~ Funny, they always question our credentials... (but then again, we're just self-appointed radio critics) When Jen Andrews withdrew as Ron & Don's (KIRO m-f, 3-6p) producer last summer, PD Rod Arquette hired a young thing named Carolyn. Staffers tell us that it was obvious she knew not what she was doing, "EVERYONE," says one, "knew that woman was a fraud- and EVERYONE told him so!" But she survived until recently a job applicant came in and spotted "producer" Carolyn and yelled, "She's no producer!" Seems Carolyn was the applicant's board op at a California station and had no producing experience except producing creative resumes, or perhaps small cries from men of a certain age. After being exposed, she was canned, and the applicant got the job- at least temporarily. Our source says, "In the end, management had to cover themselves for a dumb choice. It makes no sense that she was hired in the first place. Especially given the talented producers the station all ready has."
~ Being Ron & Don's producer. You have to be a part Mom, part hall monitor, part dog, part dogcatcher. Please enjoy this picture of Ron Upshaw wearing a bra on the outside of his clothes: gives you an idea what an R&D producer's gotta contend with. (the leg in the picture is Don's)
~ AFTRA at KUOW? We've heard that the public radio station's staffers have been talking to the union, could help them in the living wage dep't. AFTRA's John Sandifer says rival KPLU is a "happy union station" but there's been no KUOW talks yet. Our pitiful emails to staffers about this have gone unanswered. (Public radio people have so much more INTEGRITY than commercial radio people, who don't always take heed when their bosses tell them to keep their mouths shut...)
The doddering Jim Miller who blogs at the rightist Sound Politics came up with this let' em eat kuken remark when doing a fogey-ish yet condescending description of Seattle's homeless: "One reason I come to that conclusion is that, of the homeless that I saw who were awake and sober, most appeared cheerful, appeared to be enjoying life. They looked like men who were where they wanted to be, not men who had been driven to a place of last resort. (And some who were not sober appeared quite cheerful as well. One in Pioneer Square even came close to offering me a beer, with a smile.) National Christian blogger Jesus' General (see right) wrote Miller a funny letter commending him for his sound reporting and moral turpitude (and probably brought more traffic to his blog in one day as he's enjoyed in a year).
~ Mike Webb's accused murderer, Scott Brian White's trial date-setting hearing was postponed again Monday. We'll keep BlatherWatchers posted as to the legals progress in the case. As always, it takes a while for things to get rolling. Until the next step, White remains in jail on $1 million bail and charged with first degree murder to which he's pleads not guilty.
~ Is Dori Monson really the highest-rated talk host in Seattle like he says? No, that would be Rush Limbaugh. But he can say that because if there's one thing we've learned about radio: everybody lies with ratings. Hell, now we do it too. We are the no.1 Seattle talk radio blog, not only in our time slot but in all dayparts. We are the Dori Monson Of The Seattle Blogosphere.
~ It's the time of year for the infamous "blowhard programming." So called because of the need felt by local stations like like KIRO to do 24-hour weather topics when the weather gets bad. We were reminded of that last weekend when the Tacoma foundry fire (nobody killed) caused all other topics stopped on KIRO for the rest of the day. Last year's windstorm caused KIRO and KOMO to go into days of weather aftermath talk which was some of the most boring in the history of local broadcasting.