What with all the guhhenim taking place at KGO on the weekend, (with the exception of Christine Craft and Pat Thurston), Wattenburg's Sunday night radio show is a good listen and quality content. It's even more enjoyable if you like to hear intelligent conversation, again, foreign territory for the Cumulus scrubs who insist on polluting the air with unfunny nitwits and mindless chatter.
Wattenburg's Sunday extravaganza, (Newstalk 910 AM, 8-11 PM) and nationally syndicated by TRN, centers, of course, on science and the environment. He makes no bones of his distaste for the Sierra Club and other "eco-frauds", as Wattenburg calls them. He also has little use for CARB, (Calif. Air Resources Board) and even sponsors a web site calling for their demise.
Wattenburg also dishes out occasional politics, tells folks how to fix their toilets and cars, and even touches issues like education and nuclear bombs. He should know. He taught physics at Berkeley and had an advisory role with the government at the Lawrence Research lab in Livermore. He's also a good buddy with Clint Eastwood and has appeared in cameos in a few of his movies.
Wattenburg is not for everyone...he can be, well, sort of cranky at times, especially with callers--I even told him, kiddingly, that I used to scream at my radio at times when he did his KGO show. "Gees, can this guy be such a mean bastard!" But I listened. And I also grew to appreciate his finer points, even when he altered into the angry mode. He was and still is highly entertaining; again, an anathema to the carnival act taking place down the dial.
Wattenburg was one of the old KGOers that was let go late last year. His ratings were good and the show was lively, but it didn't matter. And there's no need to discuss the reasons why because if we all knew, we'd be geniuses and live in Utopia.
If you like to listen to the good doctor during the day, he opines on KSCO Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from Noon-2 PM. It's essentially the same program he does in the evening with a few more local issues on the menu.
Either way, give a listen. Intelligent radio is still to be had and lord knows we could use a good dose of that in this neck of the woods.
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