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
~ News of HistoryLink's Walt Crowley still recouping in the hospital from his larynectomy last week from friend Pam: "Walt had a cup of coffee from the Tully’s downstairs, declining the one that came with his hospital lunch. He also now proudly sports a Patches Pal button, one of a bunch of gifts from JP Patches himself, who made a surprise visit yesterday. Marie & Walt continue to ask that you wait to visit until he gets home and more recovered, but for JP Patches an exception plainly had to be made."
The closer we've gotten to talk radio, the more obvious it became that the producers, unseen and usually unheard are largely responsible for what really happens in this huge entertainment medium.
Hosts are important, and many of them share the burden doing the producing, but most owe a huge debt to these overworked, underpaid pros. After all, as Medved producer Jeremy Steiner told us: "... a producer should simply be there to make the host shine by highlighting the good qualities and hiding the bad ones."
We've interviewed some of the best we could find in a seemingly interminable series of very long posts. We've let the producers tell the story themselves. If you've missed this yawnable tome, you can read Part 1, here. Part 2 is here. Still coming: the sad truth about paydays.
In this, the last installment, they speak about the thrills, the
chills; getting the gets; dealing with politicians and celebrities.
They tell listeners one thing they want listeners to know about talk
Producers' love/hate relationship with callers is the old can't-live-with-'em-or-without 'em paradox.
Former Seattle producer Luke Burbank, a reporter for NPR's Day to Day, (KUOW m-f, 12-1p) describes it thus: "A good call can launch an entire hour of good radio. A bad call can really tip the train off the tracks."
We're as guilty of it as anybody. When we say talk radio- it's Dave, or Rush or Sean, or Bryan.
But behind those brands, are the producers: The harried, under-the-gun pros, who daily and minutely, dream up the topics, screen the calls, keep the host in the know, in the moment, in the room, and sounding good.
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.