, Newburyport, MA


February 2, 2013

Remembering the heyday of local talk radio


While I’m still called by local stations, mostly south of Boston, and Dan Rea is on WBZ at night, only two hosts are doing good traditional local talk during the day, on AM 680 ‘RKO: Howie from 3 to 7 p.m. and Avi on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. I enjoy Barry Armstrong and June Knight on midmorning weekdays; their economic show often includes fiscal politics, for which they generally have good instincts.

I rarely listen to the early morning Jeff Kuhner show; we need more local center-right talk radio, but a bad show can do more harm than good. Because of my long experience, I have standards: a decent voice, a determination to get the facts right, are these too much to ask?

My partner Chip Ford, who ran ballot campaigns with Jerry Williams, is trying to help, sending the Kuhner Report information and links to make him better informed: good luck, Chip. I called once to gently correct his misstatement that Scott Brown had voted for higher taxes, but gave up when he refused to listen, calling me “a Republican hack.”

Oh well; we were lucky to have talk radio as it was when we did, and some variation may come along to intelligently support tax limitation and other liberty issues. The genre is presently moving to the Internet; I can talk with Todd Feinburg there on Facebook, and isn’t that a brave new world!


Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation.

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