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    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
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  • 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.
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  • Streaming Radio Guide
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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
    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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January 21, 2012


rich, x listener

and this begot ron and don. I think the computer has made up stupid.

Mike Barer

My memory is of Paul Brendle continually crashing his chopper. I think he had 3 crashes.

Seattle Follower

Wow, Tim used to look so young! KIRO used to have its own high-functioning newsroom. Wow, the old days. Bonneville really did used to be a leader back then, didn't it?


Classic post - back in the heyday of KIRO and down memory lane..


As rich, x listener noted, the real "21st Century of Broadcasting" would be Ron & Don, and the computer WOULD replace the reporters. Sad.

Ex - KIRO-FM listner

That was the era when KIRO radio had substance and a huge public following. Now they bill themselves as "New KIRO FM 97.3, a conversation." There is not one personality on the New KIRO FM a Conversation, that I would ever tune into to have a conversation with. How much longer till corporate pulls the plug on this mess?


WoW! 160mb computers with "video display tubes!" Cool video.

Bruce Murdock

Don't forget to mention Bill Yeend hosting - cool as always in the eye of the Newsradio storm. And I was always impressed that KIRO used $5000 Sennheiser condenser microphones for an AM station. "It makes a difference" was the explanation. Indeed.

Phil Johnson

Among the "notables" is myself, Phil Johnson (toward the end of the video). I ended up maintaining the computer system. We never got the grammar in one computer message corrected (it was burned into a CRC-checked EPROM chip): "No message or bulletin are waiting." For fans of computer history, the system used a slightly modified S-100 bus and a two-card SMC hard disk controller in an actual S-100 bus. In the big box were cards, each of which had a Z-80 processor, employed dip switches to set the board's purpose and its 6-bit bus address, and carried either 64K or 128K of RAM. A 6-bit arbitrator card decided which I/O card could use the bus at any given time. Terminals communicated with their cards via serial port at the blinding speed of 19.2K Baud! Although resets were frequently necessary, computers made working in the newsroom faster and easier. And whatever you think of the duo, computers did not lead to Ron and Don.


Thanks Phil for adding the last touch to remembering a very different time in news and radio. It's great to see Dad (Jim French) in his heyday. Vic kept me on the night shift to prevent any familial conflict. We must also mention others in the video not listed above. Aside from you and Bill, there's Christine Rose, Dan Tritle, George Lin and Sara Cram-Johnson. Boy this sure seems like just a few short years ago...at a time broadcasting was creative and enjoyable, unlike today.
Jeff French

The Glenn Beck Comedy Tour is cancalled

Also in the background of some of the French shots is Dave Dolacky, looking ready to do his "noon-news" segment with Mr. Ross.

The Glenn Beck Comedy Tour is cancalled

A couple of things that made me feel old (rather than nostalgic): Dave Stone smoking in the news-booth, and ...carts!


I think KIRO had access to some of the headline stagers and sounders used by the CBS owned stations and network.


Was it KIRO that had a broadcast booth up on the Space Needle's observation level back in the 70's? I have vague memory of seeing this on a trip up there once. I'm not sure, but i think Wayne Cody was in that booth doing a show the day we visited the Needle. Or have I imagined this whole thing?


Those were great days for being an advertiser on KIRO, the 80's. Having a remote with Cody or Yeend drew in customers that were loyal to "thier" radio station.
Just being recomended by those guys carried a lot of weight with the public.


Dori Monson couldn't carry Jim French'es jock strap. What the Hell kind of name is Yeend?


Like the blog, appreciate the share!

John Gholson

Great video, a real trip down memory lane! Chris taught me how to run that audio console with the big pots for Wanye's show, before we got that POS board from the UK. I can still hear that cart label printer on the DA's desk. We used to have to change out the paper rolls on the teletype's,rip and sort the copy, pull spots on carts. George looks so young! It was also great to see Bob and Terry!


you twits you forgot about sportsline and Wayne Cody.

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