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5 ways to rescue liberal talk
radio (but it won’t be easy)

Politico, by Mackenzie Weinger

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 11/29/2013 5:58:25 PM

Progressive talk radio needs a savior. Just a few dozen stations now carry liberal talkers, as key affiliates in cities with active left-wing politics are falling like dominoes, going dark or switching formats. Detroit’s progressive outlet shut down in January, along with Seattle’s liberal talk station, which changed to sports. And after last year’s election, Portland’s progressive talk station ended its political programming. With the political battlegrounds of 2014 and 2016 on the horizon, reducing the whopping imbalance between conservative radio, with its huge fan base, and the left has become more important than ever, according to those in

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: halfnorsk, 11/29/2013 6:05:01 PM     (No. 9633914)

Nobody wants to listen to their whining. Period.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Japanorama, 11/29/2013 6:15:03 PM     (No. 9633923)

Nothing more illiberal than liberal talk radio.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 11/29/2013 6:20:30 PM     (No. 9633935)

Lib talk radio fails because it´s boring. Not even libs listen to lib talk radio. Fixing it not only won´t be easy; it isn´t possible.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 11/29/2013 6:22:47 PM     (No. 9633938)

Radio has no pictures, therefore, liberals cannot play on people´s emotions. Radio requires one to think about what is being said, therefore it is not something liberals are inclined to do.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: scottc, 11/29/2013 6:25:33 PM     (No. 9633941)

For Liberal talk radio to succeed they must
1) Stop lying and tell the truth
2) After #1 they will no longer be liberal talk radio and will be conservative
3) #1 defeats #2 so stay the course liberal filth

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Reply 6 - Posted by: uno, 11/29/2013 6:27:23 PM     (No. 9633943)

There are just no listeners to support liberal programming therefore the only way to rescue liberal talk radio is to eliminate the free market and force it down people´s throats (or ears). Then you just call it what it really is: Paid Programming or Propaganda.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 11/29/2013 6:35:39 PM     (No. 9633952)

Simple solution for making leftist talk radio more exciting - - - - -

The Bawney Fwank Show!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FunOne, 11/29/2013 6:37:07 PM     (No. 9633954)

The problem is the target audience. These are people who can only maintain a mental focus on short, rote phrases. Anything beyond that requiring thought or reason is way over the head of the average liberal listener.

After you utter "republicans want to starve old people; republicans want to poison the water; republicans conduct a war on women; Bush is dumb; Palin is Dumb"--after that, what is left to fill the time spot?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Immanuel Goldstein, 11/29/2013 6:41:51 PM     (No. 9633964)

Liberal talk radio doesn´t work because of the nature of the media. Talk radio gives over large segments of time to devote to a particular subject, and liberals are incapable of talking about anything that involves more than talking points and predigested pablum. If the game isn´t rigged, they can´t win.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Patchy groundfog, 11/29/2013 6:44:25 PM     (No. 9633967)

Their desired audience is currently biting, clawing, scratching and stampeding at their local Walmart, EBT cards at the ready.

It´s inconceivable that they would or could sit still long enough to listen to a radio show, let alone comprehend it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 11/29/2013 6:46:06 PM     (No. 9633968)

Not to mention the market´s already saturated via all the networks and a majority of the cables.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Twinkle93, 11/29/2013 6:51:16 PM     (No. 9633971)

It comes down to content or lack there of.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: strikingviking, 11/29/2013 6:57:47 PM     (No. 9633974)

Conservative talk radio succeeds because it, along with Fox News, is the only media outlet for conservative thoughts and issues.

If the Libs insisted that CBSNBCMSNBCABCNPRPBSCNN, et al., present both sides of the issues fairly, liberal talk radio would bloom. As things are now, liberal talk shows are just other voices in a deafening liberal shout-fest.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: birddog, 11/29/2013 7:05:57 PM     (No. 9633985)

They are all big fans of Darwin, yet...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: john56, 11/29/2013 7:11:43 PM     (No. 9633995)

Don´t they already have NPR?



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Reply 16 - Posted by: Momma Walton, 11/29/2013 7:18:49 PM     (No. 9634003)

Won´t happen! They need someone to speak the truth!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: woodenleg, 11/29/2013 7:29:29 PM     (No. 9634014)

Be prepared for a hip, cool, confrontational pundit who is going to save liberalism and be prepared to watch them go down in flames.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: clw54, 11/29/2013 7:38:06 PM     (No. 9634019)

The left has the colleges, television, most major newspapers, and the culture in general. Conservatives have one segment of communication, so the left sees this and goes bonkers, insisting it needs to be balanced out by more leftism.

But leftism doesn´t play well on radio. It´s hard to fill a fifteen minute segment with slogans and ridicule. Plus, they have to be able to take calls and discuss their "ideas" in an intelligent manner. The leftist habit of silencing opposing points of view makes engaging in discourse nearly impossible, which is necessary in such a medium.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: franq, 11/29/2013 7:43:26 PM     (No. 9634020)

Snooty hate speech is what passes for lib radio. Without government subsidy, it always fails.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 11/29/2013 8:29:25 PM     (No. 9634049)

An unscripted discussion with an unfiltered audience is very dangerous to all liberal ideas.



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Reply 21 - Posted by: trashcann, 11/29/2013 8:44:46 PM     (No. 9634061)

In a related article "How to rescue the Titanic
(but it won´t be easy)

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Reply 22 - Posted by: fayebeck, 11/29/2013 9:50:06 PM     (No. 9634108)

Another thing. Very few liberals have a sense of humor. Personaly Ive never met one but I have friends who claim they have.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: gasmeterguy, 11/29/2013 10:18:02 PM     (No. 9634123)

Talk radio is where one can find the arena of ideas.

Conservative ideas are based upon experience and history. Liberal ideas are based upon feelings. Until liberals can support their ideas with experience and history, there will never be an audience for liberal talk radio. So far liberals turn to character assignation because they can not, nor will they ever be able to support their claims

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Smart11344, 11/29/2013 10:36:35 PM     (No. 9634137)

Do you know how to save a dying liberal radio station? You don´t? GOOD!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: enuf8, 11/29/2013 11:14:24 PM     (No. 9634155)

Lefty talk radio has already been tried and turned out to be a failure......look to MSNBC as it is the same as ´talk radio´. Keep dreaming lefties.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 11/29/2013 11:15:16 PM     (No. 9634156)

1. Libs know how to attract lib audiences by entertaining. The problem is that so many libs are too stupid to derive entertainment from talk radio.

2. Too many lib listeners have no money and/or short attention spans, so that makes it impossible to make money with lib talk radio.

3. Lib talk radio competes for lib ears with not-for-profit public radio and TV. That´s where the lib radio money is.



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Reply 27 - Posted by: Italiano, 11/29/2013 11:19:28 PM     (No. 9634160)

Let´s see whether the inevitable 87th "Liberal Answer to Rush Limbaugh" has more success than the previous 86.

Bet the under.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: steph_gray, 11/29/2013 11:59:14 PM     (No. 9634182)

I have a sneaking suspicion this article will be listed tomorrow in Taranto´s "Answers to Questions No One Is Asking" section.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/30/2013 1:32:16 AM     (No. 9634216)

Maybe they should hire Obama as he will tell the liberals what they want to hear.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: 4justice, 11/30/2013 3:06:22 AM     (No. 9634246)

#6&8 are right...they can only win by cheating...create a monopoly by infiltrating, taking over and continually lying... force constant propaganda down peoples throats and don´t give the people access to the truth or any ideas that allow them to think. Leftism is always tyranny. Look at every leftist regime in history. There is no freedom nor integrity.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: toddh, 11/30/2013 10:59:27 AM     (No. 9634697)

Leftists know their ideas only take hold when there is a (more or less) captive audience. Movie theater. Classroom. Bumper-to-bumper traffic. They *start* with totalitarianism it´s the core of their being.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: jackburton, 11/30/2013 2:04:36 PM     (No. 9634952)

I know the secret.

Let people call in.

Treat them with respect and humor.

Make your points citing facts.

Of course, if you CAN´T do that...

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