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Thanks to the diarists here and here who wrote about the dastardly plans to change Seattle's AM1090 Progressive Talk to a sports format in January 2013 -- next month!

This is really bad news to anyone in the region who has counted on AM1090 for its daily dose of information, entertainment, sanity and sass.

Silence is compliance. How's about some a-c-t-i-o-n?

Follow us below the squiggly for important linkies and other ways you can help let the suits at CBS know we’re not going down without making some noise. Dammit.

Sign this petition on

“Like” the Facebook page to Keep Progressive Talk AM1090 in Seattle

Call AM 1090's comment line: 1 (877) 753-1090

Email the program director:

Write a letter:
KPTK 1090 AM
1000 Dexter Avenue North, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98109

Also get the word out to the corporate HQ:
1271 Avenue of the Americas FL 44
New York, NY 10020
(212) 649-9600

Thanks to Democratic Underground for some of the above info.

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Shirley Thorn, CBS Radio Account Executive, chalked up the change to declining revenues and a "decreased listener base.” It's important to note, however, that Seattle already has at least FOUR sports stations. Not like they're walking into an easy sell.

Those of us with a more conspiratorial bent to our psyche (Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you) cite a disturbing trend of left-leaning formats disappearing in progressive cities despite healthy revenues and an energetic, engaged listener base. “Some people” might find the cancellations of progressive talk stations in two extremely liberal markets (Seattle and Portland) after the re-election of President Obama a tad suspicious. Just sayin’.

On a personal note, this really makes me sad -- I remember the dark old days before Progressive Radio when Cheney/W was in charge and, even though I had moved to Seattle, it was easy to feel like a lonely little leftie in a wingnut wilderness.

On March 31, 2004 I cried like a baby when Al Franken broadcast his first show on Air America. It was a welcome breath of sanity in a medium toxic with extreme rightwing bile and hate.

Progressive Radio is still vital to communicating actual facts and informing the public on key issues. At the very least, I'm hoping we can get the AM1090 lineup carried on other stations. We cannnot go down without a fight. Thank you.

For anyone interested, here are a couple of background articles:

Background on the station

Article in Everett Post

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    Down with False Equivalence! Truth over Balance!! Real Reporting, Please!!!

    by LarisaW on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 04:06:40 PM PST

  •  I Was With You During That Al Franken Broadcast (2+ / 0-)
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    Powell, themank

    and wasn't his first guest Bebe "Lillith" Neuwirth?

    When Democrats behaved impudently in 2006 there were other prog talk shutdowns shortly after the election as I recall. I was in the Seattle area back then but I recall hearing that all 3 of Ohio's prog talk stations had their formats changed.

    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 Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 04:16:05 PM PST

  •  It's not like they've been marketing this station. (1+ / 0-)
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    Mr Stagger Lee

    I've been here (back, after an eight-year absence) for two years, and did not even know about AM1090.

    I imagine most listeners (it is a majority liberal metro area) are listening to KUOW or KPLU; I know I have been.

    I'll be sorry to see a liberal-leaning talk radio station change its format, just on general principles ... but they apparently were never committed to building the station's audience to start with. Advertising? Anywhere? Not that I ever saw.

  •  no substitute for AM broadcast, but get Stitcher (1+ / 0-)
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    Greg Dworkin

    We lost progressive AM in the Bay Area too. Pathetic, I agree.

    I will sign the petition, etc...


    Get the Stitcher app and check out Netroots radio!

    It took a bit of motivation in my busy life to figure out a new app, blah, blah, blah...

    But I'm glad I took the 4 minutes to learn it.

    To make a long story short, #1) Netroots radio is on Stitcher as a streaming feed all day. #2) Most of the days shows are then available as podcasts on Stitcher after they have aired.

    You get Kagro (David Waldman) from Kos. Plus Greg Dworkin nearly every day, plus other guests. Live pacific time from 6-9am.

    Thom Hartman and more.

    You will probably learn more reality based information in a week than anyone you know.

    Really, I am very enthusiastic about it. It is the future of progressive talk!

    see these posts for more help, etc.

    •  Thanks for the info (1+ / 0-)
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      I can find the shows online, and I know many people will be able to as well. I just hate to lose the sense of community that having an actual progressive station supports.

      Down with False Equivalence! Truth over Balance!! Real Reporting, Please!!!

      by LarisaW on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:51:41 PM PST

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      •  not to mention (0+ / 0-)

        the huge black cloud of hate and misinformation that spews from so much of the AM dial. It's painful to cede that much broadcasting power to such hateful cretins.

        Our local station (Clear Channel) still has Stephanie Miller and Thom Hartman, but they bumped Stephanie Miller to evening hours and added Glenn Beck during her AM slot. I just can't support them anymore.

        One of the nice things about the 'Stitcher method' is being able to listen live in the morning to streaming Kos radio during my drive or my bagel, then finish the show via the podcast later in the day.

  •  yeah, we just lost ours in Portland, too. (0+ / 0-)

    Wish I could've listened more, but the only kind of audio that works in my truck is fm radio.  Even my tape deck doesn't work.

    ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

    by James Allen on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:14:05 PM PST

  •  Portland is losing their station too (0+ / 0-)

    Corporate groups refuse to advertise on liberal stations regardless of the ratings. It doesn't really matter at this point. Look what has happened; the Democrats have won 2 landslide victories in a row without talk radio. Talk radio doesn't work the same for liberals as it does for conservatives, because liberals do not look to get all their information, and lines to repeat from one source.

    Also, AM/FM talk radio is a dying industry. Everything is now becoming available online. These can be streamed, or downloaded and played later on a phone or iPod (if you can afford this).

    Instead of worrying about these changes, which cannot be reversed IMO, it is probably more productive to support liberal podcasts like The Majority Report, Best of the Left, or David Pakman's show.

    •  I think we can do both. (0+ / 0-)

      Down with False Equivalence! Truth over Balance!! Real Reporting, Please!!!

      by LarisaW on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:27:18 PM PST

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      •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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        Do you have any idea how many truck drivers listen to progressive radio? I have only found our how many since the demise of KPOJ in Portland.

        Had a delivery from Alabama last week guy was complaining his IQ was going to drop because he couldn't listen to Thom Hartman.

        Many of us who drive a lot listen to Progressive talk. I fully credit Ed Schultz with turning our county blue this year and helping us win the governors race.

        Not every construction worker, truck driver, or tug boat operator is computer savvy or owns an ipod but most listen to a ton of talk radio do you really want their only choice to be Rush?

        I frankly value their support and votes but it hard to get the ideas out there when the voices of sanity have been made far less accessible.

        It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

        by PSWaterspirit on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:58:21 PM PST

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  •  Norman Goldman talked about this (0+ / 0-)

    last week.  He says that am progressive talk is basically dying and that it is all going on line or to Sirius.  The powers that be have made it so.  So cons will be able to listen to Rush for free in their cars, but progressives will have to pay, is basically what I got from him.  I have a smart phone and could stream it, but I suspect it would use up my 2 gbs a month fairly quickly if I did that.

    But there is great music on 91.3 KBCS.

    We should not be fighting about equal pay for equal work and access to birth control in 2012. Elizabeth Warren

    by Leftleaner on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 07:49:23 PM PST

    •  I like a lot of the shows on KSER (0+ / 0-)

      They're online but you can't hear them over the air very well if you 're much south of the Snohomish county line. They carry a surprising amount of progressive content for a community station in a slightly conservative county (well, at least more conservative than their neighbor to the south).

      If you can't say anything nice about the GOP, please post here more often.

      by Omir the Storyteller on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 08:53:34 PM PST

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