Sunday, July 26, 2009

Kevin Sowyrda reemerges, sorta ...

For those of you who may remember Republican consultant and radio talk show host Kevin Sowyrda, an oft-quoted, astute observer of Massachusetts politics, he has "re-emerged," in a sense, with a new blog: ["The Boston Memo"].
Technically, "re-emerged" isn't quite accurate because he never went away. Sowyrda has been writing columns for the South End News for a number of years. But for a number of years there, in the mid-to-late 1990s, you couldn't get away from his quips which landed him in print publications all around Boston.
Personally, I remember Sowyrda best from his early Monday morning overnight show on WBZ 1030 AM. I would listen to the 'BZ overnight crew in the background when I held down the overnight shift at WUNR, another Boston AM radio station. Admittedly, sometimes, I would check out Art Bell, who was also entertaining and would cover all kinds of weird stuff. But sometimes, like the time he had the audio from Russia that was thought to be "the sounds from hell ..." I just had to shut if off [D'oh!]. It was Bob Raleigh, Steve Leveille, Jordan Rich, and Sowyrda entertaining the night away.
In fact, compared to daytime talk radio in Boston at the time, listening to the WBZ overnight folks was a real joy. Sometimes, Raleigh's obsession with the death penalty, and the Sacco and Vanzetti case, of what, 70 years ago?, would drive me up the wall. And I teased Sowyrda recently over email that he was a tad obsessed with "Titannic" at the time ... But Raleigh's trivia contest was fun and Sowyrda's commentary about politics were snappy and snarky, at a time when snarky was fresh and new.
Late night and early morning callers are both hilarious and insane, in their own unique way, and it's too bad we can't get them on in the daytime. It would be an improvement over what is sometimes on these days, or at least it seems to be that way. Maybe my memory is a bit colored in old age.
Ironically, or not so, Sowyrda lives in southern New Hampshire but still focuses on Massachusetts politics, not unlike this site. I guess, you never stop doing what you do best, right? Check out The Boston Memo. It's been redesigned and is well-worth the looksie.

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