Same ol' sex
It's amazing to me that the puerile drooling of high school boys passes as entertainment "worth" a $50,000-a-year salary . . . and that the Weekly is advertising—oops—writing an article about it using the same ol' sexist BS the jockey boys use ("Sex in the Morning," 4/8). What's being promulgated in both your pages and on the air isn't sex, it's sexism. Pressuring a 17-year-old on the air to disclose her bra size isn't sexy, it's harassment.
It would be wonderful if on-air talk about sex, sexuality, and eroticism were possible as a way to explore and celebrate one of our most complex attributes. Sex is so much more than the adolescent strip-club fantasy that is portrayed in both the photos accompanying this article and the description of what is said during these various shows. Why didn't the photos show an erect man cradling Andy Savage's head? Or a fat woman? Those who are held captive by the neo-conservative powerful white-het-male image lack not only imagination, but have lost their own sexuality to a single imaged experience. It's a story that's old, sick, and oppressive. I look forward to a culture that has freed itself from the bondage of sexual repression. In the meantime, most of us will wake every morning not to what's on the air, rather to our own erotic experiences with our lovers next to us or our own imaginations.
First of all, Entercom also owns KNWX-AM. And about KJR-AM's Mitch Levy and his sexual comment about KOMO TV's Kathi Goertzen: I think management at KOMO TV should put the heat on KJR-AM and its program director, Tom Lee, to fire Mitch Levy. This has to stop. This is an insult to her, her family, and KOMO TV.
I can almost forgive the Weekly's printing a lame article on Seattle morning shows for the sake of printing "SEX" on the cover ("Sex in the Morning," 4/8). But I can't forgive anyone's describing KNDDThe End's overplayed teenybopper music as "alternative radio." One of things I love about the Weekly is its no-nonsense attitude towards corporate ripoffs. Why bother exposing Amazon.com only to provide free advertising for likes of KUBE and The End?
It's true enough that neither KUBE's Tepper nor the End's Savage are the worst of their ilk. But if that's the point, then why not describe some of the funnier things they've done rather than just hype the sex and female nudity. For example, Savage's nude male bicycle race was hilarious.
Better yet, why not give us a story that rises above secondhand sleaze? Ever since Ronnie Reagan deregulated radio in the early '80s, radio stations have been concentrated in fewer hands. Entercom owns seven Seattle radio stations! Although your article mentions it, you never connect the dots.
Monopolistic corporate greed is why we end up listening to so much trash whether we like it or not. Telling us, as Tepper does, that if we don't like it we can change the dial doesn't cut it. Corporate licensees are mandated by law to serve the public's "needs and interest." Parents concerned for their children should write letters to advertisers and complain to management. These are our airwaves, and we don't have to put up with corporate schlock.
And the next time you do a story on morning shows, don't forget to tell people where they can get some real alternatives. Every morning, listener-supported KCMU (90.3) is broadcasting kickass alternative music that beats the hell out of hearing about some teenager's bra.
Give us first-rate radio
While reading your article on morning radio ("Sex in the Morning," 4/8), it became clear that Seattle is way behind the times on this one. Even your so-called "expert" was ignorant of the fact that this type of radio has been going on in other parts of the country for almost two decades. In fact, the T-Man has been getting paid an ungodly amount of money for doing a poor imitation of the Howard Stern show for years.
Now that the Buzz has brought us a national morning show, I challenge the program directors of the area to bring us a good national show, not the no. 9 guys in Los Angeles. Fans of the Stern show, call your "monkey" and demand Howard.
Seattle is a first-rate city, so we deserve a first-rate morning show. We need to be exposed to the big world that is going on out there. Gone are the days when local jokes and traffic tips entertained us. Don't let the program directors fool you into all that the radio has to offer is pothole gags and a three-team sports world! Call and demand your favorite shows.
Scott Alan Klindera
We can't handle Howie
After reading your feature article about the "salacious" state of Seattle radio, I had to chuckle ("Sex in the Morning," 4/8). Although Howard Stern's name was mentioned only once in the pages-long article, his performances have clearly been a huge influence for DJs Andy Savage and T-Man. I keep hoping that one radio station in Seattle would take the leap and bring Stern to town. However, I fear that many of the the city's "liberaler than thou" inhabitants, who don't want to risk offending anyone, could not stomach Stern's brash, raunchy, equal-opportunity offensive shtick. Or worse, they might actually take him seriously. As a young, professional, gay-friendly, feminist Hispanic woman whose heart bleeds with the best of 'em, I admit it: I miss hearing Howie in the a.m. I don't think Mr. Savage or the T-Man mind at all, though, because if Stern went on Seattle airwaves, they'd be out of jobs.
Leticia Y. Flores
Leykis is sexist?
"Tepper is neither so crude as New York radio host Howard Stern nor as sexist as Los Angeles' Tom Leykis" (from "Sex in the Morning," 4/8).
Leykis is sexist? He seems to be more honest about what goes on between men and women and the games that both sides play then most of the radio hosts. Both sides seem to get the same brutal treatment when it comes to sex and dating.
Ford A. Thaxton
Decency in the morning
I just read "Sex in the Morning" (4/8) and I am outraged.
I think we need to make Pat Cashman the "poster man" for "Smut-Free Radio." Entercom (the Evil Empire) believes that we want smut radio, that outrageousness is what sells—that the majority likes to be shocked. However, I do not believe that the majority of people in Seattle will agree. There are many decent folks out there who are completely unaware of what is really going on!
We need to bring Pat Cashman to the national forefront as a model for what "quality radio" truly is. Pat Cashman was fired because of his principles. He would not bow down to the "evil empire" and become another "sleazeball" on the airwaves. He paid a painful price for his principles, and those of us who had the good sense and taste to listen to him will stop at nothing until Pat, in particular, and others like him are back on Seattle morning radio. The "Pat Pack" is going to be a force to be reckoned with. We want to make our voices heard, not just because Pat Cashman was fired, but because of the principles for which he stood—decency in the morning.
Regarding "Diary of a Psycho Dad" by Johnny Dodd (3/25): Not entertaining, not funny, not worth printing, certainly not worth the cover. Just lame.
Here's a father writing the definitive article about fathers who have experienced what a "demon" a new baby can be ("Diary of a Psycho Dad," 3/25). If this same article had been written by the baby's mother, it just wouldn't have come out the same way. In a sexist society in which men are supposed to be the jocks and warriors, a man is to be pitied if he has anything to do with poopy diapers or screaming infants. So dear dad is to be commended for his interest in the event. He's lucky; since his wife, nanny, and mother seem to be taking the load off him, he can become the jesting observer.
My mother had 11 children, and if she had written about any of us as a "demon child" I am sure that she would have incurred the censure of all good mothers in our little town.
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