Wednesday with Bob & Ray – Down The Byway

For nearly 45 years Bob and Ray entertained millions of radio listeners and television viewers. Bob and Ray’s long partnership began at Boston radio station WHDH in 1946 when Goulding, after delivering the news on Elliott’s music program, began to stick around and swap anecdotes with the host. Listeners demanded more, however, and the station soon scheduled Matinee with Bob and Ray. It offered offbeat comments on the day’s news, fables about fictitious characters and bogus contest offers.

TODAY, “Down The Byway” in Elk Horn, Kentucky, Farley Gerard interviews a proud printshop owner who prints replicas of United States currency…

The KOMO/KCPQ Combo

Seattle will have at least 2 TV stations owned by SINCLAIR, once this merger takes effect. KOMO 4 and KCPQ 13. The others, Joe TV KZJO and Univision will likely be sold off. Lay-offs should be expected by employees at both KOMO & KCPQ. SINCLAIR runs a lean operation. The motto for employees should be “more work for less.” Other corporate mergers are in the pipeline. The remaining TV channels could flip under new ownership and we might also see some rotation of network affiliations. Lennie the Cabbie says FOX might buy some of their affiliate stations to wrest control from SINCLAIR, which will have a huuuuge number of FOX affiliates in their fold post-merger. Could happen…Radio stations in Seattle and WGN Chicago might be sold off. SINCLAIR’s main focus is obviously on television. [pun intended]

A Change Is Gonna Come

Rachel Maddow is creaming her boxer shorts over the Sally Yates testimony – any hint that Trump could be in trouble makes Rachel’s nipples hard. MSNBC is as blatantly LEFT as FOX News Channel is RIGHT…I envision a news hub for Sinclair stations, positioned in Seattle, feeding KOMO, KCPQ and stations in cities such as Portland…(write that down)…Local TV news anchors have got to stop goofing off on Facebook and on TV. The news should be taken seriously by professionals who behave in a manner befitting a “journalist.” If they want to host a cartoon show, they need to put on the red noses…Walter Cronkite would just fire the whole bunch of them…First, ENTERCOM & CBS Radio, now SINCLAIR & TRIBUNE MEDIA. 2017 will be an interesting year for radio and TV. Seattle personalities need to have resumes up to date and be flexible. A change is gonna come… [cue the Sam Cooke record…]


Worth Noting

J. Michael Kenyon died April 26th. He was 73. [KIRO 7 gave the story :28 seconds of airtime.] Kenyon was one of Seattle’s legendary sportswriters and a longtime local wrestling historian, M.C. and promoter. In 1967, Kenyon became the first SuperSonics beat writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. A decade later, he covered the arrival of the Mariners. In 1980, Kenyon was the city’s second sports talk show host — after KIRO’s Wayne Cody — on 570 KVI. Kenyon also worked for KING radio, the Yakima Morning Herald, Tacoma’s News Tribune, the Hollywood Citizen-News and the Baltimore Sun, among other outlets…What if an afternoon gabfest on Seattle local radio got the attention of a national audience and became a successful syndicated talk show? Could happen to The Men’s Room. The KISW afternoon drive show is hosted by Miles Montgomery and Steve “the thrill” Hill. I have listened and think the show could be successful, just as the Tom Leykis show was for a period. I am not in the target demographic…What if Sinclair purchased Tribune and owned both KOMO 4 and KCPQ 13. Lennie the Cabbie brought up the fact that several KOMO personalities fled under the Sinclair ownership and ended up at KCPQ. “You can run, but you can’t hide” said Lennie. Now, the jig is up and Daddy has entered the room with the belt. Where are good TV news people to go when the evil corporate owner takes over? Lennie opines that he believes local stations will someday be without network affiliations. Networks will be available on a subscription basis, like HBO and the CBS online model. This may happen sooner than later. Local stations will then consolidate under the big corporate umbrella, downsize and frequencies will be sold-off, some stations will go dark. Count on this happening within the next couple years…The city of Seattle will be paid $440,000 to settle one of two lawsuits it brought against homeowners last year in connection with the cutting down of trees in a public greenbelt. The city accused the homeowners of laying waste to more than 150 trees in two neighboring sections of the West Seattle greenbelt to improve their views. Stanley and Mary Harrelson and Marty and Karrie Riemer will together hand over $440,000 to settle the lawsuit in which they were named. The other suit is still active. If you thought Riemer, local alternative/rock jock was a greener-tree hugger, you were WRONG! Takes a lot of balls to think you can do such a thing. Privileged much, Marty?…Still no Sports station on FM here in Seattle. I say blow out one of the rockers and “just do it.”

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