The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

24 December 2006

Libtalk Cancelled In Columbus Ohio, WTPG


Ohio Station Drops 'Progressive' Talk

*** Have a happy Christmas, thanks for your support! ***

As yet another station drops liberal talk radio for more successful programming, it seems even Christmas can't put a stop to this increasingly- common format switch.

This time, as WTPG radio in Columbus dumps Franken and Friends, it's an especially significant blow for "progressives", as Air America will be replaced by conservative programming!

Thanks to Ironman and Robert S in Columbus for their tips on this one.

From the Columbus Dispatch, here's the latest on WTPG's fate:

Station’s format to turn right

Tim Feran

Liberal listeners in central Ohio will lose their only radio voice next month when WTPG (1230 AM) drops its format of "progressive talk" and makes a hard right turn.

Out: Al Franken, Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz and Randi Rhodes.

In: Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham and a mix of sports and consumer shows featuring Jim Rome and Dave Ramsey.

The station will change its call letters to WYTS on Monday; the new format will begin at 9 a.m. Jan. 9.

WYTS will be promoted as "the Talk Station in Central Ohio," said Bruce Collins, program director of Clear Channel Columbus stations WTPG and WTVN (610 AM).

"Whether it’s politics or sports, financial information or general advice, central Ohio listeners will have the opportunity to talk about it on Talk 1230," he said.

Most of the new shows have larger national audiences — and, therefore, promise higher local ratings and profits — than any in the previous lineup.

The progressive-talk format, in place at WTPG since September 2004, never took off here despite live broadcasts in Columbus by Franken, Miller and Schultz.

One of the main program suppliers, Air America Radio, filed for bankruptcy reorganization in October. Afterward, some affiliates — including one in Cincinnati also owned by Clear Channel — announced plans to drop the progressivetalk format.

In Savage and Ingraham, the station will have hosts familiar with controversy.

Savage was fired from a short-lived weekend TV show on MSNBC after referring to a caller as a "sodomite" and saying he should "get AIDS and die."

Ingraham raised a furor when she criticized reporters covering the Iraq war just two months after ABC anchorman Bob Woodruff and his cameraman were seriously injured.

Note the story's emphasis on pointing out the controversies behind WTPG's new conservative hosts. How about some background on the self- destructive flaps that helped to kill off Air America's talkers?

Fresh off their station- restoring victory in Madison, one wonders whether we can expect funeral processions and other protests from their fellow- travellers in Ohio. Stay tuned.

ELSEWHERE: one hundred years ago this evening, in Brant Rock, Marshfield, Massachusetts, the first voice radio broadcast occurred. Many ships at sea, some a thousand miles away or more, were said to have heard the transmission coming from Southeastern Massachusetts. Here's the story from the Yorkshire Post's Chris Bond.

In addition, at Marshfield's WATD- FM, the first broadcast was re- enacted yesterday.

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  • That's a darn shame. Well not really. liberal's are such closet dwellers they had to come up new names so they would be noticed as much. I'm sure progressive came about when some loser was at the grocery store shoplifting chicken noodle soup.

    By Blogger Owen, at 25 December, 2006 11:41  

  • That's just because your death cult stole our country, oweeeee....

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 25 December, 2006 13:20  

  • You complain that the story doesn't mention Air America scandals.

    I don't think the Air America people have done anything to match Savage or Ingraham. And there was no mention of Ingraham's attempt to interfere with people's voting rights in the last election by asking her listeners to interfere with a voter help line.

    I do hope she gets prosecuted for that last stunt.

    ¡Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël!

    By Blogger metrodorus, at 25 December, 2006 16:23  

  • Well, I guess I didn't get what I wanted for Christmas. The same tired trolls are posting, mostly having nothing to do with the topic. Brian, I love your blog, but please can you do something about the trolls?
    The only thing that is missing so far is MOP's plug for his circle-jerk podcast.
    Anyway, Merry Christmas to everyone else!

    By Blogger Will Hansen, at 25 December, 2006 18:55  

  • Will, no one cares...

    Do you really want to know my opinion of how important the "cancellation" of "libtalk" in Columbus, Ohio is?

    Well, okay....let's not (conveniently) ignore that AAR management has been infiltrated and run by the right-wing, for, uh, how long is it now?

    Yet, it's supposed to be INTERESTING and a new revelation that progressive talk is being yanked off the airwaves, even though a clear and obvious link has already been established, that this is in the right-wing's interest, ideologically and fiscally....

    It's being spun as a consequence of the FREE MARKET-while shamelessly supplanting the FACT that normal, everyday Americans are conscious of the opposite-that the media is run by a powerful elite that is in no way progressive or leftist, regardless of official party affilitation...

    Every allegation used to attempt to smear progressives and the left turns out to be something this other elite is clearly guilty of...

    Are some neocons true believers, or just drinking at the well of power for person gain? Every observer needs to judge them by their individual actions, and willingness (or not) to at least think independently, not drink at the same Kool-Aid well...

    This is what we have. This is what we, as a country, have to deal with. The issues are so diverse, (and many are meaningless yet useful smokescreens)one needs a scorecard to keep up on which "side" will adopt the next manufactured posture...

    And you prefer such gibberish to people just plaining stating their intentions, and opinions of their attackers, so everybody GETS where they stand? Really?

    There will be no bipartisanship! Bipartisanship and slick sound bites should be your number-one tipoff to just another initiative that will bring America nowhere!

    Think about that, Will, before you allege that the "trolls" litter your refined landscape (and you persecute and savage MOP, an intelligent and PRODUCTIVE poster who at least gets the heart of the issue without whining about "Hollyweird" and taking no responsibility for failure...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 25 December, 2006 21:52  

  • If right wingers were running AAR,
    it would have been a profitable
    network with a huge listenership,
    with shows that boasted 500 affiliates and 15 million listeners in some cases.

    >>the media is run by a powerful elite that is in no way progressive or leftist, regardless of official party affilitation...

    Dan "The Story Is True" Rather,
    far right wacko... :)

    Air Moonbat loses another one...

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 25 December, 2006 22:06  

  • Will,
    Like you really want to read the comment section so that you can be better informed about the issue Maloney is posting on each day and to have a constructive discussion on it with your fellow conservative thinkers like Owen from Kansas.

    Since I really don't believe Maloney is going to change hosting services or anything else, I am going to try and honor your New Year's wish by saying on the record that if Maloney asks the trolls by name to stop posting here I will stop posting here - guaranteed.

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 25 December, 2006 22:54  

  • "If right wingers were running AAR,
    it would have been a profitable
    network with a huge listenership..."

    Coon, I thought it was liberal content that was such an albatross.... does that explain how "well-run" some of those "bankrupted" airlines seemed to do for so long?

    Elmonica...I'm not leaving. If some "moonbattery" pedophiles and freepers can't take the heat...not my affair.

    Besides, Maloney doesn't get paid to have an inactive blog of right-wing synchophants and mental defectives...

    We shall forge on. Any enhancements of quality in the comments section must be initiated by quality enhancements in the TOPICS (or, more accurately, stories...)

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 26 December, 2006 00:13  

  • Will Hansen

    just for you, you filthy little fear mongering Bush flunkie
    speaking truth to power
    less oxycotin....more reality

    exposing the right,mocking he right humiliating the right

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 26 December, 2006 13:29  

  • Will and owen, two flacid limp con-sheep.

    without us "progressives" you freaks would have blown your manically depressed brains out as long time ago. Your hate of us, keeps us alive, you know it.
    Maloney needs us here. Without hash,elmonica,metro or Me, each thread dies after 4 posts. We help his site meter by inciting you neo-clowns. This is how it works

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 26 December, 2006 13:34  

  • Pathetic. The station has already tried this conservative/sports angle and failed. The progressive radio programs at least tripled the ratings. The regional manager, David Crowell, is an ass.

    By Blogger Arc, at 09 January, 2007 10:43  

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