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 10, 2011



KRAB inspired a lot of other efforts, no doubt, but it was not "the beginning of community radio in the United States." That was KPFA and the Pacifica chain, which started with the above-mentioned Lew Hill in 1946. Three of Pacifica's stations - KPFA, KPFK in Los Angeles, and WBAI in New York - were on-air using the community radio model before KRAB signed on. KRAB was early, but it wasn't the first.

dale from albuquerque

KRAB FM was a metaphor for the 60's counterculture.Every hour or two the programming would change. From an eclectic variety of music shows to roundtable discussions of the war in Vietnam,racism in America or maybe local political issues of the day...whenever a speaker would make an appearance in town,KRAB would record the event for playback on the air.
KRAB did air programming, as well, from the Pacifica stations and even Jean Shepherd from WOR.
My favorite program ran for many years on Sun. nites..."Notes from the Undergound" with Tom Robbins.He would play groups that were unheard on commercial radio like Steppenwolf, Hendrix,Joplin and Dylan's early album stuff. In between the music he would read his own poetry.
Listener supported, all volunteer KRAB...the Jack Straw Memorial Network.


Add a fifteen year old Tommy008 to the photo, appearing on a poetry show i believe two times, in 1968, reading my own poetry. I met Milam. 15000 dollars? i always though he had inherited a small fortune Even in today's money that cant be more than $150,000. Please no haters, taunting me about my book contract . Been busy the last few years the gorundwork for,and now building,a not-so-small fortune. The revised, smaller, better novel is soon to hit the New York agents for a second round of critiques.

Ed Bennett

Which one is Dr. Robotner? (Ray Serebrin) Anyone remember The Ham Radio Hours? That was weird but fun radio. Thee reaction from people around the radio was just as funny. I had a friend who worked graveyard at McCord air force base who would listen and some red neck would complain and turn his radio to country. So my friend would move to the other side on the shop and most of his co workers moved with him. One of the jocks talks about the guys two women screwed and the red neck yells "what did he say?" My friend just shrugged his soulders and repeated it. The red neck would turn his radio up then lean towards my friends radio complaining all the way.


Vividly remember Pacifica .. was in Houston where the station transmitter was bombed twice (by KKK). Yup....that's how they do it in Texas. "We don't like what yer' sayin', BOY...." . Today, they are still going strong ... at least two transmitters later.


At one point in the early '80s I was on the staff at KPFT (the Houston Pacifica station). We kept the first bombed-out transmitter on the landing between the first and second floors of the old house in the Montrose neighborhood where, I believe, the station is still located today. Being bombed, twice, by the Klan was a badge of honor.


Yup...station still there. I was on the other side of Lovett Blvd at that little ol rock & roll station on the opposite corner!

12th Man

Love & miss KRAB.

Michael pradip

I had my one and only on air radio moment once on KRAB. 1974 I was part of Stage One Theater in the Pike market, where The Empty Space Theater started. We were doing a Saturday afternoon variety show when KRAB invited us to do something on air. The show was called "spontaneo Radio".
We would do a short comedy bit, and someone in another booth would play a weird sound cut. Neither side knew what the other was going to do. Sometimes funny, sometimes just weird. I became a listener after that and was sad when they split town to move to Everett I believe.

Michael pradip

Anyway, I was know as Michael Bluesky back then.

John Clark

Tomorrow is Lorenzo Wilson Milam's B-day and I hope KBOO will celebrate in style.

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