Bain /Clear channel strikes again!

Bain capitol has shut down another progressive radio station in Portland. The losers are doing everything they can to stifle free thinking and spoon feed the Rublican'ts retarded followers their propaganda to enrich a few. How sad for America. :(
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9721

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I'm sure it was all profit driven and not ideologically driven. I'd rather listen to sports radio than political radio.

Where is Thom Hartmann?
By ROBERT GRAEF
Marysville Globe Editorial
February 12, 2013 ·
http://www.marysvilleglobe.com/opinion/190858591.html

Quote from Marysville Globe Editorial article:
After being away from Lake Stevens for a few weeks I tuned I tuned my radio to AM 1090 to pick up Thom Hartmann, a favorite talk show host. Alas, no Hartmann, just sports babble. I checked the frequency. Yup, it was 1090. Where had Hartmann gone?

So I checked the web. Not only was Hartmann gone from Seattle’s KPTK Radio 1090 but from Portland’s radio KPOJ and also WTDY of Madison Wisconsin and he also turned up missing in San Francisco and Bangor, Maine. It seems that progressive radio is being selectively shut down in areas where the last election tipped strongly toward Democratic candidates. Might these changes be due to random broadcast economics or could something else be at work?

So I did some checking. In each case, the stations involved were controlled by Clear Channel and its subsidiaries — the ones that feature Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. The Clear Channel name refers to Class-A ratings which means they enjoy maximum freedom from interference from other stations and nighttime atmospheric issues. Another characteristic is that Clear Channel invented Fox News.
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This guy didn't look hard enough-
Madison, WI Thom Hartmann 6-9p on 92.1 The Mic (a Clear Channel FM station)
San Francisco, CA Thom Hartmann 10p-1a on KNEW 960 AM (Clear Channel )
Bangor, ME Thom Hartmann 6-9p on WZON the Pulse (Zone Radio Corp)
Seattle, WA Thom Hartmann N-3p on KCBS 91.3FM (Public Radio)
Portland can hear Thom via internet, Sirius, DISH network, Direct TV, and with the Thom Hartmann app available free on smart phones.

Wow that was just one huge fact checking mistake for poor old Robert Graef.

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I've heard that Clear Channel is also using subliminal messages to sway listeners to Conservative thinking. If you listen really closely, you can hear messages like "Willard, write inane things on blogs so people understand that liberals lack the mental capacity to think independently."

As always Willard through no fault of his own misses a number of key points in the Bain story he posted referencing Brad's Blog. Perhpas he was just googling Bain to see what would pop up, but I prefer to think it's just his ignorance of the radio industry.
Brad for his part leaves out some interesting information about the Portland market when he talks about Bain switching the KPOJ.
1- According to the Jan. 2013 numbers a Portland News/Talk station is number two in the market, KPOB the public radio station. A second News/Talk is at number 5 and is owned by Alpha Licensee, And there are two other News/Talk stations further down the list.
2- The CC News/Talk is only ranked 18 in the market with a 2.8 share while KPOB and KXL both rank higher.
3- The KPOJ ratings went from a 1.0 in Oct '12 to a .1 now so the station obviously has problems.
Sports is an easy sell, not much overhead without high priced "talent' like Thom Hartmann and the others so it makes perfect business sense. KPOJ was part of the original Air America line up and most of those stations are gone.
Obviously Brad is pissed that his far left wing progressive favorites don't have a place to spout their ignorant opinions anymore at least on his radio. He has other options however including the internet, satellite radio, IHeart radio etc etc.
Brad and Willard would rather licensees be forced to carry programs that don't make a profit because it fits with their agenda.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

No Fred I think some things are beyond profit margins. When talking of use of our public airways I'd think a balanced delivery should be the law as it once was (fairness doctrine). To think Thom Hartmann is high paid talent is laughable. If you look at the Rush and Shawn shills and their multimillion dollar contracts then look at what Hartmann has to work with, well, give us all a break with the BS. Yes conservative sources are driving progressive radio out of markets around the country. The Midwest has been purged of alternative programing only to be left with the extreme right wing drivel.

P.S.- WSPD is changing to a more moderate format after the disaster that was the Foghorn. I think Johny D is a bit refreshing after years of boneheaded BS at that time slot. So Fred get over your extreme partisan nonsense and engage Johny at the 5:30! Talk about the weather or about your wives, something entertaining please.

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Why don't you and Willard pool your money and purchase the radio station, or any station at that matter. You both could then pay for whatever programming you'd like to hear regardless of whether you'd make a profit or not.

I'm in. How much money would it take to buy a station just like like Bain/WSPD, $500 ?

What an excellent suggestion AD and one neither of them would be willing to undertake. Neither has the knowledge or the background to run a radio station, a fact they often put on display here. And it wouldn't even have to be just the two of them they could include other like minded people like AC from Toledo Talk and others who believe there isn't enough Progressive talk on radio. And because they are ignorant of radio and history they would ignore the lessons learned by Air Americas where by the way their hero Thom Hartmann worked before jumping ship for a different syndicator.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Fred, I see you included AC from TT in your rant. Why don't you go over there and tell him how you feel? I don't mean piggyback on a obscure post with a 100 replies. Start a new topic
and tell him how ignorant he is. What do you say?
PS: Who is Tom Hartman? Is that Mary Hartman's husband from that tv show? If yes, what does he have to do with anything? Willie

And why would I do that exactly? His comments very often are just attacks on someone's character and I can get that here without the vitriol. I have an idea for you though if you'd like to see his reaction, copy and paste my post and read his reaction, apparently you'll get an erection from it.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

After reading a post over there on TT I see why you don't post there any more. Most of those posters don't like WSPD/Bain. No new listeners to had over there. Even that birdwatching Fag gave your station a thumbs down.

AC does have an account here. He just hasn't used it in a very long time.

I don't think Fred is hiding from AC.

MikeyA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thom_Hartmann
Thom Hartmann (born May 7, 1951) is an American radio host, author, former psychotherapist[citation needed] and entrepreneur, and progressive political commentator. His nationally syndicated radio show, The Thom Hartmann Program, airs in the United States and has 2.75 million listeners a week.[1] From 2008 to 2011, Talkers Magazine rated Hartmann the most popular liberal talk show host in America, rising from number 10 among all talk show hosts in 2008 to number 8 in 2011.[2]

Hartmann's article "Talking Back To Talk Radio"[3] became part of the original business plan of Air America Radio and he started his radio program out of his home in Vermont in March 2003. He replaced Al Franken on the network on February 19, 2007. On March 1, 2009, Hartmann moved syndication of his show from Air America to the former Jones Network, now owned by Dial Global (which also syndicates Neal Boortz, Ed Schultz, Michael Smerconish, Bill Press, Stephanie Miller, and Clark Howard). In the summer of 2009, his program began to also be offered to nonprofit stations via the Pacifica Radio network, and some community/nonprofit stations in the US are also carrying his show. The radio program is also simulcast as a TV program by Free Speech TV[4] on Dish Network and DirecTV. Additionally, he stars in a one-hour daily TV show which his production company records at the studios of and licenses to the RT news network (which carries it into over 500 million homes in over 100 countries,[5] The Big Picture; that TV show is also syndicated by Free Speech TV and carried on both Dish Network, DirectTV and local cable TV stations.

When the Thom Hartmann Radio/TV Program is live, you can watch here using the free Livestream feed. At other times, one of the three hours of the day's show is repeated. Our hourly evening show on RT TV is linked lower on the page.

http://www.thomhartmann.com/tv/watch

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBigPictureRT

Also can be heard M-F @ 3.00 to 6:00 online here:
http://www.wcpt820.com/

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

An excellent post that makes my point clearly. Progressive hosts can be successful when left to their own devices. Hartmann found a better deal for syndication, one that probably offered him more revenue opportunities, and left Air America before it failed miserably. He did not need the union to negotiate for him, he did fine on his own getting more money and more opportunities to reach a wider audience. I applaud him. His audience is huge compared to mine and yet I have not seen one Republican, Conservative, or Tea Party member call for his censure. job loss, or for the stations that carry him to be forced to provide equal time for opposing views. All in all a great post and an excellent example of how it's supposed to work.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

The problem with this isn't that Clear Channel took off a Progressive station. The problem is they're replacing a channel of nationally syndicated shows with a new group of nationally syndicated shows.

Radio has gotten demolished by "consultants". I'm sure Fred can give us more insight. But even if a station isn't failing they bring in a "consultant" who tells them what changes need to be made. The problem is these "consultants" are just reps from corporate who impose the same changes everywhere. So.... every station looks the same.

The problem with this is radio and newspapers are the most localized forms of media, yes moreso than t.v. So there is less of a chance to grow talent AND whereas way back in the day where a local radio personality could legitimately grow his audience it no longer happens that way.

The "consultants" are killing radio.

MikeyA

1- I'm not hiding from anyone which is why I use my name here, on TT, and on FB. Willard, can you say the same?
2- I've always asked consultants if they've ever done my job. If they haven't I take that in account when they give me advice. Radio is still successful it just isn't the breeding ground for entry level jobs that it once was. I started in Celina, Oh doing evenings on a country station, sales during the day, and news from 5-6p. At midnight I shut off the transmitter and took out the garbage. I did every job there was to do: air shift, news, sales, production, live appearances, scheduling, music director etc etc. It was the best training ground. Unless you can find a job in a small market like that you get lost in the shuffle of big name hosts and nationally syndicated programming along with voice tracking.
Thankfully WSPD is still local in the morning and afternoon. (even if I am told what to say by Karl Rove each day)

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Fred,

I'd like to hear your unedited commentary about the state of radio today if you can ever do that. I understand the restrictions.

I'd like to know what changes you've seen, and would like to see.

Also I'd like to know your thoughts about Independent radio and if you think it could succeed if so/not what would help/hinder it.

MikeyA

You should meet up with Fred at one of the fine east side eating establishments (maybe Packo's ) , and he can tell the state of radio as it is today. If you buy his lunch he might even give you an autograph picture of himself. Go for it!

That would be too long of a drive for me. I don't have 4 free days.

MikeyA

Every time some socialist program goes belly-up, the "you're no fair" crowd goes bonkers. If you put a good product on the air, you'll be successful. Here's an example. Your average liberal pot smoker scores from whoever has the best weed, regardless of how bad their dealers'(in the customers' opinion) attitude might be.
As far as Freds' assessment on Williards' behavior on the Forum goes, I'll bet after he's been online here a while---five minutes pass until he can stand up and walk away from the keypad.

"I'll bet after he's been online here a while---five minutes pass "
Five minutes is a while to you? This is probably what your wife is thinking when your grunting on top of her.

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