take your answer off the air...

  • HorsesAss.Org: the straight poop on WA politics & the press
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  • Talker's Magazine
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  • The Advocate
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  • Media Matters
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  • Orcinus
    home of David Neiwert, freelance investigative journalist and author who writes extensively about far-right hate groups
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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
    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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May 22, 2010


Bill Wippel

Did not Lee Pass away about 4 years ago? Lee came over to KOL after Martin Tobin and I left to go to KIXI."Coop" the GM was really mad about both of us leaving at the same times! We were their first news team. Don Riley later joined us at Wally Nelskog's beautiful music station. Our announcer's included Dave Ballard,who had a mellifluios program of music and poetry. Dave passed away in the 80's. Eh gad it's been decades since then!


Bill, it must be particularly frustrating for you to witness what has happened to radio the past few years..you were blessed to be a part of a golden age....


For some there are always two places better than where you are; where you've been and where you're going. Lo siento mucho.

Marsh Little

Lee is kickin', Bill.

dale from albuquerque

Prior to 1959, the DJs who played the new music called Rock and Roll, basically grew up listening to Big Band music. Many were openly hostile on the air to Rock and Roll.One that comes to mind was Dick Stokke.But beginning with this 'new breed'of jocks at KJR,which included Lee, Dick Curtis,John Stone and Ron Bailie...these were guys who were into the music they played. They had a lot of fun and totally related to their young teenage audience. This is the big reason for KJR's huge ratings success in the 60's.

Lee Perkins

Tell Whipple that I am indeed still kickin in Enterprise, Oregon, it just sometimes feels like I've passed on. Oh, well, just another great exaggeration ala Mark Twain, and Taylor, I came to Seattle from Houston, and "YEAH! Those were the Good Old Days!" and Michael, thanks for the exhumation and the opportunity and the place to express my regards to all.

Bill Wippel

Lee. I apologize! Glad you are alive and well and tht you were able to sell your station to a local group. Having a station in a town owned by local folks!

Myrtle Mopup

Great hearing from you, Lee. I remember some years ago driving around Joseph or somewhere down there with the radio on, and of a sudden hearing a very familiar, out of context voice. It was yours, and we remarked how you, always seemingly the city slicker, had become such a down home Wallowa County guy. Thanks for writing.

Joni Ballard Wallman

I am looking for anyone who knew my father, Dave Ballard. My email address is [email protected] We lost contact a few years prior to his death. Would appreciate knowing more about the very talented man he was.

Thank you,
Joni Ballard Wallman

Spike Friedman

Bill Wipple - I worked at KIXI in Portland; knew Martin Tobin from then and when he lived and worked in Walla Walla in the 50's!

Spike Friedman - Portland

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