After Rush Limbaugh stepped in it last week, and a couple of local hosts referred to Whitney Houston as a ''crack ho'' after her death, Clear Channel KFI in Los Angeles decided something should be done. So--they bumped nationally known progressive talker Thom Hartmann from KTLK. (Tom is still heard locally on KPTK M-F 12p-3p).
Why boot a progressive voice who out-of-towners might have sought out when in the LA area?
Los Angeles, one of the most progressive cities in America, has this ONE progressive radio station, and a couple of conservative stations. Radio analysts point out that even though Limbaugh has much higher ratings, it is no accident that his stations have much more powerful signals and when competing stations fade out in surrounding regions, Rush can still be heard.
Clear Channel apparently doesn't care about the listeners who started with KTLK when it was Air America, and who stayed with the nationally known, very progressive hosts ever since. Or perhaps they are actively trying to kill the format so they could then say it failed, and keep Limbaugh on KFI in spite of near universal outrage. Other nationally known progressives have been removed from KTLK and replaced with people like Clark Howard. The only progressive radio host left is Randi Rhodes in the middle of the day with unknowns on either side of her. When we checked the lineup, they were running old "Best of Thom Hartmann" in the middle of the night.