Last week Dori Monson was ambushed by Governor Gregoire that is, called him without prearrangement -- and he's been bragging/complaining ever since.
We loved the whole exchange, it was great radio, and wrote almost lovingly about Dori for once. (It showed that despite he has a girl's name, he is The King Of Seattle Talk Radio)
We realized that one of the things that bugs us about local talk radio now that it's been dry-cleaned, pressed and all the local weirdos removed, is the absence of the unexpected. With just Dori, Dave, The Commentators, Ron and "I would Be" Don, there's none (save maybe Kirby of KVI) of the pure, local, slightly strange, one-of-a-kind hosts that promote (not always intentionally) that tension of the unexpected and take you occasionally by surprise.
(That's some of why we're hooked on Too Beautiful to Live (KIRO m-f, 7-10p -- it's feeling that anything -- though perhaps trivial -- can happen at any time).
Local talk radio quirkies gone, but not forgotten: Allan Prell, Frank Shiers, David Goldstein, Bryan Styble, Mike Siegel, Lou Pate, Mike Webb, Dan Sytman, Fred Ebert, Gary Ryan. Bryan Suits, Gary Mantz, Erin Hart. We bitched about these fruitcakes constantly, but it was a feast, at least, to write about.
But we digress:
I think listeners should know that I, too, have been ambushed by Gov. Gregoire. In fact, the day the Boeing decision was announced, she called me TWICE on the SAME SHOW for a double-ambush. I have received exactly zero expressions of sympathy for this treatment, which I feel borders on ruthlessness. It's outrageous that our tax dollars should be paying, however modestly, for the governor to treat me in this way.
But he says he feels dissed by Dino Rossi (Gregoire's slippery opponent) who has never ambushed him. He's been in-studio for a half hour which translates to 17 minurtes of pure talk, but it was brely enough time, he says, to ask him the questions he's aching to ask the skeezy, mellowmouthed Machiavellian real estate developer.
- If Gov. Gregoire 'lost the Sonics' does that mean you favor use of state money to subsidize Steve Ballmer (net worth about 14 billion)?"
- I also want to know what he'll tell the Seattle neighborhoods who have settled on a six-lane 520?
- What [does] the BIAW may want from him?
- Why he considers his tax returns off limits?
- [Does] he agrees that the revenue-sharing deal with the tribes he endorses would also have meant a significant expansion of gambling?
Dori won't ask these questions, and Dino will make it darn hard for Dave to do it. That's why the aura of the expected looms over local talk radio, and has caused us to lower our expectations.