Heckuva Job in Denver, Brownie?

Until this weekend, Michael DeWayne Brown (aka “Brownie,” of George Bush FEMA fame, who botched the federal response to hurricane Katrina) and David Sirota (a progressive author and former political operative) co-hosted a radio show in Denver called The Rundown.  Sirota was a Schweitzer employee and Montana resident for a while, hence my Colorado blogging interlude.

The station, Talk Radio 630, is owned by Clear Channel, the right-wing radio behemoth conglomerate that owns pretty much every radio station in America.  And the show is aired amid a roster of other right-wing talk, so Sirota has been one of the lone liberal voices on the station–until this week, when Sirota left the program suddenly.  It is now Brownie’s show solo.

There are several theories about Sirota’s departure.  The first is that he was kicked off the show for suggesting, in an interview with Don Lemon on CNN after the Newton school shooting, that mass shootings are carried out disproportionately by white men, and for further suggesting that we should ask critical questions about the reason for this distinct racial profile of a mass shooter since that’s what we do to other groups.  These are points that merit discussion, but cause rage among conservatives.  The second theory is that Sirota was badly outclassing Brown (who was not doing a heckuva job representing the conservative viewpoint) so badly that the radio station had to shake things up to appease the conservative audience. And the third theory is that Sirota couldn’t deal with a bunch of mouth breathers calling in every day babbling unintelligibly, so he skipped out.

An interesting wrinkle in Sirota’s departure is that the radio show had very high ratings.

But if you ever happened to listen to the show online, you observed distinctly that Sirota was indeed constantly outwitting the dense Brown; and it clearly made for a hostile relationship between two of them on air.

Brown is not an intelligent man.  He is, like most right-wing radio personalities, someone whose intellectual output consists of spouting FOXNewsisms and little else.  Listen to him talk and you will quickly understand that his legendarily pathetic, disorganized handling of the New Orleans Hurricane was not some mishap befalling an otherwise qualified officeholder.  Rather, it was the work product of a giant dunce, one of many put by George Bush into high positions.

Also, I suspect that for the same reason that Hannity jettisoned his liberal sidekick Colmes some years ago turning Hannity and Colmes to merely Hannity, right-media producers are generally moving away from the cross-fire type of format.  They’ve found that right-wing audiences do not like it one bit when a liberal outwits a conservative on the air, preferring instead a unilateral format to an adversarial one, preferring to hear unchallenged propaganda rather than a conversation that could hash out some truth. Conservative audiences get very upset by liberal arguments (or just logical arguments) to which there are no good rebuttals.  They get irritated by the whole business, and turn the dial.

So the jerk Brownie now has a solo act in Denver, penciled in somewhere around the Limbaugh show and other inane programming.  I’m sure he’ll do just fine.


11 Comments on "Heckuva Job in Denver, Brownie?"

  1. So, you both a federal disaster relief program and right-wing makes you an entertainment star? Wow.

  2. Ive listened to Brownie in the past on 850 KOA, he took over for Gunny Bob after he went on a deep secret mission. Brownie is about as interesting as watching paint dry, or listening to paint dry. Gunny Bob while he was to the right on his politics atleast he was interesting and had good topics, and heck I loved it when he talked about hunting and fishing too. Jon Caldara is a city boy, and a right winger, but he is sharp as a tack, and he is interesting too, I love Jon Caldara, and I miss Rick Barber, Rick is more of a libertarian, but he always had good topics of conversation and an interesting show. Ever since they got rid of Rick Barber and put Jon Caldara on half time or as a fill in, I dont listen to KOA anymore. My favorite radio talk show host right now is a morning guy named Joel Heitkamp, he is a former state senator, and the brother to United States Senator Heidi Heitkamp and he is out of North Dakota and hosts a show called News and Views, he took over for Ed Schultz after Ed moved from Fargo, ND to New York, New York, to do the Ed show on MSNBC.

  3. But no to do talk radio, in my opinion first you have to keep your show fresh and interesting, I dont care what side of the political spectrum your from, keep it fresh and intersting. Number two know what you are talking about, your intitled to your own opinion but not your own facts. Number three, people dont care how much you know till they know how much you care. Number four dont be afraid to listen to an opposing opinion, and dont just yell over that person or cut them off, listen to opposing views. For example I listened briefly last week to Voices Of Montana with Aaron Flint. Now I have to confess, I have not listened to that show for two or three years, I listend to the day before he had Denny Rehberg on and the day he had Denny on. First on the day he had Denny on he spent most of the time kissing Denny’s ass. Second off I never hear anybody that was a liberal on that show, back when David Berg was on he had a liberal named Ken in Great Falls that called in often, and another liberal from up in Columbia Falls. But now I would say 99% of all of Aaron’s callers are conservative Republicans and they dont want to hear an opposing viewpoint.

  4. Then I guess you could jazz things up a little by calling in, Farmboy…..

  5. http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2013/01/david_sirota_out_khow_michael_brown.php

    Apparently Sirota shares Rham Emanuel’s proclivity for off-color language. That can shorten a radio host’s career. And it can provide a convenient excuse for dismissing a radio host who combines blue language with liberal politics.

    Sirota will land on his feet. And escaping from talk radio will not besmirch his reputation.

    And talk radio? It goes in one ear and out the other, damaging gray matter along the way.

  6. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 7, 2013 8:45 PM at 8:45 PM |

    America, land of the FREE!…people free to kiss Bibi Netanf*ckyou’s ass every time he wants you to! Isn’t it REALLY about time to tell izrail that they can kiss OUR ass for a change? This is bullshit.


    Now, the sec. of defense must suck the big bibi before he can be approved! Ain’t that America? Well, no, it ain’t!

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 8, 2013 4:34 AM at 4:34 AM |

      Some very good articles at the end of this article. It’s time, time to tell Bibi to suck our bibi! This is NOT the United Stated of izrail! Cut these son of a bitches OFF the Unca Sugartit! They have done more to harm the US than ANYthing else in modern times! But don’t take my word for it. Read. And then cast your dual loyalties aside.


  7. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 7, 2013 8:51 PM at 8:51 PM |

    Wow! That’s some hardhitting news! Maybe sally mockery can get him on npr mizoola! HEY, she could work it in between lost dog reports!


    Do the words dumb as dog shit mean anything to you? This guy is SKEES dumb!


  8. Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods | January 8, 2013 1:10 AM at 1:10 AM |

    Even well made tin foil Hats don’t help the nuts who wear them!

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