Ironies of ironies, the guy who's responsible for all the changes at the KIRO's Program Director Ryan Hatch is leaving Eastlake.
Hatch writes: "In one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make, my family and I are heading back home to Phoenix. I absolutely love the people and products at Bonneville Seattle, and I’m proud of what the team has accomplished."
He says he'll be Bonneville's VP of News and Sports in Phoenix, and may be here for the next few months during transition of the new PD ...as yet unnamed.
Hatch has been in Seattle only for a year, but o, what a year! Taking over from Rod Arquette last February, (Arquette is now a drivetime talk host in Salt Lake City's KNRS) Hatch has overseen a rehaul of th KIRO's and KTTH.
Hatch fired Gregg Hershold, and Jane Shannon and hired Bill Radke and Linda Thomas for the morning news. He hooked-up (so to speak) sparkling punketeur Luke Burbank to the iconic, ironic Dave Ross on mid-mornings. He dumped restaurateur Tom Douglas from his Saturday gig, and fired neither Dori Monson in the afternoons, nor Ron & Don in the PM drive. He did lure local teevee has-was John Curley to replace Frank Shiers in the weekevenings. He got George Noory's Coast to Coast for the wee hours.
We won't recite all Hatch did with sporty KIROAM because we don't care, but for KTTH, he killed 2 of 3 hours of Dave Boze's live and local PM drivetime show, snagged re-runs of Sean Hannity, Lars Larson and Laura Ingraham.
It was a mighty busy year; Ryan Hatch might not have made a lot of friends in Seattle, but he sure made a difference... and left a bloody trail.
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