"Newsweek On Air" Cancelled in Boston
Radio Program Loses Boston Talker, Is Dallas Next?
Newsweek is already facing damage from the admission, apology, non-retraction mess it created with Loogate and its botched response to the deadly scandal, after reporters claimed American soldiers flushed a Koran down the toilet at Guantanamo Bay.
Now Boston's WRKO-AM, a major talk radio station, has cancelled the magazine's radio edition, "Newsweek On Air". A statement was read earlier this morning announcing the program's removal.
It was indicated that its yanking was a result of the still-developing flap.
The Radio Equalizer contacted WRKO Program Director Mike Elder, who said he'd already begun to prepare for the show's eventual removal before this incident, but added, "then, the situation over the weekend with NEWSWEEK saying their report was a mistake, led me to move forward more quickly than originally planned."
WRKO's schedule has already been updated to remove Newsweek's weekly radio program from its 9pm Sunday timeslot. It now indicates "TBA" in that time period.
Could other stations be next?
KLIF Dallas-Fort Worth Program Director Jeff Hillery tells me the show's status on the Metroplex talker is now up in the air, with a contract for its renewal so far unsigned by the station.
Here's a sampling of some that run it:
--- WNYC- New York, Sundays, 5am
--- KLIF- Dallas-Fort Worth
--- KXLY- Spokane, Weekends
--- WPTF- Raleigh, Sundays, 10am
--- WVOC- Columbia, Sunday mornings
--- WTOP- Washington, DC
--- KBOI- Boise
--- KTAR- Phoenix
--- WSB- Atlanta
--- Many NPR stations
--- Weekly podcast
Does your local talk radio station run this show? Have you considered contacting station management requesting cancellation? Have you heard back from your station if you did contact them?
Let's hope WRKO has started a trend.
The show is syndicated by Seattle's Jones Radio Networks, the same firm behind several left-wing talk shows, running on stations also featuring Air America programming.
1.57pm update: "Newsweek On Air" is engaging in damage control with station affiliates. In a statement to KLIF-AM, Alpern says the show avoided the print publication's error and will examine, in next week's show, what went wrong in the editorial process.
Whether this will prevent more station losses is unknown.
3.03pm: KLIF decides to put it to the station's listeners, with a poll to decide whether the station should keep the show.
6.21pm: MSNBC picks up my story. Teen Blogger has the video here. The report is slightly incorrect, actually the show would not have been dropped from WRKO until some future time, but because of the incident, it was immediately removed from the schedule.
6.24pm: Ninety-one percent of KLIF listeners, in a survey, want the show removed from the station's schedule.
6.56pm: Is Newsweek's retraction a day late and a dinar short?
7.46pm: MSNBC obtains a list (slightly outdated) of Newsweek's radio affiliates.
11.30pm: FOX News Channel runs a fantastic, lengthy story (which will be the subject of my next post, check main page for more, shortly), which includes this gem:
The news magazine is already feeling some fallout from the misreporting. Boston radio station WRKO sped up plans to drop the show "Newsweek on Air," conservative talk show host Brian Maloney reported on his blog on Monday. Dallas-Fort Worth's KLIF, which is considering whether to renew the syndicated program's contract, asked if Newsweek would run an apology, Maloney reported.
(Hat tip: Boston radio's Bob Nelson)
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