Was it a community service, or their respect for the public's need to know... where to buy drugs? In a news story on the drug problem here in Austin, the Austin American-Statesman published a map of the locations where drug purchases could be made. Sure, the multitude of locations may have made a point, but the map also let anyone interested know just where they could go to buy crack. Just in case they happened to be looking for that sort of thing....
A truly dedicated group of council watchers at City Hall is the team behind the cameras at municipal cable Channel 6. Cheerful, helpful, and indispensable, Errol Mortland, Celestino Chapa, and Dwayne Brannon make watching City Hall a lot easier for all of us.
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Sure, it's retro, and it does seem that Ray's heart belongs to only a few hundred very special songs, but who the hell cares? Ray has the soul of a DJ, and every Twine Time is a unique event.
It was hard-hitting news - above the fold, no less - when Dagwood kicked over the traces to go to work for his wife's catering company. Sheesh, Blondie only made bottom left when she founded the damn business, and the strip's named after her, too. Just goes to show, gals...
A series of articles on University of Texas basketball by Austin American-Statesman reporters Kirk Bohls and Suzanne Halliburton revealed that assistant coach Jamie Ciampaglio had embezzled thousands of dollars from a fund used for player's meal money. Ciampaglio was fired, placed on probation by a Travis County jury and quickly left Austin.
If we stay at home and dance around the room, it's Kevin Connor and Cecilia Nasty on KGSR-FM. If we have breakfast together and talk, it's KUT-FM and John Aielli's "Eklektikos." If we're in her car it's KUT, his is KGSR. If he's home alone, it could be either.
With the right combination of spirit and spunk, this paper is devoted to Texas music, with an accent on singer-songwriters, real country acts, and roots rock'n'rollers. With a combination of short, pithy features, record and tape reviews, and regular features like "MVP" and the cover story, Music City takes the notion of Texas music almost like a canon. The occasionally controversial Honest John column is happily offset by the honestly good-natured Belle Southern, and their club listings are a keen critical guide to some of the best music in town every month.
He's the most veteran newsman in Austin. He's been at the most historic events. But he doesn't put any of it into his performance. By his own admission, Neal Spelce just reads the news. And can he read. Judy Maggio is a close runner-up with that sincere tone and girl-next-door smile.
Boris and Natasha come back in live action. They still think they're smarter than Moose and Squirrel, and they're not. We keep watching, we really think they love this city and believe in what they're doing, but why do they communicate their big ideas so badly? It's interesting how well versed in every issue Epstein is, which makes her disingenuous musings all the more sleazy.
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The Austin American-Statesman says he should give himself up; we say "Run, Dan, run!" Austin's favorite World Beatmeister is going to have a tough time dealing with the Feds and there will surely be no mercy. In this case, underground just might be the place to stay.
Bless Ellie Rucker. The woman can find the darnedest things. Her Statesman column has been running for longer than we can remember and we're all the more knowledgeable for it. Who else could we ask about defunct hotels, personalized bumper stickers and preserving moss balls?
Is it her exotic beauty? Is it her soothing demeanor? Is it her languid lounging on the couch? Is it her calm responses? Is it the incomprehensible questions? Whatever the answer is, one thing is obvious: Livia has "it."
His ubiquitous appearances on the radio (as a DJ), stage (in the Geezin-slaws) and TV (in the Geezinslaws' video "Help, I'm White And I Can't Get Down") certainly qualify Sammy Allred for some indefinable type of living legend status. When we think of what it is, we'll let you know. In the meanwhile, we'll be waiting for the follow-up to "Help, I'm White..." called "Help, I'm Black At A White Hoedown."
Some of us get a kick out of reading the Austin-American Statesman for its biased story-structuring and deceptive, slanted headlines, while others cite such inducements as "Best Bets," the allergy count, the "Newsmakers" gossip column, the horoscopes and "Outland" every Sunday as the daily's prime features. But if it's first-class newspaper journalism you want, try Don McLeese every Tuesday and Thursday. One of the best daily paper rock critics in the country, McLeese is articulate, passionate and always entertaining - a tough balance to achieve for sure. His enthusiasm for music, especially Austin music, is obvious and contagious, and this city and its daily (especially) are the better for it.
After describing the circular speaking patterns of then-football coach David McWilliams in the book Bleeding Orange, University of Texas public address announcer Phil Ransopher was relieved of his job.
Many Austin American-Statesman stories leave the reader with more questions than answers. Not Lee Kelly's column. Where else can you find out that Gary Bradley is the "former Circle C owner." That's the closest the daily has gotten to discussing the terms of the deal in which Bradley saved Circle C from the Resolution Trust Company with help from Freeport-McMoRan and Jim Bob Moffett. Kelly regularly reports who's hanging around with whom, who's bringing whom to town. She's the best window on what's really happening that the Statesman offers.
He's really our only local talk show host left, but he's still the best, playing host to a diversity of guests from Ollie North to William Greider to Louise Epstein to the callers on open lines. He not shy about asking any of them tough questions. He's hard working, well prepared, and well informed.
Just turn your dial to 91.7 (without cable, that is) to find out why. It would be nice if UT's Board of Regents, KTSB and KOOP could hammer out a settlement sometime before the FCC rules on the appeal, which could take as long as two years. Maybe this category can be "Best time-share of a non-commercial frequency" next year.
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