When it comes to women on sports radio, Donnellan is Jackie Robinson, a pioneering female in a field covered in testosterone. While she was only in Seattle from 1991-1994, her impact resonates to this day with broadcasters like Elise Woodward. Donnellan rode her brassy schtick all the way to national syndication, before health problems and other factors led to her professional downfall. Kruse catches up to her as she attempts to climb back up the ladder, and finds a woman who works tirelessly to keep her on-air persona and true identity separate.
To those who worked with her in Seattle, this characterization will ring true. "I've known her for 20 years and was on her show last year, though we are not too close," says Dave "The Groz" Grosby, a former KJR colleague of Donnellan's who now works afternoons for 710 ESPN. "She was nice enough to fill in for me when I had my heart surgery, which has become a connection between us. I even called her Nanci. That being said, I've never really known a thing about her personal life. She never, ever went into details about how she grew up or what she was like in high school. When it became clear immediately she didn't want to talk about it, I stopped bringing it up. I certainly saw the two sides of the personality, though I liked them both."
Kruse covers this turf well in his Grantland piece, but things get a little weird when he tries to get the Babe to open up about her love life ...
Still well know from her time at KJR here in Seattle, it's no surprise that Seely's post inspired some feedback from the sports-radio crowd.
As commenter reporterward writes:
Can't wait for further exposes on Jeff "The Fisherman" Aaron and David Locke. Did The Fish once exceed his humpy catch limit on the Skagit? Did ANYONE ever listen to Locked on Sports?