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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December 15, 2011



Poor Jason has jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Mitch Levy ("Mitch in the Morning") isn't an idiot, but he does have a reputation for being very difficult to work with, and runs through producers like water. I hope he gives Stein the respect he deserves, but history suggests he won't.

Lois the Pie in Shelton

Spare me the Don O'Neill news, Mike. As dim as they are, they still out rate Dori Monson and Dave Ross. Amazing. Where have all the intelligent KIRO listeners gone?

Sheldon Adelson

I have finally figured it out. Ron and Don claim to be the most listened to show, when actually they know they can count on nobody challenging them because nobody is listening to hear them make the claim. There it was in front of me all this time.

Mike Barer

I think that Mitch is at the top as far as sports broadcasters and any criticism of Jason will be tough and harsh, but fair and with merit.


By the way, those who have listened to Ron & Don over time know that Don was a big brother for several years in the past.


I hate to say it, but Ron & Don's eternal charity fundraising is extremely BORING! It's all very nice and all, but terrible radio. I always take my ears elsewhere when it starts, but of course I'm not wearing a PPM.


Mitch won't be doing much criticizing of Jason Stein, one of the most capable producers in town. He came here with tremendous resume from KFI in the 2nd largest market in the country. He polished the turds to make R & D successful. No mystery why he was hired--Mitch needs some help.


Jason Stein if you are reading this.....I only listen to Mitch for the Daily Schnoz segment, interviews with 3 or 4 sports reporters in other cities about interesting stories of the day.

There is too much un-interesting nonsense and uninformed opinion.....(with the exception of ex-QB Hugh Millen).....in other parts of the program for me to stay tuned in.

Good luck.


Mitch in the morning is more interesting to hear than Ron and Don. The Daily Schnoz, Breakfast with Beano, Hugh Millen are good features.

The best sports talk on that station is Ian Furness 1-3 PM, IMO. I'll listen for the changes. Between KJR and KJR-FM, they have the corner on morning talk shows in this area.


Talk about community service....Gasman (and Groz) have done their share. Class acts and very entertaining. I think they have become legends in this community. Too bad this blog doesn't say much about them and sportsradio in general. it is "talk" after all. And with 2 sports stations in town, too bad Vinnie couldn't find work here...as hokey as he is...he was a driving force to save the Mariners.

Puget Sound Blathers

Mitch in the morning is more interesting to hear than Ron and Don. The Daily Schnoz, Breakfast with Beano, Hugh Millen are good features.

The best sports talk on that station is Ian Furness 1-3 PM, IMO. I'll listen for the changes. Between KJR and KJR-FM, they have the corner on morning talk shows in this area.

Posted by: KS | December 16, 2011 at 10:39 PM

spot on KS. the dirty little secret is that sports talk radio that is live and local is a successful business model.

Mike Barer

I would agree with PRS, however, the writer does not choose to cover Sports Talk radio, and I respect his decision.
I believe there are some blogs (including mine) that have written about STR occasionally.


Mitch in the morning is great radio. Part of the reason I enjoy Mitch the bitch is because he doesn't take callers. OMG...do I really care what some lame ass dude from Wallingford thinks? That would be hell no.

And Ron and Don...I think the reason they get so many listeners is due to the lack of any other program that is live and local between 3-7.

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