Friday, March 24, 2006

By Dino Costa
I'm happy to report that the official program website will be undergoing some significant changes very soon.
The site is going to be re-designed, with a new look, easier access to information, and a new cutting edge style that we can't wait to unveil.
The current site will probably be brought down for several days while the new site is being installed.
Consider this an FYI.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

       St. Louis Radio Host Fired For "Coon" Remark
By Dino Costa
March 22, 2006
I didn't hear the remark - I've never heard the radio host previously - but in reading his comments after being fired, I believe his uttering of the word "coon" in relation to Condi Rice, was indeed an accident.
The reason why I'll give St. Louis talk radio host Dave Lenihan the benefit of the doubt - is because I cannot fathom anyone being as stupid as one would have to be, to do what he did on the air today in an intentional manner.
Lenihan didn't refer to Condi Rice as a coon - he said that her resume and her ethnicity as a black women would be a "big coon", as far as Rice possibly succeeding NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue - a position which Rice has previously expressed an interest in.
Lenihan quickly caught himself, realized he had made a major mistake, and quickly corrected himself, telling his audience that he was very sorry and that he meant to use the word "coup" instead.
In this sickening politically incorrect world run amok that we live in, Lenihan was fired by the station, KTRS, the brand new flagship home for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The apology would do no good - and Lenihan's two week run at the station was over. This guy was dead meat no matter what kind of an apology he made. He could have agreed to a lifetime worth of sensitivity training, he was still gonna be on the unemployment line no matter what.
Yes there are underlying circumstances that led to Dave Lenihan's exit from KTRS - chief among them would be the fact that the Cardinals baseball team owns the station, and going into their first year on the station after many years of being on KMOX in St. Louis, the last thing the Cardinals were going to do was to allow this situation to end up any other way than what it did.
It is unfortunate that the talk show host in question could not have gotten a reprisal of sorts - - - that would have allowed him to sincerely apologize and explain the slip of the tongue he made.
"Sorry" in this day and age is a word that is accepted only under certain instances that favor certain individuals. Many folks aren't able to utilize the word with the same license that others can - and do.
Unfortunately some will now label this man a racist and say that nobody should ever hire him again. That however in my opinion is narrow minded thinking by people who are convinced that this guy was looking to slander Condi Rice with a word that I truly don't believe he intended to say.
I won't indulge you at this time with comparative words that I have heard used by other talk show personnel - words that are as insensitive as the one that led to Mr.Lenihan losing his job - by talk show hosts who are still gainfully employed.
The following story is from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Talk show host fired after on-air racial slur

A radio personality at 550 KTRS was fired on the spot this morning after using the word “coon” on the air in a
conversation about Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Dave Lenihan was dismissed after what he called an inadvertent slip of the tongue. Within 20 minutes, station CEO Tim Dorsey apologized on the air to listeners and announced that Lenihan, who had been with the station for less than two weeks, had been let go.

“I don’t know what was in Mr. Lenihan’s mind,” Dorsey said in an interview. “I know what I heard. I know it was reprehensible.”

Lenihan’s comment was made during a discussion about Rice’s credentials to become commissioner of the National Football League, a topic that has been fodder for sports talk radio since the current commissioner announced he would retire later this year.

Lenihan was listing what assets Rice could bring to the league, including her tenure as a top academic officer at Stanford University and the fact that she is African-American.

“She’s just got a patent resume, of somebody that’s got such serious skill,” Linehan said on the air. “She loves football, she’s African-American, which would kind of be a big coon, a big coon – oh my God, I am totally, totally, totally, totally, totally sorry for that, OK? I didn’t mean that. That was just a slip of the tongue.” Lenihan later said he meant to use the word "coup."

Reached at home, Lenihan said he was still trying to figure out what happened, and was drafting a letter of apology to Rice.

"I was trying to say 'quite a coup' but it came out 'coon,"' he said. "I caught myself and apologized. It wasn't anything I was meaning to say. I never use that word.

"I think she's a fantastic woman. I was even talking about if she ran for president, I'd work on her campaign."

He said his biggest fear is that his choice of words tarnished the image of St. Louis and the baseball team, which is a part-owner of the station.

"It was my dream job," he said. "Ratings were going well. It kind of stinks."

Lenihan, who had previously been with radio station WGNU, was part of the recently reshuffled lineup at KTRS since half of the station was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals. He had a morning talk show.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

By DinoCosta
March 21, 2006
So nice to see some other media representative doing battle today...not named Dino Costa.
If Helen Thomas was ever brave enough to question the Nuggets and any of their personnel, the way she tried to grill President Bush today, she would have been given a one way ticket out of DIA to some other destination like maybe Jacksonville.
For good measure, as she was being led out of the Pepsi Center, a certain Nuggets public relations official would have told her that her press credentials were history too.
Actually Thomas missed the boat today - in that she did not have the courage to tell President Bush that she felt, that the President was bound and determined to go to war once he stepped inside the White House building. Rather she inferred that it was a taken for granted feeling, that Bush was intent on invading Iraq when he became the President. She could have said that, "the prevailing notion in many people's minds is that you were determined to go to war as soon as you assumed the Presidency..." but she didn't. This was an angry old women set to do battle with the Prez today. She wanted a fight - got a fight...and nobody asked her for her White House press credentials? Is this how it works in the grown up world of media?
Speaking of the Nuggets, hold the applause please. While the city is just about set to give the powder blue boys a ticker tape parade for a 5-2 road trip, let us examine this with a little bit more objectivity...and sanity?
Yes, the Nuggets went 5-2, advanced their position in the putrid Northwest Division, and won some games that they were supposed to win.
But let's all exhale a bit, okay? They didn't just knock off the 94-95 Rockets, the 85-86 Celtics, and the 76-77 Trailblazers.
Instead they beat 5 teams - all of them with significant flaws, let us also not forget that they lost to the 2005-06 Celtics, who currently sport a record of 28-40 - and the one quality team they faced on the trip (Memphis), waxed Denver but good, to the tune of 116-102.
The five teams the Nuggets beat on the trip?
Philadelphia - Toronto - New York - Indiana - New Orleans - have a current collective record of 139 wins, and 189 losses. For those who aren't too good with math (like me) that is a cumulative record of 50 games under .500
Now if the Nuggets want some real credit beating some legitimate teams, they can start with tomorrow night's opponent, the San Antonio the Pepsi Center.
In fact if Denver wants to be really congratulated - go ahead and finish 5-2 with the next seven games on the schedule.
After the Spurs, it's Seattle at home, Phoenix on the road, Utah at home, Minnesota at home, at Dallas, and at the L.A. Clippers.
They go 5-2 against those teams, then we'll have something to talk about.
>I would say this even if I wasn't an FSN Rocky Mountain employee - the Spotlight show that was produced and broadcast tonight featuring Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, was an exceptional piece of sports television. If you haven't seen it yet, I would urge you to do so when it re-airs.
>I was looking forward to watching Don Imus on Larry King Live tonight - instead the audience was treated to a full hour of Imus' more than annoying wife, Diedre, who wouldn't shut up for a second.
>Utah Jazz Forward Carlos Boozer - appears to have been bamboozled, by the Rock Star, Prince. Boozer leased a Los Angeles home to the used to be a star singer - and Prince decided to do an extreme purple of course. Here is some of what Boozer alleges in a lawsuit he filed today against Prince: unauthorized work done on the 10-bedroom, 11-bath West Hollywood property, which is owned by the C Booz Multifamily I LLC. According to the lawsuit, Prince/MPG Music violated its eight-month lease by "painting the exterior of the [house] with purple striping, 'prince' symbol, and numbers 3121." Prince's new album, "3121," is scheduled for release tomorrow. Inside the home, among other renovations, a purple monogrammed carpet was installed in the master bedroom and plumbing and piping was added in the downstairs bedroom "for water transfer for beauty salon chairs."
>The "Agreed Upon Lie"? As far as accuracy in the radio industry is concerned, there are many who refute the findings of many Arbitron reports, that are used as a barometer in my hideous industry, to see what stations people are listening to. My recent visit to the website of Radio & Television Business Report ( found an interesting note from a Mr. Mario Hieb, who is a broadcast consulting engineer. Here is what Mr. Hieb had to say about radio ratings, as they pertain specifically to the very unscientific Arbitron reports that are routinely disseminated: "One of the first things we learned in engineering school is how to take measurements and the accuracy of instruments. The instrument must be at least an order of magnitude greater accuracy than the measurement. If Arbitron followed the same standard, there would be no decimal points in their reports. Perhaps it is a good thing that Arbitron is in the audience measurement business and not building bridges, designing airplanes, etc. Look at any Arbitron report - - it is pages and pages of collated data, followed by several pages of legal disclaimers as to why it isn't accurate. As a former GM of mine once told me...'Arbitron is the agreed upon lie' ".
Speaking of the radio industry...are you sure you wanna a job in this racket?  For your reading pleasure (and to give you reason to think twice) I have decided to include this rather confusing job posting I found on a radio industry website.
Check this out:
Talk Show Host-Flint, MI.
Supertalk 1570, WWCK-AM in Flint, Michigan is searching for our next local 9a-12n talk show superstar. We’re looking for someone who is very well read that follows local and regional news and current events. Working closely with a local producer, the successful candidate will have the ability to ask questions, raise issues and inspire the listening audience to respond to issues and topics that are of importance in the region. This show will be highly phone interactive and serve as a forum for public opinion.

We are not looking for someone to simply spout their personal political and social views.

If talk radio is you passion, please forward your resume’ and mp3 air check to:

Jeff Wade
Director of Operations and Programming
Cumulus Media, Inc.
6317 Taylor Drive
Flint, Michigan 48507

>Okay, so let's see if we have this right? Jeff is looking for a radio "superstar", yet he is not looking for someone to simply spout their personal political and social views? Can anyone else say "Red Flag!!!"  With marching orders like the ones Jeff left for the poor bastard who eventually ends up taking this gig - I don't understand why Jeff doesn't simply take the job himself? See if the receptionist can fit it into her schedule, Jeff. With Jeff's description of this position, how hard could this airshift really be? Of course Jeff also mentions in CAPITAL LETTERS that a phone call to his office is forbidden. Why in the heck would Jeff want to talk with a potential qualified candidate, is really beyond me too. We are in the "communication" business? However this is par for the course unfortunately in radio these days. Heaven forbid if Jeff was looking for something uniquely distinctive, something original, something electric and pulsating...ya know, something that a "Superstar" might possess? Most programmers are looking for "bots", as in "robots", who will take orders, not ask any questions, and fill up the station van whenever it needs gassing. A Superstar? Good luck Jeff, I'll be keeping my eye on this position...and don't you worry about any uneeded phone calls from me.

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Monday, March 20, 2006


Monday, March 20, 2006

Rubbed Wrong By Nascar - So I'll Write Instead
By DinoCosta
March 20, 2006
>No radio show today...Nascar got in my way.
>Snow is falling outside my studio window, today is the first official day of Spring, it's hard to believe that two weeks from today the Rockies will meet Arizona at Coors Field.
>The Soprano's last night was a downer. They could have taken all that time that Tony was in dreamland, to show us what else was going on in the soon to be out of control family that Tony runs. In addition, I'm worried that the characters of AJ & Meadow, while nice in supporting roles, will be expanded to the point where it will make future episodes as boring as last night's mess. Last night's episode was by far the worst in the series entire history to this point.
>A very quiet and somewhat relaxing weekend was mine. Two workouts at the Gym - and that was about all she wrote. I'm currently at 205, with a goal to get back down to my playing weight of 180 by the end of May.  Go ahead, say I won't.
>The Nuggets roll back into town off of a 5-2 road trip. Big deal. They beat nobody. But they upped their record and their lead in the awful Northwest Conference, so I guess that's pretty good?
>The noose is beginning to tighten around the neck of Avalanche GM Pierre Lacroix. With their loss in San Jose last night, the Avalanche find themselves only two points in front of the 9th place Mighty Ducks for the last playoff position in the Western Conference. Joel Quenville says he isn't sure who will be in goal tonight in Los Angeles. It won't be David Aebischer.
>In yesterday's edition of the Denver Post, you could find the latest in a long line of Diane Carman columns - on how everyone who doesn't advocate the homosexual lifestyle, should learn to do so in a hurry. Carman even referred to some of us intolerant people as, Bible- wielding bigots. Diane my dear, will you ever see the light?
>As I was working out yesterday at the Gym, I for some reason started to think about George Karl. I started to think about King George's girth. I concluded that it is sickening for a former world class athlete like Karl was at one point - to be looking so unhealthy at such a young age. Can't Nuggets strength & conditioning coach Steve Hess help out?
>Did I hear someone ask me how my bracket is doing? Let me be clear, I don't have a bracket, I've never had a bracket, and I'll never have a bracket. I don't do brackets.
>Yes the Broncos have been unwilling participants so far as free agency is concerned thus far. Available cap room may have a lot to do with it. There is no way they could fit John Abraham into their payroll, not with what Abraham has been asking for. Jamal Lewis was a nice thought, until he agreed to remain in Baltimore. Terrell Owens? Someone please send a thank you card to Broncos owner Pat Bowlen for placing principle and dignity for his organization, above whatever Terrell Owens may have brought to his classy organization...which in the end probably would have amounted to nothing but angst.
>The noose around Pierre Lacroix's neck that I mentioned a few spaces up, just got a little more tighter - Anaheim just defeated Dallas IN Dallas tonight, 2-1.
>Yes, the Denver and Colorado airwaves were absent some stimulating and provocative radio today...but at least 950 The Fan had Jim Rome to save the day from being a total talk radio disaster. Right?
>By the way, Colorado Gubernatorial candidate Marc Holtzman on my program tomorrow. Why do these people want to be on my show? Personally I'd love to hear Holtzman or Bob Bueprez on with Hayseed. That would be magical radio.
>Memo to KNUS Radio. Bill Rogan deserves more airtime. Bill, that check will be here by Friday, yes?
>It will be a very special night this Wednesday at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets and special guest Chubby Checker will look to get into the Guinness Book of World Records during Wednesday's game against the Spurs, according to the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS.
The Nuggets are seeking to have nearly all of the fans at the Pepsi Center, which has a capacity of 19,099, do The Twist, the dance popularized by the Checker song that shot to No. 1 in 1960. That would break the Guinness listed record of 1,691 doing the dance in the United Kingdom in 2004. I'll be joined by Kenyon Martin at center court to get things started that evening.
>Former Major Leaguer (and Colorado resident)Turk Wendell says that there is another scandal that nobody is talking about. Wendell says that many players in the big leagues are corking their bats. Says there is a guy based Tampa who is getting plenty of work from players sending him their bats to have them corked. I just got a return email from Slimy Bud Selig, he says that Baseball will look into this scandal in the year 2015.
>That was apparently a Mother of a Hurricane (okay, they're calling it a Cyclone) down under. Casualties were few however after authorities posted warnings - the peoples left town for shelters. Ray Nagin, the New Orleans Mayor, he was on top of things like that too...right? 
>Back to Turk Wendell. Does he tell the truth? As far as Steroids in a Major League clubhouse that Wendell was a part of a few years ago, he says, “One day in one clubhouse I was in, some guys were looking around the room and we figured out that probably 18 of the 25 guys did (steroids) at some point. It was a guess, but I’ll bet it wasn’t far off."
>How about Quinn Snyder as the next Colorado State basketball coach?
>Paul Tagliabue is retiring as NFL commissioner  this coming July. I nominate Scott Hastings as his replacement. What? Hastings did do NFL color commentary for years, didn't he?
>Melania Knauss Trump has had a Donald Trump. Here is what Trump (Donald) had to say after the baby's birth. "I continue to stay young, right? I produce children, I stay young." As you can see by that statement, Trump has taken baby making to a whole new level. This guy is so butt-ugly, that if not for being born on third base with a running start for home, he'd be dating the likes of Diane Carman. It just goes to show that a lot of money is all it takes for some women to do things with people that they otherwise would not do.
>My dream is to have Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel media columnist Tim Cuprisin come to Denver - and show some people how it's supposed to be done.
>On this up coming Conversation Friday program - among my guests will be Dr. Stanley Monteith - author of a great new book called, "Brotherhood Of Darkness".
>I would pay a lot of money to be able to meet up with Bill Mahr in a boxing match - no, better yet, in one of those Extreme Fighting matches. Can anyone make this happen?
>If you're not a Christian - I think you should die. A death sentence should be sought against you immediately. What? You're a Jew? I think you should face the electric chair but quick. A Mormom? The gas chamber!  This is all very intelligent and very reasonable thinking, I'm sure you would agree? Now read the next note below.
>This news hot off the press from Afghanistan! An Afghan man is facing possible execution for abandoning his Islamic roots for of all things...Christianity! "Yes that's true, a man has converted to Christianity. He's being tried in one of our courts," Supreme Court judge Ansarullah Mawlavizada told the Middle East Times. Must be some more of that peaceful Islamic theology that has produced all of this wonderful news.
>Broncos owner Pat Bowlen doesn't do people like Terrell Owens. The man is far too classy. Thanks for taking a pass on the NFL's biggest jackass, Pat.
>I'm back on the radio, Tuesday March 21...unless Nascar is racing again tomorrow?

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