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WPRO swaps two big personalities

Talk-radio listeners could be forgiven for wondering if WPRO sprung a bit too far forward this week when Buddy Cianci's show begun airing at 2 pm instead of the usual 10 am.
Spring Forward
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 19, 2010

Clearing the air

Adam Reilly’s analysis of right-wing talk radio’s support of Scott Brown was nearly perfect.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 12, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 12, 2010

Massachusetts: You might be living in a red state if

Scott Brown’s Senatorial victory is merely the latest sign that red tides are creeping upon our once-progressive Commonwealth. Don’t believe us? Consider that Kenny Chesney sells out Gillette Stadium every summer, and, of course, that wealthy Republican
31 signs that Scott Brown’s victory is changing the face of the commonwealth for the worse
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010

2009: The year in Phoenix blog posts

Our most popular blog posts from 2009
Michael Jackson, meteors, WBCN, and one very angry Obama
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009

Jews and Latinos get cozy

While US Senate Republicans dropped politically prudent bombshells on Sonia Sotomayor during her Supreme Court–nomination hearings this week, watchdogs from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Latino Professional Network (LPN) kept extra close ears
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 17, 2009
WWJD? Or, predict Severin's back-to-broadcasting shtick!

WWJD? Or, predict Severin's back-to-broadcasting shtick!

  Like you, I'm eager to see how Jay Severin handles himself when he returns to the WTKK-...
By Adam Reilly  |  June 01, 2009

Fascism in the eye of the beholder

You claim that Dick Cheney was George W. Bush’s number-one thug. But I would argue that Bush was Cheney ’s thug.
Letters to the Boston editor, May 22, 2009

The tax man speaketh

I agree that we need to take a long, hard look at what we value in our state — healthy air and water, good schools, roads, safety — and figure out how we’re going to pay for it!
Letters to the Boston editor, May 15, 2009

Spite the power

While the economy has given us a collective jackboot to the groin, it has also seemingly stirred a civil discontent.
This week in protest saw teens swarm the State House and tired bus drivers rally
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 08, 2009

Boston's Severin problem

The questions raised by the Severin incident have a philosophical and moral resonance that has been touched upon only in passing.
Is WTKK up to measuring degrees of intolerance?
By EDITORIAL  |  May 08, 2009

Severin: not a border-enforcement martyr

When I blogged last week on anti-Mexican hatemonger Jay Severin’s recent, ill-explained suspension f...
By Adam Reilly  |  May 06, 2009

Recommended reading: Lehigh on Severin

Whatever you're doing right now, stop for a moment and read Scot Lehigh's pitch-perfect takedown of ...
By Adam Reilly  |  May 01, 2009

DQM does BTP

Friday night plans? Not too late to change 'em! I'll be on the weekly "Beat the Press" segment of Gr...
By Adam Reilly  |  May 01, 2009

Jay Severin's double secret suspension reports that boundary-pushing WTKK-FM host Jay Severin has been suspended for some deraga...
By Adam Reilly  |  April 30, 2009

100 Unsexiest Men of the Year Follow-Up

The problem with dropping our Unsexiest list in March of an election year is that we never know what kind of weasels, Republicans, and Republican weasels will urinate in America’s stream of consciousness down the final stretch.
  Because There Was an Election
By Chris Faraone  |  December 04, 2008

New in the Phoenix: Fretting over the Fairness Doctrine

In which I contend that the Right's anxiety about the FD's impending return is, in part, aimed at fe...
By Adam Reilly  |  November 13, 2008

Defy Shepard Fairey

There is nothing radical about Shepard Fairey. There is nothing guerilla about Shepard Fairey.
Letters to the Boston editor, November 7, 2008
By  |  November 05, 2008

Rise of the political bogeyman

The Republicans appear headed to a second straight national pummeling, which will leave it marginalized in the federal government and an increasing number of state houses. Many party faithful are already noting the need for the GOP to move back toward t
Impotent on the issues, the GOP turns to scare tactics. Be afraid!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 29, 2008

Jay Severin, talking shit and covering his ass

Here's the truth-challenged WTKK host working to simultaneously A) whip up extreme anti-Obama sentiment and B) insert enough disclaimers that he won't get in trouble...
By Adam Reilly  |  October 09, 2008

Master of Hub hits

Greater Boston has witnessed a shocking amount of drama in the new year.

Meet Adam Gaffin, Boston’s reigning Web czar

By ADAM REILLY  |  March 05, 2008

Yahoo!’s one-man news army

Everyone’s heard of garage rock.
Plus, sizing up ABC’s new anchors, gutsy changes at RKO, and reporters turn into government investigators
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  January 26, 2006