Red Ice Radio, Apr. 7, 2014 (at 6:30 in):
- John B. Wells, top-rated host of the most-listened-to overnight program in history ‘Coast to Coast AM’ until January 2014: My problem is, I was not looking at the scoreboard […] I did not realize the level of listenership — on a Saturday night [which Wells hosted] — 750,000 to 1.2 million. Compared with 275,000 to 300,000 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday […] sometimes the listenership on a Saturday night was more than the combined total of the entire work week, and this was not helpful politically. [...]
- Henrik Palmgren, Red Ice Radio host: […] This is ultimately what led to your termination on Coast?
- Wells: I think so. As a matter fact, ENENews — you know them — they actually had a couple of articles […] they had quoted me, and I did say it, “Radiation shows are scary and the numbers go down and nobody really wants to hear radiation.” And I’m like, “Listen, this is a potential planet killer.” “Oh, do you really think so?” “Oh, absolutely I think so.” The reason that the world is not rushing to the aid of Japan is because there’s nothing that can be done, I mean that we know of now, unless it’s some off-planet intervention or divine intervention — there is some real trouble over there. And it’s just getting worse and worse […] It’s just awful. But, “Oh no, don’t talk about that.” And I did anyway. If there’s any creativity [inside someone], you can’t help but to try to make your spot your own. If you try to appeal to everyone, you just appeal to no one. So I thought, “Okay, no formulas here — let’s just wait until the imaginary red light comes on, and at the end the program we’ll find out if it was a good one or not so good.” I just played it from that angle and it worked out pretty well. They didn’t want Fukushima talked about a lot — but eventually it became undeniable. Even [Coast to Coast's weekday host] started talking about it quite a lot. Because it’s a horror, it’s a tragedy – Japan, in my opinion, is gone.
- Palmgren: […] We know this about mainstream media already — but it’s sad to realize that it encroaches into this territory as well, where the paranormal and things like that is okay, but then if you walk it a bit further into the political trenches, it becomes somewhat of a picky topic […] Censorship is so active, despite the United States having a very long and proud tradition of free speech and people being able to talk about what they want to, right?
- Wells: I agree with you completely. It’s almost as though now, the only thing that’s safe to talk about is that which cannot be proved. And as long as you can remain nebulous and theoretical then fine, but don’t let any facts interfere with a good story.
Published: April 22nd, 2014 at 10:54 pm ET
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- Fairewinds: Fukushima dwarfs Chernobyl — Japanese face tragedy of a magnitude world has never experienced December 27, 2011
- NYT: Fears of environmental calamity from Fukushima disaster — Japan Nuclear Expert: It’s getting worse… People all over world need to be informed… first case in history where so much contaminated water flowing in ocean August 21, 2013
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