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    'Funeral procession' for Progressive Talk planned

    [QUOTE][B]'Funeral procession' for progressive talk planned
    March to Clear Channel set Wednesday
    By Kevin Lynch [/B]

    Efforts to resuscitate the progressive talk radio format of "The Mic" WXXM-FM/ 92.1 have failed so far. Concerned listeners now plan a "funeral procession" as the Jan. 1 end of the format nears.

    The march will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Brittingham Park near the intersection of South Park Street and West Washington Avenue and head down Fish Hatchery Road to the Clear Channel Madison offices.

    A 420-page petition of more than 5,500 signatures to keep "The Mic" on the air will be delivered to Jeff Tyler, Clear Channel vice president of marketing, by activists Valerie Walasek, Gary Tipler and businesswoman Barbara Wright.

    Despite the petition and a rally at the High Noon Saloon on Dec. 12 to demonstrate advertising support for the station's political talk forum, Clear Channel still plans to change the format to sports talk with an emphasis on prep sports and the University of Wisconsin. It also will feature syndicated sports personalities Jim Rome and Dan Patrick.

    In an interview with The Associated Press published in The Capital Times on Wednesday, Tyler said Clear Channel would explore ways to continue progressive talk in Madison.

    "Our company sales team embraced the station, the format and enthusiasm we all had for the station and its role in the community," Tyler said. "However, there are many advertisers, local and national, who have been at conflict with the programming or stay away from controversial programming."

    The station has cancelled its local progressive talk shows, but it still airs programming from Air America, and other nationally broadcast talk hosts, including Al Franken, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ed Schultz and Stephanie Miller.

    Miller and Schultz have addressed their concerns about losing the progressive talk format in Madison. Miller recently read a letter from Walasek to Tyler on her program. Schultz noted in The Capital Times that "The Mic" posted a 3.7 percent of the market share in the summer Arbitron rankings, good for 11th place.

    Schultz said that he'd heard Madison sources say that the station's problem was poor management and advertising sales efforts. Schultz's program attracts an estimated 2.25 million listeners, ranking him No. 10 among all talk radio hosts, according to a recent survey in Talkers magazine. Franken attracts 1.5 million listeners, putting him at No. 12 on the survey.

    Walasek, a Mic listener and lifelong Madison resident who started the petition and organized the recent rally, said Clear Channel is ignoring community interests for higher profits "in an already saturated sports market," she stated in a press release.

    The procession will represent "mourners who feel that free speech will die on January 1, 2007 when 'the Mic' goes off the air," the release said.

    "I've had conversations with several people who indicated they'd be interested in making significant investments in a station that would keep the progressive talk format," Walasek said.

    "Jeff Tyler's assertion that advertisers don't want to spend money on 'The Mic' has clearly been disproved, and he hasn't offered another reasonable reason for changing the format."

    Walasek contends the recent rally of 500 advertisers and listeners demonstrated that Tyler's reasons for taking the Mic off the air are unfounded.

    Walasek said that WMTV/Channel 15 recently aired a comments by Tyler that "The Mic" had not attracted new advertisers in the last two years.

    "But I have found several who offered to advertise in the last few weeks without any real effort on my part to find advertisers," she said. "I believe that Clear Channel does not care about what the community wants, and this is a violation of their FCC charter and a deliberate blow to free speech."

    Activists may file a complaint about the format change with the Federal Communications Commission
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    [url]http://www.madison.com/tct/news/stories/index.php?ntid=111481&ntpid=2[/url]

    so let's see....they are at the bottom of the ratings but feel they have some inherent right to stay on the air??

    similar to the lunatics who applaud Keith Olbermann...another leftist joke at the bottom of the ratings chart...

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY][url]http://www.madison.com/tct/news/stories/index.php?ntid=111481&ntpid=2[/url]

    so let's see....they are at the bottom of the ratings but feel they have some inherent right to stay on the air??

    similar to the lunatics who applaud Keith Olbermann...another leftist joke at the bottom of the ratings chart...[/QUOTE]

    The Progressive movement is internet based......Net Roots, (Kos, Huffington, Democracy Now....)

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    [QUOTE=Jetdawgg]The Progressive movement is internet based......Net Roots, (Kos, Huffington, Democracy Now....)[/QUOTE]


    Democracy Now is net based??

    once again you have no clue not only what you are talking about but what you are a disciple of....

    "Progressive Movement"...that's a joke- just another way to sugar coat and nicely package the extreme leftist views you adhere to....
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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]Democracy Now is net based??

    once again you have no clue not only what you are talking about but what you are a disciple of....

    "Progressive Movement"...that's a joke- just another way to sugar coat and nicely package the extreme leftist views you adhere to....[/QUOTE]

    DN started on WBAI in the early ninties. I listen to 'BAI and I contribute also.
    Since I no longer live in NY, I catch it on DTV or on the web. I've listened to 'BAI for decades.

    Why does everything have to be so absolute with you? And why do you always try to trap someone? You remind me of Russert with his "gotchas" on MTP :yes: :yes:

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    [QUOTE=Jetdawgg]The Progressive movement is internet based......Net Roots, (Kos, Huffington, Democracy Now....)[/QUOTE]

    [QUOTE=Jetdawgg][B]DN started on WBAI in the early ninties.[/B] I listen to 'BAI and I contribute also.
    Since I no longer live in NY, I catch it on DTV or on the web. I've listened to 'BAI for decades.[/QUOTE]

    which proves once again you don't even have a clue as to what you are posting... :shakehead :shakehead

    [QUOTE]Why does everything have to be so absolute with you? And why do you always try to trap someone? You remind me of Russert with his "gotchas" on MTP :yes: :yes:[/QUOTE]

    absolute??

    I just prefer someone who can back up their posts with some quasi-facts or even have a clue as to what they are saying rather than just pull things out of their asss then pitifully turn the tables when they are called on it... ;)

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY][url]http://www.madison.com/tct/news/stories/index.php?ntid=111481&ntpid=2[/url]

    so let's see....they are at the bottom of the ratings but feel they have some inherent right to stay on the air??

    similar to the lunatics who applaud Keith Olbermann...another leftist joke at the bottom of the ratings chart...[/QUOTE]

    Why do you care so much about tv and radio show ratings?
    Do you work for a television/radio company? Is your livelihood affected by this?

    It s just not that important. No one cares but you!

    Get a life!

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    [QUOTE=kennyo7]Why do you care so much about tv and radio show ratings?
    Do you work for a television/radio company? Is your livelihood affected by this?

    It s just not that important. No one cares but you!

    Get a life![/QUOTE]


    :bigcry: :bigcry:

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]which proves once again you don't even have a clue as to what you are posting... :shakehead :shakehead



    absolute??

    I just prefer someone who can back up their posts with some quasi-facts or even have a clue as to what they are saying rather than just pull things out of their asss then pitifully turn the tables when they are called on it... ;)[/QUOTE]

    Dude, I have personally met Amy Goodman quite a few times. Her dad was a Jets fan too. She has a great show. It is well constructed and she is well informed.

    Oh yeah, she is "leftist" also.

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    [QUOTE=Jetdawgg]Dude, I have personally met Amy Goodman quite a few times. Her dad was a Jets fan too. She has a great show. It is well constructed and she is well informed.

    Oh yeah, she is "leftist" also.[/QUOTE]

    wow dude..I'm impressed.... :rolleyes:

    still doesn't dismiss the ignorance of your post about her show having it roots on the internet...
    Last edited by Come Back to NY; 12-18-2006 at 12:17 PM.

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]wow dude..I'm impressed.... :rolleyes:

    still doesn't dismiss the ignorance of your post about her show having it roots on the internet...[/QUOTE]

    It is how I get it the information today form DN. So to me it is part of netroots. And I am sure to many others.

    There is more than one way of thinking. Expand your mind somewhat. Your views are narrow and very simplistic.

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    [QUOTE=Jetdawgg]It is how I get it the information today form DN. So to me it is part of netroots. And I am sure to many others.

    There is more than one way of thinking. Expand your mind somewhat. Your views are narrow and very simplistic.[/QUOTE]

    my views are based on the facts at hand- not opinions pulled from ones asss or worse yet- misfacts someone tries to pawn off as truth....

    rather then trying to pawn some bullsh!t off as a "mind-expansion" maybe you should try to stick with the facts....or better yet back up your posts/views with them....

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]my views are based on the facts at hand- not opinions pulled from ones asss or worse yet- misfacts someone tries to pawn off as truth....

    rather then trying to pawn some bullsh!t off as a "mind-expansion" maybe you should try to stick with the facts....or better yet back up your posts/views with them....[/QUOTE]

    It is clear to me that your facts are yours and mine are mine.

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    [QUOTE=Jetdawgg]It is clear to me that your facts are yours and mine are mine.[/QUOTE]

    that's an intelligent way to look at it....

    or another words- I can back my fact with evidence and you can't....(four days later and still waiting for some hard evidence on your contention that olbermann's ratings are sometimes ahead of o'rielly's)

    ....or you just make statements that are factually incorrect (the above as well as the roots of DN coming from the internet).....

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    Clear Channel is what is destroying regular radio. They care about one thing commercials. Regular radio is horrible, there is a commercial every 4 to 5 minutes.

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    [QUOTE=Jetdawgg]It is clear to me that your facts are yours and mine are mine.[/QUOTE]

    This is a great example of the liberal vs conservative mindset.

    Liberals believe truth ids realtive and that we can all experience our own truth. Your facts are your facts, my facts are my facts. Let's not think too hard on it, tolerate everyone's beliefs because they are all equal and give a hug.

    Conservatives believe that the truth is absolute, reagrdless of what you think about it.

    So JetDawwg says you can keep your truth and I'll keep mine. CBNY says but there is only one truth - and it's not the version being offered up.

    Classic exchange :D

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]that's an intelligent way to look at it....

    or another words- I can back my fact with evidence and you can't....(four days later and still waiting for some hard evidence on your contention that olbermann's ratings are sometimes ahead of o'rielly's)

    ....or you just make statements that are factually incorrect (the above as well as the roots of DN coming from the internet).....[/QUOTE]

    Nielsen ratings report for November 2006:

    [url="http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/original/nov06ranker.pdf"]http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/original/nov06ranker.pdf[/url]

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    [QUOTE=JCnflies]This is a great example of the liberal vs conservative mindset.

    Liberals believe truth ids realtive and that we can all experience our own truth. Your facts are your facts, my facts are my facts. Let's not think too hard on it, tolerate everyone's beliefs because they are all equal and give a hug.

    Conservatives believe that the truth is absolute, reagrdless of what you think about it.

    So JetDawwg says you can keep your truth and I'll keep mine. CBNY says but there is only one truth - and it's not the version being offered up.

    Classic exchange :D[/QUOTE]

    This is true.
    Conservatives think in absolutes.
    This kind of thinking is what gets us in trouble

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    [QUOTE=flushingjet]Nielsen ratings report for November 2006:

    [url="http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/original/nov06ranker.pdf"]http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/original/nov06ranker.pdf[/url][/QUOTE]


    olbermann looking good as he keeps looking up at the competition... :yes: :D

    that's the absolute truth... :P
    Last edited by Come Back to NY; 12-19-2006 at 10:00 AM.

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]olbermann looking good as he keeps looking up at the competition... :yes: :D

    that's the absolute truth... :P[/QUOTE]

    KO's show has only been running for a year or so

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    [QUOTE=kennyo7]This is true.
    Conservatives think in absolutes.
    This kind of thinking is what gets us in trouble[/QUOTE]

    Thank you Ken

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