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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April 28, 2012


Mike Barer

Cool, I believe they had temporarily lost their affiliation with CBS.

Puget Sound Blathers

Was it true the story about ballet teachers giving instructions to news folks on how to move?

The open newsroom concept is fairly common today.


I just remember Susan Hutcheson, who literally could not walk and talk at the same time. Standing still or sitting, she was fine. But when they asked her to read the teleprompter while walking to another part of the set, she stuttered, paused, and you could see her thinking to herself, "walk....pause...smile..read..walk"
and so on. It was painful. They do just fine with it on KOMO on the 4 pm news, however.


I vaguely remembered it on KIRO-TV and it seemed awkward, but it has eventually evolved to what it is today.

Too bad when they started doing news out of the box that their minds stayed in the box and they seemed unable to show that they were thinking out of the box.


It's Yeend.

Bill Wippel

Bill Yeend retired from news anchor at KOMO Neswsradio this month. He is a great talent and great to work with.

It was huge blunder to fire Gregg Hersholt, the morning anchor at KIRO. Bill Nye, the Science Guy just doesn't make the muster as a replacement.

The Open Desk routine for KOMO TV at 4pm works well. None of the TV stations has completely abandoned the news desk.


Um, that's Bill Radke at KIRO, not Bill Nye.


And KXL is on FM in Portland now, it's not 750 AM anymore.


I really enjoyed working with both Bill Yeend and Wayne Cody when they would do remotes from Hinshaw's Honda in Auburn. They could draw customers to the dealership. The listeners really loved those guys.
That was when talk radio was interesting and pleasurable at the same time. It certainly was live and local. Now it is just hyperbole and distant.


I suspect the comment about Bill Nye was facetious. KIRO's firing of Gregg was misguided and unnecessary. I hope he lands the KOMO morning job so he can come back to haunt them.


With Jane Shannon appearing pretty solid at KOMO in the afternoons would they want this co-worker drama again between her and Hersholdt?


Mike Barer

What's done is done.


I'm glad Jane landed okay. Not sure about her skills but she's got the voice. She's an easy listen.

Interesting how the subject morphed back to radio. All I remember about "out-of-the-box" KIRO was changing the channel.

Puget Sound Blathers

Jane Shannon is a good talent. I miss her with Hersholdt.


Switch Jane and Herb from afternoons at KOMO Radio to mornings.
The baseball announcer has a great voice but no chemistry with the listeners or the boss's wife in the morning.


Hersholdt is Portland's (KXL's) find after he was axed from KIRO. A good station to work for.


Getting rid of Hersholdt was one of the best moves KIRO has ever made. Seattles triumph is Portlands loss.

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