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 24, 2009



I know personalities get moved around, but they have given prime drive time to Goldman, who has little experience except for filling in for Ed Shultz. That he bought his way on the air makes sense, because he sure doesn't earn it with talent. And you're right...the bots at the staion don't care.

Idaho Spud

No more Randi Rhodes?!? Goodbye night ratings.


They get a lot of competition from one of the highest rated NPR stations in the country. It's possible that we progressives read and blog/itunes more than listen to AM.

Skid Mark Road

Rons show is the same everyday, interview at the top of the hour then take phone calls and apologize when you dont get to all of them. Then they can send you an email that he reads on Fridays. What, is that when they arrive? You pick out a specific time to read them only one day a week, why? This is the problem with radio, in the age of blogs, twitter and 24/7 news channels they still think it's the days of only them and the newspapers. Plus Ron has no appeal to your average person, privileged upbringing, ballet dancer, cat owner, vegan, environmentalist , dude has no edge. Imagine that, he's not even live in the building he broadcasts from.


And that is likely the reason that Fox has "great" ratings- cons go to one or two sources for what they feel is all the information they will ever need on a given topic. Liberals and progressives are sourcing many different news outlets, opinion blogs, cable networks, etc. Fixed News may have a couple of million medicated followers at any given time, but the educated and rational remainder are balancing their information search across many different outlets, and that number is much greater than Murdoch could ever dream of.


I wonder if the powers that be decided to take a chance on NorMan based on the assumed popularity of Ed. Maybe they think the EdHeads will tune in?
Joanie, are you still listening to 104.5? They played "Red Rubber Ball" by Circle..took me back to picking strawberries in Jr High.


I haven't listened in evenings in quite some time. Is Randi off the air in Seattle?


They probably decided that it really doesn't matter, liberals will listen to anyone professing their "line", so WTF does it matter. They'll get their typical suck-up listeners no matter what.
Bottom-line is: what choce do they have? It's not like they are talented in radio-ratings appeal.


Listen to these twits arguing about their non-relevant non-ratings shows. It's absolutely laughable.

Idaho Spud

@mike - She is (off air entirely) now. With this change, KING AM 1090 still has to clear (or wants to clear) the Ron Reagan Show from Air America so it's on from 6 pm to 9 pm.


I'm going to go out on a limb and take a guess at the lousy ratings: call in shows.

Shows that are mostly taking calls from listeners are the laziest, most stupid, lowest common denominator programming. I hate them and Hartmann, Shultz, Reagan, and Rhodes get only a few minutes of my ear because of it. That, and with Hartmann, he has more conservative guests for interviews than progressive ones, at least during the time I can listen.

I will switch on the ipod immediately when I hear "let's go to the phones." I gave up when I realized that I had to listen to 20 morons to get one call of genuine substance.

Al Franken hardly ever took calls and had far and away the best show on radio, on any station at that time, including Dave Ross. Any PD who doesn't see this has got to be delusional.

Maybe why conservative shows succeed is the whole dittohead schtick. They want to listen to this garbage. I don't.


As if listening to the ipod was revelationary. Zombie!


Mike, maybe you can share some of that stuff that takes the stink away from your shit; must be awesome to be Captain Smart! ya Blowhard! Franken had dismal ratings, Dude. Now, let's take a few callers,,,here's mike in stuck-up-ville...


JohnDoe, that's why it's a fucking talk radio blog. What? They should argue about cheese products, ya tool?


I'll miss Reagan at 3. Just got used to him then. I liked having him on live. He may not be "local" but he sure was "Seattle." Got a lot of Seattle callers and definitely talked "Seattle"a lot. I liked that, too.

He's not boring. He's picked up his game since he started. He's the most assertively patient host I've heard. He presses but never loses patience. I like that. He's been the best interviewer of Phil Wolf I've heard. Reagan managed to show him to be a racist jerk.

Schultz interviewed Wolf today but didn't use him as a target quite a well as Reagan. Did a good job though. I like Big Ed.


One Friday sometime in the 13th century in the Anatolian town of Akshehir, the Shaikh Nasreddin Hodja mounted the minbar of the Grand Mosque and addressed the congregation. "O Believers," asked Nasreddin, "do you know what I am about to say?" "No, we don't," chorused the congregation. Nasreddin paused dramatically, then said: "If you don't know what I'm going to say, then what's the use of my talking?" And he descended from the minbar. The congregation looked at one another in confusion.

A week went by, and when Friday came, Nasreddin once more climbed the steps of the minbar and addressed the congregation. "O Believers, do you know what I am about to say?" This time the congregation was not going to be caught napping. "Yes," they all answered. "We know what you are about to say." Nasreddin again paused dramatically. Then he said, "Since you all know what I'm about to say, there's no need for me to say it." And he descended from the minbar. The congregation was bewildered. Finally, they decided that next Friday, one half of them would answer "no" to the shaikh's question, and the other half would answer "yes."

A week went by, and when Friday came, the faithful hurried to the mosque. Nasreddin mounted the minbar. "O Believers," he said, "do you know what I am about to say?" "No!" shouted half the congregation. "Yes!" shouted the other half. Nasreddin paused dramatically. Then he said, "Very good. Those of you who know tell those who don't." And he descended from the minbar.

hah...kind of like someone we all know!


And if Steven were here, he would want to argue that there were no minibars in the 13th century. ;)

Lucas Foxx

Wow. Randi Rhodes and Reagan. There is getting to be less and less to listen to on that station all the time. There certianly isn't any reason for me to tune in in the afternoon any more. I would like to see their programming get ratings in this market, but I don't really care. I know what I like. I don't have any interest in American Idol or Dancing with some fool, and I hear they are very popular.


AM radio will succumb to all-streaming at this point.


As usual you don't WTF your talking about.


Isn't this the old AAR station. It sounds as if they are giving up on both of their regular listeners.
Maybe 1090 can go to all smooth jazz or some other fashionable format.


Did it really happen? Or was it just a shimmering dream? Two weeks have gone by since my visit to Culebra and it still seems like it wasn't real. Like one of those dreams about a magical place that disappears upon awakening. However, it wasn't a dream. It as real. An earthly paradise. And every night since being there I dream of Culebra but when I awake in a morning, the image does not dissipate with the sharp glare of reality.

Puget Sound

It's like that Dallas Episode in which Bobby Ewing comes back from the dead. I'm just trying to not picture you in the shower...

Anyway, catch this looks like Howard Dean wants to stop the current Obama Health Care Version:
"There is something worse than passing no bill... You know, what this is is a giant bail-out. This is a bail-out that makes AIG look cheap. Sixty billion dollars a year go to the insurance companies under this bill. Now if we can get a public option, I think that’s OK, but if you don’t have a public option, why would you want to stick the taxpayers with yet another bail-out? They bailed out the banks, they bailed out AIG. This is a trillion-dollar bailout..."

Puget Sound

"I haven't listened in evenings in quite some time. Is Randi off the air in Seattle?

Posted by: mike | November 24, 2009 at 06:03 PM"

It's a good news bad news deal.
Bad news is she is still on the air.
Good news is she is still on the bottle.
So expect lots of hilarity (ie falling off of curbs or mysterious disappearances) during the upcoming 2010 election...


Hey Duff, my wife drinks CubaLibra's to. Good to see you back. That woman needs somebody else to call an idiot besides me.
:] (that's because Bla'M likes smiley's)

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