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  •  he'd lose a lot of stations if the left (0+ / 0-)

    stopped giving them a free speech free ride.

    as our colleges pulled their sports broadcasting many of them would have to switch formats to make up for lost advertising and as stations opened up for progressive talkers the rw radio propaganda op would disintegrate and limbaugh would end up on 50 stations in the deep south.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 11:15:40 PM PDT

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    •  certainot - I just don't believe that (0+ / 0-)

      College football, which is played once a week, and Men's college basketball, which is played twice a week, are the only sports that generate any radio revenues. I don't believe that college sports are keeping Limbaugh on the air. The colleges are on those stations because they are 50,000 watt behemoths and few colleges are going to change unless they can duplicate the signal strength. However, what I think is more likely is what has happened in my market, the SF bay area. Over the last three years Limbaugh has moved three times, starting with a 50,000 watt station and moving to weaker and weaker signals. His initial station, that he was on for decades and does professional sports, reached out for hundreds of miles, the new signal barely travels across the bay.

      I think Limbaugh being moved off the most expensive "real estate" (the 50,000 watt stations), as his revenue potential declines, is much more likely that the colleges moving to a new signal.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 12:44:40 PM PDT

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      •  in a place like SF his downscaling is understandab (0+ / 0-)

        le. it getting closer to the true market value for that sack of crap.

        unfortunately that downsizing may still be a while off even in other blue areas. and if it has anything to do with the boycott, usually the replacement is just as RW- another cog in the propaganda op.

        are the only sports that generate any radio revenues.
        i tried to find out what the licensing revenues are for something like that but they keep that stuff secret. at uni of CO no one in admin could find out for me. the licensing co (lierfield sports) couldn't tell me. for some schools the licensing cos (there are some big ones) bundle radio with TV so the radio component may be fairly small.

        i think a good argument can be made to the schools that it would be beneficial to find apolitical alternatives even if it means a few smaller stations to make up for one big station, and the rest can stream it.  they can stop crapping on their their mission statements and stop shooting themselves in the foot by endorsing the ALEC/GOP efforts to defund and privatize them and reduce teacher and prof salaries.

        how does that lost revenue from the radio station licensing compare with the damage those radio stations do to the university and its stated objectives, and public ed in general?

        for those who think talk radio is inconsequential it doesn't matter, but i can assure it does. just listen to the station's local blowhards when  regents are up for elections or the candidates for uni president are listed. or a tax increase to fund the school goes on the ballot.

        it's an absurd relationship for an institution of higher learning that has any respect for their students, employees, faculty, and community.

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 01:45:07 PM PDT

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      •  (cont) the association with a college team is (0+ / 0-)

        very valuable.

        there's prestige, listeners, and advertisers that come with it. any business hoping to draw uni associated customers likes it.

        considering that rw radio is hurting, a uni even announcing it was going looking for alternatives could be fatal for that station, with advertisers looking elsewhere. the station might have to change formats or try to offer political balance.

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 01:56:34 PM PDT

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