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
In the most direct challenge to the undisputed King of Talk Radio in a long time, last week, Cumulus Media - which operates radio stations in 68 market announced last week that it had signed a deal to syndicate a new show, hosted by Gov. Mike Huckabee, that would run in the 9 AM-noon (Pacific time) national slot long owned by Rush Limbaugh.
Huckabee, the former preacher and Arkansas governor who ran for president in 2008 and thought about it for this year, is a natural for this gig. He worked in radio as a youth and leveraged his presidential run into a cushy weekend sinecure with Fox News. He's also been syndicating a three-minute daily radio commentary, The Huckabee Report, heard locally three times a day on Christian outlet KCIS (630 AM) in Edmonds. Huckabee has said he will continue the Fox show.
What does this mean for talk radio? Limbaugh's syndicator, Premiere, is owned by Clear Channel Communications, a direct competitor of Cumulus, and Cumulus Media happens to own a number of Limbaugh's biggest market affiliates. It'll be fascinating to see if Cumulus has the stones to move or even replace the established (but much more expensive) Limbaugh show in those markets.
In other markets, Cumulus is likely to have to settle for secondary conservative talk stations. But with the demise of KVI, Seattle doesn't have any of those except for Christian stations (like KCIS) with relatively miniscule audiences and budgets. Cumulus is aiming bigger than that. The closest Cumulus cluster is in Eugene, so it's not immediately clear whether any other Western Washington stations will pick up the Huckabee show ahead of its April 2 launch date. KGMI (790 AM) in Bellingham is the only other area station that airs the current three-minute Huckabee vignettes - but it also runs Rush. You can see the problem.
What does this mean for Huckabee? He's being coy about any political future: ìIf, a few years down the road, I see an opening, I dont rule it out, but Iím not plotting a political return either. (Translation: "This is a great way to keep my name out there, and we'll see if it works.")
What does it mean for listeners? Cumulus says Huckabee's show will be less ideological than Limbaugh's, with more cultural guests. But then, given that Huckabee's national following has been built largely on his evangelical cred in the culture wars, that may be picking nits: the culture wars are plenty political, and ripe fodder for whipping up the fury of a certain kind of talk radio listener.
Chances are most Limbaugh listeners aren't going to give Rush up - not after 20 years - but on the days when The Flatulent One is particularly drug-addled, or during those interminable commercial breaks, Huckabee will likely offer a fine second choice for those listeners. And there's still a lot of money to be made in that.
The question for Seattle: is there enough money in it that a station like Fisher's KOMO or KVI, or even Bonneville's KIRO-FM, would be willing to break format to add Huckabee's new show? Or would Bonneville, which now owns the sole conservative talk station in town, KTTH - a station built around the Limbaugh show - delay Huckabee and find another time slot for him on The Truth?
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.