It's pretty simple you live in a place long enough you get tuned into that place, whats happening, and for this area how simple names like Puyallup are pronounced... Audiences pick up on that sort of thing just ask Rob, Arnie, and Dawn.... So what I was getting at is that unlike most shows at least K&B would have somebody who was wired into the pulse of the city and thus not put the locals off their chow like the previously mentioned trio did during their brief tenure here...
Never met Bean, though I have heard he's a good guy, and there's no question about his show's success in L.A.
My point is that it's darn near impossible to say "I've been living here in Seattle, remotely doing my show in L.A. for a number of years," yet saying it in a way that comes over as both meaningful and valuable.
Any dummy can (and should) learn how to say Puyallup, Issaquah ans Mukilteo before they crack open the microphone in Seattle. Bean is right in the content being the key element. Seattle is unique, and as much as people grumble loudly about how many California license plates there are in Seattle, that needs to be taken into consideration in this specific example.
While you can discuss pop culture and not be local about it as far as the entertainment industry overall (Charlie Sheen, Super Bowl ads, even Egypt), but what happens when you need to talk about local things like Kathi Goertzen? How would that resonate in L.A.? What if Fritz Coleman made a sudden departure from KNBC? Would anyone in Seattle care?
While there is no substitution for local content, I think it is possible for talent to pull off a local story and make it interesting to another market. I think Bruce Murdock is a likely candidate who could be simulcast in Seattle, and make a local Portland story sound interesting to people in Seattle. Very few others can.
I think it would be very
hard to pull that off with a Seattle/L.A. thing.
Glad you're on the board, Bean.