Tom Taylor’s newsletter confirms yesterday’s rumor that the one time New York affiliate of the so-called Progressive Air America talk network is getting ready to go to Spanish Talk. Prior to selling its soul to the Democratic Party, it programmed gospel and Caribbean music and sold brokered time. Starting in 2004, Steve Malzberg was cohosting the morning show with a black woman pretending to be a Republican – as much as Mayor Bloomberg was a Republican. A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.
This aligns with Clear Channel dumping the progressive format from two huge California stations. Clear Channel had previously torn down the towers of its progressive talk station in Detroit, and handed the license over to the MMTC.
The Bill Press / Stephanie Miller / Ed Schultz / Thom Hartmann / Norm Goldman lineup appears to be on its last legs with the Cumulus purchase of their syndicator Dial Global (formerly Jones Radio Network).
There was this little news item recently about the amount of money that labor unions have given Ed Schultz. If they were playing music, it would be called Payola.