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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December 01, 2008



"that the problems have been mounting in the 1990s, when radio companies consolidated, then began increasing the ad time available."

sums it up well - too damn many commercials. fewer commercials guys, we might actually listen more. funny thing is KPTK, supposedly not doing so hot, is the biggest whore of the stations I listen to.

My 2 cents worth

We pulled our 400k of ads from local radio for a variety of reasons but the main one was the stations couldn't show they were reaching our demographics. KIRO is an excellent example. They reached our demographics when they had the Mariners and a larger variety of local talk show hosts. After the Mariners their programming became erratic and inconsistent. Dave Ross to the afternoon then back to the morning, etc.... Dori may pull in listeners but the angry white male is a small demographic with very little purchasing power. Local radio stations have lost their local identity. Unfortunately TV is moving in that direction as well with the KOMO giving up NWA.


Bla'M you are mixing up your classic TeeVee shows.....Would Superman say
"High Ho, Silver! Awayyyyy!"?

Everyone knows The Lone Ranger said "Exit, Stage Left!"


And Batt Masterson sang "Here I come to save the day".


Noooo that was Huckleberry Hound


Getting momentum. Full page ad in the Chicago Tribune.

Now this is the stuff I want to hear on the radio. Whether it is true or not doesn't really matter but it will definetly get my attention. Just like AA and all those 911 conspiracy theroist they started out with. It worked then. Why not now.


Well said, Mark. I honed in on the increased time given over to ads as well.

When I podcast Dave Ross which I will do in a minute, you get less than twenty minutes of talk in sixty minutes of time. That's ridiculous.

Also, I listen to KPTK but I sure do turn the sound down when all those repetitive commercials come online.

I think a lot of people like talk but we can't tolerate the constant shrill selling of everything.


I kind of like commercials when I've never heard them before. I like knowing what services are out their and if they have a seasonal special. It's when you've heard about Stately Schwartz Manner at least AT LEAST 100 times that our relationship starts to go sour.


Dori may pull in listeners but the angry white male is a small demographic with very little purchasing power.

Interesting, 2c worth.


Damn! I was beginning to become optimistic when you stated radio revenue was drying up;then you
said that small market radio is better off.Living in small market Yakima,my hopes were dashed.My
delusion was that the right-wing echo machine would be sprinkled
by a little variety.
By the way,the right wing 24/7 station program director at KIT,at least had the cajones to admit that he runs his station solely for business profits.

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    • KIRO 710ESPN Seattle 710 KHz
      Games and sports-blabber
    • KIROFM 97.3
      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.
    • KUOW FM 94.9
      Seattle's foremost public radio news and talk.
    • KVI am 570 KHz
      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.
    • KTTH am 770 KHz
      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.
    • KPTK am 1090 KHz
      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.
    • KLFE AM 1590 kHz
      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).
    • KOMOAM
      News, traffic, Ken Schram and John Carlson.
    • Washington State Radio Stations
      Comprehensive list of every danged AM & FM station on the dial.
    • KKOL am 1300 KHz
      Once a rabid right-wing talker, except for Lou Dobbs, it's all business....