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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January 11, 2006



Great article. I have constantly wondered why the Democrats don't get a few people who are comfortable on the air, able to respond on their feet, and can sell the parties position. It can't be that hard.

Listen to how well Dan MacDonald (Head of DOT), does on the shows. He has his facts, he doesn't allow himself to be lead down the garden path into a trap, and he is respectful to even the looniest wingnut that calls in.

The Democrats should have a roster of people, from Legislators to party members, who can be farmed out to debate any issue when it comes up. But they should be smart, good on their feet and not come across as loons. Is that too much to ask.

Then again, I wonder about how hard the producers try, after all, Goldy is enough of a media whore (and I say that with love), to go on the air anytime. I am also sure that there are plenty of writers at the Weekly and the Stranger who could pop by if they really wanted a different point of view.

Still, I think your idea is solid. Gregoire should be smart enough to handel an hour a month on Carlson and Wilbur (although Sytmans whiny voice might driver her insane early in the morning).


I don't think enough liberal minded people want to hear about politics on the radio.

Conservatives seem to believe they are fighting in a 'culture war' and that their way of life is threatened by evil. They like to listen to someone like Hannity or Limbaugh explain why liberals are going to burn in hell so they can believe they are winning whatever it is they are actualy losing.

We liberals on the other hand have little reason to care. Abortion is legal. We won. We don't need to talk about much we've won and how fun it is to have abortions. If it weren't for GW Bush there would be no Air America and when he's finaly overthrown it will go away.


Run the #'s again Hoody. The listeners of talk radio pay the bills for KVI/KIRO. They don't swing elections. Total AQH for the SeaTac area? Not even a drop in a drop in the bucket. It's a bidness yo! Yes, it can bum rush a I-912 or some other populist drivel onto the ballot, but it can't equal campaign doll-hairs well spent. Regardless of whatever vicarious delight you get from being an outer ring on an outer ring of influence, wishing won't make it so.
Riddle me this, McDermott-asaurus is a virtual non-entity on TV and radio, yet he banks an 80% mandate. Some influence. Sheesh.
Have you ever put a restaurant out of business with a bad review?
.....Then, there ya go.

Jim Prewitt


You're correct LIBERALS don't care. That's why they don't listen to Air America or any other kind of News/Talk radio or Tv news.

To liberals it's:

Where's my porno tape? What time does desparate housewives come on?

What was Britney Spears wearing last night? Who's gay?

That's all fine and dandy, but that's ALL Liberals care about. Well maybe how many more abortions can we have today.

Listen, if you want the truth about today's headlines i encourage you to visit the next drudge:



Hey Jim...you forgot to mention on your website that the earth is flat and the moon is made of green cheese. Get on it right away, please. Quality matters.


He is too busy going through his yellowed collection of "Dan Smoot Reports"

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