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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July 25, 2008



A lot of people were pissed when NPR uncerimoniously dumped Bob Edwards...that is when i quit listening to Morning Edition.


For those who appreciate Morning Edition and enjoy NPR programming prepare for some truly awful radio. Listener comments have been scathing, mostly ending with "take it away." The hosts have no chemistry. Udoji sounds way over her head and the once stellar Hockenberry is embarassing to listen to. Few stations are carrying this turkey, and with good reason.


Take away 'The Take Away'!

Puget Sound

Hey Duff
The Boards been fairly quiet.


Yep, hear ya Puts...been trying to 'stir-it-up' a bit and have to some extent but apparently lots of folks 'vacationing'?...and of course our favorite ms joanie has skeddaled for a while. Getting close to 'convention' time tho and I would suspect it'll 'pick up'.
Economy blues likely prevailing...

Puget Sound

I'll be gone for awhile starting next week.
Bad news for Chucks. But he's a tough bird and he'll get back on his horse soon enough.

Coils has sure been active, eh?


I don't get up til 7am, just in time for Diane Rehm which is great radio. KXOT's day-time programming is better than KUOW, IMHO, with TOTN and many foreign news services making an appearance.
The cr*p that KIRO serves up just doesn't interest me.

coiler  for employment security

yes, I'm going to help chucks with finding a job, I know duffman will wash his car and Puts, you can call up Sharkansky and see if knows any job opportunities out there.

"convene critical conversations, take live reports from the field, provide a platform for commentary and analysis, and invite listeners to join the discussion."

Fantastic. NPR going the way of cable news in earnest, becoming more legacy and less forward-looking, while setting out to do the opposite.


Bla'm--your podcast link has an extra "s" in the URL.

I guess I'm kinder to this show than most here, as I've posted in past threads, though I'm not a daily listener (hey, when the CBC is local, you listen). Compared with the Byrant Park Project, it is quite listenable. Look at the list of recent live interviews, including Mary Robinson.

It may not be your cup of tea, but I think The Takeaway has a chance of surviving.


I still contend that NPR NW is missing a local angle big-time. Older KCMU did this brilliantly with music until Allen took the reigns (KEXP). Well, many will argue with me, but when the pulled metal content ("Brain Pain" - Sundays, 9-12am), I lost respect for the "all music" college-buy-out.

Note: Nate and his accessories his still on hiatus due to wedding plans. Priorities folks.

Puget Sound

congrats on the wedding nate.

btw, you a penn and teller fan?


So...Puts, when it comes to climate change, you believe what a magician says over what a scientist says.

holy crap, joanie, why do we try so hard to educate people? We should just start quoting Elvis, Brian Baloney and David Copperfield.



....and the CATO Institute..no surprise there that he would be affiliated with that.

"The Cato Institute is a libertarian, quasi-academic think-tank which acts as a mouthpiece for the globalism, corporatism, and neo-liberatarianism of its corporate and conservative funders. Cato is an astroturf organization: there is no significant participation by the tiny libertarian minority. They do not fund it or affect its goals. It is a creature of corporations and foundations.

The major purpose of the Cato Institute is to provide propaganda and soundbites for conservative and libertarian politicians and journalists that is conveniently free of reference to funders such as tobacco, fossil fuel, investment, media, medical, and other regulated industries.

Cato is one of the most blatant examples of "simulated rationality", as described in Phil Agre's The Crisis of Public Reason. Arguments need only be plausibly rational to an uninformed listener. Only a tiny percentage will notice that they are being mislead. That's all that's needed to manage public opinion."

Quite an honor to be a part of an organization famous for paid propaganda. Maybe they buy his magic wands for him.


Remember, KXOT is *rolls eyes and groans* KUOW-HD 2 so we *all* should be able to hear it crystal clear on our affordable, widely available and portable HD radios (HYBRID DIGITAL NOT HIGH DEFINITION, BUT KPLU AND OTHERS CONTINUE TO MAKE THAT ERROR ON AIR...).

KUOW mitigates a lot of signals in my area of the Madison Valley since it's up on that hill a few yards from here... I can't even really get a useable KXOT signal in the car.

It's too bad KEXP couldn't keep KXOT. It really is a perfect signal enhancement to 90.3 as a "translator" for the South Sound.


Why do I hate The Takeaway:

1) Infantile theme music pounding bass distorting my speakers and rattling my teeth. I don't need that at 6AM.
2) Incessant self-promotion.
3) Retarded hosts asking complex questions of intelligent guests, then rudely interrupting after 10 seconds to make more room for 1) and 2) above.

Please bring back Morning Edition!

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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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      News, traffic, Ken Schram and John Carlson.
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      Once a rabid right-wing talker, except for Lou Dobbs, it's all business....