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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July 21, 2005



" Could Frank Shier please shut up?"

Really? He's the best weekend host on local radio. Oh yeah, he's not a loony so he doesn't count.


KIRO-AM is still by far the highest rated news/talk radio station in the city of Seattle.


They "fixed " something that wasnt really broken....So why not put all the players back where they were, send Dori to host Fear Factor to feed his need for shocking feats, and things should be ok again...although they lost a lot of people to KPTK and Im not sure they would go back to KIRO...If any local person should go to 1090 I would like to see Dave Ross be the 6-9 host and be the Seattle equivalent to Thom Hartmann in Portland.


I think having Dori Monson follow Dave Ross worked because Dave Ross is obviously smart and nuancefull, so you assume Dori must be that way by association and his self-worship must be an ironic contrast to his hidden sophistication underneath, but when he follows Allen Prell, who is self deprecating featuring dumb humor, I don't have that sophisticated after-taste and it makes his grand proclamations sound ridiculous. "This is brutal combat". Compared to what I heard five minutes ago? "The Seattle times won't touch it so I will right here", In a circus? Prell followed by Monson makes the overall IQ of the station drop and I feel stupid when I listen to it during the day so when Dave Ross finaly comes on my brain is all mushy and not prepared for the serious contemplation his show demands. They just need to hire some smarter hosts like KUOW has. Good products sell.


"If any local person should go to 1090 I would like to see Dave Ross be the 6-9 host"

Now that would be the kiss of death to a career. Ross has gone from a high in the 9-12 hours to a drop in the 3-6 hours and could kiss his career goodbye and go to a station nobody listens to except the far left. I wonder why Ross is so revered? While obviously a smart man and appears to be decent, he has no humor or personality on the air. Perhaps he is different in person.

Michael B.

Blathering Mike: I am surprised you didn't comment on Ken Schram covering for John Carlson on KVI last night. Sparks were flying as Ken seemed to take perverse pleasure in provoking the KVI audience. He opened the show by informing listeners that John Carlson was absent because "John Carlson & Kirby Wilbur are currently en-route to Canada on a Pink Harley to tie the knot... with each other". He railed on I-912, sparred with listeners over gay marriage and repeatedly chastised Kirby & John for crossing the line on the 912 campaign. It was a wild and rocking show.

blathering michael

Michael: I heard it and enjoyed it too...the big KIRO story got in the way, but I'll be blogging Schram later...


Is a Schram something you report to the Better Business Bureau?


is there any audio of the schram bit? I'd love to hear that!


It just occured to me having Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on AirAmerica substituting for Frankenstein and Schultzie (Love That Bob) would be equally entertaining. I wonder how many "attaboys" Ken got from the Fisher management for his efforts?
One Fisher "talent" ripping on other talent from the same company sounds like very foolish management to me. Dissing competitors on other stations can be fun, but not a good thing within the same company.
Some of the nastiest emails I have ever gotten have been from Ken Schram, himself. I wonder if Schram is yiddish slang for Schmuck? I can only think of him as a has been blowhard. But, alas, I know I am speaking to the wrong choir here!

Michael B.

You know Duane: I think Rush and Sean should sub on Air America once in a while. I consider myself conservative and thus I think it healthy to have one's worldview challenged occasionally. Echo chambers aren't healthy places.

BTW: I bet John asked Ken to sub for him.


duane seems pretty angry.


Being able to recognize and understand humor is a sign of intelligence...if one finds Dave's too subtle, well....but Duane, anti semitism is never funny.

Oh wait, I forgot. Its ok when the Right does that...my bad...


Ditto, Sparky....Gevalt! Schmuck IS Yiddish slang, Duane...if you must make anti-semitic comments, use the proper slurs.


Think Johnny sold the "salmon" Harley awhile back.

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      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.
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      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.
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      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.
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      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.
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