Four more radio stations drop Glenn Beck
March 25, 2011
The controversy over right wing radio talk show host Glenn Beck continues with the news that Buckley Radio is dropping the hot-button program from four of its stations in Connecticut. [Media Matters]
Buckley officials announced Beck would be removed from WDRC-AM, WWCO-AM, WSNG-AM, and WMMW-AM, which simulcast the same programs.
“I am making the change in programming to address the Talk of Connecticut listener’s desire for more locally originated program that feature Connecticut issues,” Eric Fanhoe, Vice President/General Manager, Buckley Radio of Connecticut, wrote in an e-mail Thursday.
Grahame Winters, the Connecticut division’s program director, also confirmed the need for more local programming in an e-mail:
“Quite simply, we are making the change in our programming lineup because our TALK of Connecticut listeners have expressed a desire for more locally originated programming featuring issues important to us here at home. This change will more closely align us with that goal.”
The move comes nearly three months after WOR Radio, Buckley’s flagship station in New York, dropped Beck in early January. At that time, WOR executives replaced Beck with a local veteran host.
Buckley will now carry Beck’s show only on its station in Bakersfield.
Liberal activists have targeted radio stations that carry Glenn Beck by contacting advertisers and meeting with management to have the program yanked.
Glenn Beck is heard locally on KVEC in San Luis Obispo and the station has seen its ratings increase since adding the Beck program.