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
A newsweetness 'n' light codehanded down by Bonneville's LDS Church-owned parent company has got Sean Hannity dumped in Salt Lake City; locals are wondering: Can KTTH’s Glenn Beck, (himself a Mormon) Rush Limbaugh and KIRO’s Dori Monson survive with their nasty, take-no-prisoners schtick?
(Bonneville International Corporation, who
owns KTTH and the KIROs, ayem and effem, is wholly owned by the LDS Church
through its for-profit arm, Deseret Management Corporation).
Bob (whose real name is neither
Billy nor Bob) worked long in
the Seattle radiomarket wearing a suit. He says
ironed his shirts, drank his milkshake, augmented his
influences, and diminished his circle of friends. He knows
more than we do, but rarely as much as his readers.
I'm just back from Boom City and 7-11, all
stocked up with bottle rockets and a case of Bud, ready to celebrate July 4th
like a real patriotic tea-bagger. But first, let's light the fuse on a
few of your radio queries:
Dear Billy: Recently you've had
complaints about news people on radio starting all their stories with a
question and news anchors talking about 'hotcakes." But you
know what really bugs me about local radio? Too damn many commercials. Why in hell are there so many? Signed, Lee Derhosen
May, 2005: the blogosphere and Air America were young, and Barack Obama was just a sparkle in his own eye, Al Franken, who was to later to become the county's first talk radio host elected to the US Senate, and the hottest ticket on AAR (m-f, 9a-12p) was to speak to Seattle as a AM1090 promo at Town Hall. The ace-boom Seattle libs, BlatherWatch included, lined up to hear. We welcomed him with this early,rather naïve post. We were so much younger then...
Come on in, Al, we’ve been waiting for you since the Al Franken
Poised at the continental edge; Seattle is at the end of the great
western terrestrial migration. We’re where solid ground ends and the
Pacific Ocean and the ether of the new paradigm (buddy, can you
I took this picture, way back when [August 1968]. Coming up with a creative photo every week for the Top 40 was challenging, and this was one of my ideas. … and yes, the fixture into which Dick is flicking his ash is the urinal in “Studio B,” a combination broom closet and men’s room.
Dick Curtis began in radio in 1957 at KREW in Sunnyside, WA, (but his career really started in 1960 when he was hired at Seattle Top 40 giant, KJR.
Over the next 45 years or so, he worked there (even promoting concerts with Pat O’Day) at KOL, and KVI as music director, news director, program director, station manager, and talent.
KJR talent, 1965: Larry Lujack, Jerry Kay, Lan Roberts, Dick Curtis, Lee Perkins,
Pat O'Day. (Thanks, Bill Taylor)
Here he is accepting a long overdue “Soundie” Award in 2008.
Curtis (b. 1933) lives in Issaquah, WA. [CORRECTION: Dick
Curtis is NOT the voice of the Medved show. That would be Casey Keating].
Feliks Banel has written a long, fair-minded piece for P-I.com that introduces (with a handshake) Seattleites to the animaux exotiques who are its local talk radio hosts.
Though the taxon may qualify as near-threatened, they're not all that exotique... at least though Banel’s eyes.
Banel sat in studios all over town writing up radio talk shows as they broke, starting with Bryan Suits (KVI m-f, 5-9a) and ending with Frank Shiers (KIRO m-f, 7-11p). The weekday talkscape: Suits, KIRO’s Dave Ross, KUOW’s Steve Scher, and Ross Reynolds; then KIRO’s Dori; KOMO’s John Carlson and Ken Schram of The Commentators; the Ron, the Don of KIRO; KTTH’s Dave Boze; KVI’s John Carlson Show; and finally, Shiers. It's a narrative of blabber.
Leaving the ratings to the bean counters and the predictions to the psychics, Seattle's local talk radio shows circa May 2010 make for a fascinating case study in how some of us still try to connect with our neighbors using telephones and transmitter towers, along with help from a dozen broadcasters -- all of whom happen to be white males ranging in age from about 40 to 60.
Banel puts no political dogs on the fire; his perspective is as an objective, friendly guide to the bland behind-the-scenes of Seattle talk radio. He's an
historian, a radio-head, and KOMO’s Not Quite Historian (Tues. & Thurs., 10:35a). He's a freelance producer at KUOW.
For the Seattle market newcomer or tourist, there’s much to be learned; for us blather-drenched, partisan, P-1 listeners who milk this mouse every day- seeing through Banel’s eyes and earballs is revealing as well.
Banel carefully estimates the age of each talker. Dave Ross’s advanced age (“nearly 60,”) is described as the “reigning patriarch (not, icon, to Felix’s credit) of Seattle talk radio.” Ross’s talent and long KIRO employ is given due respect, but there’s the implication that Dave’s tired. The word “befuddling” is used. “But the way Ross does it, [screws up an intro]” it's endearing, as if proving he doesn't care about the trappings of doing a 21st century talk radio show.”
Although politics are pretty much avoided, Banel notes that the early morning Suits starts the day with issues that are echoed by his partisan commercial radio peers throughout the dayparts. Suits started that day with the Arizona immigration law, and Banel heard it echo like a dog barking in the afterlife throughout the day.
Dave Boze (KTTH m-f, 3-6p) was an exception:
While Boze lacks the razzle-dazzle of his other commercial talk colleagues, he's not afraid to tackle issues nobody else is talking about on this otherwise immigration-obsessed day.
John Carlson, the only talker in town with two shows on separate stations, (KOMO m-f, 10a-12p; KVI m-f, 3-6p) had a different experience -- repetition can get to someone who does two shows back to back…
Carlson and Schram did two hours on immigration for The Commentators earlier, and then Carlson spent all three hours of his show on the same topic. "That's the first time I've ever done five hours on one topic," Carlson says, sounding both fatigued and exhilarated.
Ron & Don got a little distracted:
On this day, Ron and Don aren't talking about immigration in the first hour of their four-hour show. Instead, Ron is for some reason insisting that the title of the Nickelodeon cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants" refers to two separate characters, SpongeBob and SquarePants. Don plays along, giving Ron perfect set-up lines to further assert his crackpot theory. The phonelines jam and email box overflows. As they often do, Ron and Don have hit a nerve, albeit a fluffy one.
We deeply enjoyed this glimpse into the local world-at-small of talk radio. Banel did his home and field work to bring light to a usually hidden, if banal, corner of show biz. We’re a little wistful, though- he’ll always be persona grata around Radiotown -- he can tread bridges we long ago burned.
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.