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
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  • 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 18, 2006



KIRO is still the highest rated talk radio station in Seattle.


Erin Hart is the only bright spot in the night time sky at KIRO. Being surrounded by so much non-talent she might do well to polish up her resume along with the others and find a station that will give her a real time slot.
It's is certain Turi Ryder has her resume polished already. She recently rambled on for an hour about how she has "padded" her resume in years past with non-existent jobs as needed.
Lou Pate was wise to turn down New York Vinnie as a co-host though I doubt Vinnie's aimless, stammering, wanderings could make Lou's poison-tongue yammerings any harder to tolerate than they already are.
Ron and Don (rhymes-with-yawn) are mind numbingly boring only when they are not mind numbingly stupid.
I need a new AM station. KTPK is pure white noise at my workplace. Maybe my radio is prejudiced. I'll bet Mayor Ray "Cist" Nagin would know.


Perhaps not the place to mention this, but John Carlson hinted yesterday (Jan 17) that changes were coming to KVI. Don't know if that meant "subtle" or "big" changes. I agree with the annoyance of "traffic and weather on the 3's" Dave Ross is being under-utilized.


Is it really only 16 minutes/ hour for Dave Ross? It certainly seems like it. You forgot to mention the inane "news" + advertisments + promos. I used to listen to Dave all the time. I now listen mostly to Franken except when the KPTK signal is too weak. If they upped the strength of their signal I wouldn't listen to KIRO at all.


I was wondering if someone did the breakdown for ross' show. KIRO needs to to news/traffic/weather when it's news/traffic/weather time, not during the talk shows.

I guess I'm the only one who liked ron & don. Unlike the crappola they have been sticking on the radio for the last month, ron & don actually kept me from changing the channel.

I still don't know what's with all the dori hate. Is it his political viewpoint or his delivery? I hate his schlepping of everything under the sun, but just about every semi-popular host does that now. Again, compared to proccacino's bland delivery and NY vinnie's insultingly boring delivery, dori is much more listenable than either of those ratings losers.



Carlson had announced a while back that they are boosting their signal so that KVI will be available to the Pennisula and farther South and North (now, you loose them around Olympia and at the Hood Cannal Bridge...., I'm not sure how far North they go). I would guess that is what he is referring to.


Dori or Erin...you either hate them or love them. I happen to enjoy them both. However, if they are not on the air, my radio is off! The rest of the hosts, or rather, the "temp" hosts, are simply Zzzzzzzzz.

And Lou Pate? I'm convinced he was put on this earth as an advertisement for birth control and why it's necessary!


On point, that is what I liked about KIRO doing a news block in afternoon drive, then it didn't feel so choppy the way it does with Dave Ross Show. The same can be said for the current Carlson show. The big commercial breaks make it annoying to listen. At least when Dori was doing afternoons, the commercials were a welcome break.



You guess wrong. Yes, the signal is being boosted, but there's a bit more.
BTW? Prell comes to "Drinking Liberally" and has to PAY for his drinks? Man you people are cheap! (when it's your own money). Maybe an excise tax so Allan can have a good Scotch and soda?
But...he looks great in leather.
BTW, what's with all the white haired older gents? It looked like The Moody Blues on smoke break at the Emerald Queen Casino.


I love the smirk on the WSP trooper's face as he lights up ol' Dori! That made the video clip worth watching!
KIRO's days are numbered, as far as being the top talk station. Any PD who lets his best talent shine for only 16 minutes an hour is an ASSHOLE...ut at KIRO, he's a god.

Get out while you can!


Dori is an idiotic rightwing blowhard, that's why I don't like him. Give me Medved over him any day, and I can't stand the rightwingers! Erin is annoying too, but she's progressive, and she is smarter than Dori. I was totally worried when I saw her out of the program lineup. Besides Dave, she's the only one I can tolerate on KIRO. I'm actually starting to fall for that woman on Air America, whose name I can't recall.


Hi Lo, (couldn't resist:)

I agree, Randi Rhodes is great fun to listen but she does get old because it is constant ranting - truthful or not - and as someone else said, it becomes white noise after a while. She needs to mix it up a little.

The common ingredient I see among those of us who like Erin is that we wants some passion and fire and we'll take anybody that provides it.

At least, I will!


Randi Rhodes isn't realy a radio talk show host, she's a nagging, griping complainer who's been sat down infront of a microphone. If she's not bitching she's feign laughing about the bitching. I can't handle more than a few seconds of exposure.


I like Randi Rhodes' delivery, HOWEVER, doesn't she ever take any calls? Even if you agree with all or most of what a host says, you tire of their voice after awhile. Randi goes on and on and on and on. As my sweet daddy used to say to my mom..."Lord, woman, don't your jaws ever ache?!"


Again, Mr. Blather, your an idiot when it comes to talk radio. Please be advised that Ron and Don have made a hit over at Kiro and have generated some long overdue excitement in the evenings. I dont know where you get your out of date information, but as an employee I know for certain that those two may plug Web's old time slot. So stuff and get your information accurate.


Replacing a political talker - who was amongst other political talkers - with two morning radio style shock jocks generates excitement at the station? Assuming you're not a liar this explains everything THE KIRO MANAGEMENT HATES KIRO AND IS WORKING TO DESTROY THE STATION!


The key to Kiro's success - Taze Dori for charity. Each week hold a charity auction for the right to taze Dori. I am sure you would raise a lot of money and boost ratings as peopled tuned in to see if he crumbles.


Anybody have the link for the "I Hate Dori" website he spoke about today?


Is this the "I hate Dori" blog run by "old people" the thin-skinned aging frat boy was speaking of today? If so, I'll be checking in regularly!


After listening to Rachel Maddow and Laura Ingalls, local women broadcasters pale in comparison.


Laura Ingalls....Ugh! Nuff said.


Gary, did Dori actualy say there was an "I hate Dori" blog? If yes, that guy is vein to no end.


LOL I typed Laura Ingalls....mercy me it has been a long day and I dont know where that brain cell appeared from.

Let me try again, Critter...

I meant Laura Flanders, who is nothing like Laura Ingalls OR Laura Ingrahm.



Sparky, thanks for the clarification! I started googling Laura Ingalls and kept getting Laura Ingalls Wilder, of course!

Tell me, on which station do you hear her? Perhaps I can get it, perhaps not. I notice she is on Air America but their programming seems all over the map sometimes and also I don't really like repeats. Do you hear her at some point the same day she actually broadcasts?

Also, I looked up Maddox and it appears she's on at 4AM? Is that when you hear her as well?

I love Stephanie Miller! She cracks me up. What do you think of her? She sounds way different than she looks! At least, I think so.


Laura Flanders is on Saturday and Sunday afternoons..usually from 4-7..I hate how KPTK moves things around so much. Remember, if you have a decent connection speed on your puter, you can stream her directly from the AA site. I do that if she is interrupted by sports.

Rachel Maddow is on from 4 am to 6 am and I catch her from 5-6 while getting ready to go to work, and then I listen to Stephanie Miller on my hour commute. I think she is hilarious, love Jim Ward the voice man and his send ups of Hannity and O'Reilly. I rarely actually laugh out loud when listening to radio, but Stephanie makes me do that at least once each morning...and she has great bumper music.


Andrew says, "did Dori actualy say there was an "I hate Dori" blog? If yes, that guy is vein to no end."

Watch out or Joanie will teach you how to spell correctly. What you call the crap you and the others put out daily aginst Dori?
Tough love? You're loonieism at its best.

Stephen Schwartz

Drinking Liberal is a sitcom. A mixture of Cheers, Seinfeld and Woody Alan. Does everyone realize it is in rehearsal as Faux Nework reality show?

Prell paid for his drink? and the point is???? Seems like a nice giy but seems to me everyone paid their own way. Or is he a special attraction?

Why not invite Mike Webb? At least he wuld give a speach!

Has anyone considered this group asking for a Seattle Blogtime slot on KIRO? A number of folks there last nite would be adequate hosts.
Kinda like the Ton 'n Theiry food show but with blogs, beer and blather?


Lump, take some time off for yourself

merciful nate

"Lou Pate is obviously just dialing it in"

Uhhhh. Has Lou EVER entered Show-prep-land? Go ahead, count the number of times Lou says the following: "Its as simple as that", "truly amazing", and "4 hours of cardio". Makes a great drinking game.

Yes, tis sad. The NFL season ender is approaching KIRO like an falling guillotine. With the Hawks past performance, I bet they get extra sweaty about each playoff game. It will be interesting to go through the blood spilt afterwards. You will have your work cut out for you.

And speaking of sweaty: the Dori Monson tazer - how great is that? Seriously, THAT and THAT ALONE = ratings. The mix of both pleasure & schadenfreude (theres that word again!) I feel is indeed confusing. Both politically excited & slightly aroused. Hmmmm... perhaps another therapist visit is in order.

Now all they need to do is zap Dori every time we have to hear about the Gutter helmet. (Wait a minute, does this mean I want LESS or MORE Gutter helmet spots?)


That's ok, sparky. I goofed, too! When you said Laura Inghalls, I was thinking Laura Ingraham! OMG! Don't even get me started on that woman! I don't think I've ever heard Laura Flanders; I'll check her out on AA. Thanks.


Air America should send a gift basket to the program director at KIRO. He has done more to boost their listeners than any single individual EVER!!!


Isn't that the truth, JoAnne? I never heard of Air America until this shakeup started at KIRO. I wonder how long it will be before KIRO bites the dust like The Buzz did?


Between the death of The Buzz and KIRO's meltdown, I am listening to a lot more Air America than I used to. I just can't keep the signal coming in as I move around town, especially in the North End.

Mark me as one of the few who actually liked Ron & Don in their toned-down AM talker guise... and I HATED their Buzz gig. If they replaced NY Vinnie in the 6p-9p slot I'd listen. I still miss the Men's Room 700p newscast at the top of their show -- I always listened while driving home.

NY Vinnie may be too nice a guy, but he pretty obviously never heard of show prep either. He literally considers topics and arrives at a viewpoint on the air, in real time. He must think he's a natural, Larry King-like instinctive broadcaster or something who can pass his interior monologue off as radio theater. He can't.

I agree that Dave Ross is suffocating for lack of air 3p-6p. KIRO is trying to do two shows at once in that slot -- a straight talk show plus afternoon drive. Two objects cannot occupy the same space. It's a mess. He should go back to 9a-12p.

Proccacino is growing on me slowly, but then so did Prell.

Hate Erin Hart: reflexive, coarse and obvious.

Pedro (Erin's Dog)

If you want to know the topic of Erin's program, just read the morning paper that comes out the day of each show. She apes a lot of material from the editorial page of the Sunday Edition of the Seattle Times. And she wonders why she doesn't have a fulltime slot even after Prell and Webb were canned.


Allen Prell (or someone) said that he was given the axe because he did poorly with a focus group. I wonder if they realy do have focus groups evaluating host's performances. Big corperations figure out the public opinion on their products that way.

Maybe we're wrong in assuming they make programing decisions with the same gut reactions we have.






If they get rid of Erin and Mike, what's the point of KIRO? Just Dave Ross, really. The rest are OK, but forget it without Erin and Mike.


Erin will get the 9-1pm slot (Mike Webb's). Wait and see.


Here's something I recently posted at the seattle pi forumsWEEKDAY SHOWS: DAVE ROSS,

9:00am to Noon - Seattle, but kiro is even heard all the way up in Canada!

Dave has interviewed many Washington State activists such as Freedom Fighter Joanna Mckee, of GREEN CROSS "the Brownie Mary of Washington State",

Ralph Seely, - Attny. cancer patient, HERO! He made the case for pot

I have a few of these interviews on tape. and politicians such as Washington State Senator Jeanne Kohl. (D)36th district

Here is a quote from DAVE ROSS on his Dec. 31st 1997 show: "THE WAR ON DRUGS, I think it's been a failure and I agree with you that we [that we should legalize and regulate drugs] .... and we've done this with alcohol,... we restricted it's use to people above a certain age and to spend this time and money and all these lives, in breaking down the doors of people who are growing a little pot is a WASTE!"
- a very wise man!
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SOCRATES, 470-399 BC


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