(photo: The Don of Eastlake)
(We have to mention the possibility that Don O'Neill's idea of upside down-turning at Eastlake might just be that he's having a bowel movement at work).
We of course have endlessly predicted big changes at both KIRO and KOMO, and have seen and reported them dutifully as they've unfolded.
There are more changes to come at KIRO, and rumors abound. Luke Burbank has sidekicked Dave Ross (m-f, 9a-12p) again this week, and though he says he knows nothing, we hear there's something in the works: OM Ryan Hatch is liking what he hears of the chemistry between these two. (and Luke gets to promote the shit out of Too Beautiful to Live, his show podcasted on the KIRO website, that gets more cume than Dori and Frank Shiers (m-f, 7-11p) combined).
Dori Monson's (m-f, 12-3p) ratings/knuckle-dragging, boyish bravado continues to be softened daily by the girlish tones of Gottess Jessicaman, the news reader allowed (encouraged?) to inject a little yang into the conversation. It more or less works... she needs to exercise more of the cojones we know she possesses. The dialogue needs more tension to be interesting.
R & D (KIRO m-f, 3-7p) is arguably the most popular live and local talk show in Seattle. So we doubt that they're going anywhere, despite all the speculation that they might be going to a morning-er daypart. Their excellently produced combination of the drill-down into hyperlocal news stories, (read crime) sports, and celebrity dish is turning out to be, we hear, a compelling secret pleasure of male drive time listeners, esoecially after NPR's All Things Considered has finished a cycle.