Lennie’s Lines: Winder Stickies

I’m talkin’ about those stickers people have stuck on the rear winders of their vehicles. Used to be radio station stickers on the winder. Now, it’s all kinds of bullcrap. When I see a coexist sticker, usually of a Subaru, the official car of the People’s Republic of Oregon, I hope I later see that car in a ditch aside the road! I don’t give a diddly about yer stick figger family. And what the heck does 13.1 mean? Is that the dial position of KCPQ TV? Well, they got that right! I say, if you got a winder stickie on yer vehicle, wake up, it ain’t 1972 anymore.

Bruce King Dies

Bruce King, the longtime sports anchor at KOMO-TV, has died, according to the station. King, 83, retired in 1999 after 31 years with KOMO.. He moved to KOMO as sports director from 1968 to 1980. After a brief stint at New York’s WABC-TV, King returned to KOMO in 1981 and finished out his career there as one of Seattle’s most recognized sports media personalities…Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment by an assistant for his sports marketing firm, according to a lawsuit filed in California. Moon has been granted a leave of absence from KIRO Radio…(Not the first such accusation against Moon, according to details at the Seattle Times…94.1 The Sound is already (Day 3) repeating some tunes as they continue to tout 10,000 songs uninterrupted. It loses some of the “POW” when you now have heard the same Air Supply tune three times in as many days…Lots of speculation concerning what new buyers and formats ALT 102.9 and KUBE 104.9 will see in the near future. My money is on a Hindi format at one of them and maybe Salem, Sacred Heart or some other religious broadcaster picking up the other. Neither station covers the Seattle metro very well…Northwest Broadcasters mentioned that 98.9 KVRQ folks such as PD Dave Numme, APD/middays Kim Monroe and afternoon host Joe “Jeetz” Reder are all out of work since the Classic Rock station changed to Country this week…We will keep you abreast (no sexual innuendo intended) as format changes occur…Don’t forget, there is a good chance FOX will buy KCPQ 13 once the upcoming Sinclair-Tribune deal closes. Sinclair could be selling stations in each of the NFL markets…As for Sinclair Radio, KOMO etc, nothing mentioned so far about a sale, but Sinclair is not a major player at all in “radio”. If they keep KOMO AM & FM maybe that will change as time goes on…Weigel Broadcasting Co. has picked up KVOS TV and KFFV TV from OTA Broadcasting. Weigel is the owner of TV in Chicago and the mid-West, THIS TV (network), DECADES, METV, MOVIES (network) and this should be good news for viewers of KVOS and future viewers of KFFV.

Lennie The Cabbie: Making Media Great Again or Not!


Kudos to Chris Daniels of KING5 for producing and hosting Bigger Than Baseball, an excellent documentary featuring the good deeds of Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano in their home country of the Dominican Republic.

Travis Mayfield is arguably the best dressed personality in local television.

Speaking of best dressed: Did Erin Mayovvsky wear the same dress when doing the weather on Q13 in the morning and again when she did the sports on KOMO4 on the evening news on the same day? You have to watch a lot of local television to notice these things.

Does anybody else miss Mary Lee of KING5 weather?

What about no live Seafair coverage on TV this year? Maybe Chip Hanauer and Pat O’Day will team up and do a podcast.

What’s Jeff Renner up to these days?

Disappointing that the Tacoma News Tribune appears to be cutting back on staff and local content. Some of it’s best content comes from their “Reader Columnists ”and local letters to the editor.

On the plus side, Matt Driscoll one of the Tribune’s local columnists gets after it with his writing.

Is the Puyallup Herald, local weekly in the East Pierce County and Puyallup going to continue to print only the front page and fill the rest with bonus ads from the News Tribune?

In fairness, simply subscribing to the local paper may not be enough to save it.

Seattle Times may be the last paper standing in what appears to be a meltdown in print media.

Is there a better traffic reporter on TV than Stephen Kilbreath? OK…Tracy Taylor fans you can weigh in.

On the radio side, Chris Sullivan, KIRO 97.3 is my “Go-To-Guy” if I’m on the road and need to know where the slowdowns are.

Listen to Herb Wiesbaum on KOMO 1000/97.7 and you’ll hear one of the best in the business, great presentation and presence on the air.

John Curley and Tom Tangney always seem to be enjoying themselves when they do their midday show on KIRO FM…serious but not too serious. They seem to get that it’s just a radio show.

Love him or hate him, Dori Monson knows how to put together compelling radio or his producers do.

KVI is getting better and one has to wonder how well they’d do in the ratings if they got Rush back.

Get Jesse features a local Tacoma guy who was a hell of a football player for the Foss Falcons back in the day.

I end this collection of random thoughts with apologies to Emmett Watson and Denny McGoughan and if you remember them…you are pretty damn old!