WAVZ 1300 drops liberal talk, adds ESPN sports
Clear Channel Radio changed the content of WAVZ-AM (1300 kHz ), from the likes of Al Franken and “The Voice” progressive talk to Dan Patrick and ESPN Radio sports talk. And some listeners are expressing dismay that the format was changed without on-air notice.
The station’s ratings weren’t very good, but some who enjoyed recent programming of the 1 kw station – operated out of Clear Channel’s Radio Towers Park in Hamden – are speaking up to protest the change. The station carried satellite-fed shows of the financially troubled Air America network, featuring the liberal voices of Stephanie Miller (who did shows from New Haven’s Omni New Haven Hotelat Yale in 2005), Ed Schultz and (outgoing) Franken.
In response to the change, radio broadcaster and professor Steve Kalb, who was recently laid off from WAVZ sister station, WELI, wondered, “Will there be an outcry over the disappearance of ‘The Voice’ on 1300, as there’s been over the end of progressive talk in Boston, Madison (Wis.) and other markets? Clear Channel kept this format change more low-key than previous flips, and so far we’re not hearing about much in the way of protests.”
(New Haven Register)