When Ken Vogel is not stalking Sarah Palin (here and here); Ginni Thomas (Clarence Thomas' wife) (here, here and here); the Koch brothers (here, here and here) et al., or regurgitating Anthony Weiner's attacks on a talk radio (among other outlets) advertiser like Goldline (here and here), Vogel is listening to talk radio and, amazingly, he learns, like tens of millions of listeners, that conservative organizations that want to build their membership base and promote a daily or weekly message about their works are actually advertising on talk radio shows. Here is his "breaking" story.
This is what passes as news on Politico. Let me explain how the real world works and unravel some of Vogel's drivel.
Unlike National Public Radio, which is subsidized in part by the federal government (i.e, taxpayers), commercial radio broadcasting is, remarkably enough, commercial. In other words, it has to compete and make money. Broadcasting companies compete with other broadcasting companies. Stations in each market compete with other stations. Formats on the stations compete with other formats on other stations. And radio competes with other broadcasting formats, such as television, etc. There are costs associated with commercial enterprises, in all their forms, and there are, hopefully, profits, which make the industry viable and possible. We can't all work for NPR now can we?