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Fri Nov 29, 2013, 03:05 AM

5 ways to rescue liberal talk radio (but it won’t be easy)

By MACKENZIE WEINGER | 11/28/13 6:04 AM EST
Progressive talk radio needs a savior.

Just a few dozen stations now carry liberal talkers, as key affiliates in cities with active left-wing politics are falling like dominoes, going dark or switching formats. Detroit’s progressive outlet shut down in January, along with Seattle’s liberal talk station, which changed to sports. And after last year’s election, Portland’s progressive talk station ended its political programming.

With the political battlegrounds of 2014 and 2016 on the horizon, reducing the whopping imbalance between conservative radio, with its huge fan base, and the left has become more important than ever, according to those in the progressive media world.

POLITICO spoke with a dozen radio talkers, media observers and industry insiders to get their take on how the troubled medium of progressive political talk can be saved — but it’s not going to be easy.

1. Don’t be a shill for the Democratic Party
If progressive radio really wants to get on the map, its hosts would do well to remember that one of the reasons the liberal talk radio network Air America flopped was that they “forgot they were in the radio business, not in the get my candidate elected business,” said Al Peterson, publisher and editor of talk radio trade NTS MediaOnline Today.


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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2013, 05:06 AM

1. We're talking fundamentally about a service nobody wants

Liberals, by their very nature don't go seeking voices of authority or outside confirmation of their beliefs . While conservatives can't function without it.

A liberal thinks to themselves "I believe… " and goes about their life. A conservative typically subscribes to a pretty rigid set of beliefs and seeks out confirmation that they're valid from an authoritative voice. It doesn't mater if it is religion, politics or business. This is the void talk radio fills.

That isn't to say the left doesn't have those who aspire to be that authoritative voice, but their pretty much talking to themselves and a few people on YouTube.

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Response to Sen. Walter Sobchak (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:15 AM

10. Which is why we have to reinstate the fairness doctrine.

To break up the non-stop reinforcement and steady stream of BS propaganda the people are being fed and marinating all the independents brains with.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2013, 05:50 AM

2. Technology savvy young liberals don't need AM talk radio for information

Down loads from the internet and pod casts are great for listening to when traveling. Pre loading a couple of pod casts on a device is easy and can be used at any time without missing anything. Great shows, even ones from years ago are available at little or no cost.

A quick scan with IXQUICK will yield Mike Malloy and BartCop along with a ton of good links.

I recently found:
http://joelylesradio.com/
which has some good stuff (in small doses, but great for a pod cast).

Links galore on:
http://www.therationalradical.com/podcastlinks/links.php

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Response to SkatmanRoth (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 29, 2013, 04:28 PM

8. some older farts aren't that tech savvy and radio broadcasts can catch accidental listeners

While scanning through stations, I would sometimes stop on Pacifica for a few minutes in the 90's.

Then after 9/11 when the MSM lost all contact with reality, I remembered hearing it and became a daily listener.

and in the pre-Telecomm Act days, I remember hearing a variety of views on commercial radio and sometimes agreeing with those who didn't fit my then more conservative politics.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2013, 06:56 AM

3. Liberals read and think. But I do miss Air America, got me through early bush years.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2013, 07:39 AM

4. k&r for exposure. n/t

-Laelth

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2013, 09:33 AM

5. I was a loyal listener to Momma and the Mooks aka Stephanie Miller until last Spring.

In fact, i couldn't imagine a morning without them. Over the last few years she's made digs at her listeners who weren't completely lockstep with the Administration, but it came to such a fevered pitch with the NSA spying. She went as far as insulting her listeners who weren't on board with NSA spying, so I decided to go to my ipod instead. She wasn't looking for my listenership, only for those who are 100% on board.

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Response to myrna minx (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 29, 2013, 01:10 PM

6. Same here.


I used to enjoy listening to her in the mornings,
I had to turn her OFF after she became assimilated by The Borg.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2013, 02:44 PM

7. Look at TYT for an example.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2013, 04:28 PM

9. Has there ever been a court challenge of the hyper-consolidation of commercial radio?

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