take your answer off the air...

  • HorsesAss.Org: the straight poop on WA politics & the press
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  • Talker's Magazine
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  • The Advocate
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  • 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
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  • Jesus' General
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  • Howie in Seattle
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  • 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
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  • 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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July 07, 2006





Stephanie Miller puts callers who disagree with her at the head of the call-in line, and lets them say what is on their mind.

I also applaud Ed doing the same, but if a caller is talking about something that Ed doesnt know about or understand, he doesnt comment, he just says "Thanks for coming to where America comes to talk." His attempt to show how "welcoming" he is ends up being without much substance. I question how much he really is paying attention, unless someone wants to talk fishing or football.
That's why I call it "Bubba Radio".

Bottom line, these people are the "stars" of their own shows and only a few of them are willing to sit back and let the caller do much talking..it is often more about them...but, it's their names in the title of the show, so I guess that is to be expected. Thom Hartmann is an exception..he likes the give and take in exchanging ideas and he also puts those who disagree with him at the top of the list of callers. I think that makes it feel safe for people to call in because they know their ideas will be heard. As much as I love Randi Rhodes, I would never call in to her show because I know I would get two sentences out and then she would take over and do the rest of the talking. On the other hand, I have no problem listening to Al and his guests with no callers, because the information is interesting and Im learning something.


I've been lured back to Dave recently and he lets people talk and respectfully listens to their points of view. Interesting that so many people on the right think he's a far left kind of guy. Those of us on the far left sure don't think so. But, he listens to everybody.

Calling into a radio talk show isn't that easy. I've done it a few times and you can end up sitting on the phone for thirty to forty minutes . . . and then the host can cut you off if he doesn't like what you say. It is especially annoying if they take you just before a break . . . sorry, gotta break! Count the number of callers these guys take each half hour - not that many.


I have stopped calling most of the local talk shows just for that very reason.

First the screener, and then the hosts who are too anxious to dump a call that doesn't match their politics.

The worst has to be the overly PC CBC (sort of like NPR) but funded by tax money. I can always predict the next call because their screeners set up the show to be completely balanced. I.E. a call from the west is followed by one from the east. A call agreeing with the host/guest is then followed by one which disagrees.

I would love an unbiased, uncensored show to find out what people really think.


Ahh, yes, those screeners. Let's see more talk show hosts grow some balls and follow Art Bell's lead -- no screener, you call, you're on the air.

How 'bout it, Rush, Monson, & Medved?

gusto and poor


All idiots.

P1 Sternfan

I think Alan Colmes' show(Sirius/XM 7 pm Pacific)is the most entertaining Talk show out there because he does not screen calls either.. you get mostly Redneck conservatives who have just watched that loud mouth "Hannity" & "Colmes" FOX TV show and they spew there vitriol about Liberals and Democrats and how they are ruining America!! It is very funny and Alan does a great job defending himself. Plus his range of topics are very diverse!! I think he is vastly underrated but not too respected by some people.

I would personally like to see more liberals call into "Sytman & Bose" .. They never tire of hearing themselves Yap.. I wonder what was in the air at their beloved "Hillsdale College"!! When ever a caller challenges them, and that doesn't happen often cause they just preach to the choir, you can hear David Bose' face turning red and Dan Sytman just talks over the caller in his annoying, whiny, scrawny voice. And we thought Mike Webb was bad? Its these two clowns that need to be challenged.. I have tried 5 times to get on the air but got tired of waiting because they just never shut up and take more calls from the audience... and you know what they love to say about liberals.. "They don't know how to Debate" It is the biggest Load of BS!!


Sytman was born with his permanent whine of a voice, I guess, but since his birth, he has turned into an arrogant, cocky, little punk.


joanie: "Calling into a radio talk show isn't that easy. I've done it a few times and you can end up sitting on the phone for thirty to forty minutes . . . and then the host can cut you off if he doesn't like what you say."

Exactly! Why go through all that time wasting when you can go to blogs like this one, express yourself in a much better fashion, be able to write your opinions completely, and be able to have give-and-take with other posters?

Talk radio is going down, and it's directly related to the blogs.

Josef in America

I called KVI last week! And called in on Goldy's show when Ron Sims was on!

Darn, I love talk radio!!


I call KVI a couple times a week and they ALWAYS put me right on. I only call Wilber once in a while, Suits quite a bit and Carlson the most. If they're talking about gays, Jesus or how great bush really is, I pretty much always call in.

Suits will let you talk for the longest but he's such a fucking idiot it's kind of annoying to talk to him.

Wilber will cut you off if you say anything he doesn't like and he interrupts way too much. Smarter than suits but still a dumb ass.

Carlson isn't all that consistent with how long he will let you talk. He seems to be pretty smart but his weakness is his Christianity. I attack him on religion whenever possible. I also like to call him a bigot whenever he's talking about anti gay topics.


You must ride the fine line between full on attack and getting hung up on.

Avoid calling right before they're going to break for news/traffic.

Try to call beore they give out the number. 421 5757

I wish more people would call in and attack these fucking shit heads.

I'm "John from Seattle". I call mostly from around 3:30 to 5 ish.


thanks, John!

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