Will Bonneville, new owners of KIRO radio fire David Goldstein (Saturdays, Sundays, 7-10p)? We'd guess not.
Mainstreamer Republican Mark Gardner, writing on WhackyNation writes, with a geezerly cluck: "In my day working for Bonneville, Goldstein’s blatant anti-establishment, hate-America attitude would never have been tolerated."
(Anti-establishment?! We thought the 'establishment' was all liberal around here- at least that's what Dori, Sytman, Boze, Carlson, Shiers, Suits, Eyman, keep telling us).
Goldy won't be fired because he's got potential as a hot radio property. He owns the most widely read and easily the most influential political blog in the state, and has uncovered stories that have given him national face enabling him to get name brand politicos even without a producer. (Old media is running circles around themselves to be included in the circle between consumers and the blogs, podcasts, vlogs and other Internet social networks).
He's one of a very few live and local liberals on the radio in Seattle. (Dave Ross, Ron Reagan, round out that tiny club).
On the radie-yo only a year or so, Goldy was shoved behind a mike with no more direction than Frank Shiers pointing at which buttons to push and whom to salute. Entercom had no air checks, or guidance (other than spiritual) for novices.
We'd say Goldy's done pretty well, considering.
" I know," writes Gardner, "my radio counterparts would never have put up with Goldstein’s sophomoric, liberal crap. I never would have."
Gardner's résumé says he was a TV suit when Bonneville owned both KIRO TV and KIRO radio (since split).
And when was this? Turns out Gardner worked in TV in the early 1980's! In the prehistory of modern talk radio, before Limbaugh. (he's Olde School; from Back In The Day, in the Olde Timey-Times).
We're not so sure this partisan TV guy from the media Jurassic is much of an authority on liberal talk radio.
Rumors are that KPTK is squirreling with CBS to get some local programming.They're said to be hoping to make Goldstein an offer. We'd love that on several levels- besides, he'd still work cheap.