DR. LAURA CHEATS AT THE YACHT RACES: America’s nutcracking yenta and moral compass was found to be off-course when officials caught her cheating in the arcane, fat cat world of yacht racing. See Dr. Laura naked here.
PETER WEISSBACH GIVES A SELF-INFLICTED BLOW (to somebody…): The sarcastic, sociopathic talk host negotiated a deal (no one will
tell us how it works, but he pays something) for a weekdaily, drivetime hour on KVI radio
(m-f, 5-6p). It’s a great leap forward for him, we suppose, plus he’s
the last live local on the one time market talk leader and seminal
right-wing talk station in America. But listeners, if he has any, are required to suffer
through decades-old topics and boilerplated 1998 preachments that
harken unto an era when he and/or KVI mattered.
PETER WEISSBACH RECEIVES A SELF-INFLICTED BLOW: Unfortunately for the wealthy crusader against immigration reform, The Seattle Times reported in November that Weissbach’s (rhymes with “lies, sacks”) large downtown janitorial service has long hired undocumented immigrants, and plenty of ‘em. ICE caught him and his wife with some 100 workers inconveniently green cards-free. The mom and pop corporation was exploiting illegals by paying them substandard wages using the leverage of their illegal status. Enlightened self-interest if we ever heard it … and the man is still on the radio for Fisher Communications! Broadcasting!
DORI MONSON’S LIFETIME GOALS: We found a long-lost document… it wasn’t pretty.
DORI’S NAME IS A GIRL’S NAME BUT IT ISN’T MYRON: Nor is it Edith. We fucked up the facts, but the correcting was very fun.
FRANK SHIERS IS ONE LUCKY FELLA: He's not unlike other hire backs in radio this year. Already in the house and...cheap! While veterans around him were getting fired and humiliated, rookie Frank Shiers was re-installed on KIRO evenings in July (m-f 7-11p) replacing Luke Burbank’s TBTL. Frank's got “pleasing vocal cadence and unmatched enunciation," but the content is agreeable pap, w/disagreeable politics delivered with all the false bravado and laughter you'd ever want. It was great victory for Frank who had been rif-ed from KIRO in January 2008, and in July when KBSG flipped. Frank, if nothing, is persistent.
MIKE SIEGEL: FROM MORNING DRIVETIME OBLIVION TO EVENING DRIVETIME OBLIVION: Siegel, 64, is a dapper dude with a head of hair that’s paid-for and thriving. He once ruled Seattle talk (KING, KTTH, and KVI twice) but that was then. He's had many lives- in his 2009 incarnation, he does business talk (m-f, 3-6p) on KKOL, Salem’s “home of Lou Dobbs,” but it's so low powered and rated, that when Godfather of Talk switched from morning to evening drive ... no one noticed.BLATHERWATCH WENT A-TEABAGGING IN BELLEVUE: It was nearly interesting.
THE WE’RE NOT AMUSED AWARD: KIRO NEWS ANCHOR QUIZZES GOVERNOR GREGOIRE ABOUT BOTOX: Jason Brooks, the former business editor at KIRO (now moved along), jollied up the gov with an impertinent question. She stepped on him like a roach…she IS the queen, you know.
TELEPROMPTERS SPELL DOOM FOR THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY At least according to Dori Monson, Dave Boze, Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, and Rush Limbaugh…. and BlatherWatch.
MIKE WEBB CAN FINALLY REST IN PEACE In a sentencing July 12, Scott White who murdered the former KIRO talk host took a plea and was sentenced to 20 years. But not before the court heard from family and friends.
BERNIE WARD GOES TO PRISON: San Francisco progressive, KGO talker and Catholic priest was sentenced to to seven years and three months for sending between 15 and 150 pornographic images by email. He was frog-marched off to a prison in Beaumont (Texas) Federal Correctional Complex and is taking classes in diesel engine and appliance repair. He’s petitioning to be transferred to a California prison closer to his family. With good behavior he could be eligible for supervised release on October 30, 2014.
QUOTES-TESS WITH THE MOSTESS: Rachel Maddow: "After a long battle with obviousness, subtly has died."NO SHIT, SHERLOCK DEP’T: Whodathunkit??? Radio that's not pissed off; doesn’t talk down to its listeners; is free of ads that crowds out the content, insults your sensibilities and intelligence... is kicking ass?? The Washington Post reported in March that NPR listenership has expanded... dramatically … 47 percent since 2000, according to Arbitron.
BILLY BOB: ASININE ABSURDITIES, AUDIO TRAIN-WRECKS, ASTUTE RETORTS: BB (whose name is neither Billy nor Bob) but worked long in the Seattle radio market wearing a suit, helped us out in 2009.
2009: THE YEAR OF GLENN BECK
Glenn Beck unbelievably owned 2009 talk media. When he inflicted himself on his hometown of Mt. Vernon, BlatherWatch was there. Beck’s fans come in 3 flavors: a) pissed off paranoids looking for validation of their conspiracy theories, and to perchance hear a new one b) partisan conservatives and Obama-haters listening for what they want to hearc) those who tune him in like they would a NASCAR race - hoping for a gory, yet amusing, wreck. (ignorant racists are a subsets of a & b, we fall under category c). Read the file: Glennn Beck: 'vomit-foam diamond' ; Are glenn beck's values mormon values? ; Glennn Beck predicts the end of the world... then revolution! ; Glenn beck at the safe.