The Stephanie Miller Show is probably carried on far fewer than 46 stations across the country. Here’s a list of 46 supposed affiliates from the liberal talk radio wiki – http://ltradio.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Stephanie_Miller_affiliates – but I know for a fact that Stephanie is not on several of them: E.g., 1) WWWT in Washington no longer exists, 2) KMPT 930 AM in Missoula, MT, is now all conservative, and 3) the Columbus, OH, affiliate WVKO has changed call letters and format. Maybe, Stephanie is on 40 stations.
Ed Schultz’s wiki lists 69 affiliates – http://ltradio.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Ed_Schultz_affiliates – I would be surprised if he has more than 50.
Randi Rhodes’s list includes even fewer stations than Stephanie’s but the list is two+ years old and she may be on a few more now.
Thom Hartmann identifies 70 affiliates at his website. I am inclined to view this as the most accurate count of the various hosts. At their sites, Stephanie, Ed, and Randi make you search by state which makes computing the total number of affiliates very difficult, you have to check 50 different links and many states don’t have any stations that carry liberal talkers. But, while Thom’s count is apparently relatively accurate, he includes low-power FM stations and community stations which reach a few thousand people at most.
With the exception of the low power and community stations, nearly all the affiliates are owned by Clear Channel which has made clear that it will only put liberal talkers on less powerful stations that often have to reduce power at night and protect stations in other markets.
Right-wing liars Limbaugh and Hannity are each heard on many hundreds of affiliates. Even third-tier right-wing hosts like Dennis Miller can dredge up 80 stations when they start up. http://talkingradio.blogspot.com/2007/03/dennis-millers-underwhelming-affiliate.html
Liberal talk radio makes a huge difference. We hold democrats accountable. Unlike the corporate media, we understand that Republican policies are morally and intellectually bankrupt. Simply put, we make a compelling case for progressive government. Where we are, decent honest politicians have a much better chance of getting elected. Nevertheless, it’s very tough, if not downright impossible, to get well-heeled liberals to invest in us. Despite the fact that KRXA plays the Media Matters Minute numerous times each day and broadcasts the Stephanie Miller Show which features a Media Matters rep every day, my efforts to reach CEO David Brock who recently received a well-publicized $1 million from billionaire George Soros have been fruitless. Simply put, Brock will not take calls from a liberal talk radio station owner who is determined to propagate the format and whose station is showing a profit. Other wealthy liberals are similarly uninterested.