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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December 15, 2007



Hmmm I think this will be a pretty predictable show, regardless of who provides the ideas...I bet I can predict the lineup right now: local Seattle politics, King County politics, Dino Rossi, more local Seattle politics, Huckabee vs. Romney, Hillary vs, Obama, some more local Seattle politics.



The purpose is... ?


Its Major Hoople and I love lucy.

Martin Buber

Right on, Michael. Local NPR in Seattle is just boring and pedantic. Behind the scenes they're all young over at KUOW, but to listen you would never know it. Where have all the interesting and funny people like Bill Radke, Luke Burbank, gone? We all know--somewhere else where they're appreciated and paid. Does the last Boomer have to die before this station wakes up?


KPLU has much more interesting programming...but even they pale in comparison to the one in St. Paul.

I realize that as a non-resident of Seattle, I am more critical of the offerings on radio there. But be honest..don't the rest of you tire of hearing the same old arguments for/against transit, for/against the viaduct, etc.? Where are the discussions on the arts, on outdoor recreation? when I lived up north, I could get the AM CBC station out of Vancouver. Every day they had something different that was fascinating to listen to--some of it even real wacky. Some of it was stupid. But I will never forget the First nation's woman who discussed that in early times, Coastal Indian women would boil beaver testicles and drink the "tea" as a form of birth control. I about drove off the freeway on that one.


What they didn't realize is that only gave them protection from getting pregnant by beavers, didn't work for huskies, cougars or ducks.


..or bears.


o my...

Olympic Peninsula Resident

I tried, God knows I tried. I listened for years as KUOW cut out more and more interesting coverage to make room for the coma-inducing lineup of talking head shows that makes up their daily fare.

I gave up in 2004 when KUOW's news director took a pass on covering a Methodist Church trial of a lesbian minister in Bothell. It attracted media from all over the world, print, TV and radio. But not KUOW.

Every day they run Morning Edition what, nine times back to back? Then they start with Steve Sher starting his question one way, then wandering through five or six run-on variants before he gets to an end; his panels of locals trying to find a local hook for national news when they could be filling the gap the two daily papers have pretty much created by abandoning local news; then another hourly with different talking heads; then another, and another....

KUOW's evil twin on the Internet, KXOT, shows someone there has an ear for more varied and interesting programming, but as others have said better, why do the interesting programs always seem to get killed or leave? Why not bring back real local stuff like A new Sandy Bradley's Potlouck, or a radio Almost Live like Radke's show was? Seattle has one of the biggest gay populations in America but you won't know it from anything KUOW offers.

Thank God we can get CBC up here, and BBC on the web.

Olympic Peninsula Resident

Oh, one other thing....I wouldn't rush to line up Stranger talking heads. Erica C. Barnett just posted on SLOG that Port Townsend deserves to lose car ferry service because it's just another rich Seattle suburb.


Well, they can't spend those surpluses...


Too bad the oldsters who run KUOW don't read blogs. I too have lived in Minneapolis and Chicago and felt that Public radio in those cities were vibrant and going someplace. XM radio is my hope for the future. It's the new frontier. (I hope).

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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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      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.
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      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....