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“Heck, she’s gotten her state and city so much pork, she’s at risk of trichinosis.”

— Democratic strategist Paul Begala, speaking of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee.

Berry Marconi

One of Washington’s oldest radio stations has just won the Marconi.

The what?

“What the Oscar is to Hollywood, and the Emmy to television, the Marconi is to radio,” explains Chris J. Berry, president and general manager of “Newstalk 630 WMAL,” a Citadel Broadcasting station.

In a memo to his staff on Friday, Mr. Berry wrote: “Last night in Austin, Texas, [program director] Paul Duckworth accepted a Marconi — a big one — on behalf of each of you and the work that you do every day.”

Bestowed by the National Association of Broadcasters, the award recognizes WMAL as the country’s “Major Market Station of the Year” — beating out popular stations in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The station has a rich local history dating back to 1925. For more than four decades, Washingtonians were awakened by folksy morning hosts Frank Harden and Jackson Weaver. Filling the same early time slot today are Andy Parks and former Hollywood actor and ex-congressman Fred Grandy.

The station’s lineup also features Chris Plante, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Austin Hill, Paul Harvey and George Noory, the latter making it very difficult to sleep at night.

Quote of the week

“Charles Rangel, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee — this is the guy that writes the tax codes. The tax codes that we all follow. Well, he has been found to be in default on his taxes on income on a beach villa he owns in the Caribbean. Rangel blamed it on his accountant, and he said he didn’t understand the law. Didn’t understand it? He wrote it! If he doesn’t understand it … .”

— NBC “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno

John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or