(photo: King Dave)
That means, of course, that after 23 years of Mr. Ross, 58, going it alone, Luke Burbank, 34, will become a permanent half of what is the nine to noon.
It's a big deal in Seattle radio. For one thing, it means Dave Ross isn't, as many feared, going anywhere.
No surprise: The pair have been blabbing together for months. KIRO tried-out several other folks from around town (Nicole Brodeur of the Seattle Times for one) and early-on settled on Luke.
(photo: Luke Burbank)
Luke's a Seattle native who returned to Seattle after few years at NPR news. He cohosted (with Alison Stewart) NPR's shortlived morning news from New York; he's an infrequent panelist on the popular NPR comiquiz show, Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. He's the creator and host of the breakout podcast, Too Beautiful to Live, which the KIRO website has long hosted. Burbank's been on the radio since college: as a KUOW intern and staffer, Metro Traffic reporter, KIRO evening talker, and a producer for Kirby Wilbur, and Peter Weissbach at KVI.
A former KIRO staffer writes: "Dave keeps Luke focused and Luke actually has a bit of personality and willingness to learn new stuff."
Operations guys Ryan Hatch and Pete Gammell are remaking the stuttering KIRO. They got Burbank pal, Bill Radke from public radio (another Seattleite, KUOW alum, and national personality well-known to Seattle). He will start anchoring the morning news next week. They've got a new imaging person (who does the promos and audio liners) to change the soundscape of a station that's been set in amber for a decade or so.
"They're really going for it. If this station doesn't work, it's not for lack of imagination on management's part," says a KIRO staffer.