Will Limbaugh get pushed off U.S. Army Radio?

The likes of Sean Hannity and Limbaugh have had their broadcasts pumped through Army radio for years. But now we learn from Stars & Stripes, "Military radio stations around the globe soon could be playing more hip-hop, more pop hits, less country music and no sports or political chat shows. A media consulting group [Lund Media Research] reviewing American Forces Radio has recommended those changes as a way to boost ratings, ... [including] talk radio programs such as Rush Limbaugh and those from National Public Radio."

We can thank the perverse effects of the capitalistic ratings-focused drive from keeping our boys as far away as possible from conservative blowhards.

Incredibly, sports broadcasting isn't doing well either:


The Lund recommendations also include dumping play-by-play of American sports events from over-the-air broadcasts, noting that only a small audience listens to the events. Fewer than 15 percent of those surveyed said they had listened to baseball, basketball or hockey games on the radio in the preceding six months.

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