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I was astonished to find my local progressive station running the Bloomberg News. After a quick search I found out what happened:

“AM 760” KKZN Thornton/Denver is next in line to shift to another Talk variation following similar moves in recent months at sister stations in Portland and Los Angeles.... Clear Channel registered last December that could potentially be used for KKZN. With the company also owning News/Talk/Sports 850 KOA and Conservative Talk 630 KHOW perhaps the company will follow in the footsteps of its Los Angeles and San Francisco clusters and move Rush Limbaugh off of KOA to enable it to focus on all local programming.
This is a shocking move for me, since we have an increasingly trending Progressive voter base in the state. And the article says 630 is the Conservative station in the area, but there are many others and 850 also runs conservative talkers too.

But that is not the only evidence, since I moved here in 2000, our state governance has gone from a Double Republican house and Senate, Republican Governor, Republican Senators,  and majority Republican Congressional Caucus to now being the opposite - Democratic Senators, Democratic majorities in legislature, and Majority Dem Caucus in Congress.
So what gives?  I can't believe that the Denver Metro Market can not sustain a liberal radio station. I mean Boulder is the Berkeley of the Rockies.

And I speak not only as someone who listens to the shows, but I also was on air as a progressive radio show host from 2007-2009.  And I can tell you - if there is not a radio station covering these stories - many times they won't get covered at all:

That interview with Colorado Ethics Watch - prevented a scheme by then Secretary of State Mike Coffman from disenfranchising THOUSANDS of newly registered voters in the 2008 election.

 In mid-September he (Coffman) issued a memo to the County Clerks telling them specifically to not register anyone who does this.
Consequence: Thousands of new voters are attempting to register to vote, thinking they are successful because they signed up through some organization such as ACORN or any of the political parties, but are not registered and will not be allowed to vote if they do not correct their forms.

When I say thousands, I am not over-exaggerating. In Denver County alone (the only one I have numbers for so far) this ruling has resulting in approx. 3000 denied voter registrations! And that is just one county, and one with thousands of more forms to even look at!

    Secretary of State Mike Coffman broke the law last year by allowing his database manager Dan Kopelman to manage the database while he was running a Republican voter database company on the side. See story by Dan Whipple

    Coffman's State Elections Director was discovered to be staying at a loft owned by the software salesman who manages the Voting Machines for our state, machines that have already been de-certified, then re-certified by Coffman. She resigned pending an investigation, and it calls into question the veracity of our voting machine process.

And Coffman himself ran for Congress that year when he was supposed to be supervising the election - several conflicts of interests.
At that time, I was working the Obama campaign and our team had personally registered many of these first time voters - and we were all concerned that a close race with Colorado going to the Republicans could have won it for McCain. Fortunately - the pressure we brought through rallies and covering it on Progressive radio and blogs forced caused a lawsuit to be filed and a judge ruled that the Sec. of State had over stepped his bounds.
Now Mike Coffman is in a Congressional Race vs. Andrew Romanoff - and it is the top watched race in the country for 2014.
So the story from 2008 is still relevant - if someone will be on air to cover it.
I can't help but think someone in the corporate news room is taking Liberal talk off air to favor Republicans in the mid terms and onwards.
It also seems that in a year when issues like controlling Fracking, Marriage Equality, income inequality, Marijuana legalization and other social and environmental issues are becoming increasingly majority issues - it would make since that these issues would be profitable to cover.
I would like to hear the community offer suggestions on a way to remedy this.
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  •  I have to admit... (1+ / 0-)
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    that I quit listening to AM760 and went to sports radio. Gloria Neal wasn't doing it for me on my morning commute, and it seemed like the national liberal radio shows were 24 hours behind the times when blogs are right up on what's going on now.

    No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

    by Magster on Mon May 19, 2014 at 04:29:00 PM PDT

  •  All of political talk radio is taking a big hit (5+ / 0-)

    from the very effective Flush Rush Campaign which has reduced revenues for the entire political talk radio industry. As advertisers have taken a hard look at Limbaugh they decided that they didn't want to be part of any political shows. Given that the wingers have 90% of the air time this is a win for us, but there are some progressive casualties. Strong AM channels are becoming all news or sports talk and the weaker signals for sale are being purchased by Christian radio. Political talk is also being moved from the 50,000 watt blow torches to weaker signals down the channel. That has happened in my market, the SF bay area. The top conservative hosts were on a 50,000 watt channel that could be heard all the way to Sacramento. They were all moved to a signal that is weak 30 miles from SF.

    "let's talk about that" uid 92953

    by VClib on Mon May 19, 2014 at 04:34:30 PM PDT

    •  You have it exactly right. (3+ / 0-)
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      thenekkidtruth, VClib, LordMike

      Liberal Talk Radio, which has never been cultivated to the extent that the Righties have been cultivated, is, to a significant degree, collateral damage of the Flush Rush Campaign.

    •  760 was axed purely for election/political reasons (0+ / 0-)

      the state is full of rw radio and the denver boulder ft collins area is crammed with liberals

      co went blue in 2006 right after 760 got going. they decided to sabotage it with less able talkers - they started with sirota , lured him  off to do a hannity and colmbs act and then got rid of him.

      they could easily have stuck with mostly national talkers  

      hitting progressive talkers for this is not market based reaction.

      it's an extension of the argumant that rw radio is the monopoly it is because because 95% of americans who would listen to talk radio prefer the wit and wisdom of limbaugh and hannity

      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 Tue May 20, 2014 at 04:38:21 PM PDT

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  •  I'm listening to Leslie Marshall right now instead (5+ / 0-)

    of Randi Rhodes, and it sux.  Leslie is fine, I guess, but she's no Randi Rhodes.

    This is actually beside the point, in that Randi has decided to step down unilaterally.  The real point is that it's an election year, so Mitt Romney's Clear Channel takes the opportunity to axe another half dozen or so liberal radio stations.  In 2012, for instance, it was LA, Portland and Seattle.

    Can't have any of that truth getting out, now, can we?

    Know that $20 I owe you? Well, since money equals speech, then speech, of course, must equal money. C'mere and I'll read you the Tao Te Ching.

    by thenekkidtruth on Mon May 19, 2014 at 04:45:28 PM PDT

    •  Yes, Randi is a tough act to follow. (2+ / 0-)
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      thenekkidtruth, llywrch

      I know that she has her share of haters here, but she really knew radio as an art form and knew her facts.

      I fear that talk radio is going the way of horseshoes and gas lanterns.

      Internet streaming holds some promise.  E.g., Mike Malloy seems to be going to the streaming/subscription model.

      •  That's the solution (1+ / 0-)
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        Those huge, creaky megawatt broadcast towers even resemble hulking dinosaurs with their brains in their tails.  Let hopelessly debt-encumbered Clear Channel collapse in it's own black hole in a year or two, which, btw, it's poised to do.

        Liberal broadcasters have leapfrogged that 1920's technology and now stream their shows digitally over the net, and the Oligarchs are powerless to shut that down.

        Know that $20 I owe you? Well, since money equals speech, then speech, of course, must equal money. C'mere and I'll read you the Tao Te Ching.

        by thenekkidtruth on Mon May 19, 2014 at 05:22:56 PM PDT

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  •  I didn't even notice (2+ / 0-)
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    thenekkidtruth, Rashaverak

    and 760 is one of the buttons on my car radio. I noticed of late there seemed to be different people in the morning, and no more Mario in the afternoon. I didn't like it so much, too much yelling and demonizing, all outrage all the time.

    I commute to Boulder and I get good music from 3 different public radio stations plus KGNU has the BBC in the afternoons. Rush was more entertaining than 760 but he's pretty much an ass.

    I listen to Country Western too.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Mon May 19, 2014 at 05:24:34 PM PDT

  •  If ya can't beat 'em, buy 'em out! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    ''The guarding of military and diplomatic secrets at the expense of informed representative government provides no real security for our Republic.'' - Justice Hugo L. Black of the Supreme Court

    by geekydee on Mon May 19, 2014 at 05:48:27 PM PDT

  •  I drove thru Denver a cupla daze ago... (0+ / 0-)

    ...and tuned in AM 760 and heard some sort of psychotic nonsense and went back to XM...I wondered why there was psychotic nonsense, now I see why...

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Mon May 19, 2014 at 06:07:34 PM PDT

  •  I was using it to listen to Thom (0+ / 0-)

    Hartmann.  It was a big let down when I realized I can't get him on the station any more.  I am in Michigan and Thom was the only one I listened to on the station.  I think I can get him live off of his web page and set up my home page and bookmarked right on the browser tabs at the top. I will see tomorrow how it works.  We lost our progressive voices in Detroit I think around the same time as Seattle did.  Although the local Tony Trupiano was on a sports station, I only listened to that for a short time it was pretty unreliable.  I pick up Ed Schultz on 880 the Revolution, I guess from North Carolina.

  •  cumulus did this to kgo in san francisco - the TOP (2+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice, certainot

    radio station for liberal/progressive views in the nation and an award winning station.

    the station has gone from no. 1 to around no. 15 - but the conservative executives who own and run cumulus could care less.  the goal was accomplished - powerful voices syndicated all over the country were shut down.

    we need to re-regulate these conservative beomuth corporations that are killing speech in this nation!  or, it will be all faux all the time!

    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Tue May 20, 2014 at 01:54:00 AM PDT

  •  it's political - here are 4 suggestions for reveng (0+ / 0-)

    CC sabotaged 760 - CO went blue right after it started up in 2006. the people who are blaming the rush boycott believe the rw lie that the rw monopoly is what the market demands- as if 95 % of americans who would listen to talk radio are fucking idiots and facists.

    colorado dems can their computers to record and use transcription software to monitor and respond to rw  talkers in the state as they attack and lie about democratic candidates and issues.

     from this diary:

    Four ways Democrats and progressives can challenge the talk radio advantage before the 2014 elections:

    1) Right wing radio has been successful because it has been ignored. Use the latest transcription software to make transcripts of the major local RW talkers available for searching and reading. Lies and distortions can be responded to in other media, or with picketing at stations, BEFORE they hurt Democratic candidates and progressive causes. Most advertising the GOP and its candidates do is built on and reinforced by lies and distortions popularized and made acceptable with the unchallenged repetition that only talk radio is capable of. Correcting the talk radio gods and their propaganda publicly will reduce the effectiveness of those ads and the numbers of disinterested fence-sitters the dittoheads and teabaggers can mobilize on election day.

    2) More than 28% of Limbaugh stations piggyback publicly funded schools. I don't think the RW radio monopoly can survive without its parasitic relationship with our institutions of higher learning. Shame colleges and universities that broadcast sports on RW radio stations. Get them to honor their mission statements and look for apolitical alternatives. The benefits those schools get from their associations with the loudest stations in the state pale in comparison to the damage RW radio has helped shills like Walker do. The RW stations and their talkers use college sports logos to boost their community credibility and attract advertisers while they help ALEC and the Koch brothers and their candidates defund and privatize public education, attack teachers and unions and Democratic candidates, and deny global warming and other science. Those stations also weigh in on elections of regents and the short lists of candidates for school presidents. The radio component of the media licensing revenue a school receives (usually packaged with all media) may be minuscule compared to total licensing revenues and schools need to be asked to reveal those details. What's the price to get a university to trash its own mission statement? The amount may be surprisingly small.

    3) Support the Rush Limbaugh boycott efforts and extend it to all advertisers on right wing stations. Most stations include some innocuous and apolitical programming during the week but they are primarily part of the larger RW propaganda operation. Any damage done to progressive radio will made up for many times over as the right wing radio monopoly disintegrates and stations become available.

    4) Where appropriate, include radio stations and talk show hosts in peaceful protests. For 25 years a few hundred RW talkers with big soapboxes have attacked, distorted, and sabotaged the citizen activism of millions- with little protest or acknowledgment from the 'Left' or it's organizations. Protests at state capitols are routinely minimized by the state RW stations and their carnival barkers. Those attacks can continue long after the protestors go home. Almost any major issue is appropriate, from social justice and equality, fair wages, global warming, the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking, media and election reform, voter suppression, gun control, wall street, and political corruption. All could legitimately be picketed at those giant megaphones - the true source of 'popular' power of the new irrational Republican Party. Media and politicians used to being intimidated and enabled by RW radio and its made-to-order think tank talk radio constituencies, will notice.

    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 Tue May 20, 2014 at 04:57:39 PM PDT

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