Dori asked listeners to send in all their burning questions for The Dori Monson Show crew to answer on-air in an Ask Anything challenge.
Q: King Dori and Prince Jake: For the Ask Me Anything segment, will you adopt me?
A: Jake said he’d have to know more about the anonymous listener.
“I don’t know what this person looks like, I don’t know if they’re weird,” said Jake.
“I would need to see more on the resume before making that decision,” said Dori. “My wife’s done having kids, but I told her I wouldn’t mind having one or two more.”
Q: What do you really think about your most favorite and humorous caller, Jennifer? I haven’t heard from her in a while. Did you guys have a falling out?
A: Jennifer was a listener who used to call Dori’s voice mail regularly to give Dori lectures through the prism of race.
“Remind those white people to stop going mountain climbing when they know how dangerous it is,” said Jennifer in one message.
“I stopped checking my voice mail,” said Dori. “I would love to hear from her. I have no idea what happened.
Q: Who is your favorite KIRO Radio host?
A: “You, of course! I’ve worked here going on almost 25 years, and I have a lot of favorites,” said news anchor Ursula Reutin of Dori, “but I would say that I have enjoyed working with you the most – and that’s the truth!”
Producer Jake, on the other hand, refused to answer. As did the rest of the show crew.
Q: According to John Curley, no one should ever accept any food from the listening audience. Do you have this policy as well? Would you make an exception if a restaurant brought food over and said a listener of the show paid them to make food and deliver it to the show?
A: Though it might not be wise, it happens.
“I can tell you that we have accepted food before,” said Ursula. “But we can’t agree to mention the restaurant.”
Jake and Dori have both accepted food – and lots of it – from listeners.
“In the back of your mind you’re always worried about finding something horrible in there,” said Jake. “It hasn’t happened to me yet, and I’ve eaten everything that anybody’s ever sent.”
Q: Would you ever consider moving back to your old neighborhood, Ballard?
A: Dori loves Ballard and cherishes his memories growing up on the mean streets of his home-town. But now that he’s used to having so much space, and now that he has a family, he doesn’t think he’d move.
“The only reason my wife and I moved from Ballard – it was before we had our first baby – I knew that I did not want my kids going to the Seattle Public Schools,” said Dori.
Q: On your best night in the casino, approximately how much did you win? On your worst night, approximately how much did you lose?
A: Dori and Ursula acknowledge that they are the biggest gamblers among the show crew.
“It’s generally a losing proposition,” said Ursula. “The best has been $200. I generally set a [losing] limit of $80.”
Dori, on the other hand, has won over $16,000 on his best day at the Saratoga race track last fall.
“On the craps table, my biggest win was about $6,000,” said Dori. “And my biggest loss – I don’t think I’ve lost more than $800.”
Q: What do you plan to do in retirement?
A: “Travel. Lots of traveling,” said Ursula. “Hopefully have lots of grandkids.”
Dori plans on continuing to live the dream, spending his retirement playing lots of craps and horses.
Q: Jake, do you intend to take over Dori’s job upon his retirement?
A: “No. It would be very tough to replace you,” said Jake. “That’s not supposed to be a sneaky compliment, it would just be really tough to replace you so I’ve decided to remain a producer.”
Q: Ursula, do you ever completely disagree with Dori’s point of view only to bite your tongue for the sake of the show?
A: Everyone on the show knew that the answer was yes.
But Ursula elaborated that it was more an effort to remain objective, rather than outright disagreements with Dori. Now that she is both a newscaster and a big part of the Dori Monson Show experience, she has to walk a fine line between explaining a news story and offering an opinion.
“I try not to inject my opinions that often,” said Ursula. “There’s certain things where I will share my opinions, but not in areas where people think I can’t be objective where it comes to the news.”