As your local media observer, it's not enough to just rant. So, here's sending out a few raves for a change:
1. "Good Day Sacramento" weather guesser Cody Stark (left) has a hilarious new feature called "Doppler Knee 3000," which pokes fun at all the fancy meteorological gizmos that local TV news uses.
Stark pointed to stiffness in a knee's joint and predicted it would be partly cloudy today. Funny stuff.
2. KXJZ (90.9 FM), our local public radio station, aired a five-minute profile of pianist Mose Allison, playing in Grass Valley this week.
Reporter Paul Conley caught the essence of Allison's allure and had a funny anecdote about why Allison left Columbia Records ("They wanted me to play 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' on a Christmas record.")
3. Armstrong & Getty (right) are biting the hands that feed them - again - and it's great radio. Jack Armstrong went on a tirade at his Clear Channel corporate bosses Friday morning because "the lawyers" are trying to stop the duo from asking listeners to create ads for their show and post them on YouTube.
"I'm angry at myself for bringing it up to anyone (at the station)," Armstrong says. "We should've just done it...It's a lawyer's job to say, 'No, you better not.