The Warrior Class and What It Means To Be NonViolent In A Time Of Violence

Pre(R)amble

Not right away but pretty soon I’m gonna start my 80s Hideaway: Movies and Music blogs. I think the motive will revolve around cultural and sub-cultural artifacts that I encountered growing up that faded away only to have either a resurgence or become verifiable canon, even if it is just in my own little corner of the universe.

BUT that day is not today. First I need to have that constant companion that writers have had for over one hundred years, a keyboard! Thankfully, this is being hammered out on a borrowed laptop but since Rona hit and the library has become a less than reliable place to catch two hours on a tower I figure I’ll be a patient lad. I believe I will soon have something of my own up and running and then I with any luck this blog will have a few hyper links here and there for you to find my writing.

MEAT

Last week was my final day with Wisconsin’s Political Talk Network. I was laid off on National Radio Day not as a gag, nobody keeps track of when National Radio Day actually is. It was also the final day of the DNC and there was no incoming help to the progressive talk network. Joe Biden and the Dems were not gonna save my job. Probably because of all those times I teased having voted for Jill Stein even though I really voted for Vermin Supreme ( I want a pony). Actually, it was probably all those time I didn’t bother to say I would #VoteBlueNoMatterWho BECAUSE THAT IS HOW WE GOT HERE!

Even as I write this it’s still unreal to me that a network that had just begun to turn a corner in terms of profit and more and more new listeners were checking in to the flagship show AND Earl Ingram had won 2nd place in the Morning Show Category AND Maggie Daun had won best interview! Heck I even produced that segment.

However in the end it was not enough to keep my part time position afloat and the station moved its headquarters to its Madison studio. I helped disassemble stacks of equipment and load up the hatchback SUV owned by the station’s head wizard Fancy Bryan. It was him I asked “If you were in my shoes what would be your next step?” To which he soundly and reasonably replied “Sorry, I wasn’t listening.” BUT after I repeated myself he even more reasonably said: “Apply everywhere to work as a board operator and see who is hiring.” So in between paragraphs I am filing for unemployment and redrafting my resume.

It’s the adult thing to do I suppose. As a newly self-recognized adult I did both those things and I also allow myself to recognize this is all due to the Coronavirus and our collective response to it. I worked the phones at liberal talk radio station and I know exactly how the right thinks. I mean I gave a bit of my back story on Earl’s Saturday show a few weeks back and gave even more when I hosted for him with an hour’s notice due to family emergency and put together 4 stellar interviews. (check the resume)

Written on 8/25/2020