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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January 22, 2008



Who knew that watching Roy Rodgers was a religious experience. I would have thought that Sky King would have been a more appropriate show for that kind of thing.


The picture is an amazing foretelling of Hutch’s future.


I have given Luke Burbank's show 2.5 weeks now, a fair chance, and it's not going anywhere. I permanently switched the audio stream to KNGY-FM in SFO at 9:13PM this evening when he started in on a 60 minute filler segment where he just starts playing songs from his IPod and describing why they're on his IPod. Talk about narcisscism. I'd rather hear about Frank's daughter's trip to the circus 1000 more times.

If his friend needs to sell his book so badly in the Seattle market his friend should buy some commercial stock, not just rely on Luke to schill it every single night on the airwaves! An interview or a mention is one thing, constantly referencing the guy in excrutiating detail on a nightly basis is, among other things, just too exasperating.

BTW, I am in the show's supposed demographic!


Ken Hutcherson told Medved the homosexuals own Hollywood. Hutcherson sounds disturbingly like the racist anti-semitic bigots who claim the Jews own Hollywood.


Oh wait, I forgot Suits is on. Goodbye KNGY, hello KFI 640 AM / More Stimulating Talk.


Zanzibar, I can't disagree w/ you, but I think LB is just heading up a steep learning curve, and he will get plenty time given KIRO's problems w/ getting that 3rd viable host.

But the guy has genuine wit, and I reiterate, Jen is infectious and a sweetheart, and I have rarely seen such a natural fit between host & co-host.

In a year or so, listeners are going to be wondering how KIRO made it pre-TBTL.


Jen and Luke have good personalities and they talk about interesting pop culture topics with far more authority and curiousity than the other hosts who sound uncomfortable deviating from myopic local politics and sports trivia. To put it another way, if you miss Frank Shiers you have serious problems. You probably have a bomb shelter to.


Rite on Andrew


Rev. Ken Hutcherson belongs with the Westboro Baptist Church. Hutcherson and the 'Gods Hates Fags' people are birds of the same feather.


..and, as an aside: on the White House scene Oh My!!


>talk about interesting
>pop culture topics

There's a difference between talking about interesting pop culture topics and discussing interesting pop culture topics.

Three hours of Jen and Luke giggle back and forth at each - interspersed with Luke musing about what train keeps passing his apartment - does not make good radio whether you're 8 or 80.

Meanwhile, in The Angels --

--- Bryan Suits was a guest on the Bill Handel Show this morning where Bill asked Bryan if he ever got an erection when he'd shot at people. Bryan made a crack about Bill's balding, Bill made a crack about Heath Ledger and drugs (a more rollicking good time, generally, than Luke & Jen's on-air wake last night), Bryan sent some zingers back involving vaginas, Bill said "Bryan, you're too funny - shut up," and much more hijinx and hilarity.

And, frankly, what a refreshing change from listening to Kirby, Karleen and Matt quote scripture and analyze which chapter of Judges Barrack's name is from --- hey guys, Salem Communications called, they want their format back. A shame Seattle can't have a decent AM radio show - or late PM radio show.


I agree, the train thing and the none-of-our-business details of how Jen breaks down her husband into the broken quiet submissive he seems to be are not of interest to me, however the stuff that is of interest is MUST LISTEN RADIO.


Im so glad I dont live in LA


And, sorry, but what's up with their "Awesome" / "Not Awesome" segment? It's like Almost Live's "Lame List" on valium. It comes across as this very lumbering, stilted attempt at morning Zoo Crew radio by two people broadcasting at 9PM on AM Radio ... I guess it is.

LUKE: "The next segment scheduled on our program clock is what we call "Awesome / Not Awesome". This is the point when we really let our hair down and have fun and get a little crazy."

JEFF POGILA: "You're late for the news again."

LUKE: "Sorry, Jeff. Okay, we will engage in spontaneous fun once we're back from the news with Jeff."

LUKE: "This is how this crazy segment works. At the point that I say something is 'awesome', Sean our engineer will activate this sound effect in our NewsBoss sound effect computer - Sean?"

LUKE: "That is the crazy sound effect we play when things get crazy here. Do you understand how this fun will happen now?"

Jesus, Carl Jeffers doesn't take that long to explain how his show works.


Michael, where did you get that pic of Hutcherson and George Wallace? it's priceless.


Cheers and Jeers? What's Hot What's Not? Best and Worst Picks? You don't stray far from AM radio huh?


"Cheers and Jeers? What's Hot What's Not? Best and Worst Picks? You don't stray far from AM radio huh?"

The difference is:

(1) Luke Burbank keeps trying to stress how non-formulaic he is before going into a formula,

(2) "Awesome/Not Awesome" is incredibly stilted and forced,


You are all right about TBTL, but I can't stop listening.


You're realy grasping at straws. I can't think of another radio show that does a cheers/jeers segment. Just because somebody somewhere did something once upon a time doesn't make it formulaic.

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