Tuesday, May 6, 2014

5.6.14 Bee-otch of the Day: Clear Channel

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Name: Clear Channel
Age: 42
Occupation: radio hellhole
Last Seen: San Antonio, TX
Bee-otched For: still promoting their shit

Yesterday at work, I was thisclose to puking on my Samsung Galaxy III.

I had a break in the action and decided to check out my Facebook when I saw a VERY disgusting image: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck all promoting Cheap Channel's IHeartRadio app.

You know, Clear Channel's app that streams all of their shitty-assed radio stations and says that you can create your own station? Yeah, that one.

As a Sirius refugee, I've been more reliant on music apps on my phone instead of slapping down $13/mo. that I don't have. Since I haven't had a real raise in a decade - like most of us - I had to dump the stardog last year. Slacker has been great, but Pandora sucks, especially regarding their hard rock and metal stations. Samsung's Milk app is the best, since it's programmed by Slacker and is commercial-free.

So, why in the fucking hell would I WANT to waste my precious disk space on my phone on Cheap Channel's shitty app, especially if they carry right-winged shit shows?

Another app I have is TuneIn, which has a channel called "Progressive Voices" that carries all the major liberal talkers (Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller, Bill Press, etc.). Yesterday, I was listening to a little bit of Steph talking about how Rush's new stations in New York and Los Angeles are TANKING. Even worse, El Rushbo's new station in Los Angeles was Stephanie's old station; she was canned due to "poor ratings", and guess what? RUSH'S RATINGS ARE MUCH WORSE! Previously, Rush was on KFI, a 50,000-watter that booms throughout California and the western US plus Mexico. However, KEIB - formerly KTLK - has a very highly-directional signal and a lot of the conservative areas of L.A. are in the nulls.

You see, Cheap Channel moving Rush around proves a point: when a weak station bombs in the ratings, it's not due to the content. IT'S BECAUSE THE SIGNAL SUCKS! When Air America was launched, CC flipped some of their weaker AMs to liberal talkers. They did improve somewhat in the ratings, but not enough to keep the format viable. So, when Air America went belly-up, it was because of Cheap Channel wanting to prove that liberals have no place on talk radio. But yet, Rush's new stations have been proven disasters so far.

It's a proven fact: CONSERVATIVE TALK RADIO IS DYING! Look at my old stomping grounds of northern Michigan: WTCM recently went live and local - save for Rush from Noon to 3 p.m. - from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. As a matter of fact, their midday show is a bunch of old yentas yakking it up! Much of WTCM's local content is very Chamber of Commercey, featuring everything from "Ask the Lawyer" to somebody from the local bank teaching people how to open a checking account.

Yes, WTCM's local talk might be as effective as Ambien, but at least it's not Sean Hannity, who was demoted to 9 p.m. to Midnight. Even more laughable, WTCM's rivals - WJML, WMKT and WYPV to name a few - are ratings duds.

Even though liberal talk is seldom heard on corporate-owned radio stations big and small, at least they're on channels like Progressive Voices and all you need is a smartphone. Clear Channel thinks that they can dominate with IHeartRadio, but truth is, why have it? Why would I want to support a company that's $18 billion in debt and spends big bucks on right-winged hate? Yet, they can local jocks to save money!

IMHO, CC needs to wake up. I look at Randi Rhodes and wonder why CC was anxious to get rid of her. If she was on some of their 50,000-watters, she would be a superstar. But, nooooo! Rush Limbaugh hates her guts and he would never work with her. The good news is that his contract will expire in the not-too-distant future and CC will wonder who will be their next talk radio superstar.

Here's a clue: when that happens, their current audience will be old enough to die.


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