"Democracy Now!" finally on full power Chicago radio - but it's WCPT, not WBEZ.

Posted by Scott - January 1, 2013 (entry 699)

amy goodman at lecturnI stood right next to Amy Goodman as she talked to the head of WCPT at the Smiley & West event 11/8 about how only CAN TV is airing Democracy Now! here, and sure enough, according to media writer Robert Feder, the show will now finally, sort of be broadcast by a full power Chicago radio station. CMA's efforts re: DN! are noted by Feder. It is scheduled for 8-9PM weekdays, so most WCPT listeners will usually have to catch the show via daytime-only broadcaster 820 AM's stream. WCPT's average audience is only around a third of WBEZ's according to Radio Survivor Paul Riismandel, and there are going to be full fledged commercials before and after the show, but that should not affect the content, as this is surely one of the only broadcasts of the program on a fully commercial station anywhere. It's about time and congratulations to everyone who agitated for something resembling this over the last, what, ten years? Happy New Year!

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