Carl Wolfson Will Be Heard in Downtown Portland This Fall

XRAY.FM finalizes deal to take over KZME


The ink is dry on the deal to quadruple the signal reach of radio startup XRAY.FM.WW reported in June that rock-and-talk station KXRY-FM 91.1—better known as XRAY.FM—was in talks to merge with indie-rock station KZME-FM 107.1, taking over a 90-watt station in the West Hills.The Portland Mercury reported last week that XRAY and KZME formally approved the deal. Today, officials from both stations ...   More
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 AARON MESH

XRAY.FM Will Merge With KZME, Making Progressive Talk Radio Audible in Downtown Portland


Nonprofit rock-and-talk radio startup XRAY.FM plans to merge with local music station KZME.FM this summer, doubling its signal reach.That means XRAY.FM's programming—which has returned progressive talk hosts Carl Wolfson and Thom Hartmann to the radio dial—will finally be heard west of Southeast Cesar Chavez Boulevard.  KZME's board voted last night to authorize its CEO to negotiate a proposal ...   More
Thursday, June 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Carl Wolfson Begins Broadcasting March 19 on XRAY.FM

Christian station causing downtown interference for 91.1 FM


T-minus one week until Carl Wolfson returns to the radio dial.The progressive morning host, whose political show was axed by Clear Channel managers in 2012, will debut March 19 on new rock-and-talk radio station KXRY 91.1 FM. Wolfson, who currently airs an online radio broadcast, has put his show on a week's hiatus to move into the studio of the new station, known as XRAY.FM."Just can't escape those ...   More
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 AARON MESH

XRAY.FM Raises $40,000 in 9 Days

Donate more and the station gets a bathroom.


Merry Christmas, Carl Wolfson.Nonprofit radio startup XRAY.FM—which aims to return progressive talkers Wolfson and Thom Hartmann to Portland airwaves alongside local indie-rock shows—last week launched a Kickstarter campaign. The ambition? To raise $40,000 in a month, in order to launch the station in January.The station has met that goal in the first nine days. Former mayoral candidate Jefferson ...   More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 AARON MESH

Lars Larson and Carl Wolfson Are On TV Together

It's just a commercial—for now.


Who says this country's politics are hopelessly polarized? Talk radio hosts Lars Larson and Carl Wolfson have reached across the aisle to agree on something: selling gold. Larson is the right-wing pundit who rules Portland's talk airwaves, and Wolfson the progressive morning host now returning to terrestrial radio after losing KPOJ-AM 620 to sports.This week, they began appearing on television together, ...   More
Friday, October 25, 2013 AARON MESH

Air Apparent

Jefferson Smith returns progressive talk radio to Portland’s airwaves.

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Jefferson Smith wants to make news again—not as the focus of the media machine but as part of it. Smith, the former candidate for Portland mayor, has engineered a broadcast-radio deal to bri   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Jefferson Smith Gets His Own Radio Show On Carl Wolfson's Talk Station

The show is called Thank You Democracy.


Political pundits have been speculating since November where former Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) would land after losing the mayor's race to Charlie Hales.Answer: on Carl Wolfson's internet talk radio station.Wolfson announced today that starting July 18, Smith will host a new show called Thank You Democracy at 9 am Tuesdays and Thursdays. The show will follow Wolfson's program, Carl in the ...   More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Fox Sports Radio KPOJ Ratings Continue to Plummet


Last year Clear Channel Communications axed progressive talk radio station KPOJ-AM 620 and flipped the signal to Fox Sports Radio, a move company executives said was based on ratings and advertising.Anchored by Carl Wolfson and his morning show, KPOJ was the 22nd-ranked radio station in the 48-station Portland market. Over its last 14 months, the station averaged a 0.8 share of the Portland radio market, ...   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Carl Wolfson Passes $40,000 Radio Fundraising Goal

Pledges donations to shooting victims' families


Carl Wolfson got his Christmas gifts early. It took less than a week for Wolfson to raise $40,000 he was seeking to start an Internet talk radio show. The former morning host on progressive talk station KPOJ-AM 620 surpassed his Kickstarter fundraising goal last night, six days after launching the campaign. As of this morning, 681 people have donated $40,538 to a 90-minute streaming web broadcast, ...   More
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 AARON MESH

Carl Wolfson Launching Internet Radio Show

Former KPOJ host begins raising funds on Kickstarter


 Former KPOJ-AM 620 progressive talk host Carl Wolfson is preparing to revive his radio show—this time on the Internet. KPOJ’s owner, Clear Channel Communications, canceled Wolfson’s three-hour morning drive-time show right after Election Day and flipped the station’s format to Fox Sports Radio, igniting a furor among Wolfson’s listeners who suspected a vast right-wing conspiracy. Wolfson ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by Aaron Mesh


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