I started posting on HowieinSeattle in 11/04, following progressive American politics in the spirit of Howard Dean's effort to "Take Our Country Back." I decided to follow my heart and posted on seattleforbarackobama from 2/07 to 11/08.--"Howie Martin is the Abe Linkin' of progressive Seattle."--Michael Hood.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
"Dori monson cohort is passed over in KIRO massacre"
"This has got Dori's fingerprints all over it," says one KIRO-ite.
"It stinks," writes another. "He finally won."
The post-massacre KIRO weekend skedge is out and wonder of wonders: The Angel of Death passed over Phil, the news junkie's door! Besides the gardening Cisco and the cookin' Tom Douglas, the only local talk show left on the weekend is The News Junkie, the little show that does no harm, has neither listeners, nor point of view; but does have the tremendous advantage of being hosted by Phil Vandevort, the longtime producer for conservative Dori Monson, the self-proclaimed "King of Seattle Talk Radio."
David Goldstein, Bryan Styble, and Carl Jeffers and the support hours that go with them were eliminated Wednesday.
The Dori Monson Clause that retained Phil kinda blows a hole in the out-of-their-hands, "budgetary concerns" explanation they gave for laying off all these people.
It kinda blows...
"Dori has been after Goldy's hide for a year," says a newsie; "He's pushes his weight around, always has -- I don't know whether he got Goldy fired, but for sure if Phil's $300 a week job was saved, Dori was behind it."
Dori (whose name is a girl's name) stopped speaking or acknowledging Goldy's presence a few months ago.
KIRO staffers agree: Dori can be a real prick. "All this reminds me of the bad old Entercom days when you felt like you had to kiss his ass to keep your job."
This means a big loss of employment for the horrifically underpaid Board ops too. That's probably the reason Dustin Hornby walked. We'll be interested in hearing more about that.
It's only weekends, we know. But KIRO's closing them down for fledgling local talent is the end of an era. There is effectively no way for a talk host in this town to get started.
We'll probably pass on The Mutual Fund Show, and we can only listen to Bob Brinker once a week.
But take it from us: NPR is where it's at on weekends: in case you haven't already been driven away from KIRO. check out the weekend fare on KUOW.
Here's the Saturday line-up (except they don't say who will be in the former Carl Jeffers spot at 10p or on the overnight -- can't wait to find out!):
6am – 9am KIRO Morning News 9am- 10am The Mutual Fund Show 10am – 1pm In the Garden w/Cisco Morris 1pm to 4pm Bob Brinker Show 4pm-7pm In the Kitchen w/Tom Douglas 7pm-10pm Best of TBTL
Doesn't get much more exciting on Sunday:
6am -9am KIRO Morning News 9am- 10am Meet the Press 10am- 1pm Handel on the Law 1pm- 4pm Bob Brinker Show 4pm-7pm The News Junkie 7pm-8pm CBS News Weekend Round-up 8pm-9pm Meet the Press (Repeat) 9pm-Midnite Leo LaPorte – The Tech Guy Midnite to 4am Bob Brinker (Repeat)
Howie P.S.: One word always pops in my head when Monson's name is mentioned: "ass."