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February 18, 2005
Blog Radio

During my designated lunch period today, I took the opportunity to head over to my favorite woodworking shop to peruse their selection of hardwoods [it's always nice to know what materials are available locally] and to drool over bigger and better power tools than I already have in my garage.

While there, I noticed that the local talk radio station, 680 WPTF, had set up a remote outside a computer store located in the same strip mall, so I wandered over there to see if I could perhaps cadge a nifty logo-ized pen or something along those lines.

Free stuff == good.

Lo and behold, the radio personality on the scene was none other than the local after-Limbaugh personality, Bill LuMaye. Not having spoken face-to-face with a radio personality of any sort since 1979 ["The Baron" Ron Herron, then of 1340 KIST in Santa Barbara and still a big wheel in town there], I decided to step up and have a word.

With a certain answer in mind, I asked him what he did for his "show prep." He told me he reads the local papers (it is, after all, a local show) and mentioned several national publications. I kept waiting for it, but one particular word never passed his lips.


Naturally, I took it upon myself to enlighten him. He was skeptical of the reliability of blogs — as perhaps anyone would be wise to be, not knowing how the feedback loop works — but was interested enough to listen to my recommendations: Instapundit as an example of a linker, Power Line for analysis, Emperor Misha for sheer invective, and Bill Whittle as an essayist. I also recommended NRO and OpinionJournal.

No, I didn't give him my address. Call me humble. But I did give him the URL for GOPbloggers — that's as close as I come to shameless self-promotion these days.

I wrote down the short list of URLs and handed it to him; he said he'd look them over when he had a chance. I'll take him at his word.

But I do have to wonder... how is it that a talk show host of any kind could not read blogs as a source of (or pointers to) material?

Posted by Russ at 06:02 PM, February 18, 2005 in Bloggery

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I bet Jerry Agar reads blogs :)

Hey, was this over by the Wal-Mart on Glenwood? I think there's a computer store and woodworking shop in that strip mall.

Posted by: Thibodeaux at February 19, 2005 09:48 AM

No, but my description would fit that spot, too. It was up on Capitol, at the Tiger Direct.

Posted by: Russ at February 19, 2005 09:54 AM

Ah. Strip malls: is there anything they DON'T have?

I'll have to listen this week and see if Bill gives you any props.

Posted by: Thibodeaux at February 20, 2005 06:14 PM

I've listened to him, and he seems to be old-school. He probably uses a computer more by force rather than a desire to seek out new information. I'm a little surprised that he can get much from the newspapers, seeing as how the Raleigh area ones typically toe the MSM line.

Maybe he'll at least check out NRO and OnlineJournal. It would be a good start.

Posted by: MarcV at February 21, 2005 12:42 PM