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KPOJ, the long lasting and only liberal station in Portland, was not switched to a sports station by their cowardly owners for financial reasons. And today on the Ed Schultz radio show I heard liberal activist and co-host of the Ring of Fire radio show Mike Papantonio tell Ed he's thinking about legal action.

I've been hearing that bogus 'market forces' bullshit for years. RW radio and Fox 'News' are increasingly unsuccessful while MSNBC kicks ass. The election was a total repudiation of everything they stand for.

So 95% of talk radio-listening Americans want to hear stupid ass lying radio that's consistently wrong about EVERYTHING while they work or drive around? What an insult to Americans. In most parts of the US there are NO free alternatives. None of that 'healthy competition'.

Right wing radio does not exist to sell flooring and penile enhancement formula. Limbaugh and Hannity don't make hundreds of millions for their wit and wisdom.

It's about selling war and deregulation and lies through orchestrated unchallenged repetition on a monopoly of 1000-plus well-coordinated radio stations. It's about making anti-science sycophants and sociopaths acceptable for congress and senate. It's about making truth telling and liberal politicians unacceptable. It's about turning molehills into mountains in days. It's about creating made-to-order pro-corporate constituencies to feed, enable, and intimidate media and politicians of all stripes. It's about creating 'conventional wisdom' to move the center or the perception of it to the right.

That's been worth trillions over the last 20 years. Limbaugh and Hannity are underpaid for their ability to scream over the feedback mechanisms a healthy democracy needs.

RW talkers and their coordinated messaging can't handle truth or competition. That's why they killed KPOJ. When given an even playing field in blue states progressive talkers compete and even kick ass. Truth and common sense beats RW radio any time but they have a subsidized and well-protected monopoly.

Most of their army of liars are protected by call screeners. The national talkers seldom take real callers. Paid callers are used to prompt and reinforce and praise national and local talkers. Their call screening software makes it easy to classify repeat callers, exclude unwanted callers, and move paid callers to the top of the line.

What makes the situation even more tragic, but fixable, is the support RW radio gets from our universities. Universities for Rush Limbaugh is a list of 76 universities that broadcast on 171 Limbaugh radio stations. As many as 1/3 or 1/2 of RW stations may be leeching off US sports.

In Oregon, activists are shocked by the loss of KPOJ. My suggestion to them is to tell Oregon State University and the University of Oregon that they need to stop endorsing Limbaugh and the global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying that goes on on those stations. Tell them to be consistent with their mission statements and find alternatives. It's one thing to ignore your own mission statement, but to make a hideous joke of it? To enable exactly the opposite? And aside from all the more obvious hypocrisy, RW radio attacks education funding and student assistance at all levels.

Many right wing radio stations may not be able to handle a university pulling its athletic broadcasting. Those associations may have been targeted when they built their monopoly and are important for community credibility and bringing in advertising.

If a few universities lead the way, others will follow.

Here's the University of Oregon Mission Statement (my bold):

The university is a community of scholars dedicated to the highest standards of academic inquiry, learning, and service. Recognizing that knowledge is the fundamental wealth of civilization, the university strives to enrich the public that sustains it through

a commitment to undergraduate education, with a goal of helping the individual learn to question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically

a commitment to graduate education to develop creators and innovators who will generate new knowledge and shape experience for the benefit of humanity

a recognition that research, both basic and applied, is essential to the intellectual health of the university, as well as to the enrichment of the lives of Oregonians, by energizing the state's economic, cultural, and political structure

the establishment of a framework for lifelong learning that leads to productive careers and to the enduring joy of inquiry

the integration of teaching, research, and service as mutually enriching enterprises that together accomplish the university's mission and support its spirit of community

the acceptance of the challenge of an evolving social, political, and technological environment by welcoming and guiding change rather than reacting to it

a dedication to the principles of equality of opportunity and freedom from unfair discrimination for all members of the university community and an acceptance of true diversity as an affirmation of individual identity within a welcoming community

a commitment to international awareness and understanding, and to the development of a faculty and student body that are capable of participating effectively in a global society

the conviction that freedom of thought and expression is the bedrock principle on which university activity is based

the cultivation of an attitude toward citizenship that fosters a caring, supportive atmosphere on campus and the wise exercise of civic responsibilities and individual judgment throughout life

a continuing commitment to affordable public higher education

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Every institution of higher learning in the USA needs to hear from students, faculty, employees, alum, and their communities to find non-partisan sports broadcasting alternatives to RW radio.

RW radio may not survive if our institutions of higher learning start doing the right thing.

Originally posted to certainot on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 04:30 AM PST.

Also republished by Koscadia, Daily Kos Oregon, and PDX Metro.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    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 Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 04:30:07 AM PST

  •  I long ago ceded talk radio to the wingers (1+ / 0-)
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    Like most other liberals, I have better things to do with my time than listen to that garbage.
    Let em blow it out their colective ass, it just shows us who they are and what they think (I use that word in its broadest sense)

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 04:44:14 AM PST

  •  those who own the rw stations don't care about (2+ / 0-)
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    celdd, certainot

    ratings or the public opinion.  just look at how kgo in s.f. was decimated by cumulus and the left and moderate hosts are effectively silenced.

    americans OWN those airways - they are leased to the stations/monopolies - WE need tot ake them back!

    •  They ALWAYS, ALWAYS (1+ / 0-)
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      exlrrp

      care about ratings in rated markets. We live and die by them. You should know this.
      Sometimes, an AM can be carried on the back of a stronger FM or two in the cluster, but not always. And if you're Clear Channel, you care a LOT about ratings. that's why they buy the book in markets where smaller companies don't.

      "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 Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:00:44 AM PST

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      •  Commercial radio is not an expensive hobby (1+ / 0-)
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        Theyre out to make money, no fooling

        Happy just to be alive

        by exlrrp on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:05:20 AM PST

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      •  When They Shut Down All of Ohio's Prog Talk in 06 (6+ / 0-)

        the station's ratings dropped by half.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:18:18 AM PST

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        •  There was an actual assault (2+ / 0-)
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          on progressive radio at one point by Christian radio networks with deep pockets and very, very low operating costs, that sold a lot of block programming. They went around snapping up AMs. That happened in Phoenix, to name one place.
          But that had noting to do with Lowry Mays' secret plan to silence the left. That doesn't exist.

          "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 Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:27:21 AM PST

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      •  maybe you do but what's a few mil to make billions (0+ / 0-)

        the owners who make more from the propaganda they can spew don't mind losing a bit here and there.

        you're taking the small view.

        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 Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:22:03 AM PST

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        •  Rush Limbaugh, for example (0+ / 0-)

          charges a fee to carry it, rather than simple barter (depending on market size). If it's not cutting the numbers, you're not gonna pay for a losing program.

          Doubt that the syndicated lefttalkers work like that, though. They are almost certainly straight up barter.

          "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 Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:09:39 AM PST

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          •  bain/romney got a shitload of free PR for a year (0+ / 0-)

            from all of the stations carrying rush and hannity-  basically all RW stations- maybe a few of the local blowhards may have been slow on romney but that's 1000 stations and some very loud.

             what's that worth? that's my point. meantime they're selling the usual non-specific corporate lies.

            and getting paid for by local and national advertisers - basically free for GOP and romney.

            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 Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:35:21 AM PST

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      •  actually, cumulus doesn't seem to care at all (0+ / 0-)

        that they took the number one station in the market and overnight put it at 15th - now only back up to 13th.

        they don't give a flying fig.  the way they "made" money is by firing all the expensive quality hosts and doing it on the cheap.

        making money doesn't necessarily correlate with the ratings when you are cumulus and clear channel and have an agenda to buy more stations without regulation.

        lose in the short term to become the largest monolpolies in the long run.

  •  Okay, you're pissing me off now. (4+ / 0-)

    Make sure you know what the fuck you're talking about when it comes to my industry before you go spouting bullshit like this:

    KPOJ, the long lasting and only liberal station in Portland, was not switched to a sports station by their cowardly owners for financial reasons.

    Yes. It was switched for financial reasons, i.e., consistently poor Arbitron preformance:

    From October 2011 to October 2013,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).

    That's it. Like it or lump it. Stations that do not succeed undergo format changes.

    I'm not going to sit here while you say deceptive and untrue shit to this community. KPOJ flipped because its ratings were in the shitter.

    PERIOD.

    "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 Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 04:52:47 AM PST

    •  Good Morning, kestrel9000...:o) (2+ / 0-)

      I hope you have a fantastic day.

      The GOP hate me! I'm black, a woman, disabled veteran, divorced mother and liberal. THEY SUCK!

      by secret38b on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:02:22 AM PST

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    •  So what's the answer kestrel? (1+ / 0-)
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      Some of us want our jazz and blues and R&B and rock and classical... without too many interruptions of ads.

      No preachers and no country music. And especially no stupid lying liars and their hate spread on our daily bread.

      But, you can't get it anymore. Radio waves aren't about the music anymore. Maybe it never was.

      And yet, the universities are funding the Talibangical conservative hate-fest across our national airwaves. That is public money and should not be disproportionately funneled to the conservative spectrum.


      One may live without bread, but not without roses.
      ~Jean Richepin
      Bread & Roses

      by bronte17 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:46:30 AM PST

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    •  what are arbitron ratings? send out a bunch of (0+ / 0-)

      questions to a selected sample? does clearchannel do it?

      the limbaugh stations  and the larson station- are they doing oregon football?

      how many other stations in that area get similar ratings and didn't get dropped?

      if you think the most important part of the republican disinformation machine isn't going to play politics to protect itself you're a naive fool.

      that talk radio monopoly does the groundwork for everything they've been doing for 20 years and at your level of the business profit is gravy. Limbaugh was subsidized to start.  it supports itself (barely) with some stations doing better than others but it function primarily as a 24/7 free advertisement for the GOP and the chamber of commerce.

      if you think at a higher level they're going to be reticent to make political moves like this you're nuts.

      as i said, that talk radio monopoly has made them trillions for them the the last 20 years.

      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 Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:52:42 AM PST

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      •  Your first three questions (0+ / 0-)

        show you're not qualified to speak to the issue.

        "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 Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:05:29 AM PST

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        •  but you won't address the rest. i've heard (0+ / 0-)

          people in the biz call arbitron misleading.

          how much depends on signal strength?

          would those other stations get those high ratings if people weren't used to tuning them in for traffic and weather and football and basketball?

          how many other CC stations with similar ratings get a pass. and why? because they're innocuous?

          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 Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:26:16 AM PST

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          •  It can BE misleading (1+ / 0-)
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            but, for good or ill, (I say ill) fortunes turn on it.

            how much depends on signal strength?
            Coverage maps do matter, but you gotta show the numbers to match.
            would those other stations get those high ratings if people weren't used to tuning them in for traffic and weather and football and basketball?
            Probably. Stations are rated daypart by daypart. You can see what shows perform and which one's don't.
            how many other CC stations with similar ratings get a pass. and why? because they're innocuous?
            NO format with five or six consecutive books with 1 shares across the board gets a pass, anywhere, ever.

            "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 Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:40:35 AM PST

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            •  on your last point (0+ / 0-)

              i'd be surprised if there weren't stations seen as serving very particular markets that advertisers would like to target.

              in the case of KPOJ, local progressives who use radio advertising or local businesses serving 'progressives'

              and compare with loss of advertisers all those liimbaugh stations are dealing with

              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 Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:41:50 AM PST

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            •  arbitron ratings need to be politically weighed (0+ / 0-)

              in talk radio, in a blue state, in a blue town, for advertising purposes, a high arbitron rating for a limbaugh station would have to be weighed downward considering what richard meyers and all the other activists have done to them.

              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 Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:03:38 AM PST

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  •  I listen to KRVM (4+ / 0-)

    I listen to em every day, best station in OR...and no ads. I send em money

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:04:19 AM PST

    •  Oldest FM station west of the Mississippi. (2+ / 0-)
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      It is technically part of the Eugene school district, but kind of independent.  Mr. koosah used to work there about 10 years ago.  Then budget cuts (and managerial weirdness) led to about 90% of paid staff being cut.  

      KRVM is a great station, but it was my husband's dream job.  It's too painful to listen now.  

      Metaphors be with you.

      by koosah on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:26:41 AM PST

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  •  it may be the only iberal talk station (1+ / 0-)
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    but it is not the only liberal radio here in portland.

    Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

    by Cedwyn on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:07:49 AM PST

  •  Tin Foil (0+ / 0-)

    It always amazes me that Liberals don't get "the Mind Wash Plan," that what's RIGHT in front of them just "over the top of the head."
    It's not a coincidence that Bain owns Clear Channel. "Clear farts, Clear whatever in the F the slogan was."
    Rural people listen to radio. People listen to radio while driving. On & on.
    They have Mood Mind control down to a science. All stations with commercials at the same time. On & on… MOOD, idiots!
    The airwaves that belong to The People need to be liberated with anti-trust.

  •  Might I recommend you point your IheartRadio at: (0+ / 0-)

    TheMic 92.1 in Madison. With the added bonus that Randi Rhodes follows Big Ed!

    •  a lot of americans don't have that high tech stuff (0+ / 0-)

      where i am the AM FM radio is it while working and driving

      here its miller in the morning, then ed, then randi, then thom and then malloy

      BTW in madison the badgers/limbaugh station might some day be a great place to protest!

      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 Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:10:55 AM PST

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