RE-PETE: When it was conceived, KKWK (1380 AM) seemed to offer the fan of fringe talk radio just about everything they could want, with a number of veteran, caffeinated hosts congregating on one convenient spot on the AM dial. Though you could pick favorites from a varied cast that included Onion Horton, Charlie Tuna, Virvus Jones, Hank Thompson, Bill Haas and Mark Kasen, the sound of the world falling apart may have come in clearest during the overnight hours. Pete Parisi, the longtime host of the outrageous cable-TV staple World Wide Magazine, hosted a show that repeatedly punched every hot button. He played old tapes of the Amos and Andy Show. He hung up on other hosts. He pulled in longtime WWM contributor Black Jesus, then had him argue with four or five callers, all live, in a conference call. At moments like that, minidramas played out at 3:30 a.m., all voices competed, often hot-tempered and obscene. It was absolute comedy. Though its run was short, KKWK bristled with a buzz of anger, venom and, importantly, not many commercials. It was talk radio stripped bare, ugly and insightful, a whore not to advertisers but to the egos of hosts and callers. (TC)

OUT IN THE STREETS: On some Saturday nights, you'd get the idea that downtown is back, completely. Cars line the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Washington Avenue, and valets zip around, pulling their rides onto crowded lots. Young people with cell phones stand in long lines, waiting to enter half-empty clubs that keep demand up by keeping people waiting. It's an interesting game, and it's upon us. Washington Avenue -- and the blocks of Locust and Tucker nearby -- has been the area tabbed by many as the next area of downtown to really "break." The arrival of nearly a half-dozen new bars to the scene has certainly invigorated that perception. Now, the district faces the task of integrating other facets of city living into the mix, starting, obviously, with apartments and lofts, coupled with services: copy shops, a Laundromat, a video store. The public and financial interest in the zone has never been higher. That alone is a positive sign -- ideas and money wedded to see the area grow. (

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