John Carlson

Commute with Carlson 5am – 9am

John Carlson
John Carlson
Commute with Carlson 5am – 9am
John Carlson is synonymous with Washington State Politics. Simply put, he is THE conservative voice in Seattle. John is the premiere analyst, political strategist and one of the most successful talk radio hosts in America and now, he’s heard daily on Talk Radio 570 KVI, weekday mornings 5 to 9am.

No, this isn’t John’s first tour of duty on KVI. He first sat behind the KVI microphone in 1993 and has informed, persuaded and entertained KVI faithful on and off for nearly 2 decades.

John also does commentary on KOMO Newsradio three times daily.

Before radio, he was a television commentator on KIRO-TV (CBS) for seven years, for KCTS-TV (PBS) and has written a newspaper column for 18 years. John graduated in 1981 with a B.S. in Political Science Honors Program at the University of Washington. He is listed as one of the University’s 100 most influential alumni of the 20th century.

In politics, John has led three successful statewide initiatives, including America's first "Three Strikes, You’re Out" ballot measure in the early 90's. Violent crime tumbled by nearly 30% in the decade after its passage. John worked briefly in the Reagan Administration in the early ‘80’s before serving as Communications Director for Republican Washington State Chairman Jennifer Dunn.

In the 80's and 90's, John founded and led a successful think tank, The Washington Policy Center, which has received praise from several Presidents and Governors in both political parties for the quality and influence of its work.

John and his wife Lisa have two sons, live in Bellevue and are active in several civic and charitable causes. He enjoys movies, hiking and mountain climbing, and rides Harley Davidsons.

Want some LOCAL conservative talk on the drive to work? It’s the Commute with Carlson 5-9am, only on Talk Radio 570 KVI.

Recent stories by John Carlson

Home New terrorism warnings from authors of “September 11th Commission” report (Audio)
Former Washington Senator and September 11th Commission report member, Slade Gorton, joins John Carlson to discuss the new report which emphasizes cyber attack as the most likely form of terrorist threat as al Qaeda enjoys a resurgence in areas of Africa, Yemen and potentially in parts of Syria and Iraq
Home Pres. Obama’s Bellevue fundraising visit comes at worst possible time for Seattle-area drivers (Audio)
John Carlson riffs on the unfortunate timing of President Obama’s two big fat cat fundraisers in Bellevue's Hunt’s Point and Medina neighborhoods later today and the expected traffic chaos its expected to bring as I-90 construction is down to one lane between Bellevue and Mercer Island.
Home Mexican billionaire urges a 3-day work week (Audio)
John Carlson and KVI listeners conduct an extensive discussion about the suggestion by Mexican telecommunications billionaire, Carlos Slim, that most workers should enjoy more time off when they’re younger and work a 3 or 4-day week.
Home Prop 1! Coming to a ballot near you! (Audio)
Coming to a ballot near you! John Carlson reviews Prop 1, a proposed ballot that would replace the current parks levy by creating a new taxing district run by the Seattle city council. This means they could raise taxes without voter approval.
Home Microsoft announced it's biggest layoff in history Microsoft announced it's biggest layoff in history (Audio)
John Carlson talks with KOMO Newsradio reporter Corwin Haeck about the latest announcement made by Microsoft. They're planning to lay off the largest amount in their history, cutting up to 18,000 jobs. The first round will eliminate around 1,350 Puget Sound area jobs.
Home Whidbey’s airfield noise (Audio)
Some neighbors of a Navy airfield on Whidbey Island are complaining about the noise that the jets create. Kate Andrews, a Citizens of the Ebey's Reserve board member, discusses what changes she thinks need to be made with John Carlson. KVI listeners weigh in and side with the Navy's rights.
Home Oso landowner’s demand Oso landowner’s demand (Audio)
A couple of business partners will receive more than $80,000 after allowing the state to use an access road on their piece of land near the Oso mudslide. John Carlson wonders if these partners are aggressive business men or greedy opportunists.
Home Pres. Obama’s laughable ‘no photo ops’ response to visiting the Texas border during illegal immigration crisis (Audio)
John Carlson covers the latest political reaction to President Obama’s words and actions on his just concluded Texas visit where he publicly declined to see the US/Mexico border despite the on-going problems of illegal immigrant “border children” who have crossed into the United States which is creating a legal and logistical nightmare for local and federal officials across Texas and the Southwest