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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September 08, 2005



KIRO: munson,ross,ventrella,webb.
KVI: hannity,carlson,suits,noory
KTTH: medved,savage,oreilly,ingraham

With that many excellent choices in Seattle radio...who needs KPTK?


Perhaps the station has finally determined that Air America is a financial loser and that a reshuffled lineup might be better for their finances or certainly couldn't be worse. There must not have been a market for AA in the greater Puget Sound for a radio station that only plays hosts calling people names for hours upon end. There does appear to be a trend that talk radio is on a decline and I'm sure that some of the conservative talkers will disappear in the future. No more Randi, no more Janeane and Big Al recycled on tape? Gosh that's a tough break for the lefties.


I won't miss Randi. She is as FOS as Rush. Rantings and lack of research on subject matter do nothing for me. Frankin is much better.


Not being a Progressive, I'm still glad they've added Hartmann. I can't listen to Prell and can only take Snow and Rush for 10 mins at a stretch. I've heard Hartmann and he's fair.

I'm sooo glad Rhodes is out of drive time. She's a true wacko in the same vein of Rush.

Give me Dori any day.

Political Pulpit

This has got to be the worst line-up yet. They appear to be giving up because they aren't able to turn things around on the cheap.

They made the point last year of doing away with the Cougar game pre-emptions, yet brought them back again.

I am through with AM1090 altogether. XM radio costs me a little over $10 per month, and I can get everything I want, when I want it.

Put a fork in them, they are done.


This is one time I disagree with you...
I am not interested in a local show on AAmerica. I suppose thats because I dont live in Seattle and so I dont care about what goes on there. I am thrilled that Thom Hartmann will be live-- I and many others who currently stream him will be listening.
I still wont listen to Ed but his time slot is when Im doing stuff around the house and I can listen to Randi at night instead of watch TV.
Dave is still a sometimes apologist for Bush and the rest of the KIRO line up is poor, so there is still no reason to tune in there. Dave is good, but he is no Thom Hartmann, and in my opinion spends way too much effort in trying to play devil's advocate.
Morning Sedition is a very east coast show, Janeane Garafalo was leaving Majority Report to do "West Wing" anyway, so I have to say--I'm very happy.

Daniel K

Why can't someone else CREATE a new radio station that can broadcast the programming you're speaking of? If radio is as big a bullhorn as you make it, then perhaps the local progressives should just establish their own signal.

blathering michael

They definitely should, but they probably won't. It's an entertainment business that takes capital, broadcasting expertise, and specific marketing know-how and most important if it's to survive--the ability to attract & keep listeners. There's an amount of whoring involved that a station built on leftist ideology probably wouldn't put up with. The right has adapted itself well to an existing medium that has a wider appeal than to just their own choir--which has made it an effective tool for politicizing and proselytizing. There are stations in places like Berkeley and New York with lefty-only programming, but they're limited in audience to those markets and in general. The right has Christian stations limited to their own choir, too but they're small potatoes. The really effective thing they've done,(we were sleeping at the time) is push their politics into a ratings-generating broadcast product that pencils. the subscriber, public stations don't have a great survival rate--they tend to be boring. It's gotta be a successful business first, and that means entertainment must be the first priority...It's the ugly part and the beauty part.


The Blatherer sez "-the ability to attract & keep listeners. There's an amount of whoring involved that a station built on leftist ideology probably wouldn't put up with."
It's been a while since I've had beer run out of my nose, but this statement made it happen. Leftist ideology wouldn't put up with whoring? Now, that's funny!

blathering michael

I don't believe you, Lump--you breath beer outa your nose every night...

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    • KIRO 710ESPN Seattle 710 KHz
      Games and sports-blabber
    • KIROFM 97.3
      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.
    • KUOW FM 94.9
      Seattle's foremost public radio news and talk.
    • KVI am 570 KHz
      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.
    • KTTH am 770 KHz
      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.
    • KPTK am 1090 KHz
      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.
    • KLFE AM 1590 kHz
      Syndicated right-wing 2nd stringers like Mark Levin, Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Dennis Miller and Hugh Hewitt inhabit this timid-voiced neighbor honker for your radio enjoyment (unless you're behind something large like Costco).
    • KOMOAM
      News, traffic, Ken Schram and John Carlson.
    • Washington State Radio Stations
      Comprehensive list of every danged AM & FM station on the dial.
    • KKOL am 1300 KHz
      Once a rabid right-wing talker, except for Lou Dobbs, it's all business....