Today is the last day Randi Rhodes will be heard on Premiere radio. Randi wound up working for the “evil” Clear Channel after the failure of Air America and the “progressive” Novo M network in Phoenix.
Coinciding with her leaving, Clear Channel station KKZN-AM in Denver is dropping progressive talk. It is being replaced with a very weak lineup – the centerpiece of which is Dave Ramsey and Clark Howard.
This month’s news talk ratings are close to catastrophically bad. TRN is just barely clinging on – most of the Rusty Humphries affiliates have now left after six months of no Rusty.
I don’t view the failure of progressive radio as a good thing. I did not like listening to it, but at least you knew what people were thinking. The winding down of progressive talk will just make conservative talk that much more shrill and uninteresting to the 90% of people that don’t currently listen to it.
Mostly unrelated, Clear Channel is party to a three way deal, acquiring 29 unremarkable stations from Qantum for two stations on Long Island that have been languishing in a divestiture trust for 5 years. None of this is a sign of a healthy industry.