Mike Siegel owned Seattle talk radio in 1995, shown here on-air at the old Tower Building studios at KVI.
Mayor Norm Rice's righteous defense of himself after on-air smears ended with Fisher Broadcasting firing Siegel, a fall from which his career, which had national stature, never really recovered.
The rumor was that Rice had been shot by his wife when she discovered him in a sex act with his male deputy mayor.
The story was told in dozens of letters and faxes to Rice and other officials, and in fliers Hettinger [a disgruntled ex-city employee] distributed in downtown Seattle asking "Who Shot Mayor Norm B. Rice?"
The day Rice announced for governor, a caller brought up the rumor on Mike Siegel's "Hot Talk" show. Siegel, afternoon host on KVI-AM, said he'd heard the rumor and would look into it further. (He did hire a private investigator, and later said the detective could not substantiate the story.)
It was a bad moment for talk radio in Seattle, and tamped down hopes for it to gain the legitimacy and credibility it craved and sought.
Norm Rice never became governor, either.