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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May 21, 2009



Oh Joy!

I didn't get to hear or see the first pitch from Luke Burbank....

Mariners must getting desperate having him come and do the first pitch... of course, what would you expect since he works for KIRO and they have the broadcast rights?

Jeez, maybe we can get Bill Gates to throw out the first pitch and have 1,000 MSFT employees in the stands...

What a bunch of crap.


It is way beyond you old folks' understanding. As one of the 10's, - it's our way of tuning you out.


As someone once said 'it's too bad that youth is wasted on the young'.
Tbtl is nothing more than organized chaos.

where's waldo

I'm not young.....I'm sitting steadfastly in middle age, but I get it, and I kind of like it.

It's gentle, interesting, and keeps you company. There's no "BROADCASTING" about it. It's human interaction and light conversation.

What's so wrong about that? They're becoming my friends, rather than my leaders. I have no problem with that.

Nancy E.

I used to think I was getting a little more information about Luke, Jen and Sean than I want, now I can't get enough.

MIKE not Michael

Hood's on the payroll, everybody knows that. This stink bomb CANNOT last. Bring back Mike Webb, Goldy Frank Shiers, even! Give us something to chew on.

John Heiser

Blather peeps have little to say about TBTL because they don't listen to it. They just know they hate it.

I remember my dad hating rock n roll despite he wouldn't have known it if he heard it so involved he was in his crappy church music.

Time marches on. You can choose to acknowledge that or just be geezerly about "the old days." The good old days have obviously passed in talk radio. Be there or be square, but don't diss the kids for being different than you.


I try to listen (when the Ms are not playing!), but typically I grow bored. Occasionally they can keep my attention. Maybe I am an example of middle aged ADHD? Surely there is no other explanation for my inability to appreciate the latest craze.

There must be a prescription drug that will cure me; or maybe just large quantities of good old alcohol. TBTL seems to advocate heavy drinking - maybe that is the secret to listening? I am open to suggestions, I don't want to be geezerly ...


Well AMJ, look at it this way. Any one who can get pleasure out of watching/listening to a team of over-weight (non)athletes who can't even play 500-ball and who stand around spitting, adjusting their wrist-bands and scratching their private parts should find TBTL the epitome of excitement.
Hang in there, they'll (Mariners) soon drive you away and you'll get tired of the excitement of watching paint dry. That's when TBTL will seem very attractive.


Wish the grown-up shows would take us to a ball game. This sounds very fun. Just another reason I wish I was 28 instead the mother of a 28-year-old.


I am just on the late side of middle age. TBTL is not something I seek out. However, I find it pleasant background filler if I am driving around or sitting around at dinner. The show has a niche. I know guys who love it. Its a great test of format. For those of you who hate it and can't find anything else to tickle your ears with what you want to hear turn OFF the radio and go watch tv or go do something physical. Like have sex. Or if you're too old, make funeral arrangements for yourself.

Mercer Island Bert

TBTL is not dumb, it's young. If there is one thing boomers should understand it is that the young will do their own thing.

TBTL is not right or left or even about politics. In funny ways its like the radio I grew up with before Rush. I'm in that late side of middle age too but I find myself getting caught up in the daily lives of these young people and their odd language and customs.I wish them well. This codgerly 10 will be listening for a long time.

Mike Barer

"Bring back Mike Webb, Goldy Frank Shiers, even! Give us something to chew on. "

Yes, let's bring back Mike Webb. Can anyone figure how?


Cyn: Girls Night Out, August 29, Ms against the Royals. That is a party!


Mike Webb & Goldy gave us something to chew on; I don't think Frank qualifies in that area. Mike Webb was a classic. Bringing him back could be problematic, perhaps his reincarnated spirit will show up?

Queens Hunter


Let the gay one rot in peace.


Attention people!!! Just your weekly blatherwatch TBTL strokefest!! Nothing to see here.....move along!!!

Now back to your regularly scheduled crap on Dori fest. You might not know this, but he has a girl's name.


Ah, good thread. Back to radio talk.

TBTL is like old radio - Frosty, Jim, who else? Then Larry King and Mike Siegel. I wasn't interested until they came along. Prior to King and Siegel, it was all rock 'n roll for me.

What does it say that we're getting back to boring? Is that an Obama thing? I guess it is either background banter or engaging discourse. I vote engaging discourse.

Dave (not dave ross)

i am also outside the tbtl demographic, however i find myself listening to more tbtl, (in the car) and participating less in the very predictable blatherwatch...


That a low blow, not Mr. Ross.

Hey, Roz, you out there? If you are, have yourself a fine Memorial Day weekend. Hope you're not alone. I just can't get excited about the current political talk. Too much nonsense being spouted by spotsie and his crew. Good thing they don't reside on your ship. They'd have sunk her by now.

My wish that all soldiers are home by Tuesday. (I know, wishful thinking . . . but I said "my wish" . . . )

insert smiley face here

David M

I'm 48 and while I don't consider TBTL to be can't-miss radio, I do tend to enjoy it just about every time I tune in. Maybe because I do tend to think "young" or something like that...I don't know. I will admit it's a bit jarring every once in a while to hear them talk, for example, about Nirvana being a band from their high-school days; I was in my 30s by the time the grunge era came into being. But basically I feel like we're roughly the same age. Good quality radio.

I also listen to Rush, Beck, Dori and other drivel for cheap laughs but for some actual information about things in life that are positive and meaningful, I tune into to TBTL. I'm sure that seems mixed up to a few of you but I'm absolutely not kidding.

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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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      Once a rabid right-wing talker, except for Lou Dobbs, it's all business....