Ever since CR Douglas left the Seattle Channel, I have significantly cut back on my watching. CR would ask tough questions and push for answers. Brian Callanan has a very “different” style. He’s pretty much in the back pocket of McGinn and the arena. Callanan wraps his monologue in every possible PR point Hansen gave, especially the bit about boosting franchise values everywhere (because obviously other billionaires without 5 year agreements to build arenas will all be equally enthusiastic about upping their own bids) and not remembering that Hansen was only buying 65% of the team and was funneling money through the Maloofs towards a relocation fee.
That said, on their 5/17/2013 show, they had Art Thiel, Elise Woodward (both sports radio hosts), KXPA host Mercedes Garcia (apparently a station on AM radio for immigrant communities), and Brian Robinson of Save Our Sonics/Arena Solution/Sonics Central/Sonics Rising. Brian Robinson was saying that, in the next few weeks, he thinks the NBA needs to offer a olive branch to Seattle NBA fans. Brian also suggested that many underestimated the political capital that would be gained by Sacramento parties who saved the Kings franchise… some would call that pandering but political capital being captured is a fine description too. This show is already dated, as the Kings sale hadn’t yet gone through and they were still talking about anti-trust lawsuits. Of course Elise and Mercedes take an opportunity to pander to kids… because without kids being able to go to Pro NBA games they will never learn to love the game (nevermind all the middle/high-school basketball games, pick up games, or even college games that seem to work in all markets outside the 30 existing NBA cities).
I especially enjoyed the comments at the end from average people – I’d like the Sonics back, I’m tired of this saga, I’d rather have the NHL here, if we have the money for this we should be able to take care of the homeless problem.
There is also a 5/22 update … about 4 minutes, although it looks like they tacked it onto the original program’s beginning.
Other news, FYI, we’re now being linked to by an ad on FieldOfSchemes . I guess I can’t let this domain expire right away.