take your answer off the air...

  • HorsesAss.Org: the straight poop on WA politics & the press
    progressive brilliance from the guy who pointed out Tim Eyman's nascent horse's-assedness
  • 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.
  • Howie in Seattle
    Howie Martin is the Abe Linkin' of progressive Seattle.
  • Streaming Radio Guide
    Hellishly long (5795!) list of radio streaming, steaming on the Internets.
  • The Naked Loon
    News satire -- The Onion in the Seattle petunia patch.
  • 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.
  • News Corpse
    The Internet's chronicle of media decay.
  • 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
  • The Radio Equalizer
    prolific former Seattle KVI, KIRO talk host speaks authoritatively about radio.
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sparky

What was the frequency number for KOL? I was just wondering what station has taken its place.

I remember him on KISN in Portland.

joanie

Buzz looks like Ed Byrnes character Vince Fontaine in Grease. Or should I say it the other way around? Funny.

I'm getting my "Old Radio" threads mixed up!

I think KOL was at the top of the dial but I don't remember where exactly. .

dale from albuquerque

KOL broadcast on 1300 kc until 1974,when the station,under new ownership became KMPS. The format changed from rock to country and within a year or so KMPS 'COMPASS' had overtaken its only competition...longtime ratings success KAYO.KMPS would go on to enjoy great success for many decades.

WJE

Buzz had a warm, unique style and on-air manner that was particularly appealing to the ladies, and he was extremely successful in the midday time slots that -- at the time -- were referred to as "housewife" day parts. He was a perfect fit as the host/MC for the KJR bridal shows.

Buzz was a demanding program director, and was regarded by some as dictatorial and hard around the edges, but he was also the consummate pro.

There would not have been a Kolorful KOL without his vision and leadership.

By any measure, he reflected the drive, standards and creative energy of the halcyon '60s in Seattle Top 40 radio.

For those of us who were your fans, both at KOL and KJR and KING --thanks Buzz, for the memories --and the mark you left on Seattle radio.

charlie potts

Blondes do have more fun... wish Buzz Barr could tell us all the details, but I suppose they'd be too X-rated even for this blog. Miss you on the air, Buzz.

David M

Slight correction to Dale's end date for KOL. Its final day was August 31, 1975. KMPS was born the following day.

I still have some tape of KOL's final two days but unfortunately the quality is beyond lousy. A name that most will recognize, John Maynard, was there for the final days.

Puget Sound

does anyone have some airchecks or shows to link to of Buzz?

jhjohnston

Who's the guy in the red vest?

WJE

The guy in the red vest LOOKS like J.J. Valley, a '60s-era DJ at KJR, KOL and KVI. Someone come to my aid here!

Bill Wippel

Yes, in the red vest is JJ Valley. I worked with him and Buzz at KOL, along with Martin Tobin in the newsroom.

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