Ed Schultz, the Fargo radio personality who has moved towards being a national radio personality, might drop the "Fargo radio personality" altogether and is considering moving his program out of town. Sure, there's probably personality issues (I've heard Ed isn't a very nice guy, but that's entirely anecdotal), but his reasons amount to the unexcusable mass-media shortcomings locally. For a metro area of around 150,000 people, serving a region with hundreds of thousands more, the local radio station drops his show (saying they want more local programming?!), and he can't get a satellite uplink for doing more interviews and other media transfers. We've got Forum Communications strangling one side, ClearChannel strangling the other, and everything in between suffers. We've pumped lots of money into the internet, but other mass communication mediums aren't really any further along than they were in the eighties around here...which is sad, seeing that the internet really doesn't benefit everyone, like newspapers & radio do.
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