BlatherWatch has long been accused of committing verbicide against the weakest among us - radio talent. We've been mean to radio in general, the media entity bleeding the most after newspapers.
So we decided to find the ponies under the manure piles. Here they are:
Dori Monson (KIROFM) is, we gotta admit is a helluva broadcaster, and reportedly, kindly to dogs. He’s mastered the show blog and his numbers show it. While others (Ron & Don, Dave Boze, Frank Shiers) on the MyNorthwest group site pile up the YouTube vids on their blogs, Dori actually writes original content regularly. Gotta salute the little guy for overcoming physical incapacities that would have stopped lesser men. Like a hair deficiency requiring a serious frontal comb-over; having a girls’ name; dwarfism; and “lip to sphincter-related early onset senility." He's a special guy.Steve Scher (KUOW m-f, 9-11a) on his popular show Weekday can come up with a gardening segment in any season, despite falling snow, hurricanes or breaking news on any front, local or national. We plan to take up gardening one day so we’re taking notes. We heart WD’s political talk-talk on Fridays. But newspapers had to literally fall off the planet before WD began including on-line reporters, commentators regularly. (Steve's hat is made from real mushrooms. Photo: Facebook)
Bryan Suits (KVI m-f, 5:30−9a) has returned to Seattle radio after a dazzling year and half in LA. Facile and wry, he self-describes on the KVI website as “a fan of irony,” with “unique humor and jaw-dropping brilliance.” We wouldn't go that far, but we do admire him for rising so early. In the spirit of hosts past, Bryan has picked up the cudgel of right-wing activism, taking a porta-potty to Olympia as an opportunity to make toilet jokes on-air and make a political point that's less than coherent at the moment.
KVI website: hey, it’s
in English! That said, there’s no way for listeners to interact with
it- no comments- no chatroom. They purged Kirby Wilbur immediately from
the site, but the recently disgraced and fired Peter Weissbach is still up there.
There's hardly mention of Suits' "Don't dump on me" campaign. You’re
SOL if you miss a broadcast- there’s no podcasting. They made
cosmetic changes recently but if listeners can’t connect with hosts,
it’s just a on-line brochure. Fisher has committed some dough to KVI
with Carlson and Suits, but they need to commit some more to get
somebody who gets new media.
Frank Shiers (KIROFM m-f, 7-11p) tries very hard, loves his daughter, and has admirable personal hygiene.
John Carlson (KVI m-f, 3-6p) has got his old partisan mojo back now that he’s on his own and doesn’t have to be congenial with Ken Schram. He’s essentially doing talk radio circa 1995. Hope it works, we doubt KVI will get another bite at the apple from Fisher if this redux effort with Carlson and Suits fails to get the numbers up.
(photo: Ken Scram)
KIROFM, while we can’t always find it on the dial, it has, the most live and local hosts in town. Also the best local radio website by far, and they're working it.
Ron & Don (KIROFM m-f, 3-7p) Even though the show sometimes feels like a perpetual Jerry Lewis Thing-a-thon, these guys raise money for all manner of local causes. The former shock-jocks, however have been attacked by listeners for exploiting the Haitian disaster for ratings: a kerfuffle in their blog comments was deleted by management, and prompted even more YouTube videos in lieu of original content. We know that PD Rod Arquette is concerned with their lack of, er, gravitas on current events and has taken steps for newly-named managing editor, Tom Tangney to get them up to speed, and watch over them in this market environment where hard news (KOMO) is doing so well. Tangney’s job must be like teaching math to the Olsen twins. (did we tell you? The charming Greggg Hersholdt got busted to "Anchor.")KIROAM ESPN: great signal, we can hear it all over Seattle, in four states and British Columbia. Wish we liked sports...
Mark Levin (KVI m-f 6-8p) we admire his deft, weekdaily, broadcast compensation for his small penis.
Kirby Wilbur, we must say, has finally found his voice. (that's one of our jokes, see, Kirby was fired from KVI in November). Seriously though, we don’t expect him to retire. The Seattle talk market sucks, but we hear there’s mutual interest between him and Everett’s Skotdal family (KRKO) who’s got a talker in the chute pointed north - if only the neighbors will leave their transmitting towers alone. (hey, call me Kirb!)
(Rush Limbaugh, "not as fat as he used to be.)"
KPTK, progressive Seattle’s only progressive station has found relevance and credibility by running local … ad spots! Maybe ratings will follow (but probably not). This is the lamest talk station in town with the heaviest and most obnoxious spot load, and a revolving door of taped-delayed syndicated talkers. They've worked hard for their less than single-digit market ranking.Dave Boze (KTTH m-f, 3-6p) is a local boy made good. He learned his irony and scoffing chops at the feet of Peter Weissbach. Instead of substantive debate, Dave gives old time talk radio: Seattle bashing, mockery of local politicians, and denunciations of the Obamunists. There's way too much heard from side-kicking boychik Jake and Boze’s snore-inducing old bosses at the Evergreen Freedom Foundation.
Dr. Laura (KTTH m-f, 9p-12a) self-proclaimed as "America's Yenta," she harkens a little too much to the ol’ do-as-I-say, but, hell- she’s got nice teeth! (And that’s not all! see Laura naked here).
John Gibson (KVI m-f,8-9p) hasn’t much to say, but he says it with such conviction. Dr. Laura should recommend her orthodontist.