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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August 03, 2005


Michael B.

Great report Blathering Michael. It will be interesting to see how things unfold.

By the way you don't need two K's in your call sign for lefties to invoke the KKK. The moonbats at a rally I attended last year had signs lambasting KKKVI and they only have one K in their call sign.

blathering michael

that wasn't a slur. It used to be KOL, but the FCC made almost all stations have four call letters- hence,KKOL. One exception is KVI, who successfully pled to the FCC that the call letters of the old station were historic...


what have you got against Frank Shiers?

blathering michael

he's bland, smug, and conservative- a bad, boring combination. He has a good broadcast voice, but unfortunately, speaks in cliches. otherwise he's just fine- conservative talk's version of US Today.


I don't think Limbaugh on KIRO would work out because if you're a liberal who tolerates Dori Monson and listens for Dave Ross it will be realy inconvenient to have to dodge the station when Limbaugh is on. KOMO used to put "Doctor Laura" on before and after liberal hosts and that didn't work for long. I think they need to hire smarter hosts that can give insight that isn't obvious and average. They should be able to find better.


How long does Limbaugh's contract with KTTH last, does it have an escape clause for bad ratings, and what are the chances of Limbaugh in a drug induced haze staggering back to KVI?

And why won't local conservatives listen to Medved? Sure, having read local conservative blogs, I realise that the movement which use to be proud of its intellectuals (William Buckly, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you), now prefers liars like Hannity, but Medved has the one right wing talk show that you don't have to be embarrased to listen to.

Michael B.

JDB: I would add Dennis Prager to your list of non-embarassing conservative talk shows. Don't you think?

I too am surprised by Medved's lackluster showing. But remember even in the best of times talk show hosts rarely puncture the 3.0 rating mark.

Ratings wise, Liberal Seattle is dominated by Country Music! I thnk the Country station gets an incredible 7.0 rating.


It appears that there are no lefty talk show hosts that pull any weight cept Dave Ross. As bm calls Frank Shier bland, I guess he hasn't listened to Ross. Talk about bland and monotone. Medved is a talented host, but he won't shut up long enough for call ins to talk. All the name calling against Limbaugh and Hannity only show the pettiness of the lefties. I believe Limbaugh has just started his 18th year and has been king of the hill for most of them. Calling him drug crazed or operating in a fog is just imature and petty. If a loonie successfully completed a drug rehab program, they would be the toast of the town in the land of the Left. Alas, the left talk shows are such failures, name calling is the only thing left for them to do.


Its Limbaugh's hipocrisy on drugs that makes him looney and petty. You also failed to mention that name calling and other errata he claims as 'factoids' are the basis of his show. And Limbaugh is not mature enough to face the drug courts on this one as well and take his lumps when it comes to sentencing. That seems to be the whole strategic plan of Rush and Co. is to dish it out, but...


Did Limbaugh talk a lot about drug addicts on his show over the years? I realize he's conservative, but I'm not aware that he really covered drugs as a big issue.

Seems like he's been caught in a drug addiction and now he's fighting a legal battle about that in the courts. Let the system do it's work and let's see how things turn out. If he's such a hypocrite on this issue, what things has he said about drug penalties in the past that conflict with what's happening now? I think the hypocrisy charge here is a red herring - I think he's been pretty silent on the drug issue and now he's in the middle of a legal proceeding.




Chris says,
"Its Limbaugh's hipocrisy on drugs that makes him looney and petty. You also failed to mention that name calling and other errata he claims as 'factoids' are the basis of his show. And Limbaugh is not mature enough to face the drug courts on this one as well and take his lumps when it comes to sentencing."

Well Chris, it appears you are a little out of date. And, I doubt if you've listened to him very much, but have gotten your talking points from others. True story, he did become addicted to pain killers. Is that worse than cocaine or pot? To be decided. Did he resist being blackmailed by his maid and her husband? Did he fess up and tell his audience several times how it came about and how hard it was to shake it. Did he go into rehab and apparently successfully kick it? Is he being prosecuted by a partisan DA about Doctor/Client privelege? Not mature to face the courts? Just play the facts as they are and get a grip on it. If this was Clinton, would you be so spiteful? Of course not, this is nothing more than partisan politics and you are on one side and I'm on the other. I have a daughter going thru the same thing now and it's not a pretty sight, but I now have a grip on how easy it is to get there when medicine cannot treat a problem.


Lump..sorry about your daughter. I'm sure it gives you a unique insight.

Bottom line, Rush said, several times, that people who abuse drugs should go straight to jail. No pussyfooting around with excuses--straight to jail.
So far the prosecutors have found no evidence that he was being blackmailed by anyone, and even if she did threaten to reveal all, the fact that he was ( is?) consuming VAST quantities of an addictive drug is undeniable--he admitted it.
If Clinton was handing out advice on daily radio about being faithful to one's spouse, while shagging Monica, I would feel the same way about him. I dislike hypocrites on both sides of the aisle, and I especially dislike religious figures who tout a level of morality that they cannot follow themselves.
Regarding his trip to rehab--an admirable first step. But many doctors and other specialists who deal with addiction said at the time that 30 days would only begin the process of a long and painful recovery. He was only fooling himself if he thought that was all he had to do.
Rush used to lean much more toward the liberal viewpoint until he discovered how much money he could make blabbering his right wing nonsense on the airwaves. So, I take most of what he says with a grain of salt. Now, he has gotten caught breaking the law, and he should step up to the plate and accept the same punishments he said -on the air--that the "drug using scum" he talked about would get in the same circumstance.


Why do idiots continue to assume that only dittoheads listen to the Limbaugh show? Rush's most loyal and dedicated listeners are the legions who tune in faithfully to hate him every day. Limbaugh would dominate on KIRO-AM just like he does everywhere.


I didn't know Rush had a S&M following


David Fields is in town this week. Those of you who want to meet Mr. Tom Clendening, might stop in at the Unemployment office on Monday.

Dave Pridemore, is going to be demoted this week to his sales (Support the biggest tittys) Director role.


I understand that management bears the responsibility for the decisions they make..but its the on-air talent that makes me decide to change the station or stick around and listen...so, what happens to the poopy pants on the air???


Sparky says,
"Rush used to lean much more toward the liberal viewpoint until he discovered how much money he could make blabbering his right wing nonsense on the airwaves." I don't agree with that at all. Perhaps he became more conservative with time, but he never spouted liberal bunk. I spent quite a bit of time in Sacramento and listened to him a lot including his first week on the air there with KFBK when I thought he was a nutcase. I saw him at the MGM Grand in Reno when he did his Rush to Excellence Tours and he hasn't changed that much. Perhaps it not blabbering nonsense when you are the #1 radio host in the nation for as many years as he has been and nobody else is even close. Perhaps he might just be one of the most influential media types in the country. I define blabbering nonsense as Air America, but nobody is listening.
Also, thanks for the kind words at the beginning of your post.


that's Bullshit! Wait, I just stole Novak's line

Bryan Styble

To those who read this blog and may (or may not) have heard Bryan Styble's call-in hosting work since April 2005 on KIRO/Seattle:

You should know that the poster using the name "Bible Styble" is NOT Bryan Styble. I am Bryan Styble, and I have no idea who has been doing this, nor can I fathom why anyone would want to impersonate me, especially on a blog which, ahem, seems unimpressed with my talent as a radio personality.

While I do frequently state on the air that my name "rhymes with Bible" (since otherwise the preponderance of callers seem to hear my unusual surname as "Stydell", "Strybell", etc.), please be assured that an imposter has been posting herein with the pseudonym "Bible Styble".

If anyone is interested, one of the many things I detest about standard cyber-protocol is nearly everyone's seeming aversion to not owning up to their own ideas. I can count on two hands the number of posters whose musings I've read since 1994 other than myself who invariably not only use their full, true names, but as well always cite the city from which they post.

Whatever anyone thinks of my broadcast efforts here on KIRO (or previously, over the years, in Albuquerque, Detroit, Chicago and the Bay Area), I am proud that EVERY posting I've ever made to any blog or newsgroup--and this is the first time I've posted to "BlatherWatch" under any name--has identified my full name and my location, as I am doing below.


blathering michael

Thanks Bryan. It's the price we pay for allowing anonymous and pseudononymous commenters in here. I do it because, I think it encourages unfettered comment. We try to mirror talk radio which allows--thrives on--the same kind of anonymity.

Bryan makes a good point: nothing on the Net should be taken as the truth w/out further investigation...

Please don't take it personally, Bryan--we're liberal around here, and don't usually have more than grudging respect for most conservative talk jocks. I have your IP, now and will try to make sure no one impersonates you further. Feel welcome to get into the discussion, here any time--under your name, or anyone else's.


My choice of name has nothing to do with any lack of conviction in my ideas...it is all about safety.
I have no idea who lurks here without responding, and because I have strong viewpoints, I have no desire to lead someone to my doorstep to disagree in ways that might not just be verbal.

It's a girl thing...


Hi Bryan,

hope all is well at your Seattle home!

Rick Watts

Howard Bancroft

Hey Bryan are you still in Seattle and how are you doing? ABQ misses your hyper-radio active presence.

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