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 06, 2009



I was listening to the radio very, very late one night recently and heard Ross on the AM dial. I was glad. I can only listen to podcasts most of the time so it was nice to get that mornings show. Anyway, I found myself listening to his overnighter. Suddenly, at 4 AM, I got a sports talk guy.

I can't remember which band I was on first but I was surprised to be catapulted to sports talk. I found myself playing with the AM/FM dial to see if something odd had happened but I got sports talk at 4 AM on both the AM and FM bands.

It was weird. In fact, I can't remember for sure if it was 3 AM or 4 AM. I only know I didn't expect to hear sports talk.

Also, since the ratings of 710KIRO were pre-PPMS, do we know for sure that it ever was in the top-drawer category?

Corporate Suit

Once again, Michael is pulling it out of his ass. Rush Limbaugh is not a significant player in this market. I doubt any big changes will be forthcoming to programming around here.


You must be one of my groupies. ******* I just threw you a kiss. :)


KOMO put a KIROfmkiller move on Monson and friends with their blaster FM station just a fraction of a dial twist away from pathetically underpowered KIROFM. Who is the average Joe going to listen to- a crackly, weak, fuzzed out Monson, or John and Ken booming away clearly just down the dial? J and K are really just as good as Monson, assuming you don't already have problems with Dori's attitude, arrogance and - well, lack of manliness. I'm sure the wee one is aware that this move wsa a blunder and is fuming about it.


Now you can (_X_)!


Sorry, Tommy. That wasn't meant for you but for my groupie. I just learned how to do it.

Welcome back, BTW. Nice to talk about radio again. Do you podcast? But you don't like Dave so what's the point.

I don't know what to listen to anymore. I'm so zoned out on the KPTK commercials. I race across the room to cut of three of them currently. I finally resort to silence.

Anyway, nice to hear from you.


Not to mention four repeats of Reagan and two of Malloy on three-day weekends.

Kings Hunter

Once again this blog has managed to turn into the joanie/sparky love themselves show with dominant postings and one track thinking.

Billy Bob

There's another "business" factor that may be in Fisher's favor for getting Rush back.

The Limbaugh show is owned by Premiere Radio Networks which is a division of Clear Channel.

Clear Channel also owns KJR-AM, Seattle's original all-sports station. So the genuises at Bonneville decided to go all-sports on 710 AM and steal away the ESPN shows from KJR.

Taking a heritage brand like KIRO off of the 2nd best AM signal on the west coast (KGO, SF would be the best) was probably not a smart move.

Cutting back on live, local programs at night and weekends and reducing local news coverage was also questionable strategy.

Putting what the seniors at Bonneville consider to be "hip" shows like TBTL and Phil Hendrie on a station like KIRO was akin to having Carrot-Top anchor the CBS Evening News.

But poking a stick in the eye of KJR and Clear Channel may have been an even bigger blunder.

Clear Channel could yank Rush from KTTH to get even for the attack on KJR.

Perhaps Bruce Reese and Rod Arquette were too busy planning the demise of "those KOMO homos"!


If Rush moves back to KVI, why not move Dori to KTTH? It would seem he should be a much better fit over there, and he doesn't even need to move his desk.

They could also merge KTTH and KIRO so KIRO would be on AM again.

Kings Hunter

"They could also merge KTTH and KIRO so KIRO would be on AM again."

I think that's an excellent idea.


Queenie has King'd himself....how cute!!


Talk radio has been focused on MJ pretty heavily recently. Here was someone with strong liberal values, why no topic on this blog.


Can you imagine the ridicule and the loss of face if KIRO went running back to AM? Never hoppen.


At least on talkradio i've heard some criticism of Great God Michael. On television, it's been a sickening nonstop hagiography, rather than biography , of the man. Because eomeone made fanatastic nusic and performances, means he was necessarily a good or moral person.Jackson the irresponsible manchild, spent a billion dollars, or was it merely a half billion, in twenty years, most of it on himself.Even judging hin on music alone, he's done nothing really any good after Man in the Mirror, which was what 20plus years ago, and he didn't even write it. his 2001 all MJ written comeback album sucked bigtime. The vast majority of non-European males (he's huge in Europe) haven't been able to relate to him since the early eighties, beacause of murky sexuality issues and his descent into a human freakshow. To be a true superstar every group and gender should be able to relate to you. He irresponsibly demanded drugs he had no business having, and received them, from unscrupulous, criminal doctors and yesmen toadies. I am not watching the memorial telecast because it is a worship of a God not a man. Jackson was not a God.


Right now the AM and FM dial positions are identical. Shouldn't matter, I guess, but it is easier somehow. All that's left of KIRO for me are podcasts of Ross.

Speaking of MJ, Brooke Shields just did a heart-rending memorial to Jackson.

And, I found myself listening to TBTL last week when they focused on Jackson and his music. It was interesting. Good callers and I learned some interesting stuff. The non-political and easy chatter were a nice change. So, maybe there's hope.

Sparky, we get the best of Mr. Hunter when he posts. He gets offended at that. BTW, Mr. Hunter, where's your better half these days?


I don't agree Tommy, he was the King of Pop and the republican crowd tried to destroy him. They would have too if he hadn't had sufficient funds to combat them. A kinder, loving and more gentle soul you couldn't find. An incredible talent and an even more incredible human being. RIP Michael.

Buzzaed Barf

Michael Jacksons ashes are going to be put in an etch e sketch so kids can twiddle his knob.


Is there any truth to the rumor that KVI's ratings were highest last week during the time they were off the air?

William J Harrison

Looking for stimulating weekend talk? WTKK.com broadcasts a terrific live line-up with the the hilarious Joe and Huggy show from 7 to 10am; followed by the legendary Phantom Gourmet from 1-4pm; then the smartest man on radio (since David Brudnoy graduated to that great Harvard in the sky) Jay Severin from 4-6pm; and finally from the streets to the suites, Curtis Sliwa from 6-8pm. For progressives looking for pro illegal immigration talk or whatever it is Al Franken used to do to propel himself into the hack filled Washington; Alan Colmes is terrific, as is Sam Seder and Mark Marin; who do a webcast five days a week at noon from the breakroom of thier McDonald's job. Also for lighter progressive news talk; Steve Leveille( the heir to Larry Glick's old show at WBZ.com) is an overnight master. For those that find Medved's weekday noon show more sanctimoniously dry that an Amish friday night; try the syndicated Howie Carr show and his chump line at WRKO.com Basically, the moral of this is for real radio entertainment, avoid Seattle radio at all cost and get thee to a wifi radio at once.

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