Talker's Magazine The quirky talk radio trade mag. Check the Talk Radio Research Project- it's not very scientific, but places on the top 15 talkers list (scroll down to Talk Radio Audiences By Size)) are as hotly contested as Emmys (and mean just about as much).
The Advocate No, not THAT Advocate... it's the Northwest Progressive Institute's Official Blog.
Media Matters Documentation of right-wing media in video, audio and text.
Orcinus home of David Neiwert, freelance investigative journalist and author who writes extensively about far-right hate groups
Hominid Views "People, politics, science, and whatnot"
Darryl is a statistician who fights imperialism with empiricism, gives good links and wry commentary.
Jesus' General An 11 on the Manly Scale of Absolute Gender, a 12 on the Heavenly Scale of the 10 Commandments and a 6 on the earthly scale of the Immaculately Groomed.
Irrational Public Radio "informs, challenges, soothes and/or berates, and does so with a pleasing vocal cadence and unmatched enunciation. When you listen to IPR, integrity washes over you like lava, with the pleasing familiarity of a medium-roast coffee and a sensible muffin."
The Maddow Blog Here's the hyper-interactive La Raych of MSNBC. daily show-vids, freakishly geeky research, and classy graphics.
Northwest Broadcasters The AM, FM, TV and digital broadcasters of Northwest Washington, USA and Southwest British Columbia, Canada. From Kelso, WA to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC - call letters, formats, slogans, networks, technical data, and transmitter maps.
Plus "recent" news.
The Moderate Voice The voice of reason in the age of Obama, and the politics of the far-middle.
News Hounds Dogged dogging of Fox News by a team who seems to watch every minute of the cable channel so you don't have to.
HistoryLink Fun to read and free encyclopedia of Washington State history. Founded by the late Walt Crowley, it's an indispensable tool and entertainment source for history wonks and surfers alike.
right-wing blogs we like
The Reagan Wing Hearin lies the real heart of Washington State Republicans. Doug Parris runs this red-meat social conservative group site which bars no holds when it comes to saying who they are and who they're not; what they believe and what they don't; who their friends are and where the rest of the Republicans can go. Well-written, and flaming.
Orbusmax inexhaustible Drudgery of NW conservative news
Reaffirming the stereotypes we have about the aging conservative
listenership of talk radio, we were amused at a letter Dave Ross's
producer, the notoriously floozical Libby Shenkman, got this morning about the soft
porn of the photo above:
Libby - How wonderful for you (sincerely). You being
the Producer/Chief of Staff of the popular Dave Ross Show which I listen
to daily. It is unfortunate however that you do not dress like the
professional you are. I look at the photo posted today and see you
wearing a skin tight shirt with your bra strap hanging out - standing
next to one of the most respected professional persons in this region
and think to myself what a mismatch. Your attire in this photo seems
more like that of a high school or college girl on campus. I realize
that working in radio is more casual and do not expect you to look like a
TV News talking head but please consider that your attire is considered
by the audience when posting photos on your blog. Thank you. Cynthia
XXXXXX- Listener to the Dave Ross Show for ten years
If you can't figure out what this is about, look carefully at the left shoulder of that little vixen in the picture above: see that stripe of nude-colored material peeking out from under that skin tight top? (mmmm... nude!) See Dave Ross, so obviously aroused, is leering at the little hussy who is so obviously enjoying every minute of it. (mmmm... aroused!)
Besides the (sincerely) bitchy subtext screaming: you're the slut
who's got the job I could only dream of!, this shows the
proprietorship listeners think they have over media people... even
of their dress and even if they're off-air staff on a non-visual medium!
(Here's a talk radio topic: Does anyone under 50 pin their bra straps so they won't show?
Does anyone over 50 pin their bra straps so they won't show?
Are bra straps provocative? Do women who show them signal sexual
availability or enthusiasm? Is it unprofessional? Was Dave Ross
complicit? Does Dave encourage such offensive sexual exhibitionism with
the tarts he hires? Where was Cynthia back in the days of nude radio?
If Cynthia's bra strap ever showed would anyone notice, or care?)
Libby, though clearly a slut ,is also a sane young woman and writes
the progression of her reaction to the letter on the Dave Ross blog:
I started to
formulate a big, emotional response in which I would
defend my professionalism, hard work, and respect for Dave and his show.
Then I remembered that I have a life.
So instead I will leave you with this picture of my attire, which I
think is entirely appropriate for a casual workplace (a.k.a. newsroom).
Note my miffed expression at having wasted any time worrying about
faceless internet slander.
And posts the full frontal
pic above. (mmmm... producer full frontal)
Staffers spent a long week
anticipating when or for whom the bell would toll.
The Apocalypse will occur sometimeafterTuesday- the
the anxiety, fear and depression to be extended over the long weekend.
(At least one KIRO source opined to us that they held off the to
you [Blatherwatch] look bad.” But even as self-inflated as we are, we
media corporations decisions are always made for perfectly sound
the slow-leaking facts mount up at our feet like cherry pits,
Congressional Republicans believe President Obama and his unpopular
administration will face impeachment or resignation.
"This ain't going away," said Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-KY) "
There's too much there, here."
The practice of Obama of reading every public
word he utters from the reading machine (dubbed "TOTUS" by his critics)
will bring him down, they believe.
With the Republicans' usual mastery of the media, they've managed to
keep the issue of Obama's mysterious dependence on the teleprompter up
and running for months. It's prevented him from getting anything done, and is the basis of the public's distrust and
dislike for the man and his family.
Republicans are convinced
that the ubiquitous machine with its glinting glass screens is hiding
more than Obama's obvious difficulties communicating, and his meager
Why can't the POTUS kick this habit? Does he never
have anything original or spontaneous to say? Who runs TOTUS?
GOP has several theories: 1) he's stupid 2) he's on drugs 3) he's
controlled electronically by Rahm Emmanuel who's controlled electronically by George
Soros and ACORN.
So I find it interesting that among those who
oppose Obama a lot of people think he couldn't be doing this on his
own. There's gotta be somebody behind him, somebody writing the
speeches. We know that's Axelrod. Somebody putting words in the
teleprompter. We know that that's Axelrod. Somebody who may have chosen
him, prepped him, groomed him, what have you, some man behind the
Sean Hannity wondered out loud on his
radio show Tuesday, "He can't improvise a core belief?"
seems to be getting
worse at reading from the screens. Except for some brave reporting
respected on-line pub Newsmax, nobody is reporting this stuff.
fix is in with the mainstream media," says a Republican analyst,
"that's why they're acting like this is just petty bullshit dreamed up
in petty desperation." The Republican teleprompter
drumbeat day after day is dragging down his public opinion numbers.
According to the Rasmussen, 52% of Republicans think he's not bright
enough to say anything original; 24% think he's a Moslem and needs
translation from the Arabic; and 31% believe he's addicted to crack.
it serves as the strings of the puppetmaster, the teleprompter seems to
have a mind of its
And this is very strange. I mean the prompter had to know that he'd gone
off prompter but the prompter didn't know what to do then because it
doesn't usually happen. So the prompter got paralyzed. It just stopped.
Normally, the prompter, when you go off the prompter, the prompter
tries to follow along and pick up where you left off and you're going to
resume, but there was a total breakdown here -- I love this prompter.
You know, every now and then this prompter just shows Obama who the boss
is. I just love it. "
The Republicans know they have the
upper hand now, and Democrats are scared. "I feel like we're living on
borrowed time," says a Congressman who wouldn't let his name be used.
the truth about the teleprompter and its manipulators looming over
Washington like a Great Blossoming Turd-storm, Republicans know that any day
now, the Obama presidency will just go up in flames, and everything will
go back the way it was... to, as they call it, a blessed "post 911
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has an open invitation to any Republican officeholder “on the planet, especially in this country” to come on Hardball and simply say “I’m right, Rush is wrong” on any issue of significance to them personally.
It’s been more than a fortnight: no takers.
Besides, that Chris Matthews is a aweless, verbal firehose- doesn't that indicate that Republicans are whiny, wimpful chickenshits, led by and afraid to speak up to the indelicate, blimpful radio entertainer?
In March, KIRO hired Alex Silverman as anchor/reporter. He’s been the morning anchor at Syracuse Clear Channel conservative talker WSYR for nearly a year despite he's still an undergrad at Syracuse University.
He's apparently a shot of the hot variety (not a bad thing...)
He’ll start at KIRO in June when he matriculates. Here’s his website.
He may be the only KIRO hire besides Gregg who knows where he or she will be working next month… we’re hearing that PD heavy Ken Hatch et al might let the Eastside crew dangle slowly, slowly in the wind until next week (!).
Gregg Hersholt, 60, exiting KIRO Friday after 26 years is lovingly interviewed today by Crosscut’s Feliks Banel and has some interesting comments about the business and memories of where radio has been in Seattle.
Bob (whose real name is neither
Billy nor Bob) worked long in
the Seattle radio market wearing a suit. He says the experience
heightened his sense of irony, augmented his
influences, and diminished his circle of friends. He knows more than we do, but not as much as he used to.
KIROFM 97.3 Multi-format: news and nearly all local talk. This is where classic KIRO AM news talk radio went... hopefully, not to die. The home of Dave Ross & Luke Burbank, Dori Monson, Ron & Don, Frank Shiers, Bill Radke, Linda Thomas, Tony Miner and George Noory.
KVI am 570 KHz Visit the burnt-out husk of one of the seminal right-wing talkers in all the land. Here's where once trilled the reactionary tones of Rush Limbaugh, John Carlson, Kirby Wilbur, Mike Siegel, Peter Weissbach, Floyd Brown, Dinky Donkey, and Bryan Suits.
Now it's Top 40 hits from the '60's & '70's aimed at that diminishing crowd who still remembers them and can still hear.
KTTH am 770 KHz Right wing home of local, and a whole bunch of syndicated righties such as Glennn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Lars Larsony, and for an hour a day: live & local David Boze.
KPTK am 1090 KHz Syndicated liberal talk. Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Ed Schultz, Randi Rhodes, Norman Goldman fill in the large hole to the left on Northwest radio dial.
KLFE AM 1590 kHz Syndicated right-wing 2nd stringers like Mark Levin, Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Dennis Miller and Hugh Hewitt inhabit this timid-voiced neighbor honker for your radio enjoyment (unless you're behind something large like Costco).
KOMOAM News, traffic, Ken Schram and John Carlson.