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John Carlson is synonymous with Washington State Politics. Simply put, he is THE conservative voice in Seattle. John gives his unique perspective on local and national politics, news of the day and he isn’t afraid to call it like he sees it.

John Carlson is synonymous with Washington State Politics. Simply put, he is THE conservative voice in Seattle. John gives his unique perspective on local and national politics, news of the day and he isn’t afraid to call it like he sees it.


Seattle, WA


John Carlson is synonymous with Washington State Politics. Simply put, he is THE conservative voice in Seattle. John gives his unique perspective on local and national politics, news of the day and he isn’t afraid to call it like he sees it.








Seattle homeless enablers exposed in Fremont video

KVI's John Carlson riffs on The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Army Golden Knights teams performing in Seattle this weekend for SeaFair. Meanwhile a Seattle resident confronts a homeless 'mutual aid' group as they unload a homeless person's belongings on to a portion of the popular Burke-Gilman bike trail in the Fremont neighborhood. The Seattle resident recording the 'mutual aid' group pushes back on making the bike trail unsafe for other users, including kids.


August 5, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- inflation is erasing pretty decent income gains in paychecks for most Americans, the good news and bad news for Republicans in the WA 8th Congressional District race, how the Republican who didn't run negative ads ended up emerging as the victor in the 8th District primary, FL Gov. plays hardball with county district attorney who won't prosecute some crimes related to a progressive agenda, talk show conspiracy theorist Alex Jones "hideously cruel" in claming Sandy Hook...


August 4, 2022 Show - Make-A-Wish Wishes in Flight Mileage Drive Day

6am Hour -- It's our annual Wishes in Flight mileage drive, benefitting Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington! We need your help to reach our goal of 6 million miles for the wish kids. To donate, call 206-588-8958 or you can donate online here >> For many wish kids, a wish marks a turning point in their treatment or illness. That’s where you come in! Donate your airline miles or cash and help grant wishes! Your donation ensures that Make-A-Wish can book...


August 3, 2022 Show

6am Hour – The latest results and analysis from the primary election // Nancy Pelosi departs Taiwan after visit criticized by China // GUEST: Lars Larson 7am Hour – GUEST: John Fund from National Review joins John to discuss Tuesday's Primary Election results in Arizona, Missouri, Michigan and Washington // Starbucks Interim CEO Howard Shultz weighed-in this afternoon on the company’s unexpected 3rd quarter profit – even as the company shut down five coffee shops in the Seattle this week due...


GUEST: John Fund from National Review

John Fund from National Review joins John to discuss Tuesday's Primary Election results in Arizona, Missouri, Michigan and Washington


August 2, 2022 Show: Primary Election Day

6am Hour – It’s Primary Election Day, so make sure you vote, vote, vote! Carlson breaks down other pivotal races around the country, as well as the big contests here in Washington // al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-zawahiri killed in airstrike // Liz Cheney touts endorsement by Kevin Costner: ‘Real men put country over party’ // Why doesn’t every state have their primary on the same day? // GUEST: Lars Larson 7am Hour -- Auburn gas station clerk fatally shoots alleged armed robbery suspect, police...


August 1, 2022 Show

6am Hour -- Remembering Bill Russell and his time with the Sonics // John talks about the upcoming primary election and Joe Manchin Repeatedly Refuses to Say He Wants the Democrats to Win Midterm Elections in Stunning Meet the Press Exchange // GUEST: Lars Larson 7am Hour – Radio Legend Mark Christopher talks about the return of the SeaFair Torchlight parade // Chris Rock responds to Will Smith’s “apology” video with a lesson about cancel culture // Political, Media, and Entertainment...


July 29, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- Seattle Congresswoman's 180-degree turn on security concerns for top government officials, WA AG Bob Ferguson will investigate Seattle Pacific U. over employee policy involving pre-marital and sexual behavior, dual emergencies show how Seattle/Olympia Democrats have failed commuters in Western WA, GUEST: : ferry rider Roberta Christensen was aboard MV Cathlamet during hard landing that damaged the ferry at the Fauntleroy dock, says the ferry "bounced" to the side of the actual dock...


A "first step" to addressing low-level repeat criminal problems in Seattle

KVI's John Carlson interviews candidate for King County Prosecutor, Jim Ferrell, about what it will take to reduce the amount of low-level repeat criminals in Seattle and other parts of King County. Ferrell candidly explains that the progressive Democrat push to no bail for some criminal suspects is at the heart of the problem with Seattle's crime problems.


Biden quietly building parts of Trump border wall

KVI's John Carlson digs into the newly uncovered story that Pres. Joe Biden's administration is quietly building four portions of Trump's border wall near Yuma, Arizona.


WA convicted murderer avoids 3rd strike for 2nd time

KVI's John Carlson reviews the political changes in the Olympia Legislature that have now prevented a convicted killer in Vancouver WA from qualifying for a third-strike felony conviction that would subject the murderer of a 14-year-old girl to life in prison without parole. Its the second such time that Roy Wayne Russell Jr. has managed to avoid the third strike. According to the Vancouver Columbian newspaper, under the revised three-strikes law, a prior out-of-state robbery conviction no...


July 28, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- saga of WNBA player under arrest in Russia transforms into the plot of a 1980s Hollywood political drama, a Vancouver WA murderer beats three strikes again, Just In: US GDP drops for2022 2nd quarter signaling a recession, the irony of US Senate Democrats naming their new climate change spending bill "the Inflation Reduction Act", Biden White House growing desperate to procure a new definition of recession, the inspiring but candidly uphill write-in candidate campaign of a State...


July 27, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- emergency landing of small plane in the water just off the Alki shoreline in West Seattle captured on video and pilot survives the saltwater crash, famed TV actor in "Leave It To Beaver"--Tony Dow--is near death according to family members, the story of how Dow wasn't the first choice to be cast as Wally Cleaver and the national impact the TV show had on divorce in the 1960s, Dr. Anthony Fauci caught lying in news interview this week that he never called for any lockdowns per...


'David vs. Goliath' election campaign emerging in King County

A 'David vs. Goliath' political battle is shaping up in south King County's 33rd Legislative District spanning from Kent to Des Moines in the race for State Senator. Incumbent, Karen Keiser, has served 27 years in the legislature between the House (1995) and the Senate (2001) and she's now facing a write-in candidate, Marliza Melzer. KVI's John Carlson interviews Melzer about her late decision to enter the 33rd District Senate race and why she needs at least 450-500 write-in votes in next...


How progressive politics prevented a West Seattle rape suspect from the "Three Strikes" law

KVI's John Carlson explains how a West Seattle rape suspect--being held on a $1 million bond--for allegedly drugging a 38-year-old woman in the Delridge neighborhood with meth and then raping her should be facing a "three strikes, you're out" felony but managed to avoid prior felony convictions due to a combination of the Democrats in the Washington Legislature and a progressive prosecutor in Thurston County.


July 26, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- motorcycle riding weather this week!, quick info on cooling center locations and access for this week, Renton Police say 1 dead and 100 shots fired in mass shooting yet no suspects arrested or even ID'd so far, if WA gun laws are so tough why do so many shootings (fatal and non-fatal) persist?, R.I.P. actor Paul Sorvino, his daughter Mira Sorvino's tribute to mom and dad when she won an Academy Award in 1996, Dave Workman's gun control riff, follow-up on the Rhode Island teacher...


Belfair WA repeat offender had warrant for arrest but wasn't arrested

KVI's John Carlson explores the almost deadly story of a wrong-way DUI crash that nearly killed a pregnant Belfair, Washington couple and the suspect who caused the crash was released from Kitsap County jail custody just a few days before with an outstanding warrant for arrest in Clallam County. The entire injury crash could have likely been avoided if Clallam County arrested the man as he was released by Kitsap County, but for some reason that is still unknown, nobody from Clallam County...


July 25, 2022 show

Hour 1 -- John Carlson explains his Alaska fishing expedition last Friday, how clueless are the DC elites about the US/Mexico border?, why the US/Mexico bornder has never been less secure than it is right now, Seattle seems to have several examples of getting less for more money when it comes to public works infrastructure spending, a KVI caller reminds that Trump rose to the presidency based on the 'cluelessness' of DC elites in the Obama Administration, another example that Amazon is done...


John Carlson Primary Election Voter Recommendations

KVI's John Carlson advises: I usually don’t make endorsements in the primary election, but there have been so many listener requests for a sample ballot this year, that I’ve decided to go ahead and tell you how I’m voting in several key contests in KVI country. We’ll start with FEDERAL RACES. US Senate: Tiffany Smiley. This is an easy call. Tiffany has surprised even her opponents with the most energetic campaign a Republican has waged for this office in years. She has raised over $7 million...


WA Secretary of State candidate: Steve Hobbs

GUEST: appointed Sec. of State, Steve Hobbs, correctly answers a trivia question about the last Democrat who was the WA Sec. of State, Hobbs gives WA elections an "A" grade but says that's due to the last three Secretaries of State who set up strong systems, Hobbs is asked if he supports checking WA voter rolls for citizenship to insure accurate elections, Hobbs is asked about "door to door" ballot harvesting saying "don't give your vote to a stranger", Hobbs says "that I do not like" the...