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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:17 PM
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How to get AAR on air in my town?
Edited on Mon Nov-15-04 12:45 PM by crispini
So I had a thought. I thought that I'd sort of build a pseudo-business case to fax to some of the AM radio stations in my town.

I thought I'd go over the various AM affiliates and their schedules and see who's got talk radio on when. Does anyone know if ratings are available on the internet? If they are, I'd like to target some lower-rated shows on some lower rated AM stations. Then I'm going to compile them some statistics about Democrats in Dallas (I've got plenty, we're thiiiiiiis close to being blue) and point out, "Hey, you've got Show X tanking in time spot Y" and "You've got a huge potential liberal market here that NO ONE is targeting in this town." I have one particular station in mind in town that is a sort of locally owned chain (they have about 3 stations locally, I think, and a few more elsewhere.)

I know I can't do ALL of this... I mean, jeez, I'm too busy to build a REAL business case and anyway I don't know enough about the radio market... but I know enough about building business cases to slam a few interesting statistics down on paper and pique somebody's interest, IMO.

Thoughts, feedback?
Anyone got any ratings sources?
Are AAR ratings in various markets available? How about internet streaming numbers? Any way to sort out internet streams by geographic locale? (wouldn't THAT be interesting?)

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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:26 PM
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1. If it's about availability for you personally, get Sirius or use the web.
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Imalittleteapot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:38 PM
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3. We need a liberal voice available to the masses.
We can stream, we can listen on satellite, but we are the choir.
Our message needs to be heard by anyone that cares to listen, not just liberals, progressives, etc.
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Imalittleteapot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:34 PM
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2. Someone told me that last weekthey heard an AAR
guy on NPR that said that AAR is coming to DFW. When?, I asked. She didn't know.

Contact AAR for ratings. Tell them what you're up to. They will have the answers.
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:46 PM
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4. Thanks, teapot!
Nice avatar. :D
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bluetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-27-04 03:56 AM
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5. get a local letter writing campaign going
Get everybody you know to listen as frequently as they can online to begin with. If you're not in at least a minorly metro area, don't waste your time. But, if you are, you can make it happen. Another thing to consider is that Randi Rhodes is still broadcast by Clear Channel and no matter where you are in this country there's bound to be a Clear Channel station. Let CC know, let their advertisors know, etc. that you (plural) are wanting this.
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oscar111 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-27-04 10:32 PM
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6. see my post on petitions, this forum: also, leery of clear channel
i know, cc has several AAR stations now.. but cc hosted Rush for a couple of years losing money. I suspect cc of wanting to get some control of AAR. It is THE hate radio chain. I do not trust such a person.

Would you have wanted Hitler owning some of Armed Forces Radio in 1943? LOL.
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LTR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 01:59 AM
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7. Clear Channel's only in it for the money
Edited on Mon Nov-29-04 02:02 AM by Fighting Irish
Trust me, if conservative talk didn't make money and generate ratings, they wouldn't do it.

As it stands, that day may come, since the demographic that listens to conservative talk tends to skew a bit older, and it may become the 'adult standards' of the future, that is, a format that gets good overall ratings, but aims at an age and gender group that advertisers don't really target.

Meanwhile, liberal talk, particularly Air America, draws a younger crowd, the ones that advertisers drool over.

My guess is that Clear Channel, which likes to experiment with new formats and corner the market on it, is cozying up to liberal talk in an effort of speculation, hoping that it could finally take off like conservative talk did. It also gives them a formidable format to put on their more obscure AM stations. If it makes younger people discover the AM band and give some dying frequencies life, who the heck wouldn't want to take advantage of that?

It's been unlike CC to actually give so much control over programming to an outside group like AAR. But AAR has become a recognizeable name, and allowed CC quick entry into the genre, without the mundane task of finding liberal air talent to try and do it themselves (seems that over the years they've fired most of their liberal talkers nationwide, save for Randi Rhodes). Would they want to buy AAR? I wouldn't be surprised, since they are control freaks. My prediction is if Anshell cashes out of AAR, Jones, which syndicates Ed Schultz and Stephanie Miller, would be first in line to buy, since they already have a sales agreement and are on very good terms with the big national broadcasters (does your local Lite FM carry Delilah? That's a Jones show.)

As far as CC and Rush Limbaugh, Premiere (the syndication arm of Limbaugh's show) bought Rush's syndicator only within the last few years, and by then, the show was hugely popular. The only money they ever lost on Rush was from buying the show, but I'm sure they've earned on the investment by now.

CC is just a greedy monolithic broadcasting conglomerate, just like Infinity, Disney, Entercom and the like. Their president is whoever is on the piles of paper currency that the Mays family stuffs in their mattresses. Money trumps politics as far as CC is concerned. If a format consisting of nothing but farting sounds made huge sums of money or had the potential to, they'd do it.
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