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Friday, November 16th, 2012

“Seattle’s Progressive Talk” to be shut down; CBS Radio converting AM 1090 to sports

Last week, as we report­ed a few days ago, Clear Chan­nel pulled the plug on pro­gres­sive talk radio in Port­land, con­vert­ing AM 620 KPOJ (“Port­land’s Pro­gres­sive Talk”) to a Fox Sports affil­i­ate after more than eight years of serv­ing as a home for pop­u­lar hosts like Thom Hart­mann, Ed Schultz, Ran­di Rhodes, Nor­man Gold­man, Rachel Mad­dow, Al Franken, and Sam Seder.

Now we’ve received con­fir­ma­tion that CBS Radio will be doing the same thing with AM 1090 in Seat­tle as of Jan­u­ary 2nd, 2013.

On Jan­u­ary 2nd, CBS (which used to be known as Via­com before it spun off sev­er­al of its busi­ness units as a sep­a­rate com­pa­ny called Via­com) plans to con­vert KFNQ, for­mer­ly KPTK, to the sports radio for­mat, along with many oth­er sta­tions around the coun­try. The appar­ent objec­tive is to cre­ate a stronger net­work of sports radio sta­tions so that CBS can bet­ter com­pete for nation­al sports pro­gram­ming con­tracts.

Seat­tle, of course, already has plen­ty of sta­tions offer­ing sports talk. These include KRKO (broad­cast­ing as Fox Sports Radio 1380), KIRO (broad­cast­ing as 710 ESPN Seat­tle) and KJR (broad­cast­ing as Sports Radio 950).

But CBS exec­u­tives don’t care. As far as they’re con­cerned, AM 1090’s cur­rent for­mat isn’t mak­ing enough mon­ey — so they’re going to com­plete­ly trash it, just like Clear Chan­nel did with AM 620 in Port­land.

CBS has­n’t yet offi­cial­ly announced the change, and they haven’t autho­rized an on-air announce­ment or an expla­na­tion for AM 1090’s web­site, but staff in Seat­tle have been told that it is hap­pen­ing. And they have com­mu­ni­cat­ed the news to peo­ple they know (includ­ing many of AM 1090’s most loy­al lis­ten­ers).

So we know this isn’t a rumor.

Man­age­ment at CBS claims that although pro­gres­sive polit­i­cal talk has a ded­i­cat­ed core audi­ence, the over­all audi­ence has been declin­ing, both in our region and nation­al­ly. We haven’t seen any num­bers back­ing up that asser­tion, but that is part of the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the for­mat change that CBS Seat­tle staff have been giv­en.

Those unfa­mil­iar with the radio busi­ness might be sur­prised to know that AM 1090 has been through a lot of for­mat shifts before. AM 1090 is Seat­tle’s third old­est-radio sta­tion; it began broad­cast­ing in 1927 as KVL.

In 1947, Dorothy Bul­litt launched KING AM on the fre­quen­cy. KING AM was ini­tial­ly a NBC News affil­i­ate; it also broad­cast tra­di­tion­al pop music, jazz, and swing. In the 1970s, 1090 became “Mus­i­cra­dio 11 KING”, prin­ci­pal­ly broad­cast­ing hits from Bill­board­’s “Top 40” chart. KING AM shift­ed to soft adult con­tem­po­rary music in 1980, but rat­ings remained low, and two years lat­er, the sta­tion stopped broad­cast­ing tunes entire­ly due to the grow­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty of the FM band.

The sta­tion was relaunched in 1982 as KING New­sTalk 1090, with a slate of hosts that includ­ed Mike and Can­dace Siegel, Randy Row­land, Jim Althoff, Carl Dombek, Jeff Ray, and Pat Cash­man (lat­er one of the stars of Almost Live!). Four­teen years lat­er, in 1994, the sta­tion quit pay­ing all of its local tal­ent and instead began car­ry­ing the Asso­ci­at­ed Press’ All News Radio. Not long after, the sta­tion was sold by the Bul­litt fam­i­ly, and its call let­ters were changed near­ly half a dozen times.

By 1996, 1090 AM was broad­cast­ing coun­try music, and it was bought by Infin­i­ty Broad­cast­ing, which lat­er became CBS Radio (a unit of Via­com, now CBS Cor­po­ra­tion). Infin­i­ty exper­i­ment­ed with a news talk for­mat again after the turn of the cen­tu­ry (with local tal­ent such as Bob Rivers and Ron & Don), but pulled the plug after less than a year. 1090, which was by this time known as KYCW, returned to coun­try music, and con­tin­ued broad­cast­ing that until Octo­ber 2004, when it became KPTK (“Seat­tle’s Pro­gres­sive Talk”).

Now the genius­es at CBS want to con­vert 1090 AM to a sports for­mat. They fig­ure the audi­ence for sports pro­gram­ming is larg­er, and the sta­tion will be able to make more mon­ey by com­pet­ing for that audi­ence.

We won­der if they’ve done their home­work. This is not a mar­ket that is cur­rent­ly under-served.

KJR already has Husky foot­ball and bas­ket­ball; KIRO (AM + FM) has the Mariners, Sounders, and the Sea­hawks, and both sta­tions also car­ry plen­ty of sports com­men­tary and analy­sis in addi­tion to games.

And as of a few weeks ago, sports fans in the Pacif­ic North­west have even less incen­tive to lis­ten to games or analy­sis on the radio.

If they sub­scribe to Com­cast cable, Fron­tier FiOS, or Dish Net­work, they can watch all the games that the likes of ESPN and Fox don’t decide to car­ry on the Pac-12 Net­works, a fam­i­ly of tele­vi­sion chan­nels cre­at­ed by the Pacif­ic 12 con­fer­ence.

The Pacif­ic 12 con­fer­ence, as many read­ers know, con­sists of twelve schools, includ­ing Wash­ing­ton and Ore­gon’s four largest pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties. The schools col­lec­tive­ly decid­ed a cou­ple of years ago that they could bet­ter mon­e­tize their ath­let­ic events by cre­at­ing a broad­cast­ing arm under their direct con­trol.

Now that the Pac-12 Net­works are live, col­lege sports fans can watch far more games on TV than they could before. Each region of the con­fer­ence has its own chan­nel, and there’s also a nation­al Pac-12 chan­nel as well.

This is what CBS is up against. They’re mak­ing an extreme­ly risky bet. By con­vert­ing AM 1090, they lose the sta­tion’s cur­rent loy­al audi­ence and all the good­will they have tried to cul­ti­vate over the years through “Precinct 1090” and annu­al town hall forums. No oth­er sta­tion in Seat­tle broad­casts pro­gres­sive talk, which means that AM 1090 — in its present incar­na­tion — has a niche.

And it has boost­ers, too. Many local activists have pro­mot­ed the sta­tion for years with AM 1090 bumper stick­ers or win­dow decals on their vehi­cles.

CBS exec­u­tives are mis­tak­en if they think this com­mu­ni­ty of lis­ten­ers, which their Seat­tle staff has worked hard to build, are going to stick around once the com­pa­ny turns its back on them by junk­ing “Seat­tle’s Pro­gres­sive Talk”.

At least CBS has­n’t made the switch yet, unlike Clear Chan­nel. If you’re an AM 1090 lis­ten­er who wants pro­gres­sive talk to stay on the air in Seat­tle, you can voice your dis­plea­sure regard­ing CBS’ plans to its cor­po­rate office.

CBS RADIO
1271 Avenue of the Amer­i­c­as FL 44
New York, NY 10020

There’s also a Face­book page called “Keep Pro­gres­sive Talk in Seat­tle” which you can become a fan of. The cre­ator of the page is urg­ing peo­ple to send post­cards to CBS head­quar­ters protest­ing the for­mat change.

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33 Comments

  1. I just start­ed stream­ing this sta­tion when we lost KPOJ in Port­land and was so hap­py to find it… I lis­ten at least five hours a day.

    # by Laurie Fort :: November 16th, 2012 at 4:25 PM
  2. KFNQ will go after the broad­cast rights for one of Seat­tle’s mar­quee sports prop­er­ties. The Mariners, and/or the com­ing NBA team. I pre­dict Waz­zu will be in their port­fo­lio very soon; WSU has been — unde­served­ly — a red-head­ed stepchild in the Seat­tle sports mar­ket. Dra­ma queens like Mike Leach make for great sports talk radio fod­der (I say all of that as a UW alum).

    Pro­gres­sive radio’s future lies not with the Big Three C’s (CBS, Clear Chan­nel, Cumu­lus) but with medi­um-sized radio net­works and inde­pen­dents that offer more local con­trol. We pro­gres­sives need to build our media ecosys­tem on this infra­struc­ture base.

    In the long run, we’ll be bet­ter off with­out ’em.

    # by Daniel L. :: November 16th, 2012 at 9:33 PM
  3. Try stream­ing WCPT, Chicago’s pro­gres­sive talk, which is inde­pen­dent­ly owned and has a sim­i­lar line up.

    # by Karen S. :: November 16th, 2012 at 11:33 PM
  4. As we now lost KPOJ 620 Port­land, I also looked to KPTK 1090 for the Pro­gres­sive dis­cus­sions of the day.
    If the exec­u­tives at CBS, which I always thought was a fair and bal­anced net­work (?), would see that the Pro­gres­sive move­ment is the strongest audi­ence in the USA, take for exam­ple the recent Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. If you, CBS, steps up and rep­re­sents this pow­er­ful seg­ment of our soci­ety, you will be hailed as for­ward lean­ing net­work.
    Keep KPTK 1090 as a Pro­gres­sive for­mat voice for the North­west and the nation.
    PS: Sav­ing KPOJ would also be a great idea.

    # by Skip Stein :: November 17th, 2012 at 11:27 AM
  5. “Lis­ten online” real­ly isn’t much of an option for those of us who don’t have easy access to the inter­net.

    # by Dnver :: November 17th, 2012 at 5:39 PM
  6. I LOVE the Pac-12 Net­work (and those like it), and real­ly appre­ci­ate their effort to chal­lenge mono­lith­ic net­works like CBS. I know DirecTV has­n’t inked a deal yet, but I have DISH, and Pac-12 is con­stant­ly play­ing around my home on the week­ends. DISH itself is no stranger to con­tro­ver­sial pro­gram­ming moves, and it only makes sense that DISH would be one of the few providers to offer a rel­a­tive­ly new net­work like Pac-12. A DISH cowork­er told me we would be get­ting it, and although I love the sports like any oth­er Pac-12 fan, I also like the inter­views and behind the scenes work, which offer a larg­er per­spec­tive into the goings-on with­in the con­fer­ence.

    # by javi :: November 18th, 2012 at 11:41 AM
  7. Tough deal for the staff, who will have to spend weeks of answer­ing angry phone calls on why the sta­tion switched.

    # by MIke Barer :: November 18th, 2012 at 3:58 PM
  8. I lis­ten to KPTK sev­er­al hours a day as I sit at my desk to work. I for­mu­late my polit­i­cal beliefs by lis­ten­ing to Thom, Ed, Nor­man, and Ran­di. I like sports too, but to have four sport sta­tions com­pet­ing against each oth­er seems like an over­load. What do we pro­gres­sives do now? I feel like boy­cotting the new sta­tion!

    # by William Curtis :: November 20th, 2012 at 4:11 PM
  9. Please, please keep Seat­tle A.M. 1090 on the air. It is our only life line for hon­est broad­cast­ing of cur­rent polit­i­cal hap­pen­ings as well as edu­ca­tion­al. Not every­one has access to cable t.v., or inter­net. I lis­ten to 1090 every day sev­er­al hours faith­ful­ly.

    There are so many sports cov­ered on t.v., and radio, there many times when there is noth­ing sub­stan­tial to lis­ten to or watch.

    I am so upset I may nev­er watch CBS again.

    # by betty coulson :: November 20th, 2012 at 4:49 PM
  10. Wow! Imag­ine Seat­tle with­out a pro­gres­sive radio sta­tion! That would be like New Orleans with­out Jazz and Mil­wau­kee with­out beer. This can’t be allowed to hap­pen. Is it pos­si­ble to get an army of spon­sors signed up before the dead­line to show CBS that this for­mat will make plen­ty of mon­ey?

    # by John Alwyn :: November 20th, 2012 at 9:03 PM
  11. I am total­ly sick­ened. The news that KPTK will stop broad­cast­ing pro­gres­sive talk radio is absolute­ly unbe­liev­able. I’ve lis­tened to it 6–7 hrs. a day 7 days a week, since 2004, while I’m work­ing in my shop. Now what? CBS?.….you all go to hell and rot!

    # by Doug Pratt :: November 21st, 2012 at 9:53 AM
  12. While pro­gres­sive remains syn­ony­mous with Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty, I say good rid­dance to pro­gres­sive radio am1090’s for­mat.

    This is com­ing from some­one who spent way too much time lis­ten­ing to Hart­mann, Schultz, RR and oth­ers.

    I like Nor­man near­ly entire­ly and I’ll miss Mal­loy as well.

    Hart­mann went wrong sub­tly at first but quite pro­gres­sive­ly the longer he remains in DC. Close prox­im­i­ty to that cesspool was a bad move for him. Schultz may as well do sports radio, am I right? And RR is often thought pro­vok­ing as much as she is sim­ply wrong.

    The future isn’t pro­gres­sive equals Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty, rather, I think it is clos­er to some­thing like pro­gres­sive equals inde­pen­dent.

    The polit­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion is over. There is one par­ty on the big issues.

    Maybe pro­gres­sives can’t wrap it around their heads that the coun­try is in dire straights and needs a pol­i­tics that does­n’t include the nor­mal see­saw of D vs. R which is a false choice when you get past the divide and con­quer issues.

    WA state has gay mar­riage and mar­i­jua­na is legit if still not entire­ly legal. I real­ly do won­der when peo­ple will wake up and real­ize that we have been con­quered by TBTF inter­na­tion­al crime lords like J Dia­mond and Lord Nofine. I’m not try­ing to be cute, but the time for the usu­al radio is over unless the sta­tus quo suits you.

    Any­one lis­ten­ing to am1090 for long must have thought this was com­ing. I mean come on, it’s cbs radio. Don’t you all get it?

    I think this an admis­sion by cbs that the oli­garch’s won. Thanks, cbs.

    # by mithreal :: November 21st, 2012 at 10:37 AM
  13. I feel so sad & angry that CBS is tak­ing Pro­gres­sive radio off 1090 am. I feel it’s a place I could go to hear the truth. I always checked things out else­where before I made my final deci­sion. I lis­ten to 1090am Mon­day thru Fri­day for about 10 hours a day. I feel if it weren’t for pro­gres­sive radio Mitt Rom­ney might be pres­i­dent. Not some­thing I real­ly want to think about. I used to be part of the mid­dle class but now that I’m unem­ployed I’m not. From what I’ve heard there’s plen­ty of sport cov­er­age out there. But what can you expect from a cor­po­ra­tion. (Even though cor­po­ra­tions are con­sid­ered to be per­sons.) I don’t feel like prob­a­bly lis­ten to too much sports!

    # by Diana Manhan :: November 21st, 2012 at 4:18 PM
  14. Went away for two weeks on vaca­tion and found anoth­er sports radio sta­tion (We don’t watch or fol­low any sports) replac­ing Pro­gres­sive Talk AM 620 KPOJ.
    I lis­tened most of the night to that sta­tion and streamed it into my com­put­er dur­ing the day­time.
    I refuse to watch any Fox news or sports sta­tion so will have to rely on stream­ing inter­net until the media moguls take that away. Bad move on their part as it was the only way they could reach some Pro­gres­sive Con­sumers.

    # by William ODell :: November 23rd, 2012 at 4:44 PM
  15. Dear CBS.

    We as lis­ten­ers to pro­gres­sive talk radio, under­stand the cor­po­rate need to make a prof­it. In that regard, I absolute­ly know that you are mis­guid­ed. The lis­ten­ers to AM 1090 in Seat­tle and KPOJ in Port­land are vast­ly under­es­ti­mat­ed when you look at your cus­tom­ary num­bers. From lis­ten­ing to the call-ins, it is rare to hear some one that says that they lis­ten live. The vast major­i­ty stream the pro­gram or pod­cast it (as I do) to lis­ten to them at their con­ve­nience.

    So in your cal­cu­la­tions as to whether you can get well-healed adver­tis­ers on your pro­gram to sup­port the pro­gram, you have missed the boat.

    But let’s say you don’t make mon­ey, because you fail to con­vince adver­tis­ers that is a good place to dis­play their prod­ucts. Even in that case, where is pro­gres­sive talk to find a voice? When did the air­waves cease to exist for the pub­lic good? When did PROFIT become the only rea­son to con­tin­ue broad­cast­ing? Where is the ethics of a sta­tion? Why is it OK to have Lim­baugh on every sin­gle sta­tion in Amer­i­ca spew­ing his hate and lies? Is there no end of greed, allow­ing you to over­look peo­ple like him and their destruc­tive role in soci­ety?

    The FCC should have a say in this, but from our stand­point they are prob­a­bly bought as well.

    Unfor­tu­nate­ly for you, you just cut off the most intel­lec­tu­al group of radio lis­ten­ers in the coun­try. If you ever lis­tened to Ran­di Rhodes you would know what I mean. Many many thou­sands of peo­ple depend on her for her pre­sen­ta­tion of fac­tu­al infor­ma­tion with resources and encour­age­ment to read for our­selves the reli­able sources.

    Take your mon­ey and run — just remem­ber you are use­less to this soci­ety with one more sports pro­gram. We need that like anoth­er “fis­cal cliff.”

    Wish we could change your mind, but it’s a waste of time.

    Ray West­er­mey­er, M.D.

    # by ray westermeyer, md :: November 25th, 2012 at 10:31 PM
  16. It may now to time to force the FCC to give due def­er­ence to com­mu­ni­ty inter­ests in allow­ing sta­tions to retain their licens­es. Allow­ing more sports radio sta­tions on over the air radio broad­cast­ing fre­quen­cies serves no pub­lic pur­pose what­so­ev­er when there are already 3 com­pet­ing sta­tions broad­cast­ing sports. It is also gen­er­al­ly true the sports enthu­si­asts are will­ing to pay for ser­vices like satel­lite radio pro­grams than can allo­cate tens of sta­tions to sports pro­gram­ming.

    In con­trast talk radio is almost total­ly dom­i­nat­ed nation­al­ly by arch con­ser­v­a­tive polit­i­cal views.

    It clear­ly does serve the pub­lic inter­est to have radio sta­tions on the air with dif­fer­ent polit­i­cal per­spec­tives, to facil­i­tate a mar­ket for ideas. This is espe­cial­ly true for AM band fre­quen­cies which might oth­er­wise be reded­i­cat­ed to oth­er types of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and aban­doned for broad­cast­ing. In sports pro­gram­ming, an AM sta­tion with its inabil­i­ty to broad­cast stereo sound can­not con­vey the thrill of a sta­di­um crowd or its enthu­si­asm near­ly as effec­tive­ly as stereo FM sta­tions.

    Hav­ing hav­ing radio sta­tions offer­ing dif­fer­ent polit­i­cal per­spec­tives does serve the pub­lic pur­pose, espe­cial­ly for AM fre­quen­cies which are infe­ri­or to FM fre­quen­cies because they can’t broad­cast stereo, such as the crowd nois­es from sports the­aters. Port­land, Ore­gon’s AM 620 KPOJ was prof­itable and should not have changed for­mats, espe­cial­ly in the very Demo­c­ra­t­ic Pacif­ic North­west.

    If this kind of change can hap­pen eas­i­ly and with­out pub­lic hear­ings in Port­land, OR, and Seat­tle, WA, no radio mar­ket is safe for Pro­gres­sive Radio, which is hard­er to gath­er pro­gram­ming for with stream­ing inter­net ser­vices that sports pro­gram­ming.

    # by Walter L Johnson :: November 26th, 2012 at 1:43 PM
  17. I start­ed lis­ten­ing here when KPOJ went sports — I will not lis­ten to sports radio — Us north­west­ern­ers need to show the PTB at those sta­tions who think that sports talk is won­der­ful exact­ly who they are deal­ing with ! I don’t roll over!

    # by Mike :: November 27th, 2012 at 1:38 AM
  18. I see KVI isn’t being pulled, so Rush Lim­baugh and Mike Sav­age still have a soap­box.

    # by Paul Clark :: November 27th, 2012 at 4:27 PM
  19. I am shocked, out­raged, and appalled that Seat­tle Pro­gres­sive Talk is being replaced by sports. But truth be told, I’m not all that sur­prised because the CBS exec­u­tives are prob­a­bly a bunch of sim­ple-mind­ed, greedy Repub­li­cons who could­n’t care less about qual­i­ty pro­gram­ming like Pro­gres­sive talk. I hope they see huge prof­it loss­es as a result of this hideous deci­sion.

    # by Angela Coryell :: November 27th, 2012 at 4:58 PM
  20. I am a long time AM1090 lis­ten­er. First they took our 98.9 Smooth Jazz. Now this. Noooooooo. I did expect it soon­er or lat­er. CBS=Capitalists. Their val­ues are in mon­ey not inform­ing with truth. I feel sick and sad.

    # by Jane/Seattle :: November 28th, 2012 at 8:55 PM
  21. I’ve long sus­pect­ed that my fel­low pro­gres­sives are cheap­skates, wear­ing old
    Birken­stocks, recy­cling com­pul­sive­ly, shop­ping at thrift stores, dri­ving 20-year-old Japan­ese cars if they aren’t com­mut­ing by bicy­cle, and gen­er­al­ly absent from the eco­nom­ic radar in the Seat­tle area.

    So this is what we get. Nobody with any seri­ous cap­i­tal is going to gam­ble on Pro­gres­sive Talk Radio in any mar­ket because it’s not that peo­ple don’t tune in, they don’t spend mon­ey with adver­tis­ers. My busi­ness adver­tised on 1090 and it was a los­ing invest­ment, even though the major­i­ty of our cus­tomers are pro­gres­sives. Maybe if we were sell­ing majic crys­tals or astrol­o­gy read­ings we would have done bet­ter.

    So I would sug­gest a look in the mirror…what have you done to sup­port 1090 and its adver­tis­ers?

    # by James Banks :: December 1st, 2012 at 1:54 AM
  22. I nev­er real­ly lis­tened to Radio 1090, as it seemed to be preach­ing to the choir.
    When I want my “feel good” news, I turn to MSNBC.

    # by Mike Barer :: December 1st, 2012 at 4:29 PM
  23. Thank (insert deity of choice here), could­n’t have bet­ter news for the hol­i­days!
    Can’t wait to be rid of that sim­per­ing bunch of whin­ers on AM 1090.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    # by Andy Nielsen :: December 3rd, 2012 at 8:41 AM
    • Andy, you do real­ize that none of the “sim­per­ing bunch of whin­ers” on AM 1090 are going away? AM 1090 just broad­casts nation­al­ly syn­di­cat­ed shows, all of which stream online and/or have a pres­ence on Sir­ius Satel­lite Radio.

      I’m guess­ing you don’t even lis­ten to AM 1090 and sim­ply want to crow about Seat­tle-area pro­gres­sives los­ing a favorite sta­tion. Tell me: if the shoe was on the oth­er foot and KVI and KTTH were con­vert­ed to sports, would you be hap­py if pro­gres­sives showed up on forums you fre­quent­ed to cel­e­brate? Just curi­ous…

      # by Andrew :: December 5th, 2012 at 5:02 PM
  24. This is a sta­tion I lis­ten to for cur­rent events and edu­cat­ing myself as well as oth­ers. I am sick­ened that we will lose this sta­tion to sports? Don’t we have enough of that? I guess what we have left is Democ­ra­cy Now on the Belle­vue Col­lege Cam­pus.

    Is there any hope for this coun­try as they try to con­trol what we lis­ten to?

    And yes, I miss the jazz sta­tion too!

    # by Barb Lord :: December 3rd, 2012 at 9:19 PM
  25. We have cre­at­ed an on-line peti­tion:

    DON’T LET SEATTLE LOSE PROGRESSIVE RADIO

    It was just announced that AM 1090 will drop pro­gres­sive talk and switch to
    an all sports for­mat after the first of the year.

    Pro­gres­sive radio lis­ten­ers in the greater Seat­tle area are appalled at the
    prospect of los­ing the great pro­gres­sive radio shows host­ed by Ed Shultz,
    Thom Hart­mann, Nor­man Gold­man, Ran­di Rhodes, Stephanie Miller and oth­ers.

    Please join us in let­ting AM 1090’s adver­tis­ers know that we, their
    cus­tomers, want pro­gres­sive voic­es be heard! We want to encour­age anoth­er
    local sta­tion to step up as Seat­tle’s pro­gres­sive voice.

    MoveOn.org has cre­at­ed a SignOn.org peti­tion. Please sign it and for­ward it
    to as many peo­ple as you can in the greater Seat­tle Area. We need this to
    go viral as fast as pos­si­ble.

    http://signon.org/sign/dont-let-seattle-lose‑1

    # by Carolyn Tamler :: December 4th, 2012 at 1:01 PM
  26. This is a fla­grant mis­use of the pub­lic air­waves. The FCC must be held respon­si­ble for allow­ing com­pa­nies like CBS to monop­o­lize the radio dial in the Pacif­ic North­west and take away pro­gres­sive voic­es. It seems like a plan to keep us unin­formed and dis­or­ga­nized.

    # by Christine Njoroge :: December 5th, 2012 at 4:46 PM
  27. Air­ways, free­ways, water­ways and Air­waves are owned by the Amer­i­can peo­ple.
    No com­pa­ny has the right to them.

    There are two things one does not see in fas­cist coun­tries. Unions and oppo­si­tion press.
    Today in Amer­i­ca we are see­ing both groups under attack.

    # by Guy Pere :: December 10th, 2012 at 8:53 AM
  28. Clear chan­nel is owned by Bain Cap­i­tal.
    Bain cap­i­tal is shut­ting down two oth­er Pro­gres­sive sta­tions.

    No way Mit has a hand in this.

    # by Guy Pere :: December 10th, 2012 at 8:59 AM
  29. This is very sad news. I can only hope that CBS’s prof­its will not mate­ri­al­ize when they make the switch to sports. I already change the chan­nel when they put sports on. I don’t have any rea­son to watch CBS tele­vi­sion any­more at this rate.

    A lot of peo­ple have com­ment­ed about how all this pro­gram­ming is still avail­able, just stream it off this sta­tion or that sta­tion… well, I can’t do that on my car radio…

    CBS both sucks and blows… may they drown in red ink.

    # by Nigel T :: December 12th, 2012 at 5:46 PM
  30. What will pro­gres­sives do now? Heav­en for­bid actu­al­ly think for them­selves. I lis­ten dai­ly to the angry hosts make weak argu­ments, debate obvi­ous morons and talk over any­one who dis­agrees with them. Gov­er­nor Etch a Sketch, Repub­li­cons? Is that the best these guys can come up with? Even in the lib­er­al bas­tion of Seat­tle these hosts lack enter­tain­ment val­ue… what rep­utable busi­ness would adver­tise with them? Hill­side Roof­ing? (Are lib­er­als real­ly sur­prised you can have your roof looked at for free?) CBS sees that the adver­tis­ing rev­enue is near nonex­is­tent, they could not care less about the pro­gres­sive agen­da as deliv­ered by these hosts.

    # by Ron Sharp :: December 12th, 2012 at 8:27 PM
  31. I’m one of the folks try­ing to keep up with the qual­i­ty com­men­ta­tors out there after los­ing KPOJ. I am so tired of hear­ing we can just turn to the stream­ing on the inter­net. Guess what: right now I’ve not been able to tune into 1090…it just con­tin­u­ous­ly loads, no sound. I want to just be able to turn on the radio and move about while lis­ten­ing, as before!! What are all the tricks to lis­ten­ing to ones favorites in some fascim­i­le of real-time as before? At least my fel­low North­west lis­ten­ers in Seat­tle will get to lis­ten to their old friends over the hol­i­days. Not us. It’s like los­ing a group of old friends and the silence is deaf­en­ing! At least I can still turn on the TV and lis­ten to Ed Schultz on MSNBC. Even Thom Hart­man’s broad­casts have been removed from pub­lic media TV late­ly — because of his spon­sor’s pledge dri­ve, I’m told. What a mess. Folks, focus on get­ting the mat­ter “aired”(ha!) in Con­gress: the abuse of the pub­lic-owned air­ways. Sign the peti­tion for Con­gress­man Walden for a Con­gres­sion­al hear­ing: http://www.savekpoj.com/walden/action/

    # by Bert :: December 13th, 2012 at 10:36 PM
  32. The loss of pro­gres­sive RADIO hits the peo­ple who need it the most the hard­est: the poor. Those who can’t afford the gagetry like iPhones and com­put­ers; who get their infor­ma­tion from the radio in the bath­room or car. We in Spokane lost our pro­gres­sive sta­tion over a year ago (KTPQ) and I’ve been lis­ten­ing to Ran­di Rhodes and Thom Hart­mann by pod­cast, and record­ing Stephanie Miller on Cur­rent TV since. But when I’m mak­ing one of my fre­quent trips to Seat­tle, I punch my pre­set to AM 1090 as I leave Spokane, and some­times I’ll be hear­ing it fight with a San Diego sports sta­tion(!) as far east as the Spokane Coun­ty bound­ary!

    # by Michael :: December 14th, 2012 at 10:38 PM

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