Friday, January 5, 2007

Rally Set for Monday in Columbus

Farewell to Stephanie - Plea for Stay of Execution of WTPG

Columbus fans of WTPG, Columbus's only progressive radio station, are gathering in front of the Statehouse Monday, 11-noon, to say a joint farewell one of their favorite talk show hosts, Stephanie Miller. It is the last hour of her program scheduled to air in Columbus.

Mary Jo Kilroy is scheduled to speak, and Mayor Coleman has been asked to call in. Our strong supporter, Ohio Rep. Dan Stewart may also show up.

The gathering of WTPG fans will listen on their portable radios to the last Columbus hour, and near the end of the broadcast, the group will call out their good-byes over a cell phone. Stephanie Miller announced this event on her radio program, Thursday, January 4. Afterwards, attendees are invited to join a mock funeral procession to Clear Channel Communications, 2323 W. Fifth Ave., to present a petition of over 2000 names, requesting a stay of execution so that WTPG listeners can attempt to work with Clear Channel to make WTPG viable.

If the plea is turned down, the group will thank Clear Channel for 2 wonderful years of WTPG, and depart--to start the job of finding a radio station that would like to serve a community of dedicated, loyal, progressive fans.

The petition and linked web site will remain the rallying point for that effort.

Please note that signs can have cardboard handles only. And let's be friendly, to show what good listeners a station can gain by providing progressive programs. The Statehouse grounds are reserved for inaugural preparations, but we were advised that the wide sidewalk in front of the Statehouse is often used when statehouse grounds are unavailable. Hope to see you there.

1 comment:

melanie nelson said...

This is so sad. It is sort of like when Walmart comes to town, the diversity of choices takes a nosedive.