Billy Bob (whose name is neither Billy nor Bob) worked long in
the Seattle radio market wearing a suit. He says the experience
heightened his sense of irony, augmented his influences, and diminished his circle of friends.
By Billy Bob
Soon, we may run out of radio people to talk about, but
until then, step aside Dear Abby. For I have some more of our readers’
bone-headed questions and my incredibly insightful retorts.
Dear Billy: I see all this crap on your stupid Blatherwatch and the message boards attacking Bonneville for firing morning news gal Jane Shannon from KIRO's Gregg Hersholt show. But don't you think Bonneville knows what they're doing? The ratings are at an all-time low. Revenue is off. I'm sure they do research and I'm sure they had good reasons for getting rid of Jane. Signed, Eastlake Insider
Dear EI: Yes, Jane Shannon is primarily responsible for KIRO's decline.
Dear Billy: I'm a local ad
exec and last week I attended the Puget Sound Radio Broadcaster Association (PSRBA) Radio Day event. A lot of radio big wigs
were there including Entercom CEO David
Field. And all they talked about the importance
of local, local, local talent and product development. Jeez, just when KIRO canned Jane Shannon, KVI fired Kirby Wilbur, KUBE dumped the T-Man, Bonneville gave up on TBTL and The Mountain axed Marty Reimer. Thoughts? Signed, Mister AE
Dear AE: I think getting Frank Shiers back more than makes up for those small losses.
Dear Billy: I've met Kirby Wilbur and still run into him from time to time. I know it's tough to lose any job, but it must be really tough to lose a high-profile job and everyone knows about it. What should I say to him the next time I run into him? Signed, Not Sure
Dear Not: Try this, "Kirby, keep your chins up!"
Dear Billy: What in the hell has happened to KKOL and their supposed 50,000 watt signal? I can't pick up the station anymore, almost anywhere. Signed, Tuning Troubles
Dear TT: Jane Shannon is primarily responsible for KKOL's weak signal.
Dear Billy: The right-wing talk hosts (including Kirby Wilbur when he had a show) are always ragging on government and saying private business can do things better. But look at what Kirby Wilbur said about his own company. He would have signed a new contract three years ago for no pay increase, but the company offered him a 50% increase anyway, even though no other station in town was trying to hire him. What kind of negotiating is that? I work for the government and no one gets a 50% pay raise. Signed, Proud Bureaucrat
Dear PB: Have you seen broadcast stock prices? Who said radio managers were smart?
Dear Billy: I'm really disappointed in how local radio stations cover breaking news anymore. When that Sound Transit light rail train derailed in SODO the other day, it seemed like none of the stations did a very good job reporting on it until long after the fact. Who's responsible for this? Signed, Track Commuter
Dear Track: If you mean, who is responsible for the train derailment? That would be Jane Shannon.
Dear Billy: What's up with KIRO-FM and the CBS radio news? Two years ago they dumped the CBS network newscast at the top of the hour and a lot of people, myself included, were upset. This week I happened to turn on the Dave Ross Show and, lo and behold, there's CBS news. Why the change of heart? Signed, News Junkie
Dear NJ: The higher-ups at Bonneville just realized that that pinko commie Dan Rather is no longer with CBS and so they've lifted their embargo.
Dear Billy: I'm a big sports-radio listener. I listen to all the games, especially football, and then I tune in to the sports-talk on KJR. I'm so frustrated by the Huskies and Seahawks this season. What's a fan to do? Signed, Ball Boy
Dear BB: I think the Huskies and Seahawks will turn things around now that Jane Shannon is off the air.