radio networks to air on its Denver stations.

For example, CBS news is heard on AM760, which carries Air America. Fox is heard on KOA, which broadcasts sports and conservative talk, mostly.

Olinger told me that she doesn’t think the radio networks are, in fact, biased politically. She says that journalistically all three (ABC, CBS, and Fox) have their strengths and weaknesses.

So the perception that Fox radio is biased is a carry-over from TV, not radio, she says. I couldn’t find an analysis to prove this wrong. It doesn’t look like the national network radio feeds have been studied for political bias.