No wonder Democrats are so gung-ho about the Unfairness Doctrine, which would coerce radio stations to feature left-wing talk show hosts even if no one wants to listen to them. Two weeks into the Age of Obama, and already DC's WWRC OBAMA 1260 has been forced to change format because radio listeners get enough moonbattery from print and TV. The Washington Compost reports:
President Obama may be riding high in Washington, but OBAMA 1260 is not.
The area's only progressive talk station is changing formats, dropping such syndicated liberal hosts as Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller and Bill Press in favor of financial news, starting next week.
The move by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who purchased the station, WWRC, and others in Washington last summer, leaves the city without a liberal radio outlet. Program Director Greg Tantum says he thought the station could work because of enthusiasm over Obama, but that ratings collapsed to a level that could not be measured after the election.
But ratings nearly doubled, he says, at Snyder's conservative station, WTNT, which features Laura Ingraham and Bill Bennett.
As NewsBusters points out, there are other liberal talk stations in DC, namely NPR affiliate WAMU and the even wackier Pacifica station WPFW. But WWRC is the only one competing as a commercial station. Its predictable failure illustrates why liberals' hatred of free markets is particularly intense when it comes to radio.