Tell Rep. Greg Walden: We want a hearing!
Our movement to save progressive talk radio in Portland continues to build momentum. Over 15,400 people have signed the original petition to Clear Channel Media and over 5000 people have joined the Save KPOJ movement on Facebook.
Many of you have asked: OK, what next? How do we make this happen?
Well, there's a lot of things happening on a lot of fronts. But one thing we must do is to make Clear Channel - and the rest of the radio industry - recognize that we're not going to take this lying down. That if they're going to use the publicly-owned airwaves, they have a responsibility to the public interest. And that means a diversity of voices, including progressive talk.
That's why the Save KPOJ movement has been endorsed by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici.
That leaves just one member of the Oregon congressional delegation who has not endorsed our campaign: Congressman Greg Walden. And yet, Walden is a high-ranking member of the GOP leadership and the Chairman of the very subcommittee that has jurisdiction in this matter.
In partnership with Onward Oregon, we're calling on Rep. Walden to hold a formal congressional hearing in Portland on the topic of media consolidation and the responsibility of broadcasters to offer diverse public-interest programming over the publicly-owned airwaves.
Sign the Petition to Congressman Walden
As the Chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, you have jurisdiction over radio broadcasting. In Portland, Clear Channel Media has recently dropped the progressive talk radio format at KPOJ 620 AM, even though the station had a loyal audience and profitable returns.
We urge you to hold a formal congressional hearing in Portland on the topic of media consolidation and the responsibility of broadcasters to offer diverse public-interest programming over the publicly-owned airwaves.
Save KPOJ, Onward Oregon, and...
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Last updated: 11:47 p.m. Nov. 29