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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:12 AM

Progress on getting progressive radio back; guide to accessing progressive talkers published

Hello Progressive Radio Seattle (PRS) Listeners,

We continue to work towards bringing progressive radio back to Seattle! Below is a brief update:

We have heard from so many of you who want to help. We need a plan. So our first big group event will be a “Visioning” Party/Gathering! Probably in the Seattle area in early March. We need to create our Vision together, so we can design our next steps. Can you help plan this event?

1. An email address is available for your use to reach us: ProgressiveRadioSeattle@gmail.com

2. We also have a public folder on the Cloud:

The direct link: http://sdrv.ms/10jpp9R
Posted there for your perusal: Progressive Radio Users Guide.pdf– to find your progressive talkers on-line, or via a variety of devices.

· List of ways to help! NOTE: We apologize if we have not gotten back to you if you have offered to help. We have been collecting your contact info, and will definitely be in touch! More help will be needed. Let us know you are interested!

Update to Petition Signers, sent: 1/18/13

· Carl Wolfson’s Morning Show is back in Portland, Oregon, streaming live! Cool that they are making progress! CarlWolfson.com
3. We are working with Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata to arrange a meeting with Al Gore on Feb. 14, to discuss Mr. Gore’s insight on the future of progressive radio in Seattle and across the country

4. Our website is under construction! Thanks to Rennie Sawade and Mike Visser.

5. We are meeting soon with an “insider” who was very involved with AM 1090 for the first four years. His expertise will be invaluable.

6. Do you have any rich, generous progressive contacts?

7. There is a model of a successful community-owned commercial progressive radio station in Minneapolis that we are following up on. How did they do it?

8. Remember, to sign the petitions, and pass them along. Collectively, we have over 10,000 signatures (but Oregon has 30,000!)

Change.org - Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:
http://www.change.org/petitions/save-progressive-talk-radio-am-1090-kptk-cbs-radio-seattle-keep-am-1090-kptk-progressive-talk-radio-on-the-free-airwaves. You can sign this important petition by clicking here.

MoveON.org petition:
That's why I created a petition on SignOn.org to the advertisers and program director at Seattle AM Radio Station 1090, which says:
Don't let Seattle lose progressive radio! As a local radio listener, I pledge to support with my dollars any advertiser on any station that chooses to broadcast progressive programming.
Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.
We are confident that we're either going to see an existing radio station pick up progressive radio in Seattle - or better yet, an listener-owned radio station will fund a whole new progressive talk radio station.
The road ahead is long. But hey, Portland has scored a big early win, and we can do the same! Listen to Carl's show, call in (toll-free 877-CARL-066), tell your friends, and patronize his sponsors. CarlWolfson.com - As Ed Schultz says: “You know what to do!”
We want to assure you that we are working on the need to bring progressive radio back to Seattle. We'll be in touch with next steps - as well as other opportunities to put this community into action for our progressive priorities.
Thank you.
Progressive Radio Seattle Team

“Tag, you’re it!” Thom Hartman

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 06:46 PM

1. The petition link is broken

Is there a new one?

I'd love to help get liberal radio back up in Seattle & Portland.
It's pretty suspicious when there are plenty of RW and sports stations but Liberals need to buy a device and pay a fee to listen.

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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:23 AM

2. Link is broken as was noted above

I began listening to AM1090 at midnight the day it began. I listened almost 24/7. NPR just ain't doin' it. I miss Thom, Stephie, Randi, Norm, Mike, Pap, all the others, even the gardening show. I am listening online to the Chicago station ~ but this does not transport to my old '92 Honda's radio, lol.

I would not only sign the petition, while I live in Kenmore (Seattle native tho), I would go to a meet up or whatever there would be. I was so happy when this station began and was a loyal listener. While I am low income I tried to support whatever advertising there was when I could afford it ~ and recommended the services to others.

I wrote to the CBS execs but never even got an automatic email back. I am wondering what CBS execs are thinking in NYC to change this station to sports ~ when we already have a lot of sports stations. I bet their ratings are now in the toilet, and they knew this would happen. What is this all about? Are they mad they lost their Romney influence and thinking Progressive Radio is "brain washing" the public with true facts or something?

Just wondering ...
Cat in Seattle

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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:32 AM

3. I think it's expired. I'll drop them a note to start a new one n/t

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Response to eridani (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:11 PM

4. Thanks for all you do eridani!

Any news?

I gave up on NPR years ago, now I see why again... And I used to donate to PBS and NPR. No more, after listening to that weak tea, and on weak signal too. I can give straight to Free Speech and Pacifica.

If I can get reception, I listen to Democracy Now! and Thom Hartmann - that's it. Silence is better than pap.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:28 PM

6. Peter Collins on progressive talk radio


Ratings range from flat to flat-lined: in 2012, Clear Channel-owned KPOJ in Portland and CBS-owned KPTK in Seattle showed audience numbers so low that they were not listed by Arbitron; Clear Channel's WDTW in Detroit barely showed a pulse at .1 percent, and the once-powerhouse, now-struggling media conglomerate recently agreed to donate WDTW to a local community group. In his second attempt at WVKO in Columbus, Ohio, Gary Richards was forced to sign off just before Christmas 2012. Progressive talker Jeff Santos waged a valiant four-year struggle in Boston, and I was a consultant in his effort last year to add eight new markets in battleground states; we had no choice but to lease air time, and once again the Democrats who had the most to gain failed to support the effort.

The only exception I've found is Madison, Wisconsin, market #100, where Clear Channel's WXXM-FM, "The Mic" jumped a full share point to a respectable 3.3 this fall. Back in 2006, a local group led by activist Aldous Tyler rallied support, and a planned format change was halted. Similar efforts are underway in Seattle and in Portland, where longtime KPOJ morning host Carl Wolfson has just launched a live webstream show weekday mornings 7-9 AM Pacific. It's worth noting that Arbitron has switched to a "people meter" system that has produced lower numbers for talk programming in general and progressive talk in particular.

Al Franken is in the Senate, Ed Schultz appears to be doing well on MSNBC, Thom Hartmann has a nightly TV show on the RT network, Bill Press and Stephanie Miller are simulcast on Current TV (which has just been sold to Al Jazeera). But their radio shows face tough sledding and possible elimination in 2013.


As someone who took substantial personal risk in syndication and station ownership, I can tell you that progressive talk has not panned out as a viable business. Clinton's 1996 deregulation of broadcasting and the end of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 didn't help. I do think the FCC should require some balance of viewpoints on the stations it regulates, through the license renewal process, but there is simply no interest on the part of Obama and his appointees in regulatory reform - even as the president is pilloried by right-wing radio on a daily basis. Air America's parade of management blunders produced the downward spiral that brought us to this tipping point for progressive talk radio, and most station owners, rightly or wrongly, see that failure as an indication that audiences won't support liberal talk radio.

In radio, we always like to end on an upbeat note. Here's the best I can muster: if you want to help keep the surviving progressive talk shows alive, subscribe to the podcasts of your favorite progressive hosts - it's a critical stream of revenue as these programs fight for survival.

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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:10 AM

7. Meeting with former KPTK advertising insider

Meeting with a KPTK Insider

Our Progressive Radio in Seattle (PRS) Team had a meeting this past week with a former advertising sales person for KPTK who provided us with some interesting information about the demise of 1090 Progressive Talk.

•1090 has been owned by CBS since its inception and was the only progressive talk station owned by CBS in the country.
• CBS chose to not spend any money on advertising for KPTK and did minimal guerilla marketing for promotion.
•When KPOJ in Portland first became a progressive talk station, they spent money on advertising and it did well for the first year.
Please help us build signers on our petition

Our SignOn petition has over 9,100 signers. We want to build it to over 10,000. If you know someone who hasn’t signed yet and would be interested in what we are doing, please send them the link: “Don’t Let Seattle Lose Progressive Radio” http://signon.org/sign/dont-let-seattle-lose-1?mailing_id=9335&source=s.em.cr&r_by=398275

When we’re ready, MoveOn will pay for making one set of paper copies for us to deliver. The plan is to create a media event, if we can find a reporter that wants to cover it. We can deliver electronic copies of the signers anytime.

Website in progress

A volunteer is helping create a website that will be on a free platform. We’ll let you know when the site is up and running.

Meeting with Al Gore?

A member of our PRS team met briefly with Al Gore (while he was on his book tour) and shared our plight of losing progressive talk radio in the NW.
Funding a progressive talk station in Seattle

Please let us know if you have any connections or any ideas for who might be interested in investing in progressive talk radio in Seattle.

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Mon Mar 11, 2013, 08:36 AM

8. Progressive Radio Tacoma - Meeting 3/11

Progressive Radio Tacoma - Meeting

Date: Monday, March 11, 2013
Time: 6:30PM

Radio Tacoma!

A great group working to bring progressive radio back to Pierce County! Next Action: meeting to finish our application for Mentorship.

Monday the 11th at 6:30 at IBEW building in Tacoma.
3049 S 36th St # 101, Tacoma, WA (MAP)

For more info contact:

Alex Epstein

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Thu Mar 21, 2013, 06:45 AM

9. Report on meetinf of 3/20

Julia Chase Tofomalhaut2003@yahoo.com Progressive Radio in Seattle (PRS) UPDATE!

Our PRS Team had a meeting on March 20th and we spent the majority of our time discussing our new website that is being created. It will be ready for public access in about a month after most of the major content is in place. It will include a history, mission (Why local public radio is still needed despite all of the new technology), ways to access progressive talk shows through the web, ways for people to become involved, and other progressive radio news.

We are still working on making a contact at the Seattle Times and with Senator Maria Cantwell’s office. With our SignOn petition at over 9,500 signatures, we are still looking at the best way to have an impact in the delivery of the signatures. If you have any contacts with local radio stations or newspapers who may have an interest in what we’re doing, please let Carolyn know. We would still like to make it to 10,000 signatures, so please send this link to anyone you know who may want to sign: http://signon.org/sign/dont-let-seattle-lose-1

We also discussed a Social Event, such as “1090 Listener Reunion” or “1090 Post Mortum.” Members of the team are evaluating possible places, and the concept for the meeting. Music and possible speakers were discussed (Norman Goldman, Ron Reagan, Nick Hanauer - giving his famous TED talk about how the 1% are NOT the job creators. Check it out on YouTube!). If you would like to help plan this event in any way, please send us your area of interest to ProgressiveRadioSeattle@gmail.com

Please sign the MoveON petition (above), so we get over 10,000 signatures.

Also, if you know of an AM radio station with a strong signal for sale, please let us know. We found a limited signal for sale in Renton for 2.8 million $...

Or, if you happen to have several million $ to invest, that would also be very helpful...we have a marketing plan.

Or even better, we would really like to create a listener-owned commercial progressive, strong signal, station!!!

We are hopeful, yet concerned, about the availability to get access to a strong radio signal! Why doesn't the FCC care about balance of the public airwaves?

Hangin' in there,

Julia Chase
Progressive Radio Seattle Team

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Sat Mar 23, 2013, 06:26 AM

10. Seattle area options as of 3/22

Update on Progressive Radio now available in Seattle

KLAY 1180 AM: http://www.klay1180.com/

Station Manager, Bruce Bond says his station can be heard "from Seattle to Olympia," and adds that "We have terrestrial listeners that tune in regularly and report good reception in Burien, Silverdale, Kent, Factoria and Georgetown." The station also streams at klay1180.com.

Stephanie Miller is on KLAY 1180 AM from 9 AM - noon and Thom Hartmann is on 4 PM -7PM weekdays.

KBCS 91.3 FM http://kbcs.fm/site/PageServer/index.html

Bruce Worth the Program Manager for KBCS reports that, following five years of patience and persistence, KBCS is now broadcasting from its new location atop Cougar Mountain. At 1400 feet above sea level, the signal coverage has increased over 40% and reaches more than 2.5 million potential listeners across the Puget Sound. Their signal can now be heard as far east as Fall City, as far south as Tacoma, west to Poulsbo and the Kitsap Peninsula, and north up to Everett.

Thom Hartmann is heard weekdays from noon to 3 PM; Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now is on three times at 6 AM, 8AM and 5 PM.

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Thu Apr 4, 2013, 06:28 AM

11. Jerry Large column in Seattle Times 4/4


Hello Progressive Radio Petition signers: We want you to give a "heads up!" about the article in the Thursday Seattle Times, 4/4/13. Great article! Get the "Scoop" on-line at:


Other News:

Steph and the Mooks - KLAY AM 1180 has changed, and is now airing Stephanie Miller "live" 6:00 - 9:00 AM. According to Bruce of KLAY (I called him), Stephanie prefers to air during the live show time slot because they get listeners calling into her show! Lots of people will be happy to hear of this change, especially those who listen while getting ready for work, and those who can tune in to the station while commuting.

Thom Hartmann is still airing on KLAY AM 1180, 4:00-7:00 PM, and KBCS 91.3 FM, Noon-3:00 PM.

A team of people have volunteered to plan the 1090 Listener Rally. We will hear more soon!

We want to get over 10,000 signatures on the MoveOn petition. We may be having a media event to have the signatures physically printed and delivered!
Please sign, even if you have already signed the Change.org petition:

Don't let Seattle lose progressive radio! As a local radio listener, I pledge to support with my dollars any advertiser on any station that chooses to broadcast progressive programming.
Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

If you sign this petition too, CBS execs get an email notice directly from you!

We will bring progressive talk radio back to Seattle! Thanks for your help, interest and devotion!

Julia Chase and the PRS Team

NPR has some progressive offerings, but its highest ranked programs are mostly news shows and conversation programs with broad appeal. And most of the time NPR is much too well-behaved to get a person all stirred up.

There’s room for a little passion in media. Sometimes you want a laugh, sometimes you want to share indignation. Sometimes we all want to know that someone else sees the same craziness we’re seeing.

Some news is just absurd and mainstream media don’t capture that well. They play everything straight no matter how ridiculous.

Think about the popularity of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher on television. Of course, they’re all comedians. Serious commentators on the left don’t often have the same bite as those on the right.

Tamler said she’s tried to listen to commentators across the spectrum, but finds the ones on the right too acerbic, and of course she doesn’t agree with them anyway. So she’s going to continue her quest.

These days she and her friends could always stream progressive talk over the Internet, or sign up for a podcast or a politically acceptable Twitter feed, but Tamler says she likes to listen to the radio as she drives around the island, and she wants it to be her local station.

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Response to eridani (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 06:38 AM

12. Julia Chase requests that we comment on this article

Subject: The comments already showing up RE: Seattle Times article!

Check out the emotional posts slamming progressives and liberals. Why don’t we post some intelligent, unemotional comments to contribute in a positive, adult way in support of Jerry Large taking up our cause?


Please make a comment to the article online. They will close the postings in 1-2 days, but the archive will stay behind. It is important to have our thoughts in there! We want a terrestrial radio station that provides an independent voice!

It is easy, to register to be a Times commentor! Just give your email and a login name.


I just posted:
The Telecom Act of '96 was one of the worst things to happen to radio, and that was on top of a trend that was already going downhill. We really need to demand Congress finally understand that the airwaves belong to all of us, and those using the bandwidth need to have some real public interest obligations to their communities. When we allowed the media to be only about making money, things went downhill fast!

Please take a few minutes to get your thoughts in there! As Thom says, “Tag you’re it.”

Also call or email Jerry to say "Thanks for writing the article!"

Jerry Large’s column appears Monday and Thursday. Reach him at 206-464-3346 or jlarge@seattletimes.com

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Mon May 13, 2013, 08:17 PM

13. Fisher family investment in progressive radio?

Information about the sale of Fisher Communications to Sinclair

Fisher Communications, owner of Seattle’s KOMO-TV and 19 other television stations, will be acquired for $373 million by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the country’s largest Fox affiliate. Sinclair said it plans to keep Fisher’s three Seattle radio stations — KOMO Newsradio, KPLZ STAR 101.5 and KVI 570 — even though its focus is TV. (Seattle Times, April 11, 2013: http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2020756564_fisherbroadcastingxml.html)

In a recent conversation with someone who knows the Fisher family, I learned that the family only owns 30% of the stock in what is now a publicly traded company. So, the decision to go ahead with this sale to a highly conservative media group is in the hands of the Fisher stockholders. The Fisher family does have a long-time reputation as liberal (Dan Evans) Republicans, a species that may no longer exist, but there may be some hope that the family will want to purchase a station that could become a new progressive broadcasting station in the Seattle Area. We can hope.

Come to the Meaningful Movie Night in Wallingford this Friday, showing “Corporate FM…the killing of local commercial radio”

Here is another story about the demise of the public airways. The film shows at 7:30 PM at the Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle. For more information, check the website: http://meaningfulmovies.org/

You can hear your favorite progressive talkers for free using IHeart Radio
You can register for free and access several live progressive radio stations! http://www.iheart.com/mobile/

If you know anyone who hasn’t signed our petition, please send them the link:


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Fri May 31, 2013, 04:30 AM

14. Rally for progressive radio planning meeting in Seattle 6/4

A lot of you have expressed enthusiasm for creating a reunion/rally for Progressive Radio in Seattle. We've set our first planning session for next week and welcome participation by anyone who would like to lend a hand getting the event off the ground.

Progressive Radio Seattle Party Planning Meeting
Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 PM
Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave. NE
Seattle WA 98125


A big Shout-Out to Kyle Galpin, who generously fronted the $$ to rent the room and made the booking.

Here are some of the topics we'll address

•Theme/event structure

•Timetable/deadlines for specific tasks

•Working subgroups/group leaders

•Venue (Site selection/ logistics coordination)

•Program (Entertainment, Presentations/Special Guests, etc.)



•Community Outreach

•Administration (Databases, signage, etc.)


Please RSVP by Monday, June 3by sending an email to ProgressiveRadioSeattle@gmail.com with “June 5 Party Planning RSVP” in the Subject Line.

We hope you can make the meeting! If you can't, please let us know whether you still want to help out and in what areas. We naturally welcome any additional thoughts or suggestions you might have.
Thank you,

The Progressive Radio Seattle Team

PS In case we've missed you in our email updates, please know that the Progressive Radio Seattle Team has been working hard to find a way to bring a local, terrestrial radio station back to the region. Thanks to a volunteer web designer, we'll be launching our website in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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Tue Jun 11, 2013, 02:10 AM

16. Notes from the meeting

Meeting Recap
Progressive Radio Seattle (PRS) Reunion/Rally Planning
Wednesday, June 5
Northgate Community Center

Notes taken by Lorraine Jones

Julia Chase, Phil Harrison and Larisa Wanserski were on hand to represent the Progressive Radio Seattle Team (PRS). They welcomed the party planning group and invited each of the attendees to introduce themselves and share why they think it’s vital to bring a progressive radio station back to Seattle.

Julia & Phil gave a brief recap about the activities of the PRS team in the last several months and Larisa expressed the team’s belief in the value of securing a terrestrial radio station as well as providing ongoing support and publicity for progressive voices currently on digital and satellite technologies. The team reported that a number of different business models are being explored and that a PRS website is being developed for public launch in the coming weeks.

Note: The team was asked if a mission had been articulated for the group. Following is the language on the upcoming PRS website:

Progressive Radio Seattle

Promoting Progressive Talk on the Public Airwaves and Beyond!

PRS is a group of volunteers working to:

1. Bring progressive radio back to Seattle
2. Promote awareness/support of progressive radio on the free public airwaves and complementary technologies

The group had a general discussion about the purpose of the proposed Reunion/Rally. The event could:

focus enthusiasm
generate a larger body of people
prove we exist and we are serious
give voice to the people
promote progressive values
support advertisers who had supported AM1090 Progressive Talk

The group then turned to general logistical concerns. It was decided that, given all the planning that needed to be accomplished, the event should be scheduled for late September/early October. Other regional events should be researched to avoid possible conflicts and to also create a list of events where the PRS team could have a marketing/outreach presence. It was decided that the attendance goal should be from 100 to 300 people.

Since progressive radio listeners live across such a wide region, it was suggested that a series of smaller, localized events take place leading up to the big Reunion/Rally. The “Progressive Progressive Dinner” would take place on different nights throughout the greater Seattle area – organized and hosted by different people in their homes. It would be a terrific way to build enthusiasm and awareness in the weeks leading to the main event.

Various attendees are researching possible facilities through the Seattle Parks system and area Labor groups. Vivian McPeak, director of Seattle’s Hempfest http://www.hempfest.org/ shared an especially helpful and informative message of encouragement for our efforts. He noted that the Hempfest blog would be an appropriate publicity outlet.

The group did not break into sub workgroups as planned, but continued a general discussion of other specific planning topics: Program, Food/Beverages, Marketing/Publicity, Community Outreach and Administration. Many people expressed that the event should have some sort of appropriate educational component -- handouts and a literature table at minimum.

The group also needs to decide how finances will be handled. The PRS team is NOT an official entity so it cannot accept formal donations. Several possibilities are being pursued to resolve this important issue.

The PRS team will contact the folks who signed up to work on a particular subgroup or to help with the database and other administrative duties. Lorraine Jones offered to set up a private facebook page that the party planning group can use to share information.

The planners decided that it would be important to meet in person every two weeks; other possible meeting places will be researched and meetings will be scheduled in different locations to accommodate as much geographic diversity as possible.

The next meeting is Wednesday, June 19 from 6 to 7:45 pm:

Columbia Branch Library
4721 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle , WA 98118
(206) 386-1908

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Sat Jun 8, 2013, 02:27 AM

15. Next meeting in Seattle 6/19

Thanks so much to everyone who came to our very first Progressive Radio Party Planning meeting -- and especially to Lorraine for taking such excellent notes! It was very gratifying to hear so many heartfelt personal expressions of support for local terrestrial radio. It's worth the fight, eh?

It was a terrific session and I thing we got a good start on planning our Reunion/Rally. In the next several days, you'll receive a meeting recap with a rundown of ways to get involved.

In the meantime, we've scheduled our next meeting for Wednesday, June 19 from 6 to 7:45 pm:

Columbia Branch Library
4721 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle , WA 98118
(206) 386-1908

Thank you to Janet for making the arrangements.

Last night, the group expressed an interest in getting together every couple of weeks to keep the momentum going -- we'll move locations to try to accommodate folks from different areas. FYI, we also thought the best timing for the rally would be early October. There's a lot to do.

Stay tuned!

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Sat Jun 15, 2013, 12:02 PM

17. Addendum

Just so you all know, there is a lot happening to bring progressive talk radio back to Seattle and the great NW!

We are planning the Rally/Reunion for Fall. An energized group of 20+ event planners have met and will continue to meet. Interested in helping? We could use your help! Contact: travelinla@speakeasy.net

We are actively building our Web Site and it will be going Live this Summer!

We have a volunteer who has offered to help with our Database, which is awesome, and very needed, as we have over 11,000 people who want to be kept informed!

We have business people, legal experts, event planners, web designers, radio and media personalities, and progressive advocates, all involved and excited to share their skills and energy towards this cause of bring progressive radio back to the NW, and hopefully, beyond!.

So, hang in there. And please contact us at: progressiveradioseattle@gmail.com


A quote from A.J. SEATTLE, WA, tells it like it is on our Change.org Petition:

I am concerned about the obvious effort made across the nation to eliminate equitable access to the airwaves. regionally we have witnessed two major markets, Portland and Seattle simultaneously losing their only progressive radio access through acquisition by a group replacing the format with sports talk radio in a market already saturated by such. Such blatant access control is not free market, it is domination and outside control to effect thought and awareness. We need restore equal access and freedom of speech parameters to our media. Such control as we have witnessed enforces an overly saturated single position political agenda.

Thank you A.J.!


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Sat Jun 22, 2013, 04:40 AM

18. Northwest Progressive Institute getting involved.

We are looking into collaborating with Northwest Progressive Institute

Andrew Villeneuve, American political activist and entrepreneur and founder of NW Progressive Institute (http://www.nwprogressive.org/), attended our meeting at the recommendation of Chip Hanauer. NPI does media, outreach, advocacy and research for progressive causes. Andrew shared thoughts and contacts that might make our collaboration effective.

We are all invited to NPI's 10th annual picnic, Aug. 22, Perrigo Park in Redmond! We are planning to have a table there to let more people know about what we’re doing.

Planning for an event in Seattle

A group of volunteers had their first planning meeting for Progressive Radio Seattle (PRS) Reunion/Rally Planning on June 5. They want to create an event in the early fall. If you are interested in helping with this or being involved in any way, please contact: travelinla@speakeasy.net

Other news

We are actively building our Progressive Radio Seattle website, and we plan to have it go live this summer.

We have a volunteer who has offered to help with our database. We also have business people, legal experts, event planners, radio and media personalities and progressive radio advocates who have been meeting with us and sharing their skills and ideas.

If you know anyone who hasn’t signed our petition, please send them the link:


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Sat Jun 22, 2013, 05:17 PM

19. Thanks for this eridani!

I tired to do something like this right after progressive talk went off air petered out. I'm so glad to see this.


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Sun Jul 21, 2013, 05:27 AM

20. NW Progressive Institute picnic on Aug 22 in Redmond

Call for Volunteers!

The PRS team is cooking on a number of nifty projects leading up to the launch of our website next month. Please contact us asap at progressiveradioseattle@gmail.com if you can sign up for any of the following:

•Help design and write snappy copy for Progressive Radio Seattle Marketing Collateral
Seeking the volunteer services of a graphic designer who can collaborate to provide a strong look for the materials we will be passing out at events next month (simple brochure, etc.) and other marketing collateral down the road. We also welcome input by copywriters who have experience creating a compelling branding concept/tagline, etc.

Reply with "Marketing " in the Subject Line and kindly attach a work sample or two and give some indication of your experience. We need to get this cooking asap.

• Professional Event Planning
Seeking the volunteer services of a professional Event/Party planner who can provide overall guidance on the Reunion/Rally for progressive radio we'll have later in the year.

Reply with "Party" in the Subject Line if you can help research other events and take an organizational role.

•Save the Date!
Visit or help staff Progressive Radio Seattle’s information table at the Northwest Progressive Institute Tenth Anniversary Picnic on Thursday, August 22. Celebrate NPI’s first decade as you enjoy refreshments, games, music and a speaking program.

Come to meet, mingle and show your energy and enthusiasm for progressive radio. Details at http://www.nwprogressive.org.

Thursday, August 22, 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Perrigo Park
9011 196th Avenue NE
Redmond, Washington 98053

Reply with "Volunteer Tables" if you can help staff our info operation on August 22.

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Thank you for your continued enthusiasm for bringing progressive radio back to Seattle. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Progressive Radio Seattle Team

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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 08:32 AM

21. Volunteer at Hempfest and NPI picnic

We’ve changed our name … announcing Progressive Radio Northwest (PRNW)!

We decided that limiting our name to Progressive Radio Seattle was just too, well, limiting! We’ve heard from enthusiastic progressive radio listeners from every corner of the region and wanted our name to reflect the scope and intensity of the public commitment to bring progressive talk BACK to free public airwaves and beyond.

— Help spread the word (and have yourself some fun!)

**Hempfest (http://www.hempfest.org/) is this weekend and it sure would be swell to have a team of progressive radio enthusiasts on hand to pass out some nifty oversized postcards we’ve created headlined, “Don’t let progressive radio go up in smoke!” We need someone to coordinate the effort and folks to hand out the cards on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Let us know your preference.

Respond with “Hempfest” in the subject line if you can participate.

** Northwest Progressive Institute Tenth Anniversary Picnic Next Thursday, August 22

Celebrate NPI’s first decade as you enjoy games, music and some serious picnic eats including all-natural hot dogs, gardenburgers, salmonburgers and a plethora of appetizers and side dishes. King County Executive Dow Constantine and Port Commissioner Courtney Gregoire are scheduled to speak.

People should not feel obligated to bring their own food, but they can bring lawn chairs or blankets or whatever they'd like to make themselves comfortable. The event is FREE, and the institute will be accepting at-will donations to help defray expenses.

Thanks to all who already signed up to volunteer at the PRNW table – we’ll be handing out information about progressive radio. EVERYONE is welcome to come enjoy the picnic.

Thursday, August 22, 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Perrigo Park
9011 196th Avenue NE
Redmond, Washington 98053

** King County Labor Council Labor Day Celebration
Monday, September 2, 11 am to 3 pm
Lower Woodland Park — Shelters 1, 2 & 3
(N. 50th Street & Woodland Park Avenue N, Seattle)
We could use one or two more folks to help staff the PRNW table. Or just come out and have a good time! You’ll enjoy Live Music, Ice Cream, Hot Dogs and Popcorn & Kettlecorn. There will also be raffle prizes and games for the whole family.

Reply with “Labor Day” in the Subject line if you can help at the PRNW table.

— Finally, our website is almost ready to “go live!”
Thanks to the hard work and talents of our volunteer webmeister Rennie Sawade, an area software Engineer and Web Developer extraordinaire, our web site is almost ready for prime time. Check out Rennie’s Twitter feed @ProgressiveGeek or visit http://www.progressivegeek.com/

Thank you for your continued enthusiasm for bringing progressive radio back to the Pacific Northwest. We look forward to hearing from you. The

Progressive Radio Northwest Team

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Sun Aug 25, 2013, 06:37 AM

22. Progressive Radio Northwest now has a website


Welcome to Progressive Radio Northwest's home on the Internet. We are a group of radio listeners focused on bringing progressive talk radio back to Seattle's Public Airwaves and Beyond!

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Thu Sep 12, 2013, 04:37 AM

23. Community forum 9/24 in Seattle with Geov Parrish

Community Forums on Progressive Radio - Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

On Tuesday, September 24, we're launching the first in a series of monthly get-togethers to meet each other, mingle and discuss issues central to our mission of bringing progressive radio back to the region. We hope to have a speaker at each session and look forward to engaging in a wide variety of lively topics.

Join us for our first session:
Topic: "Corporate Media and the Demise of Progressive Talk:
Lack of Listeners or Political Suppression?"

Geov Parrish, Guest Speaker

A well known political writer/commentator/organizer/consultant, and nonprofit administrator and fundraiser, Geov will offer his insights based on 25+ years of broadcast radio experience and lead a discussion about how progressive radio can move forward.

Tuesday, September 24
7:00 to 9:00 pm
University Heights Center
Room 109 (first floor, NE corner)
5031 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Free parking in the lot on the south side of the building

Admission is free, but donations to cover room expenses are gratefully accepted. You are welcome to bring snacks and beverages; our Meet & Mingle starts promptly at 7:00 pm.

RSVP by Friday, September 20 at: progressiveradionorthwest@gmail.com.

About the Speaker
Geov Parrish has served as national political columnist for Working Assets, a contributing editor for In These Times, Alternet.org, and MotherJones.com, and for over a decade was the local political columnist for Seattle Weekly and The Stranger newspapers.

Since 1996, he has had a popular weekly political show on Seattle's KEXP Radio. Also in 1996, he founded and continues to help publish and edit the community newspaper Eat the State!. His syndicated commentaries have run in newspapers, radio stations, magazines and online throughout the country.

Prior to his writing career, Parrish had a long career in both the programming and business sides of the radio industry. In 1984, he founded a broadcast trade publishing and research company that was one of the first to offer national comprehensive FCC, technical, ownership, and programming research; that company continues today as a division of Clear Channel Communications. He was also, over 15 years, a DJ and program host, program director, development director, and part-owner in both commercial and community radio prior to his KEXP show. He holds an A.M. in Political Science and East Asian Studies from the Univ. of British Columbia, and lives in Seattle with his partner, Gavin.

We hope to see you!

The Progressive Radio Northwest Team

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Fri Sep 13, 2013, 11:10 PM

24. Is low power radio part of the answer?


A rare window of opportunity will soon open. Local communities nationwide will have the chance to tear open the drapes, roll up the blinds, throw that window wide open and shout out to the surrounding region and potentially worldwide.

A Low Power FM radio band could soon be at your fingertips. From October 15 to 19, the Federal Communications Commission will be accepting applications from folks who’d like to fire up their own radio station.

A couple of caveats: these stations cannot be used for commercial purposes, nor can they be run by individuals. It generally takes a village of volunteers to get one of these LPFM critters on the air—a nonprofit village, to be precise.

And these stations are only allowed to broadcast at a level of 100 watts, hence the name “Low Power.” So your geographical footprint of reception would only be a few miles. Enough to serve a local community.

But with Internet streaming readily available, the sky’s potentially the limit.

Crank it up! Progressive talk and community radio making waves in WA (Video)

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Mon Oct 14, 2013, 03:08 AM

25. "Goldy" from The Stranger at Progressive Radio NW forum; Seatlle 10/29

David Goldstein Featured at Progressive Radio Northwest Community Forum, Tuesday, October 29

Progressive Radio Northwest (PRNW) invites you to join American blogger and former Seattle talk radio host David Goldstein on Tuesday, October 29, for the second in our series of monthly get-togethers to meet, mingle and discuss issues central to our mission of bringing progressive radio back to the region. Goldstein addresses the question of "What's the Way Forward for Progressive Talk?"

The Forum begins at Seattle's Montlake Branch Library at 6:30 pm and then moves to the Montlake Ale House at 7:45 pm for those wanting to continue the Meet & Mingle.

Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 to 7:45 pm
Montlake Branch Library, 2401 24th Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98112, (206) 684-4720


Accessible building; Limited parking lot/Ample street parking; Served by Metro Bus Routes: 25, 43, 48

Montlake Ale House from 8:00 pm; 2307 24th Ave E; Seattle, WA 9811; (206) 726-5968; Accessible building

RSVP by Friday, October 25 at progressiveradionorthwest@gmail.com.

About the Speaker
David Goldstein is an American blogger and former talk radio host in Seattle, Washington. From 2006 to 2008, he hosted The David Goldstein Show on Saturdays and Sundays on710 KIRO.

We hope to see you!

The Progressive Radio Northwest Team


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Mon Oct 14, 2013, 03:10 AM

26. KXRY, progressive talk and NW music, to start in Portland

And we're delighted to share the terrific news from our friends from Blue Oregon about Carl Wolfson's return to the Portland airwaves:

When Clear Channel killed KPOJ's progressive talk radio, thousands of Oregonians lost access to a lot of great progressive talk. People pulled together and built the Save KPOJ movement and helped Carl Wolfson back behind the mic, with an internet radio show.

Now, it's time to take this to the next level. Progressive talk radio is coming to the FM dial in Portland: KXRY -- to be known as XRAY.¬FM will be a combination of progressive talk radio and music from the Northwest. It's a local, not-for-profit radio station.

Soon Portland Area residents willl be able to hear Carl Wolfson and Thom Hartmann on their FM dial. Before that happens, XRAY.-FM will soon be available online, so everyone in Oregon will be able to enjoy this new progressive radio station.

Progressive talk radio is coming back!

Carla Axtman

BlueOregon Action

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