~ Welcome to Libby Denkmann who replaced Tina Nole as the Producer/Chief of Staff of the Dave Ross Show. (KIRO m-f, 9a-12p). Dave, we hear likes to form and shape producers in his image, which is not a bad thing. She's 22, just graduated from the UW with a degree in political science and international studies. She interned at the news desk then hired as Tina's associate producer then full time as her replacement. Factoid about Ms Denkmann: she interned for Patty Murray.
~Is there a Larry Craig defense fund we can support? Just because he's a Republican U.S. Senator and T-queen, doesn't mean he doesn't deserve his day- or months even- in court. We love it as liberals, and talk radio thrives on it despite the conservatives are eating their own.
~ we keep hearing that something big like birth, death infinity will be happening soon over at KVI. Plus: nobody's talking to us- always a sign something's up. There's a rumor going around talk shops in town that Fisher's making a country music station out of the legacy talker. We don't believe that, but let's face it, something's gotta happen, the station is so lame. Ratings are flat; not much seems to be working over there. The Commentators need the kind of juice gotten only if Carlson and Schram would disagree with some passion, and not sound like brothers-in-laws over a BBQ. Sean Hannity is so predictably partisan nobody's listening anymore. The droning Bryan Suits Show is dry as a popcorn fart and lost in the clot of talent and NPR news of the afternoon drive. Mark Levin is a squeaky little whiner. Only George Noory is bringing home the salumi for the station. Something's gotta give...
~ overly futzy talk radio topic of the week: Michael Medved's discussion of the public safety issues around the baggy-pants of the young. Freely letting your butt hang out of your pants is a precious First Amendment right, and don't ever let neocons like Medved take it away.
~ Frank Shiers is not a scab! We asked if he was, and it turns out he is not. Seems Frank got a job after a strike was settled at South Kitsap High School in January of 1982. "I never crossed a picket line. As a WEA member, I couldn't and wouldn't. I wasn't a scab."
~ Keith Olbermann had a staffer come out on the set during his show last week and yank on his hair with both hands. Why? because, he said, "there's some bald guy named Mark Levin who keeps insisting I wear a toupee." Questions we must ask: Isn't Levin (KVI m-f 6-8, and pronounced leh-VIN) too annoying to listen to without drinking alcohol first? Has anyone followed him into a public restroom?
~ Will Tony Snow come back to Fox Radio? Our DC guydoesn't think so. "Tony probably won't return to Fox anytime soon,' he writes, "and probably not to a regular radio talk show. There's a bunch of money to be made on the lecture circuit. If Ari Fleischer can get $50k a speech, Tony's good for double that, I would think."
~ Whoa Matt, who brought that up? After Drudge announced he's quitting the Sunday night radio program he's hosted since 1999, he told told NTS Aircheck, "This should not be taken as any indication that I feel radio is passé."