The answer, apparently, is Port Orchard if you want to stay anywhere near the Seattle market.
Those regularly scheduled Seattle newstalk spots are coveted ... seems you gotta leave town or get a gig selling cars.
It's the dilemma faced by the recently fired Bryan Suits, and Dan Sytman but also faced by such as Allan Prell, Mike Webb, Mike Siegel, New York Vinnie, Erin Hart, Lou Pate, Fred Ebert, Peter Weissbach, Brian Maloney, and Bryan Styble.
(Prell, Pate, Maloney,and Ebert moved to the East coast (although Ebert does an hour in drivetime remote from his home in Bolivia on tiny KITZ in Port Orchard; Weissbach lives in Seattle but does national fill-ins and a brokered financial show on XM Satellite radio; according to his Wikipedia entry, Siegel is "doing a one-hour local issues radio show from 5-7 PM on KITZ" (!) New York Vinnie does post-game Seahawk talk on Channel 13. Maloney does something besides radio (we're not sure what) but he runs two rightie radio blogs in Massachusetts. Hart stayed in Seattle, does fill-ins nationally, public speaking and has reportedly gone back to school. Lou Pate lives in Miami and does national fill-in. Styble is a tutor in Seattle and does one silly weekend show once a week on KIRO).
Suits was replaced on KVI by syndicated national blabbermeister, Dr.Laura. The megatrend of media consolidation, the outsourcing of local radio jobs to syndication is a root problem.
KIRO with all its live and local talk is an anachronism- the only syndication on the station is the weekend money talker Bob Brinker.
KVI had three slots filled by living and [fire] breathing hosts, but now just have two- morning and afternoon drives. It's a major step backward.
Suits and Sytman have few choices in news talk radio unless they leave town. (Wouldn't it be interesting to know if these libertarian Republicans are taking the unemployment compensation offered by the nanny state they abhor? On the employemtn front, Suits is rumored to be talking to KIRO; and Sytman could be hammering a deal with Bonneville to reappear on KTTH. On the other hand, for all we know, they could be hammering Grey Goose marys and leaving blurry messages on Chuck OIson's machine, and picking up their checks every other week).
Satellites, boosted into the stratosphere by the thousands in the 1970's and 80's, enabled local programming directors to download and broadcast national shows like Limbaugh's with neither the expense of in-house talent nor the messiness of the care and feeding of radio talent, some of the most arrogant and neediest humans on the planet.
In the next decade, with the relaxation of the media consolidation rules, large media companies like Clear Channel, CBS, ABC, and Entercom started buying up radio stations in local markets.
Stations like KTTH, and KPTK are run by humming bots who converse with the orbiting "birds" who beam down Limbaugh and Hannity and Medved; they're tried and true talent; nationally marketed, who, like the robots, don't need a bathroom, much less a health plan.
Stations like these dot the American soundscape because they pencil. Costs for the syndicated voices are nominal to the stations- their syndicators take varying but hefty percentages of the ads sold locally, and are given the time for the national ads they sell themselves.
Local programming essentially eliminates middle men; fetches more money for ads, and builds more buzz and community around a station, but the reduced risk in the automated stations running syndicated "product" only make them attractive as a volume business- big media buys up as many little stations as they can, and fires all the humans.
Radio saved itself from the threat of TV by going personal with superheated Top 40 deejays and developing close communities of its listeners. When music went to FM, radio again saved itself by staying personal with talk by hosts that became familiar as family.
To abandon that tried and true strategy fof live and local or stations run by robots off satellites owned by faceless and faraway corporate entities will surely spell the end of radio as we know it.
Or maybe it already has.