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On Other Blogs Today: KUOW Intrigue, Ridesharing Intrigue, Traffic Troubles, and More
Our daily roundup.
1. Crosscut has a bit of the backstory on public-radio host Steve Scher's abrupt departure from the radio station KUOW, which he left after nearly three decades earlier this month after taking a six-month sabbatical earlier this year.
Scher was effectively demoted in early 2014, when his longtime morning show, "Weekday," was canceled and replaced by a two-hour show called "The Record" on which Scher shared hosting duties with two other KUOW personalities, Ross Reynolds (former host of the also-defunct "The Conversation") and Marcie Sillman, a KUOW host.
Scher, Crosscut's Knute Berger writes, was "increasingly unhappy at the station he had long served and had come to exemplify," a station that has moved to shorter-format stories aimed at "readers who dart in and out of radio and want short fixes." (This old-school NPR listener wants to know: Who exactly are those people?)
Berger reports that Scher's departure is "part of the steady loss of experienced journalists with lots of institutional memory," including Brian Johnson and Dan Lewis at KOMO; Robert Mak at KING; Joni Balter, Emily Heffter, Lynne Varner, Bruce Ramsey, and David Boardman at the Seattle Times; and OOBT favorite LINK—Peter Callaghan at the Tacoma News Tribune.
2. Across Europe, KPLU reports, taxi drivers protesting against Uber and other ridesharing services are clogging up traffic. The conventional taxi drivers argue that it's unfair that new companies have been able to enter the market and compete with them without having to pay the same massive license fees (upward of $185,000) and go through the same extensive (and expensive) training as conventional taxi drivers.
Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services are currently negotiating with the city over a regulatory framework that would make the companies legal, after a city council vote and subsequent initiative proposal sent both sides back to the drawing board. As Fizz reported Monday, a deal appears ready to roll out. (P.s. Learn to trust the Fizz.
3. You know what's "hellish"? Hell. You know what's "nightmarish"? A nightmare. You know what's a "horror story"? A horror story. Not a traffic backup, despite what KVI's (and KOMO's) histrionic coverage of last night's traffic troubles, which resulted from a major accident, claimed.
Seriously: Of all the problems people face in this world, a half-hour increase in an individual's car commute doesn't even qualify for the top 100. Maybe the waaaaaahmbulance can take the whiners home tonight. Meanwhile, as commenter RDPence pointed out yesterday, light rail will continue taking 12,000 cars a day off the road.
(Although we will give the Seattle Times credit for being grownups, by posting the following tweet unedited):
4. City council planning committee head Mike O'Brien apparently got an earful at a meeting of the Southwest and Delridge District Councils last night, when, according to the West Seattle Blog, neighborhood residents accosted him about small-lot development—legislation allowing buildings on lots smaller than the average lot size in single-family neighborhoods, which some single-family neighborhood activists oppose.
O'Brien had to respond to accusations that allowing development on small lots was the equivalent of "rape," which is another great example of using words incorrectly.