Archive for November, 2012

Who Killed KPOJ? Many see a right-wing conspiracy in the death of Portland’s commercial progressive talk-radio station. But Bain didn’t act alone.

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Robert Dove is a rare animal in Portland media: a local who’s a high-ranking executive in the broadcast-media business. He grew up listening to Top-40 62 KGW and in 1986 went to work selling ads for Z100-FM 100.3.

He’s been market manager at Clear Channel’s Portland office for six years, and firing Wolfson has brought him more heat than any move he’s made in his career. “I even had to deal with my mom and dad,” Dove says. “My parents are big KPOJ fans.”

Dove, 51, is the one who sent Sargent to give Wolfson the bad news. He says he would have kept the progressive-talk format—except that not enough people, even in liberal Portland, were listening.

“At the end of the day, the station just wasn’t performing,” Dove says. “It had a loyal, small-core following that just wasn’t enough.”

Ratings produced by Arbitron show that in October, KPOJ was the 22nd-ranked radio station in the 48-station Portland market. Over the past 14 months, the station averaged a 0.8 share of the Portland radio market.

That means of every 100 people over 6 years old listening to the radio, fewer than one was tuned to KPOJ.

Wolfson’s show performed slightly better than KPOJ’s syndicated programs: His show averaged a 1.1 share over the past 14 months and had done better recently, perhaps because of the interest in the 2012 elections.

Wolfson says his show turned a profit for Clear Channel. But Dove says the station as a whole was losing money.

Radio revenue reports tracked by Miller Kaplan Arase show KPOJ’s 2012 local advertising revenue through October was $467,000—while the No. 1 station in the market, the soft-rock station KKCW-FM 103.3, raked in more than $5 million.

Local radio advertising representatives say KPOJ’s 60-second spots were selling at bargain-basement prices: less than $50 apiece—about a quarter of the cost for ads bought on competitor KXL-FM 101.1.

And the audience was like Dove’s parents: too old for the target demographics advertisers often seek.

Arbitron ratings show 76 percent of the station’s audience in the past 14 months was age 45 and older—and more than half were outside the 25-to-54 age range that advertisers covet.

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Carl Wolfson had his own synopses of how things unfolded

FM music stations can flourish without the extras. It’s much harder to nourish and cultivate a niche market like KPOJ’s without those precious promotional dollars.

WW’s infographic lists KPOJ as #22 overall and #21 among the 25-to-54 demo. These are Arbitron rankings. And, by the way, KPOJ’s weekly cume for October was 75,200 persons.

WW did not include figures (not measured by Arbitron) for streaming or “unique visitors” to our KPOJ web site. KPOJ was consistently #1 in unique visitors among the seven-station Portland cluster. We ranked anywhere from #70 to #115 among all 850 Clear Channel stations.

Further, in-depth reporting of Arbitron’s radio rating methodology rarely makes an appearance outside of the trades.

For years, Arbitron used its “Radio Listening Diary.” The small journal was sent to randomly selected households that agreed to the weeklong survey. Everybody in the house over 12 years old kept track of what they listened to on radio.

It was easy, dependable and even bilingual – just fill it out and mail it back.

With the diaries, there was a new group of participants every week (it began on Thursday and ended on Wednesday).

Our original program director, Mike Dirkx, my mentor and friend, went over the results with us every week. KPOJ was sometimes up, sometimes down, but, as I recall, usually somewhere between #7 and #15 in the market of nearly 50 stations. At the end of 2008, we were #4. We had a good stretch of consistent top-10 rankings, which garnered us national ad buys (It is common for agencies to say, “Put me on the top 10 in…” whatever city.).

Then Arbitron switched to a device it had developed called the Portable People Meter (PPM). You wear it like a pager and it picks up radio (or TV) signals; it has a charger and a base station which transmits data back to Arbitron. It promised more accurate data than the diaries.

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How Many Times Have You Interacted With The Government Today? or The government cannot do anything.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

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Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure their safety and work as advertised.

All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employers medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo; His bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree hugging liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government subsidized ride to work; it saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees. You see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with excellent pay, medicals benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some liberal didn’t think he should loose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

Its noon time, Joe needs to make a Bank Deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten Mortgage and his below market federal student loan because some stupid liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his life-time.

Joe is home from work, he plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive to dads; his car is among the safest in the world because some liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. He was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans. The house didn’t have electric until some big government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification. (Those rural Republican’s would still be sitting in the dark)

He is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad lives on Social Security and his union pension because some liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to. After his visit with dad he gets back in his car for the ride home.

He turns on a radio talk show, the host’s keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. (He doesn’t tell Joe that his beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day) Joe agrees, “We don’t need those big government liberals ruining our lives; after all, I’m a self made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have”.


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Irrefutable chromosomal evidence for evolution

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Chromosomes spell the truth.  The chromosomes of humans prove where they came from and that is from an evolutionary trail back to primates.

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5 Ways Most Americans Are Blind to How Their Country Is Stacked for the Wealthy

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Redistribution has not spread the wealth, it has concentrated the wealth. Conservative estimates say the richest 1% have doubled their share of America’s income in 30 years. It’s worse. From 1980 to 2006, the richest 1% actually tripled their share of after-tax income.

The real problem is tax avoidance: lost revenue from tax expenditures (deferrals and deductions), corporate tax avoidance, and tax haven losses could pay off the entire deficit. But the very rich refuse to pay. They have their own safety net in the House of Representatives.

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Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

Monday, November 19th, 2012

And this is where we get to the hypocrisy at the heart of Mitt Romney. Everyone knows that he is fantastically rich, having scored great success, the legend goes, as a “turnaround specialist,” a shrewd financial operator who revived moribund companies as a high-priced consultant for a storied Wall Street private equity firm. But what most voters don’t know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America’s top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth.

By making debt the centerpiece of his campaign, Romney was making a calculated bluff of historic dimensions – placing a massive all-in bet on the rank incompetence of the American press corps. The result has been a brilliant comedy: A man makes a $250 million fortune loading up companies with debt and then extracting million-dollar fees from those same companies, in exchange for the generous service of telling them who needs to be fired in order to finance the debt payments he saddled them with in the first place. That same man then runs for president riding an image of children roasting on flames of debt, choosing as his running mate perhaps the only politician in America more pompous and self-righteous on the subject of the evils of borrowed money than the candidate himself. If Romney pulls off this whopper, you’ll have to tip your hat to him: No one in history has ever successfully run for president riding this big of a lie. It’s almost enough to make you think he really is qualified for the White House.

The unlikeliness of Romney’s gambit isn’t simply a reflection of his own artlessly unapologetic mindset – it stands as an emblem for the resiliency of the entire sociopathic Wall Street set he represents. Four years ago, the Mitt Romneys of the world nearly destroyed the global economy with their greed, shortsightedness and – most notably – wildly irresponsible use of debt in pursuit of personal profit. The sight was so disgusting that people everywhere were ready to drop an H-bomb on Lower Manhattan and bayonet the survivors. But today that same insane greed ethos, that same belief in the lunatic pursuit of instant borrowed millions – it’s dusted itself off, it’s had a shave and a shoeshine, and it’s back out there running for president.

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A Frustrated Chris Wallace Asks: How Can GOP Appeal To Middle Class While Refusing Tax Increase For Top 2%?

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Wallace observed that Obama has been saying he’ll extend Bush tax cuts for 98 percent of all taxpayers right now, while the Republicans are saying, “No no no, we can’t do that until we decide what we’re going to do with the top two percent of taxpayers.”

“Why wouldn’t a middle-class voter look at that and say, ‘These guys, the GOP, are all about protecting the rich’?” Wallace asked.

Jindal said the party needs to make clear that they favor a “lower, flatter, simpler” tax code. It’s possible to still be progressive, he said, citing limits of deductions as one example. “We’re not the party trying to protect the rich,” he said. “The rich can protect themselves.” He further noted the need for structural changes in the tax code, not just a Band-Aid on the problem.

“We don’t need to abandon our principles,” Jindal said. “This country doesn’t need two Democratic parties.”

“Look at the optics of it,” Wallace said to Walker: The president is holding up a pen, ready to sign, and the Republicans are resisting. He further pointed to Bill Kristol’s remarks that a tax increase on the wealthy would not be outrageous and that the GOP would eventually acquiesce.

Walker argued that many governors inherited deficits when they recently took office, but managed to balance their budgets without increasing taxes. “Most Americans look at what’s happening in Washington and think, ‘They’re missing the boat,’” Walker said. “The economy is a much bigger issue.”

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Did Anonymous stop Karl Rove from stealing Ohio?

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Basically Anonymous cohorts say they found Rove’s team online….monitored their traffic and secretly uploaded a firewall that when they turned on stopped Rove from flipping Ohio. Rove’s insistence that Ohio was going Romney was one of a few smoking guns proving them correct.

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It was wild denial at the very top that resulted in Republican leaders being completely misguided by their own lies

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Mitt Romney’s campaign got its first hint something was wrong on the afternoon of Election Day, when state campaign workers on the ground began reporting huge turnout in areas favorable to President Obama: northeastern Ohio, northern Virginia, central Florida and Miami-Dade.

Then came the early exit polls that also were favorable to the president.

But it wasn’t until the polls closed that concern turned into alarm. They expected North Carolina to be called early. It wasn’t. They expected Pennsylvania to be up in the air all night; it went early for the President.

After Ohio went for Mr. Obama, it was over, but senior advisers say no one could process it.

“We went into the evening confident we had a good path to victory,” said one senior adviser. “I don’t think there was one person who saw this coming.”

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How Conservative Media Lost to the MSM and Failed the Rank and File

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Conservatives were at an information disadvantage because so many right-leaning outlets wasted time on stories the rest of America dismissed as nonsense. WorldNetDaily brought you birtherism. Forbes brought you Kenyan anti-colonialism. National Review obsessed about an imaginary rejection of American exceptionalism, misrepresenting an Obama quote in the process, and Andy McCarthy was interviewed widely about his theory that Obama, aka the Drone Warrior in Chief, allied himself with our Islamist enemies in a “Grand Jihad” against America. Seriously?

Conservatives were at a disadvantage because their information elites pandered in the most cynical, self-defeating ways, treating would-be candidates like Sarah Palin and Herman Cain as if they were plausible presidents rather than national jokes who’d lose worse than George McGovern.

How many months were wasted on them?

How many hours of Glenn Beck conspiracy theories did Fox News broadcast to its viewers? How many hours of transparently mindless Sean Hannity content is still broadcast daily? Why don’t Americans trust Republicans on foreign policy as they once did? In part because conservatism hasn’t grappled with the foreign-policy failures of George W. Bush. A conspiracy of silence surrounds the subject. Romney could neither run on the man’s record nor repudiate it. The most damaging Romney gaffe of the campaign, where he talked about how the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income taxes are a lost cause for Republicans? Either he was unaware that many of those people are Republican voters, or was pandering to GOP donors who are misinformed. Either way, bad information within the conservative movement was to blame.

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Teabaggers don’t know Canada is far more Socialist than the USA demand help finding Canada

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

The Fox station in Oklahoma on Wednesday gave supporters of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney some helpful tips for fleeing the country before President Barack Obama starts his second term.

In the Fox 23 “Beat the Traffic” segment on the morning after Obama won re-election, traffic reporter Jeff Brucculeri took a look at some of the delays around Tulsa before having some fun with disgruntled voters.

“We had some folks make a special request,” Brucculeri explained. “I know a lot people said that if their candidate lost the election, they’d be moving to Canada — not sure why, but that was some of the folks’ promises out there.”

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Glenn Beck- Man, sometimes God really sucks

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Speaking to his radio listeners in September, he insisted that Romney’s poll numbers had fallen as a part of a plan from God to make it obvious to the American people that divine intervention was responsible when Republicans took the White House in November.

The conservative radio host later speculated that Romney had lost the final debate because he was “being guided” by God to be “less contentious” and agree with President Barack Obama.

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Limbaugh explains how he is a liar but his listeners will keep on listening

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

If he is so wrong “NOBODY SHOULD BE LISTENING TO ME.” That is what Rush said.  He lied to his listeners and admits it.

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Rachel Maddow- It’s time for the right to join the reality-based world.

Thursday, November 8th, 2012
Rachel Maddow’s fantastic overall address to so many things Conservatives have been wrong on….including the prediction that Romney would win overwhelmingly which they were telling FOX News up until Ohio on Election Night. Just think….Karl Rove made tens of millions of dollars PERSONALLY and EVERY race he and his billionaire funders fought for LOST. HE LOST EVERY ONE. What if you gave Karl Rove $100Million as many did…and the final report was total failure. Too funny!

If you are a conservative, a Tea Party supporter, a Republican or Libertarian, you may want to have someone tie you into a chair and remove throwable objects from arm’s reach: you need to watch this because it’s time your 17th century beliefs go away.

 It’s time for the right to join the reality-based world.

Ohio really did go to the president last night.

And he really did win.
And he really was born in Hawaii.
And he really is -legitimately- President of the United States.

And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make-up a fake unemployment rate last month.
And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence
That cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy.

And the polls were not skewed to over-sample Democrats.
And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election
To make conservatives feel bad.

He was doing math.

And climate change is real.
And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes.
And evolution is a thing.
And Benghazi was an attack on us.
It was not a scandal by us.

And no one is taking away anyone’s guns.
And taxes haven’t gone up.
And the deficit is dropping, actually.
And Saddam Hussein didn’t have weapons of mass destruction.

And the moon landing was real.
And FEMA isn’t building concentration camps.
And UN election observers aren’t taking over Texas.

And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry
And the financial services industry
Are not the same thing as communism.

If you are a conservative, a Tea Party supporter, a Republican or Libertarian, and you cannot or refuse to agree on facts, like the earth is essentially round, then you have doomed America, including you children, to what will become a civil war.

Make your choice.

Watch the entire clip, please. If you can’t, skip ahead to the 12:50 mark:


Republican policies in action. Groundwater monitoring stations….what will they do?

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

NOTICE (04/29/2011) — Funding reductions result in loss of many groundwater sites. –Data collection at the following groundwater monitoring wells has been discontinued as of March 22, 2011, due to funding reductions from partner agencies. Although historic data will remain accessible, no new data will be collected unless one or more new funding partners are found.

 Users who are willing to contribute funding to continue operation of these gages should contact Rob Breault or Ward Freeman of the USGS New York Water Science Center at (518-285-5658 or

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