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
We won't get to write about her much after the end of the year - that's when Dr. Laura (KTTH m-f, 9p-12a) leaves the air for good.
But in one of the most under-reported launches since Bony Maroni's Macaroni Macarena Tour of 2001, Dr. Laura put her own tattooing on her website in early November. We'll put it in the How'd-we-miss-this?? dep't:
"My contract is up for my radio show at the end of the year and I've
made the decision not to do radio anymore," Laura Schlessinger (KTTH m-f, 9p-12a) told Larry King. "The
reason is I want to regain my First Amendment rights. I want to be able
to say what's on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful
and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group
deciding this is the time to silence a voice of dissent and attack
affiliates, attack sponsors. I'm sort of done with that."
But spare us, Doc, the 1st Amendment victim bullshit. Now you can espouse your right-wing political views without dragging needy, personal advice-seeking women into your negative, self-righteous, smash-mouth routine.
Dr. Laura is still stinging from blow-back from her race-based blithering last week. She should have gotten out of the advice business and into the Fox News political arena long ago: Then her out-of-the-mainstream stances against gays; her religio/economic sense of superiority and her overbearing, old testament scolding might have fit.
Her teevee career ended rather ignominiously in 2000, after only a few months, laughable ratings and a boycott by gays whom, she had proclaimed were "biological errors." She opposes gay adoption and marriage, and categorizes gays and lesbians as pedophiles abnormal, deviant and dysfunctional.Her lack of moral terpitude, as demonstrated in her personal affairs, dysfunctional family life, even her cheating at yacht-racing is legendary. (see Dr. Laura naked here.) This delectable from Wikipedia:
The credibility of Schlessinger's TV show also suffered during its first month. The New York Post and other media reported that Schlessinger had used a member of her
staff more than once to falsely pose as a guest on the show. A September
25, 2000, episode named "Readin', Writin', and Cheatin'" featured a
so-called college student who specialized in professional note-taking.
On the next day's show, "Getting to the Altar," the same guest appeared
in different hair and makeup, and said she was a woman living with her
boyfriend. In fact, the woman was San-D Duchas, a researcher for the
show. Her name even appeared in the closing credits of the shows on
which she posed as a guest.
Dr. Laura is still fundamentalist on the air, despite renunciation of her orthodox Judaism in 2003. Evangelicals claim from time to time she's converted, and we expect she'll do so if and when if she needs to.
“Dr. Laura’s radio career ended in disgrace tonight because of the
bigoted, ugly and hateful remarks made on her show. Americans have had
enough,”said Media Matters' president, Eric Burns, in the statement.
“Listeners are now holding hosts, affiliates, and sponsors accountable
for the offensive and inexcusable content on the airwaves.” Read all her incendiary remarks here.
This is a big deal for corporate radio: Although Schlessinger has dropped to around 250 affiliates from a one-time high of about 500, she's still a big piece of the radio dial.
It's a bigger deal for the American public... the moral left has been successful in routing a loudmouthed extremist from right-wing media. It's a rare occasion as well.
Syndicated radio agony aunt, Dr. Laura Schlessinger (KTTH m-f, 9p-12a) is pretty good at scolding trembling housewives for shirking their wifely duties for failing to suck their husbands' toes, but her own morals have often been, let's say, dubious.(See Dr. Laura naked here).
A reader alerted us to another controversy blowing in Santa Barbara around Dr. Laura (KTTH m-f, 9p-12a) whose integrity was again found wanting after she was caught cheating in the arcane, wealthy world of yacht racing.
Two of her boats were suspended for three months of racing after a disciplinary hearing determined she'd had stripped down at least one of boats and raced it anyway.
Billo Reilly faded out Friday; and then on Monday, agony aunt Laura Schlessinger, fresh from her flaccid, live morning run on KVI, showed up taped on KTTH (9p-12a) stepping on the last hour of Luke Burbank's Too Beautiful To Live (KIRO m-f, 7-10) and shoving the Lars Larson Show into the wee hours (m-f, 12-3a).
~~ KUOW, not KIRO is No.1 in the ratings in Seattle as P-I's Bill Virgin has reported. We hope Dori Monson (KIRO m-f, 12-3p) has made a correction, after the strutting, crowing segment he did, taking the credit for KIRO's success. Has Steve Scher (KUOW m-f, 9-11) usurped Dori as the new "King of Seattle Talk Radio?" We doubt Dori would agree, and this is all very beneath the Very Public Radio Steve. We admire his kingly professional decision NOT to be an asshole on the radio. Of course he comes from the confident place of a man whose hairline didn't come out of a box or bottle.
Dr. Laura, is being tossed out of the Seattle market once again.
In another admirable but probably pointless re-shuffling of the deck chairs, KVI will put Dennis Miller in the 9a-noon slot, in early February. Maybe they decided one negative, sharp-toothed scold (Laura Ingraham. m-f, 3-6p) was enough -- if so, we'd have to agree.
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.