Stories written by Pete Kaliner
Pete Kaliner is the drivetime host at Asheville's 570 WWNC radio. You can view his blog and listen live HERE. Prior to WWNC, Pete was most recently a reporter and video journalist for News 14 Carolina. Prior to that, he was an award-winning Radio Journalist and Radio Host in Charlotte on WBT (1110-AM & 99.3 FM) for more than a decade. During that same time, Pete wrote, produced and delivered a daily half-hour news and commentary segment on the nationally syndicated "Matt and Ramona Show" from 2001 to 2009. Pete also appeared on local television, participated in a weekly local reporter roundtable show, and moderated candidate debates. His work included stringing for CBS, CNN, and the North Carolina News Network. He was named Radio Journalist of the Year in 2006 by the Radio Television News Directors of the Carolinas. Before WBT, Pete helped run a small market radio newsroom in Rock Hill. He also worked in the Membership Department of Charlotte's public radio station. Prior to getting into the news and media industry, Pete spent a decade working in restaurants in Rock Hill and New York. So he can be a server's best - or worst - tip of the day. He was born on Long Island, NY and graduated Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC with a BA in Mass Communication Broadcast.

Costas Mixes Politics And Sports; Outrage Ensues

Is it just me, or did anyone else seem to notice how the murder-suicide by that NFL player seemed to get media coverage that was… odd. The player, Jovan Belcher, reportedly shot his girlfriend and then drove to the stadium and shot himself in the parking lot. The reporting seemed to carry a sort of “What a […]

December 4, 2012 | Posted in House Blends,National | Read More »

Cradle To Grave Narrative Wins

The day after the Presidential election, Rush Limbaugh said the results proved that people voted for Santa Claus. The point was that people voted for a government that would do things for them and give things to them. Limbaugh was savaged by the left and the media for saying this. Proving that either the critics […]

November 30, 2012 | Posted in House Guests,National,Pete Kaliner | Read More »

Tax Pledge Dodgers And Fiscal Cliff Divers

Over the holiday weekend there were a few developments in the much-feared (yet completely-avoidable) approaching fiscal cliff that caught my attention. First, some Republican lawmakers began agreeing to tax increases despite earlier promises not to do so. I know! I’m just as shocked as you that a politician would break a promise! Republican Senators Bob Corker (TN), Saxby Chambliss (GA), and Lindsey Graham […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in House Blends,National | Read More »

The Evil Rich Began Acting Rationally

So, about that big sell off on Wall Street after the election… It turns out there were a lot of selfish, rich capitalist pigs who decided to take their chips off the table rather than gamble on dodging the proverbial soaking that the American electorate voted to commence. President Obama ran on a promise to […]

November 16, 2012 | Posted in House Guests,National,Pete Kaliner | Read More »

Changing Demographics And Identity Politics

As the electoral dust settles and Republicans discuss what went wrong and how to improve their appeal, the analysis on the Left has been focusing on how the American electorate is changing – to the benefit of Democrats. It’s a narrative that the Obama campaign has capitalized on through its target marketing efforts, if not explicitly […]

November 9, 2012 | Posted in House Guests,National,Pete Kaliner | Read More »

What A Crying Child Tells Us About Election Coverage

You’re not the only one ready for the election to be over. Four-year-old Abigael Evans got picked up from a long day at her Colorado pre-K school. Her mother, Elizabeth Evans, 27, turned on NPR in the car. The coverage resulted in this: Yes, Abigael, sometimes NPR coverage does the same thing to me. Completely understandable. Once I […]

November 2, 2012 | Posted in National | Read More »

Trivial Pursuit Of Foreign Policy In Final Presidential Debate

This week marked the third and final debate among the two major party contenders for President. I, for one, was disappointed to not hear any solid plans on how either candidate would address the invasion of Canadian music. Be that as it may, I believe Barack Obama won the debate. The President came into the debate looking […]

October 24, 2012 | Posted in House Blends,National | Read More »

Ryan Got An Interviewer, Biden Got Moderator

The pundits are nearly unanimous in their praise today for Martha Raddatz’s handling of the Vice Presidential debate last night. While not surprising, I believe it’s instructive. Look, I understand the almost knee-jerk response among national journalists to defend one of their colleagues. It happens at a local level, too. I also can accept the anti-male […]

October 12, 2012 | Posted in House Guests,National,Pete Kaliner | Read More »

For Mitt: End Of The Road Or Bump In The Road?

I’ve said from the start of the 2012 GOP primary that Mitt Romney is not a good candidate.  When pressed, the most passionate defense I’ve ever been able to muster for the politician is, “He’ll do – against a President I like even less.” The latest evidence of his sub-par prowess is a secret video recording posted […]

September 18, 2012 | Posted in Pete Kaliner | Read More »

Observations in a Post-bin Laden World

This might be a self-defeating tactic for a media guy, but whenever a major event occurs I tend to let some time pass before I start drawing conclusions. I’ll spend the first 72 hours or so gathering information and listening to what other people say. I try not to make a formal assessment about a […]

May 5, 2011 | Posted in House Guests,National,Pete Kaliner | Read More »

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