take your answer off the air...

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  • Talker's Magazine
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  • The Advocate
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  • 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
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  • Howie in Seattle
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  • Streaming Radio Guide
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  • The Naked Loon
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  • Irrational Public Radio
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  • The Maddow Blog
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  • 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
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  • 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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January 29, 2008



Radio critics and experts have predicted the impending doom of 710KIRO for years. Despite all the naysayers, Dori Monson & his radio cohorts remain the highest rated, and most dominant talk radio station in Seattle.


This new site is shit, there's CRAP EVERYWHERE. Headlines smattered about, numerous links to the same things, blogs, listen, news, listen, blogs, traffic, traffic again. That limp handshake lavender doesn't do anything for it either, the site is low contrast and difficult to look at. They should have shelled out for a actual designer.

What's funny is the obvious extreme some arrogant pointy headed manager has decided to take their retarded idiology of not only cramming three dissimilar stations into one site, but minimizing their familiar logos into tiny icons and burying down whirl pool of irrelevant words on the page while emblazoning a hideous logo for a website we're not familiar with in the header, and then drowning out all the RADIO related content with the kind of information we'd never ever obtain from this website. Don't we listen to the radio for the news? Don't we read real blogs to get our blog fix? But the manager that thought this was a good idea probably thinks he's a genius. He probably made the website's stupid logo himself and absolutely loves it and thinks about it as he falls asleep.

The thing about news is people pick a site they trust like Drudge or CNN.com, and stick with it forever, they don't break from their routine for the first dime store whore that presents itself. My understanding is that people look at radio station's website for information that relate to the station's programming. My understanding is that people who listen to KIRO don't listen to B97.3 and the people that listen to B97.3 DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE FUCK AM RADIO IS.

They need to use their site strictly to augment their radio content, for example when a host says "look at a picture of The Thing on our website" or "get the specifics on our website", trying to usurp the Seattle Times website is an absolutely stupid gamble and making the radio content more difficult to find than ever is like pissing in the wind.


I won't make a judgement until our resident expert T008 weighs in. :)


It looks like the instant messaging is gone.


I like it.


Checked out the new site. Seems good to me. Not quite sure how Authentic Andrew can get so worked up over a newly designed website for a radio station, but I looked it over, and everything seemed to work fine, and everything was laid out pretty good.


Still waiting for a report from Tommy two-tone. Let's see if he has any 'positive' comments about KIRO for a change. :)


What's with the Clinton video? Isn't that nodding off on MLK day well over a week old?

Monson probably lobbied to keep it up there. Right along with that picture of his fat fascist face.


I know the owner of this site thought they should have used David Goldstein help design the site, or at least the blog part of the new KIRO website. I disagree. Goldstein's blog is a pretty negative place. Day after day, the same handful of angry partisans flame each other. KIRO didn't want that for their new site.

I wonder if they really did take away the instant message, or if an individual host can enable it if they want for their own show. If it's gone for good, that would be too bad.


Upton, it's intolerant and hateful people like you which has really degraded the quality of this blog.

Gay Gary

I like the sexy pic of Luke Burbank looking all sultry and such.



DT, thank you, I feel the same way about you, except I would add arrogant to your resume.


So THIS is the website everyone's getting excited about? I don't see what's so great about it--looks pretty run-of-the-mill to me.


It's kind of sad listening to Dave Ross right now. He's doing a show on what M.L. King day means ... a week after the holiday has occurred.


DT, the idea was for Goldy to DESIGN the website...nothing was mentioned about him having the same kind of blog on it.


Did they add real podcasting capabilities? I would download some of them to my zune if they had a real subscription service.


At best: confused chaos. Clicked on link, but I really couldn't tell where I ended up. Thought Bla'M had posted the wrong link at first.

Good work, LDS Radio. Did you use the Urim and Thummim instead of Sitemaker?

PS, Someone really should ask Romney if he believes in Urim and Thummim


Where's the personal blogs for the staffers and comments threads? Seems like it's us that are left out of the equation. I see that the individual shows can have a blog, but so far they are only using them for announcing what's coming up. Just another top-down website. If they did the website right, there would be no need for BlatherWatch. Building an online community is where Goldy could have given some good advice.


"At best: confused chaos.."

Wow, like you have room to criticize blogs - like yours is so 'timely' and concurrent and all. What a joke. Hehehe :)


Dan is right. The comments are turned off on the "blogs" on every show. It's like "fuck-you, listeners--call if you want to talk." How 20th century of them.


They're probably worried they might read something they can't control. like profanity (oh my!) Or some criticism they don't want to deal with. What a problema. Thank God we've got the Blather.


Just another pretty face.


Bla'M - Two redirect, one does not

Both criss-cross-crash into LDSville

http://www.kbsg.com still it's own autonomous region (for now).


So, this is your thing? Sit in your moms basement at all hours of the night and tear apart a website?


It's not my mom's basement. It's my own apartment in her house. I have my own entrance and own separate phone and everything. And she has to give me notice before she comes down. So there.


Was that directed at me??! Wow, I'm flattered that you'd derail this thread and make it all about me! I'm a total attention whore. It's funny to think that you wouldn't comment on the new website but you would take to the to comment about **me** :) :)


Fortunately you can still get to the old site to get recent podcasts because the new site only has realy friggin old ones.

Daniel K

Where the heck are the podcast files?


It's better than the old website, but that's not saying much since the old 710kiro.com was your grandfather's first website.

It looks to me like low-paid amatures put the site together. Nothing that can compete against PI or Times or King which, in terms of local websites, are far superior.

Nice try little Bonne.


Have they eliminated podcasting at KIRO? Have not seen an update on iTunes in over a day? I usually give Dave Ross priority listening over the national shows I subscribe to Podcasts of.

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