Liberal talk radio changes in Santa Fe

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Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2014 7:00 pm

Fans of KTRC, the liberal talk radio station in Santa Fe — and fans of liberal talk radio everywhere for that matter — have taken a couple of vicious blows in recent days

On Thursday, syndicated radio host Ed Schultz — who promotes himself as “America’s Number One liberal talker” — announced that he’s quitting his three-hour weekday radio show. The way he made it sound, he just wants to go fishing. However, Schultz said he’ll continue doing his weeknight television show on MSNBC and he’s going to start doing an hourlong audio show that will be available on his website.

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  • Ron Johnson posted at 8:53 am on Thu, May 29, 2014.

    ronjohnsonson Posts: 11

    Mike is on 1260 KTRC at 7PM!

  • Ron Johnson posted at 7:14 am on Thu, May 29, 2014.

    ronjohnsonson Posts: 11

    Savage is one of few slightly independent right wing talkers. He will still attack on cue and in unison with all the other right wing talkers. He will still repeat the same primary memes and lies and distortions. Assessments of talkers like Savage, who may be entertaining, have to be weighed against the fact that the right wing talkers are still part of a giant propaganda operation designed to create an alternate reality and disrupt any thoughtful fact-based discussions about major issues. Like gun control, and rape, and immigration, and global warming.

    Most liberal talkers do their own work and research and may talk about the same issues with similar views but they don't make a living selling ignorance, hate, and lies. They don't have to.

    It is important to sample right wing radio and that's where thinking Americans have failed in protecting their democracy. When you hear Savage or Limbaugh or Hannity and then the local idiots at KKOB talking about the same issues the same way, know that all the other right wing talkers are doing the same. It has made a big difference the last 20 years.

    Now, for instance, there are millions of idiots out there who listened to and cheered on right wing radio chickenhawks like Limbaugh and Savage as they lied us into Iraq, attacked Iraq war critics, helped Republicans obstruct funding for veterans, and now they will blame Obama and scream for someone else's head.

    Thanks again to Hutton and KTRC.

  • Ron Johnson posted at 6:49 am on Thu, May 29, 2014.

    ronjohnsonson Posts: 11

    "If every place had Santa Fe’s political leanings, Hutton observed, liberal talkers probably wouldn’t be dropping so rapidly."

    Wrong. The makeup of talk radio around the country is not determined by 'market' forces. Maybe to some degree on the local level, but nationally, the idea that 19 out of 20 Americans who would listen to talk radio prefer the racism, sexism, ignorance, global warming denial and coordinated partisan lying of right wing radio is an insult to Americans.

    That is the proportion today. In most parts of the country it's very hard to impossible to find free talk about current events and politics while driving and working that isn't right wing.

    Right wing radio is a coordinated propaganda operation. The Koch Bros style think tanks feed more than 1000 radio stations and over 400 fools and liars. And they protect their advantage. Liberal talkers are up against a monopoly, just like a small hardware store vs Home Depot. Or the many small businesses going up against Wall Mart.

    Thank goodness for Hutton and KTRC for injecting some sanity into NM. KKOB is a blight on the state and UNM should be ashamed to associate the Lobos logo with it, selling out their mission statement in exchange for a few thousand dollars a year.

    UNM needs to look for non political alternatives to broadcast their games, not a station that has been used for years to attack teachers as well as public education and it's funding in order to privatize it.

  • Peter Neal posted at 7:32 am on Mon, May 26, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 291

    Not sure where he is on the dial these days, but I used to occasionally listen to Mike Malloy for entertainment as well- his vitriol and sheer hatred of anyone who was not a hard left liberal/progressive was really funny. I imagine he needed to replace the spit shield on his microphone daily.

  • sanchez rae posted at 11:46 am on Sun, May 25, 2014.

    sanchez rae Posts: 15

    I also listen to Michael Savage for humor. Only in the car for short rides. He laughs at himself too and it helps. But he's really *out* there, insults everyone, no matter. I consider it my duty to tune in once in a while as all my other media is straight progressive. Thanks for writing this Steve!


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