~~Dori Monson quits smoking. We got it from about as close as you can get to Dori without sleeping with him. After realizing that a hit of the middle age mortality sweats he suffered was more than a piss shiver, he purportedly took three last drags and threw his last box of Marlboro Gold Light 100's in the trash can at the Eastlake parking lot. "He was heavy duty," says our source, "and it really weighted him down to be claiming all those years on the air he didn't smoke."
~~Rumors are rife- will KVI be sold to Disney? Some say the papers are ready to be signed. The entertainment giant is buying right wing talk stations all over the country. KTTH may be next, there's supposedly a deal on the table with Entercom, too. Disney Honchos told the Hollywood Reporter, "It's a natural progression- raise kids on Timon, Pumbaa and the Little Mermaid, and they're primed for Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity." It's a sick world.
~~Speaking of mermaids- Dave Ross lead story Thursday about the dead mermaid found washed up on a beach at Chennai, India by the devastating tsunami of December 26, 2004, was the best piece of radio investigative reporting we've seen since Rusty Humpheys exposed Randi Rhodes' tax write-off of her breast augmentation. Seems the faux mermaid corpse was buried in the Mermaid Cemetery in Murmansk without being scientifically ID-ed. After Ross's hard-hitting segment, the body, reportedly stitched together from a monkey's body and a taxidermy-ed tarpon, will be mounted in the KIRO studios.
~~there were globs of butter strewn all the studio floors this week after the 9 ta noon shift at KIRO. They were reportedly spat out by John Procaccino after they allegedly wouldn't melt in his mouth. The janitor ladies were not amused, but say it sure beats having to pick up all the babies scattered around after being thrown out with Frank Shiers' bathwater.
~~Michael Medved born again? Yes, twice. Fundamentalist Christians have been trying to convert the Cultural Crusader for years. After all, he defends them, votes for them- hell, he's just like one of them- except for one small detail- HE'S GOING TO HELL IF DOESN'T ACCEPT JESUS AS HIS PERSONAL SAVIOR! So when he finally got saved a couple of weeks ago by the crack Mobile Salvation Crew from Overlake Christian Church, the wily old Jewish neocon turned right around and got born all over again, this time as a blonde soprano from Cleveland.
~~Erin Hart, the former KIRO talk host started a doggie daycare center in West Seattle. She specializes in dogs of the rich; her tour de force is home baked treats and a doggie-cam so owners can view their pups from their office desktops. "I'm outa radio, she says, it's too ruff, ruff." She says that rumors that she and Mike Webb take long walks in the rain are apocryphal, but she would like to get to know him a little less. "He really got on my nerves," she says.