Radiotown’s buzzing. Will Bonneville’s KTTH dump Dave Boze (KTTH m-f, 3-6p) to pick up Fox Newstool Sean Hannity formerly on the late KVI?
We hope not: Boze is the only live & local Seattle show on the right-wing talker which already has Rush and Beck (and we forget who else) beamed down from the birds in the sky.
What does it mean that longtime Dori Monson producer Phil Vandervort, reassigned last month to the Boze show has quit and has gone to produce for John Carlson (KOMO m-f, 3-6p)?
Speculative clichés abound: Might Producer Phil have seen (or was shown) the handwriting on the wall? Could it have been a rat/sinking ship/get out/gettin’s good kinda move?
Fisher’s KOMO must be happy to see Phil, who’s proven to be, not only a great producer, but a loyal employee. (It’s an employer’s market, and Fisher, of course, famously has had no such reciprocating loyalties: They fuck ‘em and forget ‘em as they see fit… Problem for Fisher: their view of what's fit ain't always brilliant).
Bonneville in Seattle has been doing pretty well, by our lights, by actually spending money on local talent for KIROFM (re: Radke, Burbank). You may not like Bill and Luke, but the company had to do something, and and they did it.
KIROFM has gotten some better numbers lately, but KTTH still sucks.
Were far-left extremists (Democrats!) of course, but picking up Hannity sounds stupid to us. He’s a self-satisfied, awe-shucks, doctrinaire winger whose show has not done well in Seattle.
Unlike Beck and Rush, his rabid anti-Obama blatherings are so predictable they rarely even break into or out of the parallel conservative press. Hannity, full of portent and smarmy right-wing RediWhip, occasionally makes news with wiffle interviews of such pols as Christine O’Donnell or Sharron Angle who tactically steer clear of real media with their pesky real questions.
He's big nationally with the Southern bubba crowd to whom he panders endlessly. In Seattle, even the Olde Rightie KVI types grok he doesn’t need or give a shit about the West Coast, so he’s long been whupped midday by Michael Medved (KTTH m-f, 12-3p), KIRO’s Dori Monson and even Ed Schultz (KPTK m-f, 12-3p). KOMO’s Ken Schram may even be making inroads in that loathsome slot.
Where could KTTH put Hannity? He’s live 12-3p, but so is Medved’s syndicated show from their own studios. Beck and Rush have mornings tied-up. Would they put Hannity refried in the afternoon drive? They’d almost have to.
(Medved, an intelligent, though thoroughly deluded human being, shares BlatherWatch’s loathing for Hannity. Michael is once-bitten: Fisher once dumped him from KVI for Hannity. We’ve been told his twice-shy contract with Bonneville is jelly tight).
For Bonneville to hand over KTTH to the obsequious paid-for robots and youthful $10ph knob-jockeys of 24/7 satellite programming must be attractive.
Though the man wears furs, and graduated from Hillsdale College, Dave Boze is a low-key, down-home kinda guy. He earnestly believes the shit he says and is a genuine native. Nonetheless, his show with its salaries and benefits is big-time overhead compared to the no-cash-out of syndicated programming.
(Note to Dave if you’re goned: it’s your beloved free market that kicked your ass. Time to move to Billings or Muskogee or Juneau where your product might be more competitive. Or… you could become a lobbyist for the Evergreen Foundation).
We’re rooting for The Dave Boze Show. We think KTTH should be live-er and local-er, even if it means more destructive reactionary talk, and Bonneville loses some more dough.
We're conflicted (as liberals are). While wishing Boze a long life, we, in general, wish all right-wing media would fall on its ass. We just wish it wasn’t taking local radio down with it.