Old Business first.
I was too tired last night to coherently write about my first jury duty experience yesterday but needless to say I fought the law and the law won. :(
Anyway, that will be the subject of my post tomorrow plus I should have a Godzilla update by then as Donna will be heading down to Oregon to visit him tomorrow too.
Thank you for all your warm wishes for our pig. Who would have ever predicted that he would start today healthier than Heath Ledger ?
Now, New Business:
Dennis Kelly, Program Director
140 Fourth Ave. North
Dear Mr. Kelly,
First of all, let there be no doubt that I am a hardcore KOMO AM 1000 fan. Yours is the number one button on my car radio and I have you as a the default on every set in my home too. And it's not just because I am a rabid Mariners fan and am already counting the days to the first pre-season game you'll air next month! No, I am a news junkie too and appreciate the quality of both the ABC network content you carry and your local news team too every single day.
You've been in the business long enough to know that a letter that starts off with such effusive praise, no matter how true, will always be followed by the word, But...
So here goes: Your anchors and traffic reporters use a word several times an hour that drives me crazy. It is "roadway." As in, "Let's see what's happening out on the roadway" or "The major roadways are clear tonight."
Sir, do you know a single person in "real life," not on the radio, who uses the word "roadway?" Can you imagine calling home and telling your wife you saw an accident on the roadway coming into work today?
In the 21st century it would be so refreshing to listen to people on the air who talk like real people talk. While not as egregious as "highways and byways," another old traffic reporter crutch phrase, I still think it is time to retire "roadway." The much more modern word for the same thing is the simple "road" and I'm sure no one will be irritated by that one.
Please take this suggestion for what it's worth (possibly nothing) but do accept my sincere compliments on your excellent radio station anyway.
All the best,
(end of letter)
Me again. What words or phrases do you hear on radio or television that drive you crazy? Please discuss.