With the programming switch at Fisher Broadcasting's KVI-AM from right-wing rants to music for baby boomers, Seattle's conservative airways shifted a little more to the left last month. Now over at Rush Limberger's Seattle home, KTTH, owned by Bonneville, local talker David Boze has had his three on-air hours cut back to one, effective next month. Combined with KVI's changeover, that accounts for about 26 fewer hours daily of anti-liberal brainwashing in the Emerald City.
Michael Hood over at the radio blog Blatherwatch sees it more as a downmarket trend in all kinds of live and local broadcasting, however, since the headache-inducing whimperings of syndicated righty Sean Hannity, formerly on KVI, will take over Boze's vacated KTTH hours.
"The Dave Boze Show wasn't quite quashed by Bonneville [which operates KIRO and KTTH]," says Hood, "but it's been pretty much creamed."
Hood last month wondered aloud whether Boze would lose hours as Hannity shifted from KVI to KTTH. "We hope not," he wrote. "Boze is the only live & local Seattle show on the right-wing talker which already has Rush and [Glenn] Beck (and we forget who else) beamed down from the birds in the sky."
Longtime Dori Monson show producer on KIRO-FM, Phil Vandervort, was recently reassigned to the Boze show on sister station KTTH, but he quit and went to Fisher, producing John Carlson's KOMO-AM afternoon show. (Carlson, of course, was the most popular local talker on "Talk 570 KVI" before it was re-dubbed Nov. 8 as "Seattle's Greatest Hits 570 KVI"),
That switch in some respects took KVI back to earlier days, when owned by the singing cowboy Gene Autry, with the platters-and-patter format of funnyman Jack Morton and "professional smartass" Bob Hardwick. Once Seattle's highest-paid DJ, Hardwick was loved by most listeners, except for the guy who shot at the hearse Hardwick used to drive around town. (Hardwick shot himself to death in 1992, about two months after he was fired from his latest gig, at KING, for poor ratings),
Hood, BTW, notes that the Hannity show in Boze's time slot will be a re-run. "If there's possibly anything worse than Sean Hannity live, it's Sean Hannity refried," says Hood. "He's a smarmy, mendacious, disingenuous swine who hates the troops. He's a tool of the Republican Party and unapologetic, partisan mouthpiece of the right wing of the right-wing." Obviously, Hood's been listening.