Wingnut Radio’s Last Gasp in California

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Wingnut radio is dying in California.

Tune in to conservative talk radio in California and the expected insults and  character assassinations quickly fly. Reflecting the angry mood of listeners from Eureka just south of the Oregon border, to Chula Vista just north of Mexico.

But for all the venting and baiting, one fact remains: conservative talk radio in California is dying. The economy’s downturn has depressed ad revenue at stations across the state, thinning the ranks of conservative broadcasters.

For that and other reasons, stations have dropped the shows of at least half a dozen radio personalities and scaled back others, and in some cases replacing them with cheaper nationally syndicated programs.

Casualties include Mark Larson in San Diego, Larry Elder and John Ziegler in Los Angeles, Melanie Morgan in San Francisco, and Phil Cowen and Mark Williams in Sacramento. Two of the biggest in the business, Roger Hedgecock in San Diego and Tom Sullivan in Sacramento, have switched to national shows.

Sacramento host, Eric Hogue, has lost the morning rush-hour show that served as a prime forum to gin up support for the recall of Gov. Gray Davis and now airs just an hour a day at lunchtime on KTKZ-AM (1380).

Wingnut radio in California is just the latest victim of the Bush economic catastrophe.

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8 Responses to Wingnut Radio’s Last Gasp in California

  1. TOM339 says:

    AM talk radio is predominantly enjoyed by poor, white trash and they don’t have a lot of disposable income to buy the products advertised on these stations.

    I have always suspected Limbaugh’s audience is much smaller than his supporters claim.

    For example, I don’t buy the 20 million figure they tout as proof he is the king of AM radio. 20 million is too high.

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    Who has time to listen to talk radio? I hardly have time to read the blogs and leave a few comments on the blogs I enjoy reading like this one. When I drive, 99% of the time, I listen to music. Sometimes, if there is an important story unfolding I will listen to the radio news programs but it’s rare.

  3. Rachel says:

    As I understand California, the conservative bastion is the Central Valley running from Bakersfield to Fresno and all the way up to Redding. The coastal regions like the Bay Area and Los Angeles, are blue and have very small Republican pockets. So the overall population of the Golden State is liberal and not conservative.

  4. BradFrmPhnx says:

    Even when I was young, conservative talk shows always seemed hateful to me. While others would argue points in an adult manner, conservatives were calling the other side…”bleeding heart liberals.” When I would say something like…”Hey, what about education?” I would always hear the, “You must be one of those bleeding heart liberals!”

    I remember the first time I heard The Limburgher on the radio. It was right after Clinton was elected. He was going on and on about how ugly and homely Chelsea Clinton was. (A swan now) I just thought that was something that should have been off limits. I felt very sorry for her and her self esteem if she was to hear that.

    When I told the guy I was working with to change the station, that I didn’t want to hear that crap anymore. He looked at me with a disgusted look and said, “You must be one of those bleeding heart liberals.”

    To this day I wish I would have knocked him on his ass. But he changed the station.

  5. JollyRoger says:

    Uh, dang? I would imagine that these filthy whores will sell their barnacle-ridden asses in some other fashion. The one thing that we can be sure of is that a wingtard will avoid hard work at all costs.

  6. Big Hank says:

    If you’ve ever driven cross country then you know there are vast areas in Nevada, Arizona, Texas and Montana where the only thing your radio picks up is Rush Limbaugh and Mexican mariachi music.

    I have never been able to figure it out. Luckily, my newer car has a CD player so I can listen to music and never suffer either Limbaugh or cha, cha, cha.

  7. DMason says:

    Big Hank – Rush, Mexican music and religious sermons. It’s scary to think outside urbanized places, this is the face of America.

  8. R.J. says:

    Rachel, San Diego County is very conservative outside of it’s urban center.

    Chris, I would love to see Michael Weiner (Savage) lose his show. I hate that bigot.

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