Fisher Communications, owner of Seattleâ€™s KOMO-TV and 19 other television stations, will be acquired for $373 million by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the countryâ€™s largest Fox affiliate.Â Sinclair said it plans to keep Fisherâ€™s three Seattle radio stations â€” KOMO Newsradio, KPLZ STAR 101.5 and KVI 570 â€” even though its focus is TV. (Seattle Times, April 11, 2013: http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2020756564_fisherbroadcastingxml.html)
In a recent conversation with someone who knows the Fisher family, I learned that the family only owns 30% of the stock in what is now a publicly traded company.Â So, the decision to go ahead with this sale to a highly conservative media group is in the hands of the Fisher stockholders.Â The Fisher family does have a long-time reputation as liberal (Dan Evans) Republicans, a species that may no longer exist, but there may be some hope that the family will want to purchase a station that could become a new progressive broadcasting station in the Seattle Area.Â We can hope.
Come to the Meaningful Movie Night in Wallingford this Friday, showing â€œCorporate FMâ€¦the killing of local commercial radio.â€Â Here is another story about the demise of the public airways.Â The film shows at 7:00 PM at the Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle. Â For more information, check the website: http://meaningfulmovies.org/
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We are still working to find an effecient way for our Rally/Party planners to meet and organize.Â The Wiki Site proved to be cumbersome and not very helpful.Â You will be hearing from us soon RE:Â place to meet.
We also hope to have a table with info about Progressive Radio SeattleÂ (PRS) and our efforts at the Meaningful Movies on Friday, May 17.Â (see above info).
Julia and Progressive Radio Seattle Team