Bob (whose name is neither
Billy nor Bob) worked long in
the Seattle radio market
wearing a suit. He says
the experience broadened his worldview, showed him the error of his
ways, revealed God's love, and greatly diminished possibilities for
future employment. He has taken early retirement in Monroe, WA.
by Billy Bob
It may be September, but I'm still recovering from hemp-fest. I'll type through the haze and answer more of your Northwest radio queries:
Dear Billy: Who was paying any attention to Dr. Laura before her recent N-word kerfuffle? Honestly, I didn't even know the woman still had a show and I certainly didn't know she was on KTTH. I realize she's getting out of radio, but is it possible this is just what the "doctor" ordered to put her mean mug back in the spotlight and get her a big fat TV deal? Signed, Morrie DunsonDear Morrie: You may be onto something. If Kirby had called Carleen a douche-nozzle, he might still be on KVI.
Dear Billy: I know you're a big tea-bagger and you're probably bummed about Clint Didier getting trounced in the primary by Dino Rossi. But I was listening to Ross Reynolds on KUOW the other day and someone described Dino as "wittier than Diddier." Don't you think that would make a great campaign slogan? Signed Carl Sonenschram
Dear Carl: Try this on your bumper sticker: "Dino - Shittier than Didier".
Dear Billy: I'm a big sports-radio listener and I love the fact that we now have three options in the area: KJR-AM; Fox Sports at 1380-AM; and 710 ESPN. But could someone please explain to me what's up with Jim Moore now co-hosting with Kevin Collabro on 710 ESPN. The guy is a one-trick pony. "Cougs are great - UW sucks." That's his whole shtick. And it's really, really, really old. I'm a WSU guy and even I'm sick of it. Can the guy do anything other than trash-talk the Huskies? Signed Wilbur Kirby
Dear Wilbur: Dude, give him a break. He regularly writes a column about lingerie football.
Dear Billy: I guess the radio business, in some ways, is a lot like a lot of other businesses. Those at the top get richer; those in the middle and below just keep falling behind. I see that the Radio Television Digital News Association is out with a survey saying radio news salaries are flat this year. And were down about two percent the year before. Of course, what they don't mention is how radio news rooms have been decimated and most stations don't even have any local news reporters any more. But if things are so tough, how come we keep seeing stories about the top brass in radio, like Citadel's CEO, getting big contracts, big raises and big stock awards? Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't most of the local radio stations with news people kick out their union in recent years? Signed, Ron Enndon
Dear Ron: Hey, you and your stinkin' unions keep your government paws off of my Medicare!
Dear Billy: I think Carl Jeffers has gills. Seriously. Every time he is on the Dave Ross show he talks non-stop. The guy does not pause even to take a breath. I've tried to analyze how he does it and my only conclusion is he must have gills. Signed, Ben Gleck
Dear Ben: I always thought there was something fishy about that guy.
Dear Billy: There's an interesting radio story in St. Louis that I think could be a lesson for some Seattle radio management types. Five years ago, the St. Louis Cardinals shocked the radio world by ending their long-standing relationship with KMOX-AM and switching to another station. KMOX is one of those great AM stations with a signal that covers a very wide area. We engineers like to call it a blow torch or a 'big stick.' Well, after five years on a station with a weaker signal, and the baseball brass enduring 5 years of complaints from their fans, it was decided to return the baseball broadcasts to the great AM signal of KMOX. What's interesting is that Bonneville owns an FM station in St. Louis and they made a bid for the Cardinal broadcasts. But the baseball brass, listening to their fans, were smart enough to realize they were better off putting the games on the great signal of KMOX. In other words, some highly-paid management types, 5 years ago, decided that a big AM signal is not that important. But the listeners spoke and the management blunder is being fixed. Do you see a parallel in a management blunder in Seattle? Signed, Seattle Radio Engineer
Dear Engineer: I don't know about parallels, but nighttime I can get that KMOX on the back deck of my double-wide in Monroe.
Dear Billy: I consider your writings to be drivel. And, frankly, I think you either pull your answers out of your ass or it is possible you just read them from one of those Magic 8-Balls? Signed, Ryan S. Boots
Dear Ryan: Signs point to yes.
Dear Billy: If he ran for governor again, do you think KVI's John Carlson would have a shot? Signed, Shane Jannon
Dear: Shane: Outlook not so good.
Dear Billy: I really miss the liberal local voices on Seattle radio, like Erin Hart, David Goldstein and Ron Reagan. Do you think any station might bring them back? Signed Miss Cosoris
Dear Miss Cosoris: My reply is no.
Dear Billy: Since a Mormon-owned company destroyed a local icon, NewsRadio 710 KIRO, do you think there should be a ban on building any Mormon temples within 2 blocks of ground zero on Eastlake? Signed, Rob Bivvers
Dear Rob: Reply hazy, try again.