M’s Failure & KOMO’s Lame Duck Status Leads to Drayer’s Ouster

Despite their recent moderate success, it appears the nightmarish failure of this year’s Mariners has had consequences beyond the dugout. This morning KOMO fired popular blogger and radio reporter Shannon Drayer. That, combined with the contract expiration of FSN reporter Cara Capuano means there will be two less people covering the Mariners for the remainder of the season.

Drayer’s firing is especially puzzling. Her blog was well regarded by the difficult-to-please Mariners blogging community and her interviewing skills were second to none. That she was able to earn the respect of the most hard core fans while fitting in with the players in the clubhouse was a very unusual feat. No reason was given for her firing but the M’s horrible season has surely lead to a ratings decline. Additionally, this is KOMO’s final year broadcasting Mariners games and it appears they’ve already started divesting.

Next year KIRO will broadcast Mariners games resuming the duties they lost in 2003 [times]. They would be smart to hire Drayer post haste.

[via Geoff Baker]

1 Comment so far

  1. dhall058 on August 9th, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

    What a shoddy way to treat a first class, talented reporter! Shannon’s insights and superb interviews were the only reason that I would listen to the radio pregame show, which is generally just a recycle of tired baseball cliches from the rest of the team. (She’s as good, or better at interviewing both active and "legendary" ballplayers than the esteemed Mr. Niehaus.)

    I know that I will be sending an email to KIRO Radio, urging that they bring Shannon on board immediately, as having her do Mariner’s reports and outstanding blog on 710 KIRO during the rest of 2008 will be a great way to jumpstart the buzz for next season.

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