Rational Radio Set to Exit Airwaves Jan. 1
|Beginning next week, Big Dick and the Rational Radio crew move to the Web. And only the Web.|
Clifton, who has been leasing the frequency from New York City-based Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Inc., says this morning he could no longer afford the lease, which the company has turned over to another broadcaster.
"'m out of money, and I have other investors now," says the Austin-based Clifton. "They haven't invested yet, but are willing to fund it. They made a counteroffer on my behalf, and Multicultural got a better offer from I still don't know who. The bottom line is on January 1 we're losing the stick."
Cliifton says Rational Radio will, for now, continue to broadcast over the Internet with most of its current lineup, which includes Richard Hunter and Pugs & Kelly. Jack E. Jett said last night, via e-mail, that he will not be returning: "It was a labor of love to try and bring an alternative voice to Dallas. I am saddened and bummed yet ready move on." Clifton says he'll try to convince Jett to stay during a conference call scheduled for this morning.
Multicultural does have another frequency in Dallas: La Ponderosa (540 AM), which broadcasts Spanish-language religious programming. Clifton says he's fairly certain 1360 will follow suit: "I suspect we may be hearing Hindustani music in the near future."
While he considers other options, including the hopes of getting free studio space in a downtown Dallas high-rise, Clifton says he's looking forward to the move to the Web.
"Richard Hunter's quite excited about that," Clifton says. "He thinks it's the wave of the future. I do too. I just don't think it's here yet."