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Ryan Blethen discusses the press, media and democracy. Daily Democracy is part of the Democracy Papers, a series of articles, essays and editorial opinion examining threats to our freedoms of speech and the press.

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February 2, 2008 8:49 AM

KIRO cuts local shows

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Seattle has lost more local programming on the radio. You can read the Times story here about how KIRO canned three local shows.

KIRO will replace the lost local hours with national syndication and replays of Luke Burbank's new local show. One of the people who lost their radio gig was David Goldstein of Horsesass.org. He told the Times that his listeners and readers:

...lamented radio stations increasingly abandoning "live and local" fare. Up until December 2006, Goldstein said in an interview, KIRO offered live, overnight programming seven days a week. Then KVI-AM dropped 15 hours of local weekday programming and two Spokane stations also scrapped local for syndicated shows, he said.

He continues to drive the point about the loss of broadcast localism and why it is important:

"You would think that heading into an election year, in one of the most liberal markets in the nation ... having the region's top liberal blogger on board might be an asset," he said. "I don't think they understood what I could bring to the station."

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