Indiana radio station dumps Beck. Part of a pattern?


A syndicator has been pulling popular radio shows. And which popular shows might those be? Why Boss Limpdong's show, Sean Hannity's, and... Glenn Beck's sob fest! Maybe they aren't quite the hits they tell us they are.

Check this out, from late 2009:

Rush Limbaugh’s popular and controversial talk radio show, a mainstay on WPTF AM-680 for more than two decades, will be moving off the Raleigh station at the end of the year – a development that signals an impending format flip at a local Clear Channel station.

WSBT will no longer be able to air programs featuring Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck because the syndicator of those programs decided to pull them from News Talk 960.
The station is using this as an opportunity to become more local, more interactive and more about its listeners.

The station is making it more about its listeners, and less about the hosts' outsized egos. Smart move.

But... but... aren't Limpdong and Blech big money makers?

Here's what the Raleigh station posted on their site, in part:

1) The decision to move Rush and Sean from WPTF was NOT ours.

2) Rather, that call was made by the programs’ syndication company, Premiere Radio Networks. We were afforded NO opportunity to discuss the matter, let alone renegotiate a new deal. Instead, we were given a 90-day notice of cancellation back in September.

3) Premiere Radio Networks are controlled by Clear Channel Communications, the same company that owns four of our competitors in the Triangle. This latest move is one of many over the last seven years where Clear Channel has made an overt attack on our stations. We’ve survived—and thrived—in each instance, and we intend to do the same here.

If this is a pattern, it's one that should be accelerated.