Posted by Stitchy McYarnpants On December - 21 - 2006   ShareThis



Jon just called me at work to tell me that he was listening to 1430am, which is Boston Progressive Talk. Then, all of a sudden at noon, they started speaking Spanish and playing Latino music. He said, and I quote, “I’ve been listening for two hours and I like the music. I don’t know what they’re saying, but it sounds like they’re having fun.” But he was still hoping it was some kind of mix-up. It ain’t. it’s switched formats and is now called‚ “Rumba”.

But . . . but . . .‚  but . . . what about my Stephanie Miller fix in the morning? It makes my hour+ commute bearable.‚ I love her. How can they do this to me? And Al Franken? He was such good company when I worked from home. And Ed Schultz. Well, I was really warming up to him. I always thought he was what Chi-Chi would be like if he were a radio host. And could talk. And had thumbs. And Randi Rhodes – sure she can be kind of yelly, but she was perfect to listen to in the kitchen while I was cooking or doing dishes in the evening. And how can I forget Rachel Maddow? LOVE her.

Seriously, I’m a little despondent over this. There is almost always a radio on in the house with Progressive Radio on it. Usually in the kitchen. I’m so bummed. I know Stephanie Miller is on Sirius radio in the evenings, but the sound quality is awful, it sounds like‚ she’s in a tin can. And she has podcasts, but still – it’s just not the same.

~sigh~ What a bummer.




15 Responses

  1. Carole says:

    Ed Schultz is on Sirius, too.

  2. Christine says:

    Wow, January 2005 I was listening to the legendary WHFS 99.1 out of DC and right around Noon they went off the air for 5 minutes. Total dead-air. Then one of the DJs came back on and signed off. That was it. The station immediately launched into Spanish music, it was now El Zol 99.1FM.

  3. Joyce says:

    I’m in Madison, WI…and we had the highest rated Air America station in the whole US…and now…it is sports! Thank you, Clear Channel. Revenge for the November elections?????

  4. Joyce Riedesel says:

    Air America filed for bankruptcy last month. It is holding on here in Minnesota where it is headquartered, but we no longer get to hear Al Franken live, even tho the show originates here. I guess “they” were right about progressive talk not being supported by listeners.

  5. maryse says:

    what?what? what???? did he try 1230? becasue that’s where i’ve been listening to progressive radio. tell him to try 1230.

  6. maryse says:

    i mean 1200 — and yep … i just checked. it’s gone.

    boston is the most progressive area of the entire country and we don’t even have something to listen to.


  7. Mel says:

    Bueno, si necesitas lecciones para aprender español, quizás podemos arreglar algo.

  8. Jackie says:

    I remember when that happened to 99.1 HFS – that station *was* legendary. It’s back now due to popular demand though, on another station number. Hopefully the same will happen to 1430.

  9. Hilari says:

    oh no! I haven’t listened in a week or so – I’m going to have to check and see if it’s still on here in southern CA

  10. Joyce says:

    Great news everyone! This morning’s paper announced that Clear Channel, the company that owns the Air America station here in Madison, WI is REVERSING THEIR DECISION!!!! Of course, the petition, the endorsement of the mayor, and the marches to the Clear Channel station certainly helped Clear Channel’s decision making process. You can do the same thing…just get out there and organize.

  11. kathy says:

    Al Franken is in Iraq with the USO over Christmas. As far as I know he is deciding whether or not to come back, or run for the US Senate from MN. Personally, I hope he runs. He would be my senator.

  12. Beth G. says:

    I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one to notice!! I am going through withdrawl!! Bring me back Air America NOW!!! I’ll just have to suffer and knit in silence.

  13. Sasha says:

    Air America is still on XM including Al and Randi Rhodes. In DC our local Clear Channel “Progressive” station replaced Randi with Ed Schultz because, you know, she is shrill or something. But Stephanie and a few others are still on.

  14. Moby Knit says:

    You can listen online at

  15. carrie says:

    Ack! Poor Mike! Poor you and your holiday prices! They are in the business of helping animals, aren’t they? Holy cow. Removing a penis and making a new pee hole ought to be a fun enough way to spend your New Year. Who has better New Year’s conversation than that???

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