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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January 01, 2013



This is a further sign of the slow and agonizing death of AM radio. It also does not help that the suits changed KPTK into a sports talk station. Apparently they did not look into market good enough. Seattle already has a saturation of sports talkers. Bad move, CBS!

Chris Chronic

We hear the flip is at 12a eastern which means the flip will probably happen at 9p tonight local.

Chris Chronic

Not yet, but soon

Nevet's ghost

Sports talk is now more alive than political talk in Seattle and Portland. The trend is clear for now as Seattle has the same number of sports talk and political talk stations for the first time in a long while.


It happened at local midnight, after the end of Mike Malloy. Airchecks have been taped, and radio presets are being deleted. KBCS 91.3 will carry Thom Hartmann in the noon-3 slot. KLAY is inaudible on the Eastside. Many workplaces frown on streaming. So few options remain.

Bob Nelson

The CBS Sports Network site claims 232 affiliates (some of course part time, maybe overnight/some shows weekends). CBS could have done something like this with prog. or cons. talk but sports is where the money is.

Where I am in Boston MA we have 4 stations and 4 out of the 5 sports networks have affiliates (unless Fox finds another home somewhere)

Bob Nelson

...that station list on the right might as well delete WPTK (now KFNQ or
K-Effin'-Q if you prefer), now a gone-er.

Bob Nelson

oops KPTK I mean!


It's like losing an old friend. Well, I guess I'll write my check to KBCS now. I donate every year and never listen. Now I will.


K-effin-Q, FTW!


I listened to the switch...it was pretty lame. From 11:55 until 12:00 they ran the ubiquitous Zip Line ad and then did promos for Stephanie Miller, encouraging listeners to tune in in the morning on the way to work.
Jr High radio at its worst. Then at the stroke of midnight, a deep male voice said "THE GAME IS ONNNNNNNN!" and they went to a sports headline report. I turned it off. It doesn't matter, though, if a single person in Seattle listens or not. It is radio on the cheap and Seattle will share in the nationwide revenue.


Umm, make that 2013.


Tonight George is talking about Egypt and Egyptology. Not bad actually. Maybe I'll reserve judgment for a while.


I can listen to KIRO FM for at least Dave Ross, Ron and Don, and Andrew Walsh, but I just found out on my portable radio that the FM signal does have static within parts of SE Seattle, where I live. At least on the AM signal, it came in better. As for tun-in, it works pretty good, even found a few scanner sites for one of my hobbies(it's in my screename). WHMP in Northampton streams, which is interesting, I think it is owned by the same people as KBAI in Bellingham. (On WHMP, very familiar voice doing the station/show ID voiceovers)


Well heck, we can just tune in to the new Al Jazerra network thanks to Al Gore and his partner. Radio with pictures. Who'd a thought it? MSNBC Jr. it will be.

cliff kingle

I think you mean Al Gorezeera

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    • KIRO 710ESPN Seattle 710 KHz
      Games and sports-blabber
    • KIROFM 97.3
      Multi-format: news and nearly all local talk. This is where classic KIRO AM news talk radio went... hopefully, not to die. The home of Dave Ross & Luke Burbank, Dori Monson, Ron & Don, Frank Shiers, Bill Radke, Linda Thomas, Tony Miner and George Noory.
    • KUOW FM 94.9
      Seattle's foremost public radio news and talk.
    • KVI am 570 KHz
      Visit the burnt-out husk of one of the seminal right-wing talkers in all the land. Here's where once trilled the reactionary tones of Rush Limbaugh, John Carlson, Kirby Wilbur, Mike Siegel, Peter Weissbach, Floyd Brown, Dinky Donkey, and Bryan Suits. Now it's Top 40 hits from the '60's & '70's aimed at that diminishing crowd who still remembers them and can still hear.
    • KTTH am 770 KHz
      Right wing home of local, and a whole bunch of syndicated righties such as Glennn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Lars Larsony, and for an hour a day: live & local David Boze.
    • KPTK am 1090 KHz
      Syndicated liberal talk. Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Ed Schultz, Randi Rhodes, Norman Goldman fill in the large hole to the left on Northwest radio dial.
    • KLFE AM 1590 kHz
      Syndicated right-wing 2nd stringers like Mark Levin, Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Dennis Miller and Hugh Hewitt inhabit this timid-voiced neighbor honker for your radio enjoyment (unless you're behind something large like Costco).
    • KOMOAM
      News, traffic, Ken Schram and John Carlson.
    • Washington State Radio Stations
      Comprehensive list of every danged AM & FM station on the dial.
    • KKOL am 1300 KHz
      Once a rabid right-wing talker, except for Lou Dobbs, it's all business....