Crashing the Gates: How a Handful of Progressive Activists Brought Liberal Talk-Radio Back to the Nation’s Capitol
By Joshua Holland February 4, 2012 AlterNet
DC is the most liberal region of the country, but until now all the talk on the radio dial skewed right.
The District of Columbia, Gallup tells us, is the most progressive region in the country – 40 percent of those living in the nation’s capitol identify themselves as liberals. It’s got a commanding lead – Massachussetts is the only state to hit the 30 percent mark.
But if you’re stuck in traffic on the infamous Beltway and want to tune into some political talk, you’ve only had the option of listening to right-wing bloviators like Limbaugh and Hannity. Since Air America Radio’s demise in 2009, Washington has been without a liberal alternative to right-wing hate-radio.That is, until last month, when three long-time progressive activists – Cliff Schecter, Alex Lawson and Kymone Freeman — took over WPWC 1480 AM, and rebranded it as We Act Radio.
At AlterNet, we’re excited to see a liberal voice emerge in Washington, and we’re really excited to introduce the AlterNet Radio Hour, hosted by yours truly, which debuts this Sunday at 6pm.We caught up with the three co-owners to see how things were going.
Joshua Holland: So, you guys just decided to go into the belly of the beast, bringing liberal talk-radio to the DC area without corporate backing or a huge wad of cash.
Cliff, let’s start with you. Are you guys crazy, or visionaries, or crazy visionaries? How’s this going to work?