take your answer off the air...

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    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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  • The Naked Loon
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    "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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August 21, 2010



Wow..impressive career.
I don't know much of anything about the radio industry, but I have a feeling this kind of opportunity no longer exists? It would be great if someone could contact him about this column and have him respond.


More proof and everything that Seattle radio was where it was at back in those days. We werre so far ahead of everyone in the county. Pat O'Day & others werre breaking more new music than anyone. By the time most songs reached their peak on the Billboard charts they were already on the way out in Seattle.

And which area has produced more well known DJs, PDs & other good radio talent that went on the biggar and better things than Seattle?

Oh how far Seattle has sunk since then.


Funny, I thought back when I was a kid that our Jimmy Darren was THE Bobby Darren's brother.

dale from albuquerque

Pat O"Day made KJR the 'Sound Citizen'...not just a jukebox on the airwaves but a community voice that connected us all to our everyday hometown Seattle living.For all the talk about KOL on this blog...it should be said that what we heard on Channel 95 was truly magic! KJR dominated the airwaves like no other ever had. When you tuned in to listen,no matter what your mood,you would always hear a friend on the radio.And each jock had his own distinct style and personality.O'Day also promoted local musical talent...groups like the Wailers,Viceroys,Frantics, Dynamics,Sonics and many others got a lot of airplay which contributed to that overall feeling of community.We can look in the rear view mirror now and truly appreciate a great era in Seattle radio and especially some wonderful memories
Thanks, Pat.


When I visited my cousin in the Big City Of Seattle in the 60's, she always had her bedroom radio tuned to KJR..it was such a cool teenager thing to do, and I could hardly wait. My choices were KBZY and KISN but she, and KJR, were my role models.

Sydney Joel Goldberg

Greetings Mike Hood and thank you for bringing back some wonderful memories. Mike back in the late 60's I worked at what was than CKY FM on a part time basis while a student at St. John's High School in Winnipeg. The AM side known as the Radio 58 Good Guy's or The Station With the Happy Difference not only had Jimmy Hilliard A.K.A Jimmy Darren as the P.D it also had some of the best broadcasting personalities in the business. People like Daryl Burlingham who after working the Man About Midnight show at CKY AM went on the a very successful career at CKLG and CFUN. Catus Jack Wells who was the voice of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and for a while his son John Wells who became the voice of NHL hockey and CFL football for TSN. Peter Jackson, Doug Burrows and a very special guy named Dino Dennis Corrie who went on to a very solid career as P.D or CKXL Calgary and later the CBC. You brought back memories of a young Mike Sharp who became the Winnipeg voice of CTV and an equally young Loyd Robertson who worked down the block at the CBC and just retired at 76 years old as the national voice of CTV. Wow you really opened up the floodgates with jimmy Darren, because upon seeing your headline I quickly wondered if this was the same guy. I also worked in your old neigborhood Bellingham Washington from 2000 to 2003 for the Cascade Radio Group as an Account Executive and host, producer of the Radio Shoppers Network on KGMI. I will look foreword to more exciting stories now that I have discoverd your web site and please know how much people like you, Red Robinson, Roy Hennessey and others are appreciated for keeping the memories alive of what was one of the best and most fun times to be a part of this insane business. Sydney Joel Goldberg


Dale's right--as a Seattle kid in the 60s, I listened to KJR constantly--the greatest party in the world, 24-hrs/day, and I didn't want to miss anything!

Sydney's reference to Bellingham reminds me that as a student at WWU in the early/mid 70s, I listened to KPUG and they had a fine DJ staff. Many Seattle DJs honed their chops at KPUG. The path seemed to be KPUG>KJRB>KJR. Randy Evans was there--he became Ichabod Caine; I remember Greg Collins, Dan Foster, Charlie Hudson...don't know if they're still in radio biz.

the old dog

Related to Edie Hilliard, Seattle radio sales exec? A sister, perhaps?

Stumbling Inn Old Folks Home Seattle

Hmmm.. I remember him.

Buzz Barnett

Holy Hialeah Highland Beach & Hypoluxo!! That's the MAN I am working for @ 'FTL/Miami-Fort Lauderdale, & although I stand out front of the JCE Broadcast Center MOST mornings just hoping to get a glimpse of Mr. Hilliard, I felt deep Personal & Professional Pride when I read this post! Wow! Living in South Florida & working for THIS guy is just about the greatest "play & work" combo a buzzed-up broadcaster like ME can brag about! So there You go! Happy 20-twelve to One & All! & Thank You, Jim, for thee opportunity!

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