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  •  well, the people of MA decided (3+ / 0-)
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    Scott Brown was a worthy replacement for Ed Kennedy after his untimely passing.  Go figure.

    "Without viable unions to serve as a counterweight to corporate power, America's working people and their families are at the mercy of the largest and most powerful economic organizations on the planet."

    by billlaurelMD on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 02:25:31 PM PDT

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    •  that was a special election which is almost always (2+ / 0-)
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      a low turn out except for motivated voters and the tea party were motivated voters

      Plus if you look at how many AM and FM talk radio stations are dedicated to right wing blow holes you'll understand how turning MA purple to red is a goal and a jewel in the crown for the right

      We have a progressive talk station but it's not progressive 24/7

      but it is something that we fought to get back after clear channel pull our talk station off the air, made it a salsa station that GOT SMALLER ratings than the progressive talk radio did even though it had a better stronger signal

      when the Salsa station failed CC didn't put it back at progressive talk .. oh no

      They pulled Rush Limbaugh off of his long time home at rw WRKOand then built a whole station theme around him called"Rush Radio"

      Remember we are also the home of Jay Sevrin

      (that's just three of our rw radio talk stations, there are many more all over the state)

      Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

      by Clytemnestra on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 03:18:43 PM PDT

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      •  The FCC's approval of monopoly behavior by (1+ / 0-)
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        ClearChannel is clearly a large part of the problem here.  

        ClearChannel is quite happy to lose money by overbidding on spectrum in order to shut out the competition, so the only way to fight this monopolist on its own turf is with FCC anti-monopoly regulation, which is unfortunately dead.

        The newspaper monopoly is being broken by the Internet (and barring blatant mass censorship that's irreversible), the TV monopoly is slowly being broken (ditto), and yet the radio monopoly is barely being touched because you can't use Internet radio in your car or out in the countryside, etc.

        I wonder if pervasive WiFi will change that somewhat.  The tech solution is always easier than the political solution.  The availability of Internet radio everywhere regular radio is available should crack the monopoly, but how do we make it happen?

        Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

        by neroden on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 09:01:59 PM PDT

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        •  I think satellite radio is helping here (1+ / 0-)
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          but I argued very loudly when we had our "save progressive radio in Boston" conversations on our yahoo group and in person meetings that land based terrestrial radio WAS necessary because only a select few will have satellite for the foreseeable future and we must be able to have the counter to RW radio available for everyone we can

          cell phones, smart phones and tablets I think are going to become the transistor radios of this day and age.  Many already have aps to make them into a radio for this or that  music station . . . hopefully progressive radio is going to follow

          Apple also makes a device that acts as a mini radio transmitter and receiver to be used inside your car if your car is old enough that you don't have satellite radio or an mp3 port.

          You put your iPod in the transmitter device and the receiver device into the cd player and you can then listen to your iPod.  My son had this apple product when we traveled cross country in 2009.

          I have wondered why they or someone else doesn't make a device that fits into a port on your computer that will transmit the web radio you have going to other radios inside your house ... even your iPod.

          When we lost our our progressive radio station I used to webstream the Stephanie Miller Show, then using a baby monitor, I put the base station by my computer speakers and took the receiver with me so I could listen while I got house work done.

          It worked well enough, but I did get irritated with the sound quality.  But it is where I got the idea for the above ramblings.

          Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

          by Clytemnestra on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 10:31:25 PM PDT

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          •  Great comment, Clytemnestra (1+ / 0-)
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            and thanks for your active support and engagement throughout the diary.  (I love your KosID, too!)

            Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set... -- Gandalf

            by dnta on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 09:30:57 AM PDT

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