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This timeline collects events pertaining to the history of progressive talk radio. A major focus of the timeline is the adoption and abandonment of the progressive talk format by radio stations across the U.S. In some instances, events relating to conservative talk show hosts (e.g., Rush Limbaugh, Morton Downey, Jr.) are listed for comparison. Major sources for the timeline include Liberal Talk Radio, Wikipedia, and David Brock's The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy (2004).



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March 2007

  • March 30: WARF (1350-AM, Akron, OH) changes format to sports
  • March 14: KDXE (1380-AM, Little Rock, AR) changes format to sports
  • March 7: FCC hearing in Columbus, OH: "Future of Media Town Meetings"
  • March 6: Green Family Media purchases Air America Radio
  • March 5: WTWK (1070-AM, Burlington, VT/Plattsburgh, NY) switches to women's talk format ("EVE 1070")
  • March: KXNS (105.9-FM, Missoula, MT) switches to "Jack FM"

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December 2006

  • December 30: first meeting of Air America for Nashville
  • December 27: first meeting of Save Boston Progressive Talk
  • December 26: Columbus, OH progressive radio listserv launched
  • December 21: Boston, MA progressive radio listserv launched
  • December 21: WKOX (1200-AM, Framingham, MA) and simulcast station WXKS (1430-AM, Chelsea, MA) switched from progressive talk to Rumba (Latino music) by Clear Channel
  • December 21: WTPG (1230-AM, Columbus, OH) loses progressive talk format
  • December 21: WXXM (92.1-FM, Madison, WI) local group wins its fight to keep progressive talk
  • December 11: WSAI (1360-AM, Cincinnati, OH) loses progressive talk format
  • December 5: WKBF (1270-AM, Quad Cities, IA/IL) switches to Christmas music, never to return to progressive talk
  • December: KTXX (103.1-FM, San Antonio, TX) switches to Spanish-language programming
  • December: WHLD (Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY) changes format to gospel, but continues to air "Democracy Now"

November 2006

  • November 8: WSMB (1350-AM, New Orleans, LA) loses progressive talk format
  • November: in Huntington, WV, WCMI takes over progressive talk from WRVC

October 2006

  • October 30: Nova M network founded by Sheldon and Anita Drobny
  • October 13: Air America Radio files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
  • October 1: KXEB (910-AM, Dallas, TX) switches to Catholic radio as part of Guadalupe Radio Network (based in Midland, TX)

September 2006

August 2006

  • August 30: Mike Malloy fired by Air America Radio
  • August: progressive radio in Burlington, VT switches from WVAA (24-hour signal) to WTWK (weaker daytime-only signal)
  • August: WDOD (1310-AM, Chattanooga, TN) switches from Air America Radio to hits of the 1950s to 1970s

July 2006

  • July 14: Janeane Garofalo's last day as co-host with Sam Seder of "The Majority Report"

June 2006

  • June 23: president Gary Krantz announces that he'll be leaving Air America after a little more than a year
  • June 11: WMLB (1690-AM, Atlanta, GA) Air America syndicated programming terminated except for Al Franken Show

April 2006

  • April 6: CEO Danny Goldberg announces that he'll be leaving Air America after a little more than a year

March 2006

  • late March: Nova M Radio signs local marketing agreement with KPHX (1480-AM, Phoenix, AZ)



October 2004

September 2004

July 2004

  • July 13: WINZ drops sports for progressive talk, including Air America and Ed Schultz

May 2004

  • May 5: current owners of Air America Radio in default of contract; Sheldon and Anita Drobny reorganize the company

April 2004

  • April: WTND (Chicago) drops Air America Radio; WCPT (also Chicago) picks it up
  • mid-April: Air America Radio temporarily off the air in LA due to financial difficulties

March 2004

  • March 31: Air America Radio goes on air (24-hour format) on WLIB-AM (NY), WTND-AM (Chicago), KBLA-AM (Los Angeles), KCAA-AM (Riverside/San Bernardino, CA), KPOJ-AM (Portland, OR)

February 2004

January 2004

  • January 6: Al Franken signs deal with Air America Radio; March 31 "drop dead" date stipulated
  • January: Ed Schultz Show launches









Early 1990's

  • 1994: group of freshman representatives in Congress calling themselves the "Dittohead Caucus" declare Rush Limbaugh an honorary member of Congress
  • 1993: October 10: Rush Limbaugh admits to listeners his addiction to prescription painkillers and states that he will enter inpatient treatment for 30 days
  • 1993: WEFT (90.1-FM, Champaign, IL) goes to 24-hour format
  • 1993: Rush Limbaugh publishes See, I Told You So
  • 1992: Rush Limbaugh publishes The Way Things Ought to Be
  • early to mid-90s: Chuck Harder's The People's Radio Network is on the air





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