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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November 20, 2011



Egads....now I have a Dori visual I could've lived w/o. Pass the brain bleach please. I actually haven't bothered to listen to Dori for years now, except when he's doing the sports thing and I forget to turn the channel. I imagine Dori's still a puke. Did he by chance go birther? Figure the Dorster to be in that group of jackasses that regard our Prez to be Kenyan / Socialist / Fascist / Communist.

As for Ron and Don...when they're not on their missing kid tangent, I can listen to them for a bit while I'm out driving about. Can't say I've ever given them 4 hours though.

As for the rest of the radio day...for me it's a wasteland after 12 noon. I will listen to the occasional Medved...well at least when he's on his meds. Somedays he actually sounds cogent. But for the most part, after 12 I'm listening to music and singing along to the Eagles. (yes, I'm THAT old).


Wow, it must be a very relaxing trip for Mr. Hood to come up with some number 2 himself. But this one really stinks. If it was true, what does it say about Mr. Hood himself. His logo up top says "Listening to radio so you dont have to." If he was listening, do you think it would have taken 3 years before finally realizing this so called laziness. Not. Mr. Hood is having a good time watching little boobies on the beach and caught himself doing what Dori does. What a shame.

Chef Boyardi'

You have an unusual, nee disturbing interest in Mr. Hood's shit.

daily libtard listener

Dunno about Ron/Don/Dori (except I don't have the stomach to listen to them), but to be fair, Dave and Luke have been re-racking a bunch of segments in their last hour. I don't like it one bit. Stop it, all of you guys!


Anyone consider changing the dial if R & D and Dori, Dave and Luke are such a pain ? If 97.3 really all you care about listening to ?

Something is definitely wrong with that picture and it must be a slow radio news day.

Bob Moles

oh horseshit, KS. KVI tslk guys of old, syndicated talkers like Rush and
Sean, always gave us the full time. Even John and Ken over on KOMO don't go home on their last on-air hour. This is a KIRO rip-off. As Michael says, they're giving less to listeners, and taking advantage of their no. 1 in Seattle talk radio status.


Hey everybody, are we really sure Mr. Hood is really on vacation? He's spending a lot of time posting stuff...


Dori has hair up front? Who knew?


Hood is probably at one of those rentable time shares at Ocean Shores holed up with a babe and subscription to Krispee Kreme. He may not make it back.


Dori did an insightful interview with the 82-year old activist, Dorli Rainey: "Rainey hung up on KIRO Radio's Dori Monson, who asked her to elaborate on her wish for "regime change" and questioned why it was OK to keep one of his listeners from getting to a daughter's piano recital as protesters blocked the street."

What a genius!

Sports Talk

They are replaying segments on KIRO-AM, too.


by the end of the interview with Rainey, Dori was basically wearing a dress and Rainey was sporting a pair. haha Dori haha Dori


UH, Dave and Luke do it too. It has nothing to do with laziness, but was started at the same time as other major format changes took hold, such as no callers, and adding more personalities to a time slot (think of adding Luke, bringing in Jake and Jessica to the mix, Tom in the AM, Rachel to R&D). The first topics are among the most timely, and therefore popular. Unlike Blather folks, most people don't listen to all three or four hours, but listen to smaller segments, like drive time, or getting ready for work, or lunch break and so forth. Therefore, by playing the "best" topics again, they may get a chance to reach a second audience with their best stuff, thus hooking a second audience, producing higher ratings. It's called strategy, not laziness, and this is supposed to be a blog about radio? The ratings are up as these format changes were made. laziness? Please. More like, KA CHING. Of course, this blog has endorsed such radio power houses as Goldy....nuff said.


tommy 008/ Fremont

don't know what interview you listened to, but that sweet old lady didn't answer anything; she couldn't articulate what she stood for. Instead, she just grabbed her marbles and ran home. I don't like the inequality or being fucked by the banks, or the rise of the Corporate Oligarchy, either. But how does yelling and screaming at SPD and blocking pothole strewn streets do anything about it? Dori was just asking her, OK, so you stood up for your rights, what about the right of the other "equal" citizens?


Fremont, Dorli is 84, not 82.

Anyone who saw her interview with Keith Olbermann knows that she can be moving and articulate when the host simply lets her talk - which Monson had no interest in doing. The only kind of guest he can get these days that isn't a sycophant is someone naive like Rainey who doesn't know that his producer is going to misrepresent the interview and Monson himself will be rude and aggressive.

As for blocking streets: first of all, in the Olbermann interview Rainey claimed that the group had publicly announced its intention to disperse when SPD attacked anyway. Secondly, Seattle traffic is so gridlocked anyway, especially downtown - and thanks in part to the anti-tax zealotry of people like Monson - that the inconvenience afforded by any particular demonstration is minimal. Monson was just trying to be an ass, which he's made into a high art form.

Lastly, nobody would care were it not for the overreaction of SPD and its use of indiscriminate force. As a result, not only does the Occupy Movement have a poster "child" made in PR heaven, vastly expanding the impact of its message (for reasons illogical yet potent), but Seattle is once again sporting a national black eye from the actions of SPD. And, of course, there will inevitably be a lawsuit, which Seattle will either settle or lose at taxpayer expense. Fuck a piano recital - Where's Monson's fake outrage at THAT?


One more thought: According to Rainey's account on Olbermann (which Monson and/or his producer surely saw) she was riding the bus, heard the helicopters, and from the location surmised it was an Occupy demonstration and got off the bus to check it out. This means two, possibly three things: 1) She had more common sense to know there's a demonstration afoot than Monson's piano recital listener had; 2) She was not part of the original decision to block an intersection, which Monson knew or should have known, and it was therefore grossly unfair for him to try to hold her responsible for the decisions of others (especially in a group that makes a fetish of leaderlessness); and 3) she also wasn't participating in actively blocking the intersection, but was simply sprayed indiscriminately (as was Rev. Rich Lang, who was there in full pastoral regalia as a peacekeeper, and any number of other people who weren't active participants in the blockage.)

I don't care for a good deal of Occupy Seattle's tactics (especially the black bloc fringe), but SPD was pretty clearly out of line here - and so, big surprise, was Monson, a man who's made a small fortune out of being an audio bully for the entertainment of people who don't have the guts to be bullies in real life. There are a lot of conservative talkers I like, but Monson makes me want to puke.


"Fremont, Dorli is 84, not 82."

84 is the new 82...sorry, Pete!

Now we have additional poster children in the UC Davis pepper spraying incident. Shameful...!


I don't mind repeating some segments that are actually informative or entertaining. It can allow some who may have missed it or a part of it. Not everybody is able to be tuned in 24/7. And as much effort that goes into getting the interviews they can sometimes be worthwhile, timely and relevant. Sometimes it can seem fabricated and grandstanding by the hosts, but that's the nature of the beast. And besides, better than letting them drone and blather on for the sake of filling time.

Now Rachel Belle I can only take her 12 year old act in small doses. She's kind of that drunk uncle who thinks he's funnier than he really is but she can also muscle her way through with sheer enthusiasm. And she does do good interviews.

Here's my take on the personalities so far:

Ross & Burbank: George & Gracie Allen
Dori, Jessica, Jake: Edgar Bergen ventriloquist with Charlie McCarthy, and Mortimer Snerd
Ron, Don, Rachel: Larry, Moe, & Curly
John Curley: well he's John Curley when he shows up ...

wild bill

something must be working

Ranking Outlet Format AUG 11 SEP 11 OCT 11
1 KIRO-FM News Talk Information 5.4 5.5 5.9
2t KISW-FM Active Rock 6.0 5.5 5.1
2t KRWM-FM Soft Adult Contemporary 5.1 5.1 5.1
4 KOMO-AM All News 4.5 4.8 4.6
5 KKWF-FM Country 3.9 3.9 4.2
6 KJR-FM Classic Hits 4.8 4.2 4.1
7t KMPS-FM Country 3.7 4.0 4.0
7t KUBE-FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio 4.1 3.9 4.0
7t KUOW-FM News Talk Information 3.5 3.9 4.0
7t KZOK-FM Classic Rock 4.2 4.3 4.0
11 KBKS-FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio

blathering michael

Wild Bill, why are you so loyal to KIRO? They went to great pains to ban you from their website, and don't take your calls. They think you're nuts, yet you defend them like you are sleeping with them. You are nuts, btw.


I gave up on KIRO when they started broadcasting the train wreck on the morning drive time. My fingers won't let me type the hosts name. Who in hell hires this crap?


WB, wow, that was a difficult tangent to follow.

I can't claim to know if BM has speculated on the demise of KIRO or not. But I will say, that at least to me, KIRO did 'die' when they flipped to the FM dial.

The FM change on top of all the personnel changes pretty much ended any desire on my part to tune to KIRO while I was driving around. I used to be a die hard KIRO listener from 6 am to 3 pm. Now...I never listen before 3.

Dave used to be worth listening to...now, not so much. Dori has been a puke for freaking years (well I assume from comments here he's still a puke) and Ron and Don are tolerable on occasion, but I would NEVER go out of my way to listen to them if there was ANY other option at all.

Kinda sad really.


if Curley doesn't repeat his third hour, on the 5 days a month he shows p for work, i guess we've all finally discovered one postive aspect of his show. Oh yeah, and he takes a few calls. Other than that, does anyone else feel the follwong way? When i heard Curley admit that he had his high school buddy sit right beside him in the audirorium, and help him cheat on all the answers to his second SAT test attempt, that totally destroyed him as a credible, honorable person fOR me, personally. I now see him as a completely disreputable, bogus assclown which is not that far a leap down from my previous view of him, but its the bottom, and you can't really get mch lower than the bottom. Curley is a total loser.


cURLEY WAS CAUGHT WHEN HIS sAT scores on his second attempt were so much higher then the dunbass'es first score, thus attracting the attention of test honchos at the testing company. He was summoned before school authorites and a damning letter was sent to all his college entrace choices, causing all of them to refsue to accept him.


John Curley is a brassplated piece of crap.


WB...how do you know that crap? Seriously, why do you know or care what John Curley does?

I've never had any desire to listen to John. He has zero appeal to me and from reading BlatherWatch...it would seem to me I haven't missed a gosh dang thing re: John's radio show.

But WB if you're into KIRO, bless your heart. Keep up the outstanding job you're doing of supporting a once fine radio station. Me, I'll be having a cold one.

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