Some of you were grumbling about the massive coverage I gave to Barbara Simpson, the weekend talk host on conservative station, KSFO.
As I have said here repeatedly I like thoughtful, sincere, and yes, entertaining radio. That's my MO with Savage as I disagree with most of his politics but I have always appreciated his show for its theatrics and unpredictability.
Simpson was, for the most part, a woman who quite frankly lost me on several fronts. I only occasionally tuned into her program because it was bereft of noise and gimmicks and possessed civil and most articulate discourse. When Barbara would present her pro-Birther talking points, I switched channels. When she'd have on some right-wing nut talking about lunatic conspiracies, I split. Alex Jones is one thing--Simpson seemed to equate some of her guests' bizarre rants as the gospel. Absolutely no input from the other side and that not only sounded bad but only further muddied Simpson's credibility. She should have known better. I'm not chiding her for offering sincere conservative passion and civil discourse on AM radio is a commodity --it was her bizarre forays into well-known "Coast-to-Coast"-type adventure land that made me ponder.
Still, the Simpson program was good enough to listen and pay attention to; a recent discussion on a lazy Saturday afternoon dealing with the problems of the current Republican Party was most entertaining and informative; thoughtful callers, concise and good pace and a retreat from most of the garbage on local radio. In other words, Simpson's KSFO presentation, when it wanted to, could provide Bay Area listeners an alternative to the circus taking place on 810 AM.
Barbara didn't have the most listeners but she did have a loyal and ardent fan base that has begun several petitions on-line to get her back on the air. I wouldn't hold my breath on that being KSFO--it's deeply beset with problems; part of the Cumulus abyss and, by all accounts, in a state of flux with more changes coming and very much for sale. The morning show is a daily disaster. The 9-Noon Titanic is possessed by a guy who gets fired every six months no matter where he goes. Simpson's show, albeit limited on the weekend, was the only local show that had any degree of relevance--now that's been erased.