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 21, 2005



I Usually agree with your rants but today I think you are mostly wrong.

You give Brian Baloney way to much credit for being on top of all things radio. I honestly feel I read your assessment of KIRO long before the B-man did his take that was very close to yours except he had to add the LIBERAL thing.

As for Dave Ross he is funny, he is liberal but he can’t sing. Sorry. (I can't either).

Rush Limbaugh

I agree - Brian Baloney - the one who can't get a radio job, is hardly an authority on radio.

I also note the absence of awards for the right wing hate radio stations. Too busy calling Senator Clinton names I guess to do any real award-worthy news!


As an employee of KIRO, I sure am confused by your "reporting."

You say the station is being "mum" about winning the best newscast award. Odd, since every hour I hear a promo for the fact KIRO was named by the RTNDA for best radio newscast in the nation. Plus, they put up a huge banner outside the Eastlake building listing the "best newscast" award.

Not exactly my idea of "mum."

And, just so you know, every reporter who was involved in the award winning oil spill entry is STILL working at KIRO and still covering news in afternoon drive.

You are correct that one person is gone. But, honestly, that person sat on their ever-widening ass all day and bitched about the station, doing ZERO work.

In fact, that person's news reporting was similar to yours: full of crap.


hmm me wonders if Rob got turned down when he asked Val for a date???

Brian Maloney

You guys can think what you want about me or my take on KIRO. Love or hate my site, I don't care (enjoying the explosive traffic growth very much).

And I do still work in radio, as a fill-in for national and regional talk shows here in New England.

In addition to my site, I've been contributing columns to WorldNetDaily, one of the nation's largest conservative sites. My Newsweek Koran story work was featured in MSNBC and Fox News coverage.

The personal attack on Val is just sad and really reflects poorly on KIRO. I've noticed a very unflattering tendency on the part of a few people (unfortunately still there) to kick people when they're down.

And I hate to say it, but it's clear that at least some of this nastiness is coming from current management, typing behind closed doors.

I'm amazed at how the egos remain, even as the ratings fall. I don't know how you do it.

Val's a great person and excellent broadcaster. She's one of a number of people who have been fired from the station in the last number of months.

Her only crime was getting in the way of Dori Monson's re-do of the radio station, which is costing the station dearly in ratings and soon, revenue as well.

Abandoning KIRO's news image, built over decades, in favor of talk shows that failed instantly, in addition to ruining Dave Ross's hard-earned following from 9-noon, ranks as one of the all-time talk radio blunders.

If Dave Ross had any backbone, he would march into that office, agent in tow, and demand to be moved back to his old timeslot. How it doesn't register in his mind that he's in the driver's seat, just astounds me.

Alan Prell was fired in Baltimore more than 6 years ago, since then, his only stint that I'm aware of was a brief, failed run in Denver that generated almost no ratings.

He was hired because of a friendship with the current PD, not because of talent or abilities.

If the afternoon news block needed retooling, there should have been some attempt to upgrade it. Val should have been given a chance to be a part of that.

News was always a key part of KIRO's appeal and it was flushed down the toilet for no reason.

And before you throw the "sour grapes" or "disgruntled" tags at me, keep in mind these changes were made by a new management team. The person who fired me was let go 10 days later. And, I have no ill feelings toward the company, still being in regular contact with a number of people inside it (mostly outside Seattle operations).

My point about Dori's show is that it doesn't make sense to have a liberal show followed by one conservative, then a series of other leftists.

It's like taking a three-hour Country break on a hip-hop station. I don't think he fits with the direction the station took.

I don't think this programming lineup or management team will last very long, maybe just a few more months, because I think Bala Cynwyd will run out of patience with the poor-performance excuses very soon.

It's clear Ventrella will exit soon, after a dismal performance, and the next PD can sort out what to do with the rest of the lot.

Hood's right about one thing, I call 'em like I see 'em.


last think i knew, baloney was on kiro shitting his pants everytime they found a firecracker in iraq and the media tried calling it WMD. jezzuz fucking christ, what an idiot! find any yet baloney? no wonder he was fired, he sucks. prell sucks just as bad though, just to be fair and balanced.

Rush Limbaugh

I love it. A guy who hasn't got a radio job and who got fired from KIRO is giving no less than Dave Ross career advice. That's like a little league right fielder trying to give Ichiro advice. Brian Baloney says he has a radio gig but won't share the call letters of the stations ... UM?

And as for writing for WorldNetDaily...excuse me while I spit up since I am laughing so hard. They make Fox look like a legit news channel.

So sad.

Don Bosch (evaneco.com)

[Confidential to Blather: Thanks for the kind stuff about Heather. Don't tell anyone that the secret to her success is she's a closet conservative at heart...

Heather's Very Proud Blogger Brother Don]


I find Maloney's response above on the KIRO dilemma interesting. I never liked him on the radio and used to refer to him as Brian Baloney and have to say I really sort of hated his show.

So, it is odd, I suppose, that I should agree with him now. I always thought Val Stouffer was absoutely great at what she did. I think she's a lot more interesting than Jane in the morning. She had verve and personality.

I was learning to like Prell and he was changing in the end to less nonsense in his presentation. I wish he were still on air.

It seems to me that Maloney's comments about trying to mix up the political line up is right on. Keep your listeners tuned in by keeping similar political philosophies on the air. I tune out Monson which means I go looking for alternative radio and I often stay there (whether it be NPR or Air Amer). Some days I stay there. If they would offer a day long alternative to all the right-wing stuff that is out there, I'd stick. I don't really enjoy cruising the dial. Do the left thing but find liberal hosts who cover the range of liberal thinking. Dave is really pretty centrist.

KIRO maintains its slim lead for three reasona: greater transmitting power; seahawks and sports; and its tendency toward liberal politics which represents Seattle thinking.

So, give us a line up of Ross, Jeffers, Jaco, Hart, Hartmann, and whomever else fits the bill. Continue to mix in the drive-time news hours.

New respect for Brian Maloney but please don't ask me to listen to him on the radio!

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