But for all the anti-tax swagger and the occasional stunts by personalities like KFI's John and Ken, the reality is that conservative talk radio in California is on the wane. 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, 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, elevating President Obama above Schwarzenegger on their target lists.
Another influential 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. Now he airs just an hour a day at lunchtime on KTKZ-AM (1380).
"It's lonely, it's quiet, and it's a shame," Hogue said of California's shrinking conservative radio world. "I think this state has lost a lot of benefit. I don't know if we can grow it back any time soon."
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Who needs the Censorship Doctrine; the Socialists can just let the economy silence talk radio! Another reason they have no real interest in fixing the "crisis"!
The LA Times reports:
VIDEO: Fox News' Megyn Kelly Gives Bill Press An Economics Lesson; Schools Press on "Fairness Doctrine"
Fairness (Censorship) Doctrine Continues To Take Shape; Senators Have Had "Discussions" of the "Fairness Standard"
Press Secretary Gibbs Attacks Fox News For *Gasp* Asking A Question; More Censorship Of "Free Press"
Obama and Censorship; Fairness Doctrine Taking Shape, President Wants to Silence Talk Radio In Order To Enact Radical Socialism