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Joel Coliseum: Low-hanging fruit?

I’m a critic of the Winston-Salem Journal, but I give them credit for treating City Council member Dan Besse’s comment that all the ‘low hanging fruit’ from the city budget had been picked with skepticism.

The Journal’s Scott Sexton again again mentions Besse’s comment, concluding a tax increase is “probably going to happen, as a majority of City Council members have said they’d back such a move.”

Sexton says one option to help avoid that scenario is for the city to sell Joel Coliseum. Only problem is the “‘for sale’ sign tentatively hung on the Coliseum last year is still there,” with the most logical buyer—- Wake Forest University —- still holding out.

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Alan Duncan is one busy guy

I actually thought about this when I read that Greensboro attorney Alan Duncan was joining John Edwards’ legal defense team. But it seems like Duncan represents everyone under the sun anyway, including the N&R, which I assume will be covering Edwards’ trial when it begins in April. That seems like a conflict of interest to me.

But here’s the bigger question — Duncan is also chairman of the Guilford County Board of Education, and everyone —including the Rhino’s John Hammer, who’s pulled no punched when covering the school board — seems to agree he does a fine job.

Still, Duncan already pulls long days a high-powered attorney and he certainly has his work cut out for him defending Edwards. While there’s no conflict of interest, isn’t it fair to ask whether or not Duncan will be able to continue to serve the school system well given the stress of his day job?

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Banished to AM

Ed Cone reports WZTK morning hosts Brad Krantz and Britt Whitmire are moving to WSJS’ afternoon slot as part of Curtis Media Group’s reprogramming:

WPTF has taken a hit since Clear Channel debuted “Rush Radio 106.1” WRDU in January 2010 and taking Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from WPTF. In the January PPM monthlies WRDU scored a 3.4 share, WPTF a 1.4, and 101.1 WZTK a 1.6 in Raleigh (and 2.0 in Greensboro).

I don’t listen WTZK’s morning show, but I don’t listen to the competition, either — I was turned off Rush Radio’s morning team after about an hour, which means I’ve become a WFDD/NPR morning listener. As I’ve said before, I like one voice coming over the radio —the back-and-forth banter is distracting because I can’t tell who’s saying what —which is the reason I was quickly turned off Glenn Beck’s radio broadcast.

As you can imagine I used to be a big AM radio listener, but don’t venture there much these days. However, during the regular I was hoping to listen to the State game on WSJS, so I searched for the AM band on my new kitchen radio/CD player/docking station. There wasn’t one.

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