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
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  • 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
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  • Howie in Seattle
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  • Streaming Radio Guide
    Hellishly long (5795!) list of radio streaming, steaming on the Internets.
  • The Naked Loon
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  • 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
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  • 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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February 02, 2009



ESP B’lam, as I was thinking about Arbitron this morning when I read a post that referred to ratings. I participated in one a long time ago. I see payment has gone up quite a bit from the one dollar and two quarters I was paid to keep a dairy. I would fit in the not so honest category as I listed stations I or anyone else would ever listened to or TV shows that no one watched. Does anyone remember the Alan Thicke’s Show with sidekick Arsenio Hall?

I never put much faith in ratings after experiencing Arbitron and the titanic pay I received. At least it was cash and there wasn’t any withholding for taxes. I did fail to report it though.

So what if conservative radio ratings are higher than progressive radio as argued here. It doesn’t add credence to enhance a viewpoint or add to “my side wins” debate unless you own the radio station to set your advertising card rates. How long have we heard about the demise of Air America now besides comments from O’Reilly, Maloney and Malkin?


Nice shot of Steve Morris, btw. In reality, he's not as charming as that picture makes him look.

Foo Marley

Expect KUOW to be the big loser in Seattle. It's been known for awhile that NPR listeners have been savvy and loyal enough
to "mark across" their Arbitron diaries, indicating they listen 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. Good thing KUOW has made the
wise decision not to debut any expensive local programs for the time being given the impending loss of underwriting v

Last Mango

Foo's thesis is the hopeful one expressed by most commercial radio people in town. Some think the drivetime button-pushers may not be hitting the KIRO FM buton as often as they did previously.


I'll make this unusually bold prediction that the PPM will put TBTL at number one in Jet City.

Hey - stranger things have happened in this town.


I'm interested in seeing the difference between the next books taken via the PPM and the past books. Should be very telling

To think that all these Arby ratings could be based on nothing at all and so many people's lives have been directed by all this nothingness is UNreal.


PPM is online now in 14 markets. As a 30+ year radio professional I have to say while no ratings methodology is perfect, PPM is far better than diaries where listeners "vote" for their favorites or fail to record all their listening. You'll see some change, some formats do better than others, but generally the best programmed radio stations rise to the top. I wouldn't want to go back.

Kate Krumrey

Arbo is ruining radio for the listener. Its only recording the crap you can't escape while not reflecting whether you like what you are hearing, have a choice about what you are hearing or buy the products that are being used. Its sadly being used as an excuse to fire some of the experienced talent who have earned their positions and wages. Instead they give us a prefab Walmart version of radio staffed by low paid drones. Blech!

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