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 15, 2012


Peggy Hill

This is shit out of the toliet! first they move a successful station from the Dalles and then watch it flop around and do nothing, no wonder people have given up on radio


Radio needs to go back to local control with owners who love radio and don't need megabucks as their incentive. How do we make that happen?

Bobby Hill

Mom! Dad says you can't say shit in public.


"Radio needs to go back to local control with owners who love radio and don't need megabucks as their incentive. How do we make that happen?"

How would YOU make that happen? The basic cost of supporting a broadcast infrastructure in the seattle market is nothing to sneeze at. Going back to local control is a great idea, but the bills do have to be paid.

While we're at it, how about a definition of what a reasonable return (to you) would be? Few stations are earning "megabuck" profits these days, so how about drawing us a picture of how you'd do it.

As with many other topics in our lives these days, this one is easy to armchair-quarterback... not so easy to fix in a practical sense.

Yes... The move from The Dalles was a stupid attempt at a money grab. It backfired... no sympathy deserved there. Haven't seen much of that nonsense since.


Maybe they have a sale pending? Did anybody think about that?

Ted Smith

Peggy Hill said: first they move a successful station from the Dalles . . . .

Oh, it was even better than that. To move the Dalles channel, they per$uaded KAFE-Bellingham to install a directional antenna and bought, changed, and then sold what is now KBDB-FM in Forks, all to make it work. In addition, KMCQ's move to Tiger Mountain eliminated an LPFM allocation for Fall City that had local support.

It is hard to see any of this as a good idea. As I recall, this was Dallas-area money, and there are very few AM or FM stations near Dallas that haven't been bought and moved nearer to the Metroplex. In other words, this is business-as-usual in a lot of the Country.


So you're saying, KRZ, that there are no local stations anymore? None?

Chris Chronic

From the KRKO website

"We are one of seven locally-owned, independent commercial radio stations left in the Snohomish, King, Pierce County area. 1230 AM in Everett, and 1450 AM in Puyallup target the Korean community as "Radio Hankook" and are owned by Jean Suh; 1420 AM and 1620 AM in Renton, and 1560 AM in Sumner are owned by Chris Bennett and target the African-American community. 1180 AM in Lakewood is owned by Clay Huntington (who chose the appropriate call-sign "KLAY") and serves the Tacoma area.

All remaining commercial signals in the Seattle area are owned by large corporations or out-of-state entities with the exception of 94.5 FM KUOW, which is owned by the University of Washington.


So, how much would these local guys have to pay to air people like Schultz and Hartmann? I'd like to think Schultz and Hartmann would make it affordable just to stay on the air in communities like ours.

Just heard this on Hartmann (which I listen from a Phoenix station which airs Hartmann at 6pm). Karl Rove may have had a fix in for a Romney win that was deep sixed by a hacker: Anonymous Claims It Stopped Karl Rove From Hacking The Election By Hacking ORCA

I'm beginning to think anything is possible. Rove was sure stunned the night Romney lost.

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