Seattle Hosts Progressive Media Gathering - Is Radio Dead?

Seattle Hosts Progressive Media Gathering - Is Radio Dead?
By Mark Taylor-Canfield
1/19/2014
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Seattle-Hosts-Progressive-by-Mark-Taylo...

http://www.opednews.com/articles/2/Seattle-Hosts-Progressive-by-Mark-Tay...

According to Goldman, the traditional radio industry no longer exists. He described how most US radio stations are owned by large corporate interests such as Clear Channel and Culumus and their subsidiaries (Premier, etc.). Corporate investors have purchased hundreds of stations around the nation through what he described as "leveraged buy-outs". Clear Channel now controls over 800 radio stations.

To fund this monopoly, Clear Channel borrowed huge sums from hedge funds managed by Bain Capital. Goldman claims Clear Channel currently owes $20.4 billion and is guilty of practicing the same kind of financial scam that caused the national economic crash of 2008. Cumulus has borrowed $2.25 billion to fund it's own media buying buying spree.

Since their true loyalty is to the investors, not to their audience, radio station owners have raided these businesses by firing employees and automating the broadcasts. They have created national networks which do not serve local communities. FCC allowance for corporate media ownership consolidation has resulted in a situation where the majority of all US media is owned by just a few corporations.

The unfortunate casualties of this corporate raiding party have been: 1) journalistic credibility; 2) the idea of publicly owned airwaves; 3) all practices of the "Fairness Doctrine".
And this:
Meanwhile, corporations like Clear Channel have decided to buy their conservative "talent" by signing Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck to exclusive contracts. Limbaugh is being paid $28 million per year and Beck receives $20 million. Yet Goldman points out that most of the top neo-con talkshows are still losing much of their audience. He estimates that Sean Hannity has lost up to 60% of his listeners around the nation. In Los Angeles, Limbaugh and Beck's shows are being moved by Clear Channel to a smaller station with less broadcast coverage. Although the corporate executives are obligated to honor their expensive contracts, they see the writing on the wall. In many US markets, radio is dying.
It's being replaced by online content.
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Yep, radio is dead (so you should stop listening to it and commenting on it).

Good point about Rush and radio. All we ever hear are Tom Sawyer and Working Man. And you'd think Hair of the Dog is the only song Nazareth ever recorded. I really hate what they've done to so-called Classic Rock formats.

Patience is a great virtue.

Seattle Hosts Progressive Media Gathering - Is Radio Dead?
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Norman Goldman was the keynote speaker at the PRNW event in Seattle. As an attorney, he was a frequent contributor to the Ed Shultz Show until he launched his own national radio program.

According to Goldman, the traditional radio industry no longer exists. He described how most US radio stations are owned by large corporate interests such as Clear Channel and Culumus and their subsidiaries (Premier, etc.). Corporate investors have purchased hundreds of stations around the nation through what he described as "leveraged buy-outs". Clear Channel now controls over 800 radio stations.

To fund this monopoly, Clear Channel borrowed huge sums from hedge funds managed by Bain Capital. Goldman claims Clear Channel currently owes $20.4 billion and is guilty of practicing the same kind of financial scam that caused the national economic crash of 2008. Cumulus has borrowed $2.25 billion to fund it's own media buying buying spree.

Since their true loyalty is to the investors, not to their audience, radio station owners have raided these businesses by firing employees and automating the broadcasts. They have created national networks which do not serve local communities. FCC allowance for corporate media ownership consolidation has resulted in a situation where the majority of all US media is owned by just a few corporations. (MORE)
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Seattle-Hosts-Progressive-by-Mark-Taylo...

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.

Seattle Hosts Progressive Media Gathering - Is Radio Dead?
By Mark Taylor-Canfield
Quote from article:
According to Goldman, the traditional radio industry no longer exists. He described how most US radio stations are owned by large corporate interests such as Clear Channel and Culumus and their subsidiaries (Premier, etc.). Corporate investors have purchased hundreds of stations around the nation through what he described as "leveraged buy-outs". Clear Channel now controls over 800 radio stations.

To fund this monopoly, Clear Channel borrowed huge sums from hedge funds managed by Bain Capital. Goldman claims Clear Channel currently owes $20.4 billion and is guilty of practicing the same kind of financial scam that caused the national economic crash of 2008. Cumulus has borrowed $2.25 billion to fund it's own media buying buying spree.

Since their true loyalty is to the investors, not to their audience, radio station owners have raided these businesses by firing employees and automating the broadcasts. They have created national networks which do not serve local communities. FCC allowance for corporate media ownership consolidation has resulted in a situation where the majority of all US media is owned by just a few corporations.

The unfortunate casualties of this corporate raiding party have been: 1) journalistic credibility; 2) the idea of publicly owned airwaves; 3) all practices of the "Fairness Doctrine".

These traditional ideals have been thrown out the window, replaced by corporate greed. Media bosses have been blinded by their need to make huge profits in order to pay back these enormous debts. In this type of Mitt Romney style corporate takeover, CEO's pocket large fees by skimming off the top, and most of the rest of the income goes to pay the investors. Clear Channel is reportedly paying 11.25% interest on the debt, which Goldman described as comparable to mafia loan shark rates.

In a desperate attempt to pay back investors, large media corporations continue to dump the burden of their loans onto local radio stations. This is being accomplished by the enforcement of economic austerity measures which have resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs. Goldman told his Seattle audience that 80% of all radio jobs have been eliminated in the US. (MORE)
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Seattle-Hosts-Progressive-by-Mark-Taylo...

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Seattle Hosts Progressive Media Gathering - Is Radio Dead?
By Mark Taylor-Canfield
Quote from above article:
When democratic voices are stifled or censored, the entire nation suffers. An effective, participatory democracy requires opposing viewpoints and alternative analysis. The constant echo chamber of neo-liberal and neoconservative viewpoints in US media represents a regressive tendency towards uniformity and authoritarianism. Although no commercial media will report on this fact, the US is currently ranked as 37th on the World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders (rsf.org). In other words, due to the corporate dominance of US media, there are now 36 other countries where you will find more freedom of the press. Finland is currently ranked as number one. (MORE)
http://www.opednews.com/articles/2/Seattle-Hosts-Progressive-by-Mark-Tay...

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Radio IS dead for people like Ed Schultz, Thomm Hartmann, and so many other liberal talk show hosts who tried but failed to launch the lead zeppelin known as Air America. Now Hartmann and his whiny left leaning crowd are crowded unto the internet hoping their audience will follow. What they don't realize though is that through iHeart radio Limbaugh listeners can now have Rush on computer, smart phone, tablet, iphone etc etc. Major talkers are on twitter, facebook, instagram, etc etc and Beck has his own tv network which is carried locally by Buckeye. So it would seem that although DMHI would like to believe that the "death" of talk radio is imminent the people who actually work in talk radio are way ahead of him and the losers at the media gathering.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Programming Changes at WBAI include Thom Hartmann

Thom is a former Air America host and therefore an established progressive talk show host with a growing national audience. The Thom Hartman Program runs very successfully with positive audience feed-back, five days a week on our sister station KPFK in Los Angeles. The program originates in Washington D.C. The program is free. (MORE)
http://wbai-now-and-then.blogspot.com/2013/10/programming-changes-at-wba...

Thom Hartman is NOT corporate radio and will not show up in any corporate radio ratings as an accurate gauge of his audience. Internet traffic is increasingly carrying progressive radio as the air way markets are controlled by monopoly interests.

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if you don't read the whole thing. Thom is replacing these programs "The following shows in the 9-10pm are being replaced by more mainstream liberal strip programming:
Asia Pacific Forum, Muslim State of Mind, Joy of Resistance (feminist programming), Largest Minority (programming for the disabled), Haiti, the Struggle Continues, Rape Declaration (womens' issues)" So in other words minorities are being pushed aside for Thom.
As far as popularity goes there's this little tidbit from the program director-"I've been keeping track of Arbitrons since I've been on the air because it's one way to see what direction you are going in, but also where the station is going. And there was a time when we had over 187,000 people listening per day. We were right up there at the top. There was no one comparable to BAI. Today we're at about around 10,000 - 12,000, so we've lost about 90% of our audience. And our core audience is getting older - nearing 70, and you can't survive with a core audience of age 70 because they either move, retire, or die.
"
To summarize, Thom Hartmann is replacing minority focused shows on a station that has lost 90% of it's audience. In the liberal world this is called success.

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Once a Wilson's bitch always a Wilson's bitch!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOLOLOLOLOLO

Hope I didn't offend anyone!

Didn't offend me. I'm still trying to figure out how in your twisted little mind you have it both ways. One day you say I'm ignoring Brian because he's not my friend on FB , I don't talk about him on air, and have turned away from his libertarian talk points and the next you accuse me of being his little bitch. How exactly does your mind work?

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Hi there. Don't know what your talking about as far as the "friend on FB " comment. Maybe you got me mixed up with your ex-wife. Its obvious you're the smartest person on this board as you try to get everyone to believe. I don't know anywhere near enough as much as you do.
One thing I do know however, is that you were and always will be WILSON'S BITCH. ! lol

Hope I didn't offend anyone!

I get mixed up when you post as DH one time and then MI the next. I assumed you remembered what you posted under your assumed names. My bad.

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"I don't talk about him on air, and have turned away from his libertarian talk points"
Yea right! http://www.meetup.com/The-children-of-liberty/members/9865379/

Brian Wilson Radio http://www.brianwilson.net/ has 24 followers and Fredo is not one of them. Some friend!

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I know you don't realize this, but you just made my point. You clearly point out in this post that I am not on Brian's friends list, but still insist I am his bitch. You use of a years old sign up for the Children Of Liberty site is a stretch also as I am also an member of the black news stream under the name nubian princess.

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Special Report: The Status of the Tea Party Movement - Part Two
http://www.irehr.org/issue-areas/tea-party-nationalism/tea-party-news-an...
Site says Toledo area has only 449 Tea Party members out of a Lucas county population of 437,998. Not enough to run WSPD hate radio for long. Heard rumors ratings were taking a beating and the "shock jock" from Virginia was killing the station. You were forced by Sands to open up to the moderate base that represents the majority of the Toledo area. Doesn't mean you've changed stripes just have to play the higher demographic. You know yes-em boss! Your hateful spiteful voice is as strong as ever but the man has put a clamp on that voice and with your financial situation well lets say you gotta kiss some butt. Now you've become pablum. No different then 13 or 11 news attending charity balls and promoting flag waving nonsense. Maybe you'll get frustrated and join Herr Wilson's 24 followers on his "successful" internet radio gig. ;>) I can't find his name out there on the terrestrial radio after he left WSPD. I though he was a sought after host?

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How many followers did Occupy Toledo get? Talk about a movement on the wane. LOL

MikeyA

Here's the answer to your question

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Occupy Toledo Oct. 28th
WSPD Producers
436 views
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58UpVCj_ZYM#t=102

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Almost all of them yours..hahahahahhahahahh

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Whether or not your Mumbles friend has nothing to do with the FACT that you were and always will be known as Wilson's Bitch. I doubt shit mouth Wilson considers you a friend as people who makes someone their bitch as Wilson has made you usually don't like that person. Hope this clears it up for your stupid ass:)

Hope I didn't offend anyone!

Thanks, I was a little confuse DMHI. I suppose your description comes from real life experience so I will accept it as fact.

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Hey! Donna Honey's back!

He must have changed the settings on the "Remember my passwords" tab on his internet explorer.

MikeyA

Its been in the news lately how the service is full of crooks and homosexuals. If your typical of what is in the service protecting our country, God help us. Your nothing but another Welfare recipient. Does having Fredo's nut sack in your mouth make you queer?

Hope I didn't offend anyone!

crooks and homosexuals? I missed those stories. Why don't you post them. Please remember what name you logged in as when you post them.

Why would I want my nuts in Fred's mouth? I already stated I like feminine features which makes you perfect for me Paul.

MikeyA

No I don't know who lives there.

I don't live there. I don't have family that lives there. THAT IS A FACT!

Maybe you should be sure you are correct before you start posting random people's addresses.

I'd say now if someone from this thread were to do something to the individuals who live at the house you posted you are now liable for. You should pray Chris takes this down before someone as unhinged as you decides to do something scary.

MikeyA

Michael (age 34) you grew up there? Or maybe a relative?

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Dumbass Paul,

If you look at my past posts you'll note my family still lives in Maumee. I've already stated that I do not have family that lives in that home.

You keep posting incorrect information. I keep pointing it out to you but yet you relent. You are posting the private information of someone. If something happens to them and/or their property you have just become liable.

Like I said before, it'd behoove you to ask Chris to take it down before someone does something that you're responsible for.

MikeyA

....first of the day.......here's a link for the World Press Freedom Index of 2013, the latest one available. USA is not ranked 37 as your quoted speaker suggests, it is actually 32. And a quick read of the beginning of the article explains the criteria for what constitute press freedom and it doesn't include radio station ownership or the number of democrats on air. http://en.rsf.org/press-freedom-index-2013,1054.html "The ranking of most countries is no longer attributable to dramatic political developments. This year’s index is a better reflection of the attitudes and intentions of governments towards media freedom in the medium or long term. "

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TPP/FastTrack...Hey Media, Where are You?

Hey Corporate Fred when was the last time you reported the news on WSPD? How many times have you shilled the GOP Benghazi talking points story and ignored the real stories like TPP?

Uprising Swells Against Obama’s Plans to Skirt Congress on ‘New World Order’ - See more at: http://www.teaparty.org/uprising-swells-obamas-plans-skirt-congress-new-...

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Haven't mentioned Benghazi for a few months but I'm sure the loss of American lives for no reason will come back to the forefront if Hilary decides to run. Rather than discuss TPP which from what I've read will be defeated anyway according to the New York Times "The New York Times reports that it’s not likely the bill will be passed. One hundred fifty-one Democrats have signed a letter indicating their opposition, and Tea Party Republicans are unlikely to vote for it" so instead I focused on two dead firefighters, a four person murder in Defiance, TPS busing, weather emergencies, the Pro Medica plan for steamplant and other local news. What will your stance be on the Tea Party DMHI when they help defeat the TPP? Your head will explode.

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Not only do I find that fascinating, but listening to the broadcast as posted, I find the statements made to be similar to the right-wing fantasies I often see posted here. I'll paraphrase: "We're going to lose our sovereignty! We will not be able to enforce laws protecting workers." GARBAGE!

Secondly...Fred...don't be too dismissive of this issue. If the giant corporations want something passed by this Congress, or want something blocked by this Congress, the giant corporations usually get their way! So, 151 Democrats are aligned against TPP, aka SHAFTA. There are 435 member of the U.S. House of Representatives alone! If all are present, the number of Representatives needed to either pass or block TPP is 218. That leaves this coalition some 67 votes short. "Money is the mother's milk of politics." Practically speaking, do you really believe that there are 67 or more Republicans willing to buck their party benefactors, the giant corporations? It is true that the Democrats control the U.S. Senate. But, if their President wants this, and the giant corporations line up to give those Dems who vote for TPP substantial support, or merely agree NOT to support Republican opponents of those Dems who vote for TPP, do you really think that TPP is dead? One thing I thought I would ever do is accuse you of being naïve, Fred. However, if you really believe this, you are naïve on this issue.

Are there other important issues for you to cover, Fred? Of course! You will put on the air those issues which will garner the most listeners. You are in the entertainment business. But, TPP may actually affect more of the people in Northwest Ohio, and, indeed. the nation, than many other topics.
Fred, you do not work for a public entity. As far as I'm concerned, you do not have to cater to anyone except those who employ you. World trade is vital to all in the world. I am most distressed that Republican and Democratic Presidents, along with Republican and Democratic Congresses, have negotiated so poorly with our trading partners. My concern is not with a SHAFTA agreement per se, it's viewing yet another international trade agreement which allows giant corporations to further misuse the workers everywhere in the world, and despoil land, water, and air, in countries which have even less enforcement against environmental travesties than we here in the United States have! The giant corporations, like the one for which you work, Fred, only care about one thing -- the "Bottom Line." Keep those ratings up, fredtheentertainer!

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Yes Fred needs to speak to the Tea Party and the Progressives who together see the threat of TPP. I've been calling on the Toledo Blade (among others) to cover this issue but most newspapers are blocking this from any scrutiny. The Toledo Blade has not done one story on this TPP this year. All they cover is sappy dog stories. The Detroit News has given it some coverage. Maybe WSPD can take a break from Benghazi and ObamaCare and report the news that affects Toledo.

My challenge to WSPD: cover what the Toledo Blade does not, cover the Trans Pacific Partnership! Ask your Tea Party friends to come on the show and talk about TPP. Give us all a heads up when you do it.

GM CEO Barra raises trade deal concerns
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140129/AUTO0103/301290066

Congress members urge Obama to bar currency manipulation in trade pact
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140108/AUTO01/301080096#ixzz2sl6BbkLw

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Some selected quotes- "there's a controversy on a New York Radio message board about whether or not Thom is an Obama supporter. Some have argued that he is, while others have pointed out that he has stood up to Obama on various occasions (such as his opposition to drone strikes). Regardless, we believe no one will argue with the idea that Thom does in the main support the Democratic Party, and in that sense he is no different from any of the folks on MSNBC. We expect to be hearing a lot more of "us vs. them" political talk, along with more defenses than criticisms of Obama Administration policies. Although this represents quite a departure for WBAI, having him on their air could mean that WBAI will begin to appeal to a wider, more mainstream audience than it has in the past" this is known as playing to the stockholders (donators)
"you get those who make you ask how the hell did these people ever get selected to be on the air, or on the board or anywhere else -- who shouldn't be there but that's the way it's always been and always will be. So what you do is select the programs you want to listen to. And we just need more of that, and right now we don't have it, that's our reality.
" this is a pd admitting defeat
"That's the wonderful thing about Pacifica - no matter how good or bad you are, there's zero standards and all it is, is arguments.
" Pacifica is a the big liberal radio company

and then of course the other liberals are angry that Thom is on board
http://wbai-now-and-then.blogspot.com/2013/10/on-dismantling-wbai.html

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I've got stuff to do today including a Wounded Warrior fundraiser at 6p at the Lucas County Rec Center. Come on out for music, spaghetti dinner, and some card play to raise money for our wounded veterans.
Besides MrIndependent you are losing every argument today, and I'm bored. I'll stop by before my event just to see if you've left any other ignorant posts.

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