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
Barack Obama is our candidate, now, and we've been thinking about whether right-wing talk radio and Fox News will help Olde John in 2008, as much as it did George W. Bush in 2004.
We don't think so.
While talk radio can be influential, things have changed radically since those dark days that re-elected George Bush and brought such shame and catastrophe down upon the land.
There's more liberal talk radio Air America did not exist in 2004; and Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, Stephanie Miller, Randi Rhodes, Thom Hartmann, Sam Seder, Marc Maron, Mike Malloy, et al. were but local hosts or unknowns. While they're not close to being Big Pants, Hannity or Don Imus, they're competition on the dial to the conservatives, and even within a shrinking industry, progressive radio is growing one talker at a time. We now have a crop of bright, name-recognizable media progressives where there never were before. A good thing.
There's a general downturn in radio, and in talk radio in particular Part of this can be directly attributed to the stink of Bush, the failings of a conservative majority and
that the yapping poodles of right-wing media have been so wrong about so much. They've stuck to a political explanation of global warming, powdered Iraq War soft drinks, voodoo fiscal matters, tax cuts for the rich, immigration fear-mongering, Bush's no-policy energy policy; American exceptionalist go-it-alone foreign policy -- they even still claim Bush is competent.The wild-eyed partisan recitations of such GOP apparatchiks as Hannity have left him and his cohort with about the same credibility as the president's... and Arbitron reflects it. As the Democrats come together after the hard primaries, Rush Limbaugh's supposedly monkeywrenching "Operation Chaos" turned out to be as it was intended: a way for Big Pants to get his name in the papers and to be able to piss in a tent from which he's usually excluded.
~~ Penises Disappear. Excellent commenter Gay Gary sent us this case of Mass Psychogenic Illness in Sudan in 2003. Mass hysteria spread through Khartoum, Sudan caused by rumors via cell phone text messaging of foreigners roaming the city, shaking men's hands, and making their penises disappear. Gary writes, "With the rise of internet-borne consumer generated media, one could imagine the conditions are now ripe for an event of disastrous proportion, especially if intentionally provoked by an organized non-state actor with advanced training in psychology and new media modes and methods."
~~ BlatherMunch, our new Sunday diversion into food and dining, went off with the clamor and uproar of the Phil the Junkie Show (KIRO Sundays, 4-7p) : we thought there'd be gritches and biping from the usual readers who argue that we pay too little attention to either radio, or politics. Not much of a peep out of either side. Our main objective, of course, is to get back on the media A-list for fancy dinners, and restaurant openings.
~~ Can we get busted for this? Seems if you Google, "sex tiny tiny hot tiny boy girl," you get to... BlatherWatch. We know nothing.
~~ Above it all. Stefan "harrumpf" Sharkansky, the stuffy right-winger who owns the official state GOP
site Sound Politics.com has returned after a sabbatical. He's posting again, but has turned off the comments; handing down pronouncements to the quaking believers and hovering over the proceedings like The Almighty. A telling distinction between right and left wing blogs is the way they handle comments: the righties police comments, control the conversation, and tamp down dissension; lefties let it run democratic and free. Stefan has chosen to remain aloof and above reproach.
~~ "If Hillary walked on water, she'd be criticized for not swimming, And if Obama swam, he'd be
lauded for being able to do what Hillary couldn't." ~~Chris Lehane
Are conservatives disillusioned with and pissed off at Fox News?
Yes, writes Doug Parris, socially conservative blogger (at The Reagan Wing and an Old School paleoconservative who's always trying to out manipulate the state GOP leadership and sometimes succeeds.
Doug is a crazy conservative. Pragmatism, to him, is a concept most foul-- something lower than say, treason or coprolagnia. Compared to Parrish, Stefan Sharkansky looks like Barbra Streisand (We mean politically, but when Stefan puts on pumps, and a little lipstick, there's a Barbranic physical resemblance as well).
We like Doug Parris, and we think, he likes us. We couldn't say why... it's love for all the wrong reasons. He's a good writer, funny, and a little nasty; he sticks it daily into the eye of the Republican Party. Maybe that's it.
In "Shark Attack," a new story in The Stranger, ace reporter Erica Barnett did the due journalistic diligence, and spoke with almost everybody involved. They even got a picture of Steffany Bell the waitress in the center of this shitzkrieg.
(photo: stefan sharkansky- why is this man laughing? -seattle post intelligencer)
I just get tired of rich people thinking that they can just do whatever they want, whenever they want. I just hope I don't lose my temp job. I know I will. This is just stupid and I don't know what to do.
It started as an waitress's amusing tale on a blog with few readers. It was about waiting table on dour Republican activist Stefan Sharkansky, his attorney/wife Irene and their 5-year old son at the Fremont Classic Pizzeria & Trattoria.
According to her, (and others who wait on them) the Sharkansky's 5-year-old was often "marginally attended," and permitted to be loud, obnoxious, and run annoyingly free in the dining room.
What's more, the Sharkanskys, she wrote, only tip 10%.
Sounds like trivial gotcha gossip well beneath the majesty of the likes
of Sharkansky so often called an "influential Seattle Republican."
Hell hath no fury like parenting scorned! And
you don't know vindictive 'til you meet the Sharkanskys! Instead of
letting this go and minimizing eyeballs to this trivia, the Sharks
turned both barrels on the single mother of two who works two jobs and
barely keeps her head afloat.
~ Dave Ross's (KIRO m-f, 12-3p) musical intrusion on the live Michael Medved Show (KTTH m-f, 12-3p) Thursday was some very funny radio. Seems Ross was in the studio next door recording a jingle to the tune of "Home On the Range" for Ron Upshaw's (of Ron & Don) blackberry jam. For some reason, the pre-recorded noodling of a Floyd Cramerish piano and Dave's mellifluous baritone singing about blackberry seeds' colonic cleansing properties floated over the national right-wing speechifying by Medved, who, ever the trooper, ever the critic, acknowledged the music, briefly critiqued it (two thumbs down), and went on. It was funny, and enjoyed by all. Dunno (nor care) why Upshaw is selling jam, or why Dave is flacking it. Dori Monson was not involved for once.
~ Happy Puce Friday, the decorators' day off!
~ BlatherWatch is banned in China (also KIRO!) We told you we
were cool- we got the word from our blog server just last week. We
thought it was only subversive blogs like David Goldstein's (KIRO Sat.
Sun., 7-10p) Horses Ass.org who
got that distinction from the Chinese commies. We're also banned on
Dori Monson's KIRO- the word has come down: we're never to appear over
their airwaves, nor is our name ever to be uttered on-air. We are the Blog That None Dare Speak Its Name- but the one everyone reads!
~ We've finally got a diagnosis for what ails Rush Limbaugh. According to Endocrinologist to the Stars, Dr. Edgar "Choch" Manaña, Big Pants suffers from boanthropy.
~ David Goldstein will be filling in for Frank Shiers tonight (Friday, May 11) from 9p to 1a. At 9, he'll speak with liberal pundit Cliff Schecter about flip-flopping Republicans.
~ Very, very, impressive. We speak of
course of KIRO's exclusive,
live coverage of Sanjaya's triumphant return to Federal Way. That's
what the Ron & Don Show is for! If you missed it, here's KIRO's
Trey Thomas with the hard hitting interview.
~ Attention Stefan Sharkansky and the ambiguously gendered among us: Welcome to safe2pee.org and a handy list of Seattle public loos where gender doesn't matter.
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.