The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

21 December 2006

Madison Protestors Denounce Libtalk Cancellation

MADISON MOCKERY

Libtalk Cancellation Protest Is Dead On Arrival





*** Update Below ***

The good news was that there was no need for riot police or tear gas.

But with yesterday's poorly attended protest, Madison's radical leftists may actually have sped up their beloved liberal talk radio's demise.

With so few demonstrators to voice rage and anger over the cancellation of so- called "progressive" programming in Wisconsin's capital city, their "mock funeral" succeeded only at making a mockery of political activism.

And it certainly couldn't have done much to convince station managers to refrain from pulling the plug on The Mic FM's lefty talk.

According to an area television station, only about 30 activists took part, but at least they carpooled:


Mock Funeral Procession Mourns Air America
Leaders Say They Will Fight For Liberal Talk Radio


MADISON, Wis. -- Some Air America supporters held a fake funeral procession Wednesday, saying that a Madison radio station pulling the plug on the liberal Air America Radio programming is the "Death of the free speech."

A small group of supporters of the Mic 92.1 FM put signs that read "The death of free speech" on their backpacks, car dashboards, bumpers and windows for the procession.

The fake funeral procession was also marked with black crepe paper, supporters said to indicate a somber occasion as a local station prepares to shut down liberal talk radio in the area.

One driver in the mock processional, Judy Skog, of Madison, said she is devastated by the news that her favorite station is losing the programming she loves.

"I can't stand right-wing talk radio. Other than public radio, this is the only radio I listen to," Skog said.

"I'm just real sorry to see this station go off the air, or essentially go off the air, change its format," said Jeff Lange, of Madison, who attended the mock procession.

With their car radios tuned to 92.1 FM, about 30 people in 15 cars drove with their lights flashing to the source of their disappointment -- the local version of radio giant Clear Channel Radio.

Supporters rolled into the front office parking lot on Wednesday, car after car, carrying one message: Don't dump The Mic's Air America Radio network, hosted by liberals like Al Franken.

They were greeted by Clear Channel FM Operations Manager Mike Ferris. The group presented him with a petition with over 4,500 signatures asking Clear Channel to keep Madison's only liberal talk radio station and not replace it with an all-sports format from Fox Radio.

Clear Channel managers have said in the past that the decision was based on audience research and a lack of advertisers.

"We are hearing your voices, and your voice has been heard. We appreciate you coming out and supporting this," Ferris said as he accepted the petition.

Ferris was cordial but refused further comment. The doors to the offices were locked and a police officer was visible inside, WISC-TV reported.


Here at the Radio Equalizer, we're having a great time chucking over their "free speech" complaint, given that liberals have long called for reinstatement of the FCC's Fairness Doctrine, which would have the effect of shutting down talk radio.

Some believe that Democrats will push for it once they have taken control of Congress in coming weeks.

Also from the left, we often hear about the "public airwaves", with the crazy idea that corporate owners should be compelled to carry leftist radio programming. But at the time of conservative talk radio's initial surge in popularity, the same argument was used in an attempt to force it off the airwaves.

These activists should open up and be honest: if they had a way to kick Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and others off the radio dial today, they would do it.

In addition, they've had a chance to support liberal talk radio during the almost three years Air America has been on the air, but didn't do nearly enough to make it viable.

As a result, a real funeral should be held, this time to mourn their own faded cause.


UPDATE: the protestors succeeded! Here's the story.

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52 Comments:

  • With a fairness doctrine, the right wings sick ideology would be rejected by not 80% of America (like it is now) it would be rejected by 99.9% of America. The radical right has taken over the media, muzzled the news, talk radio is only a fraction of the problem. Vital stories such as this
    http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/161162
    are actually ignored by a complict pro-fascist media. A media that does the bidding of the theives in the White House who desire a country controlled by the largest companies in America. The fascist agenda needs to be exposed on a daily basis. With a fairness doctrine, the radical modern fascists would essentially be deemed powerless by the will of the people.
    The radical right fears this. Broadcast media is a disgrace, it boarders on Nazi Germany media. Read "The rise of Fascism" by F. L. Carsten. The parallels of what is happening in America and Italy and Germany in the 1930's is astonishing.
    The radical right fights against the same American principles they claim to love. Many of them have been so duped by the complict media, and the radical anti-American freaks on the radio they do not even see what they are doing and supporting. Limbaugh is an enemy of America, Hannity is an enemy of America, the cable news media are enemies of democracy and fascist enablers
    evilliberals.com, live tonight
    less oxycotin, more reality

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 December, 2006 11:51  

  • A matter of timing

    IMHO, if reinstatement of the fairness doctrine is delayed until over the air HD radio is common, there won't be a real problem. Talk will not require high fidelity nor stereo, so the broadcasters will be able to continue to broadcast what the populace really wants to hear (the top talkers of today) on the first channel with the fairness doctrine required programming on a second (third/fourth?) channel.

    By Blogger Missouri Show Me, at 21 December, 2006 12:14  

  • WKOX and WXKS in Boston
    changed to Spanish at noon today


    clumsy changeover with several
    minutes of silence. No, there was
    no "thank you to our listeners"
    by CC at the end of the format,
    and they were still running promos
    for Ed Schultz mere minutes before
    the change.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 21 December, 2006 12:32  

  • >>Limbaugh is an enemy to America

    You sound like the right wing parody site Communists for Kerry which had
    pics of him, Coulter, Drudge, and
    Hannity with Xs across their faces
    and the word "enemy!"

    When people like Rush got on the air liberals wanted to KICK HIM OFF
    (so much for free speech!) by bringing back the Fairness Doctrine. Which is what they want to do now.
    In the free marketplace of ideas,
    liberals have every right to run their own shows/network. I have no problem with that. If it thrives,
    so be it.

    But poorly done talk radio on weak
    signals won't cut it. If station owners felt libtalk would bring in money they'd put it on the big stations, but it's a niche format
    at best. Even I will admit some shows like Schultz or Miller may
    show promise, but even at their peak of popularity they'd be far behind
    the likes of Limbaugh.

    Liberals control most of the media in this country--recently we had
    a prominent newscaster trying to
    bring down a sitting president
    with fake documents. I'm not running for anything, Mr. Rather...are you?

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 21 December, 2006 12:38  

  • what the populace really wants to hear


    Hardly, with a landslide victory for the 80%ers on November 7th, the populace hardly wants to hear the radical modern fascist agenda. 2% of America listens to radical anti-American talk radio (Limbaugh, Hannity etc etc.) Hardly what the populace wants to hear, this is what the radical Anti-Amriccan "R" over America crowd wants to hear, and this crowd is rapidly shrinking. The media pumps them up simply because they support the anti-American monoploy agenda, of less competition and the sick merger of the media and the goverment, as evidenced by the "right wing talk show" meetings in the Oval office.
    With actual fairness in the media, the monopoly driven, kill competition, merge business with government FASCIST RIGHT will have to crawl into an underground bunker and fear an angry America, much like Mussilini, a free society will not tolerate FASCISM

    The GOP are fascists
    Limbaugh
    Hannity
    Oriley
    Levin
    Gallagher
    Hume
    Ingrham
    Coulter
    Schlosser
    Beck
    Agar
    Sliwa
    Savage

    ALL AGENTS OF FASCISM, ALL ENEMIES OF FREEDOM

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 December, 2006 12:38  

  • Racoon
    You will never learn. Nobody was bringing down the president, and still to this day nobody remembers Bush in Alabama. You are clearly a FASCIST, part of the problem. You are a FASCIST and do not even realize it, you are suffering from "good German" syndrome.
    Again.... The media is complicit in the propping up and buttering up of this corrupt administration
    They are systimatically Destroying Obama, kissing McCains rear end, ignoring the GAO report of BLATENT robbery by private contractors, and you sit there talking about Rather.
    Read the book I mentioned, you might be shocked to learn the media is a complict mouthpiece for this radial fascist, monopoly backing, de-regulatroy regime.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 December, 2006 12:43  

  • de-regulatroy regime

    blatent error

    an anti business regulation regime

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 December, 2006 12:45  

  • Hi kids! I'm back to ponder the whole troll business. I don't read the troll comments as much as wince at them. Where I once thought psychopaths were somewhat entertaining I now look at them as at least potentially dangerous, so they should either be kept on a short leash or kept in jail for the rest of their lives after their first offense. On a larger level society should promote Honorable Suicide for sociopaths who might molest children, bankrupt the elderly or spread the genocidal mental disease of revolutionary Marxism.

    The Minister is probably just an angry child while Hash might be one of those vague Lyndon LaDouche followers who live in group homes and collect fake disability claims. Why trolls expend so much effort at a smallish blog is baffling, but cowards with low self-esteem tend to think small. Also, you don’t provide balance to a story by spitting out ten levels of hate.

    Robert D. Hare wrote the definitive book on psychopathology, Without Conscience: The Disturbing World Of The Psychopaths Among Us. Trolls should read it to see if maybe they recognize themselves. Trolls are at best creepy and at worst dangerous. They should either calm down, get help or kill themselves before they touch a child inappropriately or something.

    PS: Personal hygiene is also important but thankfully it doesn’t apply here. No need to respond directly to me because I have no interest in you beyond pondering your problems in the abstract.

    By Blogger Emerson, at 21 December, 2006 12:55  

  • Emerson

    Scared of the truth, you spineless little fascist enabling scum bag? Do the fucking homework, than tell me I'm wrong. Scholars of the world agree with me. I assume you have a low IQ and are terrified of reading the book I suggest. Read it, than tell me Im wrong, you little fascist enabling anti-American scum bag.
    NAZI EMERSON POSTS:
    they should either be kept on a short leash or kept in jail for the rest of their lives after their first offense

    You just proved my point, you fascist enabling, little mini-nazi scum bag piece of excrement.
    Im not a child. I do the homework, you listen to the AM radio, like a Good German. Such a knuckle dragger, you prove my point. You are an ENEMY OF AMERICA, ENEMY OF AMERICA. I fight FASCISM, you embrace it, ENEMY of AMERICA

    evilliberals.com

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 December, 2006 13:23  

  • Hollow appeals to authority and strawman arguments, seems like these are the only arguments ever offered by liberals.

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 21 December, 2006 13:42  

  • blow it out your ass Lonewatchman

    Only strawman argument is the right wing "liberal media" bullshit. America is so sick of you 20%ers, it must suck to be you these days.

    speaking of outrage, the low life son-of-a-billionaire president is demanding furthur business de-regulation for an increase of minimum wage. This murderous scumbag is reponsible for 5000 food poisoning deaths last year thanks to his de-regulation. How much more? How much more?

    This man must peacefully be removed from office. He is a murderous son of a bitch

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 December, 2006 14:04  

  • http://www.wkoxam.com now redirects you to the rumba1200am.com site. As does bostonsnewtalk.com
    and bostonsprogressivetalk.com

    Embrace diversity! Who needs English as an official language? Just escuche Rumba 1200 en su radio.

    "Hasta la victoria!"--Ted Kennedy
    at a pro-illegal immigration rally

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 21 December, 2006 15:15  

  • some reaction to the Boston change via the WKOX messageboard
    (which still exists at a long URL, though the main WKOX page has changed to Rumba logo)

    ---------------------------------------
    I am fuming! I just called WKOXAM & left a message full of anger & disappointment. The Clear Channel general mgr wouldn't even answer the phone, so I was forced to leave a message. I was so upset I was hollering into the phone, and I think I called him stupid. Anyway, I'm listening to Thom Hartmann live via www.thomhartmann.com. This is how I'm going to have to listen to progressive talk, unless someone buys a station or something.
    Thanks to all those who are trying to correct this situation for those of us in the Boston area dying for progressive talk.


    They wrote:
    What a slap in the face to all the local listeners of Boston's Progressive Talk Radio. I have been a daily listener since after the 04 election. It is how I kept my sanity. I know this is just business to the bean counters at Clear Channel, but to totally disregard the fan base. Could you image if they did this at WRKO? People would be bitching because they couldn't get their daily dose of Rush.

    Well now we have no Al, Randi, Ed, Rachel or Sam. Boston radio tips to the Right once again.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 21 December, 2006 15:43  

  • Spanish radio is big business Racoon, I have no problem with it. My problem is big business hiring illegals such as the recent meat packing raid in Kansas. What this does is create cheap labor market and destroys the middle class. Now with this bust, the industry will rally for "guest worker programs", and Bush already indicated he will increase the minimum wage if he gets his "guest worker" bill. Anyone who supports this bill is an enemy of the Working class, including Ted Kennedy (Im with you on your distain for that fool. Listeners upset, no surprise there.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 December, 2006 15:52  

  • mop is a twit.....less than 2% of american's listen to RUSH??

    Last I heard, it was 23 million....give or take, which includes DEMO's and LIBS, since they too call into the show.

    let me see here.....23 million, divided by ( ooooh, I don't know ) maybe 300 million total pop....equals out tooo....ummmm


    nearly 10%, rounded up???

    So, besides being a dumbazz, you verify how bad our schools are too, and you LIBS run those as well.


    typical........


    AIR AMERICA----goodbye, good riddence

    By Blogger LNaranjoiv, at 21 December, 2006 15:54  

  • lnanjov

    12 million listeners a week for the drug addled pig man, 2% at most. And Air America is not going away, they just got a new owner. Pig man laughs all the way to the bank SUCKERRRRRRRRR

    So, besides being a dumbazz, you verify how bad our schools are too, and you LIBS run those as well.

    More inane babble from a mentally sick sociopathic LOSER. Only liberals run public schools? you are on drugs, just like Limbaugh. Look what AM radio did to you, you are a drooling moron, with not a single fucking grip on anything. Have you ever read a book?

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 December, 2006 16:02  

  • just for you "air America"is a failure freaks
    http://www.kurthanson.com/archive/news/121406/index.asp

    Air America, consistantly a top listened radio feed over the internet.
    considering their ae millions upon millions of streams, that is not too shabby.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 December, 2006 16:10  

  • ...actually ignored by a complict pro-fascist media. ... The fascist agenda needs to be exposed on a daily basis. ... With a fairness doctrine, the radical modern fascists ... a free society will not tolerate FASCISM ...
    The GOP are fascists


    Ministry, You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    By Blogger BF, at 21 December, 2006 16:15  

  • Air America, consistantly a top listened radio feed over the internet.

    According to your link, ABC Radio (who distributes Hannity & Levin) is kicking AAR's ass.

    By Blogger BF, at 21 December, 2006 16:21  

  • I never understand this no matter how many times I hear it.

    Let me see if I have this right.

    1. Limbaugh is dangerous to the population and his propaganda must be countered by the Fairness Doctrine. This will provide a balance and, thus 're-educated' Americans will move away from support of the right.

    2. Nobody - (less than 2% of the population listens to Limbaugh).
    His ineffectiveness is proven by the last election's results.


    Have I missed something here?

    By Blogger Lokki, at 21 December, 2006 16:23  

  • Bf:
    I think I have a firm grip on fascism. I suggest reading the book a recommend

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 December, 2006 16:23  

  • ABC is kicking A.A ass, but they are doing well on the internet.

    lokki, you are starting to grasp it

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 December, 2006 16:25  

  • Oh by the way - is it necessary to point out another thread hijacking by the usual suspects?


    This issue that should be discussed in this thread is the fact that even in Madison - a liberal/left-leaning/progressive stronghold they couldn't get more than 30 people who cared about the demise of liberal/left-leaning/progressive radio.

    It would probably be less cruel if Air America were to just pull the plug rather than continue to die from this death of a thousand cuts.

    Oh is it death from indifference?
    Except for the frenzied few who find their way here, no one seems to care any more, not that many ever did.

    Oh and Brian

    - how much longer must we put with posters who believe that phrases like

    "fascist enabling, little mini-nazi scum bag piece of excrement" is language used by rational adults.

    I think that you lose commenters and readers by continuing to permit it, frankly.

    By Blogger Lokki, at 21 December, 2006 16:30  

  • Lokki,
    I am confident one of Maloney's new years resolutions is to switch hosting services, take control of the comments section and to finally utilize his domain Radioequalizer.com.

    Maloney is desparately trying to stay the course but it is failing miserably. Adapt to win Maloney. You are neither winning or losing here. It is just a few dead-enders.

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 21 December, 2006 16:52  

  • Lokki

    ahhhhh poor baby upset I called his fellow freak a mini-nazi, awwwwwww, if Ingram can encourage phone jamming on national radio and get away with it, there should be no problem with my comments, at least it is legal

    Only a few come here, 100% correct and without us few "thread hijackers" this blog would be nothing. Tell Brian to stop attacking A.A and I will go away. As long as maloney attacks A.A (one of the only outlets for real talk) I will defend it, I will not allow a fascist to destroy a truth telling network.
    And lokki, you forgot to read the whole thread, Maloney also cried about "fairness doctrine". As far as madison ,the original protest drew a decent amount, who would want to attend a "radio funeral" anyway? If the radio monopoly of limited ownership was stopped, you will see just how well "truth telling" radio will do

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 December, 2006 17:18  

  • Lokki:

    It's akin to "silencing", a favorite college campus trick, where a number of people shout down speakers with whom they disagree. It's unfortunate thet the left and the right are not comparable in that regard - those on the right may not agree with what's being said but rarely do you hear of a conservative audience preventing a speaker from speaking. As has been said many times the only free speech on campus these days is for those who toe the leftist party line. I still haven't heard if Columbia University is going to do anything at all about the speaker that was thrown off the stage - I think it was someone from the Minutemen. But then again, Columbia University has a long history of repression when against those who don't adhere to the prevailing view (which is one of the reasons we didn't seriously consider the school for my son).

    By Blogger thinkcon, at 21 December, 2006 17:26  

  • thinkcon
    you are delusional. I'm not preventing anyone from speaking, im simply challanging each and every insipid point you psycho-cons make and humiliating you. Not stifling free speech, like the Columbia-U example you make, I'm challanging the radical right and you simply HATE it. Hash,elmonica and I along with others , humiliate you wack jobs, Brian does not mind, we give him hits on this great blog.


    evilliberals.com
    Live tonight 10PM eastern
    exposing the right, mocking the right

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 December, 2006 17:47  

  • The number of liberals that post on this site and the amount of time they spend doing so indicates to me that liberals are probably a very large Limbaugh audience. It seems that liberals are very easily baited as they promptly produced evidence for my previous comment. AA failed not just because liberals didn't listen, but because so many liberals are compelled to listen to Rush for their daily dose of off the scale rage. Additionally ratings for online broadcasting usually don't mean much since there are either no ads, very few opprotunities for ads, and liberals simply do not give thier own money, after all that is the governments job.

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 21 December, 2006 21:12  

  • Wow, Clear Channel changed their mind , and decided to keep The Mic on in Madison. It's nice to see some business owners step forward and say that the will advertise on the station. Hopefully the listeners will use the products/ services of those that advertise. Pretty funny how those on the right kept saying that it was a failed format, and that people wouldn't miss it. The listeners made their views heard, and Clear Channel responded. Good work by all involved!

    Now if we could just get a liberal talk station in Southern Arizona. Still listening to the stream in Tucson.

    By Blogger Ezsuds81, at 21 December, 2006 21:52  

  • Props to the fans of The Mic - they succeeded in quashing the FSR changeover.

    Now is the time for the advertisers to make it work, and for the listeners of The Mic to make that patronage pay off.

    IOW, do not be surprised if this issue is revisited by ClearChannel in six months or so...
    _____

    Strawman: "you are delusional. I'm not preventing anyone from speaking, im simply challanging each and every insipid point you psycho-cons make and humiliating you. Not stifling free speech, like the Columbia-U example you make, I'm challanging the radical right and you simply HATE it. Hash,elmonica and I along with others , humiliate you wack jobs, Brian does not mind, we give him hits on this great blog."

    Considering the fact that you keep getting punked every time you put up any kind of factual assertion, I find it hard to believe that anyone here on this board who is politically anywhere to the right of Tom Hayden would feel humiliated by you or your leftard buddies. It's not that we don't like what you have to say, it's just that we don't care about your viewpoint on things political, for you have proven over and over again that you are an intellectually vapid, bomb-throwing jagoff who writes as if he is in a rush to get back to that pair of his mommy's underpants tucked underneath his pillow for a nice, long sniffing session.

    And, for the most part, the only thing that we 'hate' is having to translate your snot-coated Gabby Johnson authentic frontier gibberish into anything resembling gramatically correct English.

    That alone represents a kind of a heckler's veto on your part.

    By Blogger JD, at 21 December, 2006 22:49  

  • Lonewatchman...I am not a liberal as much as a leftist, but I do tune in occasionally to neocon radio....however, I really do shut Rush off as soon as I hear his voice, because longsuffering and experience has taught me that there is no "there" there...no substance, no critical analysis, just bloviating and pandering to the lowest common denominator.

    Now, I'll listen to Sliwa, even though stupidity is not preferable to Rush's drug-addled rantings, but because Kuby at least provides counterpoint and reason. Batchelor was at one time at least well-informed. Hannity is an unabashed shill for the Bush Crime Family, incapable of critical thought. Levin, Agar, Savage, etc. have allegiances to other entities and simply do not present ideas from a frame of reference that is pro-American or with any moral grounding or fiber.

    Lonewatchman, I recognize strongly that these hosts are broadcasting evil, and I believe they are befouling my home and this country.

    As much as I may remain curious about the enemy, even from a tactical perspective, how does one even allow their rantings into their personal space?

    Neocon radio is fanatical, it is far too radical, even for conservatives, and it has become UNCLEAN.

    How does one remain objective?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 21 December, 2006 22:55  

  • "Punked", jd?

    Maybe in your sweaty fantasies...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 21 December, 2006 22:56  

  • Hash:

    One way for a liberal/leftist to become (not remain) objective would be to listen to the Limbaugh show on Mondays, where he comments on selected soundbites from the Sunday political talk shows.

    Rush gives IMHO the best analyses of these statements from the conservative point of view. If you naturally slant left, this will help your objectivity & balance.

    By Blogger Missouri Show Me, at 21 December, 2006 23:20  

  • I think what I'm trying to say is that the right wing needs a whole different set of talk radio hosts.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 21 December, 2006 23:51  

  • I'm saying that, if there is conservatism or a right wing left in this country, they need a whole new crop of talk show hosts...

    I'm listening to Ingraham interview O'Reilly at this very moment, and it is FILTH. Plain and simple.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 22 December, 2006 00:13  

  • MIssouri
    Limbaugh is the beat representation of the right? You obviusly are not a real "conservative", Limbaugh is a nasty, heartless punk. Insulting Michael J Fox, offending Katrina victims, if thats the best example of the right, you and your party have a lot of problems

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 22 December, 2006 02:29  

  • Well I liked the O'Reilly interview. I also liked it a couple years ago
    when she played clips of "Terry Gross- Me-Out's Stale Air" on NPR, and Terry
    was fawning all over Franken while she
    seemed quite critical of O'Reilly.
    Well, attack dog that he is, O'Reilly
    confronted her on air, challenged her, etc. Not bad.

    So Madison is saved for AAR but it's
    all Spanish in Boston...unless they
    can find it a new home.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 22 December, 2006 03:37  

  • ROTFLOL at the lefties!

    AAr may be on the air in MADison for now, but they have to sell advertising to pay the bills. Noe, we will see where the lefties money is. PETA can only buy only so many spots.

    MOP, you are truly nuts.
    Hash, you need your own rubber room, too.

    By Blogger PCD, at 22 December, 2006 09:03  

  • Propaganda:

    First, I am not a Republican, just a conservative leaning independent.

    What I look for in a good politician is far different than what I look for in a good political commentator.

    All I expect of a good commentator is for that person to comment on political happenings, such as the Sunday political shows, As I said, I believe Rush does a very good job of analyzing the statements of the Democrats from the opposing conservative perspective. No "fairness" as such, similar to the opposing counsels in courtrooms.

    To be a good politician, I expect the passage of good laws and rejection of bad laws. I think a politician can be good even if he/she does not have an orator's flair for dissecting the opposing party's statements.

    By Blogger Missouri Show Me, at 22 December, 2006 09:16  

  • is for that person to comment on political happenings, such as the Sunday political shows, As I said, I believe Rush does a very good job of analyzing the statements of the Democrats from the opposing conservative perspective.


    Limbaugh is an awful commentator, with a good presentation, his words are EMPTY, he is offensive, bigoted, hateful and does not grasp the issues beyond "blame libs".

    PCD: Im not crazy, I monitor the pig man and he is an offinese degenrate
    and you are probably fuming in anger that 92.1 stays LIBERAL TALK
    waaaaaaaaaa

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 22 December, 2006 09:44  

  • To top it off the mic, has a 3.5 share in Madison!! Not poor ratings, EXCELLENT RATINGS, around the same numberas WABC in NY.

    Sad day for haters like Maloney. clear channel appearantly sees the benefits to progressive talk

    bu bu bu bu 30 people showed up to the funeral bu bu bu bu bu bu bu the audience does not care bu bu bu bu bu low ratings bu bu bu nobody cares,
    APPEARANTLY THEY DID MALONEY

    remember their rating 3.5 12+

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 22 December, 2006 09:49  

  • To top it off the mic, has a 3.5 share in Madison!! Not poor ratings, EXCELLENT RATINGS, around the same numberas WABC in NY.

    And here we have definitive proof that MOP knows not a lick about the radio industry. Currently, there are 41 stations registering a rating in the NYC Arbitrons. In Madison, there's only 26 (and a couple of those are bleedover stations from Chicago & Milwaulkee).

    In NYC, you can call yourself a success with a 3.5 because there's millions of people in the audience and you're competing with a gazillion stations for those ears. In Madison, where there's fewer choices, a 3.5 just doesn't mean the same thing.

    By Blogger BF, at 22 December, 2006 11:03  

  • Wrong BF,
    30 stations are surveyed in Madison, around 40 are surveyed in NY. Population is much larger in NY, naturally, but the 3.7 (actually) would be considered a success because it places them in the top 10 and there are stations with .4 ratings in the same books. So no matter how you spin int 92.1 the mic is a success ratings wise
    Deal with it

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 22 December, 2006 11:13  

  • MOP: In the words of James T. Kirk, I'm laughing at the superior intellect.

    By Blogger James, at 22 December, 2006 11:23  

  • Who CARES about the neocon radio industry?

    We care about CONTENT...

    Not drug-addled gibberish.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 22 December, 2006 11:57  

  • The retards at Moonbattery, in conjunction with the filthy, racist homophobe Zionazi freakazoid and occasional Equalizer poster "V the K", have done another adorable AAR hit piece that calls the network "Al Franken's Air America"...

    Can you people BE any more stupid, if you even TRIED??

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 22 December, 2006 12:14  

  • I disagree with MOP constantly, but this time I'm right with him. For the summer 2006 period, a 3.5 rating in Madison, as it turns out, just misses the top 10, which is pretty stellar for AA in any market, really. (I think only Portland has done better.)

    By Blogger Snowed In, at 22 December, 2006 12:23  

  • I don't think the white working-class in Madison has quite the same sense of betrayal by the Democrats that you can feel in Boston....

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 22 December, 2006 12:57  

  • the mic is a success ratings wise

    But that's not what you said. As I recall... "EXCELLENT RATINGS" was the exact phrase I was disagreeing with. Certainly Madison isn't as soul-crushingly awful as it has been for AAR everywhere outside Denver, San Diego, Portland & Seattle, but your post made WXXM's ratings out to be the market's lone juggernaut, which just ain't so.

    By Blogger BF, at 22 December, 2006 13:05  

  • I think all of the emphasis on "profits" and "ratings" is very revealing...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 22 December, 2006 16:34  

  • Besides, that's what happens when right-wing moneychangers, like the ones at AAR, infiltrate a progressive radio network and deliberately run it into the ground....

    I recommend NovaM Radio and the new wave of progressive talk online, like Minister of Propaganda's program.

    Also, Randi and Sam continue to put forth high-quality, fact-based political talk.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 22 December, 2006 18:15  

  • This is a really funny article. Considering that the day after the funeral procession, Clear Channel DID change their minds, evidently our activism did work. And 30 people was an excellent turnout. Clear Channel assigned their station manager to direct the parking since we disrupted business and blocked their front entrance. Regardless of what the conservatives think about our efforts, IT WORKED.

    By Blogger Valerie Walasek, at 02 January, 2007 07:12  

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