Why I’m grateful for Fred Eyechaner and WCPT

Chicagoans like myself are lucky in so many ways including our access to great cultural institutions, impressive architecture, a thriving print media and a variety of sports teams, however, the thing we have that not many other cities have is a progressive radio station- Chicago’s Progressive Talk WCPT.

As a liberal/progressive, I’m glad I live in a city that has a place for me on the radio dial.

With liberal/progressive radio stations folding and changing formats in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland and other locations around the country; WCPT stands as a bastion of liberal/progressive talk radio outside of the Sirius/XM Progress channel. The reason why WCPT and its sister stations (that air the same programming) in northern Illinois haven’t gone the way of KTLK in Los Angeles and WWRL in New York City is due to one man- Fred Eyechaner.

Chicago’s Progressive Talk is owned by Eyechaner’s Newsweb Corporation and is one of the last independently owned radio stations in the country. This fact alone keeps the station from having to tow a certain corporate line or have a singular voice.

I’m so glad that WCPT streams worldwide and is available on a variety of phone apps so liberal/progressive people can hear the likes of Bill Press, Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz, Thom Hartmann, Norman Goldman, Democracy Now, as well as local shows Out Chicago, Hal Sparks, Dick Kay and much more.

Thank you Fred Eyechaner for WCPT and everything else you do to promote liberal/progressive causes.

 

 

 

 

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The Importance of Independent Truthful Media Outlets

Democracy Now, Free Speech TV, WCPT, Previously TV, Windy City Times. What do they have in common? They are all independent media outlets that operate outside of corporate influence.

I’m sure there are more like this across the country, however, it’s telling that these are the only ones that I could think of without doing any additional research. As more and more media outlets get swallowed up by corporations such as when CNN/Turner Broadcasting was first sold to Time Warner and later AOL its is so important for independent media outlets to have a voice in our national discourse.

The amount of misinformation that the media spews daily is mind-boggling and when people can’t trust what they are hearing, seeing or reading how will we be able to make informed decisions. The bifurcation of media is also a problem and today is a great example of that. On the Huffington Post (liberal leaning) main page they highlighted the fact that 7 million people signed up for Obamacare while over at the Drudge Report (conservative leaning) they showed the Obamacare website as inaccessible. If people only read the homepage of either website they will either believe that Obamacare has 7 million signups or that Obamacare is a failure due to system overload at the Obamacare website. The lack of nuanced reporting and the gotcha article title descriptions has clouded real reporting.

I worry that future generations will not be able to sift through the noise and find out the truth of any story as more and more corporations swallow up independent media outlets around the country.