Chalk Up A Win For Brad Carlson!

Now, any radio station can compete on weekdays, when network shows lock horns with other network shows for mere money.

But the real acid test for a radio station is how do they do on the vital weekend shift – when stations cut the network crap and have to get real.

And so as the Northern Alliance Radio Network rapidly approaches ten years on the air, it’s with a tingle of homer pride that I relate the big news; this past month, AM950’s sole entry into the local weekend talk market, “LeftMN Radio”, realizing that Brad Carlson’s “The Closer” edition of the NARN dominated them in every possible way, gave up the ghost and cut their losses.

The show – which used to broadcast for an hour on Sunday afternoons, during the last half of Brad’s show – was hosted by Steve Timmer, and also by Tony Petrangelo and Aaron Klemz, two of the precious few Minnesota leftybloggers who don’t deserve to be under police surveillance.

Citing Klemz’ departure for a job at “Minnesotans Against Mining”   “Friends of the Boundary Waters” as an excuse for leaving the air, the show apparently had its last broadcast either last week or the week before (the show’s blog, near as I can tell, lists shows according to their preceding Monday). 

I’ll count it as a win.  A minor one – certainly not like driving Ron Rosenbaum from AM1130’s weekend lineup, much less making them surrender the entire talk format on weekends a few years back – but yet another win for the little station that could.  Between that and Dennis Miller making “The Late Debate” flee to mornings, and it’s been a great summer for AM1280. 

Congrats Brad!

8 thoughts on “Chalk Up A Win For Brad Carlson!

  1. You can’t stop Brad Carlson. You can only hope to contain him.

    I heard that Brad’s recent NFC North Preview broadcast was the one that finally finished off the competition….

  2. I heard that Brad’s recent NFC North Preview broadcast was the one that finally finished off the competition….

    And there’s your dagger! Must have been the guest analyst.

  3. Now that we have a UStream video broadcast of each show, guest appearances by the likes of Erin Haust, Katie Kieffer and assorted beauty pageant winners certainly tipped the scale.

  4. Mitch:

    I wouldn’t exactly call the late debate fleeing. Apparently with Emmer gone because he’s running for Congress and Davis gone the station needed somebody for their vital 6-9 slot. That sounds like a move up not fleeing.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  5. Walter,

    There are two kinds of people in this world; people who believe Clear Channel’s self-serving spin, and the rest of us.

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  7. Mitch are you saying the late debate people were reaching more people and spreading the word better when they were at 8 p.m. instead of their show at 6-9 a.m.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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