With the firing of Ben from The Up and At ‘Em Show for financial reasons, we are once again given evidence that conservative talk radio is not a sustainable endeavor in Minnesota. If you go up and down the dial, its left wing host after left wing host. Many of them have been in place for decades. But the lone beacon of weekday conservative radio, Twin Cities News Talk, has had failed show after failed show.
Hosts have come and gone, most great talkers who provide an invigorating debate on the issues with a perspective from the right. But the end results always seems to come down to an aspect of lack of funding.
Most people don’t acknowledge that news media, print, radio, and TV are in the business of making money. Well, most are. They are in the business of selling ads.
Clearly Clear Channel’s Minnesota cornerstone station of 1130AM is less than capable of bringing home the bacon. My question is: Is Minnesota really a deep blue state?
I’ve been denying that fact for years. I point out how the traditional media is far left of center and defends the failures and over reaches of the Democrats. My patent pending book name on the subject is “They Don’t Know Any Better”. But with what appears to be yet another lesson proving that right wing radio is not pulling in the ads, maybe I am wrong.
I remember the earliest days of Jack & Ben’s ventures into radio. I spent many a nights in a broom closet in a Ramsey radio station with Jack and Ben. I consider them friends and am sorry to see them split up. I hope Ben lands on his feet. He’s an incredibly talented guy.
I also hope conservatives realize that being a passive activist through listening and preaching to the choir is not moving the needle. It doesn’t sell ads and it doesn’t grow the base.
Good luck Ben. I hope we can cross paths again soon.
Is conservative media going to wither and die? Time will tell. But I think its key for us all to think long and fast if we are working towards solving the problem of getting our message out to the people. Radio, online, and traditional media outlets are key to turning this movement’s election failures around. Many people point only towards candidates and the party for losing. But we have to analyze all aspects of our movement.
Are we doing everything right?
No blame intended towards Jack, Ben, Andrew, or other radio hosts. My point is simply that all aspects of the movement need to be looked at to see if they are helping.
Can we do right wing radio better? Finding a way to have it make money so more people can hear it? If we can reach more people through traditional media outlets, more people may not make the same voting mistakes.