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I was a daily listener to KPOJ, AM 620.  Clear Channel, the corporate owner of the station, switched the format of the station from progressive talk to sports this weekend with little warning and no explanation.  

My favorites are Thom Hartmann and Norman Goldman (Mike Malloy is a guilty pleasure).  I can listen to them elsewhere on the internet, but what I will no longer be able to do is hear local/regional news and weather while I listen to the radio and I will have one less avenue to know what local businesses support progressive messages.

I didn't listen to him regularly, but the loss of KPOJ also means the loss of  local progressive talker Carl Wolfson.

Kari Chisolm, a regular guest of Carl Wolfson's and a BlueOregon blogger, has started a petition to save KPOJ.  If you're a listener or even just a supporter of progressive radio, please click on the link and sign the petition to return the format of KPOJ to progressive talk.  Portland is a progressive city and deserves a progressive voice.

http://www.savekpoj.com/

The text of the petition reads:

620 KPOJ was a respected and profitable station with dedicated listeners and advertisers. KPOJ's local programming also played an important role in our community, connecting elected officials and advocates with listeners across the region.

We strongly urge you to bring back progressive talk radio in Portland, Oregon.

Sign the Petition to Clear Channel Management

If you sign, thank you for supporting progressive radio Portland.

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  •  got the email this morning from Kari... (4+ / 0-)
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    Chaddiwicker, Shahryar, otto, Pale Jenova

    ...and did as requested. CC won't budge, I'm betting, and I'm also betting the sports currently there is a stopgap.

  •  Sigh. (2+ / 0-)
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    Mother Shipper, Rashaverak

    Talkers.com:

    Clear Channel Pulls the Plug on Progressive Talk KPOJ, Portland.  The conspiracy theories from listeners and progressive talk fans are already pouring in – especially on the Portland-area blogs and mainstream media sites – but the notion that Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is flipping KPOJ to sports talk for political reasons and not because of business factors has no basis in reality.  According to a piece in the local Willamette Week blog site, KPOJ’s recent 12-plus ratings were around a 1.0 share compared to some of its spoken-word competitors (news/talk KEX and KXL posted a 3.5 share and 5.0 share, respectively).  TALKERS is not privy at this time to how well Clear Channel was able to sell KPOJ but it should surprise few in the business that sports content has never been hotter from a consumption standpoint and political talk – whether conservative or progressive – is, from a sales perspective, controversial and therefore a much tougher sell, probably even in a progressive market such as Portland.  
    Don't waste valuable time and energy on trying to save this.

    You can't.

    The best you can do is find something to replace it with.

    Yes, it sucks.

    But I'm in the business, and I'm telling you: move on to the next thing.

    Don't pour resources into a fight you absolutely, positively, cannot and will not win.

    Go on to the next thing.

    You cannot save progressive talk on KPOJ.

    It's over.

    "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State ..."- Vermont Constitution Chapter 1, Article 16

    by kestrel9000 on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:58:50 PM PST

  •  Same fate awaits Seattle's KPTK on January 1st (2+ / 0-)
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    Chaddiwicker, stagemom

    Just heard Stephanie Miller announce that Seattle's KPTK will be shut down too!  What the actual F, Seattle already has 2 sports stations on the AM dial.  I think that KPTK is a CBS station, so not sure if it is Bain related like Clear Channel is.  This is bad folks, we will not reach new people (older/white folks) without Progressive AM radio.

  •  SAme shit in Seattle (1+ / 0-)
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    stagemom

    I called the fucking program director, and I tell you I have never had a more insulting conversation.  

    The guy told me that, "In theory, " they are leasing the airwaves.  I said, "Bull.  It's not a theory.  You have to renew your license to lease the airwaves every 7 years, right?"

    Yeah.... but....

    So instead of a liberal radiio station in one of the most liberal cities in the country, they're going to add a third fucking sports radio station for a city that only has professional football, and baseball.  

    One of the stations is already all University of Washington, so the new one won't get that.  

    The guy was such an asshole.  I mean, here I am, someone who is expressing that I have listened to his station for the past 8 years.  I started listening to it on the first day it went live, and he talks to me like I need to hear how it really is out there.  And he acts like he doesn't need to listen.  

    They don't tell anyone else  in the station until it's too late.  

    If both cities are doing it at the same time, it's not about the format, it's about political retribution.  

    Fuckwads.  

    Streichholzschächtelchen

    by otto on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:14:45 PM PST

  •  As long as the airwaves are corporitized... (1+ / 0-)
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    Chaddiwicker

    ...this will remain a problem.

    By definition, a broadcast media that is exclusively corporate-owned and controlled directly violates the FCC mandate for serving the public interest.

    Which is why I've long advocated the solution of making the "public airwaves" truly public again by limiting the issuing of over-the-air broadcast licenses for radio and television to non-profit community and educational institutions only.

    Clear Channel/iHeartFascism, News Corp, Disney, Gannett and their ilk should be restricted to subscription-based pay services such as satellite, cable or pay-per-view internet streaming. If people want to have their intelligence insulted, they should have to pay good money for the privilege.

    Meanwhile, for the rest of us, let a thousand KPFAs bloom across the country...

    "If you are still playing for Team Republican and want to have any honor whatsoever, you need to leave the Republican Party now, apologize to America, and work to remove it from our political system." - Brad DeLong

    by radabush on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:50:47 PM PST

  •  we suffered here in the bay area! Replaced steph (1+ / 0-)
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    Chaddiwicker

    w/ glen beck.
    really.

    Community Organizer trumps Private Equity Manager

    by stagemom on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 03:00:32 PM PST

  •  get OR and OR state off those 5 rush stations (0+ / 0-)

    and even the playing field. see link in sig

    RW radio has a major advantage in that as many as 1/3 or maybe even 1/2 of all their  stations depend on university and other sports broadcasting for community dominance and advertisers.

    once a few universities are forced to honor their mission statements others will follow and the playing field will be evened and RW radio won't survive..

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:34:31 AM PST

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