~ Like calling the aid car for a hemorrhoid? (or maybe vice-versa, in this case) did anyone besides us find KIRO's Monday night calling in the late Frank Shiers and going into full-on Storm Watch 2008 mode a little silly? While it was really nice to hear our close friend, Frank fill in for the syndicated Phil Hendrie who replaced him, (Frank's weather-talking mastery has earned him the nickname,"Shiver,") having all talk off the table except weather sent us to scurrying for Mike Malloy (KPTK m-f,7-10p). Besides, the weather wasn't all that daunting. Apparently, it was snowing on the Issaquah plateau, the mountain passes,north of the Snoho line, and in the wilds of Queen Anne Hill. The commute promised to be daunting, but WTF? Couldn't that have been well-handled on KIRO's many news breaks? Maybe it was to assuage KIRO's guilt for bringing in their first syndication in the weekdayparts and to assure us that they're still here to serve us live & locally. If the latter is true, it was gross overcompensation.
~ The new KIRO website will be all about "community" and shit; and will be up soon, according to everyone. They're lucky to have David Goldstein (Sat., Sun., 7-10p) already on their payroll. Goldy must have been a great resource since his claim to fame is that he's a NW blogger with national renown whose platform, Horsesass.org is one of the biggest online communities in the region. Nobody will talk to us yet, but with that kind of live and local experience on tap, maybe the site will go from the B- we gave it to an A. (Even KIRO's B- beat all the other talk stations' sites by a mile).
~ I am not a kook! bRyAn StYbLe (KIRO Sundays, 10p-1a) tried to dispel rumors about himself last Sunday night, at the end of his show. So know-it-now from your favorite know-it all: a) he is not a racist, he is in fact an integrationist. b) he does not work for free, he just was not paid once in New Mexico. Our questions to bRyAn: Have you learned to breath through your nose? Do you still wear a watch on both arms?
~ We gleaned this controversial commentary on recent radio history from one of our unnamed sources while doing our brrrrilliant post, Talkritique: live & local talk radio... is it over? If KIRO had figured out sooner what it figured out in August 2007, morphing into a NewsTalk station after desperately clinging to a declining NewsRadio image, it could have created a talk line-up to maintain dominance among talk stations. But they would have had to write off the news audience, let KOMO happen, and become the live, local talk station. In a perfect world, it would NOT have launched KTTH and instead put its resources into KIRO. That evolution should have happened in 2003. By 2008, KIRO would have been the bullet-proof talk station. There’s a lot of catching up to do for KIRO and challenges presented by the presence of KTTH/Rush. Bonneville inherited this mess.
~ Nobody would go to Sunset Bowl last Friday to photograph Too Beautiful to Live's Jen Andrews for BlatherWatch. She hates us and won't respond to our requests for a photo. But thankfully, TBTL released the stunning headshot of Jen on the left.
~ Charming son of a bitch, Bill Cunningham, KVI's syndicated Sunday night answer to The David Goldstein Show. He insists on calling Obama, "Barack Mohammed Hussein Obama," and said recently, "it would be a shock" if "Barack Mohammed Hussein Obama can be elected the president of this country in these difficult terrorist times." The big-mouthed hee-haw (photo right) also claimed that Obama "was raised in madrassas in Indonesia." Get ready for more of that from the vile right wingers if Barack is nominated.
~ "women masturbating horses" is one perverted thing you can put into the Google and get you to BlatherWatch. We're just grateful it wasn't "men masturbating horses." That would be really sick.
~ Global warming denying creationist for governor? a reader gleaned from the otherwise top drawer Kirby Wilbur Show (KVI, 5-9a) that Republican gubernatorial candidate, Dino "I wuz robbed" Rossi, is not only a global warming denier who calls it “a myth” and “a hoax;” but he favors teaching Biblical creationism in public school science classes; and presumably believes the earth was created in one great week just 8,000 years ago.
~ storming the high ground, Bill O'Reilly climbed up
on his high horse to astoundingly denounce some NBC commentators for
"continu[ing] to slam Senator Clinton." Did the Fox News Designated
Jerk turn to salt mouthing this hypocrisy? No: he went forth to accuse
Chris Matthews (photo left) for being "rough" on Hillary and aired a video clip of
MSNBC Matthews' saying, "The reason she's a U.S. senator, the reason
she's a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner
is her husband messed around." O'Reilly said: "We don't do that here
... I mean, that is a personal attack!" Thanks for setting the high
industry standards for fair comment. billo. Now you can, SHUT UP!!!
"KIRO, my former employer in Seattle," writes Allan Prell in his new, tell-all radio book, Unplugged, "featured traffic reports during the morning and afternoon drive time “on the seven’s.” Seven after, seventeen after, twenty seven after, you get the picture. The audience hopefully had become accustomed to hearing the traffic reports at that time during the hour. Then in a daring programming move that could only be described as genius the decision was made to have the traffic reports “on the three’s,” oh three, thirteen past,twenty-three past, you can figure it out from there. The reason given for this innovative ground-breaking decision was that the competition, the much lower rated station, KOMO presented their traffic reports “on the fours.” It was explained to me in this manner, KIRO’s traffic reports would now be aired a full 60 seconds earlier than the competition. It's that kind of thinking that has made radio in America what it is today.