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
This weekend we honor those who have given their lives in service to their country. While we are at it, let's thank a soldier, sailor and Marine for their service as well.
In the news: Tonight at 8PM Central Time, Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic opponent, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, will square off in a debate in advance of the June 5 recall election. The debate will be carried by C-SPAN and should also be available for livestreaming. Since it is C-SPAN, it most likely will be repeated again during the weekend.
Today Vice-President Biden gave an emotional speech about loss to the Gold Star parents of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. He related how he lost his first wife and daughter in an accident, his son barely surviving, and shared how he knew a little bit about what they were feeling. He commiserated with them over the "black hole" their lives had become since losing a loved one, and there is no way the country can ever repay them for the sacrifice of that family member.
In what is being called KIRO Radio On Tour, KIRO FM will be visiting cities that evidently are unaware of their presence.
The event proceeds go to a good cause, the Fisher House which constructs comfort homes to provide free, temporary housing to the families of service members receiving medical care at Veterans Affairs and military hospitals around the world. Dori might even be frying up his Pink Slime burgers.
The King of Seattle Talk Radio has been dethroned.
In an abrupt end to a remarkable 17-year run as one of Seattle's most controversial talk show hosts, at the end of his shift Friday Dori Monson (KIRO-FM 12-3p) was given ten minutes to gather his things. Then, carrying a suitably little box of his desk's contents, Monson was escorted out of the Bonneville radio complex on Eastlake by building security, his long reign over.
A source inside Bonneville says Monson will be replaced, starting this Monday, April 2, by former KIRO host Ron Reagan. After his one-hour KIRO show (12-1p, immediately preceding Monson) was cancelled in 2007, Reagan hosted a national show on Air America until its 2010 demise and then, in 2011, published a memoir of life with his father. Reagan lives in Seattle and has a number of miscellaneous free-lance radio and TV gigs that he will reportedly continue to do along with his KIRO show.
"Management wanted the anti-Dori," says the source, explaining the choice of the genial, mild-mannered Reagan. "It wasn't any one single thing...his ratings were stagnant, and they were just sick of Dori's act. Salt Lake feels that, in this market, bile isn't a sustainable business model. Every other daytime show KIRO is now airing is light, positive, fun.
"Monson's schtick is sustained outrage. It just didn't fit any more, and Larry [new KIRO PD Larry Gifford] was at wit's end trying to pair Dori with foils who would soften his image. Dori wanted none of it, and did everything he could off air to make their jobs miserable.
"Eventually the decision was made that the negatives outweighed the positives. And frankly, when the news broke just about everyone in the building privately cheered. The guy's a prick."
If the source is right, and Monson - who is reportedly still under contract to Bonneville - was bounced because he didn't fit KIRO's move to lifestyle-oriented talk, it's telling that the suits didn't simply move him to conservative sister station KTTH (The Truth). KTTH has been languishing in the ratings of late, with its only local show a peculiar one-hour afternoon stint by former morning guy Dave Boze (KTTH, 3-4p), who was also subbing for Dave Ross last week. Either Monson's contract is up; he was fired with cause; or management decided that the hassle of dealing with Monson's outsized ego so outweight the boost he could give their struggling conservative talk franchise that they would rather pay him to go away. (Hint to anyone in the know over at Eastlake: We'd love to know which it is. E-mail us at email@example.com. Anonymity assured. We especially want to know if he was in a car accident while on a Twinkie run during a news break.)
Left unaddressed by this is the contrast between Monson's often hyperlocal schtick - he could spend entire shows venting about a local politician or a minor news item from Maple Valley - and Reagan, who is a national figure. During his last stint on KIRO, Reagan showed no interest in doing anything but national topics. Will that fit on the new KIRO?
Monson's dismissal creates some other issues for KIRO as well. Monson padded his six-figure salary by doing personal endorsement deals with just about any local company that would have him, and his ubiquitous voice during commercial breaks means a lot of commercial accounts will need new spots (and perhaps new air talent endorsement deals) in the coming weeks. Monson has also, since 2002, played key roles in the Seahawk football broadcast, doing pre- and post-game and halftime hosting and analysis on the Seahawk network. The Seahawks employ Monson and their other announcers separately from Bonneville. Will the team still want the irritating, jock-sniffing Monson after he's no longer on their flagship station?
Aside from his undoubtably bruised ego, which takes up about 80 percent of his body mass, Monson himself is sitting pretty. In the short term, he's financially comfortable, and Bonneville may still be paying him for years. At age 50, he still has plenty of working years left. Monson would doubtless have more opportunities had he not spent so many years being a colossal jackass to so many people; and his future prospects are handicapped by being short, Icelandic, and having a girl's name. Still, somebody will want him, if only for his notoriety.
But not in broadcast radio. Unless it's on infomercials, it's hard to see where else he'd go on air in Seattle. A home boy (he trades heavily on being from Ballard, though he actually lives in Lake Forest Park), Monson's occasional efforts to expand his audience outside Seattle have been dismal failures. And outside KIRO and KTTH, nobody else in Seattle really does commercial political talk any longer.
Monson probably has a standard non-compete clause in his contract that will keep him off Seattle's airwaves for either six months or the length of the contract. But even then, where would he go? KVI's conservative talk is long gone, replaced now by a vapid mix of syndicated and local lifestyle shows with dozens of listeners (on its better days). KOMO's midday talk shows (former "Commentators" John Carlson 9a-12p and Ken Schram 12-3p) are a cheap way to use air talent already under contract without having to spend any money on programming; and KOMO is also big on the genial, happy-talk approach. They're not about to pay out big bucks for the incendiary Monson.
Sports talk is also a non-starter. Bonneville, which just fired Monson, also has one of the two sports-talk stations in town (KIRO-AM, aka ESPN 710). The other, KJR, just eliminated its local evening show for budget reasons and has three decade-plus station veterans parked in its daytime lineup. Even KKOL is gone from the talk stable. The odds are, unless someone undergoes a format change or Dori decides he wants to do a morning show on a music station (think Bob Rivers, only without the likeability), Monson is done in Seattle.
Moreover, he might not be the only one. Given KIRO-FM's move away from acerbic commentary, our source noted: "One of these weeks John Curley is going to wander in to do his show and find that his key card doesn't work any more."
Lastly, under Gifford's watch, KIRO's move has been to not only a softer-edged, politically tinged lifestyle approach, but to having a second voice - either a co-host or a newsie or producer as foil - on each of the daytime shows. Who will bat around the day's entertaining events with Reagan? And will Reagan make his opportunity stick this time?
Listening to talk radio so you don't have to, should also include not eating what they do.
On a recent edition of the Dori Monson show, 97.3 KIRO FM, Dori says "who cares about 'pink slime' burgers?" "If the meat treated with ammonia is good enough to serve up in federally subsidized lunches, then it's good enough to serve to my Shorecrest Scots as well, when we win the championship".
No districts in the state that we know of serve pink slime or it's counterpart, Shit on a Shingle in school lunches.
While extolling the virtues of shopping for beef remnants at his neighborhood Albertson's for the past 25 years. Dori was shocked, shocked that "quality" stores like Target and Wal-Mart were also among those selling "lean, finely textured beef"
BBQ time at the Monson house, Corelle, bottle of left-over wine and George Forman.
Dori, who went on to claim he makes "about the best hamburgers in the world" ended by saying, "I don't see how I can change, ignorance has been bliss, I see no adverse health effects, my body is addicted to the ammonia"
Monson van spotted outside of an upscale Wal-Mart
while loading up on beef by-products
We don't know if pink slime was transported to France in 2000 when Dori took his family there and insisted on bringing food on-board the flight.
Dori pleaded for advice on whether to quit buying meat that's just as good as 'hot dogs', or stand in line at Whole Foods or Communist Costco, so drop him a d-mail
At least it is around here. Snow, hail, monsoons, wind--it's enough to send the most cheerful among us to the bottle of Xanax.
Not much on the radio waves: Ron and Don (KIRO FM M-F 3p-6p) think the father of the 3 year old who accidentally shot himself with his father's gun is lying about where he was when the shooting took place. Don is sure the father was actually in the mini-mart with the mother, instead of being a few feet away, pumping gas. The R&D show has pretty much been wall-to-wall coverage of the trio of tragedies to befall Puget Sound-area children in the last month.
Dori Monson (KIRO FM 97.3 M-F 12p-3p) had his usual classy fare today by talking about a woman who drinks her own urine. Whatever.
Obviously, this weather is beginning to take its toll. What have you been listening to?
Premiere Radio Networks, distributor of Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing talk radio shows, sent a very interesting memo to its affiliates on Friday.
The emailed memo lists 98 major corporations that have requested their ads appear only on “programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity).”
Those 98 companies, some of which had already publicly announced they wanted their ads off of Limbaugh's show: 21st Century Insurance, Ace Hardware, Acura, Advance Auto Parts, Advil (All products), Alacer/Emergen-C, Allegra (all products), Allstate, Ally BankLa Quinta, American Express, Autozone, Boston Beer, British Petroleum, Bullfrog Sunblock, Caltrate, Centrum, Chapstick, Clorox (Pinesol/Homecare), Cortizone, DeVry, Discover Card, Domino's Pizza, Exxon/Exxon Mobil, Farmers Insurance, Ford, Geico, General Motors (All products -GM Certified Service, Chevy, Onstar,Cadillac, etc), Gold Bond (all products), Grainger, Green Mountain Coffee, H&R Block, Hallmark, Honda, Hotels.com , IBM, Icy Hot, Intuit/Small Business, JC Penney, Johnson & Johnson (AllBrands), Kohl's, Lifetime, Little Caesars, Lowe's, Luxottica, Macy's, MasterCard, McDonalds, Midas, Napa Auto Parts, National Realtor, NBC-TV, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Office Depot, Office Max, One Main Financial, Orkin, Outback, Preparation H, Progressive Insurance, ProNutrients (all products), Prudential, Radio Shack, Rent-A-Center, Rite Aid, Robitussin , Sam Adams , Sam's Club, Schiff - Sustenex , Schiff – Digestive Advantage , Schiff – Mega Red , Schiff – Move Free , Scotts Miracle-Gro (all products) , Sears (All products) , Sony, Staples, State Farm , Sterling/Kay Jared Jewelers, Subway, Takeda Uloric, The Home Depot, ThermaCare, Toyota, Turbo Tax, Twinings of London, Tyson/Wright Brand Bacon, U. S. Postal Service, U.S. Army, Unisom, United Healthcare, Visa, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Wells Fargo, Wrigley, and Yahoo!.
Some of these advertisers are just laying low to let things blow over, but for now, this has to be worth millions of dollars being lost every day. If they do stay off his show, Limbaugh can't help be hurt by that.
Nevada’s infamous Moonlite BunnyRanch brothel in Carson City allegedly has a plan for Rush Limbaugh to take advantage of his now-ubiquitous comments about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. Ranch owner Dennis Hof told Reno’s KRNV-TV that he is willing to sponsor $1 million in advertising on the talker’s show to “let him redeem himself by being nice to legal prostitutes...Now is his chance to fix things. If he comes out now and supports the BunnyRanch and real prostitutes, legal prostitution, it might make him look good.”On the website (you'll have to do your own Google search for that one) - which promotes itself as a destination for “Sexy Girls, Great Drinks and Fine Cigars Since 1955” - Hof writes, “Let’s show Rush what real legal prostitutes are, if he’s so enamored by using the term. Now that dozens and dozens of sponsors have left the show, we are ready to advertise. It’s a perfect fit for someone who so flippantly uses the word(s) ‘slut’ and ‘prostitute.’ If Rush turns us down, then instead of talking about real prostitutes, he would rather call innocent college women prostitutes. The nerve of him!” The BunnyRanch ad (which can be found all over the internet), parodies typical hotel ads, with a folksy voiceover announcing its amenities: “Whether you are staying for a weekend full of threesomes, or just 30 minutes for a little five-knuckle shuffle, you can be assured that at the Moonlite BunnyRanch, we’ll leave the red light on for you.”
Where, oh where is Jessica? For the past few weeks, our investigative minions have been poking around the studios of KIRO radio bribing people with bags of Casava chips, boxes of Grissinis and a gross of Sparrer's Sausage, but nobody is talking about Ms. Gottesman. (image: Jessica Gottesman)
All we know is her last day was on a Tuesday (who quits on a Tuesday?) almost exactly a year from when she was hired, and it is all hush hush. Did she decide to "spend more time with her family? Did Dori (a girl's name) Monson (KIRO M-F 12p-3p) throw his bantam weight around and get her fired because she patted the top of his head one too many times? If anyone has the skinny and would like to share, we invite you to email us at the link above. RR
On Tuesday's edition of the Dori Monson show 97.3 KIRO FM , our erstwhile conservative host without a nationwide audience, attempted to segue his own Shorecrest Scots going to finals with a Houston based Jewish High school.
It seems the private/parochial schools in Texas don't have a way around the darned Orthodox sabbath which begins on sundown Friday and runs 24 hours until sundown Saturday.
Most district league and regional playoffs are during the weekends, which was shifted to accommodate according to league director Edd Burleson, who told the NY Times, "if schedules are changed for these schools, it's hard for other schools. If we solve one problem, we create another problem."
The league has 20 semi-final games scheduled on Friday.
How does the coach and his players feel?
Robert M. Beren Academy Coach Chris Cole told Coach Dori "The White Shadow" Monson, "Basically what we're asking for is just a little change. If they can change the Daytona 500...if BYU can participate in the NCAA, those kind of things are logistics that can be worked out."
Dori asked, " Why not play this one game on the Sabbath?"
Coach Cole said "The truth is the kids are not even angry about this. They are very disappointed but it's not part of the equation."
Remember Courtney Stodden? She's a local girl (Westport, WA) making it BIG in Hollywood. Her talents are obvious and they could make for her a good couple of years in that fair city. Her career could sag if she can't lift herself up and out of dumb blonde roles on internet comedy shows.
Jason Alexander, of course, is very talented, and we like that he's finally got a decent hairdresser.
Garden guru, hunka-hunka Ciscoe Morris' Sunday show on KIROFM has been unceremoniously composted without notice to listeners?!
He's still on Saturdays from 10a-12p, but the longest-runningest radio show in town has been cut to one day only and the time given to a warmed-over episode of the day before's Tom Douglas and Thierry Rotoraux's new Seattle Kitchen (KIROFM Saturdays, 8-9a; Sundays 10-11a).
Bonneville suits, it is said, caught holy hell from Dori Monson whose quirky show, Ossimodio (Saturdays 2-3p; Sundays 4-5p) had been shoved aside in the original weekend programming plans for Douglas. Apparently Ciscoe lost the fight.
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.