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Is Liberal Talk Radio in California Dying?

Rush Limbaugh is changing radio stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco starting January 1. And from this write-up in the Hollywood Reporter, it sounds like liberal talk-radio hosts will be hardest hit:

The move could be a blow to liberal talk radio as Clear Channel rebrands as “conservative” two stations currently featuring left-wing personalities like Stephanie Miller and Bill Press.

Rush Limbaugh will leave major AM radio stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco in order to help anchor some lesser-known channels in those markets that will be rebranded as conservative talk, people familiar with the plans from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment said Thursday.

The strategy could leave some left-wing talkers, such as Stephanie Miller, Bill Press and Thom Hartmann, without a home in a couple of very large, liberal-skewing markets.

In Los Angeles, Limbaugh’s top-rated show will no longer be heard on KFI AM 640 beginning on Jan. 1 and instead be on KTLK AM 1150, which is to be rebranded “The Patriot” with an all-conservative lineup that will include Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, which means the latter will be leaving TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles, according to insiders.

Beginning the same day, KFI will become a channel that focuses more on local issues. Limbaugh’s 9 a.m.-noon slot will be filled partially by Bill Handel and partially by Bill Carroll, according to insiders.

Clear Channel, which owns both KFI and the soon-to-be Patriot, is making a similar move in San Francisco, where Limbaugh will jump from Talk 910 KKSF-AM to 960 AM KNEW, which will rebranded as “Right Radio.”

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