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KVI Seattle Returns To Conservative Talk; KOMO Expands News
radio insight ^ | 8/29/12 | Lance Venta

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 Communication’s 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 Carlson’s 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 Salem’s “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 Schram’s talk shows.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: lauraingraham; seattle; talkradio
Imus is conservative...?
1 posted on 08/29/2012 12:13:50 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Glad to see KVI back, but Carlson is a marginal conservative.

One cannot trust Fisher, they just do not get it.

schu


2 posted on 08/29/2012 12:17:59 PM PDT by schu
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To: raccoonradio

I have to go to Seattle a lot and have just hated missing Levin....glad that he’s there now!


3 posted on 08/29/2012 12:25:23 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: raccoonradio
Anyone who would flip an AM radio station's format from Conservative Talk to Oldies is either a) an idiot, or b) someone who really has it in for Conservatives. (not that I don't enjoy a good AM oldies station when I find one, but that move is business insanity)
4 posted on 08/29/2012 12:32:56 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: raccoonradio
...And just where is Kirby?
5 posted on 08/29/2012 1:04:05 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
And just where is Kirby?

Expanding (cough, cough) his role as chairman of the state GOP.

6 posted on 08/29/2012 1:13:05 PM PDT by llevrok (2012 : This is a civil war, not an election)
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To: Baynative

WA state pi


7 posted on 08/29/2012 1:14:20 PM PDT by llevrok (2012 : This is a civil war, not an election)
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To: Baynative

WA state ping


8 posted on 08/29/2012 1:14:30 PM PDT by llevrok (2012 : This is a civil war, not an election)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

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...


9 posted on 08/29/2012 1:35:22 PM PDT by raccoonradio (")
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To: schu

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).


10 posted on 08/29/2012 2:00:27 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: raccoonradio

I remember when a station in the Washington, DC market tried that all-comedy format. It was a bigger bomb even than Air America.


11 posted on 08/29/2012 2:22:54 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: llevrok; Just Lori; Libertina; Lexinom; horatio; freebird5850; Horatio Gates; Ramius; ...
WA Ping

"... the station dropped its long running Conservative Talk format amidst declining ratings to flip to Oldies"

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.

12 posted on 08/29/2012 5:47:33 PM PDT by Baynative
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To: Baynative

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.


13 posted on 08/29/2012 6:28:18 PM PDT by Spunky (Those)
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To: Baynative

I moved to the Houston area a few years ago; Michael Berry is fantastic.

The Shirley Q. Liquor character is a riot.


14 posted on 08/29/2012 6:43:58 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Baynative
Let John Carlson read the traffic and weather

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.

15 posted on 08/29/2012 6:58:31 PM PDT by llevrok (2012 : This is a civil war, not an election)
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To: raccoonradio
They decided to let (higher rated, more powerful) WRKO take back Rush and Coast to Coast

I know Howie has had problems with RKO's owners, but if he goes, there goes RKO, IMHO.

16 posted on 08/29/2012 7:01:43 PM PDT by llevrok (2012 : This is a civil war, not an election)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Kirby’s warriors!!!


17 posted on 08/29/2012 8:47:46 PM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: llevrok; Baynative; rockrr
Speaking of Mike Seigel, What's he up to these days? He used to be a hoot to listen to back in the day!

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!

18 posted on 08/29/2012 8:52:32 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: tallyhoe

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.


19 posted on 08/29/2012 9:00:48 PM PDT by cmsgop ( The left always accuses the right for the sins of the left. from FReeper Just Lori, RIP)
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To: Baynative

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.


20 posted on 08/29/2012 9:33:11 PM PDT by Eva
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To: raccoonradio

Bryan Suits?


21 posted on 08/29/2012 9:37:20 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: Baynative

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.


22 posted on 08/29/2012 9:38:44 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: cmsgop

I used to listen to him in 1994 on KVI nite time before Art Bell came on!!!


23 posted on 08/29/2012 10:13:57 PM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: rockrr

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)


24 posted on 08/30/2012 7:18:47 AM PDT by raccoonradio (")
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To: JDoutrider

He did a fill in recently at WRKO Boston for a couple days; other than that I don’t know.


25 posted on 08/30/2012 7:19:51 AM PDT by raccoonradio (")
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To: Buckeye McFrog

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)


26 posted on 08/30/2012 7:24:55 AM PDT by raccoonradio (")
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To: JDoutrider

The last time I heard of Mike Seigel he was doing a local show on a small station in Tacoma.


27 posted on 08/30/2012 7:46:08 AM PDT by Baynative
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To: Spunky

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.


28 posted on 08/30/2012 7:51:43 AM PDT by shotgun
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To: rockrr

Those were pretty heady days when Mike Siegel was hammering away at Tom Foley.


29 posted on 08/30/2012 7:53:33 AM PDT by shotgun
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To: SeaHawkFan

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)


30 posted on 08/30/2012 8:26:14 AM PDT by Baynative
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To: raccoonradio

I have always liked the hosts on AM 1590 Salem Radio station.


31 posted on 09/21/2012 8:23:48 AM PDT by petemoss4224
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