~~OK, OK, this Van Dyne guy sucks (KIRO fill-in m-f, 9p- 1a) like with his topic about the ethics of doing it with robots, as a loyal reader complains. But her examples of who was better for the KIRO slot doesn't do it for us. Remember: they were alleged liberals, but in the fluff dep't, Mike Webb played disco, waxed nostalgic for the 1970's, and shook his booty out for snacks. Erin Hart talked about cleaning her refrigerator and her damn dog! Yet, we agree- Van Dyne represents what we hope isn't a long-term trend at KIRO of hiring issues-lite FM-ers like the anabolic morons Wrong & Dong (m-f, 4-7p). We're hoping Entercom will Procaccino Van Dyne's ass.
~~Speaking of former talk host Mike Webb- his omnibus hearing (where he may plea out) for felony insurance fraud is next Friday, June 30, 10 a, in Judge Helen Halpert's courtroom (E 847, 8th floor) in the King County Court House. Trial is set for July 12 (if it goes to trial). Webb has re-set court appearances many times before, so stay tuned.
~~Now we've heard KIRO employees think that the dearly departed producer Ann Wog was a BlatherWatch source. Unfortunately, she was not. We could never get anything out of her. Hell, she wouldn't even return emails (like so many of you won't). Ironically, some of those spreading that rumor have leaked themselves.
~~David Goldstein (KIRO Sundays, 7-10p) will fill in for Frank Shiers Saturday evening 7-10p. (look out Frank, remember what happened last time Goldy filled in for somebody...be still my beating heart). He'll be talking to Rep. Jay Inslee, about the New Apollo Project, his enlightened energy bill; then slick chick Erica Barnett from The Stranger, will discuss local transportation, a subject about which she is a well-known virtuoso, having covered it for years. Also local blogger Darryl of Hominid Views to discuss his outing of Mike McGavick's disingenuous claims on CAFE standards; and how the blogosphere is keeping candidates -- and journalists -- honest.
~~and they say we're mean... We heard Bryan Suits, the erstwhile Republican talker who cut and ran from Iraq in 2003 (KVI m-f, 5-8) recently refer to Ken Schram (KOMO m-f, 10a-12p) on-air as "The Acne-ed One." (Schram has one of those complexions that look like his face caught on fire and someone tried to put it out w/a track shoe). This is the kind of ad hominem attack we've come to expect from the desperate, bitter, angry, extreme far right.