I am probably a little biased here because I am a regular contributor to News 91.9 but I am disappointed that the Saint John and Moncton channels are seemingly moving to a music format. How many crappy ways are there to listen to Justin Bieber?
Some people complain to me that Host x is way too liberal and Host y is way too conservative and we have seen talk radio become a bit of a platform for extreme views on some subjects (i.e. shale gas). However, I fundamentally believe we need more – not less – discussion in the public square on big public policy issues. The News-Talk radio stations allowed for that dialogue – whether I agree with the content or not is kinda irrelevant.
Maybe we are destined to remain comfortably – or not so comfortably numb – in this province. We have very little insight coming out of ‘think tanks’. We are now likely losing any kind of public forum via radio. Now people will have to rely on Facebook to debate public policy.
As for the media companies – how come we can’t find a way to come up with a profitable business model?
There is a public interest in having news-talk radio. I am searching for the public interest in another top 40 pop station.