The campaign to save KPOJ continues to build momentum.
As of this morning, the SaveKPOJ.com petition is up to 5281 signers and the Save KPOJ Facebook page is up to 1781 fans. And that's just in the first 24 hours. That's some of the most aggressive growth I've ever seen on a start-from-scratch advocacy effort.
The Portland Mercury's Denis Theriault covered the Save KPOJ campaign:
But the gaping hole left by the changeover—expected as it might have been—was made all the more painful and glaring this morning when Wolfson's regular time slot came and went and all we had, instead, was another round of macho droning about mindless distractions. Wolfson's former listeners have begun rallying around the host, lamenting not just Wolfson's loss but also the idea that talk radio in this town is now officially the provenance of the likes of Victoria Taft, Lars Larson, and Rush Limbaugh. ...
I'm not sure how I feel about talk radio in general—true believers on the left are sometimes only a little bit better than the "ditto-heads" on the right when it comes to avoiding epistemic failures. But Wolfson's show was always better than that. I had the privilege of spending a slice of my Thursdays with Wolfson, talking about each week's Mercury, and was always impressed not only by how much he cared about national politics but also about what was happening here. That passion deserves a home somewhere.
And NPI's Andrew Villeneuve explains why this should matter to you, even if you were never a listener:
We hope Kari is successful in his efforts to begin a dialogue with Clear Channel. But we wish media conglomerates didn’t have this kind of power. When a group of executives sitting in a boardroom in Texas have the authority to choose what over-the-air programming is available to people in cities like Seattle and Portland, something is wrong. If it wasn’t for National Public Radio (NPR) and its affiliates, practically the entire medium of radio would be controlled by companies like Clear Channel, which care about money and power, not community or sustainability.
So, sign the petition at Save KPOJ, and then share it with your friends.