Things are really heating in lib talk world. AllAcccess.com reports today that next move in the Air America bankruptcy story will be a hearing in Bankruptcy Court tomorrow (Thursday) at 10a. Included in the matters to be heard a Motion for Relief From the Stay filed by AAR flagship WWRL-A/NEW YORK which is a licensee ACCESS.1 COMMUNICATIONS.
Another day another line-up change is announced. Again AllAccess.com reports that Clear Channel lib talk station WWRC (AM 1260) in Washington will be dumping the Young Turks and picking up Jones talker Bill Press, who appears to be on a bit of role since AAR meltdown. The change will take effect on Monday, December 11.
Meanwhile, the on again off again saga of whether WKOX/WXKS in Boston will be dropping lib talk seems to be leaning in “off” direction. It was reported in Boston Globe today that Clear Channel, VP of programming Jack McCartney said that “Air America is history in Boston.” You note that McCartney did not say lib talk was history – only Air America. So I guess we will have to wait and see on this one.
Finally, a rumor is circulating around several talk radio boards concerning the future of KTLK in Los Angeles. According to the rumor, which apparently was started by an unnamed source at Jones Radio, KTLK will soon be switching from lib talk to Spanish. Since KTLK is one of the affiliates that was being compensated by AAR, it is not surprising that they are not very happy about the bankruptcy filling. In fact, the AAR bankruptcy filing lists KTLK as one of their creditors noting that the CC station was owned $558,000.
The Motion for Relief From Stay seems to be a formality in bankruptcy hearings. I posted a reference link on my site:http://ltradio.blogspot.com/2006/12/air-americas-day-in-court.html
Good move by WWRC. I was surprised Bill Press wasn't on that station. Then again, I was thinking they were still running Imus. Next, they really need to repair their facilities, as the station is notorious for its bad signal.
Cadillac Jack and company in Boston really need to get their heads screwed on straight. There are far too many conflicting stories coming out of that station. Just yesterday, I got an email from them asking listeners to decide their midday lineup, mere days after they already made that decision.http://ltradio.blogspot.com/2006/12/mixed-signals-in-boston.html
As far as the KTLK rumor goes, I'm very skeptical. I know raccoon is harping about it, but it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to flip it to a Spanish-language format. No way can an AM station in LA compete with that kind of format, especially given all the competition. XETRA 690 has practically been invisible in both San Diego and LA since they flipped to Spanish. And KHJ has also been a bottom-dweller, even after doing the format for almost two decades and residing on a legendary frequency in the market. Besides, the main calling card for KTLK is Stephanie Miller. Reportedly, her ratings are pretty good there. As for their AAR programming, they don't seem to carry a whole lot of it during their main hours (though they carry the feed overnight). Many CC stations, at least the ones that aren't bailing out of the format, are leaning more toward the Jones offerings. I also notice they run Lionel and a pretty good local show (Harrison on the Edge) in the evenings.