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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October 01, 2010



#10 and #5 explain the popularity of Ron and Don and of Luke Burbank.

Excellent list..looking forward to people's thoughts. I sure agree with a lot of what he says...especially about commercials. I think a lot of us punch the FM button until they are over.

alan alanson

" The interweb is not only shaking up media, he says, but is making a “giant change in humanity.” "

Beware of inflated claims for new technologies. Was it Wired Mag who pubbed an article in the 1990s claiming that the internet was creating a new species of human being? Cheeses...

This era isn't so special. Imagine being born around 1900, and experiencing the developing availability of electricity, indoor plumbing, cars, airplanes, movies, radio...That was change.

#8 – “Locality is not community.”

It isn't *necessarily* community; but people do live in defined areas and are forced into a degree of common interest/community. Heard of the viaduct/tunnel? 520 bridge? Rapid transit? etc...

Was it the late Tom Donahue who referred to some then-aspect of the radio biz [AM at that time?] as "A rotting corpse stinking up the airwaves."?

I think of that whenever I hear "Ron and Don."


I once had someone in radio tell me that I was "Useless as a listener" because I would tune away during ads.
That's when I was listening to music and would tune away during songs I didn't want.
Lots of stations to bounce around.
In later years with talk radio addiction, you want to stay with a good topic or conversation.
(Therefore I tolerate the ads)
I would much rather download shows now, but I like to listen to different individual radios.
Inside, outside, vehicle...
Not quite ready to wander around with a "walkman" so to speak.
I can see it coming though.
The point made about people using "reviews" on line for what they buy... absolutely.
Seems that salespeople at radio stations these days must feel like "Phone book ad sales" 5 or 10 years ago,
The end is near for them.


Whatever. What a bunch of crap. Truth is NOBODY knows what's going on in this wired PPM world. But, true talent, fun and joy are contagious, wherever they are found. Bring back the joy. That's what I say.

bobby bobberson

"But, true talent, fun and joy are contagious, wherever they are found. Bring back the joy."

...but managers/owners are too chickenshit to hire Pat O'Day. If POD could program a station... no, wouldn't be KJR at its prime, but it'd be fun, interesting, compelling.

Btw, I tuned in J.Carlson 9am today on KOMO--first time I listened in his new slot. Seemed like 50-percent commercials. JC is a fine communicator, but I can't listen to "half commercials, all the time" radio.

Btw alan alanson, you can add telephones to your list. Growing up 1900-1920 must have been a kick. People these days suffer from a narcissistic "presentism." Ain't we special.

dave, not dave ross

Speaking of PPM, someone who works in radio yesterday was telling me that the entire sample of people that dictate the PPM ratings is only 90?!? It just seems so crazy to me that such a small group can have radio by the balls.


I find that hard to believe seeing as there's nearly as many radio stations in the market. For that to be true, they'd have to have hired a monkey to do statistical work instead of hiring a real statician.

The Anti-Dori

Goodbye, Madison Avenue. “The thing that’s killing us is commercials…people now buy things based on research,” not commercials. It's ripe for re-thinking.

Who is he kidding? Madison Avenue still rules. That's who elects politicians with the money K Street gives them. I don't see McDonald's or Wendy's going out of business. Nike doing pretty well. The teabaggers and almost everyone non-public radio is a target for Madison Avenue.

10 and 1 seems like contradictions: pop culture rules but talent will out?


The Anti-Dori

As for commercials, if ownership didn't want to profit like health care CEOs and would pay themselves and their talent a reasonable wage, they could survive. But they're killing their business with commercials. Thank Dave Ross would have done the same work for $50,000 a year? I do. He loves it. People don't always choose their jobs for money. Sometimes they choose what they want to do and take the money that is offered.

And fewer commercials would attract more listeners.


True, he lost a lot of cred with the "good bye maddison avenue. What a hack. He clearly has no idea how advertising works. It's all subliminal. It has nothing to do with reasoned argument or research. The more you hear about a company, the more you are familiar with it. People trust things that are familiar, thus you trust the company. That will influence any research you might do. This guy is a hack.

The Anti-Dori

What? No talk about the sixties redux on CSPAN? Is that the one Schultz put together? Too many black faces for the country. Isn't going to play well.


folks this is Dr. Bill, and I'm coming on the air in a few minutes down here to give all you vulgar greenie lib bastards hell. say, did you see this example of a chickenbleep vulgar political cheapshot from Gloria Allred, accusing Meg Whitman of being mean ot her maid? what kind of horsecrap is this? I would have told this illegal You're damn right you are fired and you'd better say you don't know me and have never seen me - just like Meg did. I'm going to count to ten and you better start walking. by the time i finish you'd better be off my property. That's what i would have told her. Greenie Jerry Brown supporter bastards.


Dr. Bill said last night that Gloria Allred would lick a toilet seat if she thought there was some money in it for her.

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