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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:17 PM

Portland is losing our progressive radio station

KPOJ (620 AM) reportedly dropping political format


The Portland Web is buzzing today about a reported format change coming to radio station KPOJ (620 AM), which bills itself as "Portland's Progressive Talk Station." BlueOregon's Kari Chisholm posted earlier today about KPOJ host Carl Wolfson announcing on his Facebook page that KPOJ was dropping its politically oriented programming as of Monday.

Willamette Week's Aaron Mesh reports that KPOJ, which is owned by Clear Channel Radio, is switching to an all-sports format coming this Monday.

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Reply Portland is losing our progressive radio station (Original post)
me b zola Nov 2012 OP
ProgressiveProfessor Nov 2012 #1
me b zola Nov 2012 #2
DonCoquixote Nov 2012 #3
SickOfTheOnePct Nov 2012 #6
KharmaTrain Nov 2012 #9
WhaTHellsgoingonhere Nov 2012 #4
Honeycombe8 Nov 2012 #5
SalviaBlue Nov 2012 #7
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #8
Bennyboy Nov 2012 #10
msongs Nov 2012 #11

Response to me b zola (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:19 PM

1. Radio is a hard business and its run by the accountants

The license is too valuable and the format needs to make money to survive.

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:22 PM

2. It has nothing to do with revenue

The station is owned by clear channel.

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Response to me b zola (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:26 PM

3. Exactly

Clear Channel wants to deliver a message to the left: you won the battle, but we will get you in the end.

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Response to me b zola (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:29 PM

6. Thom Hartmann doesn't agree

Hartmann said, "I don't see any evidence that this is a political game being played" by Clear Channel. But Hartmann's guest, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, expressed concern that radio is dominated by "extreme right-wing" hosts. "We have got to figure out a way," Sanders said, to give radio listeners alternatives to "Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity." He said, "That's a major, major issue."



Hartmann did go on in the article to say that ratings had been up, but there is nothing in the article that details revenues, either by individual host or overall.

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Response to me b zola (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:58 PM

9. After The Elections It's All About The Bucks...

After Willard lost Bain/Cheap Channel has little motivation to own the hundreds of stations they do...the company they bought in '07 and this signals the first moves in what Bain does...fatten up the turkeys before they're sold off.

Cheap Channel has a nearly 15 billion dollar debt...a lot tied up in radio stations that have lost both advertising and overall "stick" or property value in recent years. Talk radio on the whole (and most specifically) hate radio have become an economic liability as advertisers are staying away. Sports talk is far less controversial, requires almost no local talent...just plug into the satellite and could help increase the value of the station to a potential buyer.

It's a shame that such a fine station is no more...but it's a canary in the coal mine...radio is in a very distressed situation as the corporates destroy what was left of a once vibrant and fun business...

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Response to me b zola (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:27 PM

4. (sports) is the (other) opiate of the masses

Switching to a sports format is a cheaper way of keeping the public uninformed.

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Response to me b zola (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:28 PM

5. Sounds like it's going where the money is. nt

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Response to me b zola (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:30 PM

7. If the airwaves were public this wouldn't be happening.

We need to break up the clear channel monopoly.

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Response to me b zola (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:51 PM

8. Owned by Clear Channel which is owned by, wait for it,

 

Bain Capital.

Another bit of trivia for you, they also own Doubleclick...

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Response to me b zola (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:10 PM

10. Portland has an excellent truly progressive station in KBOO!

 

Screw corporate radio. OCCUPY YOUR RADIO!

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Response to me b zola (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:28 PM

11. how many of your friends listened to it for how many hours a day? and did you tell sponsors you

support them because you heard about them on that station?

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