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Wed., Jan. 30, 2008, 5:55 p.m.

Liberal talk radio loses a voice…

Less than a week ago, blogger and Seattle liberal talk-radio host David Goldstein wrote:

So why hasn’t KIRO fired me? Well, perhaps because I bring them raw talent with a lot of upside, a virtual lock on local liberal talk in this very liberal market, and a proven track record of bringing in quality guests on weekend nights like no other weekend host before me?

Today, along with several other staffers at the station, he got fired. From his blogged announcement of the news:

So go ahead trolls… have at it. You’ve been waiting for the day to rub my face in it, and that day is finally here. Just remember that as you gloat, you’re also talking about a real person with a mortgage to pay and a child to feed, who has sacrificed the better part of the past four years to trying to make a difference, however much you disagree with me on the issues. And, remember that we didn’t just lose a local liberal show… we lost another local show, and that can’t be a positive thing for anybody but the most vindictive amongst you.

Goldstein leaped into the public eye several years ago, sponsoring a tongue-in-cheek initiative to have professional ballot-measure pitchman Tim Eyman officially declared a horse's ass. (Hence the name of his blog.) He's been blogging for years, moving into talk radio as a way to both pay the bills and expand his reach.

Here's what the talk-radio-monitoring site blatherwatch had to say about Goldstein's show:

They'll be gloating from the right -- he's an activist who has a loud and influential voice in the region's political conversation. But many were surprised at the tonme (tone) of his show: it was more an ardent, rabbinical dinner table discussion than the edgy outrageousness of his blog,

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