Posts Tagged ‘progressive talk’

It is with great sadness that I post a link to this Op-Ed at Truthout by Peter B. Collins…

“As an independent progressive and 40-year radio veteran, I’m sorry to report that heroic efforts over the past ten years to build a national radio presence for progressives and Democrats seem to have reached a critical turning point. With the recent loss of key AM outlets in Portland, Seattle and Detroit, the progressive talk format no longer enjoys national coverage, which in turn threatens the financial viability of the syndicated programs hosted by Stephanie MillerThom HartmannEd SchultzRandi RhodesMike MalloyBill Press and Norman Goldman.”

I started this blog originally to document my work fighting for a progressive station here in greater Boston and was thrilled when we were able to pull it off in 2008 after 2 1/2 years of work. Sadly, between the political insanity and the economy, most of the funding and support for this format has dried up and only a small presence of our endeavors remains and is severely challenged to stay alive.

“Ratings range from flat to flat-lined: in 2012, Clear Channel-owned KPOJ in Portland and CBS-owned KPTK in Seattle showed audience numbers so low that they were not listed by Arbitron; Clear Channel’s WDTW in Detroit barely showed a pulse at .1 percent, and the once-powerhouse, now-struggling media conglomerate recently agreed to donate WDTW to a local community group. In his second attempt at WVKO in Columbus, Ohio, Gary Richards was forced to sign off just before Christmas 2012. Progressive talker Jeff Santos waged a valiant four-year struggle in Boston, and I was a consultant in his effort last year to add eight new markets in battleground states; we had no choice but to lease air time, and once again the Democrats who had the most to gain failed to support the effort.”


The so-called “left” has failed to create it’s own infrastructure and the country’s drift to the right is the outcome. Repeatedly, support for this infrastructure has fallen on deaf ears, even when shown it’s benefits. We MUST all support what remains of progressive talk radio and tv. Before it is too late. Maybe it is already, but I’d like to think we still have a small chance…






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Nicole Sandler called in to Thom Hartmann’s radio program yesterday and described the unbelievably horrible treatment she was given while in prison. At one point she was locked into a closet with a few people while the cell was being cleaned and was literally forgotten about! When she complained about the treatment, they punitively put her in solitary confinement for several hours! And, even worse, when she complained about being in solitary confinement, she was maced! A ridiculous travesty. The Bradley Manning treatment is happening at every level. You are now guilty until proven innocent – IF you ever have a chance to prove you are innocent.

For more about Sandler’s arrest:

Talk show host Nicole Sandler arrested at tea party Rep’s town hall

and her own account on her show blog with links to her internet show:

Allen West is a Coward

We all thought this kind of excessive police brutality would stop once the Bushies were out of office, but, unfortunately, we were sadly mistaken.

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There are quite a few progressive talk stations still on the air and being run successfullyThe important thing is to support them, especially now that AAR is gone and now that the corporations can pour unlimited funds into politics.

Progressive stations exist in Portland, ORSeattle, WAMadison, WISan Francisco, CAAnchora, AKLos Angeles, CAMonterey, CAChicago, IL,MinnesotaNorthampton, MABoston, MA (it took us 2 1/2 years to get a new independent progressive station back on the air after our Clear Channel affiliate was canceled back in 2006 after the election. And btw, the existence of AAR and progressive talk radio in general had a huge role in activating progressives and taking the Congress blue which is why Clear Channel started canceling stations all over in late 2006 & early 2007), there’s even a new channel in Maine supported by Stephen King, XM/Sirius Channel 167 (and Randi Rhodes on 165 3-6pm), and Marc Maron has his own  “WTF” podcasts now. Ring of Fire will get syndication and continue as well.

Now you can even stream some of these stations from your i-phone and blackberry as well as from your computer.

If you hear loads of advertising, that is a GOOD thing as it pays the bills!

I miss some of the great shows and talent from AAR, particularly Morning Seditionand Sam Seder
Al Franken’s in the Senate and Rachel Maddow’s show – not to be missed- is on MSNBC!

So, RIP Air America! But let us all continue to support the progressive media still out there!

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“I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends… that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.”
Adlai E. Stevenson

An important article by Robert Parry over at consortium news Why the Right’s Propaganda Works

“Many on the Left are blaming President Barack Obama and middle-of-the-road Democrats for maneuvering health-care reform into a fast-approaching head-on collision. And some of that criticism is well deserved for foolishly letting Republicans get their hands on the wheel at all.

But American liberals and progressives – especially the wealthy ones – should take a hard look in the mirror when assessing blame. For three decades now, the Left has sat back and done next to nothing to build a media infrastructure while the Right has put together a truly powerful media machine.”

Some of us, in fighting for local progressive media outlets, have continually hit our heads against the wall after approaching those with money or influence to help us, only to be turned away again and again and told it’s unnecessary!

When we asked for help at procuring a local radio outlet they were only interested in the “new, sexy” media… the internet. When we said that the demographic we need to reach doesn’t use the internet, it fell on deaf ears!

After the ’06 elections I sat in my congressperson’s office and listened to his top Aide tell me “What are you worried about? we have the congress now!” Robert Parry correctly calls this Magical Thinking! When said Aide left a few months later for a job with a big oil company in Texas (& my congressman is considered one of the pre-eminent liberals in a leadership position in Washington) it helped underscore the problem of corporate control and influence in government, media, and frankfully, almost everything else. Given Obama’s internet savvy and understanding of organizing the grassroots, I have been surprised at how toned deaf the whole healthcare strategy has been! The administration has continually let the rightwing frame and control the entire debate. Something has got to change! The White  House has launched another fact checking site, but it may be too little, too late:SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Again, they need. to. control. the. audio. media. message!

Tell Obama that the public option is not optional.  Please sign (credoaction).

Robert Reich calls for ‘march on Washington’ in support of public option
Again, if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it…?!

“…an effective communication system should have been built. Not for dictating what to say, but for creating a system of effectively trained spokespeople, who can get the basic progressive values out there every day to compete with the very effective conservative system. It should not work issue by issue, but in addition to the issues of the day; it should promote general values that apply to all issues.

The elements are all in existence. The money is there. Indeed it would be a lot cheaper to build than spending tens of millions of dollars on health care ads. What it would accomplish is laying the groundwork in advance of any particular issue. The work of such a communication system would be to activate ideas already there in the millions of citizens who have progressive as well as conservative worldviews in their brain circuitry. The idea would be to make progressive ideas stronger and conservative ideas weaker, balancing what the conservative communication system is doing now.

It is rather late in the game for the stimulus, cap and trade and health care, but better late than never. And it would be indispensable for future policy campaigns. Framing a powerful message is a lot easier when the groundwork for it has already been laid. Without the groundwork, it is much harder.”
– George Lakoff
The Policy-Speak Disaster for Health Care

Wendell Potter: Is Obama Planning to Sign Congress’ Health Care Reform Bill with Lipstick?

Former Governor Don Siegelman has launched a new online campaign: www.FireRovesProsecutors.com, “dedicated to seeing those Rove-vetted U.S. Attorneys and appointees still poisoning the Department of Justice removed from their positions — ending their ability to threaten our democracy.”

Contact the President’s Senior Adviser, Valerie Jarrett, today. Tell the President it’s time to remove Rove’s cabal in the Justice Department!

Rove Op-Ed Reveals He Had Inside Information About Probe Larisa Alexandrovna 8/20/09

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also see New Progressive Talk Radio Voice, Samantha Clemens, Saturday Mornings WWZN 1510AM

The Jeff Santos Show on 1510AM Revolution Boston will interview Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons  regarding the Gates-Crowley controversy tomorrow morning 7/30/09 at 8:45 am ET.

The interview will be rebroadcast in the evening at 6pm ET. For those not in the Boston/southern New Hampshire/ Rhode Island area there’s streaming audio and podcasts at revolutionboston.com.


This Friday, July 31, Radio Host Jeff Santos will be a guest on The Ed Show on MSNBC TV 6pm ET.

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I’m proud & thrilled to announce that starting Monday May 4th,
we are expanding our Boston Progressive Talk Radio 
Programming on WWZN 1510AM from 6 am through 7 pm daily,
Monday through Friday.

The new lineup will include Jeff Santos, Stephanie Miller,
Ed Schultz. Thom Hartmann.

Look for more details at http://www.revolutionboston.com.
It’s been a long road to get here, but vision, hard work and
committment pays off!
Thanks to everyone who made this possible, including of course,
Jeff Santos, Alan Frankel, Samantha Clemens, Nancy Weinberg,
George Barrett, Jim Amatucci, and so many others!
Now everyone, support the station, call in to the programs
(617-237-1234 & 617-237-1230), and especially – support the sponsors!  
Let’s make our station the #1 Progressive Talk Station in the country!

Thursday May 7th 6-9 pm
Revolution Rock Bar
200 High St
Boston, MA 02110

(617) 261-4200
(across from Rowes Wharf, just off Atlantic Ave.
& the Greenway.) All Welcome!

Come Celebrate!!! This is for all of you!

Jeff Santos & Yours Truly broadcast live: Kick-off celebration, Revolution Boston 5/7/09

Jeff Santos & Yours Truly broadcast live: Kick-off celebration, Revolution Boston 5/7/09




Thanks to Matt Shear, posting in this weeks Democratic Dispatch:

I’ve just gotten back from tonight’s celebration at Revolution Rock Bar of the return of Progressive Talk Radio to Boston on WWZN 1510AM. It’s been a long time since we last heard a full day’s lineup of progressive voices over the Boston airwaves, and it’s long overdue. Congratulations to Jeff Santos and Robin, Alan, Nancy, George, and Samantha from “Save Progressive Radio Boston” for seeing this process to fruition. It was great to meet other enthusiastic supporters, and there’s a lot to celebrate.

The revival of Prog Talk in Boston comes not a moment too soon. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Our people, merely for want of intelligence which they may rely on, are become lethargic and insensible of the state they are in.” I believe that right now Media is the battleground in advance of the 2010 bielection. The prize is domination of the terms of debate as we go forward. We need media outlets like AM1510 to give our Democratic message a level playing field on which the strength of our ideas will surely triumph.

Democratically yours,

Matt Shear


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Starting today at 4pm Jeff Santos (formerly host of “The Jeff Santos Show” on WKOX/WXKS AM) returns to the airwaves in Boston on WWZN 1510 AM for special 2008 Election Coverage.
Jeff will be broadcasting “Race 2008” from 4-5pm, Monday-Friday for the coming week through election day November 4th, Saturday & Sunday 10am-11am, and will broadcast live from the Boston OBAMA party headquarters on Election Night 6pm – midnight.
Today’s special guests include Former Massachusetts Governor (and 1988 Presidential candidate) Michael Dukakis and John Businger, former MA State Representative from Brookline, also an expert on voting issues. Other national and local guests throughout the next week. Hope you will tune in! You can also listen online!

UPDATE 10/31/08
Tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) Show has been changed to 11am -noon. 
Guests include Devin Romanul, young Democrat running for MA State Representative in the First Bristol District (Mansfield, Foxboro, Norton) and MA State Representative Sean Garballey, 23rd Middlesex District (Arlington, & West Medford). 
Sunday broadcast remains 10 – 11am. 
Monday broadcast is expanded to two hours from 4-6pm
Tuesday, Election Eve special broadcast from Copley Obama Party/HQ 6pm – midnight.Jeff will be joined by political consultant Earl Bender.  

A group of us, including Jeff Santos, are still working on returning Progressive Talk Radio to the local airwaves permanently. Seven months ago, some of us were on the radio talking about our efforts.

If you are wondering why we need progressive talk radio, it is to expose things like this video/audio:


Paul Weyrich – “I don’t want everybody to vote” (Goo Goo)

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