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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excessive moderate

Did that honey stealing bear keep Ron from making the trip to Japan?

Radio Queen

Who are you, and what have you done with Michael Hood???

I actually agree with most of your points, whoever you are. If you want a respite from the daily grind of partisan politics, these guys are an interesting alternative. Not a steady diet, mind you, but a chance to temporarily escape the doom & gloom.

Mike Barer

I see what you mean, they keep a conversation level on parr with the listeners. Something they have really developed over the years.

Fatso

We're through the looking glass here, people!

Seriously, I think Tom Leykis started out the same way and that it was one of the reasons he became so popular. It was nice to get away from all the politics, the bitching and moaning about real hard core news issues and just hear someone talk about stupid stuff for a while.

Of course over the years Leykis got meaner and more banal, but he was always fun. If these guys keep it light maybe they will last.

Mysterion

April Fool's again already?

Gotta grudgingly agree with the commentary above. R&D are a lot easier to listen to than Dori's Noon-3pm Bitch Fest (apparantly he's just pissed off at EVERYTHING these days). And while I found her a bit annoying at first (and in the midst of R&D's schtick, that's no mean feat) I have come to enjoy the Rachel Belle bits of the show.

Old man in young man's body

It's heartwarming to see you write in a reasoned and positive vein. Perhaps you should find more stories that allow you to do this. Keep it up.

WILD BILL

BLATHER!! DOH! They've been on for what, 5 years!!! I loved them from the start when Katrina blew them into The Jet City. I listen to them everyday. It's called POPULISM, dude! And, yes, it is the rage. Not phony "Populist" crap like screechy Amy Goodman or Thom Hartman or Drudge or FOX criminal enterprises. It's the Ron & Don Nation, a clubhouse, a place to hang your hat. You should listen more often; they're much better than you give them (finally) credit for.

tomW

I was thinking the same thing, that this would be a refreshing change of pace for drive time radio. Entertainment. What a concept?

They are entertaining and easy to take even when I disagree with them. Their takes come across as sincere instead of calculated manipulation of the audience. And when they go over the top, it's doesn't have the hatred and bile of said DM whose limited agenda will include illegal immigrants, playing races against each other, Islam is evil, boobies, Ron Sims, and anything else he can feel uppity about. Yes, I listen to DM because he can spin a good story, but at least with R&D, I don't feel like I need to take a shower afterwards. ;)

joanie

Yep! It's the kind of POPULISM that brought us eight years of Ronnie (he was a great storyteller) and frat-boy Bush. Thanks Wild Bill.

Having said that, I like them once in a while. But Amy Goodman, Sirota: now they're everyday folk for me. Kind of like Kronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, MacNeil and Lehrer used to be on TV. When TV included analysis and the back story.

Still, I agree they're easy listening.

Rat_Bastard

Ron's Barney Rubble laugh is bad enough...
Don is as bad as a forced radio voice can be unless it's a parody.
I don't care how many puppy kissing, kitten petting fund raisers they do.
They're awful.

WILD BILL

Except, Joanie, that I'm a late 40's born n bred Seattle boy, Democrat with a big D who voted for Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, and (ALAS) Gore and Kerry. The PBS news hour still does great stuff every day in their full hour. By Populism I guess I mean anti highbrow. Seattle proper, as of late, has sadly gotten pretentious and highbrow (see also Richy Rich; I understand Dori's frustrations on the subject). Ron and Don's show celebrates the Schlub without apology. Sticking one's nose up is bad for your posture....

joanie

Not sticking my nose up . . . just looking out for those of us on the long slide down. BTW, Bill, I'm no Democrat. I'm an independent who will vote for the most progressive candidate on the ticket.

Anti-highbrow? What does that mean? I've attended a lot of operas but my family was lower-class self-employed hard-working people. I'm beginning to think tea party is anti-high brow. I hope you're not one of them.

Anyway, people seem to like a change from politics so with respoect to Rat Bastard who loves his Dori, I'm with the rest of you really.

joanie

BTW, Schultz and Matthews beat Fox News over the last couple of nights in the 25-54 demographic. Now that's something to celebrate.

KS blathering for the halibut

R & D are politically incorrect and do not heart Obama and the liberal progressives, unlike the Joanies, Sparkles, Coils and their clones here, but this blog has diversity too. I can appreciate the fact that they call a spade a spade and are populists at heart, when they discuss something pithy.

I don't see any discernable difference between Democratic leadership, progressive and neo-marxist. They all drink from the same trough - don't give a shit about the country going in debt - it rates behind ways to get more pigs to feed at the trough and in general they are control freaks. They are out to dentigrate anyone with a different political ideology, because their good book directs them to do so - quite charming. Comrade Karl would be proud.

excessive moderate

Looks like KS got General Jerry Boykin’s propaganda video. It’s being passed around in tea bagger circles.

I heart R&D

Ron and Don would be a step up for him.

KS blathering for the halibut

Who is Jerry Boykin ? I have original ideas which are supported by evidence you don't want to see. So why not stop hiding behind your hypocrisy and just admit you are a neo-marxist ?

The Glenn Beck Comedy Tour

You are SO last century...

Mysterion

Gonna go out on a limb here and say the the Bob Rivers Show on KJR-FM is the best locally produced talk show on the air these days. They cover a wide range of topics, aren't afraid to spend a lot of time on something if it is interesting (like the brain scientist they had on the other morning) rather than trying to cram it into a set time format. And it's pretty laid back (not a lot of yelling or ranting) and good natured.

JimF

After all the criticism pilled onto R&D from BW, I'm surprised by this post---a little. There's been a draught of content and since BW has been unable to make any impact on KIRO's programming, now they suddenly like the afternoon show. But I would like to address each point:

1. "They're apolitical." Dumb as both of them are, they know it would be suicide to alienate one half of their audience. However, it could spice things up if each of them took a different political stand. But they would rather talk about things in pop culture and political culture--although both of them are 20 years too old to know about the hip things of today.

2. "There's no outrage" - No REAL outrage. There's a ton of faux outrage to make it sound like they really care about something.

3. "They're really well-produced." Well, maybe NOW they are because they have chewed and spit out several producers over the year because they have (or one of them has) a very big problem with women. Yes, Don, the one that was married for 3 days and got divorced. They have left female producers is tears and humiliated and you'll notice that one or both of them haven been on vacation (suspension) from time to time.

4. "They're not mean." Um, ask their co-workers and the newsroom.

5. "They're lovable." What?

6. "They have Rachel Belle." Belle doesn't deliver really anything except some of the most moronic production pieces in the history of radio. She's not really the sharpest Crayon in the box---hence her return to KIRO.

7. "They help people." They certainly have you fooled. The total saccarin-sweet sentimate they emote to policemen and firefights (i.e. "Wrap our arms around them")....BARF! They are so DESPERATE to be liked, they will stoop to any kind of promotion. You know, the Japanese can take care of their own, you know? They don't need two radio talk-jocks dumping a bunch of garbage and expect to be worshipped like gods.

sparky

I love it when Dori comes here and posts under a different name....lolol

Andrew

I'm glad this blog has come around. I've always thought (I think) that R&D were talented radio hosts, and that this blog was just upset that political talk was being replaced by generic FM drive-time shock jocks (sans shock). People have to come to terms with the fact that not everyone likes the same flavor of talk radio as themselves, and that in all likelihood, they aren't even in the target demo.

My only problem with R&D is the fake disagreements, where one or the other does a poor job of pretending they're in opposition something they obviously agree on. I wasn't listening, but I'm betting one was sympathetic of Anthony Weiner while the other thought he received his just deserts. I have no idea which side they really come down on, but... what does it matter?

JimF

If R&D want to really help someone, how about doing something for these kids?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43755732/ns/world_news-africa/

But of course they won't. God, what a tragedy.

excessive moderate

How do you know so much about the behind the scenes goings on at KIRO JimF?

JimF

BREAKING: Fisher Plaza on the selling block for $142M -

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2015609400_fisher15.html

JimF

@excessive moderate: How does BW know so much about the inner-workings at KIRO?

excessive moderate

Do tell...

KS blathering for the halibut

Gonna go out on a limb here and say the the Bob Rivers Show on KJR-FM is the best locally produced talk show on the air these days. They cover a wide range of topics, aren't afraid to spend a lot of time on something if it is interesting (like the brain scientist they had on the other morning) rather than trying to cram it into a set time format. And it's pretty laid back (not a lot of yelling or ranting) and good natured.

Posted by: Mysterion | July 14, 2011 at 08:37 AM

Agreed. they steer clear of stinky politics and deal with topics that are of more use to everyday people.
They chatted with Billy Joe Cyrus this AM (although not a fan of Achy Breaky Heart), and it was generally feel good interview. They should have one of the highest ratings for that time slot - even though they are a bit scarce on the music.

excessive moderate

Billy Ray, KS...Please pay attention.

YLB

I've always had this Ron and Dawwwn (circa early 90's) parody playing in my head:

We're Ron and Dawwwwwn..
A coupla moraaaaans.
who don't know jack about squat..
We're so haardd uuuup..
to be on the Ray-Dee-ohhh
We think that'll get us laaaayyd..
Well if you wanna f'up and
waaste your dayyy just listen to
Ron and Daaaaaawwwwwnnn...
bloooooooooooooowwwwwwww..

Anyone remember their goofy sports talk days and have their own parody?

KS blathering for the halibut

DOH - Billy Ray Cyrus. must have been thinking of Billy Joe Hobart - sports fans...

Russell Tupper

I listen to Ron and Don for a single reason - traffic every ten minutes.

Dubliner

" If a talk show could be seen as a person, gal-pal Rachel is the part that needs a bra. "

Did you just call Rachel Belle a pair of... ?

Mike Barer

They remind me of Ryan And Ryan from a bygone era. Anyone remember that team?

trickydick

I could really do without Rachel Bell.

Mike Barer

You doesn't ring your bell or trick your (never mind)

david

They are ok but come on people, its not good radio after the first hour. the 3-4- & 4-5 hours are just recaps and the 6-7 hour is a total replay of hi lites from the first three, pretty sure they have already left the station by 6pm.

david

Sorry meant 4-5 & 5-6

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