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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April 11, 2007



I think nothing ventured; nothing gained. It will be quite a challenge but for radio to survive it must expand into areas of new enlightenment that transcend the current typical approaches that are taken. Good for NPR; I wish them well - and I will be checking this out.


Dead tree journalism will never go away. Nor will earth radio. NPR is a leftist tool, that has the unfair advantge in the market because of its dependence on public money. Put it into the market place and it would blow away like an intern on a Democrat.


you're so full of shit, Don. and a fake reporter too. If you were a liberal and had a sense of humor, you could write fake news for the daily show.


Put it into the market place and it would blow away like an intern on a Democrat.

Or like a Republican in charge of anything ethical or honest. I know that blow job trumps any of the myriad of corrupt, unethical, dishonest, lies that the republicans have ownership of. Good for bid people have sex with someone other than their spouse...hell, from a republican point of view, considering how far some of the republicans have fallen when it comes to sex, you ought to applaud Clinton for having sex with a woman. More than you can say about a some republicans.

Can you tell by my ranting I'm so sick and tired of republicans obsession over Clinton's getting a blow job....jeeze, you'd think it was the first one ever.

It must be late, I'm getting cranky. :)



A place to check in through out the day. Sounds like this place.
Best of luck to Luke.


At 45, I guess I'm not in any target groups here, but this sounds hopeful for public radio. I may be older but I check in on a couple of blogs 3 or 4 times a day and do the same networking with my friends that Luke does with his sports blog. I admit it, I'm bored with most of NPR (exception: Bill Radke's Weekend show)and commercial radio has become unlistenable. I'll be there, Luke- hope this blog keeps us posted.

mark wygard

You are right about PBS. I thought it was just me. It is tedious and hasn't changed in years. I still tape Frontline, but the rest is forgettable.


I just know that regular talk radio has lost me (except for my guilty pleasure, Dr. Laura, sorry Michael). I'm ready for something new on the radio or on my computer at work :) NPR is too talky when you get outside the news casts I'm older, too but I'm ready for something new.


Pure and simple, NPR is government propaganda. Commercial talk radio's demise is being exaggerated by this blog and the advocates of liberal talk which HAS failed. If NPR had no taxpayer's money, it would go away. That's why these pathetic attempts by the always liberal Luke Burbank to save it with gimmicks and appealing to young people who could care less.


I'm ready for something new from the NPR I used to love. I podcast all day. Let her rip, Lukie!


Sounds like a younger version of a cross between Radke's "Weekend America" show and Chris Lydon's Radio Open Source.

I guess I will take a listen to the podcasts, but getting hooked will really depend on how much of a break is made with the typical MSM framing of issues.

I have enjoyed Burbank's reporting, though.


Frankly I find myself listening to XM radio a lot, since my latest automobile purchase. I got a 3-month 'free' trial period and liked it so much I decided to subscribe (at least for a bit longer). So much choice and lack of commercials is kind of nice and something I might continue to be willing to pay for.


Give me a place to get news, sports, a little opinion without the partisan rancor, stitch in a little humor and pop culture, podcast it in real time, I'm good to go. This might fill the gap in my listening life.


what's wrong with the old NPR? I go to public radio to get away from youth, and pop culture and driveby debate and heated partisanship.


Bla'M is there any way for a lay-person (not steeped in radio knowledge) to see what the latest ratings are for Seattle area and National programming within demographics?
Web site? Publication?


I give Burbank about 3 weeks on this new talk show. He has a history on not sticking to any one particular thing. Casey Keating gave him a weekend talk show on KVI (replacing Doug Glant) and he did three shows, then didn't show for his fourth, put on a re-run, then a "best of"...and then the show was replaced. He has shown consistently that he doesn't have the commitment to stay to any one thing.

Duffman, go to www.radioandrecords.com and click on the "Ratings" section to see 12+ ratings for the Seattle market each quarter.


10-4, will do; muchas gracias!


When I first started my little local art talk radio show, it was on the dial. It was like a performance - it had its moment and that was it.

Then in the past two years we archived everything online. It completely changed the listenership. You did not have to be somewhere at 5pm. Plus I no longer had to be just local in my concerns because anyone could listen. Because the show was of a special interest, most people were willing to hunt it down and download it for later listening. It changed everything.


what's wrong with the old NPR? I go to public radio to get away from youth, and pop culture and driveby debate and heated partisanship.

Amen to that. Let's hope that the youth/pop culure angle doesn't infringe on NPR's upstanding ability to report actual News. For actual news, I'd take McNeil Lehrer and BBC over Cable-BS any day.

I'd be more worried about the infusion of J-LO, Idol, Jacko & "Who's your daddy" garbage.


I don't enjoy listening to NPR anymore, they have an EXTREME bias against opinion or speculation of any kind. The hosts are ultra PC, to the point of speaking in monotone to iron flat any hint of infelection or emphasis. They rely on callers to say anything remotely provocative, but once the caller does this there is no back and forth, it's just a "well thank you for your call, it's half past a monkeys ass here on KUOW."

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