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Talk Radio Victim of the Recession — Happy or Sad?

Radio stations can't put their money where their mouths are. Thanks to the bad economy, conservative talk radio is getting the ax in California.

Ad revenue isn't coming in, so many shows have been canceled, scaled back, or replaced with national syndication.

Since talk radio can be somewhat abrasive, hard times might make for more pleasant airways. But, it would be a shame to see only the voice of the majority survive a recession.

How do you feel about the recession shutting up conservative talk radio?

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janneth janneth 6 years
I think these AIG bonuses/bailout situations are moving people to conservative talk radio.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 6 years
Should have read the whole article.I don't for one iota of a second believe that conservative talk radio is going away because of the recession. Not at all. That's like saying a person is going away after a breakup because they don't have any more money.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 6 years
Should have read the whole article. I don't for one iota of a second believe that conservative talk radio is going away because of the recession. Not at all. That's like saying a person is going away after a breakup because they don't have any more money.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 6 years
I hate it! They just took my FAVORITE Radio Talk Show in Portland (The Rick Emerson Show) and moved it to a freakin' ROCK station for the morning drive! I can handle the morning drive part, but NOT the Rock station. I HATE Rock Music! I loved him because he was all about pop culture, and now, I can't stand to listen, not because of him but because I have to listen to jarring SCREAMING rock music in between. No thanks!
stephley stephley 6 years
Are you asking do we in fact have people in prisons around the world who haven't been charged with a crime despite being held for years, but are considered terrorists by some people?You could find mention of them on Foxnews.com, in Time, Newsweek, creepy Newsmax.com, abcnews.com, cnn.com, nbcnews.com, cbsnews.com, and the Washington Post and Times. The Supreme Court has made reference to them more than once, as have various federal courts across the country. The United Nations, the Red Cross, Amnesty International and a number of human rights groups have mentioned them as well.
stephley stephley 6 years
Are you asking do we in fact have people in prisons around the world who haven't been charged with a crime despite being held for years, but are considered terrorists by some people? You could find mention of them on Foxnews.com, in Time, Newsweek, creepy Newsmax.com, abcnews.com, cnn.com, nbcnews.com, cbsnews.com, and the Washington Post and Times. The Supreme Court has made reference to them more than once, as have various federal courts across the country. The United Nations, the Red Cross, Amnesty International and a number of human rights groups have mentioned them as well.
UnDave35 UnDave35 6 years
"When we have prisons around the world filled with people who have been picked up off the streets in various countries and held, but not charged with any crime, for years, it is not going overboard to at least say that yes, sometimes we do call people who look a certain way terrorists."Where are you getting your information about this?
UnDave35 UnDave35 6 years
"When we have prisons around the world filled with people who have been picked up off the streets in various countries and held, but not charged with any crime, for years, it is not going overboard to at least say that yes, sometimes we do call people who look a certain way terrorists." Where are you getting your information about this?
UnDave35 UnDave35 6 years
"Ad revenue isn't coming in, so many shows have been canceled, scaled back, or replaced with national syndication"If you can't support your show with ad sales, then you get canned. I'm sorry it is happening, but that's capitalism. I don't see this as diminished interest in talk radio, or conservative talk radio.
UnDave35 UnDave35 6 years
"Ad revenue isn't coming in, so many shows have been canceled, scaled back, or replaced with national syndication" If you can't support your show with ad sales, then you get canned. I'm sorry it is happening, but that's capitalism. I don't see this as diminished interest in talk radio, or conservative talk radio.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 6 years
Ha, Piper, you must live near me!
piper23 piper23 6 years
I've heard people refer to people that don't look like them as "foreigners" but never "terrorists". I've also heard them use the word "yankee", which in these parts is akin to the word "terrorist". ;)
stephley stephley 6 years
When we have prisons around the world filled with people who have been picked up off the streets in various countries and held, but not charged with any crime, for years, it is not going overboard to at least say that yes, sometimes we do call people who look a certain way terrorists. Ask a couple of Arab-Americans if they've had any problems in the last year at school, while traveling, on the job or while looking for a job.
stephley stephley 6 years
When we have prisons around the world filled with people who have been picked up off the streets in various countries and held, but not charged with any crime, for years, it is not going overboard to at least say that yes, sometimes we do call people who look a certain way terrorists. Ask a couple of Arab-Americans if they've had any problems in the last year at school, while traveling, on the job or while looking for a job.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 6 years
I agree with kh...the fact is, Rush Limbaugh has experienced a nice size leap in ratings. Talk Radio is far from dead...unless they bring out the "fairness doctrine" and try to duct tape their mouths.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 6 years
As if we go around randomly calling people "who look a certain way" terrorists now? That's going over board.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 6 years
As if we go around randomly calling people "who look a certain way" terrorists now? That's going over board.
stephley stephley 6 years
Think back kh... There was a time in the U.S. when we DIDN'T randomly call people who looked a certain way or came from a certain place but hadn't been charged with any crime 'terrorist'. It is in fact what older people would call 'the good old days'.
stephley stephley 6 years
Think back kh... There was a time in the U.S. when we DIDN'T randomly call people who looked a certain way or came from a certain place but hadn't been charged with any crime 'terrorist'. It is in fact what older people would call 'the good old days'.
kh61582 kh61582 6 years
This may be true on the local level but talkshow hosts such as Ruch Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are experiencing huge jumps in their ratings. (Don't argue with me on this people I own radio stations) California is a liberal state so I can see how they might have some trouble keeping conservative talk on the air but that's one state out of fifty. Conservative radio isn't going anywhere! People are pissed at Obama and his way too far left agenda. I mean c'mon we can't even call them terrorists anymore?! That's ridiculous. I know you guys wish we'd go away but it ain't happenin'. Get used to it!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
I don't listen to talk radio but I'm sad its going just like I'm sad newspapers are going. It feels like the end of an era
kscincotta kscincotta 6 years
I didn't read the whole article, but it seems to be oversimplifying what's actually going on here. Firstly, it sounds like the more local conservative radio talk show hosts are being replaced by nationally syndicated conservative shows, meaning that nothing is changed in terms of the conservative/liberal balance. The only thing that's changing is the focus from state level politics to national level. Secondly, I agree with Stephley that this is as much a loss of interest as it is due to recession. Advertisers don't want to associate themselves with viewpoints that the majority of Californians rejected in the last election. Lastly, to my mind, it seems that there are a lot more conservative radio shows on the air than liberal (at least here in the Deep South, I don't know about CA). Perhaps this is a shift to a more balanced representation on the airwaves?
stephley stephley 6 years
Sounds too, as if the economy's being blamed for what actually is diminished interest:"It's also no sure bet that the radio shows are converting listeners who might disagree with their agenda."All these people are going to vote the conservative line anyway, or they wouldn't be listening to those shows," said Jim Nygren, a Republican strategist.Conservative radio reached its peak in California in 2003, when stations prodded listeners to sign petitions for an election to recall Davis, then drummed up GOP support for Schwarzenegger as his replacement."
stephley stephley 6 years
Sounds too, as if the economy's being blamed for what actually is diminished interest: "It's also no sure bet that the radio shows are converting listeners who might disagree with their agenda. "All these people are going to vote the conservative line anyway, or they wouldn't be listening to those shows," said Jim Nygren, a Republican strategist. Conservative radio reached its peak in California in 2003, when stations prodded listeners to sign petitions for an election to recall Davis, then drummed up GOP support for Schwarzenegger as his replacement."
stephley stephley 6 years
Every cloud has a silver lining. Losing a couple of talk radio shows does little or nothing to silence diverse voices - there are plenty of other options for people to express themselves and hear other points of view.
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