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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May 29, 2007



You say that the new radio will be "good talk radio" as opposed to partisan radio, but telling people what they want to hear is all they were doing before and it's what they're doing now. They want to hear that the mistakes were made by practitioners and not the practice.

Prior to Nov. '06 it was "liberals hate the America", which is an ideological attack, and now it's "Bush is bastardizing conservatism" or "the war has been badly mismanaged", which is an attack on implementation of ideology. Nothing has realy changed. Things will soon be back to normal.

After Hillary beats Thompson in '08, I can't think of any reason why there won't be a replay of talk radio in the late nineties, with conservative talkers crying "the damn hippies are corrupting our values!"


Tom Leykis is now the afternoon anchor of "FREEFM" across the country. The toxic, self-obsessed toad has been given a fifty percent raise and new broadcast digs on the premises of Paramount Studios as past of his new deal with CBS Radio. The constantly female-threatened Leykis recently insisted to a young woman who mentioned she owned her own house that she hadn't paid for it herself- no, "dear", some sugar daddy man surely must of bought it for the little lady. When the slightly post-college age woman replied that not only had she paid for it herself but also built it herself, the Archie Bunker-like geezer was temporarily catatonic due to the cognitive dissonance she had created with him. The best Tom Leykis program on the air isn't the actual Tom Leykis afternoon show, or his Saturday syndicated show on wine, but the satirical Tom Leykis impressions that Brian Whitman does on KLSX's Conway and Whitman Show for their local from L.A. audience from 8-11 p.m., after 5 hours of Leykis on their station. The fact that Leykis doesn't really care for Whitman and his impressions of him, is a good thing.


Another thing on Leykis- have you noticed that in addition to his omnipresent "dear", the little man has added his new constant patronization term of "darling". I found this rather sickening, even though I've never been a particular feminist, just one who thinks it's probably a good thing we're no longer living in the fifties.


Another good post, Michael. I loved Stan Boreson and he did make lutefisk funny. I was a regular watcher.

Also, some interesting thoughts about talk radio. Have to agree with Andrew that conservatives have unleashed a kind of radio that will be back once a Dem is back in the White House. It works for them and the public has a short memory. Even for war.


Joanie, before I forget, the other day you mentioned podcasting and if you have to pay. Now I do pay for AA and Stephanie Miller but I just found Open Source with Christopher Lyden from NPR and it's free. Very interesting show. I'm going to have to check with NPR and see what else they podcast.



Where is our local Free FM? I miss The Buzz, I miss Tom Leykis and Howard Stern. Where's Mancow? Believe it or not on my commute, I sometimes need to duck out of my NPR for a little relief and meanspirited irreverence. I like the feeling that a host may say something dangerous or that could get him kicked off the air. There used to be places to hear that, no more. Ron & Don just act stupid, theres no edge.


Robin . . . I used to listen to Open Source quite a bit. Yes, I like it although Lydon sometimes gets on my nerves. He has some odd articulation habits . . . probably won't bother you. I streamed him on the computer.

Thanks for your suggestion. I think we might have similar tastes. I've been so loyal to Randi Rhodes lately and it has been merging into Mike Malloy. Love their passion!

Also, check out Living on Earth www.loe.org This show is so cool. It is obviously focused on the environment but Steve tries to be impartial. He has very interesting topics. You can even hear a sound segment . . . a few seconds of a bird sound or something else from nature. Don't see it on the show this week which is featuring Rachel Carson of Silent Spring. Check it out. It is different. Unusual stories.

Sig, I agree. I love NPR when it doesn't put me to sleep! Too much passion right now. I need something to keep my feisty and fierce!

Ron and Don are the epitome of dumb but I like their banter and sometimes get caught up in it.

Honestly the only people I turn off regularly are Monson and Shiers. I can listen to just about everybody else - on KIRO. Well, I never listen to Vinnie . . . I agree with Dale on that one.


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    • KIRO 710ESPN Seattle 710 KHz
      Games and sports-blabber
    • KIROFM 97.3
      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.
    • KVI am 570 KHz
      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.
    • KTTH am 770 KHz
      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.
    • KLFE AM 1590 kHz
      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).
    • KOMOAM
      News, traffic, Ken Schram and John Carlson.
    • Washington State Radio Stations
      Comprehensive list of every danged AM & FM station on the dial.
    • KKOL am 1300 KHz
      Once a rabid right-wing talker, except for Lou Dobbs, it's all business....