Broadcast veteran Gary Richards began operating a progressive talk outlet on WABQ Monday August 1, 2011. The signal is licensed to Painesville, Ohio on the market’s far East side. The lineup will be Joe Cleveland (possibly Richards himself?) in AM drive with syndicated Dial Global hosts Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz, Thom Hartmann and Bill Press as well as independently syndicated Leslie Marshall on the schedule. Richards says he believes there’s a market for this programming, “It’s as if the conservatives have a corner on the market. But it seems there’s a large unserved or underserved progressive niche here. There’s nobody to tell their side of the story, and that’s what we’re here for.” It appears Richards is leasing the signal from Radio Advantage One, LLC.

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