Thursday, May 15, 2014

The topic on progressive talk radio: Talk Radio

Wait. How am I hearing Progressive Liberal talk radio in Seattle? The only progressive radio station in Seattle AM 1090 changed its format to sports a couple of years ago.

When I first moved here I didn't have Internet yet and I swore never again to watch television. My only news came from the radio. Using a hand-held digital radio I bought at Radio Shack I cobbled together a list of AM and FM stations. Caution: My interpretation of the station format is based on my own biases and perception and may not match the business model according to the biases of the business owners or station managers.

88.3 slight buzz
88.5 public radio NPR KPLU
88.7 slight buzz
88.9 faint classical music
89.3 faint buzz
89.5 Dance / new
90.3 New alternative
90.7 News/Talk KSER
91.3 KBCS Community Radio KBCS.FM (Diverse formats)
92.1 CBC Radio 2 (Canada)
92.5 Tween Pop / Dance
92.9 Rock
93.3 Q93 Rap /
94.1 Country
94.9 Talk - NPR, BBC
95.7 Hits of the 60's 70's and 80's KTR?
96.1 Lite rock? Static
96.5 lite Rock from the 70s 80's etc.
97.3 KIRO Talk radio
97.7 KOMO Talk radio AM 1000
98.1 Classical music
98.9 New music KLIK?
99.3 Spanish
99.9 Metal
100.3 Rock from the 70's 80's
100.7 Country
101.5 "STAR" KPLC "The best mix of everything."
102.5 KZLK Classic Rock
102.9 Sports talk
103.7 lite classic rock
104.5 KMCQ songs of the 60's and 70's
105.3 Christian music
106.1 "Kiss FM Number 1 Hit radio"
106.9 Lite contemporary
107.7 Alternative new music

570 Talk
630 Christian talk
710 ESPN
770 -________
820 Christian
880 Radio theater KIXI
950 Sports Fox Sports Radio
1000 KOMO News talk
1050 Catholic radio
1090 Sports (formerly Seattle's Progressive Talk)
1150 hip hop
1460 Christian Radio
1520 Country Music
1540 foreign language

So, how am I still hearing liberal progressive talk radio?
I don't listen to the radio. I listen to Progressive Voices using the TuneIn app on my iPad. I also listen to KOMO news talk on TuneIn. But broadcast radio still seems to be thriving. Who is still listening to the radio besides commuters captive in their older cars during rush hour?

The AM talk radio audience is overwhelmed by the dominant conservative perspective so they typically assume they must adopt right-wing ideals and conform for the sake of their survival. Unfortunately most of that audience is on the wrong side of the economic fence. They are receiving instructions that does not benefit them, but only benefits those who are sending them the messages. This explains why they support billionaires who want nothing to do with helping the audience raise their families by paying them a living wage.

This explains why the AM radio audience votes for politicians who want to cut taxes for billionaires who want to use the roads and bridges for their commerce, but don't want to pay for it. The rich send their kids to private schools, so of course they don't want to pay for public schools. This is why there is a war on public education.

This explains why the AM radio audience say they support the troops, but vote for Republicans who kill bills in the House of Representatives that support Veterans of the wars the Billionaires wanted so they could get at the oil in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, but don't want to pay for the effort.

When listeners who pay too much attention to AM radio and Fox News, oh, and now CNN, without listening to the other side of the ideological spectrum, they are cornered in their minds and feel that in order to survive they must adopt that perspective. In doing so they fall into self-deception or denial that who they are following is destroying them in favor of an elite class of billionaire oligarchs.

So, why are the listeners of AM radio not all billionaires too? In addition to AM radio they must watch CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News and Fox Business channels on cable or satellite. Why haven't they suddenly become endowed with the abilities necessary for acquiring extreme wealth? That's easy to explain. Those media outlets are for public consumption. They only disseminate enough information to attract the audience, but not to bring them up to the standard of living enjoyed by those who own the media outlets. That's not good for competition.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

News and the Diffusion of Responsibility

This coming May Day will show us the resilience of working class rage. How much effort at protesting is enough? Did it help last year? Are the workers of the world going to unite in global demonstrations, protests and marches? Are the pundits going to fill the media with gnashing of teeth and the rending of garments?

Participating in protests or even just watching protests and news reports about economic injustice on YouTube has a psychological effect that contributes to complacency. When we see public shaming of powerful wrong-doers in the media we get a false sense of vindication and assume others have taken up the mantle of justice. We fantasize that the perpetrators are being frog-marched at this very moment into a courtroom and then off to prison.

But it's been all fantasy since the recession. The cries in the wilderness of poverty level wages, bankruptcies, foreclosures and abuse of authority go heard by all, but never remedied. Officials go through the motions by forming committees and publicly mulling over the issues and then they concede points to powerful opponents until there's nothing left, or worse, additional punitive disadvantages as retaliation for even suggesting the raise in the minimum wage.

We all assume that something will be done by someone we elected to office, but we only chose from a list made up by the rich and powerful anyway. What kind of fraud is that? Why is that tolerated?

Have a good May Day.