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August 24, 2007

KLSD San Diego: no more Air America Radio?

Oh, the horror: San Diego's KLSD 1360 AM may soon knuckle under to Rethuglican pressure and get rid of Air America Radio programming, converting to sports talk or something else. The station's website says:

YES, there are rumors flying about KLSD changing format. And while various options are under consideration, we also want the progressive voice to remain heard in San Diego. Stay tuned and we will keep you informed. Thanks for listening and supporting KLSD

To the barricades, comrades! In fact, the station itself is apparently involved in a protest on Monday against Clear Channel, and the Progressive Democrats of America's San Diego cell is involved.

Judy Hess, leader of Progressive Democrats of America's San Diego chapter, said she received an e-mail from the Vice President of programing for Air America nationally on Thursday, August 23rd. “What a shock…He said he wanted to work with me to coordinate efforts to save the station,” she revealed. "I later spoke by phone with him and the Chief Operating Officer," she confirmed. Hess later arranged a phone conference yesterday with Air America's Vice President of programming and leaders of various organizations to create a strategy for mounting a massive campaign to save Air America’s San Diego affiliate.

Celebrities will be at the protest, perhaps even including:

"KLSD is best described as Radio Free San Diego," international award-winning BBC journalist Greg Palast, author of ARMED MADHOUSE: From Baghdad to New Orleans --- Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild, told BRADBLOG. "Despite what the rest of America thinks, it's not just a town of navy guys looking for a way to get to Tijuana. A huge new progressive community has made KLSD one of Air America's strongest outlets - which makes a format change suspect. Local voices like Stacey Taylor and John Elliott are crucial to remaking the California political landscape. I guess that's why they want to silence their microphones."

Indeed. [raises eyebrows]. Indeed.

All right-thinking comrades are urged to visit www.saveklsd.com and www.nonstopradio.com/sandiego.html

Posted in Meta at August 24, 2007 02:37 PM

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