Earlier this year, KUOW and MOHAI came up with a list of 25 “objects that tell Seattle’s story.”
They range from the obvious (a Boeing B-17, a poster announcing the Japanese-American internment, a Starbucks coffee cup) to the more obscure (an ancient, giant ground sloth).
A little more recently, SeattlePI.com ran a list of “25 things we miss in Seattle.”
These also ranged from the truly famous (the Lusty Lady sign, Frederick & Nelson’s window displays) to the lesser known (the Woodland Park Zoo’s nocturnal-creatures exhibit).
I’ve got my own list of Seattle pop culture icons. All of them are things I’ve personally seen or owned.
And yes, there are 25 of them. (Why break a routine that works?)
In no particular order, they are:
famousfoto.com, via mooreslore.corante.com
It seems like just yesterday that I was complaining about KOMO firing its pundits Bryan Johnson and Ken Schram, and about its parent company bringing hate talk back to KVI-AM.
We’ve got a bigger problem now.
Fisher Broadcasting, the only owner KOMO-TV and Radio has ever had, is being sold.
That would be bad enough. Fisher was the last locally-owned major commercial broadcaster around here, and its loss would complete the capture of the Puget Sound’s airwaves by big out-of-state station groups.
But this particular out-of-state station group is far, far worse than most.
It’s Sinclair Broadcasting.
More than any other station group (even Fox’s company-owned broadcast stations), Sinclair imposes right-wing propaganda content on its properties.
In 2003, Sinclair ordered ABC affiliates it owned not to run a Nightline episode about Gulf War combat deaths.
In 2004, Sinclair ordered all its stations to run, in prime time, a propaganda film by the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth,” spreading false allegations about John Kerry’s service record in Vietnam.
In 2010, Sinclair ordered six of its stations to run, in prime time, an even less-true GOP propaganda film branding Obama as an anti-democracy extremist and an ally of mideast terrorists.
Oh—and like so many other companies in so many industries, it’s been severely hiking executive pay packages while severely cutting workers’ wages.
ap via nwcn.com
beth dorenkamp via grindhouse theater tacoma
chris lynch, seattlest (2010)
Seattle Weekly now has new owners and a new office in Pioneer Square, not far from where the paper had begun way back in ’75.
And it’s going to have a new publisher and a new editor. Those guys announced their respective departures just after Sound Publishing took over the title.
I’ve sent in my application to be the Weekly‘s next editor.
I told them they shouldn’t consider me if they just wanted someone to supervise more shrinkage, with the occasional formal nod to “social media” and online platforms.
But if they wanted someone who would fight to make the Weekly matter to this city again, I’d be their person.
David Brewster’s original Weekly team vowed to bring us, as one of their ad slogans put it, “the news that actually matters.”
That goal can be revived.
The Weekly can be a lot more than just another freebie collection of entertainment listings and medical-pot ads.
It can be the “grownup” alternative to the Stranger; the seriously progressive alternative to the Seattle Times; the street-wise alternative to KUOW.
Think of the pre-cutback versions of Willamette Week and the NY Observer. Papers that treated their entire cities, and everything that occurred within them, as their “beat.”
Imagine a news/opinion organization that makes the right kind of noise, that afflicts the comfortable and comfort the afflicted, that answers the questions and questions the answers.
Not just another formulaic “alt weekly” but a full service forum where anything can be discussed and there’s always something new.
That’s what I want to help create.
It would be far easier to create that entity from the Weekly‘s existing staff, circulation, and ad accounts.
But if not, then a startup.
People ask what I want to really do with my life. That’s it.
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For the 27th consecutive year (really!), we proudly present the MISCmedia In/Out List, the most venerable and only accurate list of its kind in the known English-speaking world.
As always, this is a prediction of what will become hot and not-so-hot in the coming year, not necessarily what’s hot and not-so-hot now. If you believe everything hot now will just keep getting hotter, I’ve got some Hostess Brands stock to sell you.
current tv via daily kos
It’s been pundit-firing season in Seattle area media, as cash-strapped station bosses seem to believe politics is a topic we don’t care or need to hear about.
After the November elections we’ve lost Robert Mak from KING, Bryan Johnson and Ken Schram from KOMO, Enrique Cerna from KCTS, and all the syndicated talkers who had been on Progressive Talk 1090. C.R. Douglas still covers local politics on KCPQ, but he’s on an increasingly lonely beat.
And nationally, Al Gore and megalawyer Joel Hyatt are now selling the little-watched cable channel Current TV to Al-Jazeera. The Qatar-based, pan-Arab news service is expected to rebrand Current to its own name, dropping all or most of its current lineup of pundit and documentary/reality shows.
The first incarnation of Current specialized in short-form documentary bits, often bought up cheap from aspiring filmmakers. Its second era began with the hiring of ex-MSNBC superstar Keith Olbermann, essentially the founding father of liberal talk TV. But Olbermann, as contentious a firebrand off-screen as on, repeatedly complained about the low budgets and sloppy production work, until Current fired him. After that, a post-Olbermann slate of talkers, including Eliot Spitzer, garnered as few as 40,000 viewers in prime time.
Hyatt, meanwhile, had signed deals with cable companies that restricted how much of the channel’s content could be posted online. That meant that even during the channel’s peak months with Olbermann, almost nothing from Current was on YouTube or iTunes, and was unviewable to households whose local cable companies didn’t receive the channel.
Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas claims Joel Hyatt was less interested in building audiences or even selling commercials than in finagling subscription fees from cable companies. Hyatt apparently told big cable operators that Current would get and keep viewers who might otherwise drop their cable (political liberals being notorious for claiming not to even own TV sets).
That, Moulitsas alleges, is why Hyatt signed those contracts that kept him from promoting the channel’s content online.
Also, as a one-channel indie operation, Current didn’t have a “family” of other channels to air its promos.
Without any efficient means to keep attracting viewers, cable companies openly questioned the value of keeping Current in their lineups. Hyatt knew it was time to cut his losses and sell out.
Eventually, someone besides MSNBC will figure how to do liberal talk properly, and will make a mint at it. It just wasn’t these guys.
steven h. robinson, shorelineareanews.com
Onetime P-I cartoonist Ramon "Ray" Collins, to be featured in the documentary Bezango, WA
“Amidst the Everyday,” a project by photographers-artists Aaron Asis and Dan Hawkins, aims to reveal “elements of the unseen urban environment.” You go to places around town, scan QR codes (etched in wood!) at various buildings, and receive images of their hidden treasures. (Above, one of the unoccupied-for-decades upper floors of the Eitel Building at Second and Pike.)