Reggie Rivers provides the answer to the question: How does a liberal Black man get a job writing an editorial column in a Denver newspaper? The answer, of course, is: By being a former Denver Bronco running back/special teamer. But you know what? I don't care how Rivers got his column, because his stuff is great, today's piece about "supporting the troops" in Iraq being just the latest example.
We live in a country where it is very hard to get anywhere as an opinion writer of color who wasn't groomed by the right wing media machine. (See Navarette, Ruben.) Reggie Rivers is a Colorado treasure, but I wish he had a larger audience. His attempt during the '90s to be a talk radio host was ahead of its time -- he was on KOA and the wingnut radio audience couldn't deal with him.
So, I'm thinking, how about it, Air America? Everybody knows AAR needs more people of color in the lineup. More people from the West too. And Rivers has already shown that he can handle the talk radio format. I don't know what his agents think about it, or whether they've already talked with AAR, but I'd love to see Reggie get a national radio audience. Or at least a nationally syndicated column!