Last week the venerable AM talker KVI, gave up trying to compete in talk and flipped to 60's & '70's oldies.
Although we'll miss its mix of brokered Russian and Christian preaching, Salem Communications, the Christian, ultra-right-wing peddler of "reproductive organ moisturizers" and "prayer cloths from the Holy Land" is quickly jumping into the shallow wading pool of Seattle right-wing talk stations as "Freedom 1590."
Mark Levin (pronunced le-VIN, the pretentious, pseudo-French way, not to be confused with the usual pronunciation, LEV-in, which might be a little too Jewish-sounding for the Southern, evangelical-heavy audience he cultivates) is the only former KVI syndicated talker to be picked up, and he will not be live.
We've heard but cannot confirm that Sean Hannity will soon show up on KTTH. If heard live, he'd push Medved out of the way, but that's doubtful, since the latter has kicked the former's ass for years in Seattle. Interesting though is that Medved is a Salem talent, and now, as when KKOL was doing hot-talk, he'll be up against Dennis Miller, his own Salem (and neoconservative) homies.
Salem has long wanted a talker in Seattle. They tried with KKOL but tower problems nixed their plans and they flipped to business talk, a lateral, place-holding move compable to KVI's to oldies on AM.
(photo: populists Levin, Limbaugh, 2010)
Salem Communications, is a conservative Christian company who specializes in low-powered, low-rated stations with right-wing talk, brokered Christian, Spanish, or Russian language programming. In the Seattle/Tacoma market they also own KKOL 1300; KGNW-AM 820; KLFE-AM 1590; KKMO-AM 1360; and KNTS-AM 1680. None break a one share in the ratings.
Thought crappy in this (and in many) radio markets, the company is a major mouthpiece of the religious right. Their stable of syndicated talkers include: Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, Janet Parshall, Dennis Prager and Richard Land. Also the stodgy Townhall.com (a right-wing minefield of popup ads) and Hotair.com (bought from Michelle Malkin and considerably wingnuttier). And Y-Jesus.com (a FAQ-blog about The Redeemer).
Read about Salem's extremist beginnings here.
- 3-7a Bill Bennett
- 7-9a Mike Gallagher
- 9a-12p Dennis Prager
- 12-3p Dennis Miller
- 3-6p Hugh Hewitt
- 6-9p Mark Levin
- 9p-12a Dennis Prager (refried)
- 12:00 AM - 3:00 AM Mike Gallagher (refried)