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Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013: the Barbwire's Silver Anniversary Year
Barbwire by Barbano moved to the Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

The asinine assassination of KJFK talk radio
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-2-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-24-2014

   Everybody knows the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
   Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
   Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
   That's how it goes. Everybody knows.

Everybody knows the scene is dead
   But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
   What everybody knows.

— Leonard Cohen  

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No baby survives if smothered during delivery by parents and doctors.

Thereby hangs the tale of former talk radio station KJFK-am (now programming hip-hop).

Local radio execs had long known that State Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio and his Republican minions, largely working behind the scenes thru law firms, could severely impact advertising sales.

KJFK's fm sister stations netted a cool $1 million in October of 2006, the month before KJFK launched talk.

They also knew how much money Raggio could generate for a friendly forum.

Only the Barbwire printed the story about Raggio handing $30,000 to an unscrupulous local talk station in October of 2004 in exchange for turning the entire enterprise toward trashing the presidential candidacy of John Kerry.

KJFK thus did zilch local programming for its first two years.

Management eventually hired longtime Reno Gazette-Journal columnist Cory Farley, their only smart move, but they put his single hour on their sports-talk sister station.

Later, they moved Cory head-to-head against KJFK's only prime-time local show hosted by Christiane Brown.


They then told Christiane that if she wanted to continue, she'd have to pay them, which she did for a year.

When she quit, they moved Cory from their 5,000-watt sports station to patchy-patterned 1,000-watt KJFK.

"Media is the plural of mediocre."
                              — Jimmy Breslin

"When there's a fight, liberals cut and run."
                              — Travus T. Hipp

When 1230 KCBN ruled the market
Barbwire 12-23-2014

The buzzards started circling.

In just four months, a properly formatted local competitor can remove four of ten listeners from longtime moonhowler dungeon KKKOH.

The late great Travus T. Hipp and I did it twice and I beat Lush Rambo in the process.

KJFK failed by treating its listeners with contempt.

In their last year, they had a convicted drug money launderer brokering their airtime.

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. Talk radio didn't flourish until the 1980s because of the Kennedy Brothers' political philosophy of "don't get mad, get even."

During the 1960 presidential campaign, a southern preacher used his radio network to great effect in supporting the candidacy of Richard the Rotten.

So Jack and Bobby got the Federal Communications Commission to impose the vague "Fairness Doctrine," which forced broadcasters to nix all controversial issues.

But the righteous right got the last laugh on the Kennedys in 1980 when Ronald Reagan swept to power and took the U.S. Senate with him.

It took the dingbat Democrats more than a decade to figure out the sources of the smears and rumors that took down a host of legendary senators, including Gaylord Nelson, D-Wisconsin, the father of Earth Day.

The Dems never knew what hit them because their people didn't monitor low-audience stations.

Christian radio was finally identified as the calumniating culprit, the best place to plant political poison.

Lush Rambo was on his way shortly thereafter.

Could KJFK have succeeded?


"Any spot is tenable if brave men will make it so," President Kennedy once said.

The radio raunches who ripped off JFK's name presented a profound profile in lack of courage.


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Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)


Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of and As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.

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We Don't Need No Education
The continuing Barbwire series

The Post-Dated Recession: Pay me now or pay me later
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

The Post-dated Recession
By Joshua H. Silavent / Daily Sparks Tribune / 5-3-2011

Union decline and rising inequality in two charts
by Colin Gordon
Economic Policy Institute / 6-5-2012

Used in
journalist Mark Robison's extensive Hard Labor: Nevada unions tout role in helping workers, firms, economy (Sunday 2 Sept. 2012 Reno Gazette-Journal, page one, Reno Rebirth section of the print edition). Union men Jim Burrell, Paul McKenzie and Guy Louis Rocha did the movement proud. Not included in the RGJ online edition.

The Barbwire Labor Day column
Reno Gazette-Journal / 9-3-2012

Nevada Press Assn. Better Newspaper Contest
HAT TRICK: Barbwire takes first place three years in a row.

The winning entries
Suing for Schools: The 20-year shuck

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RED flags flying low over Sparks
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The wrath of self-righteous racism
Expanded from the 11-8-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

The campaign against forcibly-paid newspaper obituaries
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Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan, editor of and; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee, He is producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and serves as first vice-president, political action chair and webmaster of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail

Barbwire by Barbano moved to the Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

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