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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February 20, 2010


Puget Sound

Happy 5th. According to the gift schedule, the proper gift would be wood.

So here is wishing much wood to you in 2010.


Congrats as well, a lot has happend in five yrs. For radio is not particaly good. For you Michael I hope it has been a labor of love. I do enjoy your blog.


I miss the foodie stuff.
Does it bother you much that you and joanie think so much alike?
Congrats on 5 years of blow V8ing about the passing medium of what was once great, radio. Talk radio.
I already miss it.


Congrats, Michael. It has been an interesting 5 years hasn't it.
I wonder if Sharkansky will send you a card??!

Mike Barer

Congrats on your 5th. Your blog has been a great reference for me. I think that one of the more significant part of blather watches history was going after Mike Webb. That was a gutsy move. The fact that Mike was a Liberal and this is a Liberal blog added credibility to your attacks, which I believe where very fair.


Terrific, Bla'M! Your fabulous writing has made this one of the most readable and enjoyable blogs ever! You could (and probably will) write about the sex lives of transistor radios and it would be intriguing and entertaining! You're the best! Thanks!

Btw, wood is an appropriate anniversary gift, as blogs are replacing the "dead wood" medium of newspapers...


Yup! I'm in agreement with the previous cheers. Congratulations on a lot of great writing!

I wish more posters talked radio more often. There's still lots of it you know. Fifty states' worth of talkers out there.

In the spirit of the lunar new years celebrated last week, I wish you and Steph a long life, success and prosperity - for which you will hear the clinking of gold coins in your tip jar!

Next to Rachel, you're the best!

Art Speigelcatalog

Blatherwatch is to radio what fleas are to dogs. I can't imagine one without the other.

Mark C.

Funny how radio guys like Webb and Dori used to ridicule blogs, especially this one. Now Dori refers to "muh blog," every day and is using it to help drive KIRO out of the deep mudhole it is in.
Thanks for being the first to give listener's a chance to vent, and to call out some of these blowhards for the fools they are. there is still a place for Blatherwatch, KIRO censors the comments on their site when the going gets rough.


i am so glad my teacher johnnie has thiat blog to take he anger out on
we are getting tired of
he complaints!

I hope he dies

Blatherwatch is the socket wrench of freedom. You're a Tea-bagger of the left, Michael.

Obama is a black man

It's hard to imagine that this blog will have anything to write about regarding local talk radio in 2015.

Simply notice the trend of this blog's postings. More than half of the postings appear to discuss national oriented talk show programs/issues.

Soon we will see Hood's trademark Blatherwatch RIP 2005-2011.


Thanks, Mike. Wish there was more to write about talk radio around here. I yearn for Erin Hart, or Bill Gallant. We keep coming back. can't imagine the blog-o-scape without you.


I miss Erin, too. Yes, just got home. But I don't miss Bill Gallant. He was unlistenable. Sorry. Also, there was a woman on KPTK tonight named Leslie (don't remember the last name) and I liked her. She took off the gloves. Hope she's permanently replaced Nicole Sandler.

I still love Dave - most of the time.


congrats, BM, hope to see another 5 from you.


Scott Brown....the Proof That The Republicans Still Rule...is in deep shit with his party. Already. Seems they are not happy about his vote with the Dems on the jobs bill..

"Over at fair n' balanced FoxNews.com, which for some reason seems to have far more Republican commenters than Democrats, the people were not happy.

What can Brown, the backstabbing RINO, do for you? Wolf in sheep skin got in. How do we prevent these Rinos from backstabbing us in Nov. 2010.

So much for that 41st VOTE... what a loser... I knew he was a traitor....

Or at FreeRepublic:



Drudge even went so far as to Photoshop Brown to make him look like Satan, and implied that this one vote meant that he "joined the Dem Majority:"

I guess they didn't believe him when during the election he said he was Independent.


Didn't they say anything about Snow and Collins? They voted with him and the dems on the jobs bill as well. And two others - can't remember who. Five altogether. He was just the first.

Are we seeing the first of the fall of Rush? :)

Jaynie Dillon Jones

Blatherwatch has provided endless enjoyment; hard to believe it has been a part of my life for five years already. Long may ye reign!


I miss neither Erin Hart or Bill Gallant.


It went downhill with the large mergers of local stations and their corporate decision of either con talk(happy meal) or sports (McNuggets). Clear Channel sort of figured that out when they took a chance with KPOJ in Portland and a few other places later on and did progressive talk.

CBS in Seattle does a lousy job with KPTK, a local,snarky face in the morning doing news but with traffic reports that have a prerecorded time stamp that is sometimes an hour late, Cougar Sports programming that no other station wants that interrupts shows and a stupid ad promotion about listening to the internet on Mt Rainier in an area full of tech savvy folks.

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      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.
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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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      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.
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      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).
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      Once a rabid right-wing talker, except for Lou Dobbs, it's all business....