Sweet Home Pennsylbama?

Silenced Voices?

The 106.7 frequency on the FM dial in the Suburbs of Harrisburg has been, to say the least, fluid. In the last few years it has gone from a format of "Cool Pop", adult contemporary mixed with "light alternative" performers like Tori Amos, to "Office Music", light pop from the late 60's to late 90's, to "Hip-hop, hair bands and everything in between", music from the late 1980s to early 2000s. On January 20th, the frequency made another switch and went to a "contemporary country" format.

It's not the only station in the region to make a radical change in format; a "Smooth Jazz" station went to a classic rock format, and the only station in the area that catered to an African-American Audience went to sports radio.

Off the top of my head I can name; two stations that play "classic rock", four that play country, though one of those plays "country gold", at least three religious stations, a news-talk station. There's also the NPR station and Philadelphia's WXPN. In an area that has a fast-growing Latino population, there is, to the best of my knowledge, no station that broadcasts in Spanish.

A lot of this has to probably do with media conglomeration. Most of the stations in Harrisburg are owned by one of the large companies like Cumulus media. But why is there a need for so many stations playing basically the same style of music. It may have a lot to do with the areas between Harrisburg, Lancaster and York, PA. Between, and beyond these fairly urban areas, are various small, heterogeneous towns. Usually dominated by one or more ethnicities, and mainly White, with a large fundamentalist Influence. This region could also be why, PA according to the Southern Poverty Law Center ranks 1st in the Northeast Region in terms of active 'Hate Groups' and why white supremacists plan to rally at the capital.

So what's the best way to get the voices of the silenced out. Perhaps a "micromedia" approach needs to be looked at. Either setting up Low-Power FM, with help from Prometheus Media, or more ambitiously go to the web using technology like Opera Unite.



41 comments

Gusser 4 years ago

Talk radio is by far your largest station right? Maybe the voice of the people is getting heard. The majority opinion is reaching the air waves.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Or is that what the "%1" wants people to think that opinion is?

http://www.fair.org


Gusser 4 years ago

Advertisers spend dollars to reach the public. The talk stations provide them with more listeners. THEREFORE: If more people listen to talk radio it's because more people agree with it's talk. The 99% must enjoy the talk stations. The 1% would be zero listenership. Sorry about your luck.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

I'm sure you've noticed that most of that "talk" on "talk radio" is friendly to the "%1". Though voices like Carlisle, PA's Rick Smith and Tacoma WA's Traci Kelly are slowly changing that.


Gusser 4 years ago

Advertisers don't waste money. Progressive talk radio needs Gov't assistance to survive. Example : Talk America, dependent on the Government to survive. Just as are welfare receivers, food stamp receivers, Government paid health care receivers, ETC The pattern is clear, To useless to make it on their own. Self worth of zero. The Progressive bunch are human leeches.


Sooner28 4 years ago

@Gusser,

Yeah like my grandma was useless at the end of her life when she could barely walk and had to live in the hospital, where she would never have been able to afford the bills and care if it were not for Medicare. Stupid government, helping the sick and elderly!

Thanks for giving a quick succinct summary of modern Republican thinking. I will take note.


Gusser 4 years ago

Your Grandmother is your responsibility. The progressive idea is " I won't pay for my grandmother, you pay for my grandmother" THIS is why Europe is on the verge of collaspe & moving away from socialism to try & survive. Socialist Greece is failing,Socialist Italy is failing, Socialist Portugal is failing, Socialist Spain is failing. SEE A PATTERN YET? Of course you think it can still work in the US, we can just do it a little different. As a side note, my electric bill was a little higher last month than planned on. Be a good little socialist and pay it for me. I'm to irresponsible to pay my own way.


Sooner28 4 years ago

Yeah I can pay her 60,000 hospital bill alone. That did not include the nursing home. I don't even know how much that was. My uncle also had massive hospital bills at the end of his life, with drugs, and living in a nursing home the last month of his life. Your attitude disgusts me. I hope you are never in a situation like that, but if you live long enough you will be. And guess what? I STILL think you deserve help, even with your disgusting attitude towards your fellow human beings, because you have inherent worth. I wish you felt the same about your fellow man.


Gusser 4 years ago

Did you sent me the money for my electric bill yet? Or do you NOT practice what you preach? I am old & retired. I pay my own way. I PREPARED for my senior years by purchasing insurance for such things. I have PERSONAL RESPONSABILITY. Wiki that. It may surprise you that people have survived for 1000's of years without making someone else pay their way. Wonder how that happened.


Sooner28 4 years ago

If you are in that dire straits, I suggest "taking responsibility" and selling your computer and getting rid of the internet so you can have more income every month :).


Gusser 4 years ago

What??? YOU are a terrible Socialist. YOU don't practice what you preach. OR is it you only think the other guys should pay for you?


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Gusser:

Air America was a good idea that wasn't implemented correctly (Just what I need another idea for a hub).

Sooner28:

Thanks for helping point out the "I got mine, screw you" mentality of the GOP.

Gusser:

Do you feel the same about the tax breaks that the "%1" that you represent get.


Gusser 4 years ago

Air America failed because nobody believes their crap. Just as most Liberals, you believe that Socialism will work if just done correctly. See the reply above, YOU STILL CAN'T SEE THE PATTERN. The 1% pay all YOUR taxes. They deserve a break. The 48% that pay nothing need to pay their fair share. What % is a fair share for you to pay? ANSWER THAT. Have you decided to pay my electric bill for me? OR is it "Screw you, I got mine" Practice what you preach, or your message is FALSE. WAITING...............................


Sooner28 4 years ago

Socialism isn't about "paying your bills." You need to read up on what socialism actually is. It's when the government owns private enterprise, and they decide what to produce, how much to produce, and what people will be paid for doing so. Whether socialism would institute an equality of income, I don't know. I think socialists are more split on that question, but they would all agree the income disparity now is completely unacceptable. Most liberals are not in favor of socialism. Your side has developed this strange habit of calling anything you don't like socialism. I'm waiting for a conservative to tell me gay marriage is socialism :P.

Your claim is also false that 48% of people pay no NOTHING. Be more precise with your language. 48% of people pay no FEDERAL INCOME tax. And those people are either extremely poor, disabled, or old. Almost EVERYONE pays sales taxes (unless you don't shop). And then there is property taxes, state income taxes, and whatever else that your particular state throws at you. We all also pay gasoline tax. So please, get your facts straight before you spew another GOP talking point, and also your call to raise taxes on these people is curious for someone who claims to believe in "freedom." MAKE GRANDMA PAY MORE, BUT THAT MILLIONAIRE NEEDS A TAX CUT BABY!

There's also the fact that your entire life you have enjoyed a military, police force, and fire department you could never cover with your own bills your entire life. You have enjoyed infrastructure you did not fully pay for either. You have contributed, but you alone could not provide the need of society as a whole, yet you benefited. With ALL of us paying taxes, then you are able to enjoy such things. But if it was up to you alone to fund it, maybe you could've paid for yourself one police officer, one marine, and maybe one firefighter. And this is true of almost all people, unless one is filthy rich.

And in all seriousness, if you are seriously having trouble paying your electric bill, you need to go to a charity as soon as possible, or make a call to the electric company. But voting Republican, who have recently cut home heating assistance, medical research, and attempted to cut the EPA, is not going to help you at all.


Gusser 4 years ago

Wow--You said nobody would pay Grandma's bills --now you say socialism isn't about that. TWISTING IN THE WIND. 48% of this country is not extremely poor, disabled, or old. The poor in America have an average of 1 car, 2 TV's, 1 Stereo system, Food stamps, help with utility bills, Medical Aid------Check your facts.


Sooner28 4 years ago

I apologize. I misspoke. Of the 46.4% of Americans who pay no FEDERAL income tax, 28.3 percent pay payroll taxes, and also state taxes, like I already mentioned. And the 18.1% without federal income tax or payroll taxes, 10.3% are elderly, and 6.9% are not elderly, but their incomes are less than 20,000 a year. So you want to raise taxes on the 28.3% of Americans who are LOW income and pay no FEDERAL income tax. Got it. You also want to tax the elderly, and people below the poverty line. You'd be an amazing policy maker, but I doubt even the GOP would welcome someone who wanted to increase the tax burden on the least among us. But you have freedom of speech, so feel free to take the position.


Gusser 4 years ago

Your position is that these 28% that receive the benefits of living in this country own NOTHING is moronic. They are reaping the benefits of our military protecting us, receiving Medicaid, getting food stamps, assistance with housing,etc YET own NOTHING for it. THAT makes them FREELOADERS even by your standards. Give a man a fish, he eats today. Make him go fishing himself, he eats everyday. The Socialist movement needs to form a political party called FREELOADERS R US


Sooner28 4 years ago

Sales tax, gasoline tax, traffic tickets, payroll, state taxes, fees for drivers licenses and car tags. All of these expenses fund state and national government, so I fail to see your point. You cannot escape the point that you are arguing for low-income earners to pay MORE taxes, while saying the wealthy should pay less. I wouldn't want to live in your America. An America run by George Bush is better than what you are advocating. At least with the Bush tax cuts, EVERYONE got a cut, even if the wealthy shouldn't have. For you, ONLY the wealthy get a cut.


Gusser 4 years ago

You fail to see my point because you are deceived. There is NO national sales tax, Traffic tickets are paid to the State, fees for drivers lisc. and car tags are paid to the STATE. These people are receiving FEDERAL benefits while paying NOTHING for it. FREELOADING And you are wrong, I do not argue that they need to pay more federal tax--they pay NONE. And who wants the wealthy to pay less. You're assuming makes an ... of you.


Sooner28 4 years ago

So you want taxes to be the same on the wealthy as they are now, and you want taxes raised on the poor? Do you want taxes cut on everyone? Raised on everyone? I'm unsure of your position then.

I already pointed out with one of the 53% of taxpayers who pays federal income taxes, they could not support an entire military, police force, or anything close to that. It takes a nationwide effort. There are approximately 1.3 million active duty military currently. One tax payer cannot support that many people, but they contribute, and they all get benefits. No one can go in alone. Self-sufficiency is a myth. And people will continue to be defended, even if they retire and no longer contribute to paying for the military. In fact, if an individual lives long enough after retirement, and they are not wealthy, they can end up costing more than they put in, but the military will still continue to defend them. Perhaps, once an elderly person has exceeded the cost they paid into the system, we should just cut off the social security and medicare! No freeloaders.

Also, I was not saying there was a national sales tax. I was simply pointing out the lower income earners who don't pay federal income taxes still pay taxes, unlike what you keep saying, which makes it sound as though they pay no taxes anywhere. That's my only point. And anyone who buys gas or cigarettes is also paying a federal tax, added onto the payroll taxes they pay.


Gusser 4 years ago

Everyone should pay the same %. The top earners pay 38% while the lower 48% pay NOTHING. What is their "fair share"? Social Security was NOT and never will be a retirement plan. It was a safety net. That means YOU need to do other things to provide for your OWN retirement. If you didn't the safety net will keep you from starvation. If you didn't, thats your fault, not the responsibality of everyone else to correct your mistake. No one person pays for the military, EACH should contribute a fair share IE the same %. Your entire argument is a straw dog. Lower earners are paying State Tax while raping the Federal Taxpayer. FREELOADERS R US


Sooner28 4 years ago

What is this percentage that everyone should pay to the federal government, not including state taxes, in your opinion? And does paying this rate reduce government services?

And again, why do you keep saying nothing? Gasoline and payroll are both payed by those earners who don't pay federal income tax. It's false to say "nothing,", especially when that implies they pay no state taxes either. But you've already admitted that state taxes do play a role, so I won't press your further on that.


Gusser 4 years ago

Implies? I said nothing of the sort. With that logic I can claim you implied how correct I am. At least you would be correct about something. While YOU dodge the question of what is their fair share that I asked long ago. You now want me to answer THAT for you. Why? Are you afraid to answer that paying no Federal Income Tax is OK for these freeloaders? Be bold & state your claim that you believe in income redistribution. Be proud of your socialist roots. Tell me you believe that these leeches should be allowed to suck life from those who have strived to get ahead. BUT please remember, These leeches will be in the TOP 1% under a One World Government. Will you then claim they need to pay more tax to support the worlds poor? Our poor rank in the top 1% compared to the income of other 3rd world nations. What then MS Socialist? Freeloaders R US


Sooner28 4 years ago

You are the one who said "Everyone should pay the same %." I simply asked you for the percentage you thought was adequate. And you did not respond at all. Curious you would call me a dodger.

Also, logical implications matter. Take a course in logic, or read up on the internet if you don't understand what it means. For example, if I say all killing is wrong, and I define killing as the intentional taking of another human life, then you could rightfully attack me with self-defense claims. You could ask me, "what if someone attacks you, and you must use deadly force against them to survive?" I couldn't dodge and say, I didn't say you couldn't use self-defense, because I would've IMPLIED it by my statement that "all killing is wrong."

I want a higher tax rate for EVERYONE, because I want universal health care, and unlike the Republican myth that universal health care is free, it is not and would be paid for by all taxpayers. I also have no problem with reducing rates and lowering deductions, as long as the eliminated deductions were more heavily skewed towards the wealthy. Raise the top rate to 50%, with deductions for things like charities, and hiring, and lower income earners could be taxed at 15% and 30%.

I'm not a Socialist, but I do believe in income redistribution, and I would admit I was one if I were. I believe in not allowing the rich to "rape" (in your words) the poor, getting rich off their cheap labor, while they do very little of the actual work to earn the money. I do not believe in allowing America corporations to "rape" the environment, polluting our air and water. And I do not believe in big business "raping" consumers with the ridiculous fees banks impose and high gas prices.


Gusser 4 years ago

Everyone pay the same 10%. NO DEDUCTIONS. A "poor" person earning $20,000 would pay $2000 a "rich" person making $1,000,000 would pay much more. BOTH pay a fair SHARE. These Corporations, Big Business, AND Banks are getting Bailouts (MONEY) from your leader, to "rape" "pollute" And "get rich". Why do you support this moron?


Gusser 4 years ago

Sooner28: As far as income redistribution (taking from the haves & giving it to the have nots)be consistant. If you know of some woman without a husband, boyfriend, lover,etc---Would you gladly share yours with her? Afterall you would be the have while she is the havenot OOPS your system is now shown for it's stupidity.


Sooner28 4 years ago

Your argument assumes that human beings are equivalent to monetary worth, and can therefore be traded as such. It actually might be more consistent for a CAPITALIST society to do such a thing, but I want no part of such a world. It is a pernicious belief, but you applying it to me is strange.

10% is what poor people should be paying. I can agree with you on that. But your claim that millionaires and billionaires should only pay 10% wouldn't fund the government. There would be no social safety net, no social security or medicare, and a very small military, which would have very little money to invest in technological research and come up with ideas like the internet. Our investment in education would also be miniscule. A tax rate at that level would ensure America would no longer be a super power.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Keep it up Sooner. . .

Let everyone see what too much exposure to the "%1" media can do to one's mind!


Gusser 4 years ago

No social safety net, no social security, no medicare, little money to invest in technological research, investment in education, WHICH of these is listed in the Constitution as a power of the FEDERAL Government? OOPSY --NONE OF THEM-- You're ignorance of the highest law of the land is utterly amazing. And taking from the haves & giving to the havenots should be universally accepted OR it False Doctrine. Having a battle of wits with a socialist is like fighting an unarmed man.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Gusser:

Sooner has shown that the same goes for battling with a "Tea Twit".

All you have to rely on is what you hear from the "%1".


Gusser 4 years ago

hehehehehe The left is beyond ignorant. Even you clowns have to admit the 99% figure is a hoax. Of that "99%" you claim: the averages suggest appx. 40% Conservative ( THEY ALL DISAGREE WITH YOU) 35% Liberal/socialist ( Dummies R us)AND 24% moderate. The last election these moderates sided heavily with the conservatives. At best your "99%" is currently at 35%. Crying about the "Teas" is even funnier. Of course crying after the 2010 elections is all you had left to do. Obviously you also failed in crashing any Tea Parties. They won.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Gusser:

They seem to be losing a bit now, as people see that all they have is an agenda of obstruction.

But you keep letting the "%1" and their media mouthpieces convince you that they represent your interests better that the people.


Gusser 4 years ago

The " people" represent their own interests. Since when do YOU vote for what I want? You have never consulted me as to my wishes, Therefore you represent yourself just as the Mythical 1% do. That makes you just as bad as they are. SHAME ON YOU.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Since when do you and the "%1" that you act on behalf of vote for ME as well.


Gusser 4 years ago

They shouldn't vote for your desires Just as you shouldn't vote for theirs. THATS the whole point here. Since you have your interests & they have theirs, You won't support them & they won't support you. BUT as a socialist you think they owe you something. That they should do what you want, while you do nothing to appease them. THAT will NEVER work. If you want something done for you, pay for it. Do something for them. If you want Social programs, AND you need someone else to pay for it. Give them something they want. Tax breaks, or whatever. THIS is how society works. NOT through

DEMANDING someone else carry your water. Using Government to FORCE your policies (wants): is totally unworkable. THIS is why Socialism FAILS. See examples of Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy etc. Collasping as we post.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Gusser: You don't see that's what the "%1" is doing.

The "Coroporate State" they want to create with the help of folks like you has failed as well; Germany under Hitler, Fascist Italy, the Confederate South.

But you keep letting them sell you their bill of goods, you seem like you won't have to deal with the long term consequences of the "USA Inc" that the Koch's etc want to create.

PS. How did a hub about a radio station changing formats get this far afield?


Gusser 4 years ago

You keep spewing the same old Lib mantra---You never post an origional thought. Terms like Hitler, Fascist, Confederate South are BULL. Hitler was the leader of the National SOCIALISTS Party. Try thinking for yourself. Explain WHY the 1% owe you anything while you own them nothing. Answer that please--dodging is so unbecoming.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

We never said that-you're just letting the "%1" give you that impression. What we want is to see the POLITICAL POWER rest with US instead of THEM.

Also, National Socialism, with it's CORPORATE STATE is a little different from International Socialism, or Communism. I actually need to sit down and do a hub based on Musolini's definition of fascism that I should be able to show that it's the RIGHT with it's CORPORATE STATE, creation of social SCAPEGOATS; Gays and Lesbians, Lationos, propaganda; Beck, Limbaugh, Fox News(?) that are the real Fascists!

But you keep working as a tool of the Koch's, etc. I'll keep fighting back (check out an earlier hub of mine "The Weekend (Class) Warrior" to see what I have planned next.

Anonymous needs folks "on the inside" too by the way!


Gusser 4 years ago

STILL dodging. Why does the 1% OWE you anything??? Why should they be taxed for your healthcare? Your food stamps? Your welfare check? STILL WAITING.......................


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Why should we be taxed from the WORK we do to pay for their TAX BREAKS.

And no "Trickle Down" tripe that you heard from one of their mouthpieces. We work FOR them, they should be more willing to help US.

PS. Do take a look at "Weekend Class Warrior", give you a taste of what may be to come. . .


Gusser 4 years ago

STILL WAITING........................Your refusal to answer shows how shallow your argument is.

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