Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Democratic Talk Radio needs funding to stay on the air

John Forsythe, the owner of WNJC 1360AM has extended the deadline for our show to obtain our start-up funding until next week. We still need help. This is an important opportunity that should help all elements of organized labor in the region. The WNJC show will reach greater Philadelphia, southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, northern and central Delaware. It streams live on the Internet.

Here is some additional information. The station has a very popular Spanish language program running from 10am until 4pm. It has an estimated 120,000 listeners. Many are bi-lingual. We hope to retain many of these listeners for our program. We will be airing from 4pm until 5pm on Tuesdays. This community is an important expansion opportunity for many unions. Our show will be promoted during the Spanish language segment.

Our goal is to reach many other listeners other than the Hispanic community. Most of the programming on the station is not Spanish language in content including morning and evening drive times.

We want to have union leaders as guest co-hosts on each show. All union leaders are invited to participate as co-hosts and/or guests.

Our Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania (Bethlehem) show broadcasts on Thursday mornings from 8:05am until 9am on WGPA SUNNY 1100AM if you want to check us out.

30 second ads on both stations will be $20. One minute ads will be $30. Sponsorships for an entire program is $180.

We want to thanks those who have sponsored previous or upcoming shows. Laborers 1174 (4 shows), IBEW 380 (one show), USW 2599 (one show), The Mailroom union print shop (4 shows), USW 1165 (one show), Elect Obama Today (1/2 show) and the Bethlehem City Democratic Party (one show).

I personally paid for 5 1/2 shows to date on WGPA and another $35,000.00 in broadcasting costs in Tennessee before we moved the show to the Mid-Atlantic. As you can imagine, I can no longer afford to personally foot the bulk of the bills. I am willing to donate my time and effort to the cause but my retirement funds are already gone. I already personally fund the travel expenses, the website and my labor website.

I can be reached by phone at 443-907-2367. Our mailing address is: 698 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, Delaware 19702.


Stephen Crockett

Host, Democratic Talk Radio
Editor, Mid-Atlantic

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