What a year!
Talk radio didn't lose as it has in recent years--but audiences didn't bounce back, or didn't grow, either--radio held its own this year.
BlatherWatch, on the other hand, has thriven like choke weed, running up the skirts of local radio and choking off the competition like a morning glory of righteousness.
That's because Seattle radio town has been right (and left) lively.
THANK YOU, THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU to the tippers, the sources, the insiders, the blabber-mouthing threep doats whose secreted, sensational and occasionally accurate information not only always checks out, but have made us more than just another screedblog or Air America fansite.
With a new logo and a new time slot that gets them out of the stiff midmorning competition, The Commentators may do better for KVI in the afternoon drive (m-f,3-6p). But we ain't buying The tough guy logo, with Ken Schram looking like he just bit off your ear, and John Carlson with a lip-curl like someone just farted in the elevator.
BEST HEADLINE: Feckless beck flicks flecks of dreck
Glenn Beck, the pop-eyed, schmegegge-spreader with a penchant for mean, whom we've described as a "hypermanic, chubby-cheeked, arm-waving, spittle-spraying, grenade-launching, sex-obsessed, fag-baiting, right-wing cheer-king for violence against diversity" was moved to KTTH's morning drive. He will add luster and distinction to the Seattle mediascape, according to Bonneville. He's a native of Mt Vernon, and a CNN commentator. Look out Sean Hannity: Beck is the only person on the right who might knock you off your gravitas pedestal.
(photo: Goldy & Mayor Nickels join in on a rousing chorus of Where Have All the Republicans Gone? at Drinking Liberally in February).
MOST VITALLY SIGNIFICANT RADIO TOWN EVENT OF 2007: Bonneville International's acquisition in January of Seattle's KIRO, KTTH, oldies KBSG, (and a station in Cincinnati) in a trade with Entercom for three San Francisco FM radio stations.
Major firings this year: Bonneville cleaned out some deadwood this year: New York Vinnie from evening Sportstalk; Ron Reagan from his tentative one hour noon toe-dipper on KIRO; Dan Sytman and Teresa Joy (La Joie) from the medium evil, early morning Sytman & Boze Show.
Bryan Suits lost his longtime perch on the KVI afternoon drive, but may be making a rather rapid reappearance in Los Angeles.