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 27, 2009



My 2nd-gen Zune has an FM receiver. I use it to listen when I'm running errands and not in the car.

(Disclaimer: most often I am using it to listen to TBTL. I typically stream earlier in the day, when I'm in one location for long periods of time.)

Mark C.

"compelling and distinct" ain't what I would call the programming on KUOW. There's a big vacuum in local news right now, why doesn't KUOW try, with all their resources and this leg up from NPR, to fill it? The Seattle Times doesn't get it, the Crosscut has no money or staff or readers under 60, the other attempts like the Post Globe are going away already. The radio and TV station sites are filled with pet stories and roadkill. There is still a chance for KUOW to be a relevant news provider on multiple platforms in this town.
Otherwise, It's gardening and Car Talk until we all die off.

John Moe

You got a Rewind t-shirt?!


"34% of topics are stolen from NPR."

That's bullshit, Michael, it's about 32%, the rest from Drudge and Huffpo


Morning KUOW is a snore. Some good evening stuff: Living on Earth, Alternative Radio (when they get new stuff), Diane Rehm)

I wish you'd stop with the ugly teeth thing. They are so gross.

Car Talk - just another comedy routine. I tired of it a long time ago. Same-o Same-o. Must be a guy thing. (with a few exceptions...)


Wow, I never thought about it, but only TWO proprietary programs coming out of KUOW! That's an outrage.

When I was in Wisconsin last month they had full "in house" programing from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m (minus two hours for "Talk of the Nation"). That take flexibility, creativity and hard work to pull of a production schedule like that.

KUOW is limping, and Steve Shere is an Elmer Fudd, as far as I'm concerned.


Local pubradio stations have backed themselves into a corner in a couple of important ways that make inoffensiveness their top priority.

First, the NPR news/talk format is expensive, Local stations get big numbers by carrying the big NPR shows, but they have to send a lot of their fundraising dollars to Washington to fuel the mothership. That leaves relatively little money for local programming.

Second, for pubradio fundraising, TSL -- "time spent listening" -- is king. The longer an individual listens, the more likely s/he is to pledge. Local pubcasters don't want to do anything that might cause you to change stations. So they are loath to break up the expensive, high-quality national programming to insert local content that may be of lesser quality. And they are especially loath to try anything outside of the pubradio "sound" or anything more than about four minutes long. They gotta keep feeding the listeners what they expect.

The result is a big, successful, and profoundly risk-averse institution.

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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....