Saturday, December 11, 2010

KUDO to Leave the Air Monday

Later this evening, The Alaska Ear is going to announce the demise of that challenge to the sterility and lockstep far-right thinking that predominates southcentral Alaska's airwaves. KUDO-AM will be leaving the air after this weekend. Some programs will be taken up by other broadcast outlets in the local area.

What started out as a hopeful dream by Alaska radio pioneer Rich McClear probably failed most through a shoddy airwave signal (I can't get it at my house in the Mat-Su Valley) and a series of semi-flawed business plans. The fact that the station lasted as long as it did has been a triumph of sorts.

The station and many of its producers and hosts did many things right, though, and that deserves some fair tribute.

More coming.

14 comments:

clark said...

man... that bites. hope KWMD makes it back on, as rumored. otherwise, nothing worthwhile on.

Anonymous said...

That is very sad news. Somebody pick up the torch of Progressive Radio.

All the best to you from Portland, Oregon.

AKjah said...

Yet to see anything from Shannyn. Perhaps looking at KMJG Could work as we have access by way of Spit-w-spots online. And should they not be able to handle the volume. I bet they could find a way.
Really from Kasilof to Anchorage is not that far a new transmitter could solve the problem.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed listening to KUDO when Aaron and CC were the weekday regulars. It hasn't been worth a damn since they left, in my opinion. I know the ratings never took off, but I think there was hope when there was more substance.

E.A. Schmidt said...

My radio dial has never left 1080. Guess I'll be listening to dead air until we get another progressive station here in Anchorage. Still shocked!

Kenrick said...

According to the Alaska Ear, everyone is moving to AM 1020:

http://www.adn.com/2010/12/11/1600027/alaska-ear.html

Anonymous said...

1020 will have an even worse signal in Anchorage, good luck with that.

KWMD could have been the libs mouthpiece, too bad nobody stepped to take the reigns.

Your last hope will be KONR, that is if Out North ever figures out what to do with it.

AKjah said...

Could we go with on line content then pirate radio in Anchorage? Let's really piss off the FCC. What have they done for us????

Anonymous said...

buh bye

Anonymous said...

KWMD isn't dead yet. we've been busy. this just adds fuel to the flame. more coming, like tomorrow...

Jeremy said...
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clark said...

listened to a little bit of 1020 this morning. that's a station only a mother could love. three assclowns gushing over the possibility of donald trump running for president on the repub ticket in '12. this is better than stephanie miller and thom hartmann in the morning? WTF...

Jeremy said...
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kabn said...

signs and portents:

http://www.twitter.com/kwmdradio -and- http://www.twitter.com/kabnradio

website will be back up today: http://www.oneskyradio.com/
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plus facebook appendages galore to be untangled...