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 20, 2005



First of all, on behalf of UMO, let me just say that " KIRO radio is the number one radio station in Seattle."


What happened to Mike? I used to listen to him regularly and have even called in to his show..but that was about 4 years ago. I turned to KGO radio to listen to a true liberal, Bernie Ward, about that time. Now, KPTK has put Randi Rhodes and Mike Malloy in the night time slot against Mike...that, I think is insurmountable for him to overcome. A person who wants to listen to true liberal talking points will tune in to KGO or KPTK.

PS..finally, someone gets it right about Erin! The conversation about dryer cords and having young children sing on her show has turned it into something inbetween Handy Household Hints and Romper Room..


PPS..Mike needs to listen to Thom Hartmann to learn what real progressive radio is like....

And Stephanie Miller plays better music!


Mike Malloy is good too, sort of in your face like Webb, which may hurt their attempts at a broader audience. Evidently, the righties are the only ones sucessful at humiliation of their callers which still works for a share of the market. It would be nice for a Maher-like person to do a radio show as he can rip someone a new one but still bring them back on as a guest. Fraken has that ability too, but spends too much time entertaining.


btw, KPOJ scored big when they brought on Thom Hartmann. Someone at ClearChannel knew that a local slot could go head to head with Lars down there albeit a different time slot. Portland (not Oregon) is more progressive in particular than Seattle is, (Yes, it truly is) and why it took years for a station to start up a local progressive is odd.


Webb is an excellent talk show host. He is the best KIRO has to offer. Mike Webb cannot be faulted for obeying the #1 rule of all talk shows: Never ever allow a caller to win an argument.


Mike never lets a person have an argument. cuts 'em right off after 3 words.


Geez, Michael, are you certain Mike Webb wasn't parodying the anti-Bushites when he called you a fuckin liar? Wasn't he just kidding?


KPTK 1090 has a limited signal to east King county and east of Tacoma due to a pattern change at night, and as a result will never compete with 710 KIRO.

Too bad they decided to tape delay Air America programs late afternoon and well into the night.

They'll undoubtedly lose Air America to some other station, perhaps KIRO.

My proposal for 710 KIRO:

5a-9a: morning news

9a-NOON: Al Franken

NOON-3p: Randi Rhodes

3p-7p: Dave Ross

7p-10p: Mike Malloy

10p-1a: Mike Webb

Dori Monson could then go to 770 KTTH NOON-3p, with Medved moving to KKOL 1300.


I hope the AA hosts land somewhere if AA is indeed in deep finacial trouble as they are looking for 'associates" for finacial support and some of the hosts are out on "vacation" Me thinks they are looking for other jobs


King1090 Might be on to something.., But instead move Monson to KTTH in Siegle's slot. Gives you a step up from Siegle, Monson gets to do morning drive and lead in for Rush, which has to fufil a few wet dreams of his, and They can move Siegle into afternoon drive where he will get slamed by All Things Considered and KVI, but no one will care, but at least it gives KTTH a local host in the afternoon drive.

Best thing that KTTH could do for itself, and it would give them a chance against KVI. Not a bad idea, eh?


As someone who was listening to Mike Malloy back in the 80's when he was on WSB-AM in Atlanta, I can confirm he was as much an a$$hole as Micheal Savage is today. He was doing "mean talk" long before Sean and Rush got started. Maybe they learned it from Malloy



Where are you getting the idea that Air America is in any financial jeopardy? We've been assured numerous times by Blathering Michael and others on this forum of the growth and success of AA. Better check your sources carefully....

Michael B.

Hey Blathering Mike, it looks like Brian Maloney scooped you with this post about Alan Prell getting fired and Rush possibly replacing him....Think of the implications.

From The Radio Equalizer Blog:
"Seattle's KIRO-AM has fired liberal 9am-noon host Alan Prell after lackluster ratings. Some say it's the start of major changes to come. KIRO's hard-left turn last year has been a disaster of Arbitronian proportions, I'm told Rush Limbaugh may move into the slot, in a last-ditch effort to save once-proud KIRO from extinction.



Hard left turn???? Only Brian Baloney can turn a phrase like that!
Anal Cyst Boy on KIRO? Who are Baloney's secret sources?

Political Pulpit

Infinity radio needs to take a lesson from KPOJ in Portland. Even the other two Oregon stations have local talent and are doing very well with it.

At first I was hesitant about losing Al Franken live, but after listening to Thom Hartman for the past week, I am really starting to enjoy it.

Stephanie Miller is great, but she really needs to be on in the evening time, and a local show NEEDS to be in its place. Randi Rhodes should be in the Noon - 4PM slot and Shultz should follow Randi.

KIRO should be really trying to yank AAR away from 1090AM.


Perhaps...but once you hear Thom Hartmann, how can you go back to Dave, who still can be an apologist for Bush from time to time.
As I have said before, those of you who live in King or Pierce County may feel the need for a local host, but those of us in the rest of the state don't live and breathe what happens in Seattle. It would probably be good for KIRO to have Dave back at 9, but a lot of us will continue to listen to Thom.



Air America ON KIRO...???


Prell and Ventrella have both signed off...

AM 1090 has Air America tape delayed afternoons and all night when nobody listens because of the signal...

AM 1090 might be in a holding pattern...with other progressive talkers...along with the soon to depart Air America shows...to get people used to a potential new format perhaps featuring:

Miller (6a-9a)
Hartmann (9a-NOON)
Schultz (NOON-3p)
The Young Turks (LIVE m-f 3p-6p)
Lionel (7p-10p)
Doug Basham (10p-1a)
Mike Newcombe (1a-3a)
Bill Press (3a-6a)

I have NO idea...and NO insider info...This is *ONLY* a theory...

KIRO certainly could move Monson to 770 for the morning show, as JDB suggested above, with Siegel moving to replace Savage.

This would make the KIRO 9a-NOON slot available for Franken, NOON-3p for Randi Rhodes, and 7p-10p for Mike Malloy.

Ross would continue afternoons with one extra hour (3p-7p), and Mike Webb and Lou Pete overnights (10p-5a).

The best of Air America's Morning Sedition could replace KIRO's weekend morning news, which might explain why Rich Johnson, Jim Valley, Jeanne Lockhardt, and Teresa Joy are no longer anchoring some recent weekend mornings (Eric Kirchner alone the last few weekends).

Of course, the major problem with the theory is Tom Clendening's Craigs List advertisement for a talk host, presumably local, M-F 15hrs/wk.


Ohhhh...from your mouth to the Radio God's ears!!
That would be fabulous and I would listen..I dont care what the dial says--I just care who is talking at the other end of it! That would be a coup of all coups!


KIRO is sending out this questionnaire to its regular listeners:

What radio station do you mostly listen to?

If you’re not listening to KIRO anymore, why not?

Do you listen to the Dori Monson show?

If not, why?

Would you like Dave Ross to return to the 9 to noon slot?

Has KIRO gone more to the left or the right in the past two years?



KIRO Questions:

Where did you get this? The 710 KIRO Gold Club perhaps?

I'll answer this and add some commentary:

What radio station do you mostly listen to?

Tie: KPTK 1090, 710 KIRO, 810 KGO, 92.5 KLSY

If you’re not listening to KIRO anymore, why not?

Well...less time on KIRO because of Air America 1090 (Clendening will get A LOT of responses like this, of course!)

Do you listen to the Dori Monson show?


If not, why not?

I don't listen all the time because like many others, I've moved leftwards due to the war and G. W. When I'm not listening to Dori, I'm listening to Ed Schultz on AM 1090. (Of course, KIRO is losing listeners to Big Ed. Why doesn't Clendening offer a left leaning host NOON-3 to go against Ed, like WRKO's Jay Diamond?)

But it is not just the fact that Ed is "on the left," he, of course, has entertainment value, humor, etc...

Would you like Dave Ross to return to the 9 to noon slot?

No, I'd like *Air America* on a better signal for us 'lefties' in the outlining areas. Save 9a-NOON for Franken, and leave Ross drive time. Randi Rhodes: NOON-3p, and Mike Malloy 7p-10p, Mike Webb 10p-1a.

Has KIRO gone more to the left or the right in the past two years?

To the left...i.e. Jeffers, Press, and Jaco (fill-ins for Ross), Ryder, Prell, Ventrella, more hours of Webb, etc.

Is *two years* meant to have some special significance here? Hmmm... May 2003 is actually when I made an effort to START LISTENING to liberal radio due to G.W.'s "mission accomplished" statement...

And... guess what... Mike Webb/KIRO... was my FIRST LOCAL LIBERAL host...

I guess *2 years* ago was ALSO the beginning of the Howard Dean "movement"...
I remember Dean signs all over 'liberal' Capitol Hill summer '03...

Air America to 710 KIRO ASAP!!!

David Gowing

I found this blog insightful re: Mike Webb. I assume it's true. My wife and I are not crazy about his show. He just sounded tired, overall. But your following comment leads me to doubt your overall taste and judgement:

"Webb typifies the state of desperate state of local progressive talk in Seattle. We've got Dave Ross. Period.The rest--Webb, Allan Prell, Tony Ventrella, and Erin Hart are missing one or more of the necessary ingredients for talk radio success: talent, skills, the inclination, the energy, or the je ne sais quoi to be anything but local niche-midgets who are either taking up valuable band space or are comfortably stuck in ratings ghettos like late night and weekends."

This paragraph is crap. Well, absolute crap in regard to Erin Hart, who has overspilling heaping shovel-fulls of all the talents you mention. There's a certain point where critics (you, Mr/Ms Blogger) get a little too comfortable that they (you) know best, and alas you've crossed it, revealing the truth that is the tird you call gray matter. I'm here to remind you of your shortcomings. What's amazing is that it's not elitism of which you wreak. I mean, if you don't *get* Ms. Hart... well, you can't teach a dumb dog smart tricks. Because it is Ms. Hart's very intellect, insight, and fiery passion that curl our toes like hot potatoes when we ought to be sleeping.

Foo-foo to you.


How come she hasn't gotten a full-time gig if she is so great?


Erin "George-Bush-is-my-President-er-wait, -you-say-you-dont-like-him-ok-I- dont-either" Hart has heapfuls of talent? And why was she pleading with listeners last night to "please write to management" and beg them to give her a better time slot?

We obviously have different standards when it comes to intellect and insight.

You must have missed the 3 hour show about the dryer cord.

blathering michael

David: My little tird (sic) brain is all worried about your marriage if it's Erin Hart that's "curling your toes like hot potatoes" when you ought to be sleeping...

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