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To: woweeitsme
"I do agree with what he says about local talk show hosts getting squeezed."

Interesting point. Last night on the Bill Cunningham Show, he interviewed the head of Talker Magazine, who said it's kind of a chicken and the egg argument. Before the end of the fairness doctrine and the spike in the popularity of talk radio there were only about 75 talk stations in the whole country, so there weren't a whole lot of opportunites for local talkers. With Rush's boom and all those that followed in his wake, the number of talk stations grew to accomodate the market, which actually expanded the job opportunities for local talkers.

What he stated was, yes, the nationally syndicated biggies, do take time slots that could theoretically be filled by local talent, but without those nationally syndicated personalities, their shows and the money they bring in, many of the local talk stations would fold or go to an other-than-talk format (as they were before syndication of Rush, Hannity, etc.)

20 posted on 04/23/2012 7:41:13 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yes. I didn’t hear that show but I assume you mean Michael
Harrison (Talkers).
Talk stations in Boston, for example, have a blend of
national and local

WRKO 680
Tom & Todd (local), business show (local), Ingraham (syndie),
Jen Brien (local), Howie Carr (flagship station—synd. through New England but very Boston based), then syndie with
Savage, Jerry Doyle, Redeye Radio

WXKS 1200
Jeff Katz (local), Beck (syndie), Rush (syndie), Jay
Severin (local), Hannity, Levin, Coast to Coast (all syndie)

WBZ 1030
Talk only at night: Dan Rea and Steve Leveille, both local

WWZN 1510
Moonbat:Jeff Santos (local), Stephanie Miller (syndie),
Ed Schultz (syndie), Rebuild America (local) then various
syndie shows though often pre-empted by Red Sox baseball—
in Spanish...

WTKK 96.9
Eagan and Braude, Doug Meegan (both local), Smerconish
(syndie), Michael Graham (local), Wall St Wrapup and
John Batchelor (syndie), Overnight America (syndie)


25 posted on 04/23/2012 8:08:06 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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