In another admirable but probably pointless re-shuffling of the deck chairs, KVI will put Dennis Miller in the 9a-noon slot, in early February. Maybe they decided one negative, sharp-toothed scold (Laura Ingraham. m-f, 3-6p) was enough -- if so, we'd have to agree.
Laura has never lasted long around here (she was on The Buzz in the '90's). Miller started on KKOL and lasted until that station's recent flip to a business-news format. He has never been properly promoted in this market. KKOL with its transmitter problems couldn't give Miller a real go.
Unfortunately, most of The Dennis Miller Show will be delayed for Seattle, and the three hours run out of sequence. Fisher Program Director Dennis Kelly writes: "KVI will carry the final hour of Miller LIVE from 9-10a. The first two hours of the show will be played at 10a-12n. Because the show is built on stand-alone hours, many stations in the Pacific time zone are airing it this way."
Miller's schtick is smart, low-key sarcasm, with libertarian, security-mom politics, and LA-centric insiderism. His elongated, arcane, pop-culture references, are rumored to be funny by them what have the pop-culture background to understand him. (gotta admit, as Westerners, we like a little LA blather once in a while -- the NY variety is ubiquitous in talk media).
But this show is better than you'd think -- Miller is likable on the radio -- not the stiff jerk he seems to be spouting right-wing comedic lines while Bill O'Reilly feeds him the straight-man lines, calling him "Miller," while straining to be one of the guys. Dennis seems uncomfortable and embarrassed sometimes in these weekly appearances with the Big Fat Head.
But he's got interesting show-business friends many of whom are comedians like Jon Lovitz and Dan Carvey. The Washington Post's Howard Fineman is on regularly; and because he's a 911 conservative, Miller walks the rare line of just right-wing enough to snare such as Ann Coulter, and be a useful tool for Fox News' pundits as a representative of Hollywood culture.
To his credit (but knowing the location of the butter in relation to his bread) Miller frequently defends Hollywood which is not the evil place it's cast on Fox News, and is, of course, where he lives and eats.
Dennis Miller has done about everything there is to do on teevee,SNL, stand-up, Monday Night Football, game shows, commercials and a series of talk shows on HBO, and CNBC.