Dave RossJanuary 24, 2008 @ 7:03 am (Updated: 9:38 pm - 4/18/12 )
Dave joined 97.3 KIRO FM in 1978 as a news anchor. He started hosting his own talk show in 1987, and began a daily commentary on the CBS Radio Network in 1993. He also substitutes regularly for Charles Osgood on "The Osgood File."
Dave leads the Eastlake Avenue Crusaders for Common Sense on a daily basis speaking with the major newsmakers of the moment and taking listeners calls.
Dave has regularly taken his show into the field. In 2004 he broadcast from the balcony of the Mansour Hotel in Baghdad; listeners could hear the gunfire that would occasionally break out across the Tigris River. In 2003, Dave broadcast from Doha, Qatar, headquarters of US Central Command. His favorite question to General Vince Brooks - "Are we safer now?" Brooks' reply: "Absolutely."
Dave also covered the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the revolution in the Soviet Union in 1991, and both Bush inaugurations.
Dave has always had an interest in technology, and from 1983 to 2004 produced Chip Talk, a daily radio report on computers.
Dave has been recognized with a Marconi nomination and the 2001 and 2005 Edward R. Murrow Awards for Commentary.
Dave's other love is Gilbert & Sullivan and you'll find him most summers playing the comic baritone in the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society's summer productions at Seattle Center, most recently in the title role of the 2007 production of "Princess Ida."
Occasionally, Dave will subject his listeners to a singing commentary... such as "Dictator Boy" - an ode to Saddam - and "Ichiro, Ichiro, Ichiro," an operatic tribute to the Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki, which is now on file at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dave took a leave of absence in 2004 to run for Congress in the 8th District, winning the Democratic primary, but losing the General Election. He was back on the air the next day.
He has been married to Patti for over 30 years. They have two daughters - Caitlin who graduated from Gonzaga, and Emilie who worked in Niger with the Peace Corps.