Monday, March 9, 2009

WLW Has Lost XM Carriage!

A hat tip to my friends up in Northeastern Ohio at Ohio Media Watch for this bit...as I received it from them via email this evening!

Seems WLW-AM 700 is no longer carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 173 as of this past Friday. WCPO has the story here.

Of course, WLW has a blowtorch signal anyway, at 50,000 watts, so much of the eastern US won't lose The Big One. But, this means anybody that can't get the station over air, no longer has the Satellite Radio option available to them and now has to listen on the station's website.

It sounds to us as if the Clear Channel pursestrings may have had something to do with it...stay tuned, if we get any information, we'll let you know!

7 comments:

Lance Venta said...

It looks like Clear Channel is planning some changes to the channels it programs on XM. The National Lampoon Comedy channel was dropped as well, while a number of talk shows are moving around.

WLW had only a regional following and National Lampoon was one of the least listened to XM Channels based on the ratings released last year. I cannot see that being any different right now.

Also, Clear Channel is taking something it controls the distribution of and making sure its heard on distribution channels it controls like IHeartRadio.com.

Egon said...

Thank goodness. Now only half of the country will view this region as a bunch of slack-jawed, mouth-breathing, talk-radio-listening boobs.

If it weren't for the Reds telecasts, I could remove WLW from my station presets entirely.

joe beans said...

As a slack-jawed, mouth-breathing boob, I resent that the last poster associated me with listeners to Cincinnati talk radio.

Especially with people who call "Sports Talk."

Egon said...

You're welcome to disagree, but I stand by my original statement. Much of the excrement - er, programming - broadcast by the mighty big one is an embarrassment and many of the callers only contribute to the idiocy.

Reds broadcasts not withstanding, they could shut off the transmitter for the rest of the day as far as I'm concerned. Jim Scott? Over the hill and not fooling anybody. McConnell? Entertaining at times but loaded with moron callers. Cunningham? Unadulterated crap. 'Live, in-depth, team coverage'? Crap...doled out in 30-second snippets by one guy in a sound booth. And on, and on...

joe beans said...

Did you NOT catch the sarcasm, there, chief? Because I was laying it on kinda thick.

Egon said...

Yeah, I caught on...a little bit later in the day. But no edit button was available. Anyhoo, it felt good to vent about the craptacular big one anyway :P.

J. Moses(Tri-State Media Watch Editor) said...

While I agree that WLW has its detractors, I do have to say, at least the station does produce basically local programming Monday through Friday, 5am to 12 midnight. (America's Truckin' Network is the only nationally syndicated show on those five days, and even that is done from the WLW studios.) Saturday and Sunday, the station does have syndicated programming, specifically The Weekend with Mike McConnell and Sunday Night with Bill Cunningham (along with weekend editions of ATN). Again, those are really the only three syndicated programs. So, whether you agree with the premise of what's being said or not, at least it's local to the area.