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  Ed Fallon’s radio show leaving 98.3 FM in Des Moines
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News DateTuesday, March 27, 2012 02:50:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionLiberal activist Ed Fallon’s public affairs radio show is leaving 98.3 on the FM radio dial in Des Moines after Thursday night, although he hopes to find a way a continue broadcasting the program elsewhere.

Fallon, a former Democratic state legislator from Des Moines, said today that officials with Georgia-based Cumulus Broadcasting, owner of KWQW, better known as 98.3 WOW-FM, told him they did not plan to negotiate a new contract with him.

Under a contract that expired last week, Fallon had spent about $72,000 annually to purchase radio time for the Fallon Forum, which has aired one hour each night, Monday through Thursday, between 7 and 8 p.m. Fallon paid for the air time by selling advertising.

Fallon, who is in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing regarding President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, said he is in the midst of negotiations with other radio stations and with on-line broadcasting ventures.

“I am working on options. I am really close to having something figured out. I hope to announce what happens next on Thursday’s program,” he said.

Fallon served in the Iowa House for 14 years and unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat for governor in 2006 and for Congress 2008 . More recently he has been involved with the Occupy Des Moines activist movement, although he registered as a Republican in January. He said he believes it is important for him to remain on the airwaves because of what has become a “very lopsided” situation with right-wing commentators dominating radio talkshows.

“My goal has been to bring some balance, provide some civility, and to give an opportunity to local voices that might not otherwise been able to access the public airwaves,” he said.
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