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Sean Hannity & Mark Levin Will Move To "Freedom 970"

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  1. This from All Access:

    -----------------------------------Hannity, Levin Change Affiliates In Portland-----------------------------------

    ALPHA BROADCASTING Talk KCMD-A (FREEDOM 970)/PORTLAND is picking up PREMIERE's SEAN HANNITY and CITADEL MEDIA's MARK LEVIN, both of whom have been airing on crosstown PAMPLIN Talk KPAM-A. The date of HANNITY and LEVIN's move to KCMD has not yet been set. HANNITY will air live noon-3p and LEVIN will air live 3-6p.

    "Bringing both HANNITY and LEVIN over to FREEDOM 970 gives the station added credibility and muscle on the AM dial here in PORTLAND," said ALPHA Director of Talk Programming BRIAN JENNINGS. "These guys are tremendous broadcasters and are the perfect complement to the rest of our line-up, especially AMERICA'S MORNING NEWS and the LAURA INGRAHAM SHOW. Fans of conservative talk can leave their dials set to 970 all day."

    Posted on November 6, 2009 - 08:48 PM #
  2. Alfredo_T

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    KCMD is going full-tilt in marketing themselves as a station specializing in conservative talk. They are running one ID that proclaims them the cure to the liberal media flu! This leaves me wondering two things: 1) What will replace Hannity and Levin on KPAM? and 2) How much longer will Phil Hendrie be on 970? As much as I like Hendrie, his show, as well as John and Jeff, sound somewhat out of place on "Freedom 970."

    Posted on November 6, 2009 - 09:03 PM #
  3. Broadway

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    Major news for "right wing" talk in PDX. Now the question is what will KPAM do to fill 5 hours of their weekday afternoons...pick up Salem Media's Medved and Hewitt live? Can't pick up 970AM as good as 860AM in the valley.

    Posted on November 6, 2009 - 09:05 PM #
  4. More local programming form Alpha Broadcasting. Fire up that bird!!!

    Posted on November 6, 2009 - 09:06 PM #
  5. Alfredo: What would you replace "John & Jeff" with that's LIVE?

    Posted on November 6, 2009 - 09:08 PM #
  6. How about: "KPAM 860, the new home of Cort and Fatboy, noon to five."

    Posted on November 6, 2009 - 09:23 PM #
  7. This one's easy.

    Give Victoria Taft the Noon to Three spot opposite Lars.

    Then bring Jack Hammer (John Benneth) back to Portland radio...the guy's kind of a loose cannon and ought to be great for ratings.

    breH

    Posted on November 6, 2009 - 09:27 PM #
  8. KPAM could bring back the professional poker player, Victor Boc. He would be happy as a pig in s...

    Maybe he could team up with Sheila Hamilton.

    How about Bill Gallagher?

    The problem is that local talent is more expensive than taking programming of the bird.

    Posted on November 6, 2009 - 09:28 PM #
  9. KCMD already snatched three hours a day from KPAM by taking Laura Ingraham, so the total's up to eight hours now.

    Also, not that I've heard anything, but if KCMD were to have ideas of a local morning show sometime, it might make sense for them to get the rest of their schedule in order first so that any new AM listeners would want to stick around the rest of the day.

    Posted on November 6, 2009 - 09:49 PM #
  10. Bigpuppy

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    I have a dangerous idea. Lars. 6-10 AM.

    Posted on November 6, 2009 - 10:18 PM #
  11. AM wondering how they got so much away from KPAM.....Would think KPAM would have put up a fight for Hannity at least......

    Putting up Hannity against Lars.....interesting.

    970 will become a major player.....KPAM - boy I have no clue what they will do!

    Posted on November 6, 2009 - 11:26 PM #
  12. CouvMan

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    I wonder if 970 will improve their signal now

    Posted on November 6, 2009 - 11:28 PM #
  13. TALPDX

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    KPAM - boy I have no clue what they will do! Excellent question.

    If all the most popular conservative radio talk show hosts are broadcasting on other stations in Portland, then honestly, how will KPAM successfully counter-program? Syndicated D list conservative talk? Yuck. Too, I cannot imagine KPAM placing a local personality into the noon – 3pm slot. KPAM hasn’t shown any loyalty to local hosts in that timeslot (Bill Gallagher, Victor Boc). Or even the 3pm to 5pm slot. Tom Parker was moved to late night fairly soon after he took that position. It will be interesting to see.

    Posted on November 7, 2009 - 06:40 PM #
  14. missing_kskd

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    They could go liberal!

    Pamplin would probably have an aneurism over that, but... there is a clear market here in PDX, and a growing body of competitive hosts.

    KPOJ gets to say ONLY progressive talk station right now. Seems to me, branding like that is an opportunity. (sorry guys, just saying --somebody has to, right?)

    The way talk works could be interesting. It might not be a zero sum game, where both divide the KPOJ share. It might just grow for both of them, depending on the hosts and positioning. There are hosts that appeal in ways different than the current KPOJ crowd, and as diverse as PDX is seems to align well with that.

    Posted on November 7, 2009 - 06:52 PM #
  15. They could do '50's Rock 'N Roll and they would get me as a listener for at least some of the time. Sad to say, I was a teen then and love the music - it's the golden age.

    Posted on November 7, 2009 - 07:09 PM #
  16. PianoMan

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    No doubt Hendrie has garnered substantial conservative cred over the years for his staunch (and very outspoken) support of the Iraq war and the Israeli hawk faction, starting shortly after 9/11. Yes, he's liberal-ish on cultural and economic matters but even so, he's a close-enough fit for late nights. I'm sure Freedom 970 isn't the only conservative station that carries him.

    As for KPAM, someone in Portland really should do '50s-'60s oldies. It's just about the only music format that might still work on AM.

    Posted on November 7, 2009 - 07:22 PM #
  17. Anonymous

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    WOW!

    More CONservative talk... That makes what 4 stations and what... 96 hours of CON talk... WOW!

    Maybe KPAM and KXL can go to Polka music...

    Posted on November 7, 2009 - 07:25 PM #
  18. New KPAM slogan: Get both sides. K-Pam, Your Liberal Station by day & Conservative Talk all night.

    Can you just hear Victoria Taft, having a breakdown?

    I don't think K-Pam will ever go Liberal by the way.

    Posted on November 7, 2009 - 08:43 PM #
  19. I agree with Bigpuppy ... if they found a way to get Lars in the morning, it would make for a tough lineup. I am not a fan of the format, however, it seems as though KCMD is positioning themselves very well.

    Posted on November 7, 2009 - 09:12 PM #
  20. TALPDX

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    I too am not a fan of the format (not at all in fact). But in terms of it being a smart programming option, it sounds like an attractive idea (Lars Larson -- 6am - 10am weekdays). Akin to a Lee Rodgers/KSFO program.

    Posted on November 7, 2009 - 09:23 PM #
  21. Are you aware that KCMD and KXL are under the same ownership?

    Posted on November 7, 2009 - 09:23 PM #
  22. Pat

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    KPAM, all traffic all the time. Not...how about all news particularly since they are CBS.

    Posted on November 7, 2009 - 11:13 PM #
  23. Pat: News formats are very expensive to operate, plus I don't think CBS Radio News offers a lot of long form programming these days.

    Posted on November 7, 2009 - 11:36 PM #
  24. Anonymous

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    CBS doesn't offer much in the way of programming period...

    Posted on November 8, 2009 - 12:43 AM #
  25. Pat

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    Hey, it was just a thought. Most major cities have an all news station, but Portland always seems to have a small town attitude so we will probably never have an all news station or any other major league sports team either.

    Posted on November 8, 2009 - 11:36 AM #
  26. Bigpuppy

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    I'm serious about putting Lars on in morning drive. He's the best-branded personality in this market. Why waste him in middays, splitting the Joe-the-Plumber base with Rush?

    What distinguishes Lars from the run of the right-wing mill is that he is a very capable breaker of news stories, rather than merely a belly-aching reactionary. Keep his conservative focus, but give his show a harder news edge. Make use of his wicked reporter instincts and decades of institutional knowledge. He's brilliant at uncovering outrages and torturing the guilty live on the air. He can be dramatic, infuriating, entertaining, and informative. I guarantee that would make KXL (currently 11th in adults in ppm) a must-listen news station in morning drive.

    Posted on November 8, 2009 - 12:43 PM #
  27. Anyone ever heard Scott Shannon's "True Oldies Channel?" If KPAM would leave Bob Miller's show alone and then run True Oldies Channel the rest of the day I'd be a regular listener. As syndicated music formats go I think True Oldies Channel isn't half bad.

    Posted on November 8, 2009 - 03:41 PM #
  28. PianoMan

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    Not familiar with the True Oldies program, but Miller's morning show plus early rock'n'roll makes sense to me.

    Posted on November 8, 2009 - 04:35 PM #
  29. Scott Shannon's "True Oldies Channel?"

    I googled it and it seems like a winner to me.

    http://www.trueoldieschannel.com/html/what.html

    Posted on November 8, 2009 - 05:31 PM #
  30. Pat

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    How about putting true oldies on 1550 since KFRC 1550 in SFO is heard so well up here at night and putting the Music of Your Life on 860 where it can be heard better?

    Posted on November 8, 2009 - 11:36 PM #
  31. semoochie

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    Most major cities do not have a successful All News station, outside of the top 10 and even that is pushing it! It requires a very large cume and most cities simply don't have it.

    Posted on November 8, 2009 - 11:58 PM #
  32. Alfredo_T

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    Although I'm pretty certain that it will never happen again, it would be nice to have "Radio Free Oregon" return to 860.

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 12:15 AM #
  33. reason

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    Bill Gallagher? On KPAM? Yes, please.

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 12:28 AM #
  34. Semoochie>> [All News] requires a very large cume ...

    I wonder if the cume increases in PPM will change the All News landscape?

    The music on True Oldies Channel is okay, but you'd think a sat network could afford more than just one voice-tracked jock.

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 12:47 AM #
  35. KPAM could do something really daring on AM these days -- go moderate and respectful.

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 10:48 AM #
  36. Aside from Clark Howard's show, I like KPAM, I really do...especially Victoria Taft's program.

    KPAM has potential for a broad and growing audience and could pummel KEX...but they need moe powah, Captain.

    Either upgrade the signal with a major wattage boost, or trade the station up to an exisiting blowtorch.

    I'll leave it to the engineers around here to figure out the details and feasibility.

    breH

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 11:04 AM #
  37. TALPDX

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    I cannot image KPAM rebranding itself as station of moderate voices, as much as I would love to see it. Frankly though, could the ratings be any worse?

    At its ratings height, KPOJ did a very good job competing with conservative talk in Portland. Not to mention the ratings success of 91.5FM. But I’m suspect as to whether KPAM, even with a thorough rebranding, could find any more success than what it has achieved to date. Rebranding of this type would require an investment I don’t see that coming out of The Pamplin Media Group.

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 11:07 AM #
  38. I'll take a wild, baseless guess as to a new format if the current News/Talk format goes away: Christian Teaching and Ministry.

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 12:01 PM #
  39. Alfredo_T

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    Before KPAM went News/Talk, it WAS a Christian music and ministry station. Thus, your guess is not wild or baseless, at all.

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 12:13 PM #
  40. And K-Pam's Christian music format never made the over all Arbitron 12+ ratings.

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 07:08 PM #
  41. semoochie

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    KPAM is 50kw non-directional on the bottom half of the dial! How much more power did you have in mind?

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 08:39 PM #
  42. Broadway

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    KPAM has spent a lot for maximum coverage with 860 over the years..even it's night signal which is still challenging. They are diplexed with 1550 so that's why their 50kw could not be most effective.

    >never made the over all Arbitron 12+ ratings.
    think they did get a number just before going to news...

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 08:46 PM #
  43. semoochie

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    KPAM is increasing its nighttime power to 15kw and changing the pattern for better coverage. I disagree that KPAM loses coverage because they are diplexed with KKAD. Is KEX demonstrably weaker, since diplexing with KPOJ? Was KGW weaker, when diplexing with KEX 60 years ago?

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 08:59 PM #
  44. KPAM switched to News/Talk on May 1, 2000. Fall, Winter & Spring books showed KPAM as 0.0
    Summer 0.6

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 09:04 PM #
  45. Broadway

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    >>. I disagree that KPAM loses coverage
    my only premise is that the towers where built for 1550am...

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 09:41 PM #
  46. semoochie

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    Actually, KPAM's weren't. They added additional towers for KPAM and then, additional towers for KKAD.

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 10:10 PM #
  47. Broadway

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    for a total tower amount of ??? (4) The site is certainly not as "robust" as the KEX/KPOJ site...

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - 11:25 PM #
  48. semoochie

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    I agree that KPAM could put more signal into Portland but in order to do so would have to move closer. KKAD can't do much else because they aren't allowed to overlap the 25mv/m contour of 1520 and are butting up against it as it is!

    Posted on November 10, 2009 - 03:22 AM #
  49. dodger

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    Why not fill the time with LOCAL talkers like Jeff Kropf and the Salem talk host? You never know, you might have winners layin in the weeds.

    Posted on November 10, 2009 - 11:44 AM #
  50. 'KPAM is 50kw non-directional on the bottom half of the dial! How much more power did you have in mind?'

    Enough to be heard at least reasonably well at night throughout the tri-county area, or better still, from Clark County to Salem and from Estacada to McMinnville.

    To compete with KEX or KXL effectively and on more than just daytimes, it's my non-engineering opinion that KPAM needs to reach more listeners in more dayparts. This can be accomplished by reaching where those listeners are most plentiful: In the north Willamette Valley.

    breH

    Posted on November 10, 2009 - 04:17 PM #

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