take your answer off the air...

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  • Talker's Magazine
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  • The Advocate
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Streaming Radio Guide
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  • The Naked Loon
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  • Irrational Public Radio
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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right-wing blogs we like

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  • Orbusmax
    inexhaustible Drudgery of NW conservative news
  • The Radio Equalizer
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May 18, 2009



I assume there is a maximum mileage area around Seattle where they take their data? Any idea how they select people to do this???


I've stopped listening to KIRO too. The reception in West Seattle is too scratchy to be acceptable. Sorry, but didn't you guys at KIRO anticipate this?

Charles de Midway

I think there are about 1100 PPM wearers in a market of over 3 million people. A single PPM has lots power over the stations. Some say too much. there should be a bigger sample. Plus minorities media isn't well represented.


Yes, I, too, work in the northwest area of Seattle and cannot get anything better than scratchy FM in my classroom which has west-facing windows.

And I also wondered, Sparky, how people were picked to participate.

Funny that your friend who used to listen to KIRO all day long so easily moved to KVI as one of his choices. I thought KVI was anathema to a KIRO listener. The few times (not so few when he had a good topic and whined less) I listened to 710DORI I sure could not listen to KVI. Not even Carlson.

Well, with Randi back and Reagan getting very good listener participation and guests, KPTK is doing okay for me.

I will be interested to see the numbers for sports talk and the possible decline? of KJR.


Enough with the anecdotes. Let us be patient enough to wait for some real numbers.

Dave (not dave ross)

its not the reception for me, i find the commerical load on kiro fm a lot less tolerable than when they were on am only. my kiro listening has been cut by half or more, easily. i have gone to music stations rather than talk.


I used to listen to KIRO but now keep it locked on to AM 530 (road conditions, amber alerts, etc).

I grew frustrated with trying to figure out the difference between AM and FM, so put it on 530 and have never looked back.

Corporate Suit

I posted a thread about this over at www.radio-info.com about how much I have pretty much forgotten about KIRO's talk programming since they left for the FM. Out of AM band, out of mind...and I wondered if anyone felt the same? However, too many people piled on by saying that "FM is the next wave for talk!" I don't think so....


I should expect that KIRO will stumble a bit in the ratings initially, but they have far too much talent to fail. Like any major change it will take a little time to acclimate but rest assured they will continue to be the area's power station(s). I agree with the 'have patience' approach.


They are selecting people the same ways they did for the diaries, but they are moving to add Cell Phone only users. Seattle-Tacoma will have Cell Phone only users by June.


Since April, when I'm at home, I stream Ross's show occasionally but I for the most part have switched over to KPOJ and Thom Hartmann. The reception isn't great but it's a heck of a lot better than KIRO's joke of an FM station.

Thanks for thinking of us down here in Lewis County KIRO.. I hope 97.3 FM fails BIG TIME...jerks.


Geez, what a rough crowd. One day nobody listens to AM. Lose one signal and all of a sudden, everyone does. Loyalty? Somehow, I doubt KIRO is much concerned with a listener who'll tune to a road conditions station rather than push the little button marked FM... sheesh!

My understanding is that only 18-20% of all radio listeners (and there are a lot fewer of them than there used to be) ever tune the AM band these days. KIRO can pull a smaller percentage of the 80% that's on FM and do just fine.

As for Chehalis; this has already been covered here. KIRO doesn't have to care. You are out of their area of interest. Listen to your own stations.

Typically, the naysayers here are quick to jump on the bandwagon. For how long have you all been patiently waiting for KPTK and AA to build significant numbers? Years! Yet, a few short weeks after switching, you've all but given up on poor old KIRO.

Oh... using the report of one PPM user is hardly sufficient to draw a conclusion... and how convenient, that you always mention the ultra-reliable reception of your fav KUOW, while always shoving KIRO-FM's so-called scratchy signal down our throats here. You can find places where every station, am or fm will have problems. Get real.


I caught Dori's show yesterday and maybe I wasn't listening closely but I could have swore he didn't say *1* single word about politics, he didn't express any pro-libertarian views, he didn't express any anti establishment views. He covered some human interest and current event type topics - and it was somewhat listenable. It reminded me of the pre right wing nut job Dori. If he can keep that up he might do OK.


He can ONLY succeed with your support.


Only Bonneville has the cash to take this risk. They've got to groom a whole new audience. I don't wonder that the old world talkers like Dave and Dori are doing... the real question is: How is Ron & Don, and TBTL doing? I believe it's that kind of radio, the lifestyle, the gossip and entertainment kind that they're pushing on the FM dial. (It;'s not unlike what has always existed on the FM dial. Issues and arguing is for the old boomers. they're still a big bunch but they're AM loyal, and dying slowly.


Kiro used to be my go-to station. Now I don't listen to them at all anymore and I'm not sure I really miss it.


Love KIRO FM! Made the switch. It wasn't hard really because my parents taught me at a young age how to dial in my radio. KUOW, KPLU etc all have their blank spots in this city and KIRO FM is no different. I will always love my boys, Dave, Dori, Ron and Don!


What a bunch of Luddites! I imagine a city full of arbitron listeners who churn their own butter, subscribe to "Buggy Whips International" and have their VCR's all blinking 12:00.

Hey grandpa!! FM will not steal your soul or rape your daughters. I didn't know blatherwatch cornered the coveted 65-90 market. How did you guys even learn how to turn on your computers?

Better not mention the KIRO computer stream or podcasts. Their heads may explode via "Scanners".


asdfasd -- Well written. Thank you.


I live north of Bellingham and am a talk-radio fan and listen to it 24/7; I am a shift worker. KIRO began to lose me when 9-11 happened and Dori (I can't believe I used to like his show) started wetting his pants whenever Bush/Cheney fired up the fear machine, as well as promoting liars such as the Swift Boaters and Ann Coulter.

Dave Ross is milquetoast, and Thom Hartmann is available on 2 stations here, at least, in Dave's time slot. KIRO radio lost me years ago, the more I think about it.

As for the new channel--has anyone told Bonneville that reception for their station SUCKS here in Bellingham? Not worth devoting a car channel button to???


I have not listened to KIRO since the move.
I live in Olympia and cannot get a good signal.
KIRO AM, I like to watch football and baseball but don't care about every little thing about the players.
KOMO just took over a local FM station 97.7 to simulcast their station. Even if I wanted to listen to local raido, they are turning to Seattle clones.
FM is music - AM is information
And that's the way it is.


The reception in W. Seattle is terrible. Not that big of a deal since the commercial load has driven me away. It really gets creepy listening to their hawkers 'caress' every word -- "Real --- Natural ---- Dog Food ---". Yeah, I heard you the first time. Too bad, but times change and they blew it.

David M

I was a pretty loyal listener of KIRO until they went off AM. While I'm also an FM listener, their format just didn't seem to fit amongst all the music stations. HOWEVER they got me back this week. Why? Because they've been joined on the FM dial by KOMO 97.7. I guess it's a bit like car dealers when they all bunch up together on a block. It creates more of a scene than when they're all by themselves.

Ironically when KIRO moved off AM, I began listening to KOMO a lot more than I ever had. Though KOMO led me to accept talk on FM, I'm...mainly listening to KIRO-FM now. So in my case at least, KOMO did KIRO a favor.


Michael..your comments on the first month of PPM results in Seattle. It's a whole new ballgame. Where are the talkers???

brave new world

I got thrown off the KIRO train a bit too. Both AM and FM. Reasons:

Reception on the FM is spotty on the waterfront (where I work) and really bad in West Seattle (where I sometimes play).

Every time I tune into the AM (usually in the a.m.), it's some national sports guy yapping about how great the NBA is. Could there be a less appropriate and more tone-deaf topic to introduce a new sports-talk station to Seattle? Seriously, the letters "N B A" and it's instant dial-change for me. I heard that 710 would be "less local" than 950, and that's in fact turned out to be the case.

I haven't gone to a competing station. The "loss" of the old 710 KIRO just kind of confirmed for me that there's less and less of interest on radio at all these days. The medium has become kind of a wasteland. So I've gone to podcasts. The iPod goes with me everywhere -- car, home, work -- I just plug it into the speakers, get better, deeper content on stuff i'm interested in (news and sports, as before) and and my podcast hours probably now outnumber my radio hours by 3 to 1.


M, I think you CAN post some of PPM numbers. I've seen the 12+ and 25-54 #'s on that "other" web site. Not the actual shares, but order of finish. Astounding results! No dayparts, however. THAT would be intersting to know and I have no way of getting them.

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