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.
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.Sign the Petition to Clear Channel Management
We strongly urge you to bring back progressive talk radio in Portland, Oregon.
If you sign, thank you for supporting progressive radio Portland.