Broadcasters, politicians, coworkers and friends remember Dori Monson

Jan 2, 2023, 9:22 AM | Updated: 8:46 pm

Dori caught the coaching bug at a young age. This is from one of his first head coaching gigs in 2001. (Courtesy of the Monson family) Whether it was part of the job or in his free time, Dori Monson loved horse racing. (Courtesy of the Monson family) Dori's love for sports began on the mean streets of Ballard. (Courtesy of the Monson family) The Monson family celebrating the holidays. (Courtesy of the Monson family) Dori Monson always tried to put on a straight face when interviewing people. (Courtesy of the Monson family) Dori Monson loved his fishing trips up to Alaska with Brock Huard and Tom Nelson. (Courtesy of the Monson family) Dori Monson's proudest moment as head coach of the Shorecrest High School girl's basketball team winning the state title in 2016. (Courtesy of the Monson family) Producer Nicole Thompson had a long and dedicated friendship with Dori Monson. (Courtesy of the Monson family) Dori called the wedding of his daughter the 'proudest day of my life.' (Courtesy of the Monson family) Dori Monson (right) and his former co-host Steve Kelley (left) hosting a show for KING 1090 AM at the 1991 Bite of Seattle. (Courtesy of Casey McNerthney) Dave Wyman's weekly appearances on 'The Big Show' were a highlight of Dori Monson's show. (Courtesy of the Monson family) Dori's kind spirit had an impact on everyone he met. (Courtesy of the Monson family) Dori Monson and his beloved pup, Buddy. (Courtesy of the Monson family) Dori and Suzanne Monson enjoying the sights and scenes on vacation in Rome, Italy. (Courtesy of the Monson family)

Dori Monson, a longtime KIRO Newsradio host, passed away Saturday night at a Seattle hospital. He is remembered by a collection of public figures he had interviewed, broadcasters who had worked in the industry alongside him, coworkers who shared years of happy memories with him, and thousands of fans.

After working in Seattle radio for more than four decades, lots of love and support were tweeted out in mourning and memory for the life of Dori.

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Listeners and fans texted KIRO Newsradio to mourn the loss.

“So sad to hear the news about Dori. I’m speechless. I looked forward to his show daily. His voice was much needed. He was a great watch dog giving us much needed news that nobody else has the balls to report. You will be greatly missed Dori. R.I.P.”

David in Port Townsend

“I remember when Dori was tazed and so many other ‘stunts’. His bungee jump.. and his love for his family.. his one on one with the nuns, always a delight.
And, the fact he shared his emotions. Seattle is weeping today.”

Ann in Port Orchard

“Every day after the noon news I would invite Dori’s powerful voice into my home. I feel like I have lost a friend. My prayers are with his family and all of you at Kiro. A bright light has gone out.”

Vonnie in the 206

“I started listening to Dori during Covid lockdown. I live alone, no internet, high risk age. He helped so much… I will miss him so much. He was the best.”

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Dori’s career in radio started in 1982 at the University of Washington and included work at KING-TV, KING Radio, and at KIRO since the early 1990s. A man of deep faith and a fierce advocate for girls’ sports for more than 25 years, Dori coached Shorecrest High School to its first state girls’ basketball title in 2016.

Despite health issues over the past few years, Dori enjoyed deep sea fishing with KIRO and ESPN colleagues and playing pickleball with his family. He leaves behind a wife, three adult daughters, a dog, and many of his show’s loyal listeners.

A memorial tribute is airing on KIRO Newsradio until 6 p.m. Monday. A number of different guests including: Brock Huard, Dave Wyman, Ursula Reutin, Bob Rivers, and more will remember the life of a Seattle radio legend.

Listen to KIRO Newsradio on 97.3 FM. Stream it live here.

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