More year-end syndication changes

We already have Laura Ingraham and Michael Medved going away this month and NBC Sports is ending most of its programming.

Fox News Radio, which used to carry Bill O’Reilly, Brian and the Judge, John Gibson and Tom Sullivan – never got traction on terrestrial radio, only on SiriusXM.   A large part of the reason was probably that Clear Channel’s Premiere (Beck/Limbaugh/Hannity) has been “repping” the Fox lineup to radio stations.  That is a pretty clear conflict of interest, but the industry has lived with it.  Talk Radio Network was frozen out in syndication partly because they were repped by Westwood One (later acquired by Cumulus Media) that had its own competing lineup, but Westwood One owned no radio stations.  Once merged into Cumulus, the same conflict of interest comes into play.

The current Fox News Talk lineup is very weak.  Todd Starnes used to be a fill-in and weekend host.  Brian Kilmeade is still going strong, but without Judge Napolitano.   The other hosts I know nothing about.

Fox News is moving their affiliate representation to Westwood One (Cumulus), but that won’t solve the issues.  News Corp owns no radio stations to form a critical mass of listeners.  The only substantial station that carries Kilmeade is the Cox Radio flagship WSB-AM in Atlanta, but they air the show from midnight to 3 AM as inexpensive filler programming.

In other news, Glenn Beck’s “the Blaze” and Mark Levin backed CRTV are merging their streaming operations.   Countess follows this more closely than me and says health problems and Levin’s father dying might be why CRTV is no longer as important.

Out West, Armstrong and Getty is a syndicated Conservative talk show, but not well known beyond California.  They are ramping up to try to capture some Laura Ingraham affiliates, but the rest of the country doesn’t much care about the lost cause of being a Conservative in California.  Liberals hate monocultures, unless it is their political beliefs system.

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2 Responses to More year-end syndication changes

  1. Parrott says:

    yeah, this make s some sense now. I heard a ALex Jones talking about the globalist attacking talk media. Alex said that even though Michael savage was good in ratings the the cumulost still cut him back. I had heard every now and again Savage say that he was being throttled. He didn’t seem to be enthused about ‘podcast’.
    Is that why Laura is being canned or is she down in ratings ?
    Alex says they are after Sean Hannity also.

    I use to listen to the Fox guys on a small station in Georgia. I like John Gibson and Tom Sullivan. I thought Tom Sullivan retired, but he in on WIQO Lynchburg in the afternoon. I am glad he didn’t retire.
    Maybe globalist are attacking talk radio ? I like live show way better than podcasts.
    I like John B Wells ark Midnight on Saturdays nights now. He is three hours, live.
    He makes fun of ‘coast to coast ‘. He’s worried about President Trump taking on the FED . Last President to do that was President Kennedy.
    Thanks
    Parrott

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Laura is raising some adopted children and does a lot of Fox TV – she is ending radio to get her personal life squared away.

      The addition of FM translators to old AM stations has moved many stations to drop news talk and move to music – echoing my prediction that the effort to “save AM radio” is really a migration to FM and killing off AM radio as mostly a non-music programming format.

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