On the other hand, we believed the "Dumb Shit Seat," held somewhat tenuously (or so we thought) by Ron & Don (m-f, 3-7p) was the one in flux, up for grabs. We thought the new guy, John Curley (KIROFM sometimes mondays; frequently tues & weds; lots of times thurs; and occasionally, even on fri. 7-10p) was showing brilliant tabloid fluffiness in his new evening show and crowding the drivetime boyz.
We (as is so often the case) had it dead wrong. John Curley, it turns out, is way more asshole than dumb shit. And it seems his brilliant broadcast marriage of snarky assholiness with utter asininity worked great with Dori's midday audiences.
Curley's mean like Dori, but without the fake Ballard-boyo charm. He's a teevee guy, and a so-called "business Republican." The basis of his snotty criticisms of about everyone- politicians, entertainers, or regular citizens ('specially ones down on their luck) is their appearance or personal demeanor... their hair, teeth, height/weight proportion, purported smell, or skin qualities. That single-mindedness on "attractiveness" is usually a clear sign of an arrogant asshole... and a shallow one at that. (It's typified by that ubiquitous Southern California greeting, "You look great!")
One of Curley's posts (on Dori's show-blog) had a headline, "Are Any of These People Attractive Enough to be Famous?" over a shot of Seattleites lining up for the XFactor Seattle auditions. Foremost were several overweight Seattle women, who wouldn't be making it as a batchelorette on The Batchelor in this lifetime. The subtext blared: "These women are too fat to ever be famous?" (Media critic Edgar "Choch" Manana has noted that, though John Curley has a skinny behind in real life, his intellect has a 'big fat, ass')
Labeling those who auditioned for the reality show as fat losers and layabouts, he ignored that these folks - even fat and unattractive - represent the very demographic he needs to listen to his brand of pie-eyed, tabloid radio. Playing the snide, critical jerk to Goddess Jessicaman's cooing momism, he (with Li'l Jake ganging-up w/him) always wins, gets the last word, makes you want to jam his polo shirt down his throat.
Is he likable? not really, but listeners seemed to love what he does, according to last week's PPM ratings.
The live cam is part of talk radio's reality, these days... which means radio could turn into teevee. But radio suits have long lured camera-ready talent for the radio. They get failed teevee "stars" (with their orthodontia, hair plugs and managed aging) whenever they can, promo-ing them as local "icons." Part of the attraction is that so few regular radio talents are actually broadcast presentable. (Facial deficiencies, low fashion IQs, HWP imbalances, and issues with grooming, or hygiene are commonplace). Another part is that teevee talent (even early onset washed-ups like Curley) bring a ready-made audience; their images represent thousands of bucks teevee stations have already spent on promo-ing even such losers as Curley.
As for Curley's hit & miss attendance on his evening show, he says outloud, on-air: "I'm not there much." Indeed. A day gig would seem to work better for his busy life: He's a Sammamish City Councilman, you see. Evening radio work conflicts at least twice a month with scheduled council meetings on first tuesdays and third mondays at 6:30p. What's more, Council member office hours are third Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30p. That's quite a built-in commitment for someone who's supposed to be on the air weekdays at 7p. Plus: If and when he runs again, he'll need to get totally off the air at some point during the primary campaign.
And that's not to speak of the frequent time conflicts with his charity auction business. Is Curley really serious about a $350 per shift (plus gratuity) evening job?
Probably not. But a daytime show is in quite another league... Watch out, Dori. (BlatherWatch finds itself in a quandary- who do we root for? The grasshopper or the weasel?)