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
DR. LAURA CHEATS AT THE YACHT RACES: America’s nutcracking yenta and moral compass was found to be off-course when officials caught her cheating in the arcane, fat cat world of yacht racing. See Dr. Laura naked here.
Marion Bogni's pissed. "He's an intravenous drug-using, lying, manipulating, thieving, axe murderer," she says.
(photo: Scott White)
She speaks, of course, of Scott White, 30, who pleaded guilty in June to the axe murder of her brother, former KIRO talk host Mike Webb. Her anger comes not only at the horrendous act itself but from the prosecutor's recommendation of just 12 years in prison for White.
She and brother Wayne Webb will confront White in court Friday when he's sentenced, and plead with the judge to mete out a stronger punishment.
White's Attorney Julie Lawry will ask for less, of course. Shes says she'll ask Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell to give White 8 1/2 years because of White's mental condition described as schizoaffective disorder. She may ask
the judge for an "exceptional downward sentence," allowing a lower than normal sentence. She told a reporter that he's remorseful about the murder.
There is no insanity plea here, but Lawry feels whe could have gotten one if the case went to trial. So did prosecutors, apparently.
Bogni filled in more detail about the vicious murder and Mike Webb's last days.
She says adamantly, "Mike never used a needle, did not smoke crack, did not do heroin,...the toxocology report did not contain heroin, crack, no street drugs. There was a trace of ethanol, which is a natural by-product of cells decomposing."
White staged the murder scene, to make it look like Webb was using. "He remade the bed he murdered Mike in, scattered his personal affects on top of the bed, and placed a single syringe next to Mikes bed."
After the murder White texted Bogni on Webb's phone telling her that "Mike was ashamed of his drug use." There were "cans and cans and cans" of dirty needles White and his friends left in the house. "You will not find any of Mike's DNA on any of them." she told BlatherWatch.
The motive for the killing was simply money for drugs. "He killed Mike in part for the debit card and assumed he would have Mike's house indefinitely." After the murder, White drove Mike's car, used his debit card, pawned Webb's computers and other belongings, while, she says, "...shooting drugs in Mike's house with his junkie friends."
During these months, (between April and June 2007) White sent texting and emails from Mike's phone and computer to a suspicious Marian Bogni in Concord, Calif. White was buying time while he liquidated Webb's belongings to stick in his arm. "[He said} Mike was on vacation, looking for work, he thought he would cover his bases for quite a while." At one point, he told Bogni that Mike was letting him live in his house while Mike was visiting her in California." Bogni knew from the language he used that he was lying.
Finally, she sent Mike a text-message saying if she didn't hear his voice within 24 hours, she was calling the police. Then, she says, "White vacated my brother's home."
She doesn't believe that White was living with Mike at the time of the murder, despite White's confession that he was.
"I completely believe Mike never knew White came into his house that night, "she says. Mike Webb's autopsy shows no defensive wounds... if he were conscious, a victim would typically have thrown up his arms to fend off the blows. "All of the wounds were parallel. Mike never moved, because Mike never saw it coming."
When he was arrested, White was charged with first-degree murder, but the charge was reduced when mental health experts doubted White's ability to premeditate the crime or participate in his own defense.
Scott White is a homeless meth, crack, and heroin addict who's been diagnosed with a schizophrenic disorder as well. We can only imagine what kind of slumgullion is his psycho-neurology.
The definition of the schizoaffective disorder includes this: "The untreated individual may quickly change their minds about their romantic partners, friends or family if they hear something negative being said about them; as a result they may attack or, conversely, back away from the person or group until they regain normal thoughts, which usually takes treatment and time."
Many of Mike Webb's friends and family will be in courtroom Friday to see justice done to Scott White. Care to come? It will happen at 2:45p in Judge Ramsdell's court, W813 at the King County Courthouse.
~ Funny, they always question our credentials... (but then again, we're just self-appointed radio critics) When Jen Andrews withdrew as Ron & Don's (KIRO m-f, 3-6p) producer last summer, PD Rod Arquette hired a young thing named Carolyn. Staffers tell us that it was obvious she knew not what she was doing, "EVERYONE," says one, "knew that woman was a fraud- and EVERYONE told him so!" But she survived until recently a job applicant came in and spotted "producer" Carolyn and yelled, "She's no producer!" Seems Carolyn was the applicant's board op at a California station and had no producing experience except producing creative resumes, or perhaps small cries from men of a certain age. After being exposed, she was canned, and the applicant got the job- at least temporarily. Our source says, "In the end, management had to cover themselves for a dumb choice. It makes no sense that she was hired in the first place. Especially given the talented producers the station all ready has."
~ Being Ron & Don's producer. You have to be a part Mom, part hall monitor, part dog, part dogcatcher. Please enjoy this picture of Ron Upshaw wearing a bra on the outside of his clothes: gives you an idea what an R&D producer's gotta contend with.
(the leg in the picture is Don's)
Why are missing persons seemingly such low priority to local cops? Dave Ross (KIRO m-f, 9a-12p) asked that question today, about Tanya Rider, the Maple Valley woman, rescued after more than a week trapped inside her wrecked car.
A sheriff's office flack didn't have very satisfying explanations. Why did it take so long to ping her cell phone- which is the relatively easy investigative method that found her?
As we were listening to Ross, we got an email from murdered talk host, Mike Webb's sister, Marian Bogni still stinging from the bungled Missing Person's investigation that failed so spectacularly to find Mike's body even as it lay in his own house!
~ In honor of Sir Mix-A-Lot, a funny guy and an actual black person on KIRO last week (don't get nervous, he was
only filling in for Dave Ross) we thought we'd treat you to this comically
large butt from our new favorite site: Comically Large Things. It's a duplicate of the large vinyl fundaments used in Mixie's legendary “Baby Got Back” video.
~ Sign the end is near: Dori Monson says with his 3.9 share he's the highest-rated talk show host in Seattle. He says it and over on The Big Show. But he's lying: Grantedm he does beat Dave Ross, Rush, Ron & Don, Michael Medved and he ran off Ron Reagan. But who doesn't he beat? KVI's Larry Elder at 3 in the mrining with his monster 10.1 share... but guess what... (photo: Dori Monson)
Scott White, who's confessed to murdering former KIRO talk host Mike Webb will be arraigned on first degree murder charges Monday morning in the King County Courthouse, Rm. 1201 at 8:30a.
White has confessed, according to police, but the motive is still unclear. We've been told the homeless 28-year-old had a nasty heroin/meth addiction; a crime signature of those drugs are out-of-proportion crimes for small amounts of money. (photo with permission of KIROTV)
What could be more disproportionate than a stab wound to Webb's chest; 3 stab wounds to the neck; one to the shoulder, and 5 lengthy lacerations across his face that resulted in a skull fracture consistent with blows from a double-bladed ax?
Could it be that Webb was so horrifically brutalized for his defunct credit cards, his DSHS food stamp card, "several electronic items" and some laptops the cops recovered at a Capital Hill pawn shop?
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.