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Cochise
06-14-2007, 02:45 PM
Battered by criticism, Broward may keep deal with Rush Limbaugh radio station

By Scott Wyman
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted June 14 2007

Radio station WIOD likely will remain Broward County's official channel for emergency information despite concerns it is also home to conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

County commissioners said they were deluged with complaints from throughout the country Wednesday after they questioned whether to cut their ties with the station because of their dislike for Limbaugh. By the end of the day, a majority of commissioners vowed to renew WIOD's agreement next week.

The deal with WIOD, AM 610, would ensure news conferences and other critical announcements are broadcast live during hurricanes and other emergencies.

Kristin Jacobs and Ilene Lieberman, commissioners who served as mayor during hurricanes in 2004 and 2005, came to the defense of WIOD. They were absent from Tuesday's meeting because they were in Tallahassee talking to state lawmakers about tax reform legislation.

"If your roof gets blown off, do you really care if the radio station that is giving you the information that you need also carries Rush Limbaugh?" Jacobs asked. "I don't think so. I don't agree with that man's philosophy and I don't listen to him, but I'm not going to not choose WIOD because of it."

Limbaugh responded to the commissioners Wednesday on his radio show, saying the qualms about WIOD were a sign of out-of-control partisanship in the nation.

"They are politicizing the delivery of emergency news, which is non-partisan," Limbaugh said.

The all-Democrat commission was on the verge of rejecting the WIOD contract when it instead delayed a decision to get more information about why its staff favored the station and what its other options are. The firestorm began when Commissioner Stacy Ritter said she didn't want to patronize the station because of Limbaugh and other conservative programming.

County communications administrators recommended WIOD over two other stations interested in the deal.

They said WIOD has a strong signal, sister FM stations that simulcast news during emergencies and was willing to guarantee live coverage.

Commissioner Ken Keechl initially said he shared Ritter's concerns, but said Wednesday that he will now support WIOD because of the staff's advice. Commissioners John Rodstrom and Lois Wexler earlier said they want WIOD.

Scott Wyman can be reached at swyman@sun-sentinel.com or 954-356-4511.


This is hilarious LMAO

Baby Lee
06-14-2007, 02:53 PM
That they're this exorcised over Rush is telling how sensitive people are about straying one iota from their comfort zone.
I can remember in the mid-90s, the flagship station [AM 1120] in St. Louis carrying a flat-out white-supremicist's show like 11-midnight once a week, Concerned Citizens Council or whatever that shit was called. And in the early-90s, there was a station in KC that had a 'Black Panther' lady 2-4 am daily who'd rail on about subjects such as how the government put lard instead of creamy goodness in generic Oreos in a plot to make the inner city youth obese and unhealthy.

Cochise
06-15-2007, 10:15 AM
That they're this exorcised over Rush is telling how sensitive people are about straying one iota from their comfort zone.

What? You expect people to listen to a neocon weather report?

Adept Havelock
06-15-2007, 10:46 AM
That they're this exorcised over Rush is telling how sensitive people are about straying one iota from their comfort zone.
I can remember in the mid-90s, the flagship station [AM 1120] in St. Louis carrying a flat-out white-supremicist's show like 11-midnight once a week, Concerned Citizens Council or whatever that shit was called. And in the early-90s, there was a station in KC that had a 'Black Panther' lady 2-4 am daily who'd rail on about subjects such as how the government put lard instead of creamy goodness in generic Oreos in a plot to make the inner city youth obese and unhealthy.


ROFL

I'd almost forgetten about her. What a nutcase.

jAZ
06-15-2007, 11:11 AM
Why is there only one station?

Stinger
06-15-2007, 11:18 AM
Why is there only one station?

My guess is that is has to do with signal stregnth and they have more than one station in their stable. :shrug:

They said WIOD has a strong signal, sister FM stations that simulcast news during emergencies and was willing to guarantee live coverage.

jAZ
06-15-2007, 11:24 AM
My guess is that is has to do with signal stregnth and they have more than one station in their stable. :shrug:
That seems to address why they might be the best single source to contract with. That doesn't explain why they need only contract with that one source.

(By one source, I mean one company with a few stations.)

Cochise
06-15-2007, 11:26 AM
If I remember what I heard, this station is the strongest station in the area because their transmitters are located in an area that is beneficial due to the saltwater in Biscayne Bay.

Supposedly it's the strongest signal in south Florida? I don't know if that's true or not. Seems like the report said it was, or maybe one of the strongest.

"Bob" Dobbs
06-15-2007, 07:33 PM
In a real emergency, most radio and TV stations will relay EAS messages. I've been in radio 30 years, and really see no need whatsoever to have an "official emergency station" in ANY area. We're ALL emergency stations.