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 11, 2013



Oh Pat you silly old man. Radio is dead. Long live radio. The internet age is here and radio will never be the same again. Once today's teenagers enter the money demos, radio will begin to vanish much like newspapers already have. Pat is a legend - of the 1960's. By the 80's he ran out of ideas and couldn't program a station anymore (see KYYX). Why would he do any better today?

James Detwiler

Wow. And the thing is, Pat O'Day is about the only guy around here who can say all that and be taken seriously. Because he lived it, commanding Puget Sound afternoons for years with exactly the companionship and intimacy he so correctly says is lacking in today's music formats. Everybody... and I mean EVERYBODY listened to his afternoon show, not just for the music, but for the companionship and intimacy of spending time with our friend in the radio, Pat O'Day.

I remember once when he got all excited at the top of his show and said don't go anywhere, he was going to play something that will blow our socks off. And he did - a cut from the Rolling Stones "Got Live If You Want It". "Listen to this, isn't it great!" And indeed it was - one of the first live rock albums that captured the acoustics and energy (and Dexedrine tempo) of a live performance. No one else could pull that off. But we trusted Pat to tell us what was cool. He was our friend and a master showman And we loved hearing him talk as much as we loved the music he played.

But in all fairness to today's PDs, Pat and others were the right people in the right place at the right time. If there was money and a market for what Pat did so well back in the 60's, he wouldn't have stopped doing it in the 70's. And that's okay with me. Its unique place in radio history makes the privilege of having been there with Pat all the more meaningful.


It's too late. “Back in the day” broadcasters would counter the carousel automated jocks with bigger personalities and more listener interaction and self-promotion. Since the '96 Telecom Act, there is not enough competition for that to happen anymore. Corporations are able to use all their national resources to strong arm labels into freezing out local maverick broadcasters from concerts and swag, and pump money into that market to prop up their weak programming against their under-resourced competitors. It was fun while it lasted, but it’s all over now.


Music Radio is dead. It is unlistenable. If I want to hear the same damned hit song every hour, I'd buy it for $0.99, and listen on my iPod... Jeez, a dinosaur telling us how it should be, move on, nothing to see here.


Pat is right.
Radio can't out jukebox the current apps but the apps can't offer personality.
Radio isn't dying a natural death, it is attempting suicide.


Radio needs to go back to niche markets and owners need to pare back their profit expectations. A lot of people would live to host radio and probably be good at it if given the chance and the expectation that they don't have to make their bosses billionaires.

In many ways, that's what KUOW does.


Most of the major broadcast companies (Cumulus, Clear Channel, etc) are so over leveraged financially, they can't afford local talent. Those local stations that try to have a local vision can't get the support of advertisers, so its a vicious circle.

As much as I would like a strong personality station in the Seattle market, those times have passed. We no longer have a "farm system" where young people can learn the business in smaller markets where most of the stations are now heavilly automated.

O'Day is right, however, that radio and the wusses who run the stations have lost sight of the real potential of radio to connect with an audience. It takes commitment, which many station owners are not willing make.

Radio is dead only because no one care enough to breathe life into it.

Puget Sound Blathers

Local Sports Radio is alive and well. So that business model seems to work.

Breaking Politics News

I think radio died in the early 1990s when Rush Limbaugh went national. Than followed 100s of shock jocks that wanted to be his clone. Radio was dumb downed and became the voice of angry people that wanted to stir up anarchy for ratings. Rush should have had his ass fired in Sacramento after his caller abortion pranks and pretending to masturbate on the air when he found out Black Panther leader Huey Newton was shot to death in Oakland. He made Howard Stern and Opie and Anthony sound like the BBC news. Radios been downhill since than...


BPN: interesting observation. Sort of a tea-party take over of radio led by the fat man.

dave, not dave ross

Ray you are right, i think it is clear channel who has debt that is approaching 21 billion. all they know how to do is cut back and fire the people who made their stations number one in their markets. People are getting a personal experience on internet radio, through tune in and the like, and will never go back to terrestrial. i have stopped listening to KIRO entirely, and listen to Tom Leykis live and rebroadcast, and Adam Carolla Podcasts

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