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
More questions from the populace, along with my astute retorts:Dear Billy: There are three all-sports stations in town. KRKO, KJR, and ESPN. So how come the biggest sports radio personality in all of the Northwest, New York Vinnie, is not working anywhere? What do you think about Vinnie riding the bench? Signed, Mrs. Riccicci.
Dear Billy: A few years back the employees at KIRO radio voted to get rid of their union, AFTRA, The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. It was controversial, contentious and a very close vote. Now, under new owner, Bonneville, many of those employees have been fired and those still working have had to take a pay cut. I bet they wish they had voted to keep their union badges. Signed, J. Sandifer
Dear J: Badges? Yeah, but think of the money they saved on union dues!
Dear Billy: I never see or hear anyone complain about how one company, Metro News, is providing not just traffic reports, but lots of the news that you hear on Seattle radio. It seems like almost all of the stations, even the big ones, now get all or some of their news from Metro Traffic. Plus the stations never tell us if the news is coming from their own staff, or from Metro. Don't you think everybody outsourcing their news coverage to one company is deceptive and bad for the industry? Signed, Mr. Traditional
Dear Mr. T: I heard they're moving their news operations to South Carolina after ICE raided their newsroom and shipped all their reporters back to Nogales.
Dear Billy: One of the things I really miss on KIRO is the "Stick a Fork In It" feature that Dan Restione used to do with a sexy sounding female reporter. It was a very cute restaurant review. But when Bonneville took over, the feature seems to have ended. Can you tell me what happened? Signed, Bonnie Petite
Dear Bonnie: Maybe the Bonneville brass were concerned that Dan wanted to stick something other than a fork in it.Dear Billy: I work in digital audio/video programming and I love KPTK. But I'm absolutely dumbfounded by their ongoing audio train-wrecks. I frequently hear their traffic reports, news updates and commercials being cut off before they end. And I'm talking about problems that have been going on not just for a few days or weeks or months. But for years! Why don't their people fix it? Signed, Exasperated
Dear Ex: What people?
Dear Billy: Here's my prediction on KVI's future. Kirby is kicked to the Kirb when his contract ends. The Laura Ingraham Show (m-f, 3-5p) gets moved to it's real "live" time in mornings. (6 to 9a in Seattle.) Weissbach does a 3 hour show in afternoons on the cheap. Suddenly mornings sound a lot better. Suddenly mornings sound a lot better. And Fisher saves a flour-sack full of money. What do you think? Signed, Ingraham Insider
Dear Insider: Laura does her show that early in the morning? No wonder she always sounds bitchy!
Dear Billy: I have two "Double-A's", Asinine Absurdities. First, KIRO says they want the afternoon guys to do more local stuff, so, instead of changing the guys who do the show, they change the producer? Then, to make it a double, they hire a guy from out of town. You telling me that with all the out-of-work newspaper and radio people they have to go out of town? Next, all the local right-wing hosts are ragging on state government for losing Boeing to South Carolina. They claim it's because of our state's high taxes. But because South Carolina has low taxes, their unemployment fund is broke and they need a federal bailout. Double absurdity: those right-wing hosts, along with you and me, will have to pay federal taxes to support out of work South-Carolinians so that Boeing can take away local jobs. Signed, Ticked Off
Dear Ticked: Actually... (note to my lazy editor, just delete this one, this a-hole is making too much sense.) EDITOR'S NOTE: We appreciate some common sense once in a while in this column).
Dear Billy: I'm in the radio business and I can tell you things are so tough I can barely sleep. I keep having this nightmare that my company's CEO is in town and I accidentally run over him with my car in the parking lot leaving him seriously injured. Any suggestions on what I can do? Signed, Board Op
Dear B-O: Back up and try harder.