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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February 01, 2007

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Just bad radio

See what happen's KIRO WHEN you dump the over baked brian The Styblehead it's just plan wrong!

drool

No specific news on Stephanie Miller in the morning?

How about Kirby?

KPTK needs to get their collective shit together and get some local talent on.

starwood

I hardly listen to AA radio with the exception of Stephanie Miller. She fills my 6a-9a time slot well. Better than anything else on at that time.

bj

Michael -

When you do these ratings updates, could you tell us neophytes the basis for the rating numbers? What a "2.1" mean anyway?

joanie

I'm sorry . . . these "books" are just to volatile. Does anybody trust them?

I don't care if AA is up or down . . . I'm just looking for some consistency.

Think it is a shame such suspect ratings can determine the fates of hosts.

I thought they were looking at a new way of rating radio?

And who was it recently that said 71DORI beats the pants off everybody? Does Dori do the best in certain slots? 2.6 is good but not beating everybody . . . Seems like mixed messages.

sparky

My "expert" analysis ( hah):

Conservative radio is up because they are all in mourning over losing so big in November and need to congregate in their shared misery, much like the progressives did after the 2004 election, ergo, KPTK is down because the Progressives can relax a bit for awhile and do other things.

But since i am not in the business of selling ads, I dont really care...between streaming and satellite, there will always be something to listen to.

cyclic clonker

(quote)I'm sorry . . . these "books" are just to volatile. Does anybody trust them?

I don't care if AA is up or down . . . I'm just looking for some consistency.

Think it is a shame such suspect ratings can determine the fates of hosts. (/quote)

From looking at this blog over the past year or so, you guys are plain gleeful when a conservative takes a hit, and celebratory when a "progressive" improves, if even but a fraction of a point... all regardless of the host's content, and based on that very same book.

Certainly, not many of you had a problem with Mike Webb, touting his "#1" ratings status after midnight. Guess those gorillas were a bit larger then, eh?

sparky

well, duh.

Bobo

Take heart Sparky,

The Dems will do everything they can to censor any disenting opinions, the "Fairness Doctrine" is on it's way. Sieg Heil!

sparky

whatever you say, Bobo.

John

Brian suits got a 1.9? Who the hell is listening to that retard?

Oh yea, Christian conservative retards.

shoreke

Michael Savage gets monster ratings all over the country. He has the nation's 4th largest talk radio audience. Savage is #1 in extremely liberal San Francisco. So how come he can't get ratings in Seattle?

JDB

shoreke:

Because he is a clown and he sucks. Even the far right around here is not so crazy as to listen to him or Hannity, which really does say something.

This book doesn't tell you that much, since it was taken during the height of a national election and its aftermath. What will matter is can KTTH hold their audience now that things are cooling down. Hating Democrats is only worth so many points.

I also think that the Republican hilarious meltdown in the fall drew in listeners. I know I was tuning in Rush and even Hannity to hear how they would try to spin the House Leadership cover up of page diddling and gay preachers. Unintentionally, they were as funny as the Daily Show.

My guess, Limbaugh and KTTH fall back heavy in the Winter book. The Spring book should give you a look at where everything stands.

What is surprising to me is that KVI is falling behind KTTH. Sure, KTTH has Limbaugh, and Medved is listenable while Hannity is just getting more and more pathetic (anyone notice that he is no longer asking if we are better off with Sadam out of power?). But half of Sytman and Boze is unlistenable (and I'm not talking about Boze, who at least has a sense of humor). And, after Medved, there is nothing worth listening to at 770.

As for dear old KVI. It is a shame they can't put the 'tators on in drive where people would listen to them. It would make the afternoon talk wasteland interesting. IT would help if they would be a little less parochial and if they focused their topics better. It would help more if they would clear up fairly consistent problems with their online feed.

What we need is some local talk radio that really focuses on local politics, as Carlson and Weisbach use to. Maybe the 'tators are (haven't been listening of late), but otherwise no one seems to care about Olympia other than the local NPR stations.

chucks

shoreke
We don't listen to Savege in the Seattle area just to keep the peace. At least those of us who like to drive with our windows down. Afraid that some loon in the car next to us or on the sidewalk will overhear and go world trade on us. Riot in Seattle, get arrested, get a lawyer, file suit, win, Seattle pays millions of the taxpayers money. Then Seattle can't afford a tunnel,bridge, train etc. The people of Seattle get depressed and riot, get arrested, get a lawyer, file suit, win, collect
etc. Vicious cycle. We listen to oldies to save the world.

Thom

These numbers are meaningless.

You have to compare dayparts.

PeakLimiter

For any successful talk station, just how important is Rush Limbaugh?

In Seattle, an ultra- competitive talk radio market, new ratings results representing the all- important Fall 2006 Arbitron Ratings Survey underscore the tremendous impact of featuring the nation's number one host.

For the first time in recent memory, El Rushbo is not only fending off four competitors during his 9am - noon timeslot, he's beating every news and talk show heard anywhere in the region, liberal or conservative and regardless of the time slot.

With a staggering 116% percent surge in the key adults aged 25-54 demographic, Rush clobbered everything the Puget Sound Area had to offer, with an enormous 5.4 share of the audience.

Heard on Bonneville's newly- acquired KTTH-AM, the talk titan scored three times the audience of longtime KIRO libtalker Dave Ross, who has been struggling for some time. And Rush ran circles around the liberal- conservative team of Ken Schram and John Carlson on the once- proud KVI, beating them by a factor of four.

In addition, he more than doubled his "progressive" competition at CBS Radio's KPTK- AM.


Beyond his own results, a carryover effect was felt on KTTH for programs that precede and follow his, leading to an overall surge for the station. Meanwhile, Limbaugh's former Seattle - Tacoma outlet, KVI- AM, has been badly hurt by the loss of his program.

Amplifying the damage, the addition of local shows featuring liberals and moderates has likely alienated KVI's traditional audience. Once a ratings powerhouse, KVI now ranks fifth overall among news and talk stations in the area.

In addition to KVI's significant weakness, KTTH is troubled between 3pm and midnight, while KIRO is in very bad shape during the evenings and some midday hours. In fact, KTTH now beats KIRO overall in the 25-54 demo.

So far, an hour- long local daily show hosted by former MSNBC anchor Ron Reagan Jr has not produced ratings results for KIRO, or much of a buzz in the Emerald City.

joanie

Peak, the addition of local shows featuring liberals and moderates has likely alienated KVI's traditional audience. Once a ratings powerhouse, KVI now ranks fifth overall among news and talk stations in the area.

Besides the tators, who's on KVI that is so suddenly liberal?

Also, are you saying that conservatives listen to the radio - like sheep - while liberals are doing other things . . . reading, working, going places, thinking for themselves?

robinz

For the first time in recent memory, El Rushbo is not only fending off four competitors during his 9am - noon timeslot, he's beating every news and talk show heard anywhere in the region, liberal or conservative and regardless of the time slot.

Two things, I have to agree with the assessment that part of this is due to last Nov. democratic wins and secondly, I would bet no matter what Rush says on his show he is praying for a Hillary win. Can you imagine what that would do to his ratings??

Nothing rolls money into Rush's pocket like unhappy, fundies and neocons and nobody plays the victim quite as well. That is after all how Rush got his start in the first place.

Robin

Tommy008

A certain L.A. shockjock, whose syndicated show just might be heard in this city, on a delayed basis, now sounds like a querulous, quavering 80 year old man, due to his now squeaking, strangled sounding pipes, which apparently is the result of nearly 40 years of talking and shouting on the air.

SpamButcher

1090's "Mayor for a Minute Segment" speaks volumes both about who -is- listening to 1090, and who they're trying to target.

"If I was mayor for a minute, I'd legalize marijuana, then I'd stop the war in Iraq, and then I'd end homelessness, and then I'd legalize marijuana."

Relatively young, disaffected, liberal-arts drop-outs.

Same folks who think they're saving the earth by filling up their '81 VW Rabbit with bio-diesel.

Collectively - they aren't the folks buying a lot of high-ticket items.

Good to hear that Mark Levin's and Vinnie's ratings are sucking almost as bad as they do!

robinz

"If I was mayor for a minute, I'd legalize marijuana, then I'd stop the war in Iraq, and then I'd end homelessness, and then I'd legalize marijuana."

Relatively young, disaffected, liberal-arts drop-outs.

good grief what generalizing crap. If you haven't noticed lots of people want a stop to Iraq and a warm safe place for the homeless.

Robin

joanie

Spam is very good at Spamming.

sparky

Darryl will call any number any time if he thinks he can get his voice on the air......

pugetsound

Tommy008 seyz
"A certain L.A. shockjock, whose syndicated show just might be heard in this city, on a delayed basis, now sounds like a querulous, quavering 80 year old man, due to his now squeaking, strangled sounding pipes, which apparently is the result of nearly 40 years of talking and shouting on the air."

If you want a real laugh Tommy 008, go to www.youtube video section and type in the name of Tom Leykis.
You'll see some videos of him circa 1987 or so posted by one of his former producers. This is back when Tom L. had his tv schtik in Phoenix. For a man who makes fun of the way other people look -especially women, even back when he was young he didn't look so good.

Proregressive

Michael Savage drops the f-bomb on-air.

http://www.orbusmax.com/alerts/savagefbomb.html

spambutcher

> If you haven't noticed lots of people want a stop to Iraq...

I actually agree with some of the causes I was poking fun at (I definitely want us out of Iraq) - but those who think they could do it by becoming "mayor for a minute" (or even mayor for a decade) are painfully foolish

if someone says "if I was mayor for a minute - I'd work to ban transfats from dining establishments" - I'd disagree - but that's at least plausible

if someone says "If I was mayor for a minute I'd end racism and stop the war in Iraq" - then they're just being dumb

that a station's choosing to showcase stuff more like the later says a lot about what it thinks of its audience.

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