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
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  • Howie in Seattle
    Howie Martin is the Abe Linkin' of progressive Seattle.
  • Streaming Radio Guide
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  • The Naked Loon
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  • Irrational Public Radio
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  • The Maddow Blog
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  • 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
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  • 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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Rat_Bastard

Well, I'm really bummed that KOMO doesn't have the "news only " thing going on in the day now.
The Commentators was a good show, I'll miss it.
Carlson is good, but it was better on KVI, Schramm just isn't a stand alone host for me.
He's great when counter pointing with Carlson or Suits.
Bryan Suits is hands down, the best local radio personality.
My hope is that KOMO either goes all local radio show in the day, news through the night.
KVI would be an excellent national show station.
move suits to KOMO in the a.m.
Can't blame them for the web site since they're obviously getting ready for decisions that would make web site work a waste of money.

blameitonme

KOMO's website is almost exclusively TV driven. The web consultants are great when it comes to getting TV stories and shows and personalities promoted. They are nonexistent when it comes to radio because GM Jim Clayton and CEO Colleen Brown are TV-focused. Both admit knowing nothing about radio before they arrived at Fisher. It is an afterthought. A bottom-line booster (LAUGH!) when TV revenues are down. Radio in general is the ugly step sister at Fisher.

LucasFoxx

NORman GOLDman (whoever he is) forced my AM preset over to KOMO during drive time. It definately seems like the best on the AM block.

Fred Grandy

KOMO is to Seattle radio what the Mariners and Seahawks are to Seattle sports:
Organizations that have had several opportunities to win it all but blew it.

blameitonme nailed it. The GM knows nothing bout radio. KOMO's current PD is TV's managing editor and the station sounds like it's being run by someone from TV.

Best thing that could happen to Fisher Radio is a sale to Clear Channel.

PeakLimiter

Putting those talk hosts on KOMO has given KIRO a fighting chance. Their worst fear was that KOMO would simply build on and improve their winning all-day, all-news format. They have drawn KOMO into an arena (talk) where they (KIRO)is already superior. Now all they have to do is build on it and improve it. It looks now as if they are in that process. If KIRO could only take their AM signal back, they'd rule once again.
Seems like whenever Fisher radio gets a jaw full of victory, the TV suits who run the place manage to wrench it out and throw it in the shitter.

The Anti-Dori

Doesn't KOMO have better range than KVI? I would think Carlson would do better on KOMO? He'd reach the red areas better.

saintrudy

NORman GOLDman is absolutly great, even when you dont agree with him, he gets the thinking juices flowing!

jackrebney

Face it, KVI has been in a death spiral since 2005. Do I hear mariachi horns in the near future?

Rich

Brian Suits, doing a morning show for illegals. Who would have thought!

Andrew

I like that Schram is sticking to the news, talking about local happenings and giving some opinion, sort of like a mix of news and talk. That's how it should be, report a news item, say something about it, and then report another news item, say something about it, then go to a quick commercial, then maybe take some calls. I get sick on hearing one topic belabored for a full hour.

Schram was preferable to Monson today. Schram was quick and to the point. Monson's show was crawling along like frozen molasses about some outrageous topic... I forget what it was.

gerry0416

While I prefer Dave Ross to John Carlson I will listen to Carlson as long as KIRO insists on ruining Dave's show with Luke Burbank.

jameschan

The KIRO tandem thing is wearing thin. luke is blanding Dave's show. dori is just as annoying with Jessica there, the redeeming factor with her, is she is politically to the left of dori , and she is smart, which compounds dori's knuckle dragging dumb.

Rat_Bastard

Jessica is fine when she's just talking in her normal voice...
It's when she goes into the phoney masculine whisper thing that makes my toenails curl.
Makes her sound like "Bob" the butch transvestite.
It has been oddly refreshing to have the change up with "Young Jake" as a sounding board for Dori, and Phil Vandervort has really interjected new life into the Dave Boze show.
I was sad to see both producers gone from their shows, but it's been interesting.
I'll have to give the new Schram show a test.

Formula1

Dori Monson: the show no one listens to but the one everyone seems to know so much about. You guys are fucking ridiculous beyond measure.

Rat_Bastard

"Dori Monson: the show no one listens to but the one everyone seems to know so much about."
There's actually a few posters here who are long time fans of Dori. (myself included)
Most here do despise him, but they do seem to listen.
I don't think Dori or the KIRO sales dept. care much about how much people love or hate him.
They listen.

Andrew

Most of us listen to Dave Ross while we work or drive, every single day of the work week, so Dori is hard to miss day in and day out. We'd all have to drop what we're doing or take our attention off of the road to change the station right at 12 sharp. Dori likes to pretend his enemies secretly love him, but that's not the reality. Nobody accidently listens to Brian Suits, I assure you. I'd rather listen to Schram, but again, sometimes I'm just too focused on other things.

David M

Though I'm a devout fan of Dave Ross, I've been checking out the Carlson & Schram shows on KOMO for the past week. I'm a conservative-turned-progressive but I must say that Carlson is delivering the better listening experience. He's really well-balanced, reasoned and informative.

Schram *should* be appealing to me but his rants on "Mayor McPedals" are a real tune-out. I find it completely juvenile to make up names for people and the real argument gets lost on me. I'm not a big Ed Schultz fan but there's nowhere else to turn to. (Dori? Uh, not an option anymore.)

I wish that KOMO had reversed Carlson & Schram. My listening pattern would be Dave at 9, and Carlson at noon. As it is, I'll probably continue doing this Schram/Schultz bounce from noon-3.

Andrew

What made you see the light?

Crack Smoker

Norman Goldman is awful.

The Anti-Dori

Norman Goldman shrieks and screeches. If he could just tame the shrieking and screeching, he's got good info to convey. I'm surprised his voice doesn't give out.

OSK

If we can fix Norman's voice can we do something about Mark Levin? His rants hurt my ears even when all I am doing is tuning past KVI.

Ray

The attitude at Fisher is that radio is an evil step child. Their attitude shows with great condescension and pejorative sarcasm that is not hidden at all. Given the opportunity they would sell off KOMO 1000, KVI and KPLZ to get the scum off their books.

The management of Fisher Broadcasting, through their pejorative attitude toward their radio assets are also showing the same attitude toward their listeners. The attitude is transparent and quite childish.

My feeling is that they are changing formats at KOMO 1000 and abandoning KVI because they want to devalue the assets and get rid of them.

Follow the money: TV is a great deal more profitable.

frank franklin

I never listed to Dori until I read about him on this blog. I wondered why the owner is so obsessed with Dori. Now I do listen to him. Love him or hate him, it's compelling listening. Bet he's happy about the free publicity, thanks to this site.

"My feeling is that they are changing formats at KOMO 1000 and abandoning KVI because they want to devalue the assets and get rid of them."

'Scuse my ignorance, but for us non-business types: What is the advantage to the seller in having a lower-valued asset?

Ray

There isn't any advantage to selling a devalued asset, however, in the broadcast industry it happens all the time. Stations are sold because the owners can't/won't manage them effectively any longer. Fisher is saying they no longer want to be in the radio side of the business.

An engineer friend of mine told me that, regardless of the price paid for a station, the new owner only really gets the license and nothing more. They basically have to start over, creating a new station from scratch, regardless of the market.

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