Via Tony Katz, Talkers.com announced yesterday that WVKO, a small station with a progressive talk format, will cease operations because of a lack of support from Democrat campaigns – including Obama’s and others in the left-wing community.
Cue the world’s tiniest violin (see below) as you read their website’s bittersweet goodbye letter:
Thank You, Columbus.
“It is with great sadness I must inform WVKO’s listeners that once again, Progressive Talk will be silenced on the Columbus airwaves. Our one-year lease on the station is about to expire, and at this time there is no way that we can continue operating the station. So as of midnight on Sunday, December 16th, the new operators will be airing a gospel format on WVKO. Once again, we had a good run with the station, and we were happy to in some small way contribute to the success that the Democrats enjoyed in November.
Unfortunately, it was not a two-way street, and lack of advertising support from the Obama campaign all the way down to local races ensured that we will be unable to continue into the new year.
I put my time, money, heart and soul into doing what I believed to be important for the country, but those who benefited most from our efforts chose to spend their campaign dollars elsewhere.
Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice….Well, we can’t get fooled again. Also, a number of advertisers who supported the station in the past chose to turn their backs on us this time. I can’t say why, since they would not return our calls. I want to thank our advertisers, supporters and you the listeners for everything, and i hope that Progressive Talk can somehow return to Columbus in the future.”
Keeping in line with their views on how the economy works, it’s very likely their cheapskate listeners felt that progressive radio should be free. A valuable lesson for anti-Capitalist lefties to learn, of course is - nothing is ever free. As Katz notes “someone must pay to keep the lights on” (etc..)
Perhaps, this is why progressive radio fails abysmally almost everywhere it’s tried.