Apparently, you can fight city hall; or at least Clear Channel.
On his local morning radio show on WDTW 1310-AM this morning, the only liberal talk station in blue Southeast Michigan, Tony Trupiano announced that starting Monday, First Shift with Tony Trupiano will be extended an extra hour from 6-10 a.m., and nationally syndicated Stephanie Miller Show will return to its morning slot of 10 a.m., to noon.
Granted, it’s not the full three hours, but its’ a victory for the many Southeast Michigan listeners who were outraged at the change three months ago. You will recall that last May, Clear Channel property WDTW, owned by Bain Capital, tried to silence one of Mitt Romney’s biggest critics by moving popular liberal talk show host Stephanie Miller to the deadly 10 p.m. time slot to make room for middle-of-the road local talker Michael Patrick Shiels. That touched of an immediate and vocal protest from the many local fans of Steph and the mooks. Not a day went by without a loyal fan of the show complaining about the switch on the station’s Facebook page.
Stephanie Miller has the top selling-comedy album and top-grossing comedy tour; selling out venues all over the country, including places where there are no liberal talk stations, and she also sold out the Detroit Opera House last year.
Not only has Steph and her crew also tripled Current TV ratings in the short time the radio show has been broadcast on former VP Al Gore’s channel, but the show has launched a spinoff. Fellow liberal comedian John Fugelsang, who is part of the popular Sexy Liberal Tour along with Miller, Hal Sparks and Aisha Tyler, and has a regular segment on the Stephanie Miller Show, is getting his own TV show on Current TV this fall.
The fans were a big part of this decision to restore the show its coveted morning spot, along with the ratings, and we should also take the time to thank Clear Channel and WDTW for listening to its audience and doing the right thing.
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