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.