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.