When you tune into The Dori Monson Show on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, prepare for a wild noon-3 p.m. weekday ride through news, pop culture, and talk you’re not going to hear anywhere else.
Groomed for the job on the “Mean Streets of Ballard,” Monson got his first taste of Seattle radio while dialed in on his transistor radio, from high atop his backyard treehouse. Seattle’s own native son/host on the region’s top news/talk station, Monson is a Ballard High School and University of Washington graduate –with a perspective that only a lifetime Seattle resident can offer.
Hard-hitting, side-splitting and (occasionally) gut-wrenching talk about local issues that affect the lives of listeners is part of each day’s show. Monson is a watchdog of government and a passionate advocate for personal responsibility. Fair to a fault, his show has been live from all eight of the most recent Republican and Democratic national conventions.
In 2016, a feature on The Dori Monson Show won two national Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Two years later, Monson was a finalist for the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Award’s Large Market Host of the Year.
During the NFL season, Monson hosts pre-, halftime, and post-game shows on the Seahawks Radio Network. which airs on 50 stations in five states, Canada and locally on KIRO Radio -where his coverage was heard live during all three Seahawks Super Bowl appearances.
Described by some as a pit bull, Monson is fiercely protective of those he loves, and vicious to those who cross him. His listeners know that he’s really more like a golden retriever: loyal and drooling pure love.
Dori and his wife have been married for more than 30 years. They have three adult daughters, one son-in-law and a rescue-shelter dog (though not in that priority order). An enthusiastic basketball player, Monson also coached for 25 years in Boys & Girls clubs, AAU and –most recently –at Shorecrest High School, where in 2016 he led the Lady Scots to their first state basketball championship.
Monson connects with youth and philanthropic groups on and off the air. A past trustee at Seattle Children’s Theater, his fundraising work supports FareStart, Seattle Children’s, Union Gospel Mission, and local schools and booster clubs.