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Good talk radio in Chicago?(10 posts)

Good talk radio in Chicago?Kristin
Feb 3, 2003 9:24 AM
I can't find a well rounded news/talk radio station in Chicago. WBMI just seems to rehash the same 5 headlines over and over. They used to be good, but one morning (4 years ago) they severly altered their format and now they suck. I need a station with a well-rounded program that reports the news but also discusses a wide variety of topics. Left/Right, it doesn't matter. Thorough and accurate would be ideal. Anybody? Beuhler?

And if you say mancow, I will never speak to you again, except to occasionally flame you! ;-)
WBEZAlex-in-Evanston
Feb 3, 2003 10:36 AM
Gotta love NPR. Excellent news lineup.

Alex
NPR is hardly "well balanced"Alpedhuez55
Feb 3, 2003 11:17 AM
They do discuss a lot of topics, but I would not call NPR a "well ballanced" news outlet. They are a strong left leaning source and editoialize a lot in their reporting. Granted, that station may have some local programing I am unaware of.

I would not trust NPR as a good source for news though just like I would not trust Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage as a source of news. They will do things like interview some old lady who will say she is going to die if Bush's budget is approved an include it as part of a news story rather than just report the story. I would much prefer a CBS or ABC radio affiliated station for news over NPR.

Now I suppose I am going to get a half dozen flame posts for attacking the "Liberal Elitist Media" but so be it!!! NPR is a biased source of news and unless you like a strong dosse of socialism in your news, I would look elsewhere.

Talk radio for the most part is biased to the right. Is there an FM Talk option in Chicago? Some of the ones I have heard in Boston and other cities tend to be a little less right leaning or will have hosts from both sides. The big AM talk station here is almost all conservative.

Mike Y.
Depends on your POV, I guess--I'd call NPR very balancedretro
Feb 3, 2003 2:31 PM
I've worked in the industry for 20 years, and I've seen first-hand how fear of advertisers and fear of public opinion forces news outlets to skew their coverage. The major outlets--both print and electronic; I've worked in both--are constantly watching the bottom line, and stories are frequently "reshaped" or dropped entirely to avoid angering advertisers or drawing unfavorable comment from the public. I could give any number of examples, if anybody wants to take the time.
I've never worked for public broadcasting, but I have friends who do, and they say the pressures there are much less, though they do exist and are increasing. Just because you get a DIFFERENT view on NPR doesn't mean it's an INCORRECT view. Maybe it's the one you should be getting from ABC or Infinity Broadcasting.
Depends on your POV, I guess--I'd call NPR very balancedAlpedhuez55
Feb 3, 2003 4:10 PM
I dont mind a different view in the discussion portions, it is what is sometimes thrown in the news that I do not like. I am sure many stories are killed or reshaped based on advertisers. I am sure they feel pressure to feel the same types of pressure at NPR. Maybe it is not as bad since they do not have a financial impact from advertisers. But there is an institutional pressure from the foundations that fund them and from the higher-ups there who are defineatly on the left wing. Much like stories are killed or sat on in mainstream media outlets much liberal or conservative heads.

I listen to NPR sometimes and they are programed into my car. I find a lot of it dry though. I like to be entertained or more engaged.

I also prefer my news straight and find theirs way too slanted. There is a definate socialist agenda to their newscasts. If you agree with their point of view than you will like thier news and see nothing wrong with it. I do not want to be told what I should think during the news. They try do that too much.

Mike Y.
Here, here!McAndrus
Feb 4, 2003 6:43 AM
I think when there's real news to be had, NPR does a very good job. Their coverage of the 2000 election dispute, of 9/11, and of the battle in Afghanistan was usually excellent.

When the hard news dwindles I find that NPR reverts to its roots and gives us preachy 10-minute stories (not news stories, just stories).

I have them on my bedside clock radio and wake to them every morning. Even though I disagree with their slant I still find their hard news reporting very good. It's easy to tell when a slanted story is coming though and I turn the radio off within 10 seconds of the start of the item.
Jim Rome RulesRoyGBiv
Feb 4, 2003 9:42 AM
Not sure what station you'd get him in Chicago - ESPN radio up by 1000 AM? Maybe you're not into sports but for a change of pace he's always good for a laugh.
If you want sports.Turtleherder
Feb 4, 2003 1:36 PM
If you want sports news in Chicago you have to listen to the Score, AM 670. They are an entertaining bunch of chuckle heads who sometimes bring up good points about real hard news subjects.
LOL - What a bunch of men you areKristin
Feb 4, 2003 1:56 PM
I ask about news radio and I get sports instead. But then again, what is the point of talking if the topic is not sports, right? And what good is the opera, except for justifying those 50 yard line season tickets? (Actually, I agree with that last one.)
Management ruined their lineup.Alex-in-Evanston
Feb 5, 2003 7:04 AM
I miss Jiggets and Buffone, and I liked Bohrs and Bernstein on the morning drive. Mike North is a wanker, but I like his wife's segment on dog adoption.

Alex