June 04, 2003


Stefan Sharkansky reviews Radio James:

You read a man's column for a year, you recognize his inner voice, but you've never heard his outer one until one day when you discover two things: (1) You've been mispronouncing his name all this time-- it's Lileks as in lie'-licks almost like lilacs, not Lileks as in lill'-ucks. This will take some time to get used to, but the adjustment will be for the better. (2) The guy is a natural for the medium, a joy to listen to. In addition to the smoov resonant broadcaster voice there is also the easy going conversation style. Hewitt asked him about current events in the Gopher state -- ths year's bear hunting season (made difficult by natural food, or something like that) and a new concealed carry law. All the news from Lake Wobegone that the other Minnesota radio guy will never tell you about. It was a slightly different persona than the one on the Bleat -- none of the elaborate surprising metaphors that can't possibly be spun extemporaneously, but the refreshing friendly irony was all there. Tune in again next Monday.

Gotta get me some tapes.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 4, 2003 06:45 PM

Online audio! We want online audio!

Well, we want a lot of things.

Posted by: Wind Rider at June 4, 2003 at 09:32 PM

Hey, my wife's from minnesota, so we had the name pronounced right all along...

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at June 4, 2003 at 10:51 PM

If you want to listen either live or to a stream of the day's Hugh Hewitt show, go to:


Sorry I posted this info under the contraceptives story originally.

Posted by: Melissa at June 4, 2003 at 11:45 PM

Whew! I thought it meant that KRLA was causing pregnancies too!

Posted by: Wind Rider at June 5, 2003 at 01:47 AM

Actually, when he had a nightly radio show on KSTP-AM, the "surprising metaphors" would pop out fairly regularly. The show really was like an extension of his website (not just the Bleat). It probably helped that he had a producer who participated in the conversations (they riffed off each other a lot), but I still kick myself for not taping a few of the shows.

Posted by: Steve Gigl at June 5, 2003 at 02:08 AM

Lileks is going to be on Hugh's show every Monday at 3:20 pm (Pacific Time). Hey Tim, I emailed Hugh Hewitt and told him I thought you'd be a good guest on his show. His show has a great mix of guests and topics, and I thought he needed to add an international flavor to it.

Posted by: Polly at June 5, 2003 at 02:30 AM