Shannyn Moore's new Saturday evening program on KBYR may be the most courageous radio happening in Alaska right now. It doesn't have to do with her views on Alaska politics nearly as much as an issue she has visited and revisited.
Actually, for worse than nothing.
Moore spent much of the last part of Saturday's program asserting that we need to fully investigate how the Bush administration's extremely misguided policies on so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" eroded the fabric of what we are as Americans.
She brought it back up again in this week's program because new information seems to be coming out every day on how wrong this has been, how little it may or may not have gained us in intelligence information, and on how the Bush administration used their knowledge that anyone in congress who knew anything about how wrong it was all along constitutionally, could later be induced to go along with one misguided Bush program or another, because the Busheviks held something over the suborned enablers' heads.
Nobody else in Alaska media has remotely come close to Moore's sincere conviction on this subject. Other progressive blogs, including PA, have dealt with it peripherally, but Shannyn went out on Alaska talk radio Saturday, with both barrels loaded.
It made good radio, as KBYR caller after caller - almost all right-wing males - challenged her. She not only stood her ground, she demonstrated why it was such a shame to take this powerful voice off of KUDO last year.
Shannyn Moore reminds me of Diane Benson in the ways she refuses to take shit from guys who just want women to listen, rather than really listen to women.
Recently fired KUDO program director Cary Carrigan notably failed to cover Shannyn Moore's growing presence as a national media figure during the 10-month period after he fired Moore, and was covering Alaska politics and media at KUDO, 15 hours per week. He kept KUDO's web site from even listing Moore's web page in their links, once Moore started her own site. I never heard him mention Moore's numerous national appearances on MSNBC's Countdown, or other national media appearances.
Twice, calling Carrigan's program, I found myself cut off and terminated, after making a positive reference to Moore. That treatment, in retrospect reminds me of talk radio figures like Eddie and Mark.
Until Cary Carrigan makes a public statement supporting what Moore has done since he fired this dynamic personality, a big rift exists in the new media possibilities liberals are trying to now build to serve Alaskans.
Cary, I welcome you to write a column at Progressive Alaska in support of the incredible work Shannyn Moore has done since you showed her the door at KUDO.
You have my phone number. If you lost it, it's in the phone book.