I've heard from a number of people who regularly listen to "My Two Cents" here on WOSH or check it out daily on-line at 1490wosh.com. Many are complimentary of the feature--even if they don't always agree with the content. They also have a number of questions--some of which I will answer today.
"Do you really write all of those Two Cents yourself?"
I do indeed write all of the commentaries myself. Ocassionally I will come across an editorial in a major newspaper or on-line that I will cite or quote at length--but nearly all of the content each morning comes from my own tormented mind.
"How do you come up with a topic every morning?"
Like most great ideas, I formulate the next day's "Two Cents" either while in the shower or while lying in bed before going to sleep. When I get to the office in the morning it's a simple matter of typing it out on the Blogspot website.
"Do you really write those Two Cents at 2:30 in the morning like it says on the blog site?
Blogspot is apparently on Pacific time. The blog gets written at 4:30 am--right after I catch up on the overnight news.
"Do the people you criticize ever respond to what you have to say?"
I have in fact heard from several of the people I call out on the air and in the blogosphere. Sometimes they are upset, sometimes they just want to talk about what I have said. I usually try to be cordial and I always assure them that opinions expressed in "Two Cents" are kept out of news stories that I produce the rest of the day (on our News/Talk station anyway.)
"Why don't you double check the spelling and punctuation in the blog?"
"My Two Cents" is written primarily for use on the air. I write down what I want to say rather quickly just so I have a copy here in the studio. If there are mispelled words--or some missing punctuation--I really don't notice while reading the copy.
"Why don't you ban those people who only criticize teachers and city employees from posting responses on your blog?"
I have to admit it's frustrating when a good dialogue on local high school basketball or proper punishment for criminals is derailed by union bashing or cheerleading. I think that comes from my blog being linked to other local blogs--which in turn link their responses to my site. Besides, I believe in giving people just enough rope to hang themselves.
By the way, if you miss "My Two Cents" in the morning--you can now catch an encore every afternoon at 5:40 on News/Talk 1490 WOSH. Thanks for the comments, questions and suggestions for topics--feel free to keep them coming.