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 05, 2011



Who knew? All KIRO needed to do is switch to FM and dumb down the format and they surge to No. 1.

Come on, solid blue Seattle, we've got to support progressive talk or it will go away.

Yeah, I know it is all automated and local CBS doesn't seem to care. Yeah, I know Rachel Madow, Al Franken and Ron Reagan went away.

But the ratings are bad so CBS cuts back which makes the ratings worse which means CBS cut back even more.

We have to stop the vicious cycle somewhere.

Puget Sound Blathers

I can see it now, As Monson Goes So Goes KIRO.

No doubt he'll want to thanks his faithful listeners at the Blather such as T008 and his no less faithful 'accidental' listeners such as Sparky.

Keep those earbuds tuned to the broadcast or the PODCAST so as to keep Dori-Fever alive.

Mike Barer

I think that Right Wing radio succeeds here BECAUSE Seattle is blue. It allows an oasis for those who do not agree with the primary sentiment to express their opinion.

Radio Queen

Interesting point, Mike, although I most certainly wouldn't classify KIRO-FM as "right wing" radio. In looking at the radioinfo.com numbers, notice that KISW is on a downward trend, and KIRO-FM is on the way up. Let's see what happens over the next few months-we could see KIRO-FM sitting on top of the radio heap.

Puget Sound Blathers

maybe dave ross/luke burbank; dori monson; ron and don are just more interesting then the best the 'left' can put on the air?


They are #1 6+ which doesn't mean very much. You have to look at the demo outbreaks and hour by hours to see the real winners.

Radio Queen

True, but they can still boast "we're #1" to the general public who doesn't know any better. Of course, they can't fool the advertisers.

lotus eater

How do we find out the "hour by hours?"

Radio Queen

"We" (as in the general public) don't get to see these numbers. Only Arbitron clients get the detailed breakdowns. Even the media can only talk in very general terms about numbers. Here's a link to Arbitron's explanation.


Years ago, back when I actually owned a muisc store, I waas approached by a radio salesman. From a station very few had ever heard of. Even now I cannot remember the call letters. Anyway, he showed me documentation that his radio station was the most productive place to spend my advertising dollar.

So whats the point......? The point is that the Arbitron book is put together in such a way that any radio station can make the claim that they are the best.

some guy

The interesting part is the CUME (the number of listeners). Notice how KIRO's cume is considerably smaller than most of the top stations and some of the bottom ones. That says there is a small, but loyal, audience spending time listening.


Leftist talk radio fails because many liberals are able to develop a viewpoint without the aide of talking points from some blowhard on the radio.

I only speak for myself, but if I listen to 10 hours of talk radio on a given week, 20 minutes are spent on left-leaning shows, 30 are spent news/weather/traffic, and 9 hours are spent with the right-wing guys. (The remaining 10 minutes go to Cisco on the weekends. I just like the way he makes me feel about myself.)

Listening to someone drone on and on about stuff that I already agree with bores me. I'm confident enough with my opinions that I don't need constant reinforcement from some guy who just happens to have a microphone. I'd much rather spend that time listening to the opposite point of view and getting some insight into why they think the way they do. And let's be honest - the guys on the right are just better showmen than the ones on the left (with a few exceptions). They do it with a lot of attitude and a lot of hyperbole. It's just good radio.

I can't imagine I'm alone on this...

Phil Dirt

Does right wing talk radio succeed here? I don't think so. Judging from this post, no political talk radio, left or right really makes it any more. What radio listeners want is Amanda Knox sitings, and in-depth Nancy Grace public farting analyses.


I'm not saying that right-wing radio is ruling the airwaves these days, but it's definitely doing better than liberal radio. Off the top of my head, you have 4 prominent local conservative hosts (Monson, Carlson, Boze, Curley) versus 1.125 prominent liberal hosts (Dave Ross and Ken Schram - who just barely falls into the liberal category). There's Luke Burbank (too busy being ironic to have an ideology) and the guys that run those Ron-and-Donathons, but I wouldn't really put any of them in one colum or the other. Add in all of the syndicated hosts on the air in Seattle and I'll bet there's a 4 to 1 conservative/liberal ratio.

And look at the stations themselves. Sure, KTTH might not be killing it in the ratings right now, but they do at least give the impression of being an actual radio station. They may only produce one hour of local radio per day, but that's still 100% more than KPTK does. And KTTH has a great website with mynw.com.

Try going to kptk.com (I'll wait). It's a search engine powered by godaddy.com. And if you type "KPTK" into that search engine, it suggests a website with the heading "Wax, Shave or Ignore". You'll find their actual website at seattle.cbslocal.com, but even that is a generic CBS website that's shared with CW11. If you're able to maneuver around all the America's Next Top Model popup ads, you'll eventually get to the KPTK homepage (which incidentally appears to have been designed using Windows Paint with the intention of being accessed via Compuserve). The whole thing's a joke.

I think it's fair to say that the tabloid stories (and yes, Nancy Grace's flatulence) are what's hot right now, but you can't say that conservative radio doesn't beat left-wing radio - here or anywhere.

The Original Andrew

"And let's be honest - the guys on the right are just better showmen than the ones on the left"

I'd argue that conservative politics are more showy by nature. Conservativism is home port to bigots, zealots, gun nuts, survivalists, nihilists, Randian objectivists, american exceptionalists, xenophobes, laissez faire capitalists and all other manners of circus show freaks with selfish or experimental world views that aren't just fun to watch, but fun to listen to.

Liberal talk amounts to matter-of-fact news, human interest stories, the arts, boring shit.


KIRO is not UP because their competition is DOWN.

KIRO is UP because there competiton is GONE.

There was a time when KIRO had more competition: KING 1090, Live & Local; KVI, Live & Local much of the day; The Buzz, talk-radio on FM; 1300 AM; All-News on KNWX; Local News and syndicated talk on KRKO in Everett.

Today, almost nothing.

KIRO-FM is a well-programmed station with the biggest local personalities on Seattle radio.

Their real competition is NPR.

KOMO is nothing but a bunch of news-readers half-heartedly stumbling through repetitive wire-copy. Traffic reports keep them in the hunt.

KTTH has Rush Limbaugh and People Meter is proving that Rush always had a small band of loyal followers and nothing more.

KPTK is the most poorly automated station in the history of human-kind. At least every 20 minutes you'll hear dead-air or multiple audio or the wrong audio. But at least there's Lee "If it's yellow, let it mellow; if it's brown,flush it down" Callahan.

KIRO-FM is good.

But it help's that they're the only thing left.


KJR-FM rates pretty good - about 5th-6th, but see that the cumulative listeners numbers are higher than most stations. In radio ratings, it seems very difficult to have a foolproof rating system and while Arbitron captures a pluratlity of the market - there is a noticeable suffering of fools. Noticed also that KVI is down near rock bottom way lower than KJR-FM, could there have been a mistake in their decision to go oldies ? Bryan Suits is probably musing - I told you so...

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