22 January 2007

The issues you are most interested in hearing about on the radio

Plucked straight from my email inbox and presented here, with my annotated answers to all the silly questions posed.

How often do you listen to News 92.3 KTAR?

A few times a day, usually in the car, but certainly not limited to that alone.

What time(s) do you generally listen to News 92.3 KTAR?

Anytime, during the waking hours.

Politically, do you consider yourself:

None of the above. As far as I can wager, I suppose best label would be libertarian progressive or better, progressive libertarian.

Are you aware KTAR has split news and sports programming onto two different stations?

Yes, on one level but I still tune to 620 AM expecting to hear news/talk and then am confronted with the reality of the split. Also, KTAR 92.3 is out of the loop of news/talk radio — all of the other stations in that genre occupy the AM band, with the exception of 91.3 KJZZ (NPR), which is probably why I've tuned you in at all since the January 1 split.

Are you aware News 92.3 KTAR has a new talk show host, Darrell Ankarlo, in its lineup?


Have you listened to Darrell Ankarlo (8:30-Noon) on News 92.3 KTAR yet?


We're interested in any feedback you may have on The Darrell Ankarlo Show.

First off, I consider it an absolute disgrace that you imported a radio jock from an outside market when there is plentiful homegrown talent working in the Valley that could ably and capably fill the role that Ankarlo was brought in for.

Second, the endless charade of "Welcome Ankarlo to Phoenix" grew exceedingly tedious right way. Help Ankarlo buy a home, orient Ankarlo to the Valley, listen to Ankarlo suck up to prominent Phoenix office holders, etc.… So boring.

Third, neoconservative Limbaugh wannabees are a dime a dozen. Why is KTAR so eager to employ one in lieu of an informative and intelligent host like they used to feature with say the Straus Place show with legendary host and Valley faithful Bill Straus?

We're want to know the issues that interest you most. Please rate how interested you would be in hearing the topics below discussed on the radio.

Nobody really cares about the Papas school story. It might be a big issue, but it's not compelling radio. And it's something that you are devoting far too much coverage to. The metropolitan market doesn't revolve around central Phoenix anymore. For local issues, traffic congestion and illegal immigration are the large issues and in the world scope, the illegal immoral Iraq invasion is big news.

Same sex marriage, though controversial and should warrant an occasional segment, is not prime talk radio fodder. Neither are sensationalist stories like the serial killers or any of the other tabloid television fare.

We're want to know the issues that interest you most. Please rate how interested you would be in hearing the topics below discussed on the radio.

I think you should run your quiz through a grammar check next time, not that my own meanderings here are free from syntactical and semantic folly.

I believe Senator John McCain and Sheriff Joe Arpaio demand extensive coverage, but not in the bootlicking manner in which KTAR carries out now. I'd like to see the corruption and graft engaged by these public officials brought to light, instead of reading about it on the internet or via alternative weekly rags. Or why those "alternative" sources are out to lunch in what they are reporting. That would be much preferable over the deafening silence that is output now. And the US/Mexico border is a huge deal, even if it's just the attention being paid to it by diverse groups.

Please rate how interested you would be in hearing the topics below discussed on the radio.

All these listed are being framed in a most "National Enquirer" sensationalistic mode — Internet dangers, Hillary Clinton 4 president, Islamic extremists. The way this question is posed would naturally lead one to answer "celebrity gossip" and "movie reviews".

Here's a better tip: how about intelligently discussing the issues by presenting evidence from conflicting sides where knowledgeable guests representing opposed interests can bring the debate to the public airwaves and have the listenership dial in and present their questions and concerns in return for insightful answers. Let's move away from the toaster talk, headline survey quick dip style garbage and migrate over to meaningful radio where citizens are provided the information resources to make prudent decisions.

Anybody else care to share their answers for this KTAR survey?


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