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Ed Schultz harangues for health care at Barrymore

A cynic might call Ed Schultz a left-wing version of Rush Limbaugh. But although elements of the comparison ring true, Schultz's live radio broadcast from the Barrymore Theatre last night showed there are salient, if subtle, differences between the liberal commentator and his Republican counterparts. >More
 Cutting through the 'bullcrap' at the Glenn Beck 'Common Sense' simulcast

Before the Glenn Beck "Common Sense" live simulcast at Point Cinemas started Thursday night, an ad ran proclaiming, "Tonight's attendance: sold out!" and thanking the audience for packing the house. Next it reminded us that a packed house could be a fire-safety hazard. Then it assured us that we probably weren't in danger, since the theater had been inspected... by the federal government. (Ba-dum-bump.) >More
 Distant voices: Canned radio is the new normal

Since the recession began last year, the share of local radio programming that is live and locally produced has declined at an increasingly rapid pace. Voice tracking and syndication -- the prerecorded tools that broadcast companies began widely using earlier this decade to reduce costs -- are no longer reserved for evening and overnight shifts. They're beginning to see the light of day. >More
 Brian Turany reflects on The Mic 92.1 as Clear Channel makes cuts

Madison's Air America affiliate, The Mic 92.1, is in better shape today than it was when he began as its program director. Brian Turany takes pride in that. "I think the last four years on a whole were pretty successful," says Turany. "I'm happy we got the station to where it is now, which I think is stronger than it was two years ago, and definitely stronger than where it was when it started." >More
 Madison progressive radio fans win again

In response to the recent dropping of the Thom Hartmann show and departure of local morning host Lee Rayburn from The Mic 92.1 FM, a group of concerned listeners came together to discuss the future of the station. Friends of Progressive Radio met at the Dardanelles restaurant Monday night for a passionate, sometimes rowdy discussion of what a station that calls itself "progressive" should carry on its airwaves. >More
 Madison's The Mic 92.1 boots Thom Hartmann, and Lee Rayburn follows

Lee Rayburn has not commented publicly on whether his decision to leave the station was prompted by the dropping of Hartmann's show. I did, however, speak to him about the flurry of changes at The Mic, and his departure in general. >More
 WORT2

WORT just struck a coup on the front lines of the technological revolution. Last week, at its 32nd birthday fete, Mad City's listener-sponsored community radio station (89.9 FM) announced the coming launch of a second digital broadcast channel, WORT2. >More
 The liberal line

Air America fans probably won't like this piece much, given how loyal they are to liberal talk radio. Last year, when Clear Channel tried to replace Madison's Air America affiliate, the Mic 92.1, with an all-sports channel, more than 5,000 people signed a petition to save it. Hundreds attended a rally at the High Noon Saloon, and others participated in a mock funeral procession to the radio station. >More
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