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Hometown Radio is Alive and Well

Thanks to Jack Greene for dropping by on Friday and taking your phone calls. I’ve always respected Jack on questions of foreign policy and military issues. He joined us to respond to assertions made earlier in the week by Santa Maria Bill that the U.S. would attack Iran on April 6th, citing a Russian newspaper columnist.

Jack doesn’t believe that specific scenario, though he was quick tp point out that he does believe the U.S. will launch a limited air strike on Iran SOMETIME prior to September.

Also enjoyed the conversation with Bob Sachs about the raid on the Morro Bay marijuana dispensary. As we suggested on the show, it struck both of us as a waste of law enforcement resources, better devoted to anti-terrorism, anti-gang activity. I don’t use the evil weed, but there are those who do need it for health purposes. The phone calls were pretty balanced, but I appreciate the discussion.

And can someone please get out to Animal Services and adopt that sweet cat, Danny Boy? Our Pet of the Week is on the web site. Check out his photo.

Remember that if you miss any segment, you can always check out the Podcast on our web site.

Finally, in response to Anonymous criticism posted on an earlier thread, here’s the scorecard for this week in terms of programming choices:

Foreign policy 1 Hour

National issues 2 Hours

Promoting upcoming events 4 hours

Local issues 6 hours

Travel segments 2 hours

Pet of the Week 30 minutes

Getting your child into the college of their choice 1 hour

Challenges facing small business in SLO 1 hour

Profile of local nonprofit 1 hour

Brush with Greatness 30 minutes

Other (Giveaways, Storytelling, etc) 1 hour

And already booked for next week: Sam Blakeslee, the apartment tax in SLO, property rights in Atascadero, expansion of the SLO County airport, the new curator at the art museum, the people behind CASA/Voices for Children and an upcoming musical event.

So I think we can put that argument to rest.

Have a good weekend.

  1. Anonymous
    March 31, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Way to go, Dave. You and Jack Greene really stuck it to Sean Hannity when you exposed how wrong he was when you all pointed out that Iran has six refineries instead of the one that Hannity talked about., Since the United States only has five Tomahawk missles so I guess Bush can’t go to war with Iran. Oh wait!! We have five hundred Tomahawk missles. So I guess that it was really irrelevant that Hannity wasm mistaken by five. Face it, Dave, we can bomb the goat piss out of Iran any day we want and not put a single ground troop on the ground in Iran.

  2. Marilyn
    March 31, 2007 at 10:49 pm


    When will the CASA segment air?

  3. Dave Congalton
    March 31, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    CASA will be on Monday at 3 with Kathy Orton and a second guest.

  4. Anonymous
    April 1, 2007 at 1:33 am

    Bravo Dave….perhaps you are listening…at least you are taking the time to taly it up…We like the HOMETOWN aspects of your show! It really is what you do best. Putting it to rest….well….we will see how it goes.

  5. Anonymous
    April 1, 2007 at 1:39 am

    Then again…perhaps the devisive segments are a bit TOO….remember…if it gets TOO left wing…folks turn it off and maybe skip a few more days…and days turn into longer…SO…even if you have good stuff on….the trend in combination with your BLOG is enough to send some folks away…..For me..the moment SM Bill speaks…it goes off for a few days…..just gotta clear my head of the evil speech.

  6. Alicia in Goldtree
    April 1, 2007 at 2:57 am

    Can’t wait for the CASA show, thank you again David.

  7. wilson
    April 1, 2007 at 3:24 am

    The commitment to defend freedom is not a school dance; no nation can afford to say it’s tired and will just sit this one out, unless you are a liberal pussy

  8. Dave Congalton
    April 1, 2007 at 4:47 am

    Anonymous —

    No, the record, the tally, does speak for itself. You can take any week in the 15 year history of my show and you will see that the predominant theme is focusing on the community. Local issues. Local people. Local events. That will never change.

    But from time to time, you’re going to get a Michele or an SM Bill or a Conservative Bob. If that means you and others turn off the radio, that’s fine. I understand. I also turn off the radio sometimes when I hear extreme positions. Even Amy Goodman can be too much for me to handle sometimes.

    I understand that some people will turn off the extreme liberals. But it’s more important to me that those voices get heard because they are currently not being heard much on talk radio these days. And I can tell you that for every dissenting voice I hear on these shows, I get three thanking me.

    Meanwhile, I am trying to tone down this blog and make it more a companion piece to my show. I promise to tone down my own postings, but I will insist that others do the same.

  9. Conscience of the GOP
    April 1, 2007 at 5:18 am

    Thank you Dave, for primarily focusing on local issues, and for hosting local voices on topics of national & international relevance, regardless of political leaning, and for attempting to provide opportunity for response from opposing voices.

    Diversity makes a discussion relevant. Of all the programming on KVEC, Dave’s show represents the broadest segment of our community and it’s viewpoints.

    Importantly, it showcases those who are actually trying to make life better for more people than themselves. Dave’s show will live or die by the quality of the people that he is able to interview. Fortunately, this community does have more than a few to choose from.

    The listeners who are turned off (and turn off KVEC) due to the diversity of voices presented on Dave’s show, are the losers in more ways than one. Those who turn off because strong views are presented might consider getting a life, or if that’s too challenging, try listening exclusively to something safe, like satellite radio.

  10. Marilyn
    April 1, 2007 at 6:18 am


    I appreciate the fact that you do take the opportunity every once in a while to invite “left” or “liberal” people, or whatever the majority of KVEC listeners don’t usually like to listen to, on your show. I think most of the shows that are on that station in the morning and noon are too intolerant. It is not an issue of “right and conservative” versus “left and liberal.” It is an issue of tolerance versus racism and hate.

    I decided to listen to Sean Hannity for a few minutes the other day just for kicks and I could not stomach the ignorance and prejudice. The tone of contempt for other Americans is so blatant. The thinking is black and white with no reasoning.

    I listened once to Rush Limbaugh years ago and it was by accident. I was at work and some of the people I worked with who worked in the back were blasting it out loud on their radio. I thought he was the biggest bigot I had ever listened to at the time because he was rambling on something about teenage and young single moms not deserving support (the black and white thinking again and the moral proselytizing from a not so moral person). His argument was that we should cut off financial support to teenage moms because they should not have been having sex in the first-place and it was not the government’s responsibility to support them and their babies (on the other hand, he has no trouble asking for more money for war). I could not believe my ears. He was talking about them with the same prejudice and hatred that he talks about “terrorists” and “Muslims” nowadays.

    I am glad you mentioned that for every one voice that dissents with you there are three that don’t. If it were not for programs like yours, the kids of CASA and the volunteers who help them would not be as visible in the community. I have two close friends who are CASA volunteers and they are awesome ladies who work full-time and still find the time to help the kids on their days off. The kids themselves have had a lot of hurdles to overcome in a society that has contributed to the demise of families because of drugs, poor parenting, and child and spousal abuse or neglect.

    The Congalton Show gives a voice to the people in this community and elsewhere who normally would not be given the avenue to participate or share their concerns in other mainstream media outlets. I think many people do not realize that this is the case. Hopefully that segment will end up helping the kids in some way. There are so many kids in foster care in this county it is mind blowing.

    Another good segment for the future may be the mental health of the veterans and returning soldiers and their families. There is so much that the public does not know about out there in terms of the difficulties facing them and the lack of resources to help. PTSD is a very unrecognized an underreported problem in families and among soldiers and veterans.

  11. Anonymous
    April 1, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    thanks for the stats and breakdown regarding the show… really appreciate, “Hometown Radio” and all that you, Tom and the Clear Channel team do…keep up the good work -and the broad based topic and subject matters covered on the program.

  12. Anonymous
    April 1, 2007 at 11:38 pm


    I wouldn’t back down on putting leftist guests on your show. We need that perspective. Has anyone else read today that Henry Kissinger has stated that a military victory in Iraq is now impossible?

    You won’t hear that from Rushbo or Heil Hannity.

  13. BruinMan
    April 2, 2007 at 4:43 am

    I have no problem with your left-leaning guests overall. I consider myself open-minded, but I can’t listen to “Santa Maria Bill” for more than few minutes because of his arrogance. He doesn’t respect the listener. He talks down to us like we’re idiots and only he knows the truth and he is doing us a favor by “educating us.”

    I think you could find some libs who would treat the listeners with more respect.

  14. Bob from San Luis
    April 2, 2007 at 5:52 am

    bruinman: Santa Maria Bill does come across as arrogant, occasionally, but Dave has hit the nail on the head when he challenged anyone to debate Bill on the items of national and international interest that Bill does his research on. I am very left leaning, I try to keep up with all of the news, and I learn stuff from Santa Maria Bill when he is on Dave’s show. Bill has acknowledged that he could “take it down a notch”, and to be less patronizing. I think he probably gets tired of those on the right who try to challenge him because they don’t have the facts to back them up, like he does. Personally, I would like to hear from Michelle Dostart a little more often.

  15. bruinman
    April 2, 2007 at 6:16 am


    I have heard Michelle and she seems able to make her point without talking down. I hope Bill will follow through on his promise to take it down, but I can’t promise that I’ll listen.

  16. Anonymous
    April 2, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Where did Santa Maria Bill get his facts when he started making up crap like the USA attacked itself on 9/11. He’s a nut and it make perfect sense that Bob living in san luis likes him.

  17. Bob from San Luis
    April 2, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    anonymous: You are trying to put words in my mouth; I never said that I liked him (SMBill), I said that I learn from him and respect how he has his facts together on items of national and international interest. Yes, he does subscribe to a “conspiracy theory” about the attacks of 9/11 that may or may not have basis in “facts”, but even conspiracy theorists get it right sometimes. I would ready to dismiss all conspiracy allegations if we had had an impartial fact finding investigation of 9/11, especially starting with: Why were every single recordings of Air Traffic Controllers verbal exchanges destroyed by cutting up the tapes and distributing the pieces into several different garbage cans at the FAA headquarters? Some very bad things happened on 9/11, and it wasn’t all by the hijackers.

  18. A true peace activist
    April 2, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Marilyn, I have seen in previous posts that you claim to be a “peace activist” and you spend a great deal of time slamming the Bush Administration and Isreal for warmongering yet you have never once, that I have seen, demnounced the Fatwahs of radical Imams nor have you denounced the concept of Jihad and those that practice it in your religion. If you are truely a “peace activist” as you claim, you will immediately condemn ALL advocates of war regardless of their religion. If you are a true peace activist you will denounce ALL that have called for Jihad anywhere in the world. From what I have ween, you spend a great deal of time denouncing Bush and America yet you make excuses for Islamic radicals that demand jihad against the west. Here is your chance for intellectual honesty and consistency and denounce war in all it’s forms.

  19. Marilyn
    April 3, 2007 at 1:42 am

    All violence against defenseless people should be denounced.

    Fatwas that encourage violence (and I have written about that on another blog) are not an acceptable part of the religion of Islam (especially when there are already existing laws within the religion that prohibit the targeting of defenseless people). But you would have to understand the religion and what is involved, which 99% of the people on this blog and in the United States have no clue about (but they think they do).

    The degree of ignorance by the people who talk as if they are experts on Islam (here and in government) is shameful.

    Fatwas do not supersede religious, civil, criminal, or international law. They are designed to address areas not tackled by society. Therefore, if you are talking about the Bin Laden and his gang of lawless criminal followers fatwas, they are not acknowledged in the religion of Islam. We are beyond that point now, though. We are into the “World Domination” era by the Neo-cons, the exploitation of world resources, and the killing of defenseless people in the name of “the War on Terrorism.” That is where the outrage should be.

    By the way, I do not subscribe to any religion. I agree with Karl Marx in that area.

    The problem with “good” and “evil,” including our president’s own labeling of three countries specifically as such (the Axis of Evil) is that the whole nation is vilified, including defenseless people. Such religious and cultural paradigms encourage the killing of civilians and make it “palatable” to do so.

    I really see no difference between what Bush and his administration are doing and what the religious extremists in the Middle East are doing. Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and other religious extremists have always been behind land grabbing and killing. Look at the history of the United States, the land theft in the Middle East and the 9-11 massacre.

    I think all organized religion should be eradicated as an acknowledged way of being anyway. It is easily corruptible by those in power and their stupid followers with the herd mentality. Faith is what is important. Action is worth more than a thousand words.

    And, I do not consider myself a “peace activist.”

    How does the saying go? DOCTOR, HEAL THYSELF.

  20. harrietvaneps
    April 3, 2007 at 3:22 am

    Okey-dokey, Dave, I am still trying to have your live streaming and cannot find it. What about the ASPCA Doc answering the petfood poison questions? I also have to ask as a resident of Atascadero, there is very diminshed quality of the broadcast in the north of town where I live. Especially bad after 5 p.m. Please post instructions for the live streaming. It is very well-hidden and I am tired of looking. Also, Why-oh-why do we have to listen to Rush and Sean effing hannity? Why? What is the balance in that? Fox news fairly unbalanced and ignorant. thanks if you can guide us to the live stream and especially re: our petfood concerns as I was unable to listen to that one.

  21. Marilyn
    April 3, 2007 at 3:33 am

    Harriet, Dave,

    I have not been able to use live streaming either. It does not work. When you click on it, all you hear is silence.

  22. harrietvaneps
    April 3, 2007 at 3:52 am

    Lettuce have an ear to your programmers and a more direct entree to the streaming. I am glad I am not the only one who cannot find that effer, sorry, X-rated comments here. I am a frustrated victim of the nation who twice, or semi-twice elected this current administration and all of the horses that they rode in on. Sorry about that preposition. Those on which they rode into the room. heh.

  23. steve
    April 3, 2007 at 4:15 am

    Marilyn denounced:

    “All violence against defenseless people should be denounced.”

    Are you saying that because Israel has a defense it is ok to send vestkillers into civilian areas?

  24. Dave Congalton
    April 3, 2007 at 4:22 am

    I will contact Ben greenaway and find out what’s happening with the streaming. It should be working.

    All you have to do is click on the radio antenna icon, but remember we don’t stream during commercials, Rush or Hannity, or news. Then all you hear is silence.

  25. Marilyn
    April 3, 2007 at 6:39 am

    New Tone and Steve,

    Let’s face it: you guys are so fabulous and you’ve proven something about me, right? Grow up and find something better to do! You’re acting like stalkers. Your posts are in my trash list now. Bye.

  26. Dave Congalton
    April 3, 2007 at 8:23 am

    The personal attacks on Marilyn are starting to get old. They will be deleted.

  27. Ben Greenaway
    April 3, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    To listen to KVEC on-line, start at http://www.920kvec.com. There are two ways to open the on-line audio stream. You can choose “Listen Live” under the “Programming” menu item, or click on the little tower icon and “Listen Live” text next to the KVEC logo. Some browsers require you to click twice on that logo, some browsers require you to enable pop-up windows. Once you’ve clicked “Listen Live,” a media player will open, and you’ll hear KVEC after a brief delay while it loads.

    To listen to KVEC on-line, you’ll need a high-speed internet connection (DSL, Cable Internet, ISDN, etc.), and web browser like Internet Explorer, or Mozilla Firefox. Newer computers will already have an audio player installed, such as Microsoft Windows Media Player, or RealNetworks RealPlayer. If you don’t have an audio player, you’ll have to install one before you can listen to the station on-line (downloadable at Microsoft.com or real.com). KVEC suggests you contact a professional computer technician if you require assistance with any of these products.

    It’s our goal to remain relevant in a time when change is affecting broadcast media. KVEC was one of the first Central Coast radio stations to offer streaming, and the first to offer regular podcasts of its programming. That said, there are growing pains associated with new technologies. When the stream was originally set-up, we were only able to broadcast our local programming—that meant silence for several hours between First News in the morning, and The Dave Congalton Show in the afternoon. It also meant long gaps during commercials and news breaks within those programs.

    Recently The Sean Hannity Show and FOX News have been added to the stream, and music fills the hours around those programs, creating a 24-hour listening experience for you. We look forward to adding more shows to the stream in the near future.

    As we develop this new technology, technical problems will go away. Occasionally, glitches halt the server that “broadcasts” our stream. In that case a program may need to be restarted, or a setting adjusted. And we fix the problems as soon as we detect them.

    You are welcome to email me with your comments or suggestions regarding the stream: bengreenaway@clearchannel.com. If you refer to a specific glitch, it’s helpful to include exactly what time it happened, and what software you were using (ie Microsoft Explorer or Mozill Firefox).

    Thank you for listening to KVEC, and for being part of the first-generation of on-line listeners.

    Ben Greenaway
    Program Director, AM-920 KVEC

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