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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March 20, 2013


Phillip J. Longwater III

Remember how when PPM started KIRO-FM went straight into the tank? And then, voila, for about 24 months KIRO-FM was pretty much #1? And now, crap-sandwich, they are back into the tank?

Wondering if the rumor mill has considered that during those 24 months of glory, a KIRO employee and family may have been wearing PPM meters? Thus, spiking the ratings.

Either that is a possibility, or the entire PPM ratings system is a joke. How else to explain how an entire region could think KIRO is shit for a year; great for 2 years; and now think they're shit again?

Mike Barer

Can't believe KIRO punted so early on Curley. How long did he hold the morning spot? 2 Months.

lotus eater

Any way of knowing how specific KIRO shows are doing?

Phillip J. Longwater III

KIRO-FM does have some bright spots when you look at the specific shows in this latest book.

Morning drive is down just inside the drain-hole on the shitter.

9a-12n is sticking to the wax flange underneath the toilet.

12n-3p is sticking to the urinal cake hanging just under the toilet seat rim.

3p-7p is floating just under a brown-poop-yellow-pee-stained wad of soaking Charmin atop the water.

7p-12m is at the King County Sewage Treatment Plant.

dave, not dave ross

The question Mike Barer is why did KIRO work so hard to keep that bombastic right wing asshole on the air in every possible time slot, considering he could not pull ratings at any time of day, and put a successful morning show in the toilet.


I am just amazed at how bad KIRO FM is to listen too!The endless host endorsments, the over modulated tones of Dori, Ron and Don have driven me to NPR in the morning. I will be going almost completly to pod casts soon. I think subcription radio is the future.


I can't believe KMTT gained share. It's gone completely to shit.

Bob Nelson

A yr ago today KPTQ 1280 Spokane switched from prog talk to classic country. On Apr 11 it switches again to... Fox Sports Radio. "KPTQ has registered a 0.0 share of the audience in the last three ratings books. "


PJL III, I don't have access to the stats, but it wouldn't surprise me if Andrew Walsh was part of the problem. Ugh. And Rich, I agree, Dori's voice is very annoying. He sounds like he's constantly plugging one of his nostrils with his left pinky finger.


Forgot to mention that probably a huge portion of Kiro's numbers are due to Coast to Coast. I am not a huge fan of Noory (no art bell - visit fineartstream.com for 24/7 art), but even Noory is better than the rest of the kiro hosts combined. I listen to C2C at night when the topics are decent, and it's the only reason that I happen to listen to other parts of kiro during the day.


Same here, Broken. I like Noory - well, I like C2C. They've had some pretty good informative radio. I find myself falling asleep to it and waking up intermittently and turning it back on. John B. Wells loses me and I miss Punnet. C2C is a glimmer if intelligence on KIRO.

Adam Walsh? Sounds like high school.


TS, glad to see we can agree on something! John B has a good voice, but he's so annoying especially when he's self deprecating. I feel at times he tries to copy Art, partly because I think he knows he sounds most like Art than any of the other hosts, which is a mistake. Punnet is the best, and always has really interesting topics. Knapp has been growing on me. Noory is alright when he's not talking health issues, but I just have to tune out when his shows are about health and metaphysical (psychics etc) garbage.

John S.

I am thoroughly enjoying Bonaduce in the mornings, after what they did to Curley. Now the only program I tune in for is C2C. I can't understand the programming decisions at all. Curley was popular, yet they get rid of him and now I hear the likes of Andrew Walsh and worst of all, Jason Rants, who has a voice like nails on a chalkboard, and seems to get more and more air time. Not sure who's making the decisions, but no doubt many listeners have bolted of late.

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