~~ KUOW, not KIRO is No.1 in the ratings in Seattle as P-I's Bill Virgin has reported. We hope Dori Monson (KIRO m-f, 12-3p) has made a correction, after the strutting, crowing segment he did, taking the credit for KIRO's success. Has Steve Scher (KUOW m-f, 9-11) usurped Dori as the new "King of Seattle Talk Radio?" We doubt Dori would agree, and this is all very beneath the Very Public Radio Steve. We admire his kingly professional decision NOT to be an asshole on the radio. Of course he comes from the confident place of a man whose hairline didn't come out of a box or bottle.
~~ No Saturday Presidential Weekly Address on the radio in Seattle??? Wow, that liberal media is screwing up! P-I blogger Brian Chin asked around and found no station that carries the traditional Saturday broadcast now that it's Obama not Bush. Right-wing KKOL and KVI once carried Bush's speech, as did dozens of stations across Washington despite Obama carried the state hugely in the election. A P-I commenter found that no one in the state carries it. Says something about Seattle radio, doesn't it? Another anomaly like not having a live & local liberal station in one of the liveliest, liberal localities on earth. No matter, though, get it on the Internets in another way Obama is "bypassing the media filter."
~~ Yes, Monday is KVI day. For something a little different, yet so the same, it's Weissbach, starting Monday 5-6p weekdays. Peter Weissbach (rhymes with lies-sack) is a Seattle retread well familiar in these dayparts. He has a voice that's been compared to the installing of dry-wall, and politics
(photo: Peter Weissbach, naturalized U.S. citizen from Mephistophelia)
to match. Rumors batting around radio town is that the harsh, right-winged libertarian and well-to-do Vancouver garbage collection heir has bought this drive-time hour on this troubled station just for the air-checks. Can't say for sure if that's true, but a one hour show is weird, he's bought himself onto the radio before On the other hand, he could certainly afford 3 hours... Good news is: he's live & local, and they carved an hour off the execrable Mark Le Vin's show.
~~ another day, another honor. BlatherWatch finally made it as one of Yelp.com's Pointless Websites, nomination thanks to tony "grand warlock of yelp" who writes, "but i love it." We could use a grand warlock around here, if he'd eat some trolls.
~~ While you're up, get me a Singapore sling... The foodies or specifically, the cocktail-geek branch of the foodist cult have discovered Rachel Maddow, the first and only talking head to have ever used the words, "cherry heering" in a political commentary.
She's been making treks to the Martha Stewart Show and various food pages with her amateur mixology (that's a made-up word for "bartender.") Read this string from eGullet entitled," Who is Rachel Maddow? And why is she making cocktail videos?"" Don't laugh -- they might never have heard of Rachel, but they know who is Padma Lakshmi... do you?
~~ Wish we'd said it dep't: "Self-regulation is to regulation what self-importance is to importance." ~Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner
(photo: Maura Galucci)
We're talking about the girl-kick spot for the Bob Rivers Show (KZOK m-f, 5-10a) We were rooting for Linda Thomas, not because we don't think Maura is worthy, but because Linda with her honeyed-yet- sounds-like-she-knows-what-she's-talking-about voice is a radio pro who dared blog her way through the long process of being auditioned on-air... up to and including the day she found out she didn't get the job. Took guts -- she knew the competition was strong, and winning was no given. if we know Linda (and we feel like we do after her intrepid blogging) she'll be getting something nice in radio one day soon. Congrats, Maura.
~~ Is there a consultant in the building? If it's Fisher Plaza, (KOMO, KVI, Star 101.5) odds on the answer is yes. Star is showing changes we'll see more of as the market converts to Arbitron's new PPM ratings technology. PPM data from elsewhere says people listen to more stations for less time each. A radio guy we talk to says there's more emphasis at Star on the more songs in their music library despite their "best of everything" slogan. "Kent & Alan aren't chatting much," he says, "basically becoming background to the music and emphasizing the [higher volume] of music in the morning. The thought is to build around your entire day, not relying so heavily on mornings. Interesting, but what can talk radio do? Cut down the ad spots -- that's why we push the radio buttons so much. Chances of that? oh, zero.
~~ We know, he's such a nice guy! And he sure as hell is a survivor! Remember Dan Restione the KIRO news editor who claimed he'd gone to, graduated from, Harvard, but never did, had?
(photo: fire starter, show stopper Dan Restione)
Said he'd bring the ol' sheepskin in to show everybody, but never did that either. He kept his job, amazingly enough, but now we're hearing he nearly lost it a few months ago when he lit the back porch on fire with a displaced cigarette. Suspended him, they did -- sans pay, they did. the usually excitable News Director Ursula Reutine got him talked back in, and then he made employee of the month in January! A charmed existence, his. But he's so nice...
~~We've decided we like Mika Brzezinski. The co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe has been filling in for David Shuster on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She's stickery, she's all-business, and she agrees altogether too much with the conservative Joe Scarborough.
But she doesn't look that much like her famous father and unlike Shuster, she knows her comedic limitations and doesn't try to make jokes. What comes out in the end is some pretty substantive cable talk. Shuster tries to be Jon Stewart on the cheap, but has neither the writers nor the chops to pull it off.
~~ 32 percent of all story ideas generated in newsroom budget meetings come from National Public Radio. It’s a true fact. Go ahead, look it up. But what will radio news rooms like KIRO do when the newspapers are gone? What will we all do?