A Top Six That ChrisChad And Ballsy Shouldn’t Read Because It Contains Too Many Big Words And They’ll Sprain Their Lips

1 SHORTER PAT FIACCO Yeah, I’m Regina’s mayor. Who says I have to stay there? (Leader-Post)

2 BEHOLD, AMERICA’S REPUBLICAN PARTY Family-values politician? Check. Police stop? Check. Viagra in his system? Check. Stripper riding shotgun in his car? As if you had to ask. (PoliticusUSA)

3 AND IF YOU THINK TAYLOR FIELD’S IN BAD SHAPE A section of the roof of the home stadium for the Dutch Premier Division team FC Twente has collapsed and as of press time firefighters are trying to rescue people trapped in the stadium. (The Guardian)

4 NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT The former head of Canada Post drives Britain’s Royal Mail into insolvency and gets a hefty salary for her efforts. (Daily Mail)

5 TASS AND THE KGB BY ANY OTHER NAME Gawker has done some pretty outstanding journalism in discovering the reasons for the creation of the Fox News Network. Now, as William Randolph Hearst once said, the reason people get into journalism is that they have something to say. Well, in the case of Roger Ailes, what he wanted to say was “We worship our new Republican overlords, and screw the idea of a free press or a free society.” Meanwhile The Telegraph (here, here, and here), The Guardian, (here) The Globe and Mail, Associated Press (via Yahoo), Auntie Beeb, Slate, Hugh Grant (via HuffPo), Gawker, and almost everybody else in the journalism business weighs in on the Rupert Murdoch Gestapo. (What I like best is this Globe and Mail story saying that News International the News of the World’s owner, is asking people who were targeted for spying by NotW paparazzi for more information. THAT’S WHAT GOT YOU INTO FARKING TROUBLE IN THE FIRST PLACE!)

You have to read these stories because the elements of a free press are the elements of a free society – and the way Rupert Murdoch and his minions run their business, is antithetical to a free press or a free society (as this Telegraph columnist points out). A good place to put this in context is to read the post and the posters at Balloon Juice.

In this YouTube bit (yeah, I’ve posted it before, but it seems more pertinent today than ever) Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry imagine a world without Rupert Murdoch …

Hold it. Hugh Laurie works for Rupert Murdoch … isn’t House broadcast on Fox?

6 MORE INDICATIONS THAT IT’S NOT A VERY GOOD DAY FOR THE FOURTH ESTATE Dunno whether mixing up your headlines (Toronto Star) or reporting on a drunk man inside a funeral home seeking a threesome (Kingsport Times-News) is the strangest thing you’re going to read about today, but it’s a start.

YOUR MUSICAL MOMENT OF ZEN When Skid Roper and Mojo Nixon made their first appearance in Regina in 1987, I was totally blown away, Mojo can best be compared to Bruce Springsteen in a really, really bad mood. And aside from the laughs you can get out of one of his best songs, ‘Burn Down The Malls,’ his social commentary is pretty insightful and accurate. Mojo couldn’t have been more accurate about the America Ronald Regan bequeathed to the future had Mojo built a time machine out of the tractor cab of a Cockshutt 1850.

Author: Stephen LaRose

2006 winner of the Canadian Association of University Teachers’s Award of Excellence in Journalism for a bunch of prairie dog stuff. Invited into the best homes in Regina. Once.

19 thoughts on “A Top Six That ChrisChad And Ballsy Shouldn’t Read Because It Contains Too Many Big Words And They’ll Sprain Their Lips”

  1. Chris and Ballsy? HAHAHA! And you wonder why this site/newspaper is the laughing stock of the city!

  2. I’m a loyal Prairie Dog reader (and proud former Typo Wiener)… AND an employee at Harvard Broadcasting. But if you’re going to insult someone… at least check your facts. Your headline should read “Chad and Ballsy.” Chris hasn’t been on the air for over a year. And believe it or not, I’ve even heard Chad and Ballsy use some big words. Yeah, it’s true.

    I really can’t believe how this whole situation has escalated. And it’s all over a pretty tame and mildy amusing joke about a former Saskatchewan Roughrider. Bizarre.

    Stephen, it’s all fine and dandy to call someone a douchebag. But carrying this on really just makes you sink to the same level of “douchebaggery.” Just sayin’.

  3. The fact that I even commented on your blog yesterday and you got it wrong makes it even better. I believe everything is settled.

  4. I thought the Leader-Post was the laughing stock of the city.
    Anyway, those of us who avoid listening to commercial radio because we find it shrieky, inane, and mostly devoid of music we actually like to hear, didn’t know Chris was replaced by a new placeholder with a shouty voice. Thanks for the info.

  5. Andrew. Prairie dog isn’t “the laughing stock of the city”. You’re confusing “the city” with “Andrew”. But yes, I agree with your implication that Rosie makes himself look like an idiot when he gets the freaking hosts of the show he’s throwing rocks at wrong.

    Also, Rosie never called anyone a douchebag. He used the “douchebaggery” tag in his original post, which refers to people’s behaviour, not people themselves.

    Anyway, there’s plenty to read and see on this website besides Stephen LaRose. I recommend the latest podcast. It’s excellent and interesting and no rock radio hosts were insulted in its making.

  6. Aww … I don’t check the blog for one day and miss some sort of feud erupting. Just my luck!

  7. Rachel: Don’t worry, I’m sure this ridiculous whatever-it-is will drag on for days as more Wolf listeners discover prairie dog has a writer who doesn’t like the Wolf.

  8. “Chad and Ballsy is my favorite morning show” – Launchpad McQuack

    “The Praire Dog keeps me warm on those minus 20 nights” – Local Regina Bum

  9. Stephen, it is the laughing stock, and it’s not about whether you “listen” to commercial radio or not, if you’re going to write something, you need to check on the FACTS!

    Not checking facts, that is what’s funny

  10. As more people realizes mainstream radio exists soley to sell advertising, the more will convert to satellite radio, or even the dozens of free music channels on the internet. Commercial radio is archaic and it’s days are numbered, and this is coming from a person who grew up loving the local stations. Mix 92 FTW!

  11. Andrew: no, it isn’t although prairie dog’s not to everyone’s taste (and fair enough).

    I agree that getting people’s names wrong is ridiculous. But it happens in all media. That’s not an excuse, just perspective. We all suck sometimes. Sorry about that.

  12. As far as I’m concerned anyone can listen to any morning show they want, just as long as they don’t screw around with the Morning Mayor on 620 CKCK.

    …Wait. What?

  13. Listen, we’re done. But just know that you guys should be held accountable for what you say as much as Ballsy and I. Believe me, with what we say comes a lot of backlash. We take it. But, if you hint at the fact that we are performing acts of “douchebaggery” and don’t know how to say big words, you should atleast know WHO you are judging and act like you’ve listened to a bit of what you’re judging. Stephen, I don’t think you realize what we do. No need to defend it to you. We admit, we are stupid. We are immature. But, we stand behind what we say. We don’t have the ability to go back and cross something we said out. It’s live radio. Sure, you’re not a listener. Cool. We get it. I’ll still keep reading Prairie Dog. I do find some of it entertaining. But, just because you’re “independent” doesn’t give you the right to go without criticism like the commercial outfits.

  14. Thanks for the comments Chad. I realize radio has challenges that digital media doesn’t and believe me I am very grateful for the toy that is the strikethrough, which is a great way to correct an error without totally removing it.

    Obviously, we love criticism* — it’s why we have blog comments and run letters to the editor.

    *except when it’s stupid, mean and unfunny

  15. What’s notable to me is that Rosie’s original post was in the exact same spirit as the comment it was commenting on, and I’m pretty sure that was intentional. I took it as good-natured joshing between contemporaries, until the Wolf folks took offense to the d-baggery tag, which, y’know, fair enough.
    I hope that prairie dog readers and Wolf listeners all understand that there’s a certain amount of role-playing that goes into what we affectionately call “media personality” and that just as Ballsy plays the role of Irreverent Shoot-from-the-Hip Sports Nut on the Wolf, Rosie plays the role of Firefly-worshipping Blowhard here on the Dog Blog.
    Some good-natured back & forth between different media groups can be fun and healthy (like when Whitworth appears on John Gormley’s show). It’s a small city and I think we all love it in our own ways.

  16. RIOT!!! Regina’s hipster underclass/disenfranchised middle-class/angry pissed-off working class vs. establishment, development & media class. RIOT!!!

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