Radio Equalizer is a political blog published by a conservative former talk show host - not an industry trade publication. As such it publishes opinions, not news.
If you had read the Providence Journal articles, you would have seen that WHJJ replaced SYNDICATED progressive talk programming with LOCAL progressive talk programming. That WHJJ had been local before AAR (when a popular host left) and their competition remained local. That Providence is a market in which talk radio remains a local medium.
WPRO program director David Berenstein said,
"I don't see the relevance of Air America for the people of Rhode Island.
"Rhode Island radio listeners want to hear -- and speak -- about local issues.
"I can get national news from a lot of different places. What I can't get is a discussion of the possibility of casinos coming to Rhode Island.
"When you run syndicated shows against local, you're crazy. Local is what makes talk radio work."
WPRO had local talk programming against WHJJ.
Local liberal gets Franken's spot on HJJ
It's goodbye Al Franken, hello Howie Barte on WHJJ-AM.
Barte, a retired air traffic controller living in Burrillville, takes over the 1 to 3 p.m. shift on WHJJ (920 AM), the slot previously occupied by syndicated host Al Franken.
He'll start Monday.
Barte, 57, said he owes his radio job to long-time WHJJ host Arlene Violet. He started on Violet's "Wednesday night fights" segment, a debate between a liberal and a conservative. Barte was the liberal.
Then he started substituting for Violet when she went on vacations.
When WHJJ decided to drop syndicated programming from Air America and concentrate on local talk hosts, Barte was chosen for the early-afternoon slot, which leads into Violet's 3 p.m. show.
"He's a guy who gets talk radio," said WHJJ program director Bill George. "He's a great communicator, he understands southern New England, he's got a great sense of humor."
Bill George, program director for WHJJ, said the Air America experiment is essentially over.
"We tried to do something big and different," he said. "Needless to say, we were not pleased with the results . . . we are now committed to live and local talk."
Notice: George did not mention RATINGS (not here and not anywhere in any of the Providence Journal Articles about WHJJ and AAR).
> The site was Radio Equalizer blog (on Oct. 6) and the ad
> came from
> Inside Radio.
> WHJJ's PD said "basically the Air America experiment is
> over", and that AAR
> did not live up to expectations, so Glover replaced
> Springer. The PD
> added that the Franken slot would soon be changing as well.
> It now has.
> They still run Randi Rhodes, but also Imus and local talker
> Arlene Violet. (In fact they're local from 10 am to 6 pm)
> "Without noting the show's already been cancelled there, it
> brags about supposed ratings growth at Providence's WHJJ-AM.
> As previously reported here, station management indicated to
> the media that Air America was a disaster in Rhode
> Island."--Radio Eq.
> > widely reported in several places, WHJJ manager told
> > Providence paper it was low ratings. Look it up.