take your answer off the air...

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  • Talker's Magazine
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  • 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
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  • 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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September 25, 2010


Puget Sound

Thank you Mr. Pat O'Day.
A real treasure of the Great Northwest.
Your distinctive voice and cadence tells the listener that this is a real professional.


Seeing the cover of Mr.O'Day's book [great read--buy it] reminded me:

I saw Mr.O'Day with Jimi Hendrix in 1968 [February I think] when Pat accompanied Jimi to Garfield HS, to speak to students assembled in the gym.

Having seen Hendrix in concert the nite before, [and having my consciousness permanently restructured], I was struck by Jimi's utter lack of pretension. He seemed like what he was: a nice guy from the neighborhood. Though if it turns out he was just visiting from a distant galaxy, I wouldn't be surprised.

Not only was Pat O'Day the architect and host of the greatest 24-hr/day party in the world--KJR in the 1960s--his professionalism, his life-positive enthusiasm, makes him an inspirational person. He enhances the quality of life.

Happy Birthday my friend! You did, and are doing, Good.


With all due respect, Pat O'Day was more about Pat O'Day than about KJR or furthering the careers of the young artists he fed off of.

James J.

"soft-spoken humility and bashfulness?" He's a good guy, but the Pat O'Day I would never describe him as humble.
That said, Pat helped many, many young bands. That is part of why he is remembered so fondly from those days. He put so many Seattle musician and Seattle radio on the map.

Ed Bennett

Tom Doughnahue, the father of free form rock on fm, once said that top 40 stations are afraid of trusting their own judgement. Their afraid of playing the wrong record. Well Pat is certainly an exception. We would not be enjoying those Wailers and Ventures songs (as well as a lot of others) He also put every nickle he had on the line for the rock of the 80,s format on KYYX. Ive talked to a lot of local muscians who have a lot of nice things to say about Pat. He may be a republican, but nobodys perfect.


"Pat O'Day was more about Pat O'Day..."

That's what I thought, Suit, though it is a dissonant note in Bla"M's paean.

dave, not dave ross

Pat O Day helped to promote bands when there was no one co- ordinating ticket sales, promotion, even setting up equipment at gigs. Alot of concert money was cash and going out the back door until O Day came along to plug that hole. From Hendrix to Elvis, and so many local bands, people sought out his management. He owned dance halls where people could be exposed to music and have fun. Growing up in seattle in the 60's he ran the best rock stations with them most innovative dj's and sound. You would have to be someone who is confident, with a big ego to do this, however he did it well. Pat isnt perfect, but i know seattle is a better place for him being here. Happy 76th Pat, i wish you many more.


I fondly remember going to a concert in the Seattle Center Coliseum (Key Arena to you young pups) in August of 1964 with my big sister. Pat introduced the band late in the evening after forcing us to listen to a hand full of other bands for a couple hours before. I don't remember any of the other bands but there is no forgetting the Beatles. Couldn't hear them because of all the screaming going on. It was worth every bit of the $4.00 ticket.
Thanks Pat. Happy Birthday.


Happy Birthday, Pat. Unlike a number of radio people, you are accountable for your past misgivings. If you are a Republican, that's OK too. I will say that Democratics have become a real thorn in our collective sides lately, whether this blog acknowledges it or not - they never want to be accountable for anything, because they believe they are entitled (note I am not saying that Republicans aren't that way - because a good number of them are, but they are currently out of power). OK, enough of the sidebar...

You have made your mark on the local radio scene.


I remember KJR and Pat O'Day. If your mom was Janie the I made a wall plack for her to give to you. It was you in a bathtub, wearing overalls and a baseball cap. If I am wrong then "my bad". Thank you for all the years you gave us growing up.


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