Friday, January 16, 2004

Liberal Radio

I'm glad there's an effort to get more liberals on the radio, but I honestly don't like the way they're going about it. They shouldn't, for the most part, be signing Names, they should be signing people with experience in radio. Radio is a unique medium which takes special skills. 3 hours per day, 5 days per week, is a pretty big challenge.

Anyway, here's the latest news:

WNTD-AM (950), a Spanish-language station that is in the process of being sold by Radio Unica Communications to Multicultural Radio Broadcasting, will carry the new talk radio network, under terms of a local marketing agreement announced Tuesday.

Progress Media has an option to buy WNTD once Multicultural Radio Broadcasting officially closes on its deal, sources said.

"It is an extremely significant event for Progress Media to have clearance in the third-largest media market in the country," said Jon Sinton, president of the network. "Combined with other markets we are close to finalizing, Progress Media will have tremendous reach right out of the box."

The network also announced that it has signed comedian and author Al Franken to host a three-hour weekday talk show, and signed Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Mike Papantonio to host a show about "the inner workings of corporations and how they influence our daily lives."

Martin Kaplan, associate dean of the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communications, will host a talk show about the news media.

Franken, who has established himself as one of the country's leading conservative-bashers, said: "My first priority is to get sued by a right-wing jerk in order to generate interest in my new show, 'The O'Franken Factor.' Our hope is to do drug-free talk radio, although I understand it's never been done.

We need populism, not a "liberal version of NPR." So far, not so good...