KIRO? Say it ain't so, Joe.
We've always made fun of the 24/7 radio weatherpaloozas, but they're always some of the most listened-to broadcasts ever. They may be tedious if newsmeat's what you're looking for, but if you're nervous about shelter, and transpo, or just need to hear a commiserating voice in the cold night... guess you may be pretty fond of such.
It's what's about live & local radio: it's community when the community needs it the most.
An email we got:
KIRO 97.3 offered no late night coverage of the Seattle blizzard, KOMO 1000 did. They are no longer a reliable local news and info. station and most stranded by the blizzard would probably agree.
We're out of town, when we tuned in to KIROFM Tuesday night, we were shocked to hear a fill-in for Frank Shiers who's best known in Seattle for his brave all-night stretches behind the mic as the wind blew and the streets frizzed-over.
Frank, apparently, was home in bed.
A comment in the trade Radio-Info forums:
I am sitting in snow impacted traffic in Seattle. I tuned in KIRO and they are talking about Dave Ross vacation and playing clips from Saturday Night Live. I tuned into KOMO and John was taking weather/traffic related calls.
KIROFM's abandonment of this signals another big change in direction of this heritage local news station.
(Cartoons H/T The Penquin Times)