Cox and Raycom, what a cat fight.
Congrats to Bobby Rich. What a survivor. I stopped listening to "Mix 94.9" in the mornings after 9-11 and switched to KUAZ, but 94.9 is still a good station for other times of the day. And they do great work in the community.
Red Star, I'm delighted to hear that you missed Political Roundtable enough to ask about our whereabouts. As we mentioned on last week's episode, we are taking a brief break as the hard-working staff at AZPM does a bit of retooling with Arizona Illustrated. The whole show will be back, if all goes according to plan, on the week of Jan. 21. Political Roundtable will be back on Friday, Jan. 25.
Happy new year!
Why was Jack Gibson's/AZPM's (your state-run media) "Political Roundtable" not presented last evening on any of the various KUAT-TV channels? No info in the above post by Wick's John Schuster, no info from that Jim Nintzel. There don't seem to be secret answers in that Jack Gibson/AZPM $400 Yanni DVD.
What's up with this?
KOLD has become a bit of a joke and Cox is so big they cannot lose. Kinda like the flea going up the elephants leg with rape on its mind.
I am glad the IATSE is holding strong here in Tucson!
What about the epic battle between KOLD and Cox??
Ha, 1290 changed because a number of different things means corporate said run Cumulus CBS Sports network, or bye bye PD. If they had any guts we'd still hear some of the lame Out Foxed sports programming.
OK, time now for out for another lamo CBS Sports Minute....
Really? Just what Tucson needs more blathering idiots on the air. Between PBS, Limbaugh, Hannity and Coulter; the air waves are polluted enough.
The fact that hate mongers like the Savage Weiner(his real last name) has an audience in Tucson affirms my belief that Arizona is populated by some sick minds.
Michael Savage? Seriously? Is someone at KVOI on crack?
Arnold's editorials weren't his idea... all Raycom GMs do them. Debbie Bush does them now. I'm sure KOLD appreciates your watching... if not actually paying attention.
I first heard Jim on KOLD AM 1450 doing top 40 on the weekends in the evenings. This was back in 1965 and 1966 when -"The Waz"- Jim Wasley was at KOLD doing evenings weekdays. Anybody remember the "WAZ" ?
Hopefully Mr. Arnold with shake up the news department. They are horrible at 9.
As long as Jim Arnold keeps his filmed editorial opinion pieces out of the mix! Gawd I couldn't stand those and always changed the channel immediately.
Yeah azaggieone, that's why Oprah Winfrey and Phil Donahue are on food stamps right now, because they never wanted to make a profit. You're living proof conservatives are too dumb to understand how to work a television.
Liberals do not want to make a profit so how can liberal talk survive?
I miss the progressive talkers tremendously and you folks are wrong- I listen to 1480 from Phoenix on the internet when I can, so I can hear Steph and Ed and Alan at night. I listen to NPR too but I like the progressive option as well. There IS a market for it here- Steph makes me laugh and it's a great way to start the day. Rush and his ilk do not represent the majority here in Tucson and they never will. The future for conservative talk is on the downswing, thank God. The right wing is shooting itself in the foot on a daily basis- it's a joy to see these tea bag types make fools of themselves. They don't have a clue about this country; they are out of touch on social, immigration and economic policy and the more they dig their heels in the more ridiculous they appear.
Liberal talk radio has been tried over and over again. Wasn't that long ago Al Gore was involved with a start up that went belly up rapidly. People don't want to listen to another left outlet. Mainstream media and NPR has that covered
Regarding "liberal" talk radio....
"Conservative" talk radio was born out of a need. The guys behind Rush Limbaugh determined that "conservatives" were not getting their "needs" met with current mostly music radio formats. "Liberals" were apparently getting their needs met from the "mainstream" media...liberal slant to news on radio and TV, liberal "messages" in music and the arts, etc. Conservatives were "unserved," or at the very least: "under-served." AM stations...of ALL signal strengths...struggled to hold on to listeners as the rush to FM went on unabated in the late '70s early '80s. ABC Radio (before Cap Cities and Disney) tried a syndicated talk radio format, "customized" to local markets. We carried it on KNST in the early '80s. The hosts were either shrinks or liberal-leaning "generalists." (No perceptible "agendas.") That didn't fare well and the guys behind it subsequently found Rush and rushed to fill the gap left with the demise of "ABC Talkradio." Suddenly, conservatives discovered a reason to listen to the radio for something other than "elevator" music. No loss of listeners on the FM band...mostly liberals anyway. A "format" was born.
A liberal alternate to Rush was launched in the early '90s. Alan Colmes found few listeners. Similar liberal talkers over the years failed. Even Al Franken's decidedly liberal Air America Radio network failed to find any sort of successful niche. Its six-year run ended officially in January, 2010.
When Rush debuted on KNST in Tucson, its signal on 940 was limited yet Rush quickly dominated his time slot. When we flipped to the better-signaled 790 on the dial in 1993, and when it went wall-to-wall conservative talk, adding G. Gordon Liddy to afternoons on KNST, the station began its climb into the top ten in Tucson. "Liberal Radio" fails because liberals don't listen to it. Signal strength or lack thereof has little to do with it.
Similarly...Rupert Murdoch recognized the general failure of "mainstream" TV to serve conservatives and thus the success of his nighttime conservative opinion show lineup.
The unabashedly liberal-leaning opinion shows on other cable news channels have never matched the audiences on the Fox News Channel at night.
I don't care what Ed Shultz or John C. Scott opine, liberal talk radio is not going to find a niche...in Tucson or anywehere. The morning "entertainment-oriented" radio shows lean liberal. NPR has ALWAYS been left-leaning. TV is already liberal. Of course, if ABC, CBS and NBC all suddenly and openly demonstrate a conservative tilt, local AM stations...along with FM stations that were "failing" and switched to talk...might find enough liberal-leaning listeners to pay the rent. It's not about "signal." It's about who gets what and from where.
Bob Lee, former talkradio programmer (KNST from its "birth in" '82 to 1986 and again
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