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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August 21, 2009



Gwen has two heads.

Billy Bob

Funny, Dick got a small credit in Larry's latest column:

by Larry King

When Emerald City radio guys n' gals crow about "never" looking at Blatherwatch, you can bet the exact opposite is true. They're in denial and are what the addiction docs at Schick Shadel call "Hoodaholics." (Tip 'o the yarmulke to Dr. Pepper Schwartz.)

Other than Dori, how come there are no other local lady talkers on Seattle radio?

When Bonneville first took over KIRO, workaholic sports-dude Mike Brown was axed from the airwaves. But now they've brought him back after realizing that he's not really brown...it's just his name. (Tip 'o the yarmulke to Ethan Kelly.)

Duos I miss: Amos 'n Andy; Abbott & Costello; Martin and Lewis; Sytman and whatshisname.

I can't find the latest copy of Radio & Records anywhere.

Rumor is KIRO movie maven Tom Tangney is throwing around his Hollywood connections to try to line up some indie film work for news shikseh Erin "Under" Covey. The Tang Man has written the adult themed script and grumpy news reader Greg Herscholt is angling for a part in the movie, but co-newsie Jane Shannon sniffs, "it would be a very small part." (Tip 'o the yarmulke to Ron & Don.)

Who says radio people can't think big? Former KVI and KIRO yakker and Radio Equalizer Brian "Batshit" Maloney is launching a social networking site to take on Facebook. He'll call it "Fuckfacebook." (Tip 'o the yarmulke to Tony Miner.)

Seattle morning news kingpin Bill Yeend has figured out his last name, at one time, was actually two words, "Ye End." While tracing his roots back to when the first Yeend came through Ellis Island, the legendary KOMO news reader discovered that immigration workers changed his great grandpa's name to Ye End. In the old country it was Ye Ass. (Tip 'o the yarmulke to Dick Curtis.)

What makes 710ESPN so riveting is going to a Mariners game at night, then getting in the car next morning to hear Colin Cowherd talk hockey!

Is there anyone on radio who can talk more and say less than KOMO traffic yakker Paul Tosch? Does Fisher pays him by the word? The guy's never met a "disabled-vehicle-on-a-cul-de-sac-completely-off-to-the-side-not-causing- any-problems" he didn't like.

I used to order soda with my burger. Now it's coffee. Does that mean I'm old?

New poll up in Everett shows that Jeff "The Fish" Aaron is the best local host on KRKO. No one came in second.

By the way, Soda or Pop?

Things that keep me up at night: If KOMO "Money Man" Herb Weisbaum is so good with money, why does he need a radio job?

You know that gurgling sound the last bit of dirty bathtub water makes just before swirling down the drain? It's very similar to the sound of Dave Ross hawking a mortgage broker in live commercials on KIRO. Is nothing sacred?

If Susan Hutchinson does become county exec, I hope she'll still find time for paddling.

Separated at birth: Frank Shiers and Eddie Haskell. "Why, hello, Mrs. Cleaver, what say ye?"

Mike Barer

Dick Curtis and I worked together at KYYX. Great Voice!

blathering michael

Billy Bob: great comment. could you drop me a line at [email protected]? We should talk- you know me, discretion is my other name...


Would love it if radio was just neutral music like it was in my dad's day and not a delivery system for right-wing infotainment and water-carrying for political interests. Back then, it was kind of innocent and fun instead of deadly serious warfare, race-baiting and repetitious attempts at partisan genocide. How would political discourse have developed if Rush Limbaugh had died of early onset diabetes as he should have? It makes me cry sometimes thinking about that.


Isn't that what TBTL tries to do?


Isn't TBTL short to Too Banal To Listen?


Or maybe it is short for Too Boring To Listen


Tragically, those old call letters, KVI (570), KOL (1300), in the great positions at the ends of the dial have been tossed aside by their owners with bad programming or neglect and inattention. It's sad, but part of why radio is on life support.

David M

I sure miss the days of the original KOL being being a free-wheeling hits station. I wish there was some FCC regulation that disallowed the sullying the classic call letters.

Corporate Suit

Um, Casey Keating is the "voice" of the Medved show, not Curtis. Shows how much this blog knows anything about radio.


Sometimes, even a Corporate Suit leg can be pulled.

Corporate Suit

No leg pulling here, Sparky. BW doesn't even know who does voice overs. And what's even funny are people saying "great voice," "I worked with him".....unless Casey changed his name, it wasn't Curtis. *I* worked with Dick for 11 years so I know of what I speak. (But when did truth ever matter on this blog?)


I always strained to be able to take this blog seriously politically, but to not have the real inside on local radio shatters that myth. I need to take some time to sort all of this out...


I don't really care what the involved parties call themselves but I wish them the best in their endeavors.

blathering michael

Corporate Suit: I always love getting trashed by the giant brains of the generation who flushed radio down the toilet... will you make the next cut at Fisher? you know it's coming...

Corporate Suit

BW - My job is for LIFE! Is yours?


It doesn’t make sense but the proper spelling is…

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i would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

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i would have cried and laughed less while watching television - and more while watching life.

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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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