Dennis Miller, the former SNL comedian, sports caster turned libertarian, security conservative radio talk host and will take over KVI's 9 ta noon slot in early February. He left the Seattle market when KKOL flipped to business talk early this month.
The KVI slot is now filled with Dr. Laura Schlessinger who tells young women and gay men why they shouldn't sleep with their boyfriends. She tersely supports wives who are having trouble serving and servicing their husbands on demand as, she believes, is their Biblical role. (Laura's never lasted long in this market, though she's tried many times).
She is a "series of tubes."
"[Laura] produced an 0.8 in the the 25-54 Summer book," our KOMO source tells us, "Miller should do better."
There is, of course, persistent talk that KVI will one day bring Rush Limbaugh back to their schedule where he once anchored the whole station. KTTH, then owned by Entercom managed to steal the Big Fat Head, and helped start KVI on a descending trajectory.
Bonneville, it is said, hasn't the juice with Limbaugh that Entercom had -- and Fisher still has -- so hope springs infernal for getting back Big Pants. Or so goes the story...
Dennis Miller's show is convivial, not pissed-off, and sometimes funny. Miller often has on apolitical show business friends who he has managed to hang onto despite his sometimes obnoxious about-face rightward after 9-11. The conversations stray from the partisan fire-eating.
He's a weekly teevee guest of Billo Reilly, whom, judging by the frown and sighs, he seems to barely tolerate, We're probably projecting that on Miller, because we, ourselves can barely tolerate Billo (we watch him every day) but if it is true, it makes Miller slightly endearing.