~ 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.
~ Billo Reilly will be on fire for sure for the next two weeks: the handsome tattooed Secular Progressive on the left was arrested for allegedly trying to burn down San Franciso's Grace Cathedral Sunday. This will add to Billo's list of top reasons San Francisco should be excommunicated. (Can you waterboard a wholecity?)
mp;gt;~ Arbitron ratings for summer. We haven't seen the money demo numbers yet, but apparently strength of public stations KUOW and KPLU on the FM dial has started speculation afresh that Bonneville (KIRO, KTTH, and B97.3 FM) which has been doing FM news talk nationally might be seriously considering justthe that in Seattle.
~ Spam your friends and get free gifts! Crosscut, the gray lady straining to be Seattle's news site of record, has introduced, within their confines, a grand blog called poetically, and appropriately, The Crosscut Blog. Quite a stir's been kicked up already among the scenester cognizati over publisher David Brewster's inaugural post, The Tudor Choir at St. James: Amen! Even more exciting is the incentive to get you (and us!) to send e-mails recommending Crosscut to 10 or more of your (and our) friends. Bearing no expense, they'll give every 10th person who does so- up to ten (10!) people will win- a $10 (ten dollar) gift certificate to Elliott Bay Books. (scoring for the lucky winners at least a latté and a bookmark at the venerable bookery).
~ You think liberals have troubles, dep't. It was at the cooterly Republican website Sound Politics; and it's a strong contender for Best Comment of 2007. A nuclear hen-agheddon was barely averted Sunday when one Eunice Burns asked snottily, "Where did Ruth Gibbs get her perm, I need to go there too." Ruth Gibbs, the 2004 Republican candidate for the 11th District, wrote: I want to know who you are. You are rude, ill mannered, and how dare you insult my perm? I have it done by the same person who does perms for a very well liked, very powerful and very well respected elected woman in the Republican Party. Watch who you insult. With that in mind, I will make sure that this elected official is informed what you think of our hairdresser. She will definitely not like it. This could come back to bite you and seriously hurt your political career if you are who I think you are. In addition, do understand that I am a professional business woman, and there is monetary value attached to libel. (Photo: Ruth Gibbs and her perfectly suitable perm).
~ What Makes Great Radio... radioprofesser, one of the more prolific commenters at radioinfo.com submitted this list recently, which must hail from a bygone era in radio:
A. Find a demographic and OWN it. No more than a 15 year spread male or female. OVER PERFORM beyond belief. Use research to confirm, but lead your effort to attract the demo.
B. Hire great talent, people who connect to the demographic you want and then develop them.
C. Create memories. Moments that people remember forever. Too few stations do this anymore. This is not a CD giveaway, cash contest, or meet the artist flavor of the month. This is really touching lives. Two or three morning shows in Seattle did this years ago and are still remembered by their listeners. The new shows don't seem to know how.
D. Promote. Advertise on TV and be at events where your audience can see you. Many stations forget this basic element of greatness.
E. Finally: Take Risks. Dare to be great. Do something no one else has thought to do. Stretch the imagination.