"beginning on Jan. 1, one of the most liberal cities in the country will be without a commercial radio network of the same tilt."
Clear Channel is dumping Air America from a Madison, WI station (a fairly liberal town--whad ya know?
not much, you?, to quote a Public Radio International show that emanates from that city). Fox Sports
and local sports coverage will air instead. What's interesting is the fact that THIS station has ratings
about 6 times as high as WKOX/WXKS has in Boston and comes in 11th in the 12 +s for Madison (see
article). If CC figures AAR won't make them money on a station with those ratings, what does that
portend for WKOX and WXKS?
The article says it's puzzling given the recent election results that AAR would be pulled. It also quotes
the program director for WXXM who had said awhile back that (even if AAR went under) progtalk
radio would still be around, from a variety of syndicators.
There could be a call to bring back the (un)Fairness Doctrine but it's not like liberal talk is non-existent
without Air America. There's NPR (anyone care to cite a conservative talk show on that network?
is there the equivalent of a Rush or Ingraham there?), "Democracy Now", and other syndicators like
Jones (Steph Miller)