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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March 11, 2010



Stations argue that playing the artist's music promotes their material and sustains their musical careers but that's a secondary effect, and the bottom line is that radio stations profit off of the the material.

And how would that logic work with talk radio? Dori Monson doesn't have an album to sell, so how would he earn a paycheck from a radio station if the thinking goes that the exposure itself justifies non-compensation?

I'd argue that radio stations ruin artists by playing out their songs and type-casting them musically. Jason Mraz might be a great musician, but I hate his guts because they play one shitty song he made two years ago at least once an hour, 365 days a year.

I feel bad for people who make a living off of intelectual property because even though a bank can lock it's money in a safe, or a service provider can withhold services, an artist or an inventor relies on lawyers to keep their shit safe. If you make your living by producing intelectual property, one corrupt politician passing a lopsided law that legalizes a specific form of thievery could threaten your financial future and ruin your family.


When I cut my first record in the 60's we had to:
- join the musician's union to get our record played
- physically take it around to the top radio stations and try to talk them into playing it (this usually involved some UTT dealing)
- get real 'friendly' with the DJ's
- agree on sweet deals with local concert promoters
If you did those first steps you stood a slight chance of getting it played on the radio.
Then the work really began...you'd have all your friends and relatives call in to the radio station when it was played to rave about it. (Bottom-line on that first record...it made Seattle-area's Top 10 and I netted $750, after having written, sang and played lead-guitar on it...over and above the promotion) Haha
Aaah, the 'good-ol-days' - on a somewhat lesser scale.


A far cry from the '60's when I cut my first record. :)


The sequence of events went something like this once the record was produced.
- join musician's union or no chance of air play
- do leg work of taking the record around to all the top radio stations, begging them to play the song (some UTT deals involved with that)
- get real friendly with DJ's (if you know what I mean)
- give special deals to the local concert promoters (for special cuts)
Then, once it started being played on the air - have all your friends and relatives call in to the radio station 'raving' about the song.
Bottom-line: we made Seattle's Top 10 and I (having written, sang and played lead-guitar) netted $750.
Yep, that was BIG RADIO back then..haha.


>>I'd argue that radio stations ruin artists by playing out their songs and type-casting them musically. Jason Mraz might be a great musician, but I hate his guts because they play one shitty song he made two years ago at least once an hour, 365 days a year.<<

Well I'd argue it's the LABELS that are ruining artists by failing to recognize digital downloads were the future of music sales and also by cutting onerous contracts that screw the talent royally.

This is nothing more than an effort by the labels to make up for its incompetent management over the last decade by extorting money from radio.


'This is nothing more than an effort by the labels to make up for its incompetent management over the last decade by extorting money from radio.'

An absolutely spot-on statement!

Old man in young man's body

The music labels screwed up, missed the Internet shift, and fought 99 cent downloads for years. Once Kazaa and other download/fileshare services got going, the music industry lost all their traction. Of the five big labels, four a foreign owned, and their piggy radio campaign is as laughable as their claim that they will share revenue with artists (or somehow help smaller artists).


The idea that the internet can usurp the necessity of labels is a myth. Name one legitimate, successful, well known musician who was made by the internet and not a product of Big Music.

Rules: it can't be a freak like that chocolate rain guy nor already signed like "OK GO".

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