BILL VIRGIN, P-I REPORTER
Wednesday, February 8, 2006
It’s not that Tim Hunter didn’t have anything else to do when his long-running gig at KLSY-FM (92.5) with Bruce Murdock and Alice Porter ended in 2003. He wrote comedy bits for Radio-Online, a prep service used by hosts around the country, as well as jokes that were picked up by Jay Leno’s late-night TV show. He joined Mountlake Terrace ad agency Destination Marketing. He wrote two screenplays and co-wrote a third, as well as a column for a community newspaper.
But Hunter, whose radio career began in Yakima in 1977 (even earlier if you count college radio and interning) still had, as he describes it, “the itch to just get back on the air and play again for a few hours each week.”
Which is what he’s doing. Hunter is the host on country station KKWF-FM (100.7) from 7 a.m. to noon Sundays. That’s a considerably less high-profile spot than the morning-drive “Murdock, Hunter & Alice” show that ran from 1989 to 2003, which is just fine by him. Doing one show a week (and it is live, he adds) keeps his radio chops in shape and allows him to “just keep a presence in the market” without having to deal with the 2 a.m. wakeup calls that come with a five-day-a-week morning radio show. (Bruce Murdock is now with a Portland station; Alice Porter died in 2004).
The new slot came about indirectly; Hunter wrote Seahawks songs for “The Wolf’s” new morning show (they’re archived on his Web site, www.wackyweek.com). Aside from getting back in radio shape, Hunter also is learning about modern country music. He says the gap between that format and KLSY’s adult-contemporary playlist isn’t as great as may first appear, since AC features lots of remakes of country songs and crossover artists lsuch as Shania Twain. What appealed to him was the fun nature of the music and The Wolf’s approach of being “all about having a blast while you were on the air — kind of the way it was when I stumbled into this biz 30 years ago.”
In other radio notes:
KIRO-AM (710) plans a one-hour special at 6 p.m. today, “Saluting a Super Seahawks Season.” That will be followed by a two-hour “Seahawks Huddle” with Tony Ventrella, Paul Moyer, Sam Adkins, Dave Wyman, Brock Huard and others.
There was a major radio deal with tangential implications for Seattle announced this week. Walt Disney Co. said it is combining its ABC Radio network and 22 stations with Citadel Broadcasting Corp. What the deal does not include is ESPN Radio, whose programming is heard on such stations
as KJR-AM (950) and KRKO-AM (1380), or Radio Disney, which has a local outlet, KKDZ-AM (1250).
CBS Radio has added Internet streaming to several of its Seattle stations, including KBKS-FM (106.1, www.kiss1061.com), KMPS-FM (94.1, www.kmps.com), KJAQ-FM (96.5, www.965krock.com) and KZOK-FM (102.5, www.kzok.com).
KUOW-FM (94.9) presents a documentary on The Ave in the U District on “Radio Intersection” at 8 p.m. today.
Tami Kosch interviews comedian Paula Poundstone on “Community Matters Weekend Edition” at 8 a.m. Saturday on KPTK-AM (1090).
The Metropolitan Opera performs Verdi’s “La Traviata” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on KING-FM (98.1).
“Audioasis” at 6 p.m. Saturday on KEXP-FM (90.3) presents a live broadcast from a benefit concert at Chop Suey to benefit New Orleans community station WWOZ.
Don Riggs’ guests on “Introspect Northwest” at 7 a.m. Sunday on KMPS-FM and 8 a.m. on KPTK-AM include Linda Carroll, mother of Courtney Love and author of “Her Mother’s Daughter.”
Jim Wilke’s “Jazz Northwest” at 1 p.m. Sunday on KPLU-FM (88.5) features a recent performance by the Christian McBride Band.
The Sunday edition of Jim French’s “Imagination Theatre,” heard at 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on KIXI-AM (880), presents the debut of a new present-day mystery series, “The Chronicles of Anthony Rathe,” created by British writer Matthew Booth.
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels takes listener calls at on “Weekday” at 10 a.m. Monday on KUOW-FM.