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BANNED IN BEANTOWN: Stations Respond To (Kennedy) Death By Yanking Conservative Talk
The Radio Equalizer ^ | 8/26/2009 | Brian Maloney

Posted on 08/26/2009 1:18:17 PM PDT by Domandred

Boston's two largest talk radio stations have responded to Ted Kennedy's passing by dumping their usual conservative programming and replacing it with local liberal supporters of the late senator.

WRKO-AM withheld its standard midmorning and early afternoon lineup of Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh, replacing it with a special show hosted by convicted felon / former House Speaker Tom Finneran, a Democrat best known for circumventing a voter-approved cut in the state income tax.

Known as "Tommy Taxes" for that legislative maneuver, Finneran is normally heard in morning drive.

A choked-up Finneran told listeners that Kennedy's passing was much more difficult to experience than he'd believed and discussed "the positive economic impact" of Ted K's reign. Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh fans tuning in at noon were denied their opportunity to hear his take on the day's events.

According to an inside source within Entercom / Boston's cluster of stations, WRKO has been "inundated" with angry callers objecting to the censorship of Limbaugh.

Meanwhile, at WTKK-FM, the timeslot normally occupied by conservative Michael Graham was given to local liberal advice talker Mel Robbins, who used the time to deliver syrupy tributes to Kennedy. She also asked callers for their "positive experiences" dealing with the senator. Criticism of his tenure was not heard.

It's possible that Graham was already off for the day (though that isn't indicated at WTKK's site), but the slot could have been filled by a like-minded host and wasn't.

Given the unexpected actions by WRKO and WTKK's respective corporate owners, it's hard to consider this anything other than a form of self-censorship that could make a number of foreign tyrants proud.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: boston; conservativeradio; liberaltalkradio; maryjokopechne
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Heard this on Schnitt on my way back in to work from lunch. Had to go get article for posting.

Just wow.

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Change post area if desired.

1 posted on 08/26/2009 1:18:18 PM PDT by Domandred
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To: Domandred

Direct link

http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2009/08/boston-talk-stations-practice-self.html


2 posted on 08/26/2009 1:19:17 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system. I am Jim Thompson.)
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To: Domandred
WRKO has been "inundated" with angry callers objecting to the censorship of Limbaugh...

That would not be censorship.

3 posted on 08/26/2009 1:22:27 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Domandred

Not surprising. All of New England viewed him as their King.


4 posted on 08/26/2009 1:22:28 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Domandred

“I can see your true colors, shining through.”


5 posted on 08/26/2009 1:25:10 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Domandred
I'm having a hard time getting worked up over this. I don't know about Boston, but in many cities the "right wing talk radio" station is also the best news station in the market. Ted Kennedy dying is big news, especially in his home town.
6 posted on 08/26/2009 1:26:07 PM PDT by KarlInOhio ("I can run wild for six months ...after that, I have no expectation of success" - Admiral Obama-moto)
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To: Domandred

Awe give ‘em two days out of respect for the Dead, then it’ll be back to normal (this would only matter if the ‘switch was permanent’!)..


7 posted on 08/26/2009 1:26:56 PM PDT by JSDude1 (www.wethepeopleindiana.org (Tea Party Member-Proud), www.travishankins.com (R- IN 09 2010!))
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To: trumandogz

And how is preventing an opinion from bein expressed ( which ordinarily is expressed on that station) not be censorship?


8 posted on 08/26/2009 1:28:14 PM PDT by the long march
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To: trumandogz

You are correct. However, I’m sure the sponsors of the ads that were scheduled to run during these slots were pissed....wonder if the station gave them a rebate for airing obviously lower value timeslot commercials.....instead of pinging the radio station, I’d call the damn advertisers and complain.


9 posted on 08/26/2009 1:29:02 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: trumandogz

That would not be censorship.

Yea I know, they are both private entities and can pretty much change programming at any time if they want. (I get ticked when my local stations cut Glenn Beck for college football).

Still though their listeners are not going to be happy at all expecting Rush and getting “A choked-up Finneran”. /snore.

This just in btw, Michael Jackson...still dead (maybe).


10 posted on 08/26/2009 1:29:20 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system. I am Jim Thompson.)
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To: Domandred

Guys, if the local radio bosses think this serves their audience best, then let the market mechanism work.

Nothing wrong with that.


11 posted on 08/26/2009 1:30:50 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: the long march

Howie is censoring the Chump Line. And I believe there was a winner in the Death Pool.


12 posted on 08/26/2009 1:31:38 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Domandred

Hey... it’s their ratings.


13 posted on 08/26/2009 1:33:32 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: Domandred
WRKO's just stupid -- the last time they pre-empted Rush was because then acting governor Jane Swift (R -- more or less) was going to announce that she wasn't running. Which everyone had known. I guess they thought it was important local news.

The local Fox affiliate (Fox 25) this a.m. didn't even run weather and traffic reports (I was watching from about quarter of 6 to quarter past). I guess they thought everyone would be staying home to mourn and didn't need to know weather and traffic!

14 posted on 08/26/2009 1:33:41 PM PDT by maryz
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To: the long march
And how is preventing an opinion from bein {sic} expressed ( which ordinarily is expressed on that station) not be censorship?

Well, first of all the radio station has no obligation to present all opinions.

However, if you would like to force radio stations to force radio stations to present all opinions, you can write your Congressman and ask him to support "The Fairness Doctrine."

15 posted on 08/26/2009 1:34:47 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Domandred
Well, at least WRKO's got Howie on now. He's a true expert on the late Swimmer.

fatboy.cc

16 posted on 08/26/2009 1:39:13 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Domandred

I think its already posted but it didn’t get sidebar. I think people should let these stations hear a very very clear message.


17 posted on 08/26/2009 1:39:54 PM PDT by GeronL (Ted is dead, sir- begins train ride to hell .. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Domandred

Here in Chicago I listen in the morning to Laura at the Boston online web and when I heard the libs fawning over Teddy this morning I switched to my standby online listening of Glenn Beck at http://www.55krc.com/main.html


18 posted on 08/26/2009 1:40:12 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: massgopguy
Howie is censoring the Chump Line.

Yes -- he announced that right out of the box! Didn't he say the producers (call screeners) on the expanded local coverage had their work cut out for them keeping out the truly tasteless callers?

19 posted on 08/26/2009 1:43:30 PM PDT by maryz
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To: Domandred
Emotion over logic.We have now entered the wages of fascism on freedom of speech in America.

Look at it and cringe, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to tear these fascist towers down!NOT IN AMERICA. FASCISM HAS NO PLACE HERE!

20 posted on 08/26/2009 1:45:36 PM PDT by Candor7 (The weapons of choice against fascism are ridicule ,derision ,truth. (member NRA)
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To: Domandred

What is the reason for the irrational adulation of this family of social, political and moral misfits?

Is it misplaced ethnic pride or something?

I simply don’t get it.

The Kennedys are as worthy of praise as the Ku Klux Klan, Mafia, Al Quaida and Bloods and Crypts.


21 posted on 08/26/2009 1:46:57 PM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: Domandred

Ingraham, Limbaugh, Graham, et al should respond by pulling their shows from those stations which probably make a lot of money from the ad revenues for the shows. I imagine the shows could find new stations faster than the present stations could find new ad revenues.


22 posted on 08/26/2009 1:49:04 PM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: Domandred

Boy the Democrats are going to push as far as they can on this one aren’t they. Wellstones funeral might not even come close to what we are about to see. Of course the dems never know when to stop pushing so I doubt any of this will do anything except enrage most Americans.


23 posted on 08/26/2009 1:52:11 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Domandred
good book

24 posted on 08/26/2009 1:54:04 PM PDT by jrg
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To: Domandred

Censorship. To be expected. The Democrats have been demonizing conservatives for a long time now. Who cares if conservatives have the right to speak?

I am becoming increasingly doubtful that we can be “united” with people like these.


25 posted on 08/26/2009 1:54:37 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: Domandred

Rush’s listeners there missed out on an excellent monologue about the hypocrisy of the Left using the death of Ted Kennedy to push the health bill, since Kennedy’s end of life choices hadn’t been limited by that legislation which would take away from the American people those choices that Kennedy had used to extend his own life.

Just wondering - will they not have to play those shows at a later time? Wouldn’t advertisers have paid for those slots?


26 posted on 08/26/2009 1:58:22 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: Domandred
Here's a link to some comments made July 4, 2008 in the wake of the death of Jesse Helms. Don't believe any leftists who tells you now is the time for restraint.
27 posted on 08/26/2009 2:03:29 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Domandred

Can you get any dumber?


28 posted on 08/26/2009 2:04:14 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I’ve been listening to the station most of the day and I’ve been shocked. The people calling in have been respectful but overwhelmingly negative about the man and his policies.

Finnernan and Avi Nelson had their hands full trying to balance the sentiment.

Best question of the day: “So does this mean we can go ahead with the wind farm?”

The question referred to a windfarm out in Nantucket Sound (where Teddy sailed) that pro-environment Teddy was adamantly opposed to.


29 posted on 08/26/2009 2:06:14 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Domandred

Can we threaten a boycott of all their sponsors?

They do that to us every other day.


30 posted on 08/26/2009 2:06:20 PM PDT by KarenMarie (NEVER believe anything coming out of DC until it's been denied.)
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To: Domandred

Actually, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. For the first few hourson WRKO, they had Avi Nelson and Todd Feinburg who are both conservatives, and then Finneran came in later. There were PLENTY of calls trashing Kennedy. And now Howie is on 3-9.

WTTK is another story, they rolled over.


31 posted on 08/26/2009 2:07:12 PM PDT by Andy'smom (The liberation of Massachusetts has begun...)
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To: freekitty

me directly or the generic plural “you”?


32 posted on 08/26/2009 2:08:10 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system. I am Jim Thompson.)
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To: freekitty

?


33 posted on 08/26/2009 2:09:36 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Domandred

Hell, our little podunk station interrupts every show, (Rush included), every time obammy opens his mouth in public. It is maddening!!


34 posted on 08/26/2009 2:16:15 PM PDT 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: Domandred

What would you expect. It’s a Masshole.


35 posted on 08/26/2009 2:21:24 PM PDT by webschooner (First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win -- Mahatma Gandhi)
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To: trumandogz

No I am not interested in ‘forcing’ anyone to do anything. However, I note that librarians select books for the library and frquently leave out all sorts of ‘contrary’ thought and opinion ( because there just isn’t room you see; or we don’t want to upset some one; or any number of reasons). It is the same as spike a story in the newspaper or magazine or whatever medium you chose. It is still censorship. It is a deliberate effort to prevent a particular view point that had been heard on those radio stations daily until this day. Now if you tell me that last night both stations we sold and new management took over and decided to air nothing but NPR and Air America I would agree with your analysis. Fact is these stations built their listening audience based upon the folks who were listening to Ruch and Laura. At the time that listeners want to hear them most the station decides to pull them for a more ‘reasoned’ approach, for a softer touch, for fear of whatever they fear

Read Atlas Shrugged or the Fountainhead. Or read Spiked ( by de Borchgrave)to see what I mean


36 posted on 08/26/2009 2:22:22 PM PDT by the long march
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To: taillightchaser

Our stoopid station from time to time opts out of Rush to cover something that I CAN GET ON EVERY OTHER FRIGGING STATION. Plus they tape delay it an hour. Plus about once a year the dumbasses apparently are drunk or something, as they will start playing the show from the day before, until I and no doubt many others call them up and tell them, “Hey stoopid, ... “ Keep in mind this is a station in a major metro area — unfrickingbelievable!

I solved all this years ago, as can you. I subscribe to Rush 24/7, so if it isn’t convenient for me to listen to Rush on the radio, I just download the show onto my mp3 player after it’s over, and listen to it in it’s entirety, without commercial interruption. It’s well worth the small annual expense.

I was sure to tell the program director of our station I was doing this, due to their policy of opting out of Rush to cover whatever every other station also has on, and because their engineers get drunk/stoopid once or twice a year.


37 posted on 08/26/2009 2:29:29 PM PDT by webschooner (First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win -- Mahatma Gandhi)
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To: JSDude1

Awe give ‘em two days

why 2 days Mary Jo didn’t get 2 days how about 2 minutes.


38 posted on 08/26/2009 2:42:32 PM PDT by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: JSDude1

Awe give ‘em two days

why 2 days Mary Jo didn’t get 2 days how about 2 minutes.


39 posted on 08/26/2009 2:43:13 PM PDT by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: the long march

Censorship is usually defined as government control of speech.

This is a private entity deciding what is said from its studios, free of government interference. I seriously doubt the feds called the stations and said, “You must go wall to wall with Kennedy coverage.”

The managers of the stations are following a big story for their market. This is appropriate.


40 posted on 08/26/2009 2:46:21 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Domandred

Boston must be a worst shite hole than I ever imagined. Who is in charge there, Goebbels>


41 posted on 08/26/2009 2:49:24 PM PDT by RoshYisrael
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To: trisham

What’s the ? for?


42 posted on 08/26/2009 2:57:37 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Domandred

Who do you believe is dumb? Take it from there.


43 posted on 08/26/2009 2:58:34 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: massgopguy

of all days to miss listening to HOwie, i missed his show today.


44 posted on 08/26/2009 2:59:30 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT ("Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow"C.Coolidge)
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To: Domandred

They should’ve just played patriotic music like they would in Cuba under similar circumstances.


45 posted on 08/26/2009 3:58:41 PM PDT by texjan
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To: subterfuge

“Not surprising. All of New England viewed him as their King”

Um, no. Not all.


46 posted on 08/26/2009 4:13:41 PM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: webschooner

Why are you trashing us?


47 posted on 08/26/2009 4:44:50 PM PDT by Andy'smom (The liberation of Massachusetts has begun...)
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To: Andy'smom

I’m not trashing you. I’m trashing the leadership of a Leftist controlled state.


48 posted on 08/26/2009 4:52:24 PM PDT by webschooner (First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win -- Mahatma Gandhi)
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To: Domandred

Wow - just like that!


49 posted on 08/26/2009 8:56:51 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: trumandogz

Liberals thought we were censoring the Dixie Chicks by NOT buying their albums...


50 posted on 08/26/2009 8:58:21 PM PDT by GOPJ (Journalists - - stenographers for Democrats - it wasn't always that way...)
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