~~Gotta say it it, KIRO is working hard on the ol' PR. Lots of personality promos, with all the new talent- at least they now have someone to promote after months of uncertainty, fill-ins, and despair. We've never seen such ado about a Battle of the Talk Show Hosts on Wednesday June 14 at the Everett Events Center (doors open at 6p-- the BOTTSH goes on the air at 7p) Producer Phil Vandervort blogs about it on the KIRO site. On stage debating will be Dave Ross, Dori Monson, and also, as Vandervort describes him- "710 KIRO's ubiquitous New York Vinnie." Plus the 3 newcomers: Ron Reagan, Ron Upshaw, Don O'Neill. We expect Reagan to shine- he has his dad's ability of putting his sharpest barbs into bouquets of humor and affability.
~~Which reminds us: we were visiting KIRO/KTTH the other day and saw the gorgeous LARGE pics of Syman & Boze (KTTH m-f, 5-9a) front and center in the entry. They've not been totally forgotten in the dustbin of history and robot science that is KTTH. Why aren't they going to BOTTSH? It could use some real conservatives.
~~Last BOTTSH had Frank Shiers and Erin Hart holding down the studio and doing color commentary. They were pretty good together, (together they had one brain) but Hart was riffed in January in the KIRO bloodbath. Wonder if they'll let the new guy- David Goldstein (Sundays, 7-10p) help out? Goldstein could get under the thin skin of Smarmy Frank, and that would be fun to listen to...
~~Speaking of hairy backs, the great white Bryan Styble (the semi-permanent/permanent full-on fill-in on the KIRO overnight) will be ensconced in The Bat Cave biting heads off chihuahuas during the BOTTSH. He's not quite ready for prime time
~~Goldstein's show is kicking major ass in the blogosphere- he's liable to say just about anything; has a great Rolodex, political street cred and an ear for the politics that can bring listeners to the radie-yo. It's fun reading the comment strings on Sound Politics, Horsesass and Blatherwatch, and seeing what the conservative trolls, and the sorely blemished have to say. Besides the anti-semitic remarks, the puerile cracks about Goldy's looks; there's also some pretty insightful (and inciteful) stuff. We like Goldstein' show because it's getting bloggers interested in talk radio and vice versa. They've had a tendency to see the medium as "old technology," which it is, but has been put to incredible use by the right, even in this liberal town. Sure wish these brave trolls- so outspoken on-line- would get on the phone and pitch Goldy some of the shit they're always threatening him with in the comfy confines of their cozy cubicles.
~~Whatever happened to Mike Siegel? First we heard he was doing fill-in on Fargo's WDAY-AM, but that's not happening any more. Then it went around that the former KTTH morning man and veteran broadcaster was selling cars down at Korum's Puyallup Nissan, a company known for hiring washed-up talk hosts, but that proved apocryphal. Now we're reading that he'll be doing The History of Radio at the Kent Senior Center, 6p, June 15, 600 E Smith St, and introducing Karen Steele, Republican candidate for State Senate, 33rd district. Jesus, Siegel used to own talk radio in this town...
~~*** *******, the blonde, masociopathic Christian author with the beaked vagina and crooked seams who says the most violently licentious things she can think of to sell her books has duped the Republican noisemakers so thoroughly, you can hear them all day long on talk radio and cable TV actually defending statements that ought to be shrinking their moribund testicles with shame. She, for all her Christian virginity-chic plays the slobberingly flirtatious middle-aged male talk hosts like tubas with lip gloss, leg shots, a trumped up décolletage, and sexy words out of her sexy mouth like "baby murder." Today on the John Carlson (KVI m-f, 3-5p) ******* talked about an issue in her latest book that's getting short shrift from the outcriers- she calls evolution,"bogus science, trotting out all the old arguments about the hoaxes, the "gaps" in the theory. "Liberals' creation myth," she writes,"is Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, which is about one notch above Scientology in scientific rigor." ******* doesn't pussy-foot with "intelligent design" nice-nice, evolution, she says, is just a godless liberal religion that's allowed in the public schools. That's the doctrinaire fundamentalist idiocy that we should be scorning her for,- the other stuff, the screechy dance on the graves of the 911 dead is just a demented adolescent sales pitch.
~~CORRECTIONS, damnit. We reported that Stefan Sharkansky had given information to reporters during the guberatorial deflection that was truthy, but not truthful. He challenged us- saying "prove that!" We'd heard this from several print media types, none of whom were willing to go on the record on this or give us a clearer description of the information he allegedly fed them erroneously. They still swear it's true, and say it was well-known around various newsrooms to take Stefan's facts with a little Dutch cleanser. We're giving Stefan, our new friend and neighbor, the benefit of the doubt and retracting that statement, knowing what a pack of liars these people are. (when in doubt, trust the blogger). We also said that Stefan has "repeatedly refused to be on the radio at the same time as David Goldstein." Stefan wrote and said he'd dared appear with David Goldstein "on more than one occasion," and named some of them and also some appearances in the future he'd be on the stage with Goldy. Radio producers have also told us that Stefan has refused to be on the same time as Goldstein to debate. We'll stand by that story- and Stefan's, too.
~~MORE CORRECTIONS. Danny Westneat, the aged Seattle Times columnist calls us to task for saying the mainstream media did not report about Dave Irons' striking his mother, even though they'd known about it for years. He says the Times' Keith Ervin, reported it back in 2003 during the County Council campaign. He's right, Ervin did, as reported by Darryl at Hominid Views back in October. We made our silly little claim after we talked to Joni Balter on the phone last fall who angrily told us the Times "couldn't do he-said/she said." Apparently they used to, and nobody paid any attention until Goldy's well-timed blog post (which the Times ignored).
~~Allen Prell will fill-in for Westwood One's Jim Bohannon tonight at 7p. No stations in the Seattle market carry the show although there are hundreds across the US. The closest is KLAY in Tacoma at 1180 AM. Go to allanprell.com and on the home page there are instructions on how to hear the show on the Internet.