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
It was well-attended. A large flock of bundled-up liberals standing in the rain watching the rally in DC live-fed to a Westlake Center, Jumbo-tron. (Someone estimated it at 50,000- sounds about right...)
"With so many so-called "progressives" in one place," said SPD's Captain Edgar "Choch" Manana, "It's frightening to think about how many conspiracies could be cooked up in one four-block area in one three-hour period."
Dave Ross, (KIRO m-f, 9a-12p) wearing a starred & striped baseball hat led chants of "Turn it down," and "Sanity, civility, discourse" which strangely, were whispered. This raises suspicion, according to Manana. "Could this be a terrorist dog whistle?"
The sheer number of leashed dogs in the park at the same time was chilling. Is it a coincidence that Muslims have a cultural aversion to dogs? Or that bedsheets even in the best hotels are usually made of a weave called "muslim?"
"No matter what you think about the property tax, the income tax, the candy tax, the soda tax," Ross screamed in his fanatical whisper/shriek, "we should be able to debate each other without destroying each other,." (Little gobs of spittle sprayed the unfortunates in the front row, rendering the elaborate spittle-catching system useless).
With such liberal do-gooder gobbledy-gook mixed in with jihadi dog whistling, it's no wonder children can be so thoroughly brainwashed.
(photo: the Afhgani "bra missile" has New Jersey roots)
Winter clothing complicates the cops' jobs in large crowds. No violence happened today, but coats and sweaters can cover underwear bombs, diaper charges and such new innovations as "bra missiles" developed in Afganistan. An exploding "snood" was found on a Pakistani terrorist woman living in Brussels recently shortly before she was able to ignite the fuse. (Snood fuses are Yemen's no. 2 export).
(photo: dog in snood)
This progressive "rally" could have been the scene of carnage and bloodshed.
Rep. Jim McDermott, long-suspected of being sympathetic to Moslems (his wife reportedly drives a Dodge Ramadan) stood up and said something to the crowd. We, for one, missed it or forgotten it, as did, it seems, The Times, the P-I, The Stranger and The Weekly; KIRO, KOMO and NPR.
Sick of all the political hyperbole and name-calling?
Well, we aren't either, but we're going downtown Saturday to rally around Westlake and pretend that we are.
Seattle's having its own Rally to Restore Sanity, on Sat., Oct 30, as marked by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on the same day on the National Mall that Stewart says is, "... for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive and terrible for your throat... and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler."
Being BlatherWatch is gratifying, and fulfilling, but sometimes it's just peculiar, and hilarious- and a little creepy, if we let it be.
We're still glowing from the attention we got after our "BlatherWatch Voting Service" post last weekend. In a puerile, simple-minded, and futile (yet pathetic) leap at humor scrounged-up when (as is so often the case) we had nothing else to write, we managed to have the Secretary of State of Washington State to threaten us with legal action if we didn't pull down the post. (which we haven't, of course, believing in America's greatness, as we do).
"... most, if not all of this talk has come in the form of bogus charges from Republicans… charges that can only stem from either a genuine (if loony) belief in massive, endemic, Democratic voter fraud, or from the fact that the accusers are a bunch of cynical, democracy-hating liars."
The reason the SoS even knew our idle scribbling existed was because we were busted by a 48-year old right-wing blogger named George Bentley, best known in right-wing circles for getting on Channel 7 in 2006 with his one-man demonstration in downtown Seattle against anti-war protesters.
On-line he calls himself G’Willie in reference, apparently, to his position at the Everett Goodwill.
Despite this patriot hasn't voted since 2002, he snitched us off hoping to get us stifled. (And speaking of stifling - if you (or your vote) needs stifling, we're hoping to launch the BlatherWatch Stifling Service in Spring, 2011... until then, you'll just have to stifle yourself...)
This comment on George's blog was worth all the heartache:
I think using that language while soliciting voter fraud adds another count. when will the SOS take action? Hood is a serial curser. He's been called on it before, has used the language in referring to many RTeublicans including a certain former President of The United States. james Lasko
Serial cursing is not an unfair accusation. Have we cursed POTUSi? Of course. Would we ever use harsh language in referring to the "RTeublicans?" Never.
But Ms Brenda Helverson, spewing on HorsesAss won the day:
Oh, I would never trust Mike to cast any vote of mine. His many years as Ellen Craswell’s sex toy have permanently damaged his synapses. [emphasis ours].
(We know, putting the words "sex", and "Ellen Craswell" in the same sentence is probably not the best way to get and keep readers, but we didn't bring it up). And in our own defense - while never one of Ellen's actual toys, we had many, many opportunities ... as so many did. Helverson is also correct about the synapses).
Orson Welles' notorious 1937 radio broadcast, War Of The Worlds is remembered by Feliks Banel on his This NOT Just In to be aired on KUOW on Friday. Audio and script are available here, now. (This being the KUOW website, downloading is confusing: It's on the right, weirdly under "Listen to KUOW News." Click one of the audio players).
One of the most famous places in the country panicked by the faux news report/radio drama of the Martian invasion of New Jersey was none other than little ol' Concrete, WA in the upriver Skagit Valley of Washington.
The broadcast aired on a Sunday afternoon on KIRO at the same time a thunderstorm knocked out the power in the little burg. The population briefly went a little nuts... and lived to read about it the next day in the New York Times and in thousands of papers across the country. (Neither the first nor the last time listeners regretted believing something they heard on KIRO)
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.