The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

15 February 2007

Fresno, Liberal Talk Radio, KFPT


The List Just Keeps Getting Longer

Following the lead of Sacramento's KCTC, a Central Valley libtalk station has announced it will soon can Air America and other lefty programming, according to the Fresno Bee.

With Fresno's KFPT changing hands, its money- losing "progressive" format won't follow it to the new owners, according to the Bee:

KFPT went from Spanish-language programming to the liberal-talk format July 5, 2005. The talk show lineup included such chatterers as Al Franken, Randi Rhodes, Ed Schultz and Sam Seder.

A large portion of the programming for KFPT has been supplied by Air America.

That company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Oct. 13, giving it protection from creditors while it's being reorganized.

Patty Hixson, senior vice president and general manager of Peak Broadcasting, says that Air America's financial problems were not a factor in the decision to sell KFPT.

"The station is just not a core asset for Peak. It has not been making money, so it is difficult to have it continue," she says.

Chris Pacheco, the principal partner in Fat Dawgs 7, has not decided what the new format will be for KFPT. He has been busy in recent months with a $1.2 million project to build new radio towers north of Clovis. Once that project is completed by the end of this week, he will be able to concentrate on the new radio station.

One possibility is that KFPT will begin broadcasting an ESPN2 format.

In the most recent Arbitron ratings for Fresno, KFPT generated a one share overall, while conservative powerhouse KMJ, the local Rush Limbaugh affiliate, came in 800% higher and was ranked number one.

With so many recent cancellations, how can libtalk's defenders still claim 80, or even 100 stations carrying their programming? Too bad the AP is so easily suckered into believing their crazy claims.

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  • Meanwhile, efforts continue to bring back libtalk to Boston. One letter to the FCC from a concerned listener
    got a response saying that
    the FCC does not step in
    when it comes to a format change.

    "Individual radio and television station licensees are responsible for
    selecting all broadcast matter and for determining how their stations
    can best serve their communities...
    We recommend that listeners and viewers make their concerns known to
    the management personnel of the broadcast station(s) whenever they
    believe a station's programming merits it."

    In other words, if libtalk fails in Boston, don't expect the FCC to try and re-instate it. Unless the
    (Un)Fairness Doctrine comes back.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 15 February, 2007 13:13  

  • Just like the Left to run to government to foist an unpopular format upon a station. The left doesn't care if the owner loses money, in fact I think they cheer that scenario.

    This bozo ought to be told to buy a station and air his unpopular crap. We'll see how long he/she can keep it up.

    By Blogger PCD, at 15 February, 2007 13:56  

  • It's over, AM 1320 KCTC, will proceed with the change, to ABC/Disney Sports Radio:

    First heard on the Randi Rhodes Forum:

    That's a major blow...

    "How much more of this can we take???" Mike Malloy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 February, 2007 15:55  

  • I guess we need the Aeris Gainsborough Doctrine RaccoonRadio:

    1. ALL Progrssive Programming is on the LEFT side of the dial, and ALL Progrssive Stations MUST broadcast AT LEAST 50,000 Watts, DAYTIME AND NIGHTTIME, MUST be non-directional, and MUST have three patterns.

    2. Ed Schultz would be much higher up the dial, for say, 900 AM.

    3. ALL Conservative Programming is on the RIGHT side of the dial, and ALL Conservative Stations MUST broadcast AT MOST 1,000 watts during the day, MUST BE directional, and one pattern.

    ALL Conservative Stations MUST Broadcast, at night, AT MOST 100 Watts, MUST BE directional, and one pattern.

    4. In the middle, would be the usual stuff.

    There, RaccoonRadio, now this will work!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 February, 2007 16:06  

  • Clearly, this is simply another station still beholden to the previous neocon AAR management and moneychangers, who will never provide a home to true progressive radio.

    There is no correlation between the content and/or commercial viability of actual progressive radio and the stations choosing to carry it, as long as forces of evil still control the strings of the media outlets who sign out or opt out of it, due to the pervasive culture of corruption that continues to exist within corporatist media circles and cabals.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 15 February, 2007 19:34  

  • hash, you are a deluded, paranoid sick puppy.

    By Blogger PCD, at 16 February, 2007 08:56  

  • And, fudgie, you are a demon-possessed agent of putrid, diseased, pus-spewing evil, but what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?

    Go forth and make something worthwhile of your parasitic existence. Just pay back what you have stolen.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 16 February, 2007 09:59  

  • Brian, when is 1090AM in Seattle going to drop these clowns? I heard Franken one night when I turned to it to show my daughter that liberals are screamers. That day, Franken was on meds or something because he was calm.

    By Blogger tradersmith, at 16 February, 2007 10:32  

  • Uh, you picked FRANKEN as an example of a screamer?

    Ever heard the Savage Weiner? Or have you already had your fill of that?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 16 February, 2007 12:01  

  • Hash, liberals like you are the thieves of society. You want the productive, successful, and responsible to support the lazy, irresponsible, and criminal with out the lazy, irresponsible, and criminals changing their ways. So which are you, lazy, irresponsible or criminal?

    John Hawkins over at has a perfect post describing you and MoPoop.

    By Blogger PCD, at 16 February, 2007 15:56  

  • And Jesus Christ had the perfect solution for dealing with a thief like you when he tossed you out of the temple.

    Pay back what you stole from the American people, you lying, theiving filth!

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 16 February, 2007 21:18  

  • Anytime a format that represents the views of 20% or more of a market's radio-listening population fails in the market, it is due solely to sales and marketing. KFPT had NO sales staff and NO marketing. There are no other factors involved in the demise of the progressive format in the market, although it could be argued that the Central Valley has a large concentration of soulless, authoritarian knuckledraggers who would be unable to comprehend truth when wacked with it upside their pitiful moron heads.

    By Blogger Professor Dogbody, at 03 April, 2007 01:22  

  • Check this out:

    By Blogger Marla, at 02 April, 2008 02:47  

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