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Limbaugh to Leave AM Station in Philadelphia
NY Times ^ | 4/9/12 | Brian Stelter

Posted on 04/10/2012 12:55:01 AM PDT by raccoonradio

“The Rush Limbaugh Show” is leaving the dominant conservative talk radio station in Philadelphia, one of the biggest radio markets in the country.

In its place on the station, WPHT, will go “The Michael Smerconish Show,” hosted by Mr. Smerconish, a native of the city.

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It is unclear when the change will take place in Philadelphia. The company that syndicates Mr. Limbaugh’s show, Premiere Radio Networks, declined to comment.

But Premiere has indicated that it will be moving Mr. Limbaugh to a new station in Philadelphia. Radio-Info.com reported on Monday that it might be WKDN, a Christian programming station that is expected to be turned into a news-talk station soon.

To the untrained eye, it would appear to be a step down for “The Rush Limbaugh Show.” WKDN, with a 38,000-watt signal, is a smaller station than WPHT, which has a 50,000-watt signal. But WKDN is an FM station, while WPHT is an AM station, and Premiere has shown interest in moving its talk radio shows over to FM stations lately.

The owner of WPHT, CBS Radio, said in a statement on Monday afternoon, “Premiere recently notified WPHT they will be syndicating Rush Limbaugh on a new station in Philadelphia. As a result, we are pleased to be able to now showcase Michael, who is a well-known and acclaimed broadcaster in the market, in this new time period.”

Mr. Smerconish is a relative rarity on radio: a moderate.

(Excerpt) Read more at mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com ...


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As it says, unclear when this will happen. IF he goes to WKDN 106.9 here is their signal range:

The station is technically licensed to Camden NJ and was previously owned by Family Radio (how's that rapture workin' out for ya Harold)
1 posted on 04/10/2012 12:55:18 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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The NY Crimes seems to indicate it’s a step down but WKDN could be a very good signal, maybe even better than WPHT for some...no static no static no static at all, FM (no static at all...)

Again we don’t know the date and we’re not certain if WKDN
is the station but it could well be.

Some people point out “oh, Rush has a contract with such-and-such for the next year”. Those things can be
broken. In Boston in 2010, the word came out that Clear
Channel/Premiere was starting a cons. talk station that
would be called Rush Radio (now Talk 1200). And people
said, “Wait, WRKO (Entercom) has a contract for Rush
for one more year.” Guess what: the contract got broken
(CC/Premiere owns 1200) and Rush was soon off WRKO
and onto the “new” (at the time) 1200.

Stay tuned.


2 posted on 04/10/2012 12:59:38 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

I’ll actually be relieved not to have Rush constantly preempted by Phillies games.


3 posted on 04/10/2012 1:01:29 AM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: raccoonradio

Limbaugh’s show was pulled from the local talk radio outlet here in Raleigh some time ago (AM680). The folks who own Limbaugh’s show moved it to one of their own stations, an FM station that had always been classic rock format.

Two things happened.

First, being now on FM, Rush never sounded so good (there wre other, better rock stations to fill the music void). Second....that AM station just flat DIED.

How do you replace Rush Limbaugh? You don’t.


4 posted on 04/10/2012 1:01:29 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: raccoonradio

Further conf. from Phil. Inquirer:

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Is-Limbaugh-getting-the-boot-from-Philly-radio.html?cmpid=124488459

>>Updated: Rush Limbaugh is leaving WPHT
>>Rush Limbaugh — the dominant force in conservative talk radio in America for more than two decades — is leaving his long-time Philadelphia perch on 50,000-watt AM station WPHT, apparently for an unknown rival.
The dramatic move shakes up the Philly radio market — and arguably the local political scene as well,. It’s not clear how much the move was influenced by the national uproar over Limbaugh calling a Georgetown law student “a slut,” which caused a number of major advertisers to jump ship.

>>WPHT confirmed the move just hours after a leading radio industry trade publication, Talkers magazine, reported that “the very hot rumor” out of Philly is that Limbaugh wa about to be yanked from his slot at 1210 on the AM dial — to be replaced by Michael Smerconish, who now airs in the afternoon drive slot.

>>”Premiere recently notified WPHT they will be syndicating Rush Limbaugh on a new station in Philadelphia,” CBS Radio said in a statement emailed to the Daily News. “As a result, we are pleased to be able to now showcase Michael, who is a well-known and acclaimed broadcaster in Philadelphia, in this new time period.

>>Smerconish said in the statement: “I have missed not having the chance to take WPHT callers in every hour of my program and am ecstatic that this will soon change. WPHT seeks to be live and local - no one is more local than me!”

>>Industry insiders were speculating that Limbaugh might not leave the Philadelphia airwaves for long, if at all. There are rumors, reported on Talkers and by Radio-Info, is that the new owner of WKDN-FM, 106.9 — a Camden-based station that has carried Christian broadcasting — may look to add Limbaugh as well as popular right-wing yakkers Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, who’ve been off the air in Philadelphia since they were dropped by WPHT over a year ago.

But if Limbaugh did move to the lesser-known FM station, it would probably be a struggle to rebuild his Philadelphia audience — especially in in a competition with the popular and locally based Smerconish.

And that could have a big political ramifications in Pennsylvania, considered a key battleground state in the 2012 presidential race.


5 posted on 04/10/2012 1:01:52 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: RightOnline
Wrong question.
How do you receive Rush Limbaugh, when AM radio doesn't carry him in your area?
Through the Internet and a computer link.
6 posted on 04/10/2012 1:08:01 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: raccoonradio
Same thing in Pittsburgh years ago and it couldn't have been better! Went from KDKA-AM which is a shadow of it's former self to WPGB-FM. WPGB consistently beats KD in the ratings, and as someone else said the sound is so much better.

The move in Philly is NOT a step down!

7 posted on 04/10/2012 1:08:52 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: prisoner6

Isn’t WPGB Quinn and Rose’s flagship?


8 posted on 04/10/2012 1:15:59 AM PDT by conservativebuckeye
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To: prisoner6

Yes the big move in talk, sports, and news is to powerful FM
stations.

In Boston though Rush moved to another AM station at 1200
on the dial; Clear Channel, owner of 1200, has FM stations
doing R&B/hits on 94.5 and 107.9 but they didn’t want to change the format, but they offer the talk 1200 station
on the HD-2 signal of 107.9.
But yes, in many places he’s moving to FM...or stations
are simulcasting. For example in Worcester MA Rush is on
AM 580 but now that station simulcasts on 94.9 FM...

And in Fargo ND Rush is on a very powerful FM station
now (a “Stop Rush” site is calling them “Hate Radio 102.9”(


9 posted on 04/10/2012 1:16:12 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Yosemitest

Yes, but you approach my statement from the listener’s perspective. I was referring to the (losing) AM station’s perspective.


10 posted on 04/10/2012 1:19:38 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: raccoonradio
from bucksright.com: >>No one has announced when Limbaugh’s show will stop airing on WPHT or when 106.9 will flip formats. It is believed that 106.9, which was purchased by Merlin Media in February, will stop airing Christian programming on April 15, but it is unclear whether there will be an interim “stunt” format before the talk station launches or not.

Merlin registered several web sites for the station, including FMNewsPhiladelphia.com, FMNewsPhilly.com, and FMNews1069.com. They’ve also registered Fox1069.com.

If the new 106.9 decided to pick up Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity and Mark Levin (who currently airs on tape delay on WNTP), they could kill off what’s left WPHT in three ratings books.

11 posted on 04/10/2012 1:19:43 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: conservativebuckeye

It is and the ping list here uses Pittsburgh-ese (dahntahn, yinz etc.)
Wikipedia entry for them:
>>Quinn and Rose is a conservative political talk show. It is syndicated, by Clear Channel Radio from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The show is done by Jim Quinn with “color commentary” from a woman known as Radio Rose (Rose Somma Tennent). It is broadcast from 6 A.M. to 9 A.M., while some affiliates replay the first hour from 9 to 10. Also on XM Radio channel 158.


12 posted on 04/10/2012 1:22:59 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: RightOnline

That’s right. You don’t replace Rush; but we can replace that thug in the WH.


13 posted on 04/10/2012 1:25:04 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: RightOnline
Here's a link to Listen WKDN - Family Radio Network 106.9 FM Camden, NJ Live Radio Broadcast Channel Online.

The losing AM station is stupid.
I spent some time in PNE and actually learned to like FRANK SINATRA - THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD from that losing station.
But if they're stupid enough to drop Rush, then they deserve to fall into the waste pile of history.
More power to WKDN - Family Radio Network 106.9 FM Camden, NJ.
14 posted on 04/10/2012 1:25:49 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: Yosemitest

I have to say, in AM680’s defense, here again....it wasn’t their choice. “Ownership” of Limbaugh’s programming, not the station itself, decided to pull it and put it on another local (FM) station that they owned. IOW, stick it on one of their own properties vs. AM680. I imagine the station management got very, very drunk the day they learned of this.


15 posted on 04/10/2012 1:28:38 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Yosemitest
WKDN is technically owned or WILL BE owned by Merlin Media but operates them under a Limited Marketing Agreement from Family Radio.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WKDN

>>WKDN (106.9 FM) is a radio station licensed to Camden, New Jersey and the Philadelphia market. The station is owned by Merlin Media, and is currently operated under a local marketing agreement by WKDN's former longtime owner, Family Stations, Inc..On December 6, 2011, Merlin Media, LLC announced it would acquire WKDN from Family Radio. Since the sale was completed on March 6, 2012, Family Radio has continued to operate WKDN under a local marketing agreement while Merlin constructs new facilities for the station. Based on web domain reservations and programming changes at other Philadelphia stations, Merlin is expected to convert WKDN to a format of news, talk, or news/talk combination. (The former format would mirror that of Merlin stations in New York City and Chicago.)

16 posted on 04/10/2012 1:29:53 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Yosemitest

CBS owns WPHT.
As it says in article:
>>Premiere recently notified WPHT they will be syndicating Rush Limbaugh on a new station in Philadelphia,” CBS Radio said in a statement emailed to the Daily News. “As a result, we are pleased to be able to now showcase Michael, who is a well-known and acclaimed broadcaster in Philadelphia, in this new time period.

So maybe Premiere pulled to have WKDN run him (Merlin) and/or
CBS wants to have Smerconish in that slot. Right now
he’s 3-7 pm, though he does a national edition at noon
I think (WTKK in Boston runs him)

Also from the philly.com article:
>>Smerconish will be a major change in tone from the bombastic and unfailingly conservative Limbaugh. Although he was once a local GOP official and has conservative views on some issues like racial profiling, Smerconish backed Obama in 2008 and has become a registered independent.


17 posted on 04/10/2012 1:33:38 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: conservativebuckeye
YUP! Listen EVERY day! And there's the Q&R FR thread daily as well.

WPGB opens with Q&R, then Beck, Rush, and Hannity. Evenings change a bit, sometimes Savage, sometimes Jerry Doyle. Since I work overnight at Renda Broadcasting HQ (WSHH, WJAS and WMNY in Pgh, around 30 other stations mostly on the east coast) I don't get to listen to the evenings much.

18 posted on 04/10/2012 1:33:56 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: raccoonradio

It is a great step up when any talker can move to FM, as daytime AM is the pits.
When I was in TN, 50 miles outside of Memphis, there were days when I could not get Rush due to noise.
I once tuned him in on AFRS (shortwave)

I now get Rush via DAR.fm which records his program for me to play back when I wake up in the morning.
This is a great free service that will prerecord any program you want.
For real time radio, I use www.tunein.com, another great internet service for listening to most any station in the world, as long as it streams online.


19 posted on 04/10/2012 1:34:05 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: RightOnline
Well, Rush has a right to control his own destiny and the losing station had better sell out, while their advertising rates are still marketable.
So have a Philly Cheese-steak and welcome to Obama's unemployment line.
20 posted on 04/10/2012 1:35:46 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: raccoonradio
Michael Smerconish radio show
Market: Philadelphia, PA
Rating: 1.4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews.
Radio Show Michael Smerconish has a poor overall rating on RadioRatingz.com.

Many people aren't very pleased with Michael A. Smerconish.
21 posted on 04/10/2012 1:45:24 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: Yosemitest; All
CBS may have been the one making the move to NOT renew Rush at 1210. From Taylor on radio-info at http://www.radio-info.com:

>>Michael Smerconish will replace Limbaugh on WPHT, Philadelphia’s midday schedule.

Did CBS initiate the move? TRI hears CBS considered the Premiere contract renewal, with its inventory requirements and cash payments, and decided to let Rush go. That frees up the early afternoon “Rush slot” for hometown son Michael Smerconish. His Dial Global-syndicated show can now air live, starting at noon. Remember last week’s TRI speculation that Merlin Media would go talk on its newly-acquired WKDN, Camden (106.9), not all-news? And that Limbaugh’s deal was up very soon on WPHT (1210)? The pieces appear to be fitting into place on the chessboard. Last night, the New York Times mentioned the story from Radio-Info.com, about Rush leaving WPHT and potentially relocating to Merlin. >>The Times quoted a CBS release saying that Premiere “recently notified WPHT they will be syndicating Rush Limbaugh on a new station in Philadelphia.” (Probably both sides, CBS and Premiere/Merlin, are going to feel they made the first move with Rush.) It appears Merlin will present an Al Gardner-hosted morning show on WKDN, followed by Glenn Beck (previously dropped by WPHT), Limbaugh, then Sean Hannity (also not currently in the market). Plenty of yakking about talk radio on the Philadelphia Board of Radio-Info.com.

22 posted on 04/10/2012 1:47:27 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
CBS doesn't have to worry about making profits.
Aren't they on the Obama Stimulus payee list?
23 posted on 04/10/2012 2:04:14 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: Yosemitest

Smerconish went from Conservative to Liberal in one year. I turned him off when I told him to stop taking vactions because every time he did, he came back more liberal.

He’s a token on MSNBCDNC, hate TV. Good for Rush. I still have him in Wilmington, DE on AM.


24 posted on 04/10/2012 2:06:31 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: NTHockey
Lavinia Smerconish might be the source of the liberal change.
25 posted on 04/10/2012 2:15:58 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: raccoonradio

New York Slimes tries to make like Rush got dumped by the station, When it is the opposite, Rush dumped the sation for a better venue.

We get Rush on FM here and it is much better and clearer reception than another one that carries him on AM.


26 posted on 04/10/2012 2:22:11 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (Nations are only truly great when it's people are struggling against all odds, growing and expanding)
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To: raccoonradio
The owner of WPHT, CBS Radio, said in a statement on Monday afternoon, “Premiere recently notified WPHT they will be syndicating Rush Limbaugh on a new station in Philadelphia.

Notice Rush is packing up, not being TOLD to go...

Maybe Premiere is choosing to go to some of the stations it may hold an interest in someday...to withstand the liberal Nazis when they go ballistic again.

27 posted on 04/10/2012 2:39:09 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Yosemitest

Having voted for Republican candidates for president all his life, Smerconish endorsed Barack Obama for president on October 17, 2008.

He has urged the Republican Party to pursue “moderation on social issues in order to advance a suburban agenda for the GOP.”

On February 21, 2010, he announced that he had left the Republican Party

******

On August 20, 2009, Smerconish became the first talk radio host to broadcast live from the Obama White House, a show which included an interview with the President himself. The interview was held in the Diplomatic Reception Room, where President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats were held. The President took questions from Smerconish and his listeners on a variety of subjects including the recent debates on the pending Healthcare Reform Bill.

.


28 posted on 04/10/2012 2:44:03 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: prisoner6

Just getting ready to post the WPGB Q&R thread. KDKA dropping Rush and WPBG picking up his show was one of the best moves!


29 posted on 04/10/2012 2:54:28 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: conservativebuckeye

Quinn and Rose are on FM 104.7 WPGB in Pittsburgh.


30 posted on 04/10/2012 2:59:42 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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To: raccoonradio

Mr. Smerconish is a relative rarity on radio: a moderate....Ahhh! Nothing to say, nothing to illucidate on.


31 posted on 04/10/2012 3:04:42 AM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: RightOnline
"How do you replace Rush Limbaugh? You don’t."

"In its place on the station, WPHT, will go “The Michael Smerconish Show,” hosted by Mr. Smerconish"

You sure as hell don't go with Michael Smerconish. His show is a real sleeper. Not to mention, he's just barely more conservative than Chrissy Mathews, if that tells one anything....

32 posted on 04/10/2012 3:09:27 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Yosemitest
How do you receive Rush Limbaugh, when AM radio doesn't carry him in your area?

Besides the local FM station, other high powered stations come in fine in Philly, including flagship WABC 770 in NYC.
33 posted on 04/10/2012 3:27:13 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: raccoonradio
it would probably be a struggle to rebuild his Philadelphia audience

You don't lose an audience by switching stations.....his loyal listeners will simply reprogram their radio dial. (of course I'd have to break out the owners manual to figure how to do it)

34 posted on 04/10/2012 3:36:51 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: raccoonradio
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MODERATE COON IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

35 posted on 04/10/2012 3:39:12 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: raccoonradio

Congratulations to WKDN if this comes to pass. They`ll have an exponential increase in audience. WPHT.. well... enjoy your drop-off. Smurky is an 0bama worshipper who still stands by his “man.”


36 posted on 04/10/2012 4:22:19 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: raccoonradio
Rush moved from a powerhouse AM station to FM here years ago... the AM station now has only 1/3 of the employees it had in Rush's days and the FM station is the largest in this market today.

LLS

37 posted on 04/10/2012 4:25:15 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES! (accept only the original))
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To: raccoonradio

Why is ANYONE suggesting this is a bad thing? Rush will now be on live instead of tape delay. The liberal blogs are claiming this is a step down, actually, it’s a step UP to be heard live instead of delay.

The NYT suggests bad things in a piece, you have to read to the very end to find out that now Rush will be heard live in a major market, hardly a step down. Typical liberal BS, everyone here is smarter than that.


38 posted on 04/10/2012 4:26:38 AM PDT by swpa_mom
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To: Yosemitest
smerconish? Is that like an enema?

LLS

39 posted on 04/10/2012 4:29:13 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES! (accept only the original))
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To: RightOnline

Ditto Knoxville Tennessee except he has moved to a second FM station. I think it might have a slightly shorter range toward the east. There is mow about a five or ten mile range on I 40/I81 where the overlapping signals are poor


40 posted on 04/10/2012 4:32:03 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
been live streaming for years in Vermont via internet (goggle live streaming for Rush ),should find many stations ...free .... also check out Rush's website for streaming audio or audio video ..join if you can .. Rush one very special American ..
41 posted on 04/10/2012 4:38:02 AM PDT by heavy9
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To: raccoonradio
WOW...that's it for Rush. I can hear Kate Smith warming up in the background. NOT!
42 posted on 04/10/2012 4:42:07 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: raccoonradio

Ah. I was wondering what was going to happen to Brother Campion’s radio empire. Does this mean 94.5FM in northern NJ will changing over to news/talk as well? It has a very good signal.

Sad though if all the talk hosts leave the 50,000 watt beacon of freedom WABC-AM.


43 posted on 04/10/2012 4:43:02 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: denydenydeny

When the Phillies play I get Rush on 770 AM out of NY.

But I absolutely despise Smerconish. Moderate my foot, a liberal Obama supporter as well as in love with himself.


44 posted on 04/10/2012 4:46:33 AM PDT by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Safetgiver
"Mr. Smerconish is a relative rarity on radio: a moderate....Ahhh!"

We have one of those idiots here in the DFW area...Mark Davis! Uggh!

45 posted on 04/10/2012 4:47:31 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: raccoonradio
Sooner, rather than later the stations that dropped Rush for Smerconish will be quietly issuing layoff notices. Smerconish was a ratings disaster and gigantic tune-out factor everywhere he was tried a few years ago.

Interesting to go into business to lose money...maybe like a "moderates" AirAmerica...!?

46 posted on 04/10/2012 4:51:18 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: KoRn

That translates directly to WPHT losing HUGE $$$$......also audience, to state the obvious.


47 posted on 04/10/2012 4:56:20 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Yosemitest

a rare “moderate”, eh?

People will really enjoy tuning in to hear a “moderate” discuss the issues?

(in MEdia land, moderate=liberal but without the flying hate spittle)


48 posted on 04/10/2012 5:01:55 AM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: LibLieSlayer; mickie
"Smerconish? Is that like an enema?"

Actually, he's from one of Philadelphia's most blue-blooded Mainline families, the Smerfs. He has blue skin, a white cone-shaped head and he's red inside.

Smerf perched on Obama's lap when the President graced him with an interview after receiving the talk-show host's endorsement in the 2008 election.

Leni

49 posted on 04/10/2012 5:15:25 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: AlexW

Thanks for the info. I am often at clients during those three hours and reading on the website later is okay, just not the same as listening.

Note: my real home is Collegedale, TN. I am stuck in NC for right now. Just seeing the names of TN cities makes me homesick.


50 posted on 04/10/2012 5:20:36 AM PDT by Roses0508
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