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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December 29, 2006


The Anti KIRO

The Ron and Don show can "redefine talk radio is Seattle" ????

Give me a break. Do you listen to that show? These guys are the friends you don't want to have...they chew your ear off about nonsense....they dangerously act as if they know and understand the serious topics of the day...and sadly they exploit charities for the simple purpose of boosting their ratings.



Well, since I'm following in the deserving footsteps of Sparky, I feel honored, Michael.

Now, excuse me while I go look up the meaning of "bodacious."

BTW, Sparky, any way to turn this into a revenue stream?


One more thing (as always . . . ), you do not have permission, Michael, to go on vacation ever again.



Congrats, Joanie.

Just bad radio

the worst radio show on the Am band 710 Am Kiro The one the only!! Mc Styblehead the lowest rated show in Kiro History
The Styblehead its not funny! Its Was Just plan wrong !
Stay away from the Mc Styblehead cool/Aid


It's funny, because as with everyone else reading JBR's work, I too react with a big "WHA?"

But a small part of me kept saying "Sweet Cthulu, where have I heard this non-Iambic pentameter before?"

Figured it out:

Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap Labels!

"Our Brothers Teach of the Moral ABC mason Hillel taught carpenter Jesus to unite all mankind free!"

"We win Free Speech OK! With 10 men & full-truth, our only God, we rally-raise-unite All-One! All-One!"

"So, help teach the whole Human race, the Moral ABC's All-One-God-Faith, lightning-like, for we're All-One or none! All-One!!"


Amen Dr. Bronner


I am more than happy to hand over the crown, joanie. It was beginning to weigh heavily on my golden locks.

I'm keeping the mink coat and the car, however.

Martin Shores

I have to agree about the Tators and Ron & Don. Something new has to happen in talk radio or they are just going to go away. Rachel Maddow is another example of a new format that really works. She proves you don't have to have callers, if your format is compelling enough.I have listened to talk radio since it started in the 90s, and I'm getting bored with it. I am a pretty conservative guy, but I'm tired of all the conservatism for conservatism's sake and harsh opposition to anything that doesn't come up to snuff ideologically. The conservative straight jacket of talk radio has come up looking pretty stupid sometmes with the implosion of the Bush Administration and new ideas need to be discussed. I am not and never will be a liberal, but I am finding myself listening more and more to Dave Ross, Thom Hartmann and Rachel Maddow than Rush, Sean and Dori.


Welcome to the light, Martin.


Thanks for my award, Michael. Hey- here's a thought. How about offering Karel, from KGO weekends, the old Mike Webb Show slot. I was impresed during the recent James Brown coverage that while Taliaferro was indulging in a hagiography rather than a biography of the man, simply because Brown was black, Karel, on the other hand, brought up his wifebeating and druguse as well as some other faults that he claimed to know about through his personal interactions with Brown during his earlier career in the music business. We need less PC, such as Webb represented, and more independent commentary. Teh raucous Karel would show up the Shiers program to be the asinine snoozefest it really is. I don't care whether he phones it in or not. I think he already phones his show in to SFO from LA.


And don't forget the expose Blatherwatch did on the Gregg Hersholt and Jane Shannon no love fest. Glad you had the guts to write about something every one in the newsroom knows. Those two do not like eachother at all. Gregg took the brunt of the posts, but Jane is incredibly insecure.

Since your post about how much the two lothe eachother, word is that Gregg has reformed himself a bit. Is a little less obnoxious about his views. Jane hasn't changed a bit, still doesn't do a thing other than bring her voice to work.

 blathering michael

Hey NoBS: thanks for remembering. drop me a line at [email protected] I have an important question for you- discretion assured, of course...


Karel has too many personal problems which he forgets to leave at home. Not very entertaining.


Oh I think Karel is a hoot...especially when he sings along in falsetto to his bumper music. The thing is, he is unique,,,there is nobody else like him on the air and he brings a lot of passion to his work. I think that would be a breath of fresh air to talk radio around here. Sure he goes off on tangents about his personal life, but he is usually quite genial and I like listening to him. Sure beats Dr. Strangelove who comes after him.

fire Shiers/hire Karel!

Karel's personal problems? perhaps? Maybe they bother you more than what they bother me, which is very little, but let's don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. What we have now with The Shiers Experience is an anathema and intolerable- an anal, controlling, passive/ aggressive ignoramus and psuedo-intellectual (Piaget my ass), who condescends and talks down to his listeners, callers and guests.


A note to Just Bad Radio: Learn to spell and punctuate! Remedial grammar, maybe?

And to Blathering Michael: It's is a contraction for it is, rather than the possessive its. You've done that two days in a row.

fire Shiers/hire Karel!

JBR- Styble in for Frank tonight-9-12

Bill Larsen

If KIRO was serious about WANTING to get ratings they should dump Ron and Don and track down Jim Althoff and put him in that time slot. Put Lionel on at night, from where and whenever he broadcasts from, and do something, I don't know exactly what, with Dori Monson. I've liked Dori in the past but when he started going rightwing more and more-- I had to tune out. I have to admit my favorite new talk show is currently the Young Turks who I have to listen to online on their website 'cause that's just too early for me. Use to hate Randi Rhodes, now I can't live without her--weird...



Oh I think Karel is a hoot...especially when he sings along in falsetto to his bumper music. The thing is, he is unique,,,there is nobody else like him on the air and he brings a lot of passion to his work. I think that would be a breath of fresh air to talk radio around here.


Tommie, since when is Webb PC? Don't get that one . . .

Mike Malloy is back on KPTK 11-2. Anybody listen?

I think your nostalgia for Althoff may be misplaced . . . not all old things are new again. Have you even heard him in years?

Fireshiershirekarel: ...The Shiers Experience is an anathema and intolerable- an anal, controlling, passive/ aggressive ignoramus and psuedo-intellectual (Piaget my ass), who condescends...

In a nutshell!

BTW, just saw the video of Bush crying about Jeb's defeat. I'm always behind but it was amazing. If anybody else missed it . . . and Randi's segment with Dr. Justin Frank talking about Bush's breakdown Scroll down to Show Sound clips.

Sorry to be so behind the times . . . but somebody might be interested in this.

fire Shiers/hire Karel!

being anti-straight white male (why do you think Erin Hart thought she could get away with talking about "white boys" in this town)? and pro "minorities can do know wrong" mythology is the basis of Seattle PC. Webb is the poster boy for PC in this town. PC is a code of the left not of the right.


Is that right, Tommie? Gets confusing. Shouldn't one say, "Seattle PC" then?


The first hit on Google for "Seattle PC" (in the sense of "political correctness"): http://www.adversity.net/Cincinnati_Race_Riots/Opinion_SeattlePDorPC.htm

Forgot how long ago the Mardi Gras riots were..


oops, the link cut off

try this



Saddam is Dead, Yahooooooooooo


Does Jennifer Andrews produce for both KVI and KIRO?

fire Shiers/hire Karel!

yaaay Saddam is dead! (noisemakers and horns) I give W credit for the demise of Saddam. Fair is fair. Saddam had bought off France, China, Russia and Germany with his financial favors to them, and since a favorable U.N. vote toward him and against invasion was bought and paid for, he thought Bush wouldn't dare invade...... and good riddance to the piece of garbage. As far as Dr. Justin Frank goes, I listened and he confirmed what I thought- that Bush was weeping because his family dynasty plan had been wrecked by the bastardboy of his sons, W., who has now ruined the political chances for Jeb, the son he truly revered, as opposed to the black sheep, W. I was shocked to hear Dr. Frank claim that old man Bush really lives in fear of Barbara Bush, and that if he ever left her, "she would have him murdered".


I don't like capital punishment and find myself, now that it has happened, disliking that it happened to Saddam Hussein. Not that I don't think he deserved to die. I am not sad he died, or even that he was actively killed. I just don't like all this fake solmenity and "due process" crap. Far better would have been a couple of bullets a la Ceaucescu or Mussolini.


Yes, FSHK, that shocked me too. I don't agree with it, do you? First of all, he'd never leave her. Takes a kind of timid guy to be with someone like her to begin with. He must have been attracted to her moxie . . . which, after a few years, turned into sadism. No one can tell me she was ever nice.

Men! You are so easily taken in. . .


It's a human thing, not a male thing.

Lazy Murrow

Wow, "best comment" two years in a row. I'm honored


A Cartoon from Harpers

Mercifurious is Dead

Inaccuracy Award 2006: Mercifurious


Most Unoriginal Posts Award 2006: it's a TIE, Ladies and Gentlemen!! Between........

Oh maybe I will wait to see if Bla'M already has this covered. If not, I will add them later.

But I bet you can fill in the blanks yourselves....


"Dr. Frank claim that old man Bush really lives in fear of Barbara Bush, and that if he ever left her, "she would have him murdered".

She looks like she could do it, too, and with her bare hands. I'll bet she could snap him in half like a dry twig.


I think she uses those pearls like num-chucks.

In one of Al Franken's books, he relates a tale of when he and Babs were both in first class on an airplane...it is hilarious. What a poor excuse for a former First Lady. While Lady Bird Johnson went on to promote the environment, Rosalin Carter helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity, and even Nancy Reagan kept her finger in the anti-drug movement, all after their husbands were out of office, what the hell has Babs done?

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