(photo: Larry Rice)First, before we forget: KIROFM’s Phil the News Junkie is gone, done, pau, kaput, finished, history, all she wrote. etc. Phil was, is Phil Vandevort, Dori Monson's producer which, in better days was reason enough to get your own show on KIRO and keep it despite no one listened besides your immediate family. We’d have done an classic BlatherWatch RIP, but it’s old news (how old we're not sure) and not exactly a scoop - a dandelion falling in the forest, in fact. PTNJ was off and on again on days when the SeaHawks and the Mariners weren't playing and was like the corpse in a murder mystery movie that’s been dressed with a hat and propped up in plain public site and everyone goes on about their business for days thinking he’s just a passed-out drunk. PTNJ is long dead, and the Bonnevillains never gave it an obit.
On a more positive note: KIROFM’s a new live & local show: voila the newly-birthed MyNorthwest Weekend with Larry Rice; Saturday and Sundays, 12-4p.
This is for you ifn case you care to uproot from the excellent KPLU or KUOW programming you’re likely hooked on. (Public radio really shines on weekends as opposed to commercial radio which has gone all infomercial-y, best-of-y or brokered vitamin/financial guru on us.Instead of whatever the fuck it was they used to run Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4p: KIROFM has now given us four hours of KOMO-style live-anchored news, sports and “expanded traffic reports” hosted by former teevee weather guy, Larry Rice. (Why, you ask, should the already interminable traffic reports be expanded on weekends when there’s less traffic? The answer is: to hear the audio stylings of traffic Goddess RC Katz, of course).
It’s radio wallpaper, 50% of which seems to be endorsement ads with Don O’Neill using his famously feigned personality.
We said KOMO-like… but the new show is without the edge of say KOMO’s 9 to noon with Brian Calvert & Nancy Barrick, but is this format and news emphasis something we might see expanded on KIRO as Bonneville puts a new face on its cluster? (Lisa Brooks filled-in on Sunday (great to hear her: she went to KIRO in the Great 2010 Talent Swap with KOMO).
Larry Rice is no stranger to Seattle- he’s been at KIRO doing reporting and anchoring for a year and a half, but he’s better known in these parts, as the erstwhile ayem and noon weather guy (er, meteorologist) and wing man to Harry Wappler on KIRO-TV from 1987-1995.
He came back to Seattle after being rudely fired from an ace-boom weather dude gig at Albuquerque’s KOB-TV. (He was April Zepeda-ed- no severance, no reason given- except worse- they fired him by phone and sent his personal belongs to home by snail mail).