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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September 09, 2007



Not surprising...as I have commented before, the internets have opened up a whole new world of radio for me and I listen to everything from the BBC to stations in NYC and Canada.
I really miss those wonderful in-depth stories I used to get to read in the sunday papers...they have been harder and harder to find among all the stories that use only one or two of the "5 W's" of article writing.
So I pick and choose national and international newspapers from the links at CommonDreams.org to get different viewpoints and quality of reporting.


Damn. I sold my Avenue A thinking no one would tolerate ads on the internet.

Story of my life in the stock market. Stick with real estate, joanie.

Saw Sicko at the Crest earlier. Awesome. Michael Moore is a genius. Pure and simple.


I am missing soomething here Bla'M; you say newpaper ads are the largest chunk of the ad pie, yet you say radio is twice this, and surely TV must be a bit higher - which is correct?

Newspapers are dying a slow death- declining readership, slowest to end user with news, and not least websites like craigslist are pure inhaled plutonium to them. The internet made my business possible - no way I could do it by radio or TV, and the trade rags are hideously expensive for the amount of exposure.


All the talk of synergies and complimenting mediums seems convuluted. You can't read blogs while you drive and old people don't know how to use the internet and don't have the fortitude to cancel their news paper subscription if they did, so what will happen is usage of newspapers and radio will continue to drop until the potential losses are realized, then it will plateau.

Newspapers should be worried because the old people of today will be gone tomorrow and radio should be worried because satellite radio will continue to expand, and local companies that need to advertise to local listeners will call the satelite operator headquarters on the east coast to place their ad in the proper zone. It's a lot more efficient that way, it has to happen. The redundancy of the current radio paradigm can't last in the face of cheaper, higher quality alternatives.


Andrew, my 80 year old mother would slap you upside the head for assuming she doesn't know how to use the internet...lots of seniors are very active users of blogs, email, chat rooms and just plain old surfing. There has been a whole new section of MySpace and Facebook created for seniors.

Podcasting and the ability to play your MP3 player through the car radio also makes for even more choices while driving.

Newspapers should be worried because of the quality of their product and the same with local radio.


We still find that local radio gives the best bang for our advertising dollar. Being a local mom and pop operation, we can target our budget directly to our potential customers.
Newspapers are to expensive, combined with decreasing readership. A little newspaper is ok to reach the few people who are dumb enough to subscribe to them, but advertising on local radio to stations that attract our kind of buyer is still the best.
I do not know what the future holds. Beyond maintaining a quality web site, the internet does not yet appeal to us.


Radio advertising should always be effective, you catch people who aren't doing anything else and uninspired to change the dial, but from a production standpoint it seems costly and redundant to have hundreds of country music stations all duplicating eachothers efforts when the product is identical. I think cheap or free satelite radio with commercials and some localized content will take down a lot of radio stations.

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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.
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      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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      News, traffic, Ken Schram and John Carlson.
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      Comprehensive list of every danged AM & FM station on the dial.
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      Once a rabid right-wing talker, except for Lou Dobbs, it's all business....