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 25, 2007



I think that Kiro 710 Am need's too go back to Live radio after 1:00am. ( Please Keep the Styblehead off the radio wave's! His show, if you can call it that is more than just bad, it's plan wrong!!) Or how about The Lionel Show www.lionelonline.com


I like Lionel.

Al Franken has several producers. He has the best informed, most interesting producers in radio. While the segments can be up and down in quality - mostly due to Al's indulgence in his own not-so-funny humor, I enjoy hearing him converse with Billy Kimball, James and Eric on politics. They are always as informed and interesting as he is. Often, they are more insightful.

Producers like Al's are rare indeed. Sounds like three producers are a rarity in radio? Wonder how many Rush has? Of course, I'm not equating Rush and Franken here. Franken's show is so much more newswothy and interesting. Rush's talent is being able to bs anything and everything.


Whatever happened to Stacy, who was the producer for Erin Hart and then Mike Webb? I always thought Erin treated Stacy terribly, and Mike seemed to genuinely like her and they had some fun exchanges from time to time.

One of the best producers was on KGO for Bernie Ward--Margo Magowan. She finally left to raise her kids.

Morris Payson

Finally something of interest and substance on this site. Since it's not argumentative and sensational, the usual trolls who write here won't be interested. I am looking forward to subsequent articles in the series...


I don't remember names but I thought that all of the producers/screeners that Lou Pate had on his show (beginning with Stephanie Rose) we quite knowledgable and very articulate. I could never understand why they didn't have a show of their own.

Mercifurious is Dead

Thank you Michael, for this excellent piece.



You are leaving out the basic tenet of successful producing: The Producer works for the PD...NOT the Host. They cooperate to master separate elements of a good show. Any relationship where the Producer answers to the host is bound to be an ego-boosting suck jobber. I used to produce the biggest two egos in FM radio, but I answered to the best PD in FM radio (Kevin Weatherly). He backed ME up, so the whole thing worked.
It's the difference between the Shuttle Discovery and the Shuttle Challenger. And let's face it, some shows just scream, "Challenger...You are GO for throttle up."

blathering michael

welcome back Scriller- we're not finished with this subject.


Very interesting! Sounds like these are the people who should be earning six-figure salaries. But that's usually the way it goes, eh?


Producers are talk host wannabes who are the first to undercut their host. As Scrilla says, they really work for the management--and themselves! I've been on both sides of this- producer and host and I know how it works. Producers are the poison snake often times that lead to a host getting fired. Most of the time it is because the producer wants the guy's job. So rare are the work every day who never wants anything more than to be what they are like a Phil Vandervoort, who is about the only producer in this town who's host (Dori) hasn't anything to worry about.

Ted Smith

Just as a pouint of reference, working in radio really sucks. Pay is bad, no stability, endless hours, and most managers are complete idiots.

In case you were wondering.


...then what exactly is it that attracts folks to the work...ego?..the perceived status of 'broadcasting' to so many?..chance to influence the thought process?...or is it an easy gig with not much pressure to perform?....all of the above?



Another suit filed over the water death...KDND to lose license???

Virtually everyone, including those remotely associated with the promotion, are named in suit.


One week of working with Tina spoiled me. If I came out of Christmas week a better host, Tina deserves much of the credit.

Man, I'd kill for a producer.


Why was my post removed MH? I'll assume because I said something negative about one of your sources, Stephanie Rose, that you don't have evidence of. Ah, did you buy her tears that it's not true, or are you just erring on the side of caution. It's common knowledge at the place she works, but fair enough.


Hmm . . . this is interesting. I also didn't know that producers were that influential.

Duffman, they call radio, tv, movie, theatre and sports jobs "glamour" jobs because the pay is often low but everybody wants to be there.

The proximity to fame and famous people, celebrities, etc. is what attracts. And it sure does attract!

So, Sid, does that mean we should blame Phil for Dori?


Hey noBS, you tyin' to hit on her and she said no?

blathering michael

NoBS: you sling your shit so bravely, so anonymously. I admire your courage.


So, does anyone know what happened to Stephanie Rose? She's not at KMPS anymore. I think she's great to listen to.

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