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  •  wv - the stations are changing formats (8+ / 0-)

    from political talk to sports. That's not something the FCC would view as grounds for not renewing a broadcast license.

    However, it seems that with reduced advertising the price of radio stations should also be declining. If anyone wanted to build a progressive radio network the time may be near to start acquiring stations to broadcast a progressive talk format.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 10:28:16 AM PST

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    •  I agree in re............... (4+ / 0-)

      a progressive radio network/corporation. We need a publically traded corporation that buys up small stations and programs them with a mix of what ever is profitable and progressive talk/news.  They need to direct programming at the progressives key constituencies; labor, minorities, women and young people.

      The stations don't have to run LW talk all the time; they just won't carry any Right wingers like Limpballs, Beck, Hammity or Huckabee.  I have some meager funds I would invest in such a venture and I am sure there are a lot of others who would also.

      The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

      by cazcee on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 03:36:17 PM PST

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    •  The shift to sports talk seems like a (5+ / 0-)

      stop-gap measure on the way to liquidation. It's a stall tactic. Why? Because there's little interest in the listening demographic for yet more sports talk. There's no content for the listener up to age 30-35. Younger age brackets aren't hung-ho for sports talk. They just don't care much about it.

      Mom and pop stations, not burdened by mountains of debt, have a better chance of succeeding than the Clear Channels and Bain takeovers. They also have a keener interest in developing a faithful listener base.

      But there's another telecommunications movement afoot: the streaming media, including streaming progressive talk, is now in its fledgling stage and is gaining strength. It's the new wave.

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