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
Overly paid, fatuous hosts parroting fear mongering while the establishment of the right remains rudderless due to in-fighting from the grassroots and with an extremely wealthy candidate, oblivious to mainstream America making Chevy Chase's SNL Ford character look ready for the job.
voter fraud found at country club
Rich chose the week of the GOP convention to chronicle his findings in the NY Times piece... "On the sixth day, I listened to Glenn Beck, and I saw that he was good. Or if not exactly good, then honest-to-God funny."
"I had tuned in as part of a thought experiment then entering its final
lap: an attempt to put myself in the Republican brain by spending a
solid week listening to, watching, reading, surfing, and otherwise
gorging on conservative media. As would also be true of an overdose of
liberal media, it was lulling me into a stupor, and I was desperate for a
jolt. Beck provided exactly that, in the form of comedy, and to my
astonishment, I found myself laughing out loud—with him, not at him."
Beck provides more comic relief for Rich: "In Beck’s fantasy, someone in the Romney camp did have qualms about
letting an 82-year-old geezer vamp with an empty chair. But the skeptic
had been overruled by a higher-up saying just “three magic words”—to
wit, “It’s Clint Eastwood!” As in: “What could possibly go wrong? It’s Clint Eastwood!” Beck kept repeating this scenario with ever-more-manic variations, turning “It’s Clint Eastwood!” into a burlesque tagline akin to Gene Wilder’s crazed “No way out!” in The Producers
(a Beck favorite). Only at the end of his shtick did politics intrude.
Unless the person who said the three magic words “now has been
terminated,” Beck said, he wouldn’t “trust Mitt Romney’s ability to run
the country.” As he explained, it was only a small step from “It’s Clint Eastwood!” to “It’s Ben Bernanke!”—and the next thing you know, a Romney administration would be extending the term of the despised Fed chairman. He had a point."
Rich was referring to the week that was in Tampa with Clint Eastwood rambling to an empty chair. Said Beck, " “I love Clint Eastwood”—but confessed he’d found the performance “painful to look at.”
Rich feels empathy for the foot soldiers of the conservative movement, even before this week's, all but concession speech from the establishments hope and no-spare change pick of Willard Romney. Rich continues, "... those in the right’s base, who are often sold out by the GOP
Establishment, and admiration for a number of writers, particularly the
youngish conservative commentators at sites like the American Conservative and National Review Online
whose writing is as sharp as any on the left (and sometimes as
unforgiving of Republican follies) but who are mostly unknown beyond
their own ideological circles."
The praise for R$money from the inner circle of conservative writers and hosts was faint but dutiful: "In The Weekly Standard,Andrew Ferguson saluted Mitt
as “a good guy” only after cataloging his “breathless, Eddie Attaboy
delivery, that half-smile of pitying condescension in debates or
interviews when someone disagrees with him, the Ken-doll mannerisms, his
wanton use of the word ‘gosh.’ ” Mike Huckabee tried for a homespun maxim: “If you’ve just been diagnosed with a brain tumor, you honestly don’t care if your neurosurgeon is a jerk.”
Never mind the fact that Bush' 41/43 were not invited to the confab in Tampa, nor was the last candidate for the WH treated any more than as a country cousin, "John McCain was as welcome in Tampa as Banquo’s ghost; even Bill
O’Reilly’s much-hyped prime-time interview with the 2008 standard-bearer
was abruptly truncated for a generic podium speech by Romney campaign
chairman Bob White." Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford were non-mentions but Reagan re-digitized for the Jumbo-Tron was brought out after the 2008 edition nearly shredded was remastered.
After a Monday afternoon of Chris Matthews lobbing a stink-bomb at GOP Chair Reince Priebus, over a birther joke Romney made, FOX news permanently bolted cameras at the delegations of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American
Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, or the District of Columbia, all
of which, preposterously enough, were given prime seats near the stage in Tampa.
Sez Rich, "Even now, the GOP seems oblivious to the fact that its alliance with
Donald Trump, the nation’s preeminent birther, is enough to cancel out
any serious outreach to African-Americans in 2012. Were it not for
Isaac, Trump might have hijacked the convention on opening night."
Speaking of celebrity, Frank's column also points out how the right uses the has beens of late 80's SNL members Dennis Miller, Victoria Jackson and Jon Lovitz , while Chris Christie's adoration of rocker Bruce Springsteen is not reciprocated.
Beck's disaffection continues with the establishment right, " The morning after opening night in Tampa, Beck fretted aloud about
whether anyone had been watching at all. He was equally nettled by a
study showing that conservatives “just don’t do viral stuff.” Saying
that the right doesn’t share speeches like Ann Romney’s with friends and
that the left does, he asked, “Are we even in the game at this point?” I
thought Beck was being histrionic, but my own anecdotal experience that
week bore him out: The Twitter feeds I followed of conservative voices,
pundits, and institutions generated far less volume and snark than
their liberal counterparts. “Got an awesome hug from the convention info
lady at the terminal,” read an all-too-typical missive from one of the more prolific conservative tweeters, Jonah Goldberg."
free-loading states for Romney
Rush Limbaugh infuriated at the grassroots movement of the right: At the start of convention week, he replayed a Bill Kristol admonition, delivered the day before on Fox News Sunday,
that the convention had to advance a positive agenda. “So what he’s
basically saying is, ‘Don’t make the convention about bashing Obama,’ ” was how Limbaugh translated Kristol’s advice.
He was having none of it. “I think it’s been a trick the Democrats have
used for decades, and I’m stunned that our side keeps falling for it,”
he said. “The trick is: ‘These Independents don’t like criticism! They
don’t like raised voices! They don’t like partisanship! It makes them
nervous. And whenever the Republicans get critical of President Obama,
these Independents just run right back to the Democrats and vote for
them.’ I don’t believe that for a minute!”
Micheal Savage was sickened by “the eunuchs in the Republican Party,”. Says Savage (570 the new and more KKKVI) "..“Just what we need … a man who may be president, that he does his own laundry!” after Ann "you people" Romney claimed her husband is just like us going down to the wash house.
"Now you understand why the tea-party movement arose, and now you
understand why they haven’t even mentioned the tea party … I have no
idea what they stand for.” And he was still just warming up. “The
Republicans have just dug their own grave,” Savage continued. “Unless Romney
gets up there like a man and stops acting like a pocketbook carrier for
his wife, he is finished.”
Another bile-filed response came from Mark Levin, "Obama is “a nasty, leftist ideologue” and to say otherwise is to
emasculate the Republicans’ case against him. “Do we really have to be
driven by focus groups, by Frank Luntz?” he asked. Noting the lousy
convention ratings, he added: “If we’re trying to reach out to Reagan
Democrats and Independents, apparently a lot of them weren’t watching.”
Soon he was taking a call from a Republican election officer who was so
put off by the convention that he said he would vote for Romney but not
go door-to-door to corral others to do so."
Rich points out that the overplaying of the Eastwood video may have done more harm than good by downplaying the anger of the those behind the scenes while relying on “more in sorrow than anger” political strategy.
Frank Rich sums up his adventure in fear and loathing media: "That anger is certain to rage long past Election Day, and if I learned
anything in my week strolling around the conservative mind, it was that
anyone who sticks to an exclusive diet of lame-stream media is missing
The wait is over! Those In The Know over at Talkers Magazine have released their Heavy Hundred list for 2012. While most of the results are predictable, there are a few new faces that are sure to annoy some of you. All of them have included bios that read as if their sainted mothers wrote them. It is a good mix of terrestial and satellite stations, men and women. This year there are a few more liberal voices on the list as well.
While we won't list all of them here--you can see the entire list at the link above--we will go through the list and show you a few of them. If you disagree, take it up with Talker's Magazine.
After desperately casually ransacking the Internets shopping online for a product that would make our dick thick and kick-start reinvigorate our love life, we were briefly encouraged hearing the earnest lady lawyer on sports radio KIROAM promoting a product called Retoxor.
Wow! The Mormon Church, who owns the KIROs (and konservative KTTH) have long turned down ads for alcohol, the lottery, casinos, and sex-related products. So we figured that "the outer liquid capsule of Retoxor must really be "medically proven," and would definitely, no doubt "ensure a rapid and almost instant uptake of the clinical tissue-stimulating ingredients, [to go] to work widening benefits," as promised.
We could almost feel the widening benefits starting to surge. We dreamed the old dream of marching with the Terrible Swift Sword into heretofore unconquered "clinical tissues." Retoxor was, after all, "Discovered by Three Former Medical University Students."
With our implicit trust in Mormon business ethics, and having known many former medical university students, we asked ourselves? "what could go wrong?"
Made us wonder why Bonneville would accept this advertising. In the first place, they broke their own rule by accepting the sex-based product, thinking, apparently, they could get away with it by running these spots only on sports radio, where some of the listeners are weak, sad, and desperate men (like ourselves) who tune-in daily for sporting affirmations of their (our) masculinity.
That the product is the object of so many scam and fraud complaints is another matter- but hey, caveate emptor, sucker- this here's free market capitalism.
Bonneville International isn't just owned by some jack Mormons, it's owned outright by the LDS Church. According to Salt Lake City Tribune reporter, Glen Warchol, this ain't the first time they've seen to be blind to their own stated principles. The Code of Deseret Media was installed in 2009 and was supposed to force a “‘reawakening to righteousness,’ and be a ‘puritanical purge’ and series of ‘reorganizations’ at the Deseret News [their flagship paper] that replaced experienced reporters and editors with younger, more light-filled, devout [and cheaper] people.”
They made a big deal of removing Sean Hannity from their mother station, KSL in Salt Lake City in deference to their Code. But they didn't touch the delusional pig, Glenn Beck, or Hannity in markets like Seattle. They did cut the mic of vile reactionary scum, Michael Savage in Seattle, but for the most part, kept the wingers that pulled the ratings.
You don't have to dig deep to uncover the hypocrisy of this religious institution, which is so often the case with institutional religions... especially the ones involved in for-profit business.
But the LDS Church, because of Mitt Romney, will soon be given the colonoscopy of a presidential campaign. They might be well-advised to pick off such low-hanging fruit as this.
They most certainly did, but only after Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry took after Romney's Bain Capital, and its "predatory" business practices.
Turns out, predatory practicin' has been great for Rush, Sean & Glennn: seems... they all work for Bain Capital... who co-owns Clear Channel Communications and their talkers syndicator, Premiere Radio Networks.
What's been the bain of thousands of de-employed radio workers, has be darned good for the few big names.
Clear Channel, among many, many other putrid practices buys up small radio stations, fires all the locals, flips them to talk, and beams down their own talent, Limbaugh & all, from the satellites. They've created the entertainment equivalent of Olive Garden all over the country.
If Romney were elected, he'd be the first president who owned Rush Limbaugh, instead of the other way around. (it won't prevent from kissing Big Pants' nether parts whenever he can ).
One of the most disturbing trends in politics and radio was exposed in 2011. First there was the Goldline fraud case, involving the skeezy gold-selling company promoted by nearly every conservative talker. Then there was the following: Beware ditto-heads, those opinions spewed by your favorite right-wing spewmaster may have beeen bought & paid for...
A radio biz guru has said, "Any good radio host or exec will tell you that he is in the audience acquisition, retention and expansion business, [in order] to maximize the value of their ad spots."
(photo: Sean Hannity bumps it with a trumpet)
Period. It's the money, baby, not the Star Spangled Banner or family values. So if you still think your favorite firebranding, liberty-loving, uber-patriotic talk host does what he or she does, says what he or she says, out of pure love of god, country, and the American way, you're just a dittohead.
Politico reports that top national radio talkers are being paid million$, literally, for right-wing activist lobbying groups whose messages are not only carried in ad copy, but also swirled into show content with only occasional or casual mentions that their messages are bought and paid for by these sponsors.
(photo: Laura Ingraham got dumped)
Freedom Works, is working hard against front-runner Mitt Romney... and guess what? so is Glenn Beck, who got around $1.4 million from the well-financed Republican phony grassroots "tea-party" front guided by Dick Armey.
Mark LeVin (say it the French way, accented on the 2nd syllable, leh VIN, except mispronounce the 'vin' part to rhyme with 'sin') gets 1.2 million for his sponsorship of Americans For Prosperity, a Koch Brothers-funded astroturf tea party organization.
Levin, whose endorsement deal with the tea party organizing group Americans for Prosperity started last summer, was similarly protective of his sponsor last year after President Barack Obama singled out the group in making the case that anonymously funded attack ads were distorting the midterm elections.
“Americans for Prosperity is a magnificent organization that people join voluntarily. You. Me,” Levin said on his syndicated radio show. Obama, Levin continued, “wants you to hate Americans for Prosperity. So if he wants you to hate it, then you should embrace it, and promote it, and support it and join it, because it’s effective.”
The Heritage Foundation, the grand-daddy conservative bullshit delivery system started this in 2008 by buying-up Laura Ingraham. But they dropped her like an old girlfriend when given the opportunity to pay Rush Limbaugh $2 million and Hannity $1.3 a year to plug membership drives, and defend the well-financed foundation when it's feeling persecuted (which is most of the time).
(Beck and many other conservative talkers have long been integrating their sponsors' messages into their "entertainment" with their 1-2 punch selling gold at incredibly inflated prices. First he predicts a dog-eat-dog Mad Max world after a collapse of the US financial system, (coming any dy, now) then pitches Goldline products as a hedge strategy. Dittoheads are some of the most gullible people in the world, loyal to a fault and willing to believe anything these on-air hucksters sell, whether it's their loopy politics or gold retailed at prices as much as 5-10X the cost on the real market).
It's working and working real good.
Heritage estimates that it in each of the past two years, its sponsorships with Limbaugh and Hannity brought in more than 40,000 new memberships starting at the $25 level, while FreedomWorks said that in the three months after its Beck sponsorship started in April 2010, the group saw a huge spike in traffic to its website (which featured a photo of Beck linked to a fundraising appeal), resulting in 50,000 new email sign-ups.
There's nothing illegal about this, although old broadcast ethics have been flushed ignominiously down the golden executive toilets of these values-thumping whores.
“I wish more of the grassroots knew the reality that this wasn’t Rush or Sean or Beck saying these things out of the goodness of their hearts,” said the leader of one [conservative] group who inquired about ads on various radio shows, but decided they were both too expensive and ethically suspect. “If the grassroots found out that these guys were getting paid seven figures a year to say this stuff, it might leave a bad taste in their mouth.”
Dittoheads manipulated and their loyalty exploited? Nothing new there, but we think such partisan political activism that's bought and paid for should be daylighted like other political advertising.
There is nothing like this on the left. Liberals have this thing about corporate masters and the First Amendment. If it were ever revealed that, say Randi Rhodes or Thom Hartmann were being paid to mix corporate or political sponsors' messaging into their show content, there hell paid would be a career-ending event.
“The point that people don’t realize,” said Michael Harrison, founder and publisher of the talk radio trade publication TALKERS Magazine, “is that (big time political talk show hosts) are radio personalities – they are in the same business that people like Casey Kasem are in – and what they do is no different than people who broadcast from used car lots or restaurants or who endorse the local roofer or gardener.”
The radio-consuming, dittoheaded, conservative basemen don't seem to care: with blind trust they eat what's fed to them... and shell out their bucks and assume the positions as directed.
Watch out for more of this in the election cycle as wingers buy more and more of your favorite talk-jock's time between commercials.
Dittoheads deserve to be suckered, but the rest of us must work hard to stop these messages from slopping over to pollute the mains
From here to the end of the year, we'll be reposting some of the greats of this year of year of our humble blither-blather.
This story fromMarch 7, 2011(which we do not claim to have broken) was a rare look behind the curtain of the grimy burlesque that is talk radio. Not sure Republicans have given radio talkers so much power, but to believe the myth that Rush, Sean or Glenn's dittoheads make up any significant proportion of the electorate is a dangerous assumption for conservatives or any politician.
Actors hired for talk radio rent-a-caller services?
We always suspected... that actors might be being hired as callers for talk radio shows, but then we said "nahhh..."
Now that callers are becoming a thing of the past for talk radio, it has been revealed talk syndicators of Rush and Sean have hired ringers (so to speak) paid actors to call in.
Via Tablet Magazine:
If [the actor] passed the audition, he would be invited periodically to call in to various talk shows and recite various scenarios that made for interesting radio. He would never be identified as an actor, and his scenarios would never be identified as fabricated—which they always were. “I was surprised that it seemed so open,” the actor told me in an interview. “There was really no pretense of covering it up.”
Curious, the actor did some snooping and learned that Premiere On Call was a service offered by Premiere Radio Networks, the largest syndication company in the United States and a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, the entertainment and advertising giant. Premiere syndicates some of the biggest names in radio, including Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity.
But a great radio show depends as much on great callers as it does on great hosts: Enter Premiere On Call.
“Premiere On Call is our new custom caller service,” read the service’s website, which disappeared as this story was being reported (for a cached version of the site click here). “We supply voice talent to take/make your on-air calls, improvise your scenes or deliver your scripts. Using our simple online booking tool, specify the kind of voice you need, and we’ll get your the right person fast. Unless you request it, you won’t hear that same voice again for at least two months, ensuring the authenticity of your programming for avid listeners.”
What's stopping media companies from using paid plants (or plaid pants) to play talk hosts to talk to the actors playing the callers? It's no more dishonest than some of the stuff they make up about President Obama.
The war torn GOP remains just that despite Newt Gingrich has strong poll numbers. Within a prty in which the ideological base resides in talk media, the radio iside sure ain’t all lined up for Newt. Monday, Michael Savage offered Newt $1 million to drop out of the race in 72 hours to let Romney prevail by default.
You might say Michael Savage hasn't had a salacious, mendacious headline in at least a year; or you might say, he speaks for a Tennessee shitload of other conservatives across the fruited plans... From the Savage site:
Michael O'Shea is the GM of Saga's five stations in Bellingham (KGMI, KAFE, KISM, KPUG and KBAI). He writes:
"After KVI, I become the original GM of KUBE-93, and later added KJR-AM and FM into a partnership that I co-ventured with Ackerley in the mid 90's.
"There, I hired 15-year-old-Glenn Beck from Bellingham's Sehome High School to become KUBE's weekend overnight jock.
"Glenn Beck grew up in Mount Vernon...but when he was a teenager (after his mom's death) his dad remarried and they relocated to Bellingham. Glenn finished his high school at Sehome.
"When Charlie Brown and I launched KUBE in '81 we posted an ad in R&R looking for a weekend overnight jock. Glenn sent us a tape that was 'OK'...but he closed deal by being willing to work for $2/hour (then the legal minimum wage). So he got the gig.
"Charlie and I thought he was a student at Western - he looked like a college kid - we hired him to do overnights on Friday and Saturday nights.
"When his dad had to drive him to Leschi for his shift, we found out that he was only 15! He'd do the overnight, bunk out in the conference room, then do another shift on Sunday. Later, he would take a Greyhound from Bellingham to downtown Seattle and transfer to a city bus...again bunking out in the stations.
"After he graduated I helped him get a full-time job with our company's Provo, Utah station, doing mornings (we were part of Dick Marriott's First Media Corp). "From there he went on to Houston, Providence, Philadelphia...all doing morning-zoo type shows.
Then he started doing talk for Clear Channel in Tampa, Florida. It was the 9-11 attacks and Clear Channel's decision to take his talk show regional on a half dozen Florida stations that actually 'launched' him onto a national platform."
They were loyal to Glenn Beck... even after scores of other sponsors had abandoned him during his Fox News decline and fall last year.
Goldline International uses radio right-wingers like Beck, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham to pan for gold in the abundant streams of America's gullible. Not surprisingly, gullibility makes for solid client bases for both radio talkers and gold hustlers.
Beck's fevered but sincere-sounding recommendations for listeners to buy Goldline's products as a hedge for the apocalyptic collapse of "Obama's America" were usually without mention of his conflict of interest. He would devote whole segments to this concluding that the smart money should buy gold from someone they trusted. And, of course, he had a suggestion...
Now the company has been accused of bait & switch, and other frauds. Here's a MotherJones piece about how these gold-diggers work it.
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.