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KMJ, Rush Limbaugh, conspiracy theories and reaction to the reaction

In the past 10 days, I’ve talked far more than I ever expected to about KMJ losing shows from popular conservative talk radio show hosts Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. Just how much fuss this would cause didn’t hit me initially.

You see, the day the news broke — that Premiere Radio Network (which owns all the shows) would sever its ties with top-rated KMJ and take its shows elsewhere — was the same day Justin Bieber came to Fresno. I was up to my bangs in Bieber Fever. KMJ, Limbaugh, etc. were just an afterthought. Well, until the next morning, when I woke up to way more e-mail responses to the KMJ story than my Bieber story.

Even then I still wasn’t prepared for what awaited me in the office Monday morning. Not just a full voicemail box, but quite a few doozies. I called people back, one by one, trying to help them understand the circumstances — that it wasn’t KMJ’s decision, that it wasn’t a conspiracy to silence conservative viewpoints, that Obama wasn’t behind it all.

Calls kept coming all day and by the time they stopped, I learned that the Bielebers and Limbaugh diehards had a few things in common: Undying fandom, a dose of delusion, regurgitated viewpoints and a knack for losing control of their emotions.

More than a week — and countless conversations — later, a few things stand out to me about the public response to this fiasco:

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Everything you need to know about Fresno’s recent radio shake-up

The Fresno radio airwaves are a-changin’ these days. From full-scale AM talk transformations to popular FM jocks leaving, the local radio landscape has seen some big moves in the last month. Since some people may have only heard bits and pieces, we thought it smart to collect it all in one place.

  • Popular B95 DJ/on-air personality John Magic, who also did a bunch of nightclub gigs locally, left the station. He’s also the tour DJ for comedian Jo Koy, so Magic decided to focus on that. It looks like weekend DJ and Homegrown host DJ Kay Rich slides into B95′s weeknight lineup now.
  • The move that’s caused the most outrage hasn’t even happened yet. Shows from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck are being pulled from KMJ by their syndicator, Premiere Radio Networks. The common belief is that the shows will land on a talk station owned by Clear Channel, which owns Premiere. They’re leaving KMJ on Jan. 1. KMJ listeners have been quite upset about this, and the station has devoted entire programs to letting listeners know that it’s not the station’s decision. Here’s an FAQ from KMJ. Part of its plan, KMJ says, is to add more locally-focused programs. Also worth a listen is this podcast from KMJ’s Chris Daniel who puts the whole thing in perspective.

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Ladies, what do you think about Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson visiting us?


Yes, it’s a little early to start talking about Fourth of July events, but the annual Family Freedom Fest in Coarsegold has one of those we-saw-that-guy-all-over-the-Internet hooks that we can’t ignore — even in early June.

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson — the founder of The Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny and a radio/TV host who has appeared numerous times on Fox News — is the keynote speaker for the event, which is sponsored by the Oakhurst/Coarsegold Tea Party.

If Peterson’s name sounds familiar it’s because he took a beating on the blogs last month after some not-so-kind comments about women. Specifically that letting women vote was one of the greatest mistakes America made.

The most disgusting of his claims:

“[Men] allow women to run wild and screw up everything…You walk up to them with a issue, they freak out right away. They go nuts. They get mad. They get upset, just like that. They have no patience because it’s not in their nature. They don’t have love. They don’t have love…I think that one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote.”

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McEwen vs. Hannity


Last week we had a Beehive post announcing that Sean Hannity would trek out to a fallow field on the west side of the Valley and broadcast his Fox show from there. That post sparked a lot of spirited comments from readers. So is Bee columnist Bill McEwen’s column taking on Hannity that ran in Sunday’s paper. It’s a great read. Check it out. I think Bill scored a knockout.

Sean Hannity coming to Fresno


Sean Hannity on Thursday will broadcast his national FOX TV show life from the west side of Fresno for a program on California’s water that will include discussion of how the drought has affected the San Joaquin Valley.

Congressman Devin Nunes and Paul Rodriguez are confirmed as guests for the broadcast.

Here are details about the show, sent out by Nunes’ office:
When: Thursday, Sept. 17th
Time: Arrive by 5:00 pm
Where: A fallowed field on the Westside in Fresno County located on the south side of Highway 198, to the west of the Fresno/Kings County line. The field is exactly 8 miles west of Lemoore Naval Air Station and is marked with a speed limit sign and a white wrought iron gate.The area will also be clearly marked with signs and banners.