I am deeply saddened to hear of Dori Monson’s passing. Sending my prayers to his family, friends, and all his colleagues at KIRO Newsradio. My favorite part of his show was hearing his snicker/laugh when he was genuinely tickled. I will miss you Dori. Godspeed, my friend.— Kim Wyman (@KimWyman12) January 2, 2023
I’m in complete shock at the passing of Dori Monson. There’s nothing I can say in a tweet — or a book — to adequately describe his impact on our city, our radio stations, and our lives. In addition to inspiring me, he was my friend. I’m going to miss him. https://t.co/5eUo03Ww2O pic.twitter.com/8Zf5V7DWe3— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) January 2, 2023
Dori gave us our very first opportunity to be on the radio. He gave us a platform on his show every week for a year. He sat and watched my daughter play hoops with me & most importantly he believed in me. He was my friend & I’m forever grateful for him.Rest easy Dori Monson. pic.twitter.com/wsKZlyhCrB — Holla (@terryhollimon) January 2, 2023
Dori Monson was a champion for those who expect better of our state and our nation. Those who believe the government should be accountable to the people. Those who trusted a boy from the mean streets of Ballard to tell the truth. https://t.co/TQOlY4n6xD— Brandi Kruse (@BrandiKruse) January 2, 2023
Monson was a fervent believer in the importance of women’s sports, the Times reported. In 2016, he coached the Shorecrest High School girls’ basketball team to their first state title. In 2020, Monson was suspended from his show for two-and-a-half weeks over a social media post during the Washington gubernatorial debate between Democratic incumbent Jay Inslee and Loren Culp, his Republican opponent, the Times reported. “Inslee: we follow science in WA. The state where I could go to Olympia tomorrow and change my birth cert to say I was a girl on 10/2/61. HAHAHAHAHA,” he tweeted. Monson apologized for his remark — which the Times described as “mocking transgender people” — after coming back on the air. “I was on Twitter and wrote a comment about what I saw as a disconnect between what Jay Inslee calls ‘science,’ and the way Washington state allows a person to change the sex on their birth certificate decades after they were born,” he said, according to a KIRO news release. “My tweet didn’t hit the mark,” Monson said. “Instead, it was painful for some of our listeners and many in the Twitter-sphere. For that, like I said on the air the day after the tweet, I apologize.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
I don’t have words tonight but I do have endless prayers for @dorimonson wife Suzanne & his amazing girls & family. He loved them with that gigantic heart of hisAnd for his remarkable audience that followed him for three decades he loved you too. 1st Thess. 4:14. Love you Dori pic.twitter.com/X09TznHqPt — Brock Huard (@BrockHuard) January 2, 2023