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The ratings slide of the sheeple mind control machine

WMAL radio wingnut mouthpiece Graham’s ratings are in the toilet.

House Blender Paul in SF emailed me some observations (and a few good links) last night. The right-wing steamroller is running out of gas — finally. Note: Michael Graham, the talk show host he refers to pictured above, is another Rush-lite bimbo (“Now broadcasting from the Ronald Reagan Studio”).

Hi Pam,

I started reading this article about yet another conservative talk show host spreading hate, and while Michael Graham seems pretty typical of the breed I came across some figures which makes me wonder, when put alongside the plummeting poll numbers for trust in our great leader and our ability to win the war , if maybe, just maybe, the Republicans are waking up.

This is what caught my eye (the emphasis is mine):

Graham, who broadcasts locally, is one of several conservative hosts heard on WMAL (630). The station’s daily lineup includes the syndicated Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity programs.

After rising slightly during the months preceding the presidential election last year, WMAL’s audience ratings have fallen precipitously. Exact ratings for Graham’s 9-11:45 a.m. time slot are unavailable, but WMAL’s morning programming, which includes part of Graham’s program, are off 25 percent since last year. The station overall has lost 41 percent of its core 25-to-54-year-old audience in the past 12 months, dropping from 158,200 individual listeners per week to 116,600.

I’ve just been googling to see if WMAL’s loss of listeners is an aberration or if it is part of a trend.  In an article about Air America I read that “virtually all political talk in New York (and indeed the whole country) showed a decline in the first quarter of 2005” and “AA’s Randi Rhodes on in the crucial afternoon drive-time, went UP 33%, while the conservative talk shows in same time slot on WABC and WOR each went DOWN 33%.”

The Washington Post weighed in on the subject at the end of April with an article headlined “ Local Listeners Tune Out Talk Radio” .

Fox News ratings also seem to be tanking:

April ’05 marks “the sixth consecutive month where FNC declined versus prior month in M-F, primetime P25-54 (every month since Nov ’04),” CNN’s press release says. The 25-54 demo is coveted by advertisers. One insider called it a “downward spiral.”

Gee, the sheeple are tuning out the mind control beams, the press has finally grown a pair and are actually reporting real news.  Things are starting to look a little better.

Let’s hope that this is a trend.

Radio station managers are out to make a buck, so if ratings drop for hate/bigot radio — and advertisers flee — these losers will find their shows axed. I have a feeling, however, that the ratings for those that survive will rise again as elections draw near and the Right needs to work up the masses.

The question is, will the sheeple buy the bullsh*t then?

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