Petition grows to bring back liberal radio
By Cari Hachmann/ The Portland Observer
Without warning or explanation, Clear Channel Media, partly owned by investment firm Bain Capital, decided late Friday, Nov. 9 to replace the left wing talk radio station 620 AM with “Fox Sports Radio 620.”
Some fans suspect political motives behind the change which leaves Portland with only conservative talk stations.
When KPOJ morning host Carl Wolfson of Portland, a voice of progressive causes in Oregon and the nation for the past six years, announced the decision on his Facebook page, listeners were shocked and responded with disappointment and outrage.
The campaign is asking for the public’s support in a petition to Clear Channel Management that urges the station’s owner to bring back progressive talk radio in Portland. The left-leaning line-up also included nationally syndicated talk radio hosts such as Thom Hartmann (who formerly lived in Portland), Randi Rhodes, and Ed Schultz.
“620 KPOJ was a respected and profitable station with dedicated listeners and advertisers,” reads the online petition that people can sign by a quick click of the mouse. “KPOJ’s local programming also played an important role in our community, connecting elected officials and advocates with listeners across the region.”
In a joint-statement, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Congressman Earl Blumenauer released their thoughts on the KPOJ situation, “We are disappointed to learn that the lively conversation in Portland talk radio has lost one of its most interesting and thought-provoking voices. KPOJ was not only a home for progressives, but an important watchdog for government. We encourage Clear Channel to reconsider this decision and revive the progressive talk radio format in the Portland market.”