We haven't seen anything like it, a former local teevee star still on the payroll after several attempts to make him into a radio star.
John Curley has been in a staging pattern at KIRO since he left KING 5 Evening Magazine some time ago. He was tried out in the 7-10 slot last year. Then this past Oct, he was tried out on mornings, doing news....
We've followed the on-air career of John Curley, it's clear we don't like him, bodily function,frat-boy radio doesn't seem to cut it here. He's also a republican in a Dori way but as one poster commented, people laugh with Dori while others laugh at Curley. His twitter page hasn't been updated since Aug.
We tried to make the photo smaller, but John's over-sized, Sammamish ego wouldn't call for it
Curley is an easy, go-to guy to shuffle around, he doesn't need the money, he has his own business on the side doing high-end 501-c3 auctions in which he takes a percentage. (when it doesn't conflict with the raydio, which is why he may have been moved to mornings) The suits in radio don't care about what happens after 6p which is why they probably pulled him after 3 months doing the morning commute. It is possible the on air presence was a launching pad for a larger venture into politics beyond his gig as a Sammamish City Council member.
We could put the blame on the choice of programmers at KIRO. Jason Antebi, (rhymes with Raid on Entebbe) Asst PD at KIRO-KTTH, also Jason Rantz on the raydio, whom we profiled earlier as a partisan, crybaby college radio shock-jock and contributor to such august publications as Reader's Digest and Human Events.
His college radio show frequently mocked Occidental's administration, student government, as well as a wide-range of political and social causes. His attorney described his show thus:
"Jason Antebi’s show, like many college radio shows, was intentionally obnoxious—that was why it was named Rant and Rave. The targets of Antebi’s on-air mockery included whites, alcoholics, drug users, “straight-edges,” his cohost, his former co-host, Mormons, Christians, Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses, doctors, lawyers, Democrats, Republicans, feminists, “hippies,” the Christian Right, Alan Colmes, Greta Van Susteren, Bill O’Reilly, Al Franken, campus safety officers, women, men, children, space aliens, Star Trek fans, too many more to list here..."
And as we posted previously,
The school fired Antebi from the show, and he recruited Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) who wrote a letter condemning the college and pointed out that his speech was clearly protected under the First Amendment.
The school's attorney responded with a letter that, according to his FIRE lawyer, "flatly distorted and misrepresented facts and implied, without a shred of evidence, that Raid on Antebi had committed a variety of serious offenses including vandalizing cars and making harassing phone calls."
Larry Giffords is the Program Director for the Seattle Bonneville cluster. We hear he's a nice guy and has his own website telling others what talent is . But did they both arrive in Seattle with cement feet or is Seattle a difficult market to program?
Moroni fills in next week on Kiro
Is this part of the larger problem at KIRO and parent company Bonneville in that programming choices are being made with little regard to longevity or the Mormon elders in SLC?
KIRO used to not-give-a-shit about weekend programming, now it seems it doesn't care about the rest of the week.