Today's show went pretty well - although people gotta start calling. I'm not going to beg any more. I'm just going to start playing calypso music or something.
It's nice to hear that I'm not the only one that thinks Bob Rooney is full of it. For the record, I've never met the guy and I wouldn't know him if I ran into him on the street. I don't have anything against him personally ... I just think he has no journalistic integrity. And his panhandling routine is tired, too.
On the note of AnnMarie Reeb, here's here last visit to the WLVL studio (with Sara Siracuse on the Interview) ... and here's the one before that (on Dialog last June).
Just for kicks, I've attached the notes I wrote for myself before the show started:
SHOW NOTES FOR 1/11/06
1)INTERVIEW WITH DOROTHY DRUMMOND ON MIDDLE EAST (SHARON AND ABBAS) â€“ WHY ARE WE SO IGNORANT ON THAT PART OF THE WORLD? DO WE NOT CARE?
2)WALMART DEAL WITH AMHERST/LOCKPORT. HOW IS THIS GOING TO PLAY OUT? IS WALMART JUST TOYING WITH LOCKPORT? WOULD THEY BUILD TWO? IF THEY END UP IN AMHERST AND NOT LOCKPORT, NIAGARA COUNTY'S OUT OF SALES TAX REVENUE. PLUS THE CONSTRUCTION'S GOING TO BE IN ERIE COUNTY â€“ DOES THAT MEAN THE LABOR'S GOING TO COME FROM ERIE COUNTY? HOW MUCH MIGHT THIS COST US?
3)ONE OF THE THINGS WE MENTIONED YESTERDAY WAS THE AQUAHOLE. I HEARD SOMEONE SAY RECENTLY THAT THE ROCK THAT CAME OUT OF THE HOLE WAS VALUABLE AND SOME PEOPLE ARE NOW THINKING THAT THEY NEVER HAD ANY PLANS TO DO ANYTHING WITH THE HOLE â€“ OTHER THAN REAP THAT VALUABLE ROCK. ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE STRATA IN NIAGARA FALLS? GEOLOGY WAS NEVER MY THING. SOME EXPERTISE WOULD BE APPRECIATED.
4)YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THAT ANN MARIE REEB WAS BARRED FROM THE STARPOINT CAMPUS. SHE'S ACCUSED OF BEING THREATENING AND DISRUPTIVE. ANYONE ELSE NOT BUY THIS? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF A TAXPAYER AND PARENT BEING BARRED FROM SCHOOL PROPERTY. PUBLIC PROPERTY?
5)IT'S NOW BEEN 11 DAYS SINCE THERE'S BEEN AN UPDATE AT THE LOCAL WEBSITE OF HALF TRUTHS AND MISINFORMATION. A WHILE AGO, BOB ROONEY â€“ FORMERLY OF WLVL â€“ SAID THAT HE NEEDED $4,000 BY THE END OF 2005 IN ORDER TO KEEP HIS WEBSITE UP. ACCORDING TO MR. ROONEY'S OWN ACCORD, HE GOT $2,500. ABOUT $1,500 SHORT OF HIS GOAL. AND HE WAS GOING TO KEEP THE SITE UP AND KEEP RAISING MONEY. BUT 11 DAYS LATER ... NO UPDATES. NOW I KNOW SOME OF YOU OUT THERE SENT YOUR MONEY TO MR. FALWELL. ER, I MEAN ROONEY. HAS HE SENT IT BACK? AND HOW LONG ARE YOU WILLING TO NOT RECEIVE SERVICE BEFORE YOU BECOME IRATE? IF YOU HAD A CABLE BILL â€“ LETS SAY IT'S $50 A MONTH. AND FOR THE FIRST 11 DAYS OF THE MONTH, ALL YOU COULD GET WAS NEWS FROM NEW YEARS EVE ... YOU'D CALL ADELPHIA AND COMPLAIN, RIGHT? NOW LET ME BE HONEST HERE, I'VE NEVER CARED FOR MR. ROONEY'S POINT OF VIEW. HE HAS AN EXTREMELY SKEWED VIEW OF THE WORLD AND IT'S 180 DEGREES AWAY FROM MY OWN SKEW. SO I'M ALREADY BIASED AGAINST HIM. BUT EVEN IF THIS WERE A FRIEND OF MINE, I'D BE IRATE. TAKE PEOPLE'S MONEY AND THEN NOTHING. I RUN A WEBSITE. I DON'T CHARGE PEOPLE. I DON'T THREATEN TO SHUT IT DOWN. I SURE WON'T TURN DOWN MONEY â€“ IN FACT, I'VE GOTTEN DONATIONS AND I'VE ACCEPTED THEM. AND IF YOU SEND ME MONEY, I'LL USE IT TO DEFER MY EXPENSES. IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO SCOTTLEFFLER.COM, CHECK IT OUT. I UPDATE IT DAILY. THERE'S A USER FORUM. A BLOG. PODCASTS OF THIS SHOW GOING BACK OVER THREE YEARS. AND MORE. IT COSTS ME ... ABOUT $25 A MONTH. I INCUR THAT EXPENSE. DICK GREENE DOESN'T PAY IT. AND I DON'T GET THAT MUCH IN DONATIONS. SO WITH ALL THAT I DO, IT COSTS ME $300 A YEAR. WHAT DID BOB ROONEY NEED $4,000 FOR? I'M JUST ASKING. ANYONE HAVE A CLUE?
6)WENT TO THE SABRES GAME LAST SATURDAY. SAT IN FRONT OF THE RUDEST PEOPLE. ANYONE ELSE HAVE A SIMILAR STORY?
More later. Thanks.