take your answer off the air...

  • HorsesAss.Org: the straight poop on WA politics & the press
    progressive brilliance from the guy who pointed out Tim Eyman's nascent horse's-assedness
  • 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.
  • Howie in Seattle
    Howie Martin is the Abe Linkin' of progressive Seattle.
  • Streaming Radio Guide
    Hellishly long (5795!) list of radio streaming, steaming on the Internets.
  • The Naked Loon
    News satire -- The Onion in the Seattle petunia patch.
  • 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.
  • News Corpse
    The Internet's chronicle of media decay.
  • 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
  • The Radio Equalizer
    prolific former Seattle KVI, KIRO talk host speaks authoritatively about radio.
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April 25, 2005



Yep, they lost me with the bizarro moves. I used to listen to Dave Ross for an hour or two each morning, but can't stand Allen Prell. Now it's Al Franken or occasionally Tony Snow. I check KIRO once every few weeks to see if there's anyone new there yet. I try to listen to Dave in the afternoons, but the constant interruptions make it unpalatable, especially compared to NPR or even KJR.

I used to like Dori Monson, but he seems to have turned into a one topic guy ("how the government is wrong and stupid today"), and I haven't listened to him in at least a year. Ed Schultz is the way to go in the afternoons, if I listen to anybody. Fred Ebert was the only other guy worth remembering to me on the station.

Hm, if Dave quits and goes satellite radio, I guess I'll have to finally sign up.


Who needs KIRO? They have made themselves a has-been. There are so many right wing stations that KIRO should have grabbed the chance to move left. They lost that bid when Air America moved into 1090.

If Ross would move to AM1090 to be the local voice of liberal talk, Air America Seattle could pull some strong book!

And KIRO could switch to elevator music for all I care.


I don't even mind Prell that much, but he's just so, so wrong for the morning slot. The whole tempo of his show is S-L-O-O-O-O-W and meandering, to the point where it actually counteracts your coffee.

What that slot needs is someone with an engaging clip, like, say... DAVE ROSS. I've been able to catch maybe an hour total of Dave since the suits exiled him to "drive time" (give me a break -- who's off work by 6 these days anyway?)

And Dancy Moron? Pfffft. The dude's been doing the exact same Professional Victim schtick daily since ribbon magnets became trendy; it's skull-crushingly, unlistenably boring.

Their biggest mistake, however, was canning Fred Ebert. Fred rocked! Any guy who can work a little Physics for Dummies into his show is welcome on my radio any time.


Why did they even make any changes at all? They were strong with Ross and Monson where they were. Sure KVI was picking up some share, but that was a fluke because of the Rossi thing.

Ken Berry knew what he was doing.

I think KTTH was just to steal share from KVI .


How nice of Alan Prell to mention this blog on today's show. I knew something was wrong with his highly-edited "listener" comment line but it's nice to know the backstory.

I personally know lots of folks who left comments on that line but somehow they always get edited out. It seems the only negative comments that are included are carefully scripted to make it sound like the caller is a complete idiot. A negative comment left by someone who knows how to put more than two words together gets dropped on the editing room floor.

Today Alan claimed that KIRO would go bankrupt if the sales staff we all required to call his show. Isn't that the point? The ratings are tanking all day because of him (listeners tune out at 9am and don't come back for the flagship Monson/Ross shows) and the sales people have plenty of time to puff up his show.

I read in the PI that Prell got a three-year contract. Let's hope KIRO was smart enough to get an exit clause in there...


You have now heard that Alan Prell is denying your reports. I hope he is right myself. I enjoy his show. I do miss Fred Ebert, too, and it was better to have Dave Ross on in the morning. Maybe they should just switch places? You know my opinions of Dori, however. I am sick of him. Why does KIRO give him so much power?


I can tell you--Allen Prell is either lying or he doesn't know they have interns calling his show to make him look good. Don't ask me how I know. I KNOW.


I was a long time listener to KIRO radio while living down in the Seattle area, but after moving to Alaska four years ago, my ability to listen was pretty much cut off when KIRO killed it's streaming radio. However, after spending a recent dreary weather afternoon wasting time at work surfing the web, I discovered the return of KIRO's online streaming and was horrified to hear the new KIRO line up and about the canceled afternoon news! I was sorry to hear Val and Kevin got the ax, but from what I gather and hear, they might be better off collecting unemployment! And this Allen Prell, who in the hell is that and what was KIRO thinking? And how does Dory still have a job as a talk show host?? Maybe his lack of creativity fits in with the new format. Ever since moving to AK, I've complained about the lack of decent talk radio and news coverage up here and bragged about Dave Ross and KIRO to fellow workers (with the exception of Dorky mind you). Now I feel as if I have egg all over my face, who's brillant idea was this?? Other than Dave Ross, I can't say I know what's holding the station together anymore. I sort of feel sorry I wasted that dreary afternoon checking up on KIRO when I could have been outside getting frost bite in the freezing rain.


At first I found Prell hard to listen to. It was such a jarring style after 20 years of Dave Ross in the mornings. But I now find myself listening to Prell more than anything else on the radio. He cracks me up several times a morning. I'm talking laughing-out-loud-in-my-car funny.

Sometimes he does get a little too weird or wacky, but, then again, sometimes Dave would get too high-brow for my tastes.

And Prell is very intelligent and is the one guy on the radio who will actually have civil, respecful conversations with people of all political stripes.

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