Skip to comments.KVI Seattle Returns To Conservative Talk; KOMO Expands News
Posted on 08/29/2012 12:13:45 PM PDT by raccoonradio
570 KVI Seattle John Carlson Laura Ingraham Mark Levin KOMO 1000 97.7 NewsIts been a tumultuous two years at Fisher Communications 570 KVI Seattle.
In November 2010 the station dropped its long running Conservative Talk format amidst declining ratings to flip to Oldies. After the music format failed to generate an audience on AM, the station went back to Talk with a lifestyle and consumer based lineup. On Tuesday, September 4, with ratings hovering around a 0.2, KVI will complete the cycle as it will return to conservative talk. The new KVI will be anchored by John Carlsons return to the station to host mornings from 5-9am. Carlson had been hosting afternoons on KVI prior to the switch to Oldies; at which time he moved to sister News 1000/97.7 KOMO for a 9am-12pm show. The remainder of the lineup will be syndicated including Laura Ingraham from 9am-12pm, Todd Schnitt 12-3pm, Mark Levin 3-6pm (starting October 15), Lars Larson 6-9pm, Michael Savage 9pm-11pm, Red Eye Radio 11pm-3am, and Don Imus 3-5am. Levin and Larson currently air in the market on Salems Freedom 1590 KLFE. They will both move to KVI, but not right away.
With Carlson moving back to KVI, KOMO will expand its News programming blocks into the 9am-3pm timeslots held by Carlson and Ken Schrams talk shows.
Glad to see KVI back, but Carlson is a marginal conservative.
One cannot trust Fisher, they just do not get it.
I have to go to Seattle a lot and have just hated missing Levin....glad that he’s there now!
Expanding (cough, cough) his role as chairman of the state GOP.
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Sadly in Boston Clear Channel flipped conservative talk WXKS 1200 to...comedy. They decided to let (higher rated, more powerful) WRKO take back Rush and Coast to Coast; local hosts Jeff Katz and Jay Severin were let go, and now there is no Boston home for Hannity, Levin, Beck, etc.
Comedy? Apparently AM 1200 wasn’t cutting it in the ratings as cons. talk, so instead they are now “Matty’s Comedy 1200” referring to a host on an FM sister station. All comedy routines, for people who listen for short periods etc. Sad...
I’ll give him a listen but my “skepto-meter” is on full. When he teamed up with what’s his name shram he showed his true middle of the road colors (for me at least).
I remember when a station in the Washington, DC market tried that all-comedy format. It was a bigger bomb even than Air America.
The falling ratings (if you take that as a valid comment) were caused by dropping Rush Limbaugh and then bringing in Ken Schramm to supposedly perform some sort of point / counterpoint discussion with John Carlson who seemed to have trouble finding his own political footing from time to time. That sock puppet duo couldn't even get into the ring with Medved.
I used to have my radio on KVI almost all the time when I first moved here in '03. Their line up switches turned me to the internet full time. If they want to really try to reach local conservatives they are going to have a real tough time cracking local broadcasts on 770, 790 and 1590. I suggest they start with Lars Larson and maybe see if they can pick up some lesser syndicated personalities who have strong internet followings like Michael Berry from Houston, Inga Barks from Fresno or Jerry Doyle from Las Vegas. Let John Carlson read the traffic and weather ...not much more.
Our local radio station 1340 dropped talk radio to run ESPN all sports all day long. I don’t know if their ratings are doing any better now as they lost me. I miss listening to Laura Ingraham, Neil Bortz was on there also. I don’t know who else as after Laura I switched to 870 to listen to Rush.
I moved to the Houston area a few years ago; Michael Berry is fantastic.
The Shirley Q. Liquor character is a riot.
With all the stammering, he's like listening to Porky Pig too.
I'd like a station that is going to hammer local politics, state leg and so forth (as Mike Seigel used to). In modern radio, I know that humans are expensive in place of a network feed. But it would also differentiate them from KTTH.
There are ample places to get the national broadcasters these days.
I know Howie has had problems with RKO's owners, but if he goes, there goes RKO, IMHO.
BTW, even up here where I moved to in many sodas, there's more Conservative talk shows on AM than what they have back there in starbuck land! I have been continually amazed!
Ill never forget in 2008 when Kirby helped me find my caucas location, we thought it was at his house but I was just outside the area, his wife is so nice.
Is Baumgartner a Pauler? I am so sick of the Paulers that I could scream. I’m going to have to vote for him, but I won’t like it? I am really disappointed.
We desperately need local commentators talking about local issues. I mean in addition to David Boze (love his show!).
I miss the heydays of listening to Kirby Wilbur, Mike Seigel,
Peter Weissbach, even John Carlson before he wussed out - those were some entertaining and informative times. Now all we get is an hour with Boze.
I used to listen to him in 1994 on KVI nite time before Art Bell came on!!!
Seigel did fill ins on WRKO Boston recently. Back in the 1990s, he would do fill ins for Jerry Williams (who died about 8-9 yrs back) at ‘RKO, flying to Boston to do so (for a week or so...I’m guessing he did, rather than ISDN lines that are used today). Seigel and Jerry, IIRC, started the National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts (which has since disbanded)
He did a fill in recently at WRKO Boston for a couple days; other than that I don’t know.
Yes though Clear Channel figures all comedy can work, even if it only makes a slight profit. They bought the 24/7 Comedy Network and plan to launch it on multiple stations. Maybe they figure people of all age groups will listen whereas conservative talk might skew older. They’ll run comedy routines and then ads for local and national businesses.
Clear Channel doesn’t own it but WTAR 850 in Norfolk VA has been “funny 850” for a little over a year now and supposedly does OK. Or maybe they use it to sweeten the deal: “Advertise on our we-play-everything Bob 96.9, and we’ll throw in spots to air on Funny 850, too!”
For some AM stations now the options include sports (a network), ethnic, oldies, conservative or liberal talk,
religious, and now comedy....FM is where the real action is but there are still some big powerful AMs (like WBZ Boston)
The last time I heard of Mike Seigel he was doing a local show on a small station in Tacoma.
1340 has such a weak signal and I am glad they switched over to 870. Never figured out why 610 didn’t jump on the bandwagon when national talk radio exploded in the 90’s.
Those were pretty heady days when Mike Siegel was hammering away at Tom Foley.
The first thing I do every morning at 5:30 is go to KTRH on line and enjoy Michael Berry. (and I do mean ENJOY)
I have always liked the hosts on AM 1590 Salem Radio station.