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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Dave Ross and KUOW do well, which means liberal talk can work at a certain temperature and humidity. It doesn't work when it's a shrill partisan like David Goldstein, or a paranoid misanthrope like Mike Webb, or a batshit cat lady like Erin Hart. I think what listeners really want more than anything can be summed up in one word: erudite.

Dangerous Dan

Show me progressive radio in ANY market that is a viable ratings competitor. Or even is respectable among only that market's other talk stations? I agree, for those looking for progressive talk, 1090 has put together the best that's out there. As long as there are local talk shows that welcome dissenting opinions, the progressive take on local issues is getting out there. Are you telling me there are local progressives who DON'T know about KPTK and they would have a huge audience if only they had more promotion or a local host? I guess that's why Ron Reagan's numbers soared when he was on 710 AM.


I don't know why kptk doesn't show better. The Ron Reagan three hours feels local to me. Lots of referentce to Seattle and a fair amount of Seattle callers. He seems to be doing very well nationally as well.

I still think there's too much of Lee. She must sleep at the station. She's loyal. I'll hand her that. I have taken to turning off the radio when certain ads are repeated and repeated and repeated and repeated and repeated . . .

Oh sorry. KPTK has a lousy weekend schedule. But, I can get them at Birch Bay so they are a leg up on KIRO in that department.

Now, where are my posts, Michael? or was I too mean to chux? That poor socialist baby.


I worked at AM 1090 starting in Spring 2005 until eventually giving up after moving to Olympia to finish school at Evergreen in 2006. During that period the only time I spoke on the air was from a Northgate parking lot during a school supply drive for kids in Katrina evacuees. What we did during that time to bring local voices to the air on 50,000 watts was the "Seattle Speaks Out About the War in Iraq" campaign. I'm really proud of that campaign, even though CBS didn't give me on-air credit as a producer. Also, the "Mayor for a Minute" campaign occasionally featured very insightful content. Check out some highlights here- http://honorama.org/radioactivegavin/Dahl_AM1090StreetSounds.mp3
However, AM1090 has never brought about a local call-in show aimed at the peace movement, has never gotten engaged in local politics and in my opinion has failed to make anywhere near as much money as possible by attracting a wider range of advertisers through truly mainstream progressive radio. There are still a few good people there. But I encourage your readers instead to start tuning in to One World Report every Thursday and check out the other great news programs on KBCS 91.3fm. http://kbcs.fm/site/PageServer?pagename=OneWorldReport

Puget Sound

My three cents:
Pair Goldy in the evening with someone like Sharkansky and you got radio gold. Goldy is interesting when he has someone in studio to argue with.
Let Goldy be by himself and pontificate I fear it will likely be a repeat of what happened last time. Boring.


I thought according to that new system that 1190 was #4 on the Seattle listner list?

The weekday hosts all have strong followings. But the weekends are awful, with the exception of Ring of Fire. Most of the rest of the weekend is reruns. Lee Callahan has a weekend morning show, but she is not an interviewer with any skill.
Weekends would be great for Goldy. Somewhere out there should be someone who could review movies, music, restaurants, etc. and talk local politics from a liberal standpoint. But, as you say, CNS has no interest in investing in something like that.


Have they been able to come up with the new technology that allows pictures over the radio? Until that invention is perfected, lib radio can not survive.


I am surprised that you can receive KPTK in Birch Bay. In East King County the signal merges with what appears to be a mariachi band and a sports station.

I listen mainly to and from work.
It's almost impossible in the mornings and I expect as the temperatures drop the evenings will be the same.

Back to iPod I guess.


Dear chucks. The "television" was invented by Paul Gottlieb Nipkow in 1884. Today the great majority of people in the world have access to one of these "televisions". They can often be found for sale on craigslist.


No Andy, there must be something better. If that were the answer, MSNBC would get the attention of liberals. Looking at their ratings, night after night, teevee is not going to be a winner.
(If it is on Craigs list, it well may be stolen)


chucks, you're making no sense


chucks, the only shows that are liberal on MSNBC is Countdown and The Rachel Maddow show.


Liberal radio (and TV) gets lower ratings - and always will get lower ratings - because the target audience (progressives and liberal-minded independents) are not the kind of people who desperately need their worldview reinforced every day by partisan media. Conservatives are always going to win in that regard, because they are driven by fear and angst, and need constant, daily reaffirmation in order to keep psychosis at bay.


Prior to adopting the present format, KPOJ was an oldies station with low Arbitron ratings. Immediately after picking up talk, KPOJ quadrupled their number of listeners, and in its first Arbitron ratings book became the most-listened AM station in the market, particularly among younger listeners coveted by advertisers. Following their success in Portland, Clear Channel rolled out the format and a nearly identical on-air lineup on many of their struggling AM stations in other markets, to mostly modest success.[citation needed]

With the switch to its current format, KPOJ, in just two years, has gone from a low-rated afterthought, with many format and call letter changes over the years, to one of the most influential stations in the country.


Don't forget Ed Schultz and Chris (Mr Tingle) Matthews Sparky. That pretty well covers the night time. All of them committed liberals.
(wonder if this will post)


In effort to respond to Sparky, I am going to try this again.
Besides committed lib Maddow, and needs to be committed Olbermann, MSNBC also makes a home for Ed Schultz and Chris (Mr Boy Tingles) Matthews. Both are unquestionably liberal. That pretty well handles the night time programming.
I do hear that the network does pretty well with prison lock up shows. They just can't get many people to watch their opinion blather.


Pulling it out of his you-know-what as usual. The same place he plants on that high-roller seat in his socialist entertainment palace.

Brit, I get pretty good KPTK until about 8 p.m. and then I turn to KGO unless it's the grumpy old man's show. Then I just turn it off. I've been turning it off a lot lately.

Sparky, I'm a little tired of Mike on Ring of Fire. He interrupts constantly. I'm surprised his guests haven't called him on it. Just annoying.

I think liberal radio might have a hard time in Seattle where books, C-Span, outdoor activities, KUOW and KPLU reign. It's the right who live for sports on-and-off TV and Fixed News the rest of the time who seem to keep conservative radio alive. Although, if KVI is any indication, conservative radio isn't doing so well either.


Yes, chucks, I did leave out Ed. But Chris Matthews spent 8 years kissing up to Bush and Cheney, so I see him as a chameleon...he will be whatever he thinks will get him the biggest audience at the time. Right now, he is being liberal. I would not be surprised if that changed down the road. And to me, that means he isnt really liberal at all.

Crystal from the old KIRO chat

AM1090 is good radio in the greater Seattle market. I love Steph and the mooks. Then Hartmann and ED is getting more passionate by the day,
Ron Reagan is good to but I really like Nicole Sandler too 1090 should find a permanent spot for her too.


I really enjoy AM1090 I love steph and the mooks, hartmann, ed is getting passionate lately too, and
ron reagan is good, however I wish they would find a spot for nicole sandler I like her a lot too


I don't like Nicole. I tried her last weekend but finally turned her off and enjoyed the silence.

I love the way you keep explaining yourself to chux, sparky. Just like you think he'll actually "get it" one of these days.

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    • KIRO 710ESPN Seattle 710 KHz
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    • 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.
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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).
    • KOMOAM
      News, traffic, Ken Schram and John Carlson.
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      Once a rabid right-wing talker, except for Lou Dobbs, it's all business....