Radio Hosts 'Tea Parties' Nationwide
April 15, 2009 at 5:10 PM (PT)
Radio stations were out in force at the many "Tea Party" protests being held across the nation today, protesting the government's tax policies and corporate bailouts. Among the reports from Tea Parties:
ZIMMER RADIO Talk KZRG-A/JOPLIN, MO Director of Operations and Programming CHAD ELLIOT tells ALL ACCESS that the local rally drew about 1,500 people to the steps of the JUSTICE CENTER in JOPLIN. ELLIOT says that a podcast of the rally is available at 1310kzrg.com.
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WHJJ-A/PROVIDENCE host HELEN GLOVER emceed the PROVIDENCE Tea Party with a crowd estimated at 3,000 in attendance. Pictures of the event will appear in GLOVER's photo gallery at 920whjj.com THURSDAY morning.
Thousands of protestors converged on the GEORGIA State Capitol for the ATLANTA Tea Party, featuring CITADEL MEDIA/PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS' SEAN HANNITY broadcasting live and CUMULUS Rock WNNX (ROCK 100.5)/ATLANTA morning team THE REGULAR GUYS, whose ERIC VON HAESSLER spoke at the rally.
CUMULUS Talk WMAC-A/MACON host CHRIS KROK says that over 600 folks came out to the Tea Party he hosted in MACON.
In KANSAS CITY, CUMULUS Talk KCMO-A morning man CHRIS STEGALL appeared at the city's Tea Party, while crosstown ENTERCOM Talk KMBZ-A host DARLA JAYE hosted a Tea Party event at JOHNSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE.
In BOSTON, GREATER MEDIA Talk WTKK midday host MICHAEL GRAHAM led a re-enactment of the original BOSTON TEA PARTY, dressed as SAMUEL ADAMS.
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KFI-A/LOS ANGELES afternoon hosts JOHN KOBYLT and KEN CHIAMPOU kept things local, broadcasting their own protest against the CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTY for its role in the massive tax hike enacted by the state legislature and Governor ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER. JOHN AND KEN handed out free "No On Prop 1A" bumper stickers outside the BURBANK headquarters of the state G.O.P. as part of their campaign to block the controversial ballot measure, which would trade what JOHN AND KEN characterize as weak spending caps in exchange for extending the tax hike for five years. KFI's website is featuring photos submitted by listeners from Tea Parties across the state, including TEMECULA, SANTA ANA, SEAL BEACH, SAN FRANCISCO, and ATASCADERO.