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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Armstrong, Te'o: Big lies draw big attention

Lance Armstrong? Manti Te'o? Why do we care? (OK, I know some people don't…)

I think I figured out why these stories have exploded on the national stage. We don't like being lied to. Sure, we place undeserving athletes on a pedestal and project our hopes and dreams on them, regardless of what they are really like off the bike or field.

We build them up, expect near perfection and create a fantasy world that they live in full of money, fame and none of the problems everyday people face. When (not if) they fall, we furrow our brows or remember the good old days when they were still perfect.

We can forgive them for a variety of actions, just as long as they are perceived to be honest. So what we are saying is you can cheat and steal, just don't lie to us about it.


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I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass up… so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".


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