First of all, thank you for checking out the all new PM Tampa Bay page! This is where you'll be able to find highlights from each show along with columns I'll write about various issues in the news.
PM Tampa Bay is going to be quite a bit different from what you typically here on 970 WFLA. We're going to spend a lot of time covering local issues along with the major national stories that dominate the news. We're also going to cover a wide variety of other topics, from sports to entertainment to local events and everything in between.
What's also going to make this show unique is the perspective you'll get on the big stories of the day. I'm not beholden to any political party. I'm not a blind follower of any politician. I'm not going to come on at 6p every evening and regurgitate the same talking points you've heard time and time again. I could tell you 10 things I dislike about the Democratic Party, 10 things I dislike about the GOP and 10 things I think the president should be doing differently. I'm not an advocate for any of them.
I'm sure there will be times you'll agree with what I have to say and other times where you'll disagree. That's OK! One of the biggest problems in this country right now is that we've forgotten how to disagree. So many of us our just looking to hear what we want to hear, to have our opinions confirmed by someone who thinks the exact same way that we do. It's not healthy. It's the equivalent of eating a steady diet of sugary foods. It might be appealing and easy to do but at some point it's going to catch up to you. I think we're reaching that point in this country.
On this show you're going to hear from guests and analysts and politicians that have a wide range of viewpoints. Somewhere along the way we replaced listening to each other with shouting over each other. We replaced trying to understand the facts and what they tell us to trying to find facts that we like while ignoring the rest. My job is to give you as balanced of a view as I can on the issues and to help you understand the details of those issues a little bit better.
I think one of the hardest things for most casual observers of the news these days is the volume of news that's coming at you. It's non-stop. For me, following this stuff is my job. For most of you, you're doing 50 other things throughout the day, from work to school to taking care of kids. The news lately is overwhelming and exhausting. It's hard to tell what's important and what isn't. It's tough to know what's true and what's not. Complex issues are being oversimplified so they'll fit into a quick cable news segment or onto a meme that goes viral on Facebook. This show certainly isn't going to fix all of that, BUT we're going to try to do it differently. We'll try to provide you with the necessary context so what you get out of work or school and you're trying to understand what the hell happened over the past few hours you'll be able to walk away feeling like you have a general grasp of the day's biggest news.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to talking to you every day for a few hours on 970 WFLA!
- Ryan Gorman