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 30, 2006



Well I for one would like to see some hosts do something they will rarely, if ever, do. Open up the lines for a discussion of talk radio.

Dori will do it now & then after first telling the listerners that he knows none of them are really interested in the topic. The discussion will last an hour then be discarded for another couple of years.

And yet, I think it would behoove all of them to do just that. Let the listeners rant about way too many commercials. Talk about other hosts, not just the one on air at the moment.

They might be able to save their market. Otherwise I fear it will not be very long before most of us get sick of all the "I just gotta get to a break" lines that seems to come up whenever a topic is interesting.


Ryder, shame on you. Don't you know it is all about profit? Actually, I think they would make more profit with fewer commercials and better radio.

I have the same problem with TV and watch a lot less because of it. But then, I'm no longer in their target audiences.


Great article, I love it.


You "worry" needlessly, methinks. A Democratic Congress is a right-wing talker's dream. They get to blame them for everything from the weather to the price of cheese. They are just pretending to be upset..they know this is money in the bank for them.
In fact, some of them have already started. Chris Wallace was OUTRAGED, i tell you, OUTRAGED that Jim Webb was MEAN to the President the other day.



Now, that's "listening to talk radio so I don't have to"....Well done, Jeff!

OUTRAGED, REALLY OUTRAGED, is that what you're just sayin' Sparks?! The art of spin is fascinating...outrageous, yet marvelous!


Geeez, how I long for the days when a 3 hour talk show consisted of one hour with a guy trying to mass-market his electric car invention, one hour with an entertaining celebrity passing through town or a media discussion roundtable, and the last hour open line.

I just want to be entertained a little, amused occasionally, and made to think most of the time. Is that to much to ask?

Political talk and sycophantic formats are really starting to make my head hurt.


When Dori was fun, he had a Friday program where he asked about 50 trivia questions and people could call in and answer them...you didnt win anything, just had the satisfaction of being one who could answer.


Jeff Bradley...paragraphs are our friends.

...my eyes!! my eyes!!


Applause to Jeff for braving the labyrinthine innards of typepad...paragraphs be damned!


Paragraphs are your friend, but I'm just an amateur blogger, and TypePad kept refusing to put them in place. Why it wouldn't double space between paragraphs after the first I have no idea. Technology, bah humbug.

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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....