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 29, 2011



Now that Blatthering Michael has banned personal attacks and off the subjest comments, he is not getting any comments?
What's that all about?

Der Moderate

"BlatherWatch - Listening to talk radio so you don't have to". Erictheeditor, that's the title of this blog. There's more to life than political & personel attacks. I too, enjoy them every once in awhile. Thou, it does get a little tiresome at times.


Aren't there more posters than before ? Seems like the discussion is more even keel.

An interesting post that seems to capture public sentiment on the coming inundation of candidates over the next year.


It's no fun any more. A safe place is a boring place. I like fisicuffs.

The Original Andrew

Speaking of being profusely thankful. A big reason I think Frank Shiers doesn't connect with listeners is that he sounds too thankful to be on the radio. That's not the kind of relationship we the listeners want with our talk radio hosts. We want them to bring such abundant substance and intrigue to the table that we're thanking them by continuing to listen.

That's the root of Shiers' problem. Someone said he's "never had an orginal thought". That is almost true. His ideas are more like composites of other ideas. He's not challenging anyone. You have to troll your listeners with a thought pretzel they haven't already figured out beforehand. His show prep, should he ever have a show again, should be nothing but several hours of undisturned contemplation. Maybe he's just more interested in hearing himself talk than he is about giving serious thought to political issues.

Puget Sound Blathers

Frank Shiers is a talented voice over, can read the news, type of announcer with a wonderful voice.
In terms of interesting talk, I'll agree with Orig Andrew that it isn't there on a consistent basis.
Bryan Suits, on the other hand, has a so so voice for radio but can run a helluva show.

Framk Shiers

Frank Shiers was simply the best radio host I've ever heard. He is a brilliant voice-over, can read the news on a level with Cronkite and his ideas were among the most interesting I've ever heard. Why he doesn't host a permanent show is a sham.

Dori Monson

Frank Shiers got too big for his britches, so I got management to sack him and bring in my friend John.

John, unfortunately, is getting too big for his britches, too.

Dori Monson

Ron and Don, on the other hand, have no ego. They're pets, like the KIRO saint bernards. They're big, and dumb, and drool all over everything, but everybody loves them anyway. So okay, yeah. I'm a little jealous.

Dori Monson

I really wish management would bring somebody in to do 9-noon. Having three hours of dead air as a lead-in to my show makes my job really difficult.


Looks like TBTL will be revived for weekend play. It was announced around 10am. Any other details Michael?

The Original Andrew

Frank is great for voice over, I should give credit where it's due. He sounds confident and direct. It belies his portly stature.

blathering michael

BR: we covered this here: http://blatherwatch.blogs.com/talk_radio/2011/08/kirofm-presents-refried-weekends.html

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      Multi-format: news and nearly all local talk. This is where classic KIRO AM news talk radio went... hopefully, not to die. The home of Dave Ross & Luke Burbank, Dori Monson, Ron & Don, Frank Shiers, Bill Radke, Linda Thomas, Tony Miner and George Noory.
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      Seattle's foremost public radio news and talk.
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      Visit the burnt-out husk of one of the seminal right-wing talkers in all the land. Here's where once trilled the reactionary tones of Rush Limbaugh, John Carlson, Kirby Wilbur, Mike Siegel, Peter Weissbach, Floyd Brown, Dinky Donkey, and Bryan Suits. Now it's Top 40 hits from the '60's & '70's aimed at that diminishing crowd who still remembers them and can still hear.
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      Right wing home of local, and a whole bunch of syndicated righties such as Glennn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Lars Larsony, and for an hour a day: live & local David Boze.
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      Syndicated liberal talk. Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Ed Schultz, Randi Rhodes, Norman Goldman fill in the large hole to the left on Northwest radio dial.
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      Syndicated right-wing 2nd stringers like Mark Levin, Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Dennis Miller and Hugh Hewitt inhabit this timid-voiced neighbor honker for your radio enjoyment (unless you're behind something large like Costco).
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