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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September 04, 2010


David M

I long for the days when radio still had a sense of humor. In the last 20 to 25 years we've seen the shift from humor to hatred on the airwaves.

I'm just slightly too young to remember Jeff Boeing -- I really started following Seattle radio in about late 1969 at the age of 9 -- but thanks for the weekly look back at the good old days of radio. Great stuff!

Ted Smith

When will some FM guy become Jerry Microsoft?

It will probably some woman. No man would ever admit to being soft.

dale from albuquerque

And the beat goes on...another Sat.,another KOL unknown. The list is long,let's see...we've already heard about Dex Allen,Greg Connors and now Jeff Boeing...maybe in coming weeks we can look forward to Bob Watson and Don January. The only KOL jock of any significance of the Mag 7 era was Danny Holiday who went on to do the R&R Time Machine on KZOK in the 80's. Please don't take offense Bill Taylor, you and Bill Munson and George Garrett were among the very best newspeople in Seattle radio. If I'm sounding elitist, I apologize...I'm simply tryng to put 50's and 60's Seattle Radio in some kind of perspective.
Does anyone here remember (Salty Dog) Bob Salter...possibly the first Rock and Roll jock in Seattle at KJR. How about these guys...Don Hedman,Gil Henry, Buddy Webber, Bob Waldron,Rod Hammett, Art Simpson, Chuck Ellsworth, Rick Thomas,Perry Allen, Re Lee Hardwick or Mike Phillips? How about Seattle Bandstand circa 59-61,Ray Briem(yes he want on to fame at KABC doing conservative talk overnight in the 60's, 70's and 80's.) Does anyone here have any info on Gary Todd,Jeff Mitchell Mark Wayne, Frosty Fowler and Buzz Lawrence(no not John Maynard at KJRB) but the Lucky Lager Dance Time on the Mighty 1090.
I hope no one takes offense at my attitude. As Maynard G Krebs would say, "I'm only keeping up my end of the conversation"

dale from albuquerque

More grist...I'm catching my second wind now...remember guys like Herb Hall, Claude Brimm,Bob Frederickson,Johnny Knight. How about overniters like Russ Rebel,JJ Valley and Del Onley. Does anyone here remember or have any info on these guys?

dale from albuquerque

And just one more thing...we proud New Mexicans can boast that there are no headless bodies here, either!


We only find bodyless feet here.


Hah! very true, April. Good one!

Bill Wippel

Frosty Fowler is alive and well living near Paulsbo. Mary Wayne is in a nursing home with pneumonia. He has been on oxygen for years. He was a smoker.

dale from albuquerque

Well Bill,I remember you at KORD in Pasco back in the 70's. Very good music station. I knew Frosty was still around...wasn't he on Crista Radio about ten years ago? I'll never forget he and an unknown comic,Bill Cosby broadcasting from the Space Needle in '63. Sorry to hear about Mark Wayne...he had such a smooth delivery on KING's pm drive. Chuck Ellsworth passed away in about 1980. He was an instructor at Bates along with Lee Perkins back in the 70's...he was also working at KMO at the time...a really nice guy.


This is getting to be a great place for old radio guys to meet. My 28 years in the business seems like nothing. Maybe it was.


To Dale in Albuquerque:

KOL -- Feb. 1962 -- Home of the 7 Terrible Tigers, including:

Al Cummings -- 5 am - 9am
Art Simpson-- 9am-12n
Ron Bailie-- 12n-3pm
John Stone -- 3pm-6pm
Gary Todd -- 6pm- 9pm
Les Williams -- 9pm -12m
Tom Phelan -12m-5 a.m.

Lan Roberts had been one of the Tigers in 1961 before heading to KJR.

Gary Todd returned to KOL in 1967. Post-KOL, Gary held forth as the morning man at WIBC (Indianapolis) for more than two decades.

Michael Hayne

Just happened across this page. Chuck Ellsworth was my instructor at Bates Voc-Tech. Best Man I ever met. Also worked w/Russ Rebel at KRKO; crazy man! Had wonderful time. Lots of great memories of the Northwest in the 60's!
Michael Hayne
(Mike Edwards)


My late husband Doug Waller told me he was a DJ on KOL I don't remember his stage name. He started in Grays Harbor and I believe it was late 60's early 70's. Can anybody give me more info.

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