10:26 PM SUNDAY: Though the official on-air announcement isn’t due till 7 am tomorrow (Monday) morning on 103.7 The Mountain radio, Nicole Brodeur at the Seattle Times (WSB partner) is the latest to report that West Seattleite Marty Riemer is definitely returning to the station that axed him 16 months ago. (We noted the video hints here on Friday; Seattle Weekly confirmed his return later that day.) He’ll be on the shift that was his original claim to fame, afternoons. And that means he gets to keep doing his morning podcast. (Which apparently is taking the day off tomorrow.) Photo: May 2010, WSB photo of Marty Riemer before he emceed the West Seattle 5K.
7:04 AM MONDAY: They’ve just officially announced on-air that he’s returning to the station, on the afternoon shift. “I’m ba-a-ck,” Riemer said, appearing on-air with John Fisher (who’s on mornings from here on out) and Shawn Stewart (middays). “It was like a bad soap-opera cliffhanger,” he added, of his time away. “We keep saying,” Stewart noted, “that Marty is truly back due to popular demand,” referring to the uproar after his September 2009 firing. (His then-co-host Jodi Brothers also has a new job; she’ll be part of the Bob Rivers Show when it hits the air at 95.7 FM this spring.) [added] At quarter past 7, Governor Gregoire called in on the air, and laughed when Riemer told her she was no longer responsible for paying him unemployment benefits. He starts on the afternoon shift next Monday.