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's the White House Correspondents' Dinner where President Obama gets to zing Washington and his many critics ... This is worth watching, if for nothing else, the fake smile and the extra hair jel on Donald Trump.
"He's gonna run for something, that's the idea," says a former cohort, "He [told me] as he left KING [TV] that he was going to get into Republican politics."
He speaks of John Curley, "the quintessential Local Celebrity," as The Seattle Times once described him.The erstwhile teevee host cum radio blabbermeister is the slightly-more-than- occasional host of his own show on KIROFM (m-f, 7-11p).
Curley lives in the 5th legislative district, a very red (conservative) district. And true to form, he's already busy voting no on public works, and taking food out of the mouths of widders and ophans. (Sounds like the beginnings of a Republican political career to us).
With redistricting ripening by the end of the year, the 8th District is rife for change. It's ostensibly a good place for someone to be if they're Republican and up-and-coming.
Someone could leap into the County Council breach if Reagan Dunn goes for either Attorney General or Dave Reichert's congressional seat (once held by Dunn's mother, Nancy Reagan). Jay Rodne, a 5th District state rep is said to be eying the AG job too, and the Senator Cheryl Pflug is said to be stepping down. (Can't see Curley with all that local star-power going for an office as pedestrian, lowly, and ill-paid as state rep, though).
Curley shows up when he shows up for his evening radio gig and through the snark and the silliness, sounds more and more political.
Resented his radio cohorts who are hanging desperately onto fewer and fewer jobs, Curley flaunts his radio opportunity by showing disdain for listeners or not showing up at all.
On teevee, Curley's reportedly has been naked on-air; let himself be chewed on by goats and peed in his pants (he told The Times it wasn't intentional). These are all great experiences for a career in public service (except politicians should get accustomed to being peed on).
Problem for us is, if he goes into politics, John Curley will more than likely displace someone more serious, with more brains, pith and feck. Just as he has with his phony radio career.
Jeez, first Tony Miner, now good bye to KIRO ace reporter, Heather Bosch.
Snippet from internal memo to CBS affiliates:
CBS Radio News has announced the hiring of two more correspondents.
Heather Bosch, an award winning reporter for KIRO Radio in Seattle, joins us as a New York based correspondent effective May 2nd. She worked at KIRO for more than 10 years both as a reporter and a news anchor. Prior to that she was an anchor and reporter for KOMO TV and Radio as well as KXLY TV and Radio. She has won numerous RTNDA Murrow awards for her wonderful series reporting, use of sound, sports reporting and newscasts.
Wow. The PPM weeklies are in: And for the first time in years, the KIROFM Asshole Seat is in play. We thought Dori Monson (m-f, 12-3p) had it tied down.
On the other hand, we believed the "Dumb Shit Seat," held somewhat tenuously (or so we thought) by Ron & Don (m-f, 3-7p) was the one in flux, up for grabs. We thought the new guy, John Curley (KIROFM sometimes mondays; frequently tues & weds; lots of times thurs; and occasionally, even on fri. 7-10p) was showing brilliant tabloid fluffiness in his new evening show and crowding the drivetime boyz.
We (as is so often the case) had it dead wrong. John Curley, it turns out, is way more asshole than dumb shit. And it seems his brilliant broadcast marriage of snarky assholiness with utter asininity worked great with Dori's midday audiences.
Newsman (reporter/anchor) Tony Miner braced himself against the gunwhales and weathered KIRO's tosses and turns through such gales as Entercom's neglectful ownership and the station's scary flip to FM.
(photo: the anchor man)
All the while, commuting to Eastlake from LaConner, over 100 miles (and 3 or 4 decades) to the north.
Next month he's making a change that will take him off Seattle radio after 30 years behind the mic. He told BlatherWatch: "Bottom line is this: After 30 years on the air in Seattle and 20 as an extreme commuter from the north sound, it was just time to 'go home.'”
(photo: man the anchor)
Tony's taken the position of Director of Programming & News at KGMI in Bellingham taking an hour and half off his commute and keeping him closer to his family, and his beloved boat, the StarFire. His last day will be May 6.
He writes: "When you’re a long distance commuter like I am, it’s hard to feel connected to the community where you work."
Before this long (for radio) run on KIRO, Tony's been all over the Seattle dial: KING, KVI, KOMO, and KZOK, doing everything from anchoring shows, newscasts, reports, podcasts, and features to managing and imaging.
Tony Miner's a newsperson's newsperson. A real grown-up. He will be missed.
A South Carolina Democratic consultant took a camera to the Columbia, S.C. Tea Party rally starring Michele Bachmann and Tea Party Gov. Nikki Haley.
He told Slate's Dave Weigel: "I interviewed around 25 people total and probably 75 percent of them said they were supporting Donald Trump, and just about every single person is a birther. I took two hours of footage and chopped it down to six minutes of mind-blowing stuff."
It was based on a call to The Dori Monson Show KIROFM m-f, 12-3p) from a 16-year-old allegedly named "Jessica," (last name withheld) who said she was corrected by the teacher when she'd tried to fill plastic Easter eggs with treats for 3rd graders at her volunteer job.
Of course this was red meat to the feck-free Monson, Seattle's last, red meat radio winger. Pious man that he is, he pumped it with a trumpet, heaping his normal ration of anti-Seattle scorn and "outrage" on the Board, the teacher, and all the rest of us unchurched, Seattle, latté-lapping, hippy scum.
Ho-hum, another day on the radio with The Master of the Puny-verse.
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.