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 22, 2008


David Tatelman

Wow, Michael, you never ever make typos. I guess you were in a real hurry to get this post up!

But seriously, I hope that KIRO brings Shannon Drayer over with the team. She is a great interviewer and seems to get many scoops from the players.


Thanks Bla'M...it's getting interesting indeed. Schramm has been out for a while now; Carlson was out last week...doin some polishin...may be? KVI...that's the one I'll be watching to see what happens.



now mebbe that ol' kai-ro will git rid o' dem dum basses ronandon. there err time jus get cut in haff.


Dem dum basses? You mean Ron & Don? They're kickin' butt on every other AM station in Afternoon Drive, especially in the money 25-54 demo. Not to mention kickin' butt on known music properties like KWJZ, KPLZ, KJR FM, & KBKS. And versus the 'Taters over on Kay-Vee-Eye? Fuggetaboutit. They've blown them outta' the water. Sounds like some success envy to me...


Bring back NY Vinnie! This is a guy who is passionate about the game and the team, did a very entertaining postgame show when the M's were on KIRO, became a good luck charm for the team and cared about the listeners. Except for some Fox Sports TV and KRKO appearances he doesn't seem to be doing much. Oh, did I mention he helped save baseball in Seattle!


Yes, bring back Vinnie!


Shannon Drayer - great interviewer? What a joke. She had a voice that's like nails on a chalkboard and most of the Mariners hate talking to her.

The best thing about the move back to KIRO is Drayer will go back to whatever bar or coffee stand she was working at before she tried her hand at radio.


Funny that this size of a city may not be big enough for KOMO/KVI and KIRO/KTTH - KVI appears to the weakest link, but they probably won't go anywhere - maybe some heads will roll as is commonplace in the radio biz. None of these stations are that swift, but KIRO has the inside on sports.

By comparison, Portland has KXL, KPAM, KEX, KPOJ (the AA affiliate) and KTRO - all talk stations for a smaller market - KXL, KPAM and KEX all have local talk shows. KXL is the sports equivalent to KIRO.
There is a better variety of talk in Portland than Seattle.

Mike Barer

That's interesting since not long ago, it looked like KIRO was moving away from sports programming.


KS, KPOJ has local programming too. A really great morning program... last I knew.

KPAM is "weak" in my opinion outside mornings and KTRO had to lose its FM signal after failing to gain any traction. I think it holds on, like KKOL does up here. Salem's success in Seattle-Tacoma and in Portland seems to be in ethnic programming (Spanish language music sports and talk, Russian talk).

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