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(Portland's progressive talk) KPOJ Cancelling Political Talk Radio [View all]

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Source: Willamette Week

Portland's progressive talk-radio station 620 AM KPOJ is ending all political programming and changing its format to all sports.

KPOJ morning host Carl Wolfson announced the decision by the station owner, Clear Channel Radio, on his Facebook page this morning.

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From October 2011 to October 2012, according to the ratings tracked by Arbitron, KPOJ fell from a 1.1 share to a 1.0 share of listeners—meaning 1 percent of listeners above the age of 12 were tuned to 620 AM. That's well behind last month's 3.5 share for News Radio KEX 1190 (which airs Rush Limbaugh) and the 5.0 share for KXL FM News 101 (which airs Lars Larson).

KOPJ's numbers also trail KOPB—the public radio station has an enviable 5.5 share—and both sports stations, KXTG The Game (2.5 share) and KFXX The Fan (1.6 share).


Read more: http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-29441-kpoj_cancelling_political_talk_radio_on_monday.html



Typical (Bain+) Clear Channel. In 2009 B+CC converted AM 940 in Miami from prog talk to sports (despite the area having four other sports stations). Just 11 months ago B+CC reduced the amount of progressive programming in the daytime lineup of AM 960 in San Francisco. B+CC-run prog stations fizzled in Boston and DC around 2006/2007 when Air Angie's was still around. This year B+CC also converted the progressive station in Spokane (a rather conservative area) to CLASSIC COUNTRY (you may like the music...not at the cost of rare political views!!)

During "Brunch with Bernie" on today's Thom Hartmann Program someone from Portland brought up this news. I as a Californian have frequently streamed POJ to listen to its delayed presentation of Mike Malloy and sometimes for Thom Hartmann/other shows. I have even heard the station signal in my area at night. For Portlanders, you can still boycott Blowhard Lars and hear non conservative views on radio on 90.7 KBOO ( independent community station) or 91.5 KOPB (NPR). Sadly both KEX and KXL both carry FOX NEWS RADIO hourly in addition to the typical RW trash. Also after sunset you may be able to pick up AM 1090 out of Seattle, to hear the tail end of Norman Goldman (live), Randi Rhodes at 6, Malloy at 9, Thom Hartmann at midnight, and Bill Press (live) at 3am.

Don't lose hope yet. In 2007, B+CC brought back 92.1 the Mic (Madison, Wisc) as progressive talk after a controversial format flip to sports in Dec. 2006 followed by a massive protest campaign. Also we should write our members of congress, to advocate rolling back the 1996 telecom act and bring back broadcaster ownership caps. And the fairness doctrine too. WE THE PEOPLE need to take back the airwaves.

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