~ Is Dori going viral? The answer is yes according to our sources, and it could be deliverance from the boredom we're having with local talk radio. Dori Monson, (KIRO m-f, 12-3p) recently bought the dorimonson.com domain for an undisclosed amount, reportedly hefty. (he's got the dough, dude, he's the King of Seattle radio, and endorses a hundred products and services!) His intention: "to be able to respond in kind to BlatherWatch, and have a site like Goldstein's except put some money into it," or so they say. Until he recently scooped it up, The domain had been parked with a polite spoofsite gently making fun of The Dorster. Here's a cached version of it.
~ The Christianizing of Kirby & Company (KVI m-f, 5-9a) has stuck some sharp pointy fingers in some soft spots. A KVI/KOMO staffer wrote to say "the situation is delicate right now," and that management is very aware of it. The sharp-tongued Carleen Johnson, former news "gal," now Associate Pastor, is leading the weekdaily devotionals with Kirby chiming in passively and Matt Haver not saying much. A comm ent by EBB: "I had to stop listening to Kirby months ago because I could not abide by the religious turn the show had been taking." Not that the KVI suits don't like Jesus, we're told, but it's conventional broadcasting wisdom that religion-speak turns off listeners on secular radio. Sweet old Blatherwatch commenter Tommy008 writes: "This morning they had a Christian movie reviewer on since, of course, a just a plain old movie reviewer wouldn't do. Carleen mentioned during this segment about being "on fire" for God." Last May, Johnson quit because, sources told us, the outspoken Christian conservative was uncomfortable about the way KOMO was reporting- among other stories- the Supreme Court decision on late term abortions. She brought an attorney down to Fisher Plaza, and after nearly two weeks of negotiations, the resignation was declared a "misunderstanding," by management. This may be a clue as to why the kid gloves around this on-air Chirstian witnessing which has got to be giving management the hives.