Reading “Radio Waves (City, 3/12),” reminded me of how the game of “community radio” is played. As a former call-in show host on a "community" radio station (WITR, 12/91-1/92), I know how it will be played by these new "powers that be (Chuck McCoy, Mike Yates and Dave Sutliff-Atias)."
I was canned after only four shows, because management at WITR did not agree with my views.
Yates claimed that Radio MuCCC will "have a space for relevant and interesting talk, and a place for experimentation --- a place for voices that are underrepresented in the Rochester media."
He then said he will have no place for people who "aren't broadcasting hate speech."
In other words, whatever he may say to the contrary, he won't allow conservative views on his station.
If he does, either he or one of his hosts will control the dialogue so as to make one's opponent look like a fool, or there will be more than one person from the left who will gang up on that person.
McCoy argued "if you don't like someone, you can give your opinion, but no attacks."
Let's see how long it will take for a left-winger to attack a conservative and be chastised for it on McCoy's or Yates’ station.
It will be a longer wait than what would happen if the shoe goes on the other foot.
Effective talk-radio hosts (no names need be mentioned) entertain, inform, educate, promote an emotionally and intellectually honest discussion of the issues and events of the day, and provide a catharsis for listeners and callers.
How many “liberal hosts can do that?
Air America, which was carried years ago on WROC-950 AM, crashed in the ratings, because its hosts talked down to, and insulted audiences with the same bromides that their friends in mainstream media (Gannett, NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, New York Times, etc.) pushed, despite their claims that their reporters were objective.
More importantly, the views expressed by conservative hosts have validated, and continue to validate, the concerns and fears of their listeners who have been long put off by establishment media organizations.
Complain all you want about signal strength.
Content matters, especially in talk-radio.
Apparently, McCoy, Sutliff-Atias and Yates are really not really interested in facilitating entertaining and informative talk programming, but are more interested in acting as shills for left-wing special interest groups (Hispanics, Blacks, LGBT, etc.) and, maybe, a mayor and a few of her cronies.
They should know enough people in town with like minds and enough money to buy and run a commercial station, on which they could promote their left-wing agenda.
However, they have sided with the government-controlled WXXI-1370 AM, in refusing to compete in the marketplace of ideas.
With that in mind, I would be more than glad to offer my services to managers at any station in town, and show them that the formula I mentioned in this essay can work on the local level.
I doubt there will be any takers.
Tim Louis Macaluso should have gotten over his infatuation with Bill Maher and asked him why he would attack Sarah Palin's five-year-old special-needs son, Trig, by calling him "retarded" during a recent show in Las Vegas.
It's bad enough for high-priced hacks like Maher to personally attack people, espeically religious people, Republicans and conservatives (e.g.: " “Why couldn’t, uh, why couldn’t have (Rush Limbaugh) croaked from it instead of Heath Ledger?” "“Did you hear this – Sarah Palin finally heard what happened in Japan and she’s demanding that we invade ‘Tsunami.’I mean she said, ‘These ‘Tsunamians’ will not get away with this.’ Oh speaking of dumb tw-ts, did you…” "Why did Mitt Romney strap his dog to the roof of his car? Could it be because his station wagon was full of wives?" ).
That practice has been in vouge for years.
I've seen nationally-known comedians do it, as well as wanna-bees on the local open-mike circuit and at paid shows.
However, Maher lowered himself below the gutter when he attacked someone who cannot fend for himself.
Yes, people like him have can do, and have done, just that.
By attacking a special needs person, and by launching mysogynistic barbs like the "tw-t"remark, and hiding behind the First Ammendment and the "comedian" label, Maher is not a comic.
Maher is a gutless thug who has no sense of human decency.
If only someone would knock Maher on "his lilly white wimpy @$$," as Palin tweeted.
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