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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November 22, 2009



Demonstrate with signs and stuff? Wouldn't their time be better spent making a call to // 800-XM-RADIO !!! // ?

Steve Ramsey, KBCS General Manager

Thanks blatherwatch for covering KBCS. To clarify a couple points: we replaced weekday morning jazz programming with news & information and the afternoon world music program that I hosted (along with 5 others – one being the program director) with news and information. We did not remove Latin or folk shows from the schedule.

The other myth that those opposed to the changes are spreading is that KBCS staff didn't ask the public about the program changes. They ignore over 1000 street corner interviews and several open space meetings that took place over the past couple of years, the online surveys that we did conduct, along with convincing statistical data that surveys Seattle radio listeners.

All of this feedback was taken into consideration in the face of a 30% decline in listening and a corresponding decline in individual contributors.

While we didn't ask every single listener what they thought of the proposed program changes, to say that 'management didn't ask the public' is simply not true. I am 100% certain we assessed our situation correctly and established a weekday program schedule that will keep the majority of our audience tuned to 91.3fm for longer period of time.

As noted on this blog, stations like KBCS around the country are facing these issues. We chose to be proactive and to try to improve on a schedule that clearly wasn't being supported by enough people to be sustainable... which is what any responsible organization would do in similar straights.

Bret C.

"To clarify a couple points..." You mean another opportunity to redirect through misinformation and falsification of evidence. No Steve Ramsey, what a "responsible organization" would have done, is to insure that OUR "community"
radio programs were properly marketed and nurtured through emotional public investment and just getting the word out. Your nonexistent marketing strategy, personal agenda and lies which destroyed beloved programming assets, assets which existed prior to your gross negligence and pseudo-management acumen, speaks volumes in how the listening public should consider your future there at KBCS.

How utterly arrogant of you to assume that you know what's best for a unique and valued asset like KBCS. The more I read your lies, the more your
pathetic self-important agenda becomes all too clear. It has nothing whatsoever to do with "community" radio.

Your talent may lie somewhere Mr. Ramsey, but not as General Manger of a community radio station. In that you are a miserable failure.


Save KBCS!

Save KBCS! is a group of current and former volunteers at community radio station KBCS, 91.3 FM. We protest the “smoke-filled room” mechanisms used to determine the drastic changes to KBCS programming put in place last summer. And we strongly disagree with the changes themselves. For the record, we are not simply against all change. We agree with the need for paid staff (god yes). But, we expect KBCS management to be stewards of our precious community resource, not imperious owners. We advocate thoughtful change based on timely and pertinent community involvement in programming decisions.

KBCS management stated the following in their comment on this blog about Save KBCS!: “They ignore over 1000 street corner interviews and several open space meetings that took place over the past couple of years, the online surveys that we did conduct, …” This is untrue. When asked about specifics of this claim, KBCS management cites three-year-old(!) research performed by Tell It, Ltd; hardly the “past couple of years.” Here’s some of the summation of the research:

“Be the culturally diverse pulpit of democracy in a more intentional, purposeful strategy that announces the KBCS niche for open minded people who prefer something more than wall paper sound. Listeners who wish to set their dial to one station and predict what they will hear have 49 other stations to provide that consistency. There is a reason the phrase “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” was coined. KBCS has no such hobgoblins.

“Above all things, have faith in the intellect, the commitment and the loyalty of all who know KBCS. It is brand loyalty that Wall Street cannot buy. It is commitment of people who will stay with KBCS if changes are adequately explained. It is intellect to provide top quality music, news and public affairs and maybe a creative story that is unique, satisfying and unavailable elsewhere.”

Save KBCS! absolutely believes in this research. Sadly, KBCS management is in hot pursuit of the hobgoblins of consistency. We think the changes have not yet been adequately explained. We want respectful engagement with the community “just as any responsible organization would do…”

Learn more at SAVEKBCS.ORG.

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