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 04, 2007



I remember those Point/Counterpoint segments....they were excellent.
Losing his voice box is a tragedy but he obviously won't be silenced.


Whenever I try to tell friends - who have not heard of him - about Walt, I never know quite what to say. He sort of does it all.

Historian, politico, writer . . . a man of many words and voices.

Now, if he ever loses that bow tie . . .

I wish him well.

David Tatelman

He's a great guy and I feel bad for him. I hate to preach, but I have a friend who just had a tumor removed from his lung a few days ago. If you are a cigarette-smoker, for God's sake and yours, please stop smoking!

Sandeep Kaushik

Walt is not only one of Seattle's brightest lights, he's a genuinely good guy. If you're reading this, get well soon, man.


I first found Walt in the Helix, and he's been a HUGE part of Seattle's Left ever since. HistoryLink is amazing...check it out if you haven't been there! Thanks you for this, Bla'M...I know your friendship with Walt is strong and steady. Please keep him smiling and robotically laughing! Our hearts are with you, Walt!


The interview was fascinating. We are poles apart politically, but Mr. Crowley is a worthy standard-bearer for his side.

Good luck, Walt!

(As per his sense of humor, he said his new electro-voice will sound like Stephen Hawking...so he will now ALWAYS be considered the smartest man in the room!)


Walt Crowley was better radio than anything I've heard lately on any of the fucking stations this blog is obsessed with. Get him on the radio- even with his talking dildo!


Double ditto, Dill...


After having listened to Walt over the years, whenever I read one of his pieces, I can "hear" him speaking what I'm reading.

So even though radio may be out, he'll continue to speak to millions.

Keep up the great work, Walt.


How about an update on Walt's post-surgical recovery, Bla'M?

blathering michael

Walt Crowley is still in critical care, but doing as well as he can be. Last word I got (which was last night) he was sleeping it off.

Kari Berger

Hello Walt,

We don't know each other though I've been in some of the crowd scenes at the Moon or Reading Gaol from time to time when you happened to be there, or on campus, appreciated the Helix back in the day...

My father, Knute E. Berger, M.D., was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx in the late 70s or early 80s, I forget exactly when. He used the robot-voice box thingy for years. After he healed and became adept at using it we eventually began to hear his own unique voice in the buzzing sound - which at first makes all users sound alike. But the rest of the voice-making structures are still there - the shape and spaces within the skull and soft tissue areas, and then there is speech patterns of pacing, cadence, emphasis, word choices, phrasing, etc. I don't claim to be any kind of voice expert, but I know your own unique speech will be yours again, though it takes more attention on the part of the listener to hear it, and it will be those who know you best who will hear it first and hear it best.

When my Dad laughed he would hold the thingy up to his throat and give a short buzz while he laughed. He even did this when he was alone listening to the radio or watching TV, reading a book... it was as much a laugh sound for himself alone as it was for him to use in company. I never caught him talking to himself with it though. Rather than growing frustrated that it required the use of one hand to use, he just grew more patient and we had to as well. We gratefully continued to appreciate his wacky stories and insights through the buzz.

All the best to you and your family.

Kari Berger

Larry Coffman

Walt—Am still mad at you for not inviting me to your Last Words party at your house. Have been thinking of your daily and especially on Valentine’s Day at Newcastle for the Litho Craft annual breakfast, where you spoke two years ago. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future, good buddy. All the best, Larry

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      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.
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      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.
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      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.
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      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).
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      Once a rabid right-wing talker, except for Lou Dobbs, it's all business....