KOMO's shake-up last week reduced live & local programming in Seattle talk radio, but a silver liniment might be: Ken Schram got his own show (KOMO m-f, 12-3p) and conservative talker John Carlson lost half a show.
The David Goldstein Show, the last live and local liberal talk show in Seattle was cancelled in 2008.
Schram isn't as progressive as fogeyist right-wing listeners accuse him of being, but he was too liberal for KVI: they had to take The Commentators back to KOMO because conservative talk listeners can stand nothing but what-they-want-to-hear-radio.
Dirty Dog Democrats like ourselves grumped that the abrasive Schram wasn't liberal enough to be a foil to such as John Carlson. The 'Tators, by our lights, ended up agreeing too much. The hale-fellow-well-met collegial yak-yak was a little too smarmy for us. We tuned out early on... as did, apparently herds of others.
But we gotta say, though Schram is more libertarian/contrarian than anything else, he is damn progressive. He's for marriage equality, Barack Obama, state income tax, women's choice, and can be counted upon as a strong voice on many other progressive issues. He has taken on the Christian right, and Tim Eyman.
But for Dave Ross in an entirely different tone, you don't see much of that on the lazy, mainstream Seattle talk radio.
We'll take what we can get. And we'll be giving Schram a listen. Dori Monson (KIROFM m-f, 12-3) is down, sucking, and vulnerable- they're needing to add a girlchik to widen his appeal.
Welcome Ken Schram.