On December 31, 2022, Dori Monson, a well-known and experienced radio personality from Seattle, passed away. KIRO Newsradio announced Dori’s passing and noted that he was only 61 years old.
Monson had been battling health issues for several years. He had a cardiac event on Thursday, December 29, 2022, and was hospitalized as a result.
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Who was Dori Monson?
Dori Monson, born October 2, 1961, was an American radio personality who hosted the Dori Monson Show, an afternoon talk radio show on KIRO-FM in Seattle, Washington.
Monson, who had Icelandic ancestry, was brought up in Ballard, a neighbourhood with a large Scandinavian population in Seattle. His high school diploma is from Ballard. He worked for the Husky football on-campus broadcaster KCMU as a student at the University of Washington as the play-by-play announcer.
After being introduced to Dorothy Bullitt, the owner of King Broadcasting, by veteran Seattle broadcaster Bill O’Mara, Monson began his professional broadcasting career as a sports producer at KING-TV and a sports reporter and host at KING AM. Later, when the Pat Cashman Show switched stations in 1994, he relocated to KIRO-FM 100.7.
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The Dori Monson Show, often known as The Big Show, was largely a political talk radio program that aired on KIRO-FM from noon to 3 p.m. PST. His program had the greatest listenership in the Seattle-Tacoma market as of winter 2008. In 2008, Bill Handel of KFI-AM defeated Monson for the title of Radio & Records News/Talk/Sports Local Personality Of The Year (Los Angeles). In the category of Large Market Personality of the Year for the 2018 National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award, Monson was one of five finalists.
Prior to taking over as head coach in 2010, Monson spent two years as the assistant coach for the Shorecrest High School girls’ basketball team in Shoreline, Washington. The team’s 125-72 record during this time was considered the best in the history of the program. In 2016, Monson was honored as the state’s top coach after his team won the girls’ basketball state title in Washington.
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Monson resided in Lake Forest Park, Washington, was married, and had three daughters. He identified himself as “right-leaning,” “center-right,” and “libertarian,” among other terms. In the 2008 presidential election, Bob Barr received Monson’s support, according to public statements.
Monson died on December 31, 2022, at the age of 61, in a Seattle hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest two days before.