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The Rise of Religious Radio (Michelle Malkin)
Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2002 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 10/08/2002 9:44:08 PM PDT by Sabertooth

Michelle Malkin (archive)

October 9, 2002

The Rise of Religious Radio

NPR liberals are horrified. Across the country, thousands of radio listeners are tuning out conservative-basher Nina Totenberg, and tuning in conservative heroine Phyllis Schlafly.

The growing Christian radio audience is bidding "adieu" to "Morning Edition" and saying "Amen" to gospel music hour. They're giving the boot to "Car Talk's" Click and Clack and greeting each daybreak with evangelical teachings and preachings.

Christian radio is on the rise. And as always, the government-subsidized left is whining about this unexpected competition to its secular media monopoly.

For years, National Public Radio has gotten away with smearing religious groups and individuals, as it did earlier this year when NPR reporter David Kestenbaum falsely suggested that the Traditional Values Coalition, a Christian political action group, was responsible for the anthrax letters sent to Sens. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Now, religious groups are fighting back by taking over NPR's turf.

American Family Radio, based in Tupelo, Miss., now operates more than 200 stations nationwide -- and has applications pending with the Federal Communications Commission for hundreds more noncommercial radio outlets.

The booming popularity of contemporary Christian and gospel music has played a major role in Christian radio's growth. Christian and gospel album sales rose 13.5 percent last year, while other music suffered a 3 percent decline, according to Business Week. K-LOVE Radio, which broadcasts popular Christian artists such as Jars of Clay, Jaci Velasquez, Point of Grace and Michael W. Smith, owns or operates nearly 60 Christian stations nationwide, from Arkansas to California.

These religious upstarts are knocking off National Public Radio stations from the airwaves left and right (or rather, left and left). The New York Times, taking note of what it views as an alarming trend, singled out Lake Charles, La., as a community of 95,000 people that now constitutes "the most populous place in the country where 'All Things Considered' cannot be heard." Oh, the horror!

The religious radio revolution is the result of plain old hard work and sharp business acumen. Unlike NPR and its nearly 300 member affiliates across the country, which have grown fat and lazy while feasting on federal taxpayer handouts since birth, Christian entrepreneurs have been diligently raising private capital to purchase "full-power" stations on the low end of the FM dial, which is reserved for non-commercial, educational stations.

A provision buried in federal broadcasting law gives full-power stations the power to bump small "translator" stations -- such as local NPR affiliates that retransmit programming from larger, distant sources -- off the air.

Caught napping, NPR radio executives and their media cheerleaders are crying foul. Left-wing radio host Laura Flanders, who hosts a San Francisco talk show, attacked evangelical programming as "vitriol." A Variety magazine editorial lambasted Christian radio as "strident." "It is, like, nuts," complained one NPR general manager to The New York Times.

What's nuts is for the publicly subsidized radio chieftains to lament the unfairness of hardball private competition while they continue to draw on taxpayer funds to fight back. NPR supporters have formed a new national nonprofit group created specifically to head off Christian radio challengers. The organization, Public Radio Capital, aggressively drums up funds through tax-exempt bonds and tax-deductible contributions, and is giving local public stations a hand up -- with initial "investments" from the federally backed Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

In Tacoma, Wash., Public Radio Capital pitched in $5 million to buy a noncommercial FM station from a local college; public stations in the region will pitch in funds to help operate it. Public radio bureaucrats have also secured grant money from the Commerce Department to compete in Louisiana.

It is a classic David-and-Goliath battle, one that smug NPR liberals never anticipated and now deeply resent. "NPR has a mentality of 'we own the non-commercial educational band' on the dial," noted Rick Snavely, general manager of the Family Life Network, in a recent Buffalo (N.Y.) News profile of Catholic and Christian radio stations. "But it belongs to the public."

Amen. It's time for the secular hogs of the public airwaves to stop squealing. Praise the Lord and crank up the volume.

Contact Michelle Malkin | Read her biography

©2002 Creators Syndicate, Inc.


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1 posted on 10/08/2002 9:44:08 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Victoria Delsoul; Pokey78; JohnHuang2; MeeknMing; rdb3; mhking; BOBTHENAILER; Marine Inspector; ...

    

Michelle
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Growl!






2 posted on 10/08/2002 9:45:24 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
"Amen. It's time for the secular hogs of the public airwaves to stop squealing. Praise the Lord and crank up the volume."

AMEN! - "secular hogs", hehe
3 posted on 10/08/2002 9:50:20 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: Sabertooth
Bump!
4 posted on 10/08/2002 9:53:22 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Sabertooth
The communists in the USofA are getting uglier the more they are up against the truth. The mask is coming off, I just hope the general population cares enough to notice.

We need to pray, every day and night, for God to save our Republic.
5 posted on 10/08/2002 9:54:19 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: MissAmericanPie
Liberals are discomfited by the success of religious radio. They survive in radio only due to extortion of the American taxpayers. In a truly free market almost no one would listen to them. What they are terrified of is the rise of competition in a field they once had all to themselves and the day is not too far off when even government subsidies can't save them from the inevitable. Unless liberals get off the government dole and learn to market their beliefs in the real world, the chance is scant they will have any lasting influence on the thought and life of America in the future. The Death of Liberalism?? Stranger things have happened in this country and there it goes along with NPR and "All Things Considered."
6 posted on 10/08/2002 10:02:53 PM PDT by goldstategop
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To: Sabertooth
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7 posted on 10/08/2002 10:09:29 PM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: Sabertooth
Whoa! Tacoma, that's ME! That's our radio station at the technical college, & it was just announced that it would be sold. I thought that it was quite stupid for a tech college with radio/dj classes to SELL their station, but know I know why. I'll miss thier oldies :) Hope it isn't replaced by liberal drivel...
8 posted on 10/08/2002 10:10:12 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: Sabertooth
I am Jewish (and Conservative). I think this is great! I am not threatend at all by Christian radio programs.

Weak minded individuals are always threatend when an alternative voice is heard.

I hope to see another 200 more Christian radio stations. I would love to host a Jewish perspective program on these Christian stations.
9 posted on 10/08/2002 10:18:10 PM PDT by GaryMontana
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To: Sabertooth
Amen and AMEN!!

BTTT

10 posted on 10/08/2002 10:29:24 PM PDT by Boomer Geezer
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To: goldstategop
I would be so happy if it is the Death of Liberalism. I use to think they could not market their beliefs because they are not based on logic or reason, the lessons and warnings of history, nothing but air.

After decades of their infection in our public schools it seems they have managed to influence almost 50% of the population. And with their eagerness to attempt to override conservative votes through vote fraud and immigration, I still don't feel we are out of the woods.
11 posted on 10/08/2002 10:33:17 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: goldstategop
What they are terrified of is the rise of competition in a field they once had all to themselves and the day is not too far off when even government subsidies can't save them from the inevitable. Unless liberals get off the government dole and learn to market their beliefs in the real world, the chance is scant they will have any lasting influence on the thought and life of America in the future.

But that would mean, (gasp) that they would have to involve themselves with (shudder) ... CAPITALISM! I'll bet they're frantically trying to figure out how they can have the dole and compete in the free market system as well. I mean, like, they would have to solicit a whole group of sponsors. Could you imagine some "I-don't-have-a-clue" marketing rep, just out of high school (oh, pardon me, college), who schedules a commercial for "Promise Keepers," thinking that it is some kind of "wish box" one might purchase at their local Occult Book Store? LOL!! Oh the humanity! Oy!

12 posted on 10/08/2002 10:38:34 PM PDT by Boomer Geezer
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To: Sabertooth; whoever; Libertina; Alamo-Girl
WOW! I guess that makes me a "Trend Setter." Took 30 + years to catch on, but hey, I always knew I was tuned to the right frequency. :)
13 posted on 10/08/2002 10:47:18 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Diver Dave
Good thinking, Diver Dave! Hugs!
14 posted on 10/08/2002 11:24:04 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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Any idea which Tacoma station she's referring to? 88.5 FM KPLU has a GORGEOUS signal - if you're lucky enough to be on the Sound Side of the hills, and can stand the swill they put on Mon-Fri.

NPR has enough coverage as it is - nationwide. Let it go. Still, I'm having a hard enough time trying to 'splain why it doesn't need to be, to fanatic urban-dwelling faux-sophisticate coworkers. George Will, though, said awhile ago "there's no disputing its ornamental value."
15 posted on 10/08/2002 11:29:21 PM PDT by IslandJeff
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To: goldstategop
... Unless liberals get off the government dole and learn to market ...

The beauty of it is (and they know it) that if they ever do start to compete in the marketplace, they will become ever more disenchanted with the socialist method of doing things... they lose either way ... and it is why they fight so hard to be protected from competition.

16 posted on 10/08/2002 11:42:15 PM PDT by AFPhys
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To: GaryMontana
I have regularly heard Jewish perspective speakers on the Family Life Network. Many, if not most, main stream Christians consider those of the Jewish faith to be their ancestors, not their rivals, and fully welcome their perspective.

If it is ever truly understood by the majority of Jewish voters that the Christian main stream is not opposed to them, the Demodogs' advantage among that voter group will disappear, and probably reverse.
17 posted on 10/08/2002 11:47:50 PM PDT by AFPhys
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To: goldstategop
Unless liberals get off the government dole and learn to market their beliefs in the real world

Buy this new Trabant today and for FREE we'll throw in a set of Liberal Beliefs! :)

18 posted on 10/08/2002 11:56:44 PM PDT by Axenolith
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To: Sabertooth
Although I support the idea of Public Radio, I'll have to agree with the the posters on this thread that it is at present mostly a forum for unabashed socialists and anti-American nutcases. I don't listen as much as I used to Wisconsin Public Radio, but I tune in at various times to check its ideological content. Almost every time I tune in, the guest is a leftist and is being critical of Bush and Republicans or espousing the latest leftist crackpot scheme. Jean Feraca and Tom Clark the two main talk hosts are both unashamed leftists especially Feraca. Robert Fisk, John Nichols, Studs Terkel and a number of other plain Marxists are regulars or frequent guests on her segments.

I'd be more than willing to host a conservative hour. I wonder how the typical leftist WPR listener would react to that. I can hear the screeching now.

19 posted on 10/09/2002 12:31:24 AM PDT by driftless
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To: Sabertooth
... Unless liberals get off the government dole and learn to market ..

We just hanging back----

NAKED PICS- DAMMIT!!!

Growl back to her-- k?

20 posted on 10/09/2002 12:50:53 AM PDT by herewego
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21 posted on 10/09/2002 12:51:20 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: Sabertooth
some just don't know---

thanks---

22 posted on 10/09/2002 12:53:15 AM PDT by herewego
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To: Sabertooth
Caught napping, NPR radio executives and their media cheerleaders are crying foul.

Why, the idea that NPR elites would have to ``pander'' to the ordinary citizen. Don't we know that they are our betters?

23 posted on 10/09/2002 12:59:09 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Sabertooth
The New York Times, taking note of what it views as an alarming trend, singled out Lake Charles, La., as a community of 95,000 people that now constitutes "the most populous place in the country where 'All Things Considered' cannot be heard." Oh, the horror!

I'd say a 21-gun salute to the perspicacity of Lake Charles residents is in order. Any community that disdains "All Liberal Things Considered" has to be a salubrious place to raise a family.

24 posted on 10/09/2002 2:22:32 PM PDT by Caleb1411
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To: Sabertooth
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25 posted on 10/09/2002 2:57:05 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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bttt
26 posted on 10/09/2002 3:52:34 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: GaryMontana
I hope to see another 200 more Christian radio stations. I would love to host a Jewish
perspective program on these Christian stations.


In case you don't already know...

www.newstalk870.com

This is the "secular" part of the Salem Radio Network here in Los Angeles.
The lineup of Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, and even that nice gentile law professor,
Hugh Hewitt simply...ROCKS!!!

And their "listen live" function is one of the most fool-proof ones I've encountered.
27 posted on 10/09/2002 4:00:19 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Sabertooth
bump
28 posted on 10/09/2002 4:01:13 PM PDT by foreverfree
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To: Sabertooth
This girl is way too fine to be that smart! Just kidding, with her, the two characteristics are very fitting!
29 posted on 10/10/2002 3:00:55 AM PDT by ChasingFletch
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