Hate Corporate Radio? Well Speak Up—the FCC Is Listening

Hate Corporate Radio? Well Speak Up—the FCC Is Listening
By Megan Tady
Conservative radio talk show host Al Roney offered listeners a local perspective on WGY, an AM station in Latham, N.Y. That is, until the Clear Channel-owned station replaced Roney’s morning show with canned programming. In February, he was fired, and Glenn Beck’s nationally syndicated show—far less interested in life in Latham than Roney—took over his slot.

“I like the local focus that (Roney) brought to the radio,” Eric Sutton told the Albany Times Union, “and I really think we’re going to miss that. There’s nobody else talking about the local disgraces that are going on.”

Of course none of this is shocking news. Since Congress lifted the limits on local radio station ownership in 1996, mega corporations like Clear Channel have been swooping in to communities to buy stations, fire local staff and replace the local shows with computer-generated playlists and syndicated (mostly right-wing) talk show hosts broadcasting from miles—and even states—away.

But there could be a sliver of a silver lining: On May 25, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) kicked off its 2010 review of media ownership rules, which dictate how many radio and TV stations someone can own in one community. This quadrennial review is a unique opportunity for citizens to weigh in on the ways media consolidation has impacted their community. But it’s also a chance for Big Media to lobby the FCC for more big giveaways. In the past, the FCC has consistently tried to loosen media ownership rules to let the biggest media companies get even bigger.

Will the FCC finally take this opportunity to stand up for the public and create new rules that protect our airwaves and give us more diverse radio, or will it – once again – bow to industry’s wishes?

Here’s what we do know: In 1996, there were 10,257 commercial radio stations and 5,133 radio owners. Today, there are 11,202 commercial radio stations and 3,143 owners. That’s a 39 percent decrease in the number of owners since 1996.

What these numbers mean in practice is clear: a whole lot of harm to local communities.
Broken corporate promises

When big companies buy up commercial broadcasting stations across the country, they care about one thing: big profit. Local news, music and information is replaced with automated programming specifically designed to keep listeners tuned in for long (and getting longer) commercial breaks. (Watch this disturbing video of how Clear Channel uses “focus groups” to determine which songs their dee-jays are forced to play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crwQJQDfrzE)

It’s almost impossible for independent and local musicians to enter this carefully controlled media environment. In 2007, the FCC fined four of the nation’s largest radio station group owners—Clear Channel, CBS Radio, Citadel and Entercom—for participating in payola (the illegal practice of exchanging song airtime for payment or other inducements). Additionally, the companies voluntarily agreed to an “indie set-aside,” promising to collectively air 4,200 hours of local, regional and unsigned artists and independent labels.

But last July, the advocacy organization Future of Music Coalition produced a report called “Same Old Song,” which examined playlist data in New York State from 2005 to 2008. Despite noble corporate promises, there was no considerable difference in broadcasting practices. Local and independent music was still off the air.
Emergency unpreparedness

If live DJs are gone and programming is canned, what happens if there’s a local emergency? The kind where residents need information from their radio stations about evacuation procedures and safety precautions? Well, what might happen is a corporate-made media disaster.

Remember Minot? In 2002, a train derailed in Minot, N.D., releasing noxious anhydrous ammonia into the air. When the federal Emergency Alert System tried to get in touch with radio stations in the town about the spill, the “unmanned” stations didn’t respond. New York University sociologist Eric Klinenberg recounted the radio fail in his 2007 book Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media:

KCJB, and every other radio station in town, were not reporting any news or information about the anhydrous spill. Instead, all six of Minot’s name-brand stations—Z94, 97 Kicks, Mix 99.9, The Fox Classic Rock, 91 Country, and Cars Oldies Radio—continued playing a standard menu of canned music, served up by smooth-talking DJs…while the giant toxic cloud floated into town.

The threat of a legitimate disaster unfolding silently persists. Here’s Ars Technica writer Matthew Lasar worrying about San Francisco last month:

[W]e’re waiting for our next major earthquake. On that fateful day, our Internet won’t be worth much if our local [Internet Service Providers] go down. Our smart phones won’t help if carrier networks overload or their transmitter towers run out of back-up power. Ditto for cable TV, electricity-wise.

So chances are that when the Big One comes, we’ll drop our fancy mobiles, get in our cars, and fire up our AM radios. Here’s hoping that six months later we won’t be following debates about why we heard nothing but Rush Limbaugh and adult contemporary pop.
What’s the FCC to do?

With overall radio ownership down, consider these alarming statistics: Women own just six percent of all full-power commercial broadcast radio stations, even though they comprise 51 percent of the U.S. population. Racial or ethnic minorities own less than eight percent of all full-power commercial broadcast radio stations, though they account for about one-third of the U.S. population.

So, what’s the Federal Communications Commission to do with this information? FCC Commissioner Michael Copps has a few ideas, which he released the same day the ownership rules review was announced:

If a central tenet of our FCC mandate is to promote diversity in the media, which it is, then we need diverse ownership policies to help that happen. We need to pay attention to market realities and all the new media innovations that have developed since our last review, but uppermost in our minds must be crafting rules that serve the goals of democracy-building and democracy-maintenance.

It’s time for the FCC to roll back radio consolidation and better protect the public’s airwaves. The FCC may not be able to put the toothpaste back in the tube, but it can use the 2010 review to stop any more media consolidation. We don’t want radio produced for the masses. We want radio that reflects the complexity, personalities, talents and struggles of our own communities.

It’s vital that you tell the FCC what’s on your mind as soon as possible—Clear Channel and its corporate ilk certainly won’t stay silent. Be sure to send an email to the commission (at info@fcc.gov) demanding an end to consolidation and a return to locally owned and operated radio stations.

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Has Hate Radio Finally Lost Its Luster?
Wed Aug 17, 2011
Recently, Clear Channel Communications made a business decision to switch their conservative talk radio station to an AM station. The switch was made to accommodate their local sports radio station, KFAN. The Fan got the prime, high powered FM channel. Kfan will simply bring in more money for Clear Channel.

The decision by Clear Channel makes obvious sense from a capitalist perspective, but movement conservative victims know better. This is obviously a plot to silence powerful conservative voices. Why would they take off such intelligent debate about current affairs, and replace it with sports?

Clear Channel is the same corporation that organized the Rally for America pro-war demonstrations for George Bush. Clear Channel is the same company owned by Mitt Romney's company, Bain Capital. Just six short years ago, Clear Channel executives gave thirty times as much money to Mr. Bush than Mr. Kerry. Clear Channel PAC gave 77% of their donations to Republicans. They also spawned the rise of mega star Glen Beck. All of this lavishing of money and air time on the conservative movement was done so that Clear Channel could cover up their liberal plot to silence hate radio in a mid size media market.

The conservative victims know there is a plot, and they know it is dangerous. It is proven conservative fact that whites, especially the wealthy and male, are the most oppressed group on the planet. With the most recent switch, it is quite obvious that Clear Channel is in on the white oppression.

Who can be our modern day Frederick Douglas and speak out against the horrible atrocities faced by rich, white males? Now that Jason Lewis has had his first amendment rights to broadcast in FM stripped, there is no more Frederick Douglas to speak for these victims.

Who will be our Harriet Tubman, and lead the privileged out of bondage now that Laura Ingraham can no longer speak when they come for the wealthy?

Who will be our Abraham Lincoln, and finally emancipate those who have everything? Who can, now that Rush Limbaugh has been silenced by a fairness doctrine that no longer exists except in conservative victims imagination?

This country is facing a crisis. Conservatives know we need the intelligent conversation of right wing radio. Instead, they have to listen to sports talk. How insulting. How else are they going to learn about Austrian Economics, Cultural Marxism, and Liberal Fascism? Conservatives are going to be forced to read Anders Behring Breivik's manifesto instead of being just told what to think.

The idea that Clear Channel is part of some liberal plot, after bankrolling and booking the conservative movement for a decade seems a little insane. Join after the break to see how the victims can be just that insane. (MORE)

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.

hate corporate radio or corporate hate radio? Because it looks like you may be having some trouble making up your mind.

But I guess that can be expected from someone who can't think for himself and just regurgitates the liberal kook talking points of the hour/day/week.

Do you ever post anything that isn't a cut/paste?
/slaps forehead...of course not, what was I thinking. You're a non thinking parrot.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

Surprisingly I agree with you. Radio needs to be deregulated and the FCC needs to be done away with.

Radio waves used to be open to anyone (like the internet is) to broadcast until the government decided they were the owners of the waves and limited who could own and broadcast putting churches, villages, and individuals out of the radio broadcast business.

I'm glad that we agree that ownership of radio waves is not in the constitution and in an effort to reduce the size and scope of government we should disband the FCC and increase individual ownership in radio. Then you can operate a competing radio station against WSPD and see how well you can do in ratings. I know you won't broadcast Thomm Hartman on your station because that will be supporting the removal of DJ's for a computer broadcast.

Additionally it will prevent the FCC from preventing Opie and Anthony from making jokes about sticking a "C in Paris Hilton's A" because that's "obscene" yet allowing a t.v. station to say this:

end the hipocracy!


Rush Limbaugh Groups Pay For Talk Radio Plugs POLITICO reports:

If you’re a regular listener of Glenn Beck’s radio show and you wanted to contribute to a political group that would advance the populist conservative ideals he touts on his show, you’d have plenty of reason to think that FreedomWorks was your best investment.

But if you’re a fan of Mark Levin’s radio show, you’d have just as much cause to believe that Americans for Prosperity, a FreedomWorks rival, was the most effective conservative advocacy group. And, if Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity are who you listen to, you’d be hear a steady stream of entreaties to support the important work of the Heritage Foundation.

That’s not coincidence. In search of donations and influence, the three prominent conservative groups are paying hefty sponsorship fees to the popular talk show hosts. Those fees buy them a variety of promotional tie-ins, as well as regular on-air plugs – praising or sometimes defending the groups, while urging listeners to donate – often woven seamlessly into programming in ways that do not seem like paid advertising.
(MORE) http://www.frumforum.com/groups-pay-for-talk-radio-plugs
Sound familiar Toledo? Corporate shills? Pimping for profit?
Right Wing Organizations

Accuracy in Academia
African-American Life Alliance
All Children Matter Inc.
Alliance Defense Fund
American Center for Law and Justice
American Civil Rights Institute
American Conservative Union
American Enterprise Institute
American Family Association
American Legislative Exchange Council
American Life League
American Society for Tradition, Family and Property
Americans for Tax Reform
Arlington Group
Black America's Political Action Committee
Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Campaign for Working Families PAC
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Cato Institute
Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Christian Coalition of America
Christian Legal Society
Club for Growth
Collegiate Network
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Committee for Justice
Concerned Women for America
Eagle Forum
Eagle Forum Collegians
Family Research Council
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
Focus on the Family
Free Congress Research and Education Foundation
Heritage Foundation
High Impact Leadership Coalition
Hispanic Alliance for Progress Institute
Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Independent Women's Forum
Institute for Justice
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration
Judicial Confirmation Network
Landmark Legal Foundation
Leadership Institute
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Madison Project
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
National Association of Scholars
National Center for Policy Analysis
National Right to Life Committee
National Taxpayers Union
New Coalition for Economic and Social Change
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
State Policy Network
Students for Academic Freedom
Toward Tradition
Traditional Values Coalition
Young America's Foundation

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.

of commercials. Way to go you humongous tool. Companies/organizations pay to have their product and/or service promoted by wide reaching programs. Someone alert the authorities.

For someone who mentions the first amendment and freedom of speech multiple times in their comment signature, you certainly spend quite a bit of time advocating for their restriction of those very items. And like any good leftist hack, you really only believe that freedom of speech applies to people who think like you.

Of course, as has been suggested here before, if you don't like the programming or advertisements, change the station. I'm sure you still possess the mental capacity to do that, even without a union sign-off.

I do that all the time.....Sleep Number, AT&T, Quality Overhead Door, etc etc..... it's called advertising and promotion Paul. It's a shame Air America or Thomm Harpman can't figure it out.

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.

I do that all the time.....Sleep Number, AT&T, Quality Overhead Door, etc etc..... it's called advertising and promotion Paul. It's a shame Air America or Thomm Harpman can't figure it out.

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.

Daily you have on your station phoney think tanks that are funded by multinational corporations. These are not simple commercials these are meant to influence and misinform the low information listener. Daily the Voyeur from Virginia Brian Wilson has on his "show" propagandists posing as news makers when in fact they are paid to shill poison from their corporate employers. Fred Mark Twain once said, "Figures don’t lie, liars figure!” an that is what we have today on talk radio. Here is an example of radio propaganda:

Background: The Nazis were convinced of the power of the spoken word. In this speech given on 18 August 1933, Goebbels develops his thinking on the directions German radio would take. The occasion was the opening of a radio exhibition. As Goebbels notes, a cheap radio receiver, the Volksempfänger, had just been introduced as a way of making the radio affordable for the average citizen.

The Radio as the Eight Great Power
by Joseph Goebbels
My fellow people’s comrades!
Napoleon spoke of the “press as the seventh great power.” Its significance became politically visible with the beginning of the French Revolution, and maintained its position for the entirety of the 19th century. The century’s politics were largely determined by the press. One can hardly imagine or explain the major historical events between 1800 and 1900 without considering the powerful influence of journalism.

The radio will be for the twentieth century what the press was for the nineteenth century. With the appropriate change, one can apply Napoleon’s phrase to our age, speaking of the radio as the eighth great power. Its discovery and application are of truly revolutionary significance for contemporary community life. Future generations may conclude that the radio had as great an intellectual and spiritual impact on the masses as the printing press had before the beginning of the Reformation.

The November Regime [the Nazi term for the Weimar Republic] was not able to understand the full significance of the radio. Even those who claimed to have awakened the people and gotten them involved in practical politics were without exception almost blind to the possibilities of this modern method of influencing the masses. (MORE)

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.

Wolfman acts like no paid shills have ever been on Air America, MSNBC, CNN or any other leftist leaning news organziation...

Unions buy Democrat candidates

Top 20 PAC Contributors to Democratic Candidates,

PAC Name Dem Total
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Workers Union
Metal Workers Union
Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees
Crystal Sugar
Assn for Justice
Workers of America
Food & Commercial Workers Union
Union National Assn
Postal Workers Union
Democrat Coalition
Beer Wholesalers Assn
York Life Insurance
Federation of Teachers

Totals include subsidiaries and affiliated PACs, if any.


Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

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.

Paul Wohlfarth must be unaware of the many left leaning organizations out there. Looking at this list you would think that all of our problems would have been solved by now with this many people working on them.
Liberal Organizations
National and State Think Tanks

Applied Research Center
Center for American Progress

Center for Constitutional Rights

Center for Defense Information

Center for Democracy & Technology

Center for Economic and Policy Research

Center for Policy Alternatives

Center for Social Justice Canadian think tank
Commonweal Institute

Drum Major Institute for Public Policy
Economic Opportunity Institute

Economic Policy Institute – information about economic trends and inequality

Institute for Policy Studies

Institute for Women's Policy Research
Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies

NDN Blog
NJ Policy Perspective

Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability
Northwest Progressive Institute
OMB Watch
Progressive Policy Institute

Progressive States Network
Rockridge Institute – George Lakoff’s organization


Urban Institute

Washington State Institute for Public Policy
National Political Action

Alliance for Democracy - Grassroots network working on campaign finance, improved voting standards, single payer health care, opposition to abuses of corporate power and unilateral US military policies

Alternet – Online liberal news magazine

America Coming Together

Americans for Democratic Action

Americans United for Change

Campaign For America's Future

Center for Ethical Leadership Seattle community-training institute helping organizations develop their vision. Paul

Loeb is an affiliated scholar.

Change To Win
Common Cause

Credo Action

Democracy 2000

Democracy For America

Democracy in Action

Democratic Advancement Political Action Committee (DAPAC)

Democratic Leadership Council - www.dlc.org

Democratic Party

Democratic Socialists of America


Emily’s List

Grassroots Democrats

Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)

Institute for America’s Future

Institute for a Democratic Future (IDF) - educate, motivate, and inspire future Washington State Democratic leaders

League of Women Voters
League of Women Voters of Washington



MSHC Partners
National Committee for an Effective Congress - www.ncec.org

New Democrat Network

New Party – advocates fusion parties
Organizer's Collaborative - uses technology to enhance grassroots organizing efforts

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)

Progressive Democrats of America

Progressive Government, the
Progressive Majority

Progressive Vote

Public Citizen founded by Ralph Nader, addresses consumer, health and environmental issues

True Majority

20/20 Vision
21st Century Democrats

Volunteer Match
Wellstone Action

Working Assets – long distance and credit card company donating to progressive organizations

Working for Change – publication of Working Assets

Washington Political Action

Alliance For Democracy Puget Sound chapters

Citizens Alliance of Central Washington

Democracy For Washington

Democratic Advancement PAC (DAPAC)

Inspire, Seattle Progressives Inspiring Reform

Institute for a Democratic Future


Policy Watch, a University of Washington School of Social Work newsletter about our legislative structure,

process, issues and advocacy

Progressive Democrats of America in Washington State

Progressive Majority Washington

Real Change

Seattle Community Network

Seattle Human Services Coalition

South King County Community Progress (SKCCP)

Sound Alliance

Spokane Alliance

Washington Community Action Network

Washington State Progressive Caucus

Community Development

Institute for Community Change

Global Governance

Citizens for Global Solutions

United Nations

Peace Organizations

American Friends Service Committee - veteran Quaker peace and justice group with regional offices Pacific NW
Americans for Peace Now - US affiliate of main Israeli peace group

Bellingham Peace Community


End the War Coalition
Evergreen Peace and Justice Community

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation

Eastside Fellowship of Reconciliation

Friends Committee on National Legislation

International Center for Nonviolent Conflict - Excellent center with resources on nonviolent action

Nonviolence Org - veteran pacifist group, with local chapters and magazine

Nonviolent Action Community of Cascadia

Pax Christi - international Catholic peace group

One Percent A Peace Army
Peace Alliance

Peace Action

Seattle Area Peace and Justice Events Calender

Progressive Democrats of America

Progressive Democrats of Washington
Ploughshares Fund

Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee

Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War (Snow) – a Puget Sound coalition of organizations and neighborhood groups using nonviolent methods to stop the war in Iraq.

Southend Neighbors for Peace and Justice


Tikkun - magazine and organization offering a progressive Jewish alternative on issues like peace in the Middle East
United for Peace and Justice

U.S. Labor Against the War
Veterans for Peace–Chapter 92

Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice

War Resisters League

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation

Whatcom Network for Compassionate Communication

Whatcom Peace & Justice Center

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Government Elections, Taxation and Budget Reform

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - One of the nation's premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

Center for Law and Social Policy - A national, nonprofit organization which conducts research, policy analysis, technical assistance, and advocacy on issues related to economic security for low-income families with children.

Center for Responsive Politics

Center for Voting and Democracy

Citizens for Tax Justice - analysis of federal and state taxation patterns, including more progressive alternatives]

Congress Watch, a division of Public Citizen

Democracy Matters - student-community group concerned with real campaign finance reform

Economic Opportunity Institute

Fair Taxes for All - A coalition committed to promoting a fair tax system that raises sufficient revenues to meet our shared priorities and invest in our common future. See list of coalition members.

National Priorities Project - state impacts of national budget choices

OMB Watch - One of the nation's premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

Public Campaign national coordinator of clean elections campaigns

Taxpayers for Common Sense

United for a Fair Economy - national, independent, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart. Their report, entitled "Shifty Tax Cuts: How They Move the Tax Burden off the Rich and onto Everyone Else" indicates that between 2002 and 2004, the Bush tax cuts to the top 1% of US income earners redirected billions of dollars in revenue that could have eliminated virtually all of the budget shortfalls in the states.

Washington Coalition for Open Government

Washington for Impeachment

Washington Public Campaigns

Washington Tax Fairness Coalition

Washington Tax Fairness Coalition Member Organizations – lists 70 member organizations

Media Reform

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Media Matters

Civil Liberties Organizations

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

ARC Washington - Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

American Civil Liberties Union

Amnesty International
Asian American Legal Defense Fund

Center for Constitutional Rights

Children’s Alliance

The Defender Association

Drug Policy Alliance

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Ella Baker Center
Equal Rights Washington

Feminist Majority

GLBT Bar Association of Washington
Global Exchange - helped spearhead the Nike campaign, Seattle WTO protests and opposition to Iraq war

Hate Free Zone of Washington

Human Rights First

Human Rights Watch - www.hrw.org

King County Bar Association Drug Policy Project

Justice Works

Lambda Legal

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Legal Momentum (Women's Rights)

Mexican American Legal Defense Fund

NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund

NARAL Pro-Choice, America - www.naral.org

National Network to End Domestic Violence

New Beginnings

Northwest Women of Color

Northwest Women’s Law Center

The November Coalition

NOW - National Organization for Women

People for the American Way

Reclaim Democracy

Reform Network

Seattle NOW

Sensible Seattle Coalition

Southern Poverty Justice Center - www.splcenter.org

Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Washington Community Action Network

Washington Protection & Advocacy – protect rights of people with disabilities

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Whatcom Human Rights Task Force

Women's Action for New Directions (WAND)

Gay Rights Supporters


American Veterans for Equal Rights, Puget Sound chapter

Civil Marriage Collaborative

Don’t Amend.com

Entre Hermanos

Equal Rights Washington

Evergreen State College Labor Center

Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund

Gill Foundation



Green Party of Seattle


Human Rights Campaign

Ingersoll Gender Center

Lambda Legal

Laura Pierce Consulting

Legal Marriage Alliance of Washington

Lifelong AIDS Alliance

Log Cabin Republicans

Lutheran Public Policy Office

MJM & Associates, Inc.

NASW (National Association of Social Workers - Washington State)

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Northwest Women’s Law Center


Planned Parenthood of Washington

Pride Foundation

Pride at Work/Outfront Labor Coalition


Q Law

Rainbow Center of Pierce County

Religious Coalition for Equality

Scouting for All


Seattle Commission For Sexual Minorities

Seattle LGBT Community Center

Social Justice Fund Northwest

Stonewall Democrats of Washington


Western States Center

Washington State Criminal Justice
The Defender Association

Drug Policy Alliance

Justice Works

King County Bar Association Drug Policy Project

NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund

The November Coalition

Reform Network

Sensible Seattle Coalition.

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

Gay and Lesbian Organizations

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Washington Chapter

Religious Organizations

American Friends Service Committee
Call to Renewal

Catholic Worker
Center for Progressive Christianity

Christian Alliance for Progress

Church Council of Greater Seattle

Clergy and Laity Network

Earth Ministry

Evangelicals for Social Action

Faithful America
Interfaith Alliance

Lutheran Public Policy Office

Seattle Network of Spiritual Progressives

Sojourners: Christians for Justice

Spiritual Progressives - National

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
United Methodist General Board of Church and Society

Washington Association of Churches

Whidbey Institute

Witherspoon Society

National Environmental Organizations

The Apollo Alliance

American Wind Energy Association
Architecture 2030

American Rivers

Audubon Society

Clean Water Action

Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

Earth Ministry

Earth Policy Institute


EnviroLink: Research

Environment Washington Research and Policy Center

Environmental Defense

Environmental News Network

Environmental Working Group
League of Conservation Voters

National Parks Conservation Association

Natural Resources Defense Council

Nature Conservancy - www.nature.org

Northwest Earth Institute

The Rainforest Site

Rainforest Action Network

Real Climate

Sierra Club

We Can Solve It
Wilderness Society

World Wildlife Fund

Washington State Environmental Organizations

Audubon Washington

Climate Solutions

Conservation NW

Earth Ministry

Earth Share of Washington

Energy Policy Division of Washington Office of Trade and Economic Development

Climate Solutions

Futurewise – formerly 1000 Friends of Washington

Heart of America NW | Hanford Journey

Institute for Washington’s Future
Kettle Range Conservation Group

The Nature Conservancy of Washington

NW Energy Coalition


People for Puget Sound

Priorities for a Healthy Washington

Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition (PSCCC)

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance

Sierra Club Cascade Chapter

Sierra Student Coalition - student arm of the Sierra Club


Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)

Surfrider Foundation, Northwest Straits Chapter

Surfrider Foundation, Olympic Peninsula chapter

Surfrider Foundation, Seattle Chapter

Surfrider Foundation, Westport Chapter
Transportation Choices Coalition

Washington Citizens for Resource Conservation

Washington Conservation Voters

Washington Environmental Council

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
Washington Toxics Coalition

Washington Wilderness Coalition

Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition


Ethnic & Migrant Organizations

Eastside Latino Leadership Forum

El Centro de la Raza

NAACP – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Urban League

Local Children’s Organizations

Administration for Children and Families – Region 10: Seattle

Children’s Alliance

Children’s Campaign Fund

Children’s Home Society of Washington

Family Resources Northwest

National Early Childhood TA Center

Northwest Network for Youth

Safe Schools Coalition

School’s Out Washington


Washington Council for Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (WCPCAN)

Washington School-Age Care Alliance

Washington State CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Washington State Child Care Resources and Referral Network

Washington State PTA

National Children’s Organizations

Administration for Children and Families - ACF@

Association for the Education of Young Children

Center for Law and Social Policy - A national, nonprofit organization which conducts research, policy analysis, technical assistance, and advocacy on issues related to economic security for low-income families with children.

Center for the Future of Children

Children's Defense Fund

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

Child Trends Databank - A one-stop-shop for the latest national trends and research on over 80 key indicators of child and youth well-being, with new indicators added each month.

Child Welfare League of America

Children Now

Children's Defense Fund - The mission of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is to Leave No Child Behind and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Children's Partnership, The

ChildStats- Forum on Child and Family Statistics - Easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment,and education.

Connect for Kids

Consultive Group on Early Childhood Care and Development

Every Child Matters Education Fund- national nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of children and families by advocating for better public policy during federal and state campaigns.

Free The Children

For the Grandchildren

Granny Voter

Kids Count - A national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S.A.;publication of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Casey Foundation supports KIDS COUNT projects in more than 50 areas of the United States to raise public awareness and accountability for the condition of kids and families.

International Youth Foundation

Mainstreet Moms

National Afterschool Association

National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Child Advocates

National Black Child Development Institute

National Center for Children in Poverty - A nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization to identify and promote strategies that prevent child poverty in the United States and that improve the lives of low-income children and families.

National Court Appointed Special Advocates

National Institute of Out of School Time

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Statistical Briefing Book - A publication of the Department of Justice, the statistical briefing book; offers easy to find basic statistical information on juvenile offending, victimization of juveniles, and involvement of youth in the juvenile justice system

Save Head Start

Save the Children

Stand for Children

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

The Youth Policy Action Center - A collaborative effort by leading national advocacy and youth organizations to provide a central hub for issuing action alerts and posting resources for youth and youth advocates. The goal is to aid the youth movement by supporting organizations and individuals to promote youth involvement and empowerment.

Health Organizations

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Association, Washington Chapter

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Cancer Society

American Lung Association

Association of Alcohol and Addiction Programs

Compassion & Choices of Washington

Catholic Health Association of the United States

Catholic Healthcare West

Community Health Network of Washington

Eldercare Alliance - jerryreilly@msn.com

Everybody In, Nobody Out – assists state efforts toward universal health care

Health Care for All - Washington

Lifelong AIDS Alliance

March of Dimes

Mental Health Activist

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Washington

Physicians for a National Health Program – Western Washinton

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood of Western Washington

Resource Center for Health Policy at the University of Washington

SEIU 1199 Northwest (hospital and healthcare workers)

Service Employees International Union

United for National Healthcare

Universal Health Care Action Network

Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers

Washington Community Mental Health Council

Washington End of Life Choices Coalition

Washington for Health Care

Washington Health Foundation

Washington Health Security Coalition

Washington Rural Health Association

Washington State Hospital Association

Washington State Nurses Association

Washington Toxics Coalition


Also see many participants in healthiest state campaign

Education Organizations

American Association of University Women of Washington State

American Federation of Teachers

Citizens United for Responsible Education (CURE)

Fund Our Future Washington

League of Education Voters

Learning to Give

Washington Education Association

Washington State PTA

Parents for Public Schools

Washington Association of Head Start

Student Organizations

Military and Veterans Organizations

Iraq Veterans Against the War, Seattle Chapter

Military Families Speak Out PNW

Vets for Freedom

VoteVets, Washington State Chapter

Family Support & Housing Organizations

Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA) of Washington

AIDS Housing of Washington

Anacortes Housing Authority

ARCH – A Regional Coalition for Housing

Association of Washington Housing Authorities

Beacon Development Group

Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC

Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program (CHHIP)

Catholic Community Services

Chelan County/Wenatchee Housing Authority

Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Homeless Encampments


Common Ground – Seattle and Spokane

Community Frameworks – Spokane

Community Psychiatric Clinic (CPC)

Corporation for Supportive Housing

Delridge Neighborhood Development Association

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Downtown Action to Save Housing (DASH)

Freemont Public Association

Habitat for Humanity



Housing Authority of the City of Pasco and Franklin County (Pasco Housing Authority)

Housing Authority of Grant County

Housing hope

Housing Resources Group (HRG)

Impact Capital – Impact Washington

Inland Empire Residential Resources

Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Povery: Weingart Center
Institute for Research on Poverty

Intercommunity/Mercy Housing

InterIm Community Development Association

Kittitas County Action Council

Lopez Community Land Trust

Low Income Housing Institute

Mocking Bird Society

National Alliance to End Homelessness

National Coalition for the Homeless

National Health Care for the Homeless Council

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
National Low Income Housing Coalition

Next Step Housing

North Columbia Community Action Council

Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing

Olympic Community Action Programs

OPAL (Of People and Land) Community Land Trust

Opportunity Council

Parkview Services

Pioneer Square Community Association (PSCA)

Rural Resources Community Action

Seattle Chinatown-International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDPDA)

Seattle Homeless Services
Seattle King County Coalition for the Homeless
Solid Ground

South East Effective Development (SEED)

Spokane Housing Authority (SHA)

Spokane Housing Ventures (SHV)

Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs (SNAP)

Statewide Poverty Action Network

Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness

Tenant’s Union of Washington State

Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA)
Washington Community Reinvestment Association

Washington Council for Affordable and Rural Housing

Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

Washington State Low-Income Housing Alliance
Washington State Coalition for the Homeless

Washington State Community Action Partnership

Washington State Dept of Community Trade and Economic Development, Housing Division

Washington State Housing Finance Commission

Washington State Interagency Council on Homelessness

Washington State Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness

YWCA of Seattle – King County – Snohomish County

Poverty and Hunger Organizations

ACORN - national low-income community group

The Alliance West

Children’s Alliance

Coalition on Human Needs - An alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations.

Economic Opportunity Institute

Economic Policy Institute – information about economic trends and inequality

National Center for Children in Poverty - A nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization to identify and promote strategies that prevent child poverty in the United States and that improve the lives of low-income children and families.

Real Change


Solid Ground

Statewide Poverty Action
United Way of King County

Washington Community Action Network

Washington Food Coalition

Washington State Association of Community Action Agencies

Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition

United for a Fair Economy – research and action group concerning tax and economic inequalities

Labor Organizations

AFL-CIO AFL-CIO AFL-CIO - information on union campaigns

AFL-CIO--Union Summer Project - offers students training and paid internships in summer union organizing campaigns


AFT Washington – affiliated with American Federation of Teachers

Alliance For Retired Americans

A.Philip Randolph Institute - Seattle Chapter

Change To Win

Communications Workers of America

Electrical Workers Local 46

Evergreen State College Labor Education & Research Center

Farm Labor Organizing Committee

Fire Fighters Local 1461

Graphic Communications Union Local 767M - includes list of local union printers!

Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Local 8

International Association of Machinists District Lodge 751 (Boeing machinists)

International Association of Machinists District Lodge 160

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Jobs With Justice – national network to support local labor organizing

King County Central Labor Council

Knights of Labor

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement - Seattle Chapter

Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA)

Musicians Local 76-493

National Education Association

Office & Professional Employees Local 8

Office & Professional Employees Local 49 (Clinical Social Workers)

Painters and Allied Trades District Council 5

Professional and Technical Engineers Local 17

Professional & Technical Engineers Local 2001/SPEEA (Boeing engineers)

Sailor's Union of the Pacific

Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Teachers Local 1789 (Seattle Community college teachers)

Teamsters Local 117

Transport Workers Union of America


United Autoworkers of America (UAW)

United Brotherhood of Carpenters

United Farm Workers of America

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)

United Mine Workers of America

United Steelworkers

United Transportation Union

University of Washington Center for Labor Studies

Utility Workers Union of America

Washington Alliance of Technology Workers/CWA Local 37083: WashTech is an organization of high-tech workers and their allies joining together to advocate for improved benefits and workplace rights. WashTech seeks to educate and mobilize high-tech workers, and provide them with an effective voice in the media and in the legislative and corporate arenas. For more info, e-mail contact@washtech.org

Washington Education Association

Washington Federation of State Employees

Washington Federation of Teachers

Washington State Council 2

Washington State Jobs with Justice

Washington State Labor Council

Worker Center, AFL-CIO

Working America

Working Families Vote 2008

Boycotts & Issue Spending




Good Money

Green Money Journalism

HomeDepot Sucks (Boycott)

INFACT - coordinates grassroots boycotts

National Labor Committee - coordinates anti-sweatshop campaigns like the Gap boycott

SinclairAction (Boycott Sinclair)

StopEsso - Boycott Exxon Mobil

United Students Against Sweatshops - students working against sweatshop laborWorkingforchange.org
Wal Mart Watch

Consumer Organizations

Public Citizen

Organic Consumers Association

Consumers Union

Public Interest Research Group

Consumer Federation of America

National Consumers League


Public Patent Foundation

Foundation for Consumer Rights

Underwriters Laboratories

Seniors Organizations

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

AARP Washington

American Society on Aging

WA Association of Area Agencies on Aging: w4a@olywa.net

Senior Lobby

Neighborhood & Community Grass Roots Groups

Organizer’s Collaborative

Bainbridge Voter

Eastern Washington Voters

Lake Hills Liberals

Mercer Island Democrats

Northwest Intentional Communities Association

Oak Harbor Pandorans

Phinney EcoVillage

Woodinville Salon

A. Philip Randolph Institute, Seattle Chapter

AFT Washington

Amalgamated Transit Union Legislative Council

Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition

ARC of Yakima County (Disability Rights)

Asian Pacific Islander Coalition - King County

Audubon Washington

Center for Social Justice

Child Care Works for Washington

Children's Alliance

Children's Campaign Fund

Church Council of Greater Seattle

Citizens Campaign for Commercial Free Schools (CCCS)

Coalition for a Jewish Voice

Earth Ministry

Economic Opportunity Institute

El Centro de la Raza

Friends Committee on Washington State Public Policy (Quakers)

Green Party of Seattle

Group Health Senior Caucus

Human Service Executives, Snohomish County

Institute for Washington's Future

King County Alliance for Human Services

King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence

League of Education Voters

League of Women Voters of Washington

Lutheran Public Policy Office of Washington

Minority Executive Directors Coalition

Northwest Washington Central Labor Council

Office of Professional Employees International Union Local 8

Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS)

Permanent Defense

Pierce County Human Services Coalition

Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans

Real Change, Seattle

Seattle Human Services Coalition

Service Employees International Union

Solid Ground (formerly the Fremont Public Association)

South Pacific Islander Education Support Services

Statewide Poverty Action Network


Tax Payers for Washington's Future


United for a Fair Economy

Vancouver Audubon Society

Voices for Opportunity, Income, Child Care, Education and Support in Spokane (VOICES)

Washington Association of Churches

Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention

Washington Association for the Education of Young Children

Washington CAN! (formerly Washington Citizen Action)

Washington Education Association

Washington Environmental Alliance for Voter Education (WEAVE)

Washington Federation of State Employees

Washington Living Wage Movement

Washington State Association for Community Action

Washington State Association of Head Start / ECEAP

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Washington State Coalition for the Homeless

Washington State Chapter; National Organization for Women

Washington State Jobs with Justice

Washington State Parent Teacher Association

Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work

Yakima County Parent Coalition for Developmental Disabilities

Aerospace Machinists District Lodge 751

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 77

International Union of Operating Engineers;
Classified School Employees Union, Local 609, AFL-CIO

Martin Luther King, Jr. County Labor Council; AFL-CIO

National Association of Social Workers; Washington State Chapter

Pierce County Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Retired Public Employees, Chapter 3

Retired Public Employees Council of Washington

Seattle Community Colleges Federation of Teachers - AFT Local 1789

Spokane Regional Labor Council

United Steelworkers of America Local 338, Spokane

Washington State Council of Fire Fighters

Washington State Labor Council

Yakima South Central Counties Central Labor Council

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.

Damn it Fred Lefebvre I just told the SwampBubbles audience about how you only work three (3) hours a day five (5) days a week and cannot relate to working people because technically you do not fall in that category. Here you are posting on a Sunday. Just about a week ago you were telling the dittoheads from your air conditioned studio that maybe the Lucas county road crews should be working harder repairing the roads. Well damn it why didn't Bell think of that months ago! Then I'm thinking WSPD runs too many commercials mucking up all the entertainment because they have large overhead from all the part time "hosts" drawing full time pay. Then I'm thinking maybe they should cut back like they do at the Jeep plant and double up the jobs at WSPD giving the "Hosts" some empathy for those out there who are working 60 to 70 hour weeks at the local factories. So my thoughts are get rid of the lowly rated afternoon host and double up with the morning host creating efficiencies and making it more profitable with possibly less commercials that we all don't want to listen to. Hell how many KIA commercials can one America stand before they turn the channel! Andy I won't charge you for doing your job but my ideas do have merit. Fred you'd still be considered part time working six (6) hours a day five (5) days a week but this is what a capitalist system does its called kaizen or continuous improvement. The auto plants have been using it for twenty years. I know you'd understand better than taking a pay cut. Oh yea that afternoon failure can then find a right to work job in his own neighborhood sparing us all in Toledo anymore of his astroturf nonsense!

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.

Paul you give me to much credit for air time. I don't really start until 6:07a and I'm done at 8:59a. If you take out all the time commercials, traffic, weather, sports, and news are on air I love even more valuable shilling minutes. We can't really do it with less commercials because they pay for the salaries of the high priced high school educated morning host. Without the money from those clients I wouldn't be able to afford my foreign built Prius or 10 year old Plymouth. I'd be like all those sad nearly poverty stricken union workers just a paycheck away from being on food stamps. You wouldn't want that would you Paul?

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 you need to be tested. The Lord never gives a Catholic more than he can handle in life. Its just not plausible that you preach the gospel of conservationism when you never really have lived it. The union workers at Jeep live in the real world of job cut backs, job speedups, and pay and benefit cuts. We live with the results of blowhard neocons preaching but never suffering the results of their faulty logic. The hate radio fest has resulted in a whole litany of snake oil salesmen pushing their libertarian elixir on a gullible public desperate for the path to their salvation. Your fellow high school educated workers go to Jeep bust their collective butts for 10 hours a day six days a week in what is the most efficient auto plant in North America. In contrast we have you Fred sitting in a air conditioned studio for three (3) hours a day listening to KIA commercials for most of that time. Then when you do talk its ohhh the unions thugs this the union thugs that while eating a German American pretzel between breaths! No Fred the real world has somehow passed you by and hopefully you will grow empathy for others while there is still time on this earth.

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.

I checked, no empathy growing down there.

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.

At least Clear Channel is an American owned business.

Jeep is not.


It's funny to hear this Big Utility Company whore and shill for Big Energy who sells his soul for corporate profit to Electric Companies, spout crap about "corporate radio" when he is eager to bend over and take it from the huge foreign owned corporations who want to line their pockets with money gained from stealing your land in Riga Twp and buying foreign built windmills to put on your stolen land in order to rape you further.

"Do Wind Turbines Make Noise?"
Wolfman, the BrokeBack Mountain Award winner taking it from Big Electric Companies so Big Energy Corporations can line their pockets

The Answer my Friend is Blowin in the Wind
Wolfman, the hypocrite corporate troll and knob polisher for Big Electric Corporations whoring for Big Electric Corporations

Riga wind farm
Do Wind Turbines Make Noise?
Wolfman the corporate shill and Big Energy stooge, happy to steal land from private owners and whoring for Windmills to line the pockets of the Big Electric Corporations

Green jobs: Now with magic Obama-power!
Wolfman the corporate shill and Big Energy stooge, whoring for "green jobs"

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

LibsCanBlowMe how shall I address you in the future. Mr., Mrs., Ms., or HeShe?

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 would you bother atarting a post with Mr., Mrs., Ms., or HeShe when we all know you will just copy and paste whatever pablum you are spoon-fed by George Soros, MoveOn.org,, Jon Stewart, Thom Hartmann or the other mind control experts.

Just keep doing what you're doing. Copy and paste whatever your owners tell you to say, don't try and think for yourself and the rest of us will keep making fun of you by pointing out what a hypricrite you are.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

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.

The new civility of the left. If anyone knows about having someone "taken out" it would be James Hoffa Jr.

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.

What would happen if a Tea Partier ever said that somebody should "take out" a union cheif??

Of course we know our local Union puppet reacted when someone actually tried to murder a non-union business owner... He said something to the effect of "while I dont condone this action, let me point out that someone has been making nasty phone calls to the local union!!!!"

Ooooh!!! Attempted murder vs mean phone calls!!! the humanity!!

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