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    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.
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  • The Moderate Voice
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    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

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  • The Radio Equalizer
    prolific former Seattle KVI, KIRO talk host speaks authoritatively about radio.
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April 19, 2008



The purpose of local newspapers seems to be as a vehicle to sell advertisements for department stores, real estate companies and car dealerships. Sometimes one has to really dig to find news. A lot of us have gone to reading papers online, which is sort of sad. I miss curling up with a paper and a cup of tea.


Our country needs to make higher education more cost effective, time effective and available so these journalists and print workers can shift careers without losing their houses and self respect. You have to wonder if they hold back miracle toothpaste for fear of puting half of the denists out of work. If college wasn't the four year fifty thousand dollar colossus that it is we'd surely have much less cause for worry when our careers are threatened.


I (like sparks) like a local newspaper on Sunday morning after Church with a cup of coffee. I think this area could well with one less newspaper and re-structure and put full effort in one paper. I'm sure my mother would find life difficult without the PI - but she would cope. (She just now realized that Times/PI was a combo on Sundays...ha). Bless her soul - she may actually check out this world without ever having used a computer. I'm still trying to talk her into getting one -tho.
My vote: combine, consolidate and publish a single 'heavy-duty' newspaper with solid 'investigative reporting'.


I was going to suggest that the journalism majors could work as baristas at Starbucks, but those jobs are already taken by philosophy majors. The communication majors have the bar tending jobs.
My grand daughters Guinea pig died last week, so we don't need the PI or Times. I can't help there.
Guess I got nothing.




Be a good son and get your momma a nice computer and introduce her to the joys of email. Surely she has friends of a similar age that already use the computer and email is a great way to stay in touch.

Chucks, don't you see it is the 'journalism majors' that fill up the Starbucks. Sucking on their $4 latte and writing in their journals. It's our version of Paris in the 20's when expatriates like Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F Scott Fitzgerald, et al sat in those French cafes dishing bon mots and writing the great novels of our time. I guess literary talents have dropped quite a bit, eh? But hey, our kids know how to put a condom on a banana...

Gay Gary

I’m treading water waiting for the PI to go bankrupt so I can snatch up the name for cheap. I’d then publish a Monday through Friday, tabloid sized free version of the Seattle PI (a la AM New York or the new San Francisco Examiner) using the PIs current newsbox network and bundled deliveries to the top 200 KC businesses by employee headcount.

We’d shoot for a diminished circ. of 45K, be completely driven by display ads, have a super-barebones editorial staff of about 15 focused entirely on gossip, violent crime and sports reporting, supply the news section straight off the wire services and bulk it all out with a bigger-than-average mess of astrological forecasts, movie reviews, crossword puzzles/word jumbles and comics.

Each daily headline would be super-salacious and our biggest single expense would be the premiums on our libel insurance. We’d use a lot space publishing matte releases, print the headshot of different abortion doc every day under an incendiary headline like “KILLER?”, have a co-promotion agreement with the Seahawks to profile a different scantily clad SeaGal each day, and have a team of stringer photogs tag city officials around all day snapping pics of them standing innocently with female co-workers then publish the photos with the females face obscured by a question mark. I’d hire Mike Siegel to be the Managing Editor and Ken Hutchinson would write a regular editorial column. There would be no theater, music or visual arts coverage but plenty of sassy product reviews we’d get through a syndication agreement with gizmodo.com as well as a full page of “offbeat” news and “You Write the Caption” contests.

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Gary, love, that was way more than I wanted to know.

I've never been much of a newspaper reader. I remember in the eighties I think hearing some reporter talking with Brad somebody on KING radio about the City's plan to cover parners health care.

At the time, I was appalled by the lack of critical questioning and research the reporter had done. She basically regurgitated what the mayor said and called it "in-depth reporting."

I think our local journalism has always been poor. I appreciated Seattle Weekly and Stranger when they came along.

Will I miss the Seattle Times? Not at all.

And I always hated getting ink on my hands...


IMO last 'real' investigative reporter the ST had was Eric Nalder. Powers within this city do not want true investigative reporting by our media - too much to possibly be revealed. Alas we must rely on Bla'M herein for any hint of inside investigative work.


Good article by Chuck Taylor on why there isn't anything around, yet, that can quite replace the traditional newspapers: http://www.crosscut.com/blog/media/13563/The+high+legal+cost+of+practicing+journalism/


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