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 28, 2005



While I get your point, and I agree that we need to counter hateriots like Wilbur every way we can, I don't believe he is THAT effective. During the Support the GOP (Er sorry Support our Troops) meetings, they were only able to muster 40 or 50 people sometimes. And their so-called state-wide audience could only bring out 890 of the looniest of the far right to an anti Gov. Chris rally.

They are LOUD that is for sure. But since they are liars, and since they are depending on small minds, and since all of them are mostly REALLY in this for their egos or the money, and since only about four percent of Washington residents are actually that FAAAAR right, I don't Wilbur and his minions are that powerful. Look at that joke JohnBoy Carlson. He got his hat handed to him when he ran with Governor. These guys have no statewide appeal. They are all going to go away someday. Hopefully soon.

David Goldstein

Absolutely! That is the difference between rightie talk jocks like Carlson, Wilbur and Siegel, and centrist/liberal/lefties like Ross, Hart, and Webber. The righties are all activists. That's one of the things that make them compelling... they're occasionally willing to do more than just talk.

Talk radio is more than about talk, it's about creating a community, and when Wilbur does something like what you described, it's really an act of community outreach.

Roy Smith

I suspect that they won't have much trouble getting the votes to repeal the gas tax increase (and maybe some of the rest of it, too). As the effects of Peak Oil set in, and gas gets even more expensive, Americans will continue to live in the fantasy that they are entitled to dirt cheap gas and should be allowed to drive their Hummers anywhere they want at public expense.

Al Hedstrom

Among the comments so far, one important item (in my mind) was brought forward. Goldy said, "... they're occasionally willing to do more than just talk." It matters less that they may hold forth with only 40 or 50 people. What matters is that they DO something about it. I can't think of a centrist or liberal radio station organizing any rally. KTPK has advertised John Dean's and John Kerry's Seattle appearance. But that's not an activist participation event on the street, visible to Wilbur (how can I write that in a low baritone and shakey voice?) and John Boy.

One other note: If only two people showed up for a KVI rally, they would use their big radio megaphone to proclaim success and blather on about it endlessly.


One needs to look at what the old car tax was doing. It was being used as a slush fund. If ALL it did was pay for roads and infrastructre I might not have objectied to it so much. Trouble is it amounte dto a property tax. I am one person with several cars. I can only drive one at a time. The efficient one is th ecommuter. I am an favor of it being a simple gas tax...O have been listening to Kirby and he's dead wrong IMO

Douglas Peterson

After reading this site, I'll make sure I sign any anti-gas tax petition I see.

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    • KIRO 710ESPN Seattle 710 KHz
      Games and sports-blabber
    • 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.
    • KUOW FM 94.9
      Seattle's foremost public radio news and talk.
    • 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.
    • Washington State Radio Stations
      Comprehensive list of every danged AM & FM station on the dial.
    • KKOL am 1300 KHz
      Once a rabid right-wing talker, except for Lou Dobbs, it's all business....