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 31, 2009


Puget Sound

Bryan Suits is damn funny and I know that when he goes to syndication that I will be subscribing to his show.

Puget Sound

if you want to listen to the show, podcast has been available for awhile:

podcast bryan and kennedy


Suits and Kennedy is the only radio show that I watch on the computer. He is funnier than goat blowin' and smart.


I agree. Bryan has a very acute and subtle sense of humor and those who can pick up on that will be entertained. I also like his total knowledge of the military and his ability to relate, having 'been there'. Apparently the folks in the L.A. market are picking up on this.

Puget Sound

yep, we in seattle let a real homegrown treasure go. actually, he's more of a port angeles boy but that's close enough.

Puget Sound

Although the Radio Equilizer -Brian Maloney- doesn't seem to care for Brian Suits so much. A battle of Brians of sorts back in the days of the Gas Tax Initiative brouhaha that Kirby and Carlson ran a few years ago:

"In KVI talk host Bryan Suits, it seems Washington liberals have found a potent ally behind enemy lines. Regardless of what he might have done for his country in Iraq, at home, he's providing aid and comfort to the enemy.

In a move that delivered instant ammo to area leftists, Suits denounced his conservative KVI co- hosts before a group of liberal "Dan Evans Republicans" (meaning RINOs: Republicans In Name Only) for using the airwaves to build support for a gas- tax rollback initiative:

My radio station crossed the line in my book in terms of going from advocacy to leadership on a political issue, which is why the 912 talk stopped at 6 p.m. when I came on the air and my name was never on the initiative.

Memo to Bryan: with a statement like that, you've proven you don't belong at KVI radio. If you were a DJ at a country station, would you speak out against Hank Williams, Jr.? As KVI was built on activism, that's the most appropriate comparison.

Given that fellow KVI hosts Kirby Wilbur and John Carlson have had to endure a nasty court battle to defend their rights to free speech over this very issue, what Suits has done is the ultimate in backstabbing.

If it was simply about Mr. Suits taking a principled stand that we merely disagreed with, that would be one thing, but his questionable track record strongly suggests something sleazy occurring here.

With Suits as the left's new poster child, it's ironic to think that just over a year ago, the ultraliberal Daily Kos did a well- researched hit piece on him. In it, they found Suits had given the media conflicting statements on even the most mundane of details, including whether or not he was married.

So how did Suits reinvent himself as a "KVI conservative"? That's a good question. During his previous stint at Seattle's KIRO-AM, his evening show was a watered- down cross between the on- air sex antics of Howard Stern and "guy talk" utilized by Tom Leykis. Generating some of the lowest ratings KIRO had ever witnessed, he didn't belong there, either.

With no previous talk radio experience, he'd apparently been an FM morning show producer on music stations in California before his curious KIRO hiring.

Around the newsroom, Suits was known for looking at porn on his computer and running to management with anything he'd overheard other staffers discussing. He allied himself with fringe- left talk hosts and producers in the building.

For reasons that are still baffling, Suits suddenly appeared on KVI as a would- be "conservative", but never seemed to know how to do more than a weak imitation of what other hosts were saying.

Now, of course, Suits has outed himself as a phony. Will KVI management wake up and smell the fraud in latteland?

Disclosure: yes, your Radio Equalizer worked at KVI during the 1990's and later for KIRO-AM."

KIRO Kubicle man

More Malarkey disclosure: Except for talk host like Rush, Brian Maloney is critical of anyone, liberal or conservative wjo might be more successful than himself. Your Radio Equalizer has never forgiven KVI or KIRO for firing him, and bad mouths them to this day. He has no sense of humor, which ws always a problem, and is filled with the bitterest of schadenfreude for anyone he ever worked with. He tried business talk, brokering a show for a while in Everett which never got off the ground. He is away from radio, now, except for his radio blog which owes its success to Michelle Malkin who he knew when they were both in Seattle.


I worked with Brian. One of the most decent people in radio - and hilarious. Glad to hear he's doing well - and somewhere other than KVI - fools!


oh hahahahahaahaha bwahaahh yukyukytuk that Brian Suits is So FUNNY!


Interesting and readable piece, Michael, even if it was a correction for your poor original reporting.

larry mars

When will KVI flip to oldies or sell it outright to Salem who will turn it into all-christ-all-the-time? they might as well. Firing Suits was not the beginning of the end but it played a big part. What the he'll happened at Fisher? Did the owners just quit giving a shit about radio?


I think they should go to an 'an all-news all the time' format with Carleen Johnson.

Billy Bob

Not a big fan of Brian "Suitsy" Suits. But I must admit, KVI blundered by unloading him.

Not sure what Dennis "Pinchy" Kelly was smoking at the time, but shit-canning Suits and teaming John "Narcissus" Carlson with Ken "Craters" Schram and then moving them to KOMO was a horrendous blunder.

Not in the same league as Bonneville's systematic dismantling of 710 KIRO; but still a significant head-up-ass move.

And speaking of ass, I also worked briefly with Brian "Fuckface" Maloney and I can assure you he is not decent.


Puts..why do you read the Radio Fertilizer stuff? It's bad enough that he is all the things Cubical guy said, but have you ever seen another blog that pimps for money after EVERY post??? You are smarter than that.


Hey Suits, SHOW US your ratings!!!

Real ones, not fake B.S.

Good luck with that.

Puget Sound

you mean the guy that Blam pimps as speaking 'authoritatively about Radio?'

like so:
"The Radio Equalizer
prolific former Seattle KVI, KIRO talk host speaks authoritatively about radio." why dont'cha take issue with Blam?

i read the equalizer. sometimes i agree and sometimes i disagree with him. i think he is all wet about bryan suits. as the facts show, he was 'spot on' about air america.

it's kind of interesting to read people you disagree with. you know, the whole 'mind is like a parachute...only works when open' mindset.


Just consider it a teachable moment, Sparky.


Spot on about Air America? You mean about how its demise was imminent?

Puget Sound

sure, let me provide another 'teachable moment.'

lets start with the whole bankruptcy dealie that put a major hitch in their giddyup.
and prior to that, Brian Maloney had been among the first to report the shafting of the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club.

Puget Sound

here is a little more detail.

"For Air America Radio, Evan Montvel-Cohen is the story that just won't go away. As co-founder of the liberal talk radio network, his tenure was marked by the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club Scandal, where $875,000 in taxpayer funds were diverted from the Bronx-based children's charity in order to pay the salaries of Al Franken and others inside the fledgling firm."

if you want to read the whole disgusting story -from the one Blam says speaks authoritatively on radio- check out this link.

Teachable Moments Continued


You will now be entertained by everything the parroter has ever read on the subject. None of which will have been synthesized from various objective sources but will be culled from the archives verbatim from whichever right-wing or center-right source he can google or has bookmarked.

Aren't you glad you asked?

Puget Sound

you know, it's funny when someone tries to use 'big words' to communicate.


Well, look 'em up if you don't understand them. You do know your abc's, right?


Continue your conversation, Sparky I've had my fun.


"None of which will have been synthesized from various objective sources..."

There she goes, Mrs Seattle.

Odd Joanie would use such wording after just linking a story of a poll from Daily Kos ten minutes earlier. Thanks for the laugh Joanie.

Puget Sound

Break it down Joanie, show us where the Radio Equalizer is wrong.


Steven, citing stats requires a source. Remarks and opinions don't.

Spotsie, the point being: who cares?


SPEAKING of asses, Kirby and Dori are both gleefully predicting the failure of light rail in SEATTLE before it's even had a chance to start. Everyone take light rail to Seafair this weekend. i'm planning to- the classic Mercedes might get roughed up by yeahoos, dolts, hooligans, drunken lout and knuckleheads down there.


All that cutting and pasting is a waste of time, Puts. Air America is still on the air. The Fertilizer was hoping against hope, but it's still there. And the man who drives him nuts, Al Franken, is now a US Senator. Meanwhile The Baloney man has a pitiful little blog that he uses as a shrine to Rush and tries to hit up people for money after every thread.


So what, its a free country up to now; Air America can stay on the air.
Bryan Suits is likely reading this post and laughing all the way to the bank.

The radio equalizer (fertilizer) is disdained by the progressives - what else is new ? He criticizes a leftist icon and the progressive lemmings come back with ad hominem attacks at him. More political warfare - bla bla bla.

I'd rather pay attention to actions and am more concerned about keeping our freedoms intact, which will be an uphill fight !


Speaking of Rush, now Rush has resorted to playing clips of Obama with a speeded up tape player so that he sounds cartoonishly highpitched. This is the same 1950's technology used to create Alvin and the Chipmunks. The other day he said he was getting complaints about the speedy voice clips, so he started playing slowed down clips of Obama. No wonder Savage has such contempt for Rush. Savage get's favorably profiled in the latest New Yorker Magazine- Rush delights his legions of dittoheads (knuckleheads) with speeded up tapes of Obama, so that he sounds like he's just inhaled helium.

esp for chucks,KS,puts,steven et al

BILL MOYERS: So what did you think when you saw that film?

WENDELL POTTER: I thought that he hit the nail on the head with his movie. But the industry, from the moment that the industry learned that Michael Moore was taking on the health care industry, it was really concerned.

BILL MOYERS: What were they afraid of?

WENDELL POTTER: They were afraid that people would believe Michael Moore.

BILL MOYERS: We obtained a copy of the game plan that was adopted by the industry's trade association, AHIP. And it spells out the industry strategies in gold letters. It says, "Highlight horror stories of government-run systems." What was that about?

WENDELL POTTER: The industry has always tried to make Americans think that government-run systems are the worst thing that could possibly happen to them, that if you even consider that, you're heading down on the slippery slope towards socialism. So they have used scare tactics for years and years and years, to keep that from happening. If there were a broader program like our Medicare program, it could potentially reduce the profits of these big companies. So that is their biggest concern.

BILL MOYERS: And there was a political strategy. "Position Sicko as a threat to Democrats' larger agenda." What does that mean?

WENDELL POTTER: That means that part of the effort to discredit this film was to use lobbyists and their own staff to go onto Capitol Hill and say, "Look, you don't want to believe this movie. You don't want to talk about it. You don't want to endorse it. And if you do, we can make things tough for you."


WENDELL POTTER: By running ads, commercials in your home district when you're running for reelection, not contributing to your campaigns again, or contributing to your competitor.

BILL MOYERS: This is fascinating. You know, "Build awareness among centrist Democratic policy organizations--"


BILL MOYERS: "--including the Democratic Leadership Council."


BILL MOYERS: Then it says, "Message to Democratic insiders. Embracing Moore is one-way ticket back to minority party status."


BILL MOYERS: Now, that's exactly what they did, didn't they? They--


BILL MOYERS: --radicalized Moore, so that his message was discredited because the messenger was seen to be radical.

WENDELL POTTER: Absolutely. In memos that would go back within the industry-- he was never, by the way, mentioned by name in any memos, because we didn't want to inadvertently write something that would wind up in his hands. So the memos would usually-- the subject line would be-- the emails would be, "Hollywood." And as we would do the media training, we would always have someone refer to him as Hollywood entertainer or Hollywood moviemaker Michael Moore.


WENDELL POTTER: Well, just to-- Hollywood, I think people think that's entertainment, that's movie-making. That's not real documentary. They don't want you to think that it was a documentary that had some truth. They would want you to see this as just some fantasy that a Hollywood filmmaker had come up with. That's part of the strategy.

BILL MOYERS: So you would actually hear politicians mouth the talking points that had been circulated by the industry to discredit Michael Moore.


BILL MOYERS: You'd hear ordinary people talking that. And politicians as well, right?


BILL MOYERS: So your plan worked.

WENDELL POTTER: It worked beautifully.

BILL MOYERS: The film was blunted, right?

WENDELL POTTER: The film was blunted. It--

BILL MOYERS: Was it true? Did you think it contained a great truth?

WENDELL POTTER: Absolutely did.

BILL MOYERS: What was it?

WENDELL POTTER: That we shouldn't fear government involvement in our health care system. That there is an appropriate role for government, and it's been proven in the countries that were in that movie.

You know, we have more people who are uninsured in this country than the entire population of Canada. And that if you include the people who are underinsured, more people than in the United Kingdom. We have huge numbers of people who are also just a lay-off away from joining the ranks of the uninsured, or being purged by their insurance company, and winding up there.

Well, how does it feel to used, you guys? How does it feel to be the objects of simple propaganda? You are all so easy.


yes, the repeat of Bill Moyers was even more depressing than the first time.


Wendell Potter. Neo-Commie. Enough said.


Based on what, Steven? Name calling is about you have to offer, isn't it?


I think, Sparky, it is more depressing now because we are seeing his words come true. We are seeing what bribery by big corporations can achieve. He's the guy who planned the sabotage of a film on behalf of the insurance industry and is now talking about it.

And still stupidity reigns. It is no longer ignorance when the truth is told. Deniers leave the realm of the ignorant and enter the kingdom of the stupid.

Puget Sound

Based on what, Steven? Name calling is about you have to offer, isn't it?

Posted by: joanie | August 01, 2009 at 12:29 AM

since you trade in it, it is hard to take you seriously.
practice what you preach.
don't run away from the hard math and perhaps you'll get people to engage you.
until then, pot meet kettle.

here is the harder question. step away from michael moore and bill moyers for a second. ask yourself this,

1) why is it so important to ram the bill through without a careful reading of it?

2) dems have all the votes needed to do so yet this same party is balking at doing so.


Changing the question again, spotsie? That's why I rarely talk to you. You are unable to respond directly to anything.

Circle talk. Always circles with you.


ph(j)oanie - He is just besting you at your own game and knows you will never answer the above questions - because you would be too vulnerable and transparent.

Must be frustrating - I challenge you go back and reread your own threads, for God sakes - prime examples of circle talk and then ask for examples like you will probably do in your attempt to play dumb. (A skunk never smells its own P U). What goes around comes around.


Well, klueless, I'll grant you one thing: you're #1 at cliches.


I grant you something, ph(J)oanie, you are #1 at obfuscating..


prove it

so far, you've said nothing - nor did your compatriot in insipidness - about Potter's comments.

Nothing to say? Empty brain syndrome? Inability to comprehend?

And you think we're supposed to take you two mouseketeers seriously...


Blagh blaugh blaugh. You did it again in your last post - you are too biased to admit it - I get that. Just call me Karnak.


Ok, Karnak. Now I know what you're using for a brain.


"Steven, citing stats requires a source. Remarks and opinions don't."

Posted by: joanie | July 31, 2009 at 05:41 PM

Wow, now remarks and opinions do need sources. Make up your mind Joanie. Which one is it. But since you asked. here you go from his bio at PRwatch.org.

"last year he left his job as head of communications for one of the nation's largest health insurers to try his hand at helping SOCIALLY responsible organizations"

Like I said. A Neo-Com.


So? When you start getting social security, will you then become a neo-com? When you greet people which is a social gesture, are you a neo-com?

What is a neo-com?


Why is Suits mugging for the camera liek that, in the photo like a goofball? oh i took a listen to the KENNEDY and suits podcasts, i still can't stand Bryan but he does have good chemistry with Kennedy. Also Robin Bertolucci must have listened to old tapes of KVI Bryan and told him to stop talking down to the callers because that's what he did on KVI every single day. He's now showing deference to the L.A. callers, at least some SUPERFICIAL respect. He's still a turd though. Good riddance dude.


I believe that a neo-com is a neo-communist, as a neo-con is a neo-conservative. Personally, I prefer neo-commie or just plain Marxist.

Puget Sound

good points.
as you know:
when facts are cited, ph(J)oanie spews that she needs 'analysis.'
when analysis is given, ph(J)oanie calls it opinion and asks for 'facts.'

a true troll. slowly killing a blog.

just be glad she isn't arguing on your side of an issue.

poor m steele.


When Steele is away, so is Drew - that may be more than a coincidence.

Ph(J)oanie is too predictable. Her and Sparkles seem to believe that this blog is especially for trolls (mainly for liberal progressives)

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