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 29, 2005



Yep, KPTK has made even worse programming decisions on the weekends by bringing in Clark Howard? and moving around or dumping other programs like Ring of Fire and Laura Flanders. KPOJ was smart to hire Hartmann as he is the only commercial host in town to the left of Lars Larson,but Portland in some ways is more known as a progressive city than Seattle so it may have been an easy move. They increased their power a while back too,
Hartmann is on 6-9 locally in Portland. Actually, KPOJ was one of the original 3 AA affliates to sign on, Seattle didn't come on board til later

Michael B.

Thanks for the report Mike, this is why I visit Blatherwatch.


Blathering Mike: is this another one of your triumphs?


Boomtown goes bust: Non-profit Cafe Serving Poor Is No More


As a conservative I am dead set against huge conglomerates, usually out of state, running a local radio outlet or outlets. They run cookie cutter operations without considering the individuality of each market. One management team per town trying to run several stations will NOT work. The proof is in the ratings.
Also, we have far too many radio stations on the air here. There isn't enough advertising dollars to keep them all safely afloat. So, what happens? Coporate management goes on the cheap, cheap, cheap. Local talent costs money. "Riding" the net is CHEAP.
Automation is cheap....one set of "jocks" or "newspeople" on all of that companies stations is very cost effective, but makes for LOUSY radio...They might just as well simulcast.


KIRO-AM is still undefeated as the highest rated talk station in the city of Seattle.

blathering michael

Umo: you're nothing if not consistent. Have confidence in KIRO--if given half a chance and enough time, KIRO will dive deep enough to come up under whoever's in 2nd place.


Isn't the 18-34 year old demographic acknowledged universally as the one most coveted by advertisers?


No...Adults 25-54 where Blatherwatch was right about KPTK-AAR's performance. In the "money demo" KPTK is not gaining and is in fact losing market share in all dayparts. No wonder there are still so many PSA's-promo's and other non-revenue producing elements airing in commercial breaks both local and network. That $480.000 though has helped with that at the network level. To pay it back they'll just ask ole George Soros for another cash infusion to make up for the lack of advertising.


To add to what Chris said above..Thom Hartmann does the local KPOJ show from 6 am-9 am and then flips the switch and does his national program from the KPOJ studios from 9-12...essentially doing a 6 hour show. There is a large and loyal following in his chat room that listens to both shows which can be streamed online.
Personally, I dont care if there is a local person on KPTK, but I DO care that they take off programs like Ring of Fire for Clark Howard, and continue to play NASCAR races..
I will keep streaming KPOJ or the main website of Air America if KPTK can't get its act together, as will many listeners I know. I think THAT is the biggest mistake progam directors make..it is no longer just about competition from other radio stations..in some cases we can override the entire business and just go directly to the Internet.


I think Air America's main problem is their content. Apparently not many people enjoy listening to it. Their ratings are very low, and not increasing. In most markets, it seems that once listeners give it a try, they don't come back.

It's pretty hard to maintain a business when you start off in 23rd place in local markets, then go down from there.

blathering michael

ExDem: do you read anything I write around here? It hurts my feelings that you don't and then comment so ignorantly. Please go to the Categories and click on AAR and find out what's really happening. You know I'd never lie to you...I can't get away with making this stuff up, like you-all can. You're letting me down, dude.

blathering michael

Hey Umo: do you have any dayparts to share? I didn't think so.
BTW: Soros has no money in AAR--not that there would be anything wrong if he did. It's RealNetWorks Rob Glaser and others.

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