Fans of the Stephanie Miller show, Randi Rhodes and Thom Hartmann are going to have to move elsewhere as KTLK (K-Talk) will soon be the Los Angeles home of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. Clear Channel made the announcement and you can read about in this story from the LA Times.
KFI, which was Limbaugh’s LA home, is going to a full-on locally programmed slate which still keeps a conservative/libertarian bent to its programming based on the line-up. Bill Handel’s show stays but from 6-10 AM and John and Ken aren’t going anywhere.
From the story: “Rush Limbaugh has built the ratings and revenue of hundreds of America’s most successful radio stations and is looking forward to doing the same at these new Clear Channel homes,” said Brian Glicklich, a spokesman for the radio personality.
KFI will switch to all-local programming, and the vacated Limbaugh block will be filled by hosts Bill Handel and Bill Carroll. Handel’s show will run from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and Carroll’s from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The Patriot will be home to well-known hosts sharing the same conservative philosophical views and values, while KFI will be live and local all day long focusing mainly on the issues that affect Southern Californians,” Greg Ashlock, Clear Channel’s market president for Los Angeles, said in a statement.
What is unclear is if the move means the end of progressive radio in Los Angeles. But Limbaugh is now on a lower powered AM station which won’t have the reach KFI’s signal has (I can pick up KFI all the way to Baker, CA before it becomes unlistenable).
KTLK’s slogan for years was “progressive is the new mainstream.” The new station is dubbed “The Patriot” which perverts the definition of Patriot to me. We’re sorry to see them abandon progressive talk radio in favor of Rush Limbaugh, who’s talent “is on loan form God” as if to suggest God hates women, gays/lesbians, liberals, Democrats, African Americans and Latinos. Perhaps Rush should join the Westboro Baptist Church.
Talk goodness for Satellite Radio; add that to your Christmas list.