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 07, 2011


The Original Andrew

I can't fault KIRO for doing whatever it takes to be #1. High minded Dave Ross was a perpetual also-ran before Burbank became full time.


KIRO radio has become a sad joke. What else is there to say?

Radio Queen

Every now and again, it's OK to talk about something completely inane--it gives us a break from the economic and political doom and gloom.

Has anyone noticed that it sounds like Tom Tangney is co-hosting with Bill Radke in the morning? And then I heard him again filling in for Burbank from 9-noon. What does KIRO like about this guy? He makes Burbank sound totally, like, um, coherent.

Mango Jerry

Today I proudly pledged $100 to KUOW, and another 100 to KPLU. Got run off of KIRO a year or two ago. It was Ron & Don, then Burbank, then Curley. I stopped listening to Dori long ago. I've learned to enjoy the BBC news hour. It's been especially great since the Arab Spring. There IS an alternative to the fart jokes and pet kill of KIRO for the mature listener.

The Original Andrew

Listening to Tom Tangney and Bill Radke talk about Steve Jobs the other morning was painfuly awkward radio. I had to turn away. They were completely out of their element, fumbling for things to say.

The problem has been that many people don't really know what Steve Jobs did exactly. They seem to understand that he himself didn't invent anything in particular, yet he was the founder and CEO of a company that brought us many firsts, so hearing news guys try to eulogize him this past week has been exhausting.


I am sure that Steve Jobs was a wonderful, smart, and innovative person. Not being a techie, I don't know exactly how wonderful he was. IMHO, he was an Icon to a generation that idolizes technology. I am not sure if that is worthy of idolization for the rest of us?

The Original Andrew

It is, but in the name of all that is holy, don't ask Tom and Bill for their two cents on it.


Nancy Grace is adept at jumping the shark with her commentary- besides having the nipple shot when she had the wardrobe malfunction on DWTS that she roundly denied.


Coming next week: did Nancy Grace have a one-night stand with a basketball player 25 years ago? Enquiring minds want to know. We'll be right back with more on this breaking story, right after eight minutes of commercials.


A turd can fart?

Who knew?


Poor Pete...your cable must be disemboweled. There are fifteen, not eight, minutes of commercials between breaking stories, alas!


Radke is difficult to listen to, especially when he thinks he's being funny. He's not. KIRO bought a lemon with him. I've noticed Tangney in the morning now too. It's painfully obvious that Radke is painful as a host. He can't pull a thought out of his @SS. They pair him up with Tangney who has an opinion on almost everything whether he knows something about it or not. I'd rather hear Tangney and Thomas ditch Radke.


Monson needs to stay away from the fart clips. A normal man with an adult male voice can perhaps indulge himself occaisionally with such a story, but Dori's voice and sloppy, undisciplined diction literally sounds like that of a midteens , immature youth. When he goes for these types of stories over and over you literally feel loke you're behind the gym at junior high, sneaking a joint with your buds and giggling away.

The Original Andrew

"Radke is difficult to listen to, especially when he thinks he's being funny. He's not. KIRO bought a lemon with him"

I was waiting for someone to say it. Does anyone know the term of his contract?

Thomas is the only strong one. Tangney's opinions are tedious and self-satisfied.

I can tell you the value of most of the hosts opinions. Burbank says what everyone is thinking, but more clever. Dave Ross amazes audiences with his astute centrism. Dori amuses listeners with Libertarian craziness. What does Tangney bring to the table?

The seeker

I thought I was the only one who thinks KIRO's 5am -9am drive time is a train wreck. I do turn on Ross and Burbank. For almost thirty years I listened to KIRO mornings, but turned it off in the first 30 minutes the day Radke started and won't tune into their morning drive time show until they throw Radke out the door.

Radio Queen

Radke is a sorry excuse for a host. There is no chemistry with the News Chick and they probably brought Tangney in because...why? If you ever followed Radke's blog on the KIRO website, he was relentlessly harrassed by his commenters--nobody liked him. He finally switched his blog comments platform to facebook a few weeks ago, where commenters are identified, because he couldn't take the heat. He is the most useless host KIRO has ever hired. Bring back Tony Miner or Greg Hersholt.


Greg Hersholt is in Portland on KXL now, so it's too late to get him back. Tony Miner would be good though, if he's still available. Don't listen to Radke, but from what I have read, I doubt if he can hold Hersholt or Minor's jock strap (in sports terminology) - could have said candle, but it sounded too mundane.

Radio Queen

Hersholt is still commuting from Seattle to Portland, so he'd probably love to get a callback. Miner is doing the 3-7pm news for the R&D show now and probably doesn't miss the 2am wake-up call that's required for mornings.

The real point is that if you're going to call it Seattle's Morning News, then you damn well need credible news people. Linda Thomas is the only thing going for that show right now. KIRO would be smart to center the show around her.

The Original Andrew

Let's be clear, Linda Thomas is better with the news than even Jane Shannon was.


Has anyone ever noticed that Burbank...when he starts talking about an important or even a trivial... and its important to talk about both kinds of stories...hey dave here is a funny story....

Never finishes his sentences? he just talks.

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