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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January 14, 2011



How the hell does R&D win the afternoon? The show is nothing but commercials, traffic updates and brainless talk?!?


Because dumb people can all listen to the same thing while smarter listeners have more specific tastes they must satisfy. The simpler you are of a person, the more you have in common with others. The most popular food item in America is... breakfast cereal. No shit.


In the KIRO-KOMO derby, did R&D come in #1 in PM drive, or just ahead of KOMO?

A book or two ago, KIRO was listed around 21st place, beaten even by 710ESPN. They were about where KTTH is now. Now, in this book, both KIRO and KOMO have flown up the charts. Why? Did methodology change?

KVI was a dead channel in this book, no talent or live programming, it'll come back now that the format is properly launched. I like it, it sounds like big-iron AM news/MOR radio from the '70s.

Kyle Mesherscmitt

I am not surprised ,I have tuned over to Komo as I cannot stand Dori Monson's rantings anymore.Ken Schramme is way more balanced then this idiot.

Kyle Mesherscmitt

Ron and Don are just a complete waste of airtime


I just tried to listen to R&D again and truly don't understand the program. No content - just blabbing on and on. Their topic today is how their boss took them to dinner to celebrate their ratings.

Is this serious radio? KIRO is hypocritical with the claim that in these tough times their station MUST be listened to. These jocks won't and can't talk about all the heavy issues of the day. I'm very disappointed with KIRO. How is this program #1? Seems bizarre to me.


Very interesting that KVI went away and KTTH got no, repeat no bump at all. Were the November ratings of KTTH inflated by the midterm elections, or is the market for nationally syndicated conservative talk at its ceiling already?


I, too, am surprised about Ron and Don. We are talking about two people that do little or no research on their topics, and when they do it's normally wrong. That is when they aren't using some poor soul that just went through a tragedy to boost their ratings.


The silence is deafening! Just like the monotony on KOMO. Except maybe I'll check out Schram. I didn't know he was still on. Carlson is there, right? Do they have different shows?

R&D = a reflection of a dumbed-down America.


Come on Joanie, I like Ron and Don.


No es posible! What do you like about them?


Eh, the brain dead banter? Makes me feel like I warped into a low grade teenaged hacky sack romp.


Oui, c'est possible...


I'm heading for George Noory land. Talk tomorrow.


I'll leave you with a chuckle from Jon Stewart


Carlson is my Dave Ross replacement all the way since the KIRO "Martin and Lewis experiment" with Burbank.
Especially the few minutes of Commentator's flashback just before Schram!
It would be great to have them do specials together, election time is the obvious.
Schram has a good show, Dori is always good, Medved can be excellent some days.
Noon - 3pm has a trifecta of good shows.
Too bad KOMO doesn't have a 3 - 6 local show, but news and traffic seems to suit them.
I miss KVI.
Ron and Don just won't die.
I don't get it.

sam samuelson

I think everyone from the far-left to the far-right agree on one thing: the Ron and Don show is just too fucking dumb.

I'm utterly baffled by their continued presence. Do they have compromising photos/videos of top management or something?

And Frank Shiers? The quintessential very nice but totally boring guy.


The main problem with Frank Shiers is that he's a little man with a big opinion. At least Dori's infamy grants him that privilege, but Frank Shiers has no credible justification for the amount of swagger he tries to feign. He acts as though what he has to say matters, and it doesn't, he's not smart enough, nor notable enough.

John Curley gets it right; he downplays his opinions, because he knows his opinions are just that. In fact, as a Sammamish city councilman, Curley has far far more credibility than Shiers, and yet he has the good sense to keep his humility about him.

Shiers is smarmy and insufferable, and that's why he's been treated like a door stop for the past decade.


Hopefully the Ross and Burbank experiment will be terminated soon. If Dave gets to do the show solo again, I will return to him. For now I will stick with Carlson even if he is too conservative for me.


Interesting. Once you turn away from KIRO, it's hard to turn back. New habits emerge. I found other talkers. As much as I loved Dave, I don't even podcast him anymore. My dial hasn't touched KIRO for months and months.

But then, I'm not their targeted market anyway.

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