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WSJS/TRIAD News Radio in NC, drops Rush Limbaugh.
www.wsjs.com ^ | December 31st, 2009 | WSJS

Posted on 01/04/2010 4:23:26 PM PST by God'sgrrl

To Our Loyal Listeners...

We regret that Rush Limbaugh is no longer a part of the Curtis Media Family, effective, December 31st, 2009. However, please know the following true facts:

1) The decision to move Rush from WSJS was NOT ours.

2) Rather, that call was made by the programs’ syndication company, Premiere Radio Networks. We were afforded no opportunity to discuss the matter, let alone renegotiate a new deal. Instead, we were given a 90-day notice of cancellation back in September.

3) Premiere Radio Networks are controlled by Clear Channel Communications, the same company that owns five of our competitors in the Greensboro Triad Metro area. This latest move is one of seeming desperation. At one time, the stations under their Triad umbrella dominated the marketplace. Now they receive a much smaller percentage of overall advertising revenues available in our market and are attempting to try, yet another format change, this time entering the NewsTalk arena in which there are already 4 NewsTalk stations. This is new ground for them.

We’ve enjoyed a long, fruitful relationship with Rush Limbaugh, and we hate to see him go. WSJS was among the first affiliates to air Rush's show, but it's time to move on. We’ll always be proud of what we have accomplished together and what we have provided our fans.

It concerns me that so many WSJS listeners think we’re arrogant (or dumb) enough to purposely drop a successful show like Rush Limbaugh. While we’ve made our share of bonehead moves over the years, I can assure you this isn’t one of them.

I can also promise you that the other quality components you’ve come to expect from 600/1200 WSJS, The Triad’s News Radio, will remain in place….with experience and talent with the likes of J. R. Snider, Smith Patterson, CBS News, Accu-Weather, Wall Street Journal Reports, Charles Osgood, Triad Traffic, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Dave Ramsey and just added to our lineup, Dennis Miller and Jim Bohannon.

More national, regional and local news coverage, more local talk, more of what WSJS has stood for since 1930 and, unfortunately, no more Rush Limbaugh.

I know I can speak for the entire staff at 600/1200 WSJS when I say how much we’ve appreciated your listening to Rush over the years. I hope you will continue to tune in throughout each day for the finest news coverage and variety of unique features unlike anything you’ll find on your radio dial in the Piedmont.

Thank you for reading, for your understanding and the very best to you & yours in 2010 and beyond!

Tom Hamilton
General Manager
WSJS/WSML/WMFR
336 777 3900 x1342
thamilton@curtismedia.com


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: broadcasting; clearchannel; nc; rushlimbaugh; talkradio; wsjs
We lost Rush...
1 posted on 01/04/2010 4:23:28 PM PST by God'sgrrl
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To: God'sgrrl

Why would there be a decision to keep Levin and Hannity, but drop Rush?


2 posted on 01/04/2010 4:28:54 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: God'sgrrl

Well, you slit your own throats, revenue wise.


3 posted on 01/04/2010 4:34:41 PM PST by taillightchaser (When a democrat says "The American people" you know the next words out of his mouth will be lies.)
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To: ReneeLynn
Why would there be a decision to keep Levin and Hannity, but drop Rush?

They stated in their article that it wasn't their decision.

4 posted on 01/04/2010 4:35:01 PM PST by ParityErr (It's impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.)
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To: God'sgrrl

For $6.95/month or about $72 a year Rush can be delivered directly into your brain via your iPod, AND you get to keep the show forever ! I bought my first iPod and a subscription to Rush when he first started podcasting in June ‘05


5 posted on 01/04/2010 4:36:07 PM PST by libh8er
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To: ParityErr

I know. That’s why I didn’t write ‘why did they decide’. I’m talking about the decision from the top.


6 posted on 01/04/2010 4:36:52 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: God'sgrrl

Stupid move. Rush is the most listened to radio program n the nation and that means you can charge more for advertising. Anything else means you have less revenue.


7 posted on 01/04/2010 4:37:14 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
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To: God'sgrrl

typical liberal-kill the cash cow to prove a lame point..


8 posted on 01/04/2010 4:37:35 PM PST by cardinal4 (Dont Tread on Me)
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To: God'sgrrl

That stinks, and I doubt it has anything to do with ratings, but rather with the confused nature of AM radio ownership rules and frequency allocation, as created by the FCC. Whenever I am in Greensboro, I listen to Rush on streaming audio on my computer, either on WGIR (my home station in Manchester, NH) or on KARN in Little Rock, AK, which has a very dependable audio stream.


9 posted on 01/04/2010 4:38:25 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

There is a Little Rock in Alaska, too? Who knew? :)


10 posted on 01/04/2010 4:40:13 PM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: libh8er

I am a Rush 24 member. My friends cannot believe this decision. If any area of the country needs to hear Rush right now, it’s RIGHT HERE. I’m shocked.


11 posted on 01/04/2010 4:40:38 PM PST by God'sgrrl (Mega anti-feminazi dittos)
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma

and a Las Vegas, New Mexico.


12 posted on 01/04/2010 4:41:13 PM PST by libh8er
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To: libh8er
For $6.95/month or about $72 a year Rush can be delivered directly into your brain via your iPod

Sorry, this is what I thought of... :0)


13 posted on 01/04/2010 4:41:14 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Exactly ! :)


14 posted on 01/04/2010 4:42:02 PM PST by libh8er
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To: ReneeLynn

New ownership of the Premiere Radio Network is trying to garner more listenership, WSJS must have a solid enough audience that they can “move’ Rush to the lesser performing stations to try and gain some additional listnership.


15 posted on 01/04/2010 4:43:02 PM PST by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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To: God'sgrrl

Rush is on the internet......not as convenient as listening at lunch....but you can read every word spoken by Rush.

Sounds like Obama Chicago style politics hidden in the weeds somewhere.

Sign on to Rushlimbaugh.com on the weekends during the cold winter, and catch up on the week.


16 posted on 01/04/2010 4:46:00 PM PST by 4Speed
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To: God'sgrrl

The headline is misleading. It has it backwards. Rush, or at least his syndication people, dropped the station.

Seems I recall hearing the owner of the Rush syndication also had some ownership in another station in the market and simply moved Rush to their own station. That’s pretty common in the world of broadcasting.

It’s not a pretty world, especially when it comes to AM stations.


17 posted on 01/04/2010 4:48:07 PM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: God'sgrrl

Gee...just when Rush was about to sit in for the regularly scheduled guest host for a couple of days.


18 posted on 01/04/2010 4:50:23 PM PST by PalmettoMason (I am armed. And my ammo has all been dipped in pork fat.)
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To: jwparkerjr
and simply moved Rush to their own station
Which station?
BTW it's easy to speculate if you've experienced the last 2 elections in this area.
19 posted on 01/04/2010 4:52:41 PM PST by God'sgrrl (Mega anti-feminazi dittos)
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To: God'sgrrl

Quick Google, I found this.

http://triadwatch.blogspot.com/2009/11/fm-945-will-be-new-radio-station-for.html


20 posted on 01/04/2010 4:53:03 PM PST by right way right
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Folks, I won’t miss Curtis Media one bit. Here in Raleigh, Curtis Media lost Rush as well... and I’m pretty happy about it. Why? Because now we have Clear Channel carrying Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity.

We also won’t have to listen to WPTF’s liberal news announcers reading the AP newswire anymore... or pumping up the latest thing that Gov. Purdue said. Or replaying the same godawful lies about how good Obamacare is going to be, and how the Gay Marriage vote in California was such a travesty. Thank goodness we won’t be hearing the same quotes repeated every half hour from the Liberal Congressman David Price from Chapel Hill. They let that guy get away with murder everytime he was interviewed about anything.

Instead of the Liberal / Moderate news from Curtis Media, we’re getting Fox Radio News from Clear Channel. My wife and I couldn’t be happier. You can listen live on the 106.1 RDU website if you like as well.

Something tells me Greensboro will be getting a better option soon.


21 posted on 01/04/2010 5:00:34 PM PST by o2bfree (This president is giving me a headache!)
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To: right way right
Quick Google, I found this.

http://triadwatch.blogspot.com/2009/11/fm-945-will-be-new-radio-station-for.html

Living in the Burlington NC area, I haven't heard any of this. Thank you.
22 posted on 01/04/2010 5:02:27 PM PST by God'sgrrl (Mega anti-feminazi dittos)
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To: God'sgrrl

Well that settles all the controversy. Thanks for the info.


23 posted on 01/04/2010 5:05:36 PM PST by Cold Heat
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To: God'sgrrl

Do not despair! Rush is on 106.1 FM at
the same time. FM sounds better that AM
anyway.


24 posted on 01/04/2010 5:07:42 PM PST by OutsideDawg
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To: God'sgrrl

This is similar to the move that Premier/Clear Channel made in New Orleans a couple of years ago. Rush ruled his timeslot on WWL-AM, the Entercom-owned blowtorch that has dominated the market for years. Instead of making the rich ever richer, Clear Channel saw a chance to build an audience on their own FM news-talk outlet in New Orleans. So, they cancelled their deal with Entercom and moved Rush to WRNO-FM.

The result? WWL-AM has genuine competition in the news-talk segment of the local market for the first time in years. Last year, WRNO was virtually dead even with WWL, largely on the strength of Rush’s huge audience in the Crescent City. You’ll see similar growth for the Clear Channel news-talk outlet in Greensboro that “inherits” Rush.

And, for what it’s worth, Clear Channel has been doing this for years. In Memphis, Rush moved from WMC-AM to WREC-AM (another CC station) almost a decade ago. The move destroyed WMC as a talk station, while WREC has more than tripled its audience.

If I were the general manager of a Rush affiliate in a market with a Clear Channel station “cluster,” I’d be concerned. The radio giant has discovered a easy way to turn around an under-performing FM outlet, at the expense of the “legacy” AM news-talker.


25 posted on 01/04/2010 5:08:01 PM PST by ExNewsExSpook
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To: PalmettoMason
just when Rush was about to sit in for the regularly scheduled guest host for a couple of days.

LOL!!!!!!!!!

26 posted on 01/04/2010 5:08:36 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam: Bringing the world death and destruction for 1400 years!)
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To: God'sgrrl

Sorry. I had Triad area and
Triangle area confused. Rush
is on 106.1 in the Triangle.


27 posted on 01/04/2010 5:10:20 PM PST by OutsideDawg
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To: ReneeLynn
Why would there be a decision to keep Levin and Hannity, but drop Rush?

1) Read the story closely, Rush's syndicator dropped the station, the station didn't drop Rush.

2) Most likely the Levin and Hannity contracts are not up as of 1/1/10.

28 posted on 01/04/2010 5:11:26 PM PST by Cheburashka (It's a _happy_ Russian novel. Everybody still dies, but everybody dies happy.)
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma

D’oh!! Sorry, of course I meant Little Rock, AR, which in spite of Bill Clinton’s former influence is a good town with some nice folks in it.


29 posted on 01/04/2010 5:17:23 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Ummm...did you actually read the article? Try it, just this once. I’ll wait here.


30 posted on 01/04/2010 5:18:58 PM PST by Doohickey (I try to take my days one at a time, but occasionally several days attack me at once.)
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To: Doohickey

Doesn’t change my response. It’s still a stupid move.


31 posted on 01/04/2010 5:21:01 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Probably Clear Channel is moving Rush over to one of their own stations since they have the syndication rights in that area.


32 posted on 01/04/2010 5:23:41 PM PST by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: libh8er

Actually was there for my brother’s wedding in July 1995. What a hoot! It was at 12 Noon on a Friday... Most of those who came basiclly stopped work for a couple hours, walked or drove to the church, at exactly 12 when the church bells rang, the priest said “let’s go...let’s get started.” And aso they did. It was all so unique. Then a few hours later, after their local reception, the entire bridal party and several others-including me-drove down to Albuequrqe and caught a flight up to LV, NV for a delightful weekend of fun. Was a great time all around.


33 posted on 01/04/2010 5:30:37 PM PST by nfldgirl
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To: OutsideDawg

I find it wierd to listen to talk radio on FM.

Especially when I’m used to a particular host, such as Rush, on AM.

The voice sounds so different as to be almost unfamiliar.


34 posted on 01/04/2010 6:17:27 PM PST by Erasmus (She was a BBC newsreader, marrying above her station.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

If you think Little Rock has some nice folks, you need to try Fort Smith—we’re more conservative too :) Must be an influence from literally being on the border with Oklahoma. Sen. Tom Coburn started practicing medicine here in Fort Smith years ago. One of our local Tea Party ladies told him he was welcome to come back to Arkansas at any time—he could undo all the damage old Blanche has done.


35 posted on 01/05/2010 6:57:28 AM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: God'sgrrl

WSJS would not have dropped Rush. The same thing is happening with Rush on WPTF in Raleigh. Two of the oldest and best AM stations in NC.

Rush has his very own station in the Triad now. RUSH RADIO 94.5

http://www.rushradio945.com/main.html

Trouble is reception drops off terribly. 94.5 was a small local all-Spanish station. I can’t pick it up at home or the office anymore. The station gets drowned out by 94.1 out of Charlotte 100 miles away. I can get it fine when in my car driving though.


36 posted on 01/05/2010 2:53:24 PM PST by Zack Attack
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To: God'sgrrl

This was covered in another thread, it appears that Clear Channel is gathering its big guns unto itself and shutting out the other media outlets that they don’t own. Which is normal radio/TV strategy and not a big deal. Just find Rush on a station owned by Clear Channel.


37 posted on 01/05/2010 3:01:08 PM PST by rabidralph ("Precedenting" is a lot tougher than community organizing.)
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To: rabidralph

Heard Rush’s show today on 94.5. Sounds good!


38 posted on 01/05/2010 4:40:24 PM PST by God'sgrrl (Mega anti-feminazi dittos)
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To: God'sgrrl

Good for you! I wish more talk stations had FM affiliates.


39 posted on 01/05/2010 4:43:29 PM PST by rabidralph ("Precedenting" is a lot tougher than community organizing.)
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To: God'sgrrl

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/today.guest.html
“EIB Affiliate Update for North Carolina Listeners:
Find Rush on WRDU-106.1 FM in Raleigh-Durham
and WGBT-94.5 FM in Greensboro-Winston-Salem”

Rush 24/7 is an excellent investment. Well worth it! Dittocam, commercial free podcasts.
http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/menu/fathers.guest.html


40 posted on 01/06/2010 4:07:10 AM PST by iowamark
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To: God'sgrrl

Do you get WBT 1110 AM out of Charlotte?


41 posted on 01/06/2010 6:48:45 PM PST by Palmetto Patriot ("From small things, Momma, big things one day come.")
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