take your answer off the air...

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  • Talker's Magazine
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  • The Advocate
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  • 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
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  • Jesus' General
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  • Howie in Seattle
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  • Streaming Radio Guide
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  • The Naked Loon
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  • Irrational Public Radio
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  • The Maddow Blog
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  • 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
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  • 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 24, 2010



wow..a blood bath today.


What exactly are the qualifications needed to be a PD? I, for the life of me, can't figure out how this idea to move KIRO to FM was a well informed one. I don't mean to toot my own horn but WE ALL PREDICTED THIS WOULD HAPPEN FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.

I even remember how they tried to fake listeners into thinking this AM/FM simulcast was permanent only to *surprise* reveal that the AM side was moving to sports - ON APRIL 1ST OF ALL DAYS.

I work for kiro now

Wonder if Dennis Kelly is dusting off his resume?


They should snatch Dennis up. At least he seems to have some awareness of reality. "FM political talk" is an epitaph not a business model.


Dennis Kelly spent his entire tenure at KOMO trying to bury KIRO. Why would KIRO now hire Dennis Kelly? He stole information, shared private KIRO memos with KOMO staff, raided KIRO staff to staff his KOMO etc. Seems like Dennis Kelly has burned that bridge.

Genuine Listener

I'd start looking for a job RIGHT NOW if I were Ron and Don or Frank Shiers.


I say put talk back on KIRO-AM and turn it back into the cash cow its supposed to be, the put sports on FM, since its a dead format anyway.

Or, put oldies back on FM. Trade one throw away format for another.

As for Arquette being a vice president of programming - wouldn't his being give the job of programming be considered a demotion? Were his bosses trying to tell him something, long ago?


I meant to say wouldn't his being assigned to program KIRO be a demotion from being a VP?

Bill Wippel

Arquette is a sacrificial lamb. The real heads that need to roll are higher up in Bonneville. I was there when Arch Madsen was Pres. of Bonnevile. He was a visionary and would fire anyone who did not do local enterprise for the poor and needy. The new bunch came in and made profit their number one goal, with public service last. WHAT A WASTE!


Frankly, I have reached the point to where I wish someone would burn the whole KIRO building to the ground. Let them plow it under and turn the property into a city park for dogs to run loose and crap all over everything.

Anyone with me on this?


Ryder... there's already a dog park just up the street, under I-5; used to run my dog there before shows.


Okay then, we'll make it a park for pigeons to relieve themselves.


I want Tom Clendenning back.


I think what has happened in general is that the stations have had a few bad books for reasons that were always beyond their control, and so they slaughtered schedules that had remained unchanged for years at time and replaced good talent and moved things that didn't need to be moved only to discover that abandoming conventional radio wisdom made the bleeding even worse. The TBTL/Ron & Don thing just didn't work. Having a station made up entirely nationaly syndicated programs didn't work. Now I suspect other losing stations will do as KVI has done and try to roll the clock back to a more prosperous time and pander more directly to locally minded old, white consvervatives who want news mixed with political talk and whose radios only receive AM signals.

Genuine Listener

I was getting tired of kiss-ass R&D calling him the 'Rodfather'.

J. Whorfin

I agree with the above...bring back the old KIRO-AM. I can't believe that it will do worse that now....

J. Whorfin

"than now"

Old timer

What a dysfunctional radio station.

Sadly KIRO was once the "King" of the Pacific NW...it's almost as if it's deteriorated to a high school station.

Years ago I incessantly listened.Leading companies in the region used to advertise. Now all the adverisements are about gutter filters, window blinds and boiler room mortgage companies.


Rod Arquette is just another in a long line of talentless Seattle PD's. Seattle and Seattle radio are the richer without the likes of Arquette and Dennis Kelly.

If talent was a barrel of tits, these two would fall in, then come up sucking their thumbs.


Goldy, was it your dog that tore up the carpet that Dori is always bitching about?


drool... is Dori bitching about something? How out of character.


Let Greggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg run it.

Dangerous Dan

Do you really think that Rod made the sole unequivocal call on moving KIRO to FM? PD's alone don't make those kind of decisions. I think he did the best he could with the hand he was dealt. The transition of N/T to FM was promoed to death not only on air, but on TV and via direct mail. Many other big markets have successful N/T stations on FM, why not Seattle? Again I'll assert that moving N/T "back" to AM is NOT an option. Don't you think that long-term carriage contracts were signed with ESPN, Mariners & Seahawks? Watch for KIRO-FM to launch another multimedia ad campaign for the Spring. They're not ready to stick a fork in this yet.


Start over!

Scrap the whole damn thing, start over with new talent. Its 2010, lets break some got damn talent. Ron and Don dont count, Dave and Dori are tomorrow's Mike Siegel.

William J Harrison

When I tune into 97.7 fm in Bellingham and Birch Bay- everything seems to be in French; so I just listen to Schram and Carlson on KOMO 1000- comes in loud and clear up here.

William J Harrison

I have the same problem when tuning into 97.3 fm up here in Whatcom County; does anyone know what AM frequency KIRO's legendary talk station is on these days?


The FM signal doesn't even come in clear in the Edmonds bowl. Get on the west side of the hill overlooking the sound and the station fades like the M's in August.

When the switchover happened, I remember KIRO saying something about how they knew there were pockets of reception trouble around town and were going to do something about it, but AFAIK nothing ever happened.

Dan White

I worked for Rod at KSL in Salt Lake City - he is not a good man in my opinion. Very disingenuous, disloyal and not well liked by employees. to top it off he has a lisp for crying out loud!

Adam H

He does have an annoying lisp, and mispronounces a lot of other words. Most annoyingly, he says "representive", instead of "representative". He has the most fake, annoying laugh. He acts like he is listening to people, when it's obvious he's not really paying attention: he'll say "uh huh, uh huh" several times while someone is talking. I can't stand him, but I can't stop from listening to make fun of him!

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