Monday, February 27, 2012

Reflecting on high points in 38 years of broadcasting.

Last year at this time I truly had one of my most enjoyable runs in broadcasting, as the voice of the White Pine High School Football and Basketball broadcasts on a local radio station.
While I never considered myself a sports broadcaster or sports journalist, it seems that local fans didn't care.  I'm glad.  I truly had a blast doing those games.
But my most fun was broadcasting two games from the State Finals for Basketball in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My health–or lack thereof—that almost killed me in 2005

NOTE: I often refer to the late Don Lemmon as the man who saved my life.  Some of you have asked what he did.  The following is the introduction that I wrote for a radio infomercial that aired on a few stations and also was the opening page of wyattsweightloss.com:

From 2006 - the Pizzazz Magazine Interview with Wyatt!

When I was writing an article for this blog about my most memorable moments, my mind naturally drifted back to a very special time in my life...and a very special person who is no longer with us.
Don Lemmon treated me like family, and every day of my life today is the better for his being in it.
Before his untimely death he interviewed me for his late Pizzazz Magazine, now long out of print.  I am reproducing that for your enjoyment following the break.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Screw the caucuses, bring back Primaries!

First, to set the record straight, I am not affiliated with either major political party, or any existant party, for that matter.
If anything, I'm right there with the old pre-Buchanan Reform Party.  Fiscally Conservative and Socially Libertarian.  Once Pat Buchanan got involved, it became Neocon City....
But to the main reason for this rant -- the Nevada GOP Caucuses.
In a word, I hate Caucuses.  It disenfranchises the electorate.
According to Secretary of State Ross Miller, there are 471 thousand registered Republicans in the state of Nevada.
On Saturday, just 30 thousand turned out for the caucuses.  That's roughly 6 1/3 percent of registered voters.
Pitiful.
Many were turned away because they weren't at the caucus sites at the appointed starting time of 9am.  If you were held up in traffic, your sitter was late, or just couldn't get there by 9:00, turn around and go home, because you're not getting in.
Second, the balloting process is just as ridiculous. You mean to tell me that it took a day and a half to figure out what CNN had computed thirty seconds after the polls closed?
Let me tell the Nevada GOP Central Committee something.  Here in Ely the city wraps up elections before the 11pm news.  The city, with all it's flaws, can count 1000 to 1500 multi-race ballots (3-5 offices) in under three hours.
You had ONE RACE, and it took you longer than a day to figure it out?  I would have assumed that you would have separated each precinct, had them counted at the precinct level, and spot checked your deputies.
But no.  In a minor Twitter war between Las Vegas political activist Sally Minster who was counting ballots and LVRJ Communist Columnist Steve Sebelius, the frustrations was evident.
But in the final analysis, the caucuses don't matter.  Because the fix is in.
No matter how many primaries Ron Paul or Rick Santorum win, they will not be the nominee.  The Neocons in charge of the Republican party  just don't want a return to Constitutional gubmint.
And since it's Mitt Romney's "turn", and now with Newt wanting his "turn", the people who could possibly make real reform get squeezed out again.
...and once again, no real change.