WILD CARD: U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords is making waves in Washington, and the ripples reached all the way to a radio station in Winooski last week. WKDR talk show host Mark Johnson got a call from the White House, offering an eight-minute interview with chief of staff Andrew Card. I think I got 15 minutes out of him, Johnson says of the Wednesday exchange, during which the two discussed the tax cut proposed by President Bush. Jeffords stands resolutely in the Shrubs way. If Jeffords continues to be a critical vote, it might be helpful in getting important people in Washington on my program, and Im happy about that even if the senator is unwilling to appear, says Johnson. Every little bit helps when you are losing the biggest mouth in the business. By the first of June, Rush Limbaugh will no longer be heard afternoons on 1390 AM. Clear Channel Communications, the megacorporation that owns distribution rights to his show, will be moving Limbaugh to its new talk station, The Zone, at 96.7 FM and 960 AM. That leaves a three-hour hole between noon and 3 p.m. on WKDR. Owner Ken Squier sums it up, Just when we thought we had all the cats in the bag, one got out.
IN BRIEF: Its getting embarrassing, David Budbill says of his most favored poet status on Garrison Keillors morning radio show, The Writers Almanac. On Monday, the Wolcott wordsmith heard yet another of his poems read aloud on National Public Radio his 15th in the past 17 months. In a separate deal, he got a choice seven-minute slot on NPRs Weekend Edition, during which he read Bugs in a Bowl with ceramic accompaniment. Still no invitation from Keillor for Prairie Home Companion, though. Says Budbill, Im waiting for him to come over and ask me to dance. . . . . . Over at Resolution in South Burlington, they do a lot more than duplicate and ship videotapes all over the world. They produce and shoot specials and documentaries for cable networks like A&E and Discovery. Co-owner and cinematographer Jimmy Taylor has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Photography for the series, Pets: Part of the Family, which airs nationally on public television stations with host Gary Burghoff of M.A.S.H. fame. Taylor has shot 26 shows all over the English-speaking world. Ruff life. . . Muddy Waters flow south. After seven years of caffeinating crowds on Main Street, owners Mark and Carrie MacKillop are opening a new eating establishment in the Shelburne Shopping Plaza. Instead of coffee and scones, theyll be serving pizza and salads. The name will be improved, too, from Pepperonis to Fibonaccis, after the Italian mathematician . . . Burlington is expecting plenty of protesters in anticipation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas meeting in Quebec City next week. And Vergennes publishers Beverly Red and Mitch Hall hope to inspire them with Ignoring Binky: The Life and Times of Victor Evertor a self-published graphic novel that explores the mentality of an emblematic evil multinational chief executive officer. Red illustrated the anti-capitalist comic book that is on sale at Borders, Book Rack, Bear Pond Books, Vermont Bookshop and the Peace and Justice Center easy reading for the road, or a few days in the slammer. . .