Thursday, August 24, 2006

In Politically Purple Colorado, Conservatives Dominate The AM Dial

My introduction to Denver's AM "News/Talk" radio was surprising for its lack of diversity.

As I drove from the airport to our hotel, I picked up two Sean Hannity broadcasts, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, the O'Reilly Radio Factor and a local conservative (didn't catch his name). There were also three Christian talk stations.

Air America is on the dial, and so is NPR. But still, that's a hefty dose of conservative talk for Coloradoans. (Note: Sadly, although stations advertise themselves as "News/Talk," a misnomer, because the stations are essentially all-talk, with hourly three-minute news updates.)

It's surprising, because the population is politically split. Bush/Cheney defeated Kerry/Edwards 51-47 in 2004, and Democrat Ken Salazar defeated Republican Pete Coors by the same margin in their battle to fill one of the state's U.S. Senate seats (the other seat is held by a Republican). A recent poll had Bush's job approval rating among Coloradoans at just 35%.

Imagine how the state might vote if the radio dial even came close to matching the population's diversity.


Anonymous EST said...

Rome wasn't built in a day, I suppose.

When I first became aware of Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! she was available on only 170 stations. Now she can be heard on over 500 radio and TV stations.

It ain't gonna be easy and it ain't gonna be quick but it's gonna be sure, if we keep banging on the cable and never, ever, ever give up.

Hate speech, disguised as political analysis and commentary has a definite shelf life and this crappola is long since dead and rotten. They cannot survive against truth forever.

2:22 AM  
Anonymous liberalism IS treason said...

Oh cry me a river you whiney little libs.

You don't like conservative talk radio, then go start youur own station. Well see if you get any ratings. No one wants to listen to lefty radio because it is the true hate radio.

2:38 AM  
Anonymous Angelina's Evil Twin said...


how about this: you have a couple of CONSERVATIVE stations, a couple of LIBERAL stations, and a couple of objective NEWS stations, and LET PEOPLE DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES.

Or is expressing a range of ideas just too difficult for your FRAGILE LITTLE BUBBLE? are you really that AFRAID that people may vote differently if they had an ASSORTMENT OF OPINIONS ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM to choose from, as well as broader expsoure to straightforward NEWS coverage?

whiny, indeed.

3:05 AM  
Anonymous EST said...

Pity poor me!

Stuck in south central Illinois, a hundred miles out of St. Louis, all there is available Lush Lumpbowel on KMOX and a station out of MT. Vernon. There's a sometimes NPR mostly music station and the rest is music and a lot of come-lately religious drivel.

Even AAR on the net is tough because a lot of the time my dialup can't cut enough bandwidth to stream.

DU, c-spin and Olberman keep me connected and motivated. We all have our own snakes to kill.

3:08 AM  
Anonymous Bluebear said...

They dominate blue Massachusetts' radio dial too

Go figure

3:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the successful Liberal radio stations are...?
Could it be not many people but into the crap you call truth?

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Liberalism is a Mental Disorder said...

JABBS Spewed... Air America is on the dial, and so is NPR. But still, that's a hefty dose of conservative talk for Coloradoans.

I thought you libs were for freedom of speech? I thought you libs were "Pro-Choice?" Why are you against the free exchange of ideas?

Because liberalism always loses in that forum, doesn't it!

11:15 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

A) your choice of name shows how brain-dead you are.

B) when did JABBS say he was against freedom of speech? Why not make another hyperbole half-truth?

The point is clear, the airwaves are dominated by conservatives. It would probably be better if the AM dial better reflected the population.

The point made by anonymous is closer to reality. Air America has not been an enormous success, and for better or worse, Rush and Sean in particular draw great ratings.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Levinians, like a cult, are misinformed and distrustful of other opinions.

They falsely believe they represent the majority, and that the 60% of Americans unhappy with Bush's policies represent the radical left fringe.

In truth, the Levinians represent the radical right fringe, and not much more.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Bob Kincaid said...

I write to let you know about an alternative. It's not on your dial in Colorado yet, or in Massachusetts, either.

The Head-On Radio Network (H.O.R.N.) launched in October 2005. Since then, it's grown from offering 15 hours per week of liberal/progressive conversation, to offering fifty hours. Plans in the next year include filling a 24/7 broadcast day/week.

You can hear it at

Unlike most "talkradio," the H.O.R.N. is conversation based, with emphasis on the personal expertise of the callers.

This is very much a grassroots project, and relies on its listeners to tell local broadcasters they want H.O.R.N. programming.

I hope you'll check it out. You might just like it.


6:22 PM  
Anonymous SuziQ said...

Hey An"al"onymous ... are that ashamed, you have to hide your name?


6:22 PM  
Anonymous liberalism IS treason said...

Angelina's Evil Twin said...

how about this: you have a couple of CONSERVATIVE stations, a couple of LIBERAL stations, and a couple of objective NEWS stations, and LET PEOPLE DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES.

anglina, the people HAVE choosen and you lose. No one wnats to listen to leftwing hate radio; no one wants to listen to threats again the president by leftwing hate radio whores; no one wnats to hear threats against conservatives.

If more people wanted to hear that crap, then these stations would put more of these un-American pukes on the air.

The public HAS spoken and the public is tired of you whiners...

6:24 PM  
Anonymous debbie said...

I love it. Bush has 2 more years, and there's not a darn thing you can do about it. As for Mark Levin, he will be around for a real long time, just to upset you libs. The truth hurts, I suppose.

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The right radio programs and the christian stations all say the same talking points. On the left you can find topics like health care, election reform, the environment and the like by individuals with independent thought, not conservative parroting by indistinguishable ganglia of Bush's Brain.

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Liberals are Commie Pinko's said...

Anonymous said...
The right radio programs and the christian stations all say the same talking points. On the left you can find topics like health care, election reform, the environment and the like by individuals with independent thought

All reading right out of the Communist Manifesto!

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Tokyo Rose Radio Network said...

WDOD/Chattanooga Drops Air America Radio

Aug. 24, 2006
By Al Peterson

After nearly a year of carrying the New York-based liberal talk network, Bahakel Broadcasting's WDOD/Chattanooga has jettisoned Air America Radio in
favor of adult standards as "Ruby 1310."

Along with a daily diet of standards from the 1950s, '60s and 70s, the station will also feature "Ruby's Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting" and
"Ruby's Fried Chicken Sunday Dinner," which will feature southern gospel music hosted by Chris Adams.

WDOD's programming will be overseen by AC clustermate WDEF (Sunny 92.3) PD Danny Howard.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually right wing radio is HATE radio. It is parrot Radio - in fact FACIST radio. Wake up and
smell the FACISM:

Repugs just cut in 1/2 the allocation (now 7 millio) given to the veterans adminstration for head injuries which is the number one injury our Iraqi soldiers suffer. Managed to give BILLIONs to the allready rich - but while claiming to support the troops stabbed them in back. Republicans are evil vile assholes.

9:54 PM  
Blogger huskerco said...

I am a frequent caller to the conservative local talk show that David didn't know the name of. It is Mike Rosen on KOA radio. Rosen has filled in for Rush a couple of times.

Yesterday, Rosen had Senator Wayne Allard on his show. I asked Allard if, contrary to the views of Hagel and McCain, did he believe that we were winning the War in Iraq. Allard said that we were.

Today, I called Sean Hannity and asked him why he says that we found WMD in Iraq when three days ago, President Bush said that we didn't. Sean called me a liar.

Even though there are a lot of right wing shows, I believe that we should not cede the ground to them. We need to challenge them and make their listeners aware of the lack of logic and facts of their positions

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...






12:08 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

treason, the people didn't decide to put five conservatives on five different stations. corporations, which owns dozens if not hundred of radio stations, made those programming decisions.

It's a chicken-and-egg thing on the ratings, I think. Because many cities only offer conservative voices, people interested in politics tune in, and the ratings are good as a result, justifying keeping those people on the air.

But if you look at markets in which there is more diversity, you'll see the ratings are significantly different. In NYC, for example, Al Franken is very competitive against Rush Limbaugh.

12:46 AM  
Blogger V said...

"News/talk" radio shows mix a testosteronic jocularity, an often-imitated sneering tone of voice, heavy use of sports terminology, and a level of hysteria that is not to be found on shows like Democracy Now and Air America.


If you're scrolling through the dial, you WILL stop at a station with a shouting voice: it's the can't-look-away curiosity that creates rubbernecking traffic jams. You're immediately invited to take sides and cheer for your guys.

Plus, who is not stirred by the restless martial music played on religio-news stations? Is it time to read up on achievement of the Two-Minute Hate?

I don't know what the answer is, unless it's to stop media consolidation and the lockup of FCC licenses.

I'm near south central IL myself. I listen to The Bott Network, which includes commentary by Chuck Colson and Accuracy in Media, which recently characterized the RU486 legislation as "those liberals trying to convert us to their wacky agenda."

This station also broadcasts anxious, desperate-sounding, New York-accented "journalists" who, over drum and trumpet music that sounds much like that of NBC News Nightly Report, report gaspingly from "this jewel of democracy, this bastion of freedom in the Middle East--ISRAEL!" Every night you can picture the disheveled reporter, smudged with smoke, voice trembling with emotion, bravely sending his missives from the very HEART of the desperate battle for Christians and Christianity worldwide. The program runs the same soundbite from Ehud Olmert over and over, where he says, "You KNOW . . . that we are doing . . . THE RIGHT THING."

"Israel needs you! Israel is our friend! Support Israel now! Pick up that phone!"

These are almost direct quotes. They play it every day right at drive time: 4:30 to 5.

Air America and Democracy Now, however fine and elegant and well-reasoned and even entertaining they can be, can never compete with this kind of raw demagoguery and constant hammering. And with CALLS TO ACTION that these shows push and push and push. Do something for Christ! Do something for your country! DO SOMETHING.

That kind of "you can be part of the solution" appeal, especially since it involves listening, believing, and coughing up dough, is actually rather attractive to some.

Listen up and see what you-or we--are up against.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the Front Range's AM garbage IS the reason we're a purple state, and getting bluer all the time. Bless AM760 in Boulder/Denver for the Air America converage.
Now, if we can just get rid of the Jon Benet thing...

11:50 AM  
Blogger Rich in MT said...

Rob said:
In NYC, for example, Al Franken is very competitive against Rush Limbaugh.

Seems I've heard that sally before. Oh, HERE IT IS.

I'm not even sure Franken is still in New York City, but hopefully the libs will continue to poor lots of money into that black hole. I do hope, however, that they quit stealing money from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club, as that is not a good thing.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big Dave From Queens Writes: Newt Gingrich once told HIllary Clinton "If we fought you fair and square, we'd lose every time."

He was right. If we even had anything remotely resembling 50-50 in the media, conservatism would become a 4th party movement.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Steve Bremner said...

Fortunately we now have our own Colorado Media Matters , dedicated to exposing their lies.

10:39 AM  

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