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 26, 2012



I will admit that KIRO's new blend is entertaining. But where's the news? Okay, its over at KOMO. But I find their approach to be bland. A few momments pof actual news followed by endless human interest presentations and commercial breaks just seems so blah.

Mike Barer

Really like Rachel Belle


No, like Rachelle Robbins. Interesting no mention of current tv going under.

Mike Barer

Probably because noone watched it. I'm a Liberal and didn't watch it. You know, we watch MSNBC and Fox depending on our political views because that puts us into our comfort zones. I think we all need to get our news from a variety of sources in order to get the full picture. Just my two cents.


Probably because "going under" is a misnomer. Several financial groups have approached Gore about purchasing the station, but no formal talks have taken place. Current is not carried by all cable outlets, so not everyone who might be interested gets a chance to find out if they like it or not.
When there are facts available, rather than rumors (sorry Fox News devotees) we will run a story.


You get what you pay for. Fox non-News comes cheap. MSNBC is a little more expensive. Current even more so. The truth is much harder to find these days when fiction is so cheap and useful to the upper one percent.

Sorry, Mike. I find MSNBC to be a rehash of each other's shows. Much too incestuous. I think they'd do better if they quit interviewing each other. It gets old. Does Fox non-News do that?

blathering michael

Bill Radke and Linda Thomas' departures spell the further crapification of a great, once-relevant news talk station.
There's nothing but public radio, now that delivers anything on the dial but trivial blather aimed at low-information listeners over 50 years of age.
When Dave retires and Luke steps up from local radio, KIRO will find lower paid chuckle-buddies to chew the fat off of celebrity outrages, sports tidbits, and salacious YouTube audio.
Maybe commercial radio is already dead- its downward spiral in listenership and seriousness certainly has the smell of death about it. With 23 ad spots per hour, the owners are dining off its corpse.
We can only pray that it rises from the ashes with a strategy to serve listeners before serving itself.

Mike Barer

I think the station's downhill spiral may have started with it's divorce from the TV station.


Happy Birthday dear Fremont, Happy Birthday to youuuuuu.


KIRO Radio's demise began when Entercom took over and managed it like a corporate division rather than a local radio station. They removed local decision-making and uniqueness.

Mike Barer

The News Chick is still part with KIRO, but I miss the days of Wayne Cody and Paul Brendle, along with the KIRO auto angel, who actually is an angel now.


I'm thinkin' it's either KVI or KUOW that has hired Radke


I think it's amazing people are still missing KIRO. They've been dead for years except to people who love the fluff of Luke and the misery of Monson. Radke belongs on KUOW.

There's a lot of radio out there. Not KIRO - not like it was. But good radio anyway.

12th Man

Entercom sold KIRO back to Bonneville in 2007. Bonneville had previously owned KIRO Radio way back when along with Channel 7, KIRO-TV(CBS) & the now-defunct KSEA-FM.

Oreo Cookie

I do miss the connection between KIRO-TV & KIRO Radio. I also miss the old Channel 7 Variety Club Telethons that were on in the '70s & '80s, especially when the Sea Gals made apperances on those telethons between 1976-89. Note: 1989 was when the last Ch. 7 telethon aired.


I even remember when Channel 7 showed the Mariners in Boston taking on the Red Sox on the 4th of July, 1986.


Bill Radke was a lightweight and a loser from the get-go -- shallow, lazy, uninteresting and one-dimensional.

It took him weeks, for example, to properly prounounce the name of the weather guy, Rich Marriott.

And apart from lackadaisical
introductions for the traffic pixie (the lamentable Kimmi Kline) and giving time and temperature, what the hell did he bring to the program? Essentialy, a mature avocado would have been a better sidekick for the show.

The fact that he was never entrusted with actually delivering news -- as Thomas provided -- told you something. Radke is neither a newsman nor a personality a listener could connect with.

In no way shape or form is Radke a major-market talent, and KIRO is way better off without him.

Curley's an appealing guy, and Ursula Reutin is a highly capable newscaster and reporter, but with Curley (news-light) at the helm, it becomes ever more evident that KIRO has given up -- and for all intents and purposes -- conceded news to KOMO.

The KIRO Morning News will become more the KIRO Livingroom Coffee Klatch than an actual news broadcast. (Note that sports has been eliminated entirely.)

Let's forget the grating and underwelming Don and Ron (or whatever they are), apart from Ross and the quirky Burbank, and the lugubrious Monson, neither of whom take listener calls anymore, the KIRO of old -- a bastion of broadcast journalism credibility - is now officially, well, something else, still to be determined.

Talk about the dumbing down of America --KIRO is doing its part.

Mike Barer

Good analysis, I was sorry to see Alex Silverman and Jessica Gottesman go.


i cant stand tom tangney and john curley .... they both laugh as they talk like they think theyre so funny, esp curley.. and i am soo sick of dr rhy spoor!!! gawwwd gimme a break curley..you get free dental?
and tangney talks a mile a min with this laughter melded in.

we need wbai here!!!


Radke is back with KOUW.

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