Rob Douglas talks while broadcasting the Cari and Rob Show on Tuesday morning from a studio on Yampa Street. The show, which features Douglas and Cari Hermacinski, has garnered state and national attention after Ken Buck made a controversial statement on the show.

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Rob Douglas talks while broadcasting the Cari and Rob Show on Tuesday morning from a studio on Yampa Street. The show, which features Douglas and Cari Hermacinski, has garnered state and national attention after Ken Buck made a controversial statement on the show.

Steamboat talk radio show hits its stride

Cari and Rob Show gains national attention tapping into heated campaign season

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Cari Hermacinski and Rob Douglas have been pushing their points on the radio and making headlines while broadcasting the Cari and Rob Show from a studio on Yampa Street.

— Discussions from the political talk radio show hosted in Steamboat Springs are echoing even farther than the broadcast signal can carry them.

The Cari and Rob Show, hosted by Steamboat Springs City Council President Cari Hermacinski and former Steam­boat Pilot & Today columnist Rob Douglas, was the venue for a U.S. Senate candidate’s comments that received state and national attention early this week. During an appearance on the show Monday, U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck said it would be “rude” for former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin to take attention away from the GOP’s state assembly that same day by scheduling her own appearance in Denver.

Buck’s GOP competitor, Jane Norton, who has received some praise from Palin, seized on Buck’s remarks for her own political gains. The Associated Press put out a story about Buck’s comments before The Cari and Rob Show was even finished broadcasting Monday. And by Tuesday, “Palin visit stirs up GOP rivals” was the headline at the top of the Denver & The West section of The Denver Post. Blog writers and website commenters continued to discuss the event throughout the day, with both candidates issuing press releases.

And, of course, it all played out perfectly for a politics-focused radio show with aspirations that stretch far beyond Northwest Colorado.

Hermacinski said the show has gained momentum since it switched from a Saturday-only format to a Monday through Friday daily format. It also switched to KRAI AM 550 radio, which has helped widen its coverage area.

The string of guests on the show likely will heat up as the campaign season continues, Hermacinski said.

This morning, gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes is scheduled to appear on the show for an hour. Maes, who is traveling through Steamboat and Craig, said he was introduced to the show by a local chairman and spoke with Douglas and Hermacinski by phone in the past.

“They offered to give me some time a couple months ago,” he said. “I like the style and format of their show and their focus on conservative politics. It was a positive experience.”

Hermacinski said that as the show has gained attention, campaign workers have begun to contact them to book time for their candidates.

“In both (Maes’) case and Ken Buck’s case, we interviewed them by phone, and we always invite them and encourage them to come,” Douglas said. And they come, “knowing they can come up here; they can get an hour interview; they can reach this part of the Rocky Mountain West and specifically Colorado.”

The hosts said they plan to continue having a guest on the show every day at 11 a.m. As for a Palin appearance, well, Hermacinski and Douglas would happily offer her the opportunity.

“Our airwaves are open to any legitimate politician, anyone with a legitimate point of view, so sure,” Hermacinski said.

— To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail zfridell@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

JustSomeJoe 4 years, 4 months ago

The Cari and Rob show is just what we need, more daily media focused on the minutia of politics. Every utterance, rumor or happening trying to be made into the story of the day. The 24 hour news cycle continues to throw dirt by the shovelful on substantive journalism.

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Fred Duckels 4 years, 4 months ago

I have great admiration for those who can come up with an idea and make it blossom,congratulations!

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bandmama 4 years, 4 months ago

Be cautious!!! It wont take much to burst to another seam in Robs shirt!!!!! (he has already shown he can contact ones employer and co workers if you disagree with his view!)

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freerider 4 years, 4 months ago

I would have to give this show two thumbs down , unless I'm at home then I would give it two thumbs up , but if somebody asked me about it I would say I didn't like it , unless it was a Monday , but if it's a Tuesday then I might like it , indecision may or may not be the problem here . I just can't decide . Maybe I should run for city council . I think I'm qualified to waffle and flip-flop with the other council members

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Fred Duckels 4 years, 4 months ago

I challenge all you venom agents to start up a liberal talk show, then you could make the paper. The chances of sucess would likely rank up there with the lottery.

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