"An open pull no punches discussion of the biggest news stories of the day" reads the promotional rada-rada...
(photo: Curley's armpit farts are some of the best in the business)
Rest assured: John Curley won't be letting malfeasance by Justin Bieber go by. Lady Gaga's underwear misstatements will not go unreported.
Look for some exciting radio coming up weekevenings on KIROFM as Samammish City Councilman John Curley, 47, takes over.
While not totally inane like Ron & Don, (KIRO m-f, 3-7p) Curley's high-octane FM take on radio fodder is lite as a helium biscuit.
This change has been brewing for months, as Bonneville suits have conspired to find a place on KIRO for the glib, unemployed teevee star and charity auctioneer.
Is it over, the roiling at the KIRO's? We doubt it. What we're hearing is that Curley's high profile hiring for the low-level, sparsely listened-to evening slot keeps him on the payroll... just in case, something opens up during the day. (Evenings and weekends are of little interest to radio suits... the money is made from 6a to 6p weekdays).
It's not clear yet whether veteran (and expensive) sidekick Mike West (real name: Vince Lerner) is a permanent part of the show, but between the yuckety-yuck two of them, Bonneville is spending a lot of dough on evenings. It doesn't make sense in the long term.
(photo: Mike West)
What could happen during the day that Curley would be poised to jump in? Dori Monson (m-f, 12-3p) could continue to underperform; Luke and Dave might do better in a different time slot; Ron & Don could win the Nobel Prize and be lured away by NPR... (Frank Shiers might be reincarnated once again).
John Curley stepped away from his 14-year long job (nearly 4000 shows!) on KING5 rather mysteriously in 2009, which he announced at the time on the Ron & Don Show. [emphasis ours] (There was plenty of speculation at the time: Why so sudden? did he grope someone... fail to grope someone? You do have to wonder about a guy who makes his career moves public on the Ron & Don Show). He's been bouncing around KIRO ever since filling in on most all the spots.
It's a step down for a teevee guy but Curley fits well with KIRO's, some say dumbing down - they might say - broadening the appeal of their FM talker which took a dive in the PPM ratings in 2009. Curley has no particular political POV, and is essentially apolitical so far. (Hyperbolic partisan radio is gone in the short term, if not forever).
Despite the fluffiness of the programming, Bonneville is spending money, which is something: rival Fisher has shriveled radio, as have most outlets across the dial. (Meanwhile, at sports/talk KIRO-AM, longtime sports radio personality Bob Stelton has been hired to cohost 12-3p with Dave Grosby. Most recently in St. Louis, Stelton returns to Seattle, where he previously hosted on KJR-AM and served as a reporter for the Sonics, Mariners, Storm and University of Washington sports).