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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December 07, 2009



I have to give Frank Shiers credit for dropping teaching to take up radio at a mid point in his life. It's as if joanie went to try getting onto the radio and actualy did so with reasonable success. Joanie would probably be escorted out by security (no offense) but Frank Shiers made it work somehow. He sucks but at the same time he gets microphone priority over a lot of people who've been in the radio business longer. Mike Seagul (sp?) would proly do shameful things to get that gig.


This might seem overly simple but why doesn't KIRO just try to find another centrist for the 3-6pm and another bomb throwing libertarian for 6-9pm. You can't have too much of a good thing. Maybe if they cut back on Frank Shiers' feed it will make him more aggressive.

The Other Kevin

This format,talk radio is over in Seattle. Lets move on, Hood. why don't you write about music?


If you like sports, Broch Huard is turning out to be pretty good. Salk is growing on me. Still like the Gasman. Medved has become iratating.Since he's iratating perhaps a spot on the taters will open up.


Dave Ross has a secret: he's actually a mere mouthpiece for whoever happens to be his producer at the moment.

Tina Nole



But Tina..KPTK plays a repeat of an earlier broadcast at 6pm our time. That is what is so frustrating about them putting Norman Goldman on live--where Ron used to be-- during that drive time for us. I can listen to another station by streaming, but driving home, I cant hear Ron live.


I thought Ron Reagan was syndicated - local but not local.

blathering michael

Tina, Sparky and AA are right and that's why I didn't include Ron, or Michael Medved as live and local even though both broadcast locally. (and now sadly, Ron's not even live... (and Randi Rhodes has been banished from Seattle w/out fanfare).


I don't care if they are live. What does it matter unless you want to call in. Well, it was nice hearing Ron live . . . but, in the end, so what? I was able to hear Ron more in the 3-6 spot because I'm often at school working and listening at that time. Harder to catch the 6-9 show.

I do miss Randi. Norman just doesn't do it for me. I don't even like the way he calls his show norMAN goldMAN. Kind of juvenile. He smart. I'll hand him that. And he sure talks a lot about Seattle - all the way from LA.


I think Ed gave him that name...and I think KPTK is trying to cash in on Ed's popularity by running Norm ( friend of Ed ) right after Ed's show. Can you stream in your classroom? Randi is on 620 KPOJ at 3..


No, I can't stream. I have a very limited ability to use the internet. We are constantly behind in plug ins and streaming is out of the question.

I don't know why. Seattle is a mess. In more ways than one.

Do you know, Sparky, that all teachers now have to do 24 hours of PD every year? And it has to be recorded? Some of it is such trash. Let me work in the classroom. I can get way more done. We are all walking zombies in this district. Time for everything but preparing to teach.


I have to do 14 every year and its documented too...I will say we have enough technology offerings that I dont mind going. But the other stuff is not very inspiring, i will agree.
Normally I do mine in two classes in August so its taken care of for the year. We are allowed to petition for a variance to take 7 hours off-site.


Fourteen seems odd. Most classes in Seattle are either 3 hour or 6 hour classes. Is your PD configured in 7-hour increments or days?


BTW, I"m currently listening to Reagan on AM760 in Colorado where he is on 10-12. Apparently, they only take 2 hours because from 12-4AM they feature Alan Combes.

Randi precedes Reagan.

I've been getting creative trying to find listenable radio.

Mike Barer

I disagree with Mark Levin, and would not want him in my presence. However, I find him entertaining and with a great delivery. He has such an established cadence that I can predict when his voice will raise and when he is going to scream.


14 hours, 7 hours each class, one day per class


That's nice. You get more in one day than we do. Ours are always three-or-six hour increments. No pay for lunch, of course.

And they always start at 8. I'm not a morning person! I like 9. :)

Mark C.

Norman Goldfman bought his way onto KPTK. The norMAN goldMAN came from when he used to guest on The Al Franken Show. He's a putz who made his money shaking down nuns -- now he's using his millions to buy his way onto talk radio... these efforts usually fail.


dave ross is probably one of the worst blatherheads on the air. he never asks a tough question of his guests. he has no problem booking sims nickels or gregoire because of his timid spineless interview style. he actually apologized to gregoire once when he asked her a semi-tough question.mr. marshmellow
is a big hit with the liberals. He gives the local pols. a platform to say whatever they please completely unchallanged. Edward R Murrow must be spinning a million miles an hour.........


I was bored through this list. It looks like local talk has died.

One question though, is Boze's wife really 53? or is that a typo and she's 35?


BREAKING! IS FRANK SHIERS A CLOSET MORMON? T008 News Service Frank Shiers deepened the intrigue around the natUre of his religious faith last night with a cryptic answer to a caller. T008 News was tipped off to Shiers' possible Mormonism when he apparently slipped up a year or two ago, and stated that his young daughter was all about hearing from the Book of Mormon. After this oh so brief reference, not a peep was heard from Shiers about his religion other than vague generalities. Last night Shiers was engaging in some particularly UnChristian, nasty chortling and laughing over Tiger Woods ' predicament which cause a caller to call him out. "You're a Christian aren't you Frank?' he queried the Baron of Banality. here was Frank's prickly, and rather cryptic reply-"I don't really discuss my religion on the air, but I was raised a Lutheran?" hmmmm "RAISED a Lutheran"? hmmmmmm why so testy and mysterious on the religion question, Frank? Tommy008


That would certainly put him in good standing with the bosses. Take note, news department.


So tell me, why the fuck would it matter. You got something against Mormons.


I didnt know Mormons were allowed to say "fuck."


sir or madam Doriphilosophy- foul language is strictly prohibited on this blog. it's just not done.


Doriphilosophy- foul language inevitably leads to foul behavior. For instance, a woman stated on Ron and Don that she had driven up to the controversial bikini/thong coffee stand in Snohomish and had seen men sitting in their cars masturbating to the girls in the stand. I'm sure nearly all of these men use foul language. A word to the wise is sufficient.


That's a tough post to follow! Certainly ignites the imagination.

Because it is what I get in my classroom, I listen to Norman Goldman. He is getting a different kind of caller. More men for instance. And more blue collar? At least, they sound more blue collar. Seems to get a pretty good call rate; he might make it.

As much as I love her intellect, Randi's ego didn't always sit well with me.

Mike Barer

Holy cow, this discussion has gone downhill fast. These last poster need to try out for the US Ski team.


Dave Ross seems to lost his edge ever since he decided to run for congress, ever since then he's basically been mouth piece for local politicians, maybe it's time for KIRO to start grooming his replacement-maybe bring back Luke Burbank but put him on a very short...


No mention of Medved? He is syndicated but is here locally.

Frankly if Boze can be in the mix as one of the heavies of conservative radio...that says a lot about the level of talent on the right in Seattle.

He is to put it lightly, an intellectual light weight, he is just a trampoline to keep whatever ideas are bouncing around in the ne0-c0n echo chamber that day, he doesn't generate his own ideas or really even have a specific thing of his own.

Plus just technically, he is bad with cues, his teases are like giant bricks, he is a TERRIBLE interviewer...if this is the level of talent it takes to get in the game...


Say what you will about Boze intellectually, but just about the funniest damn thing I've ever heard was when he and his producer were talking about the artificial-christmas tree vs rear Christmas tree debate. It was hilarious.

Actually, they had a funny bit where he and his producer were talking about the new full body scans at Airports.

I think that Boze is actually better in a two man show. Thats why he's at his best when the producer is on with him. Thats why he was so funny on Sitman and Boze a few years back. Its how he does his stuff.

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