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From letter writer to radio host

Post by Cheryl Tucker on May 2, 2008 at 5:42 am |
May 2, 2008 5:42 am

Longtime KIRO radio host Bob Pittman signed off the air for good last month. In this note, he recounts how his radio gig started with a letter to the editor published in The News Tribune.

Radio journey began

with letter to the editor

About 18 years ago, I wrote my first letter to the editor. It was about a lawyer’s responsibility to educate the public. As I recall, I was annoyed with living trust scams that were blowing through town and I wrote to lay partial blame at the feet of the lawyers. Lawyers have a responsibility to educate the public and we had fallen down on the job, I said. I lamented that people were afraid of lawyers and so fell victim more readily to the bad guys.

Because of that letter I did a guest appearance on a local Tacoma radio program that led to a guest appearance on KIRO radio in Seattle. My guest work resulted in an invitation to host a legal advice program on the 50,000-watt blowtorch that was KIRO, with the likes of Jim French and Dave Ross. Cisco was yet to come, and John Carlson was just getting started.

“Legal Line with Bob Pittman” aired on a Saturday evening way back in 1991 and proceeded to march through time until the broadcast fell victim to the budgetary meat ax of weekend infomercials, some 17 years later, this April.

Each weekend I had the privilege of demystifying the law, translating the legalese and pointing people in the right direction with regard to their legal problems, all because of a letter to the editor I wrote so many years ago. Thanks for the memories.

Bob Pittman

University Place

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