Monday, March 28, 2005

When it rains, it pours

Just a while back I complained quite legitimately about the right-wing monopoly on local talk radio stations. A few days later came news that Clear Channel Communications was launching the first “progressive talk” station in San Antonio - KRPT 92.5FM.
Then the very next week with less fanfare another talk station launched on AM1310 featuring even more left-leaning (or at least not right-leaning) folks such as the apolitical Sonny Melendez show, the moderate Eliza Sonneland and libertarian Carl Wiglesworth.
Now comes news that a second (possibly third) progressive station is preparing to launch in San Antonio that will carry the Air America lineup:

“Houston-based Border Media Partners' (BMP) Tom Castro says his company is preparing to flip one of its San Antonio stations. Castro says that "in a few months," KZDC-AM will switch from Spanish programming to a progressive format featuring the well-hyped Air America line-up. Among Air America's staples is actor/comedian/author Al Franken.”

Wow. That would mean there would almost be parity between the two sides in the local market. It will be interesting to see how long it lasts.

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