We've been told that the conventional wisdom around KIRO is that BlatherWatch is paid for by Fisher Broadcasting (KOMO, KVI).
The myth is that the owner of this blog is related to someone who works for Fisher and that's why we're so nice to KVI, and so mean to KIRO.
While it's true, Blathering Man has a relative at KOMO TV; and we can't deny that KOMO radio execs love every minute of our chronicling of the missteps and peccadilloes of the Entercom stations; we have to sadly say, no one has even offered us a mug or a tote bag, much less a check.
As a matter of fact, KOMO execs have ignored our annoying e-mails like anyone at KIRO.
The truth of the matter is, this blog is news-driven, and no one can deny how much news the former top-dog talker, KIRO and its little sister KTTH has generated in the scant year or so we've been posting- such as:
~The stations' precipitous fall in news talk status and ratings
~Allan Prell's firing and backlash
~Tony Ventrella's firing
~Mike Webb's arrest and firing
~Erin Hart's "lay-off"
~Mike Siegel's firing
~Lou Pate's resignation
~Dori Monson's pantsfall
~ the longsuffering Dave Ross's banishment onto the ice floes of traffic spots
~The lack of decision in replacing key KIRO hosts
~Bosch, Heather off her tether
~KTTH talkers, Buttons and Boze
~Rush Limbaugh tanking at KTTH
~The KIRO inflatable mascot hired on the 9 to noon
~Entercom's legal problems in New York
~KIRO and KTTH union decertification
~Ron Reagan on KIRO
~Brian Styble's oddly shaped butt
~Frank Shiers' startling lack of humor
Boyo, do we ever wish KVI, KKOL or any other local station would generate even a fraction of what comes out of KIRO alone. (KTTH isn't much fun any more since it was taken over by robots).Those other stations don't seem to change that much- they're boring, but KIRO just keeps on delivering the goods.