Nobody ever tells me anything! I remember hearing that progressive activists Alex Lawson (executive director of Social Security Works, spearheading the frive to protect it) and Cliff Schecter (bloggger and progressive PR consultant) bought an AM radio station in DC, which they christened We Act Radio, but I had no idea this was where David Shuster landed after his colorful exit from MSNBC. Interesting!
It’s important, though, for progressives to keep pushing away to build progressive radio. Yeah, Air America didn’t last, but a lot of their alumni (Sam Seder and Nicole Sandler, just to name a few) are still trying. And as my dear departed friend Joe Bageant said in his book “Deer Hunting With Jesus,” talk radio is the only access most poor people get to information about their government. They listen at work, where they spend the most time awake, and after a while, it seeps in and warps their brains. That’s why it’s so important for us to offer some alternative to the wingnut brainwashing:
Officially launched January 1, 2012, We Act is a 5,000 watt (“of full truth-telling power,” says Kymone) AM station that covers DC, northern Virginia, and southern Maryland, which, per FCC rules, drops to 500 watts after sunset. In the modern media landscape, however, those “terrestrial limitations” mean less than they used to. Listeners can tune in live online, or on a mobile device using the “Tune-in” app for mobile, or a host of other methods. “There are two separate individuals from New Zealand who listen to this station via some website that hosts radio shows.” Alex says.
We Act relies heavily on syndicated content from progressive radio stars like Thom Hartmann, Bill Press, Stephanie Miller, and Ed Schultz, who, Lawson points out, had no broadcast presence in Washington, DC before We Act, despite the fact that Hartmann and Press both broadcast from DC.
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