Monday, November 21, 2011

A Challenge to "News Talk" KTLK, in Minneapols

Believe it or not, I'm quite flattered that our local right wing radio station, here in Minneapolis, takes the time to inform me when they've posted up a parody song that makes fun of the Occupy movement.  I don't know how many other local progressive bloggers or commentators that they find worthy enough to do this for. Unlike many liberals, I don't get all bent out of shape when I see this type of thing.  I understand that they're simply playing to their base.  After all, I'm not above doing a little parody myself, on the right wing looney tunes, such as Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann.

The problem I have with KTLK is that they call themselves a "news talk" station.  But with right wing mainstays such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, anybody with a second grade education can understand that they are nothing more than a springboard for conservative propaganda.  I feel that if they wanted to open the door to real dialog, they would also have programming that featured left leaning talk show hosts.

I'd be lying if I were to say that I wasn't the first individual that came to mind in such a venture.  However, there are a couple of other people who have more radio experience that would also be a good fit. Namely Nick Coleman or even Matt McNeil, who currently has a gig at KTNF-AM, the area's only true progressive talk radio station.

Personally, I think it would make for great radio to have a local progressive and conservative hosts team up on the same show.  After all what is talk radio, other than a platform to foster discussion?

I understand that such a radical change would have to be cleared by KTLK's parent company, Clear Channel Communications.  But I invite management of the station, who I know check this blog on a regular basis, to pass the word onto their higher ups.  Let's have a real discussion.

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