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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June 16, 2005




Now lets see what the former vanity host turned vanity blogger has to say...

he's so vane, he probably thinks this post is about him.

Sue Barrett

We will support progressive radio more wholeheartedly when it speaks to us more locally. Michael, what's happening with local hosts with KTPK? Is that over?


"-Air America Radio's number of online listeners grew by 50% from January to May 2005 with the average daily number going from 18,710 in January to 28,091 in May."

Now with numbers like that, advertisers should be running with money to jump on the bandwagon.


I can't stand Springer. It is possibly the worst show I've ever heard. I'm not in 1090's range, so I listen to AA on Sirius. Unfortunately, they become exculsive to XM on July 11. I'll probably make the switch, but I hate to lose Sirius OutQ's Michael Signorille--he has one of the best political shows around.


Is it possible to view the actual ratings on a local webpage near me?

I'd like to use a lot of what you're saying here..I'd love to link to this piece and write up more...

Bush Lies

Blathering Michael,

Could you please shut up all of those Nazi naysayers and list all of the markets where Air America has moved into the top 3 in the ratings amongst stations? I'm sick of these lying liars on the neocon right talking down AA. AA is moving up baby! Truth hurts, doesn't it ditto-heads????

Bush Lies

Blathering Michael - can you get those rating numbers posted this week? I've got a bet with this jerk at work that listens to KKK-VI.


AAR can't continue to crow about 60% nationwide penetration yet still blame low ratings on weak signals. Either they're reaching 60% of the country or they're not.

Bush Lies

Blathering Michael, please shut this guy up. He's just repeating the lies from the neo-con stations he listens to all day.


Another point people miss about the Bill Bennett show is that many if not most of his affiliates are owned by the company that produces the show -- Salem Communications. Salem is an ideologically right wing company. It has no progressive talkers and its AM stations are mostly either Christian talk or secular conservative talk. Salem's programming is highly centralized and most of the stations that carry Bennett's show were probably ordered to do so by corporate. They probably didn't have a local morning show to begin with in most cases so there was nothing to displace.


In Portland, Oregon, one of AAR's original 5 stations, KPOJ is now #5 in the critical 25-54 demo, whereas KEX and KXL, the conservative heritage stations, are now down at #10 and #13. 25-54 ratings are the ratings that determine a talk station's viability, and are the ratings that advertisers pay to see. (Thus, they aren't posted for free on the Internet. In fact, Arbitron is very litigious with anyone who posts actual numbers online, which is why I'm posting rankings only.) And in New York, WLIB is right between WABC and WOR in the 25-54 demo, though in that market all the talk stations are low in 25-54. Maybe that's because they have outstanding music stations in NY?

Bush Lies

1 market in all of America where AA ranks in the top 5? Is that it? There has to be more. People know we're the only ones that reflect the majority of people's views and the only ones telling the truth.

It can't be true. I don't believe those ratings. Are there that many stupid people in America???

Blathering Michael - help me out. I am not losing that bet today. If I do, I refuse to pay based on lying statistics from liars like pdxlistener.

blathering Michael

Dude: can't put lipstick on a pig...AAR ratings are what they are...maybe we could all listen with both ears and double the ratings...still wouldn't come close to conservative talk...

Bush Lies

I guess Blathering Michael is on the Fat Limbaugh payroll now....


"Bush Lies" doesn't sound very familiar with radio, nor does he sound legit. AM stations simply don't get in the top three in 25-54, including conservative talk. Getting in the top 5 is extraordinary, something that WABC, KVI, etc. certainly aren't able to do. We don't know the 25-54 numbers for all the stations in the country because they're heavily guarded by Arbitron and their clients -- radio stations and advertisers. But because I'm a Portlander and know where to find them, I know the Portland numbers. I also know the New York rankings (though not numbers), because it's the largest media market and there's a little more information about it available than there is for other markets. Otherwise, what we know are 12+ numbers, numbers that have nothing to do with a talk station's viability because conservative talk audiences are even older than oldies audiences, and advertisers just don't like older demos.

Bush Lies

pdxlistener is the one who doesn't sound legit. This is a progressive blog - why don't you switch over to "Sound Politics" or Rush 24/7 so you can waste those people's time with your neocon lies.


Also, to SaveFarris, the text says that AAR is heard in MARKETS that cover 60% of the country. Unfortunately, because all the good signals were taken long ago, the signals AAR is on don't always cover their markets.

BL: If you're not an imposter, why do you sound like a loon who's only insulting the progressive, pro-AAR people?

Bush Lies

pdxlistener - if you're progressive, then stop trying to talk down AAR. I'll believe you're progressive when I see you get on the correct side of the issues.


BL: Quite an indictment that I'm the first to criticise SaveFarris, the only con here besides you, given that you seem so eager to criticise people.

A progressive can accept honest debate, including the fact that not all progressive organizations are infallible paragons of perfection, without whining like a baby that people aren't playing make-pretend that they are.

Bush Lies

I'm going to criticize anyone that tries to speak against the progressive causes. I'm less interested in honest debate than I am in helping people understand and accept the truth. If you say you're progressive, then I'll accept that you are. But it doesn't help our cause to hand negative stuff to our enemies on public forums like this. I'm not happy that we start a post with the title "One Healthy Baby" and then somehow people make it sound like AAR is failing. So let's stop bad mouthing the best radio network in America - that's all I'm saying.

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