take your answer off the air...

  • HorsesAss.Org: the straight poop on WA politics & the press
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  • 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
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  • 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
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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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July 13, 2010



So if this ruling holds does that mean they can cut through the crap and call it the Blow Job Shea Show?


Hmmm...I have to think about this..
words lose their effectiveness when they are overused...I am a firm believer in the First Amendment....hmmm


...new offensive and indecent words are invented every day."

Or borrowed from other languages. I was told that fuck derives from the German ficken. Sounds good to me either way. :)

What would my mother say!


If all decency rules were thrown out the window, stations like 100.7 The Buzz might have survived as an extremely low brow shock jock station. But then kids find this kind of content and eat it up, they take the message of carelessness and flippant disrespect to heart like a blueprint for failure and then the parents are blamed, but how are we supposed to stop a kid from listening to ubiquitous FM radio? Not only does the average household have six radios, but you can buy an FM radio for one cent, yet parents would be blamed for "allowing" their kids to tune in to smut talk.

But the solution isn't to throw the baby out with the bathwater, they should come up with better guidelines than just having a few words you're never allowed to say. Suppose you have the public, like a jury, and not some appointed bureaucrat, decide what content has crossed the line. If you ask a jury "was Bono warping the minds of children?" with his utterance, they'd say "no" 10 times out of 10. And there might be things they might find offensive that involve no cuss words at all.


Well thank God. This means we can finally tell the Tea Baggers what they are really doing.


Andrew, do you actually know any kids who still listen to radio, or even know what one is?

Seriously - all of this effort to protect "the children," when most media they consume isn't regulated and has no prohibitions on content beyond the vigilance of parents. Which is as it should be. This is a rare burst of fucking common sense.


Suits is making fun Bill Gares Sr on a daily basis now.. in his typical juvenile fashion, playing clips of himn saying a few phrases taken from a speech where hes' proposing state income taxes on the rich. Apparently Bryan thinks the way the elderly gent says these phrases is particularly lame and a cause for ridicule. Note to Bryan Suits-- thank you for your service. Beyond that you're a tiresome, annoying and petulant little fellow, with an arrested maturity level that stopped developing somewhere during your middle school years. It's not nice to make fun of your elders - besides the joke is on you, since Bill Senior could buy and sell you , with a net worth easily 200 times that of yourself. Unlike your brief, failed engagement with bigtime L.A. Radio ("LA proved to be too much for the man")he seized the bigtime in the lawyering field and prospered to great heights.


sorry Bill Gates Sr. , not "Gares"

Mike Barer

Joanie, I was told that fuck stands for
For Unlawful Carnal knowledge, which is what cops in Britain would write when prostitutes are arrested.




Mike, Snopes says no

But there are some other ideas there about how the word originated.


" Andrew, do you actually know any kids who still listen to radio, or even know what one is?

Seriously - all of this effort to protect "the children," when most media they consume isn't regulated and has no prohibitions on content beyond the vigilance of parents. Which is as it should be. This is a rare burst of fucking common sense."

I don't know if you've heard uncensored comedy on XM 150, but if that was broadcast freely, kids under 18 would be the only people who listen to it. And it's not biting social commentary, it's mostly bitter commedians talking about the intricacies of anal sex. That's the reality of lawless radio. Our society would never stand for this on easily accessible FM airwaves.

It's one thing for parents to deny their kids XM radio, internet access or even cable TV, but denying them of a radio is impractical. Even a five year old can assemble a crystal radio.

This is yet another great example of how Libertarian ideology is flawed. You can't have a purely individualistic political theory and simply expect the societal loose ends to magically tie themselves off. The social impact of individual behavior has to be taken into account.


Hey Andrew - fair enough, but you didn't really address my point, which is that not that many people under, say, age 25 even listen to radio, much less as a primary medium. And they're for sure not assembling a crystal set (though I'm sure there are five-year-olds who can build a laptop the same way kids in the mid-20th-century built radios).

My point wasn't so much that gov't has no business regulating speech (that's another discussion) as that government already fails to regulate speech in most media kids consume - Internet, phones, video games, music and audio downloads, and so on. The only difference for broadcast radio and TV is the platform, which, thanks to the anachronistic use of spectrum space, is subject to FCC oversight. Eighty and even 30 years ago, that was the only way most people connected via instantaneous (as opposed to published print) media. No more.

Is a lot of what's put out over uncensored media puerile and offensive? Absolutely. In fact, it doesn't have a lot of appeal for anyone over the emotional age of 21. But when the only filters for kids on so much of what they consume are the limits their parents (hopefully) set, why regulate the remaining 10%? All it does is put broadcast radio and TV at an even greater competitive disadvantage than they already face.

If you want to argue that we need the regulation for the social good (which I have mixed feelings about; I'm just arguing pragmatically here), you'd have to address all those media, not just broadcast radio and TV stations, whose cultural influence among young people, especially radio, is declining fast.


I agree with you Pete...but it is kinda sad that we have to potty up the language on radio in order to be competitive.


You have to distinguish between free speech and public disruption. The idea that you can't shout obsenities in a crowded public place is based on keeping the peace. Radio is a lot like a crowded place. There's no way for a parent to stop their child from hearing someone who is shouting directly at them, and likewise, it's hard for a parent to make sure their kid isn't listening to the radio. There's no parental lock to seperate good stations from bad ones. Radios are so ubiquitous that the medium doesn't lend itself to privacy or parental oversight.


What gives these words such power? They're off limits. McGinn is considering ways to eliminate the nuisance and violence after bar closing.

Why not just allow everything and let the bars stay open all night if they want to. Let businesses decide on their own hours. Let people talk however they wish.

Diffuses both problems: words lose their power to shock (although they may still offend some old people) and people leave bars when they are done drinking at different hours of the night or they stay and drink all night which means they're not drunk and disorderly on the street.

Works for me.

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Sarah "Fargo" Palin is reportedly furious, just furious over the surprise engagement of her grandbaby's ingrate, tattletale father, Levi Johnson, to daughter Bristol. Bristol announced to to US WEEKLY before announcing it to pruneface prude mommy. hahahah Sarah. Having been trained well by Mommy in the art of moneygrubbing, the couple are shopping their wedding to television networks for big $$$ as a reality series. hahahahahahahaha turd in your coffee for ye Sarah? maybe if you'd had a decent relationship with your daughter, you freak, this wouldn't have happened. haha Sarah hahah Sarah



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