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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November 02, 2005



I tell ya Michael, first its the idea of Erin Hart naked, now its someone's "glans"...I just CANNOT read this blog while eating breakfast...urghl..

P-1 Stern Fan

it is so ironic that the "Ex-Gay" ministry movement was started right here in Seattle... "Exodus International" The 2 Founders of the movement Gary Cooper (not the actor) and Michael Busee left the ministry after falling in love with each other.. (Go figure) When your Gay your Gay.. These ministries only promote homophobia and self hatred.. What ever happened to "Live & Let Live"?

P-1 Stern Fan

oh.. and Michael you are so right about Talk radio in Seattle.. It is becoming very boring and "Predictable".. and of course as a huge Howard Stern Fan and Alan Colmes fan.. I am listening to more and more satellite radio and probably will consistantly since "X-M and Sirius" have come out with small Hand held recievers..

blathering michael

naked menopausal women, Republican glans, lice, snot, drunkenness, bad breath, torture, urine, “turds,” armpits, arm hair, neck hair, pubic hair, pus, boils, and blood (regular and menstrual)."
What's not to love about a blather morning, Spark? You probably should skip breakfast...


God will get you Michael, yes She will.....


blathering michael sez "naked menopausal women, Republican glans, lice, snot, drunkenness, bad breath, torture, urine, “turds,” armpits, arm hair, neck hair, pubic hair, pus, boils, and blood (regular and menstrual)."

Don't forget the Tabasco.


Yes, KIRO has becoming predictable. Boring. Yawn. I agree that Procaccino is not doing badly. He is a big improvement over Shiers. I don't understand why the interview with Medved was chosen. It is becoming more painful to listen to Dave try to pull off a good interview juxtaposed in between the traffic reports and news in the afternoon. His show is terribly fragmented and it just doesn't flow as it did in a.m. I did see Dave's face in two back-to-back ads on CNN yesterday when I was watching on the gym TV. At least Dave was portrayed as the voice and personality of KIRO and not Dori. Bleech... Interesting to see the television marketing strategy for radio. As nice and pleasant a guy as Vinnie is, evenings have become painful. Vinnie brightens when the talk turns to sports. Otherwise, the talk and interviews are just lacking and somewhat embarrassing. No substance there. By the way, why would it take KIRO two years to decide to get rid of Vinnie when they managed to terminate Allan likety-split?


I'm convinced Allen must have been difficult to get along with as agreeable as he might seem. They canned him before ratings came out suggesting they didn't care about ratings and he quit another station because the PD wanted to punch him or something.

I like the new guy OK. He's definately not what any listerner dreams of hearing when they grow up. He's like the friendly milk man whereas Shiers comes off like a proctologist trying to make small talk.


Vinnie's a friendly guy who needs more self esteem. Learn to say no like Lou Pate did.


Speaking of satellite radio, I love my new XM subscription and the little portable receiver. It's a sweet little radio and the satellite offerings are a real treat. More and more of my radio listening time is going toward satellite and less and less toward a.m. KIRO, are you listening?

I agree that Allan must have exhibited some fatal personality quirk that lead to his demise. I still enjoyed him immensely on air.

Shiers as a proctologist trying to make small talk? OMG, that's hilarious.


I agree with the comments about local talk radio. KIRO is off my radar with exception of D. Ross. I can listen through some of Dori, but none of the rest get any of my ear time. Losing Allen Prell was just another bad call by KIRO mgmt. I did tune in Sunday for Allen's brief appearance on 1150am. Regardless of the content that evening, he is entertaining, something KIRO should have considered before letting him go. Let's hope Allen can land on a local station to add some color back to local talk radio.

Good job Blatherwatch in keep us update on the local dirt...


So, in summary: Mikey hates conservatives on the radio. Dave Ross will (or will not) return to his old slot. Suits is 100% Pentagon radio. Webb should go "ex-gay" for the ratings boon. Republicans cheered the passing of Parks. Vinnie is fat.
Insightful as always.

blathering michael

Scriller: no wonder you're a Republican:--you've got a reading disability. No wonder you have such a problem with reality...There's help for that.


So anyway, WTF is up with all these Republicans writing lurid freaky sex into their novels?

Bears? 10-year old girls? HUH?


Because they like to kill animals for sport.


Interesting reading the number of people truly tired of local radio. I've recently rediscovered the sound of silence. It is not that bad, folks.


Michael, I myself would not look at John Procaccino as a level-headed liberal. Just tried listening to his a.m. show this morning and what was the subject?......he was all "feelin' sorry for Bush" and believes he's been 'bushwhacked' by his cabinet and its time for the prez to stand up, tell 'em a thing or two, and then replace some of them. Procaccino basically said they have "done him wrong" and the poor prez needs to "take control" of the situation. LOL. Problem is.....Bush's whole presidency AND elections have been based on him as a puppet personality needing "stronger" ones around him telling him what to do, when to do it. (ie., cronies). And Procaccino was all "feeling bad for the president" ???????

blathering michael

Joanie: peace & quiet- feh!

Deborah: We can disagree on the particulars, but JP isn't a conservative. And remember, the job o'work for a tr host is to get people to call him up. He got you going and I'll bet there were people who were as mad or madder than you who rang him up and gave him hell. It's entertainment biz, first and foremost; policy righteousness is barely in the picture. Liberal or conservative? they're just formats to frame an audience. Conservaqtives realized this and learned to preach their evil gospel and make it entertaining. brilliant.


I guess if you do on the internet what they do on the radio people will call you a troll.


Well...you're probably right, Michael. It IS all just entertainment. But JP was certainly putting on a good act this a.m. Sure had me fooled but then again I only listened to one segment. Perhaps his alter ego resurfaced the next hour? There may be a bit of comfort in the thought that it might simply be a case of 'chameleonitis". Only wish we'd see more of BOTH sides. Deborah


I don't think people who listen to talk radio programs truly want BOTH sides. People like to hear support for the ideas they believe in. That's why KIRO's talk lineup has always performed so poorly compared to KVI or KTTH. KIRO would have some liberal, then some conservative, then back to a liberal, etc.

People that are liberal don't want to listen to Dori Monson. People that are conservative don't want to listen to Dave Ross. So, instead of switching channels, people tune into the station that offers a consistent slate of the type of ideas they want to hear. People that are disgruntled, ultra-left, paranoid, conspiracy nuts tune into Air America - that's why AM 1090 can consistently draw the 17 listeners it gets every single day.


But ExDem.......don't you think that talk radio would DRAW a LARGER audience if listeners could flip the on switch and know they could find a station that presents both sides and is more centrist? Networks such as KVI, Air America do appeal to those who are dead set , unwavering in their thinking and only want to hear an echo of themselves. Most people center somewhere around the middle depending upon the issue and the personality. I would consider myself to fall in that category although admittedly I do lean slightly left. And I do listen to both sides on the radio. It provides for a better defense! (thinking back to high school debate team). I would rather have a station or a host that presented all angles. I think the majority would also.



In terms of ratings success, I'm guessing that there aren't enough people like you that want both sides. The formats that seem to have the most success are ones that stick to one side of the spectrum.

I also listen to both sides. But, I think the audience for talk radio tend to be people who approach their political ideology like it's a religion. They invest personally in their view points, whether their views are rational or not, and it's hard to convince them that an alternate view might be valid. The loyal listeners lead to ratings success, and the loyal listeners are probably the ones that are engaged/energized the most. The centrists probably tend to have other things they are passionate about and probably aren't devoted to listening to certain programs. As a result, the programs play to their audience in order to get advertising dollars. It gets old to listen to just one side for me, but for more rabid partisans, they can't seem to get enough confirmation of their world-view.

So, at least there are stations with competing formats - we get to choose and switch stations to find something intriguing any moment of the day (at least in the Seattle market or if you have XM radio or streaming internet).

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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....