By OB Rag Staffer / May 19, 2009
If you were a fan of Progressive Talk Radio, you are probably still lamenting the loss of San Diego’s KLSD 1360. You may remember the show “This is America” with Jon Elliot. Well, here’s some good news. Jon Elliot is back on the air in San Diego. “This is America” with Jon Elliot is now airing on AM 1700 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM weekdays starting Monday, May 18.
Jon Elliot’s calm, thoughtful analysis of political and social issues from a progressive perspective is a far cry from the typical rude, loud-mouthed, ill-informed radio talk show host. His show is thought provoking and easy on the ears.
According to Jon Elliot’s bio on his website:
“In the Fall of 2002, frustrated and angered with the direction of the country under the leadership of President Bush, he decided to apply his determination to making a change. Jon decided to become a liberal talk show host.”
“Passionate about the principles for all Americans espoused by the Democratic Party, he reasoned radio would give him the platform to provide an alternative message to the American people who were being exposed only to an overflow of conservative news and viewpoints.”
Jon Elliot is trying a new approach to funding his radio show, a combination of advertising and listener contributions. He is asking his listeners to subscribe for $10 a month, which gives them access to podcasts, advertiser discounts, special events and “Knowing you are making a difference to help build a community of listeners in San Diego and beyond by expanding the conversation and bringing balance to the airwaves.” Of course, anyone can tune in and listen to his show on the radio.
Jon Elliot’s website can be found at this link: http://www.jontalk.com/
About the station:
AM 1700, “The Talk of San Diego” is owned by “The Broadcast Company of the Americas”, a San Diego company that also owns XX Sports 1090 and FM 105.7 “The Walrus”, all transmitting from Mexico. (Old timers remember 1090 as Wolfman Jack’s XERB.) AM 1700’s 10,000-Watt signal is strong and clear throughout most of San Diego.
The station’s website can be seen at: http://www.sandiego1700.com/
There is one catch. AM 1700 is in the “extended” AM band that some older radios can’t tune in. For many years, the AM frequencies only went up to 1600 kHz. In 1993, it was extended to 1700 kHz to allow room for more stations. Those newer stations are at a disadvantage with older radios that can’t tune that far up the dial.
San Diego’s former Progressive Talk Radio station was KLSD 1360. It featured progressive talk shows from Air America, Nova-M and Jones Radio Networks, as well as local hosts Jon Elliot and Stacy Taylor. The station’s owners, Clear Channel, changed it to a sports talk format on November 12, 2007. KLSD 1360 transmits from a single tower in Oak Park, and can be hard to hear in some distant parts of the county. (Old timers remember 1360 as “Boss Radio 136/KGB”.)
By contrast, Clear Channel’s flagship station in San Diego, KOGO 600, features right-wingers like Rush Limbaugh and Roger Hedgecock. KOGO’s powerful signal from its twin towers south of the 94 freeway can be heard to Santa Barbara and beyond.
More information about KLSD and the fight for progressive talk radio can be found at: http://www.saveklsd.com/
We should applaud the owners of AM 1700 for allowing Progressive Talk Radio back on the air in San Diego, and hope they will expand the format to include more progressive talk shows.