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.
  • I was interested read this post.

  • immto

    This is more about those stations preparing for the onslaught the FCC is preparing to wage against those who dissent against the current administration.

  • I had a feeling it was something like that. Thanks for the info.

  • Unfortunately, this is merely Clear Channel not wanting to compete with itself. Since Clear Channel bought Premiere (the Limbaugh syndicator) there have been problems in some markets where he's on stations that compete with Clear Channel owned stations. There's often a conflict between keeping him on his legacy stations where he has legacy large numbers, or giving him to a Clear Channel property in the market. This is complicated by the 2nd most popular show, Sean Hannity, being syndicated by Citadel, so in some markets there is sort of a Mexican standoff (except in AZ where its known as a suspicious stalemate). In New York, for instance, Limbaugh is on Citadel's WABC, and Hannity is a fixture on many Clear Channel stations, like WIOD, Miami.

    Premiere's properties (which now include Randi Rhodes) are still the biggest fishes in a shrinking pond, and their shows include Beck. If there's a pattern here, its that the whole medium of AM radio is slowly sinking, and within that medium Premiere is gaining more traction as the lesser players shut their doors. Citadel, for instance, is in a world of hurt. They bought ABC radio, paid much too much for it, and declared bankruptcy in December, 2009.

  • Seems logical. Let's overlook the millions of listeners across the country, and predict demise based on one radio station in a small market. Next article going to use an Amish community to predict the collapse of the fossil fuel industry?

  • Per a friend of mine on my FB page: Hey Cooper! Just for the record...the stations didn't dump Beck and Rush..they are alive and well, and ratings are growing here in NC. They are just airing on fm stations now..and the latest ratings are very good in the Triad and RDU. That story is a little off base with it's facts as it pertains to the radio situation here in NC. Take care, hope to see you again sometime!

  • mike

    Probably just moving to other stations in the area that Clear Channel does not have to pay as much as they are paying the current carriers. You did know that stations ARE PAID to carry this crap, right?

  • John Good

    PLEASE let WOWO be next. . . .

  • Ha!!

  • There IS a god......I knew it!