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.