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Last month, the is reported that Seattle based Fisher Broadcasting, an institution that was one of the original pioneers of broadcasting in Seattle is being sold to Ultra Conservative Sinclair Broadcasting group. This is the very same group that controls access to media for over 29% of Americans and regularly spews conservative viewpoints and had the gall to broadcast an anti-Kerry film during the 2004 election cycle.

This is alarming because TV and Radio still hold significant sway in setting people's perceptions and political views.

Originally posted to chipoliwog on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:42 AM PDT.

Also republished by PacNW Kossacks.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    --United Citizens defeated Citizens United...This time. --

    by chipoliwog on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:42:39 AM PDT

  •  I Wouldn't Call St. Louis A Liberal Town (5+ / 0-)

    (where I live) but to a large extent far right/Christian radio has taken over. KMOX, one of the largest radio stations in the country. It has a reach to at least a dozen states, now has Rush on. Heck the classical music station, which was just amazing, got bought by a Christian broadcast network, and so literally in a fairly major city, I can't listen to classical music on the radio.

    It is all kind of sad. I don't mind that far right radio shows are on. I just don't like when they start to take away the shows I would like to listen to, since they seem to have a lot of money.

    •  'Hot Adult Contemporary' is the only one at risk (0+ / 0-)

      Fisher owns KPLZ which

      In 1994, we migrated from a “young adult” contemporary station and began to focus primarily on serving women in the Puget Sound area with a Hot Adult Contemporary mix of new hits and familiar 80s and 90s classics.
      They'll pry Classic Rock from my cold dead eardrums.

      There was only one joker in L.A. sensitive enough to wear that scent...and I had to find out who he was!

      by virginislandsguy on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:18:47 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  They must have gotten it on the cheap (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Bob Love, webranding, nextstep

    Fewer and fewer people listen to broadcast radio, right?

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:51:23 AM PDT

    •  Not As Much As You Might Think (1+ / 0-)
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      Penny GC

      Arbitron is the firm that tracks radio usage (like Nielson for TV). When you buy radio ads the two most expensive times are "morning drive" and "afternoon drive." You know when folks drive to work and drive home.

      If you pick a top three station in any market you are getting a pretty solid rating share (how many folks listening). In most markets these stations are talk radio (mostly right wing) or traffic/weather/news.

      This changes in some markets, but not many.

      Now it would depend on my client's target audience (I am a marketing/advertising guy -- or I was in another "lifetime"), but if I had to reach a large percentage of a market, radio might be my first choice above TV or newspapers.

    •  Nobody But the High-Turnout RW Seniors (0+ / 0-)

      that we slaughtered in the last midterm election.

      --Oh, wait.

      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 Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:32:46 AM PDT

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  •  This is just really sad. (0+ / 0-)

    I feel like there will be nothing left to listen to. Crap! Not that I listen to too much talk radio any how, try to change the station to music when driving, cuz I just cannot stand the constant chatter. I also like watching sports, just cannot stand listening to the announcers! I just want to scream STFU! This is sad though for the progressives who do want to listen.
    Thanks for the Post, I had no idea...
    Peace and Blessings!

    United we the people stand, divided we the people fall.

    by Penny GC on Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:30:13 AM PDT

  •  Conservative Areas Get Conserv Media Because (2+ / 0-)
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    yet another liberal, etbnc

    of market demand.

    Liberal areas get conservative media for balance.

    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 Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:33:21 AM PDT

  •  Big deal (0+ / 0-)

    Seattle sold out and gave away its soul long before this.

    The morons who rule over this town and the simpletons who continue to elect them deserve exactly what they're now getting: a filthy, corrupt, completely dysfunctional, crime-fllled cesspool, where only the rich can have a chance at anything approaching decent life, and everyone else has been abandoned and told to go to hell - but with bike paths and a well-marketed progressive veneer, so be happy! Go Sonics!!!

    If they have to watch right wing assholes on channel 4 occasionally well boo-fucking-hoo, welcome to the New Seattle, a World Class City© - suckers.

  •  I'm guessing the Fisher heirs (0+ / 0-)

    much like the Blethen Times heirs, are cashing in while they can. Sinclair is buying sunset businesses. What worked for them in more conservative markets will not work as well in the Seattle area.

    Now, I'm old enough to remember Keith Jackson calling the hydroplane races on KOMO. We survived Mormon-owned KIROs conservative slant for decades, and the 'if it bleeds it leads' news has been a fixture here since Reagan.

    Knowing Seattleites propensity for community action, I think Sinclair is courting a whole lot of whoopass.

    There was only one joker in L.A. sensitive enough to wear that scent...and I had to find out who he was!

    by virginislandsguy on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:08:36 PM PDT

  •  Hard to beat KUOW (0+ / 0-)

    The on air talk show hosts like Steve Scher or Ross Reynolds really are among the best in the entire NPR universe.  The are intelligent, they research the subject thoroughly and they ask qreat questions.  

    What does conservative talk radio have to offer an audience in Seattle and the Puget Sound region?

    We listen to KUOW and we live up the coast, 60 miles away.  It is just flat informative.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:58:36 PM PDT

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