Skip to comments.No More of Rush's or Sean's Radio Programs on WPTF Radio - Central-Eastern NC - as of Dec 31 2009
Posted on 01/02/2010 4:17:56 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
Please excuse the vanity but searched and could not find answers about this elsewhere.
My local AM Radio Station which has brought to the listeners in much of North Carolina and Southern Virginia, both Rush Limbaugh's and Sean Hannity's Radio programs for many years - has announced (but I only found out for sure yesterday) that it will no longer carry Rush's or Sean's Radio programs - as of 12/31/09.
"1) The decision to move Rush and Sean from WPTF 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 four of our competitors in the Triangle. This latest move is one of many over the last seven years where Clear Channel has made an overt attack on our stations. Weve survivedand thrivedin each instance, and we intend to do the same here." (Read more at the link)
Can someone explain what is going on here???
WPTF does NOT want to lose these programs - but that is what is happening???
Why would Clear Channel Communications (the owner of the syndication company that carries Rush's program - and, I suppose, Sean's program?) try to attack and destroy WPTF (owned by Curtis Media Group)?
I understand competition but this just smells rotten.
And how can this be changed?
The link to the actual comments from WPTF on this issue is:
I looks like a business decision.
Surely they plan on moving the shows to one of their own stations?
I listen to 640AM in Fayetteville and they have Boortz, Rush & then Sean.
We’re only getting one side of the story, so it’s a little early to ask if it can be changed—capitalism being what it is, it’s no one’s business what the owners of those shows do.
WPTF always beats its competitors in the region in the AM radio market. I don’t know about FM.
But it’s just a rotten deal for WPTF - who was one of Rush’s original stations.
And it’s a rotten deal for those of us who are loyal to Rush and Sean as well as being loyal to WPTF which has endured major wrath from the local liberal power brokers who despise Rush, Sean, conservatives, truth, freedom, etc.
I haven’t heard of what other local station might carry Rush and Sean.
Well this just.......bites. Have any of you heard a peep about Rush being picked up on any other station here in Raleigh?
It is the business of the customers of the people who own the radio stations. That’s how capitalism works.
Not a peep!
WPTF will still carry Mark Levin at 8 PM each week night - thank God.
But they will lose so many listeners with this decision which they claim they had no choice about.
Rush, Hannity and Beck will be carried on WRDU 106.1:
I tuned in Thursday at 12 to listen to Walter Williams on Rush’s show and the first 15 minutes was preempted by the broadcast director and the morning news host explaining the upcoming change.
Is WPTF one of the major transmission stations? I mean, is it a 50,000 watt station or is it a smaller station?
You need a new dictionary, then. Since when do customers make the decisions? Your decision is whether or not you hand over your money to those who CONTROL the thing of value--what the owners of that thing do is NONE of your or anyone else's business beyond that.
No wonder we're doomed if that's what a "conservative" thinks.
Yes it is a major radio station - 50,000 watts.
Change the channel to one of “the competitors in the Triangle.”
It appears they are moving the shows to channels they outright own versus just “renting” the shows to a competitor.
The Ft Bragg troops will probably tune in on another station that carries them. I wouldn’t worry about it. There has to be another station within range. We have 3 of them in our area.
You can also catch Beck, Rush, and Hannity on 92.5 FM online out of Naples FL starting at 9 AM EST.
Capitalism is (not totally but very much) about someone who has a product or service which will benefit others - getting that product or service to its paying customers.
I am a customer both of the Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity program as well as of WPTF Radio which has brought these much needed “services” to my area.
That service is now being taken away.
I, as a customer of both entities, have every right to protest and let the service provider(s) know I object to their business decision.
Whether or not they do anything about the reaction of their customers to thie decision is, of course, their business.
If Clear Channel pulls syndication then the radio station has NO ability to respond. It is NOT their decision solely the decision of the provider. Happened out here in Santa Cruz our local conservative station wasn’t “big” enough for Clear Channel so they pulled Rush ( a nu,ber of years ago now). Station almost went under but the owner called onm us the loral listeners to do all we could to help. We have, he has , and the station goes on —— no thanks to Clear CHannel
Uh, yeah, that was my point. Nice to see you're coming around.
Excellent.......outstanding. That station used to be a decent rock station before going country; great to see the new format, content....and of course, good ol’ Rush. Thanks much for the heads-up.
Ok, found that 106.1 FM will be carrying Beck, Rush, Sean.
I don’t even know whether I can get that channel or not...,
Ft Bragg - Fayetteville - has 640AM. It has Boortz, Rush and then Sean 1000 - 1800 M-F.
Of course, what you should do is join Rush 24/7 and watch the Dittocam live and download the commercial free podcast.
WPTF is probably the biggest AM radio station in NC. It can be heard in most of the state. I will say that WRDU is a very prominent FM station in the Triangle.
That is what will happen to WPTF - which is THE landmark AM station for Central NC and Southern Virginia.
I know they will lose listeners by the tonload. Hopefully they will find a way to succeed, despite this blow.
The local and statewide (and, nationwide) liberals in power will, however, be hooting and hollering in joy over WPTF’s demise because they have LONG been putting pressure on WPTF to drop Rush and Sean and Levin. WPTF resisted that pressure because the local listening public LOVES Rush, Sean, Levin.
Again, I understand competition.
Clear Channel Communications owns Premiere Radio Networks, which syndicates Limbaugh and Hannity, and Clear Channel has decided that the Limbaugh and Hannity shows should be on WRDU, a Clear Channel radio station, not on a Curtis radio station.
A business decision, nothing more, nothing less.
Someone else is sure to pick up these shows in the area. In the meantime, you can listen via the internet, podcast or on Rush’s website,
That sucks, though. His show is part of my everyday routine.
Thanks - I found that also. I don’t even know who or what WRDU radio is. I have no idea if my radios (home and car) will get that station.
(Re: Rush 24/7 - well, that’s out there if I want to pay to hear Rush - right now, not at that point).
So you are able to pick up this 106.1 channel loud and clear???
The other thing is I heard Sean driving home from work on WPTF - now who is on at the 6 pm time slot??? ON this WRDU station?
You can listen over the internet, which I do most of the time anyway unless I’m in the car.
WHAM in Rochester, NY has Rush from 2-5pm ET
WBNF in Binghamton, NY has Rush from noon-3pm ET with Hannity following.
WHAM also has Beck from 9-11 ET (but cuts off the last hour of Beck for the local conservative personality, Bob Lonsberry from 11-2pm)
WROW in Albany has the entire Beck show from 9-noon
I’m not a big Hannity listener so there might be other places where you can catch his show.
I know - I don’t get to hear all of Rush’s show - am at work - but I do get to hear it now and then and the weekend replays in full.
But so many in my area DO depend on Rush and Sean as our alternative to the local liberal rag (News and Disturber) and the Local Liberal TV stations (WRAL TV).
And of course as the alternative to the dreadful NPR.
WPTF has been a dedicated alternative media resource for almost as long as Rush has been on Radio - so I hate for them to suffer this loss as well as hate having to go find a station that may or may not come in loud and clear on the radios I listen to,
Such is life I suppose.
Thanks for those links....will try them plus the 106.1 FM local station - if I can get it.
I do listen to Sean primarily in the car...on my way home from work....or used to.
Oh yes, you can easily get it: 106.1 on your FM dial. That station has been here for years. I like that they are carrying Beck’s radio program before Rush’s; I watch him on FNC every day, but have never been able to catch his radio show before.
Ok, thanks for that link.
I know the decision has been in the works for months, but I didn’t know about it til yesterday.
Many loyal WPTF/RUSH/SEAN listeners won’t know about it til they try to tune in to Rush or Sean on WPTF and find other programming now playing in those slots.
That link says WRDU radio 106.1 is a 100,000 watts radio station. I don’t think I have ever listened to it before....guess I will be now.
Ok - good - and yes will enjoy Beck’s radio program also when I can get it. (am at work then).
Will miss hearing Sean on my way home from work.
I know WPTF is going to be hurting = I do wish them the best since this was not their decision and since they endured so much putrid vile from the liberals who are in political power in this state.
I agree; have had 680AM programmed on every radio (home, cars) for years to catch Rush. Huge loss for them.
To me it looks like a bad business decision.
Not if they program them on another station in the same market.
“I havent heard of what other local station might carry Rush and Sean.”
Absolutely. It’s a very clear, strong signal. Not sure who will be on at 6, though. Check out the weblink I posted; it may give a lineup for that time slot.
Yes, 50K daytime, although only 5K at nite.
In any case, WPTF's low frequency (680) combined with their 50K watts gives them a great daytime signal that usually can be heard easily at a range of 100+ miles -- unless your radio is inside a metal-framed buidling, in which case you may have better reception via WRDU's FM signal.
And now that more and more FM stations are carrying Rush, I wonder if he'll drop the schtick about "long-haired, dope-smoking" FM listeners!
Yes this is one of a couple stations I believe that is rebranding itself Rush Radio.
WPTF still carries Mark Levin, 3 hrs. now I believe.
WPTF is going to be in real trouble with their lineup.
Neal Boortz is still on 101.1, 10AM-1PM.
One advantage to this change.
Most ipod type players don’t pickup AM.
With this change I can work in the yard while wearing earbuds and catch Rush and Co.
>>Clear Channel Communications owns Premiere Radio Networks, which syndicates Limbaugh and Hannity
Clear Channel often puts Premiere shows on its stations; in New England, it owns stations in Manchester NH, Worcester MA,
and Providence RI who air shows like that. Now we hear one of its Boston AM stations is looking for sales people who have specialize in selling “news talk”, leading to speculation that one of the two AM stations it has in Boston—both now
running Spanish language—may go to news talk (Boston has Rush on the fairly powerful WRKO but Hannity and Beck aren’t on; they may opt to keep Rush on RKO and maybe
launch a news-talker to run the other shows).
The Clear Channel AM station in Providence, WHJJ, tried Air America but it flopped (”the Air America experiment is
over”, said the program director) and they now run
Beck, Hannity, Rush, Levin, etc. Probably doing much
WRDU 106.1 can be heard all of the the state folks. They’ve got repeating towers all over the state.
In any case I don’t feel sorry for WPTF. They were playing both sides of the fence. Conservative talk mixed with super liberal AP news reports on the hour and half hour. I especially remember the coverage of the gay marriage issue last year in California... WPTF broadcasted the Pro Gay Pro Obama AP news without batting an eye.
Now we’ll get to listen to Glenn Beck, Rush and Sean in their entirety. I do like Bill Lumay, maybe he can move to 106.1
Technically, radio listeners aren’t customers. The radio shows are free. The actual customers of radio programs are the ADVERTISERS. They are the one’s that pay. Listeners are just the bait—the reason advertisers pay. Radio show draws listeners in order to draw advertisers.
Actually we're doomed because the majority decided they wanted Communism.
Why would Clear Channel Communications (the owner of the syndication company that carries Rush’s program - and, I suppose, Sean’s program?) try to attack and destroy WPTF (owned by Curtis Media Group)?
Business decisions happen all the time.
Rush Limbaugh to switch Triangle radio stations
One of the first radio stations to broadcast Rush Limbaugh’s talk show, WPTF AM-680, will be losing the conservative media icon after 21 years on the air.
Limbaugh’s trademark in-your-face talk show will be moving to a competitor, WRDU FM-106.1, a country music station owned by media conglomerate Clear Channel Communications. Starting January 1, WRDU will switch to an all-talk format and feature a 9-hour non-stop marathon of conservative talk by Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.
Curtis Media, the Raleigh-based company that owns WPTF, will fill the three hours vacated by Limbaugh with political talk that’s more centrist and moderate, said president and chief operating officer Phil Zachary. Still, losing Limbaugh is a big deal, he said.
“We were there from the beginning, which makes this more painful,” Zachary said. “We were there before Rush was arguably Rush.”
Premier Radio Networks, the syndicator that owns Limbaugh’s program, will also pull the program from a Curtis Media station that broadcasts in Winston-Salem and Greensboro and sell the broadcast rights to Clear Channel.
Clear Channel negotiated for months with Premier to win the rights to Limbaugh, said Dick Harlow, Clear Channel’s vice president and market manager for Raleigh.
“We sent a signal to Premier that we would love to have those products,” Harlow said.
Curtis Media will continue broadcasting Limbaugh on radio stations in Boone and Goldsboro.