Like most commuters, I spend a lot of time in the mornings and late afternoons in Puget Sound Gridlock, I say Puget Sound, because it’s not a problem confined to one specific location, but every location along the I-5 corridor. The following is a break down of the folks I am forced to waste away my life with while stuck in said gridlock.
I fly around the dial so please bare with:
950 KJR- This is the one and only sports channel in Seattle. Mitch in the Morning is at the helm from six-ish to TEN on the nose. He’s funny to begin with, but after 20 minutes or so, you’ve heard his program for the week. He has a side kick named Steve Sandmeyer. He’s annoying. Actually, Smitty for Summerfield, Mass is the most likable on the show, and he’s the incompetent board op. The afternoon is handled by Dave Grosby from one to three and is joined by Pete Gastineau at three to five (Gros w/ Gas), at which point Gas takes over til seven. Grosby doesn’t have much to say, and when he does, I don’t care. I like Pete, he’s likable, if not topical. The only thing that really pisses him off is the fact that Seattle won’t spend more money on new stadiums and sports facilities. The two state of the art ones we have don’t get it done for him. Anyway, overall with the slim sporting sucesses Seattle teams have, they manage to fill up the time, maybe even deter some road rage incidences.
KTTH 770- Get this, it’s funny as hell. This station is the Republican stronghold of the Seattle airwaves, they have all the wackos, Rush, Bill, Micheal Medved, and the king hell of all loonies, Micheal Savage and his Savage Nation. I don’t know where that guy stands, but I want to be on the other side of the street. Getting back to the funny part, their the official station of the Seattle Supersonics! Holy Fuck! That has to sting KJR a bit. I think this is a dirty republican plot to place the last nail in the coffin of the Sonic’s tenure in this city. Well, their really just comic relief, being just left of right I can’t stand any of them.
99.9 KISW- I like this station. It’s been around forever and played the music I like to hear and I like the personalities. They get on my nerves too, but the opinions expressed are shallow enough to be completely ignored. The morning show is hosted by a bunch of dumb asses whose blather on endlessly about farts and boobs. The afternoon is also hosted by equally dumb ass folks who blather endlessly on about farts and boobs. But the afternoon group of dumb asses have a cute limerick for what they call the “Shot of the Day”. Kind of sets them apart. By now it should be obvious I don’t like being engaged in deep thoughts while driving.
88.5- I don’t know the call letters. This is the NPR affiliate in Seattle. This station pisses my brother Drew cause their a bunch of fucking bleeding heart liberals. True, I am just right of left enough to agree, but the different slant on the news is interesting at times. It’s funny to listen to cause they only can hire the professional staff that can’t make it in for profit radio, so there is a lot of goof ups.
89.5 KNHC- Here’s a contrats to NPR, funny also. This is a dance, techno, trance radio station run by a bunch of high school kids out of Nathan Hale in Seattle. They’ve been around for a good twenty years, have remained solid to their listeners, stream broadcasts worldwide, have a great webstie and do it all with considerably less fuck ups than their non profit counterparts at NPR. I love ’em.
102.5 KZOK- This is the classic rock station, which in this town means Led Zepplin. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Hammer of the Gods, but there were other group during that time, I think. This station has the all time shittiest morning show, Bob Rivers, Spike and Joe. Bob is an annoying fuck if I ever heard one, I use to like Spike and Joe, but now their just plain guilty by association. The afternoon doesn’t get much better, Seattle stalwart, Steve Slaton mans that piece of time real estate. The dude needs to buy a new script, he’s been reading the one he’s had for the past thirty years.
710 KIRO & AM 1000- Traffic and weather. That’s it. No substantive news or entertainment value here.
Think that’s it. Overall, it’s a steaming pile of mediocrity.
OH!, I forgot. The best station in the Pacific Northwest is 87.9, It’s the station I broadcast my iPod to when I’ve had all I can take of talk radio.
rant #2 is in the books.