A Fresno radio station says ditto-heads will soon have to tune in elsewhere to hear Rush Limbaugh, huge overnight jumps in gasoline prices shock motorists, and at least 40 passengers are hurt when a truck hits the side of an Amtrak train in Kings County.
Here are the top stories of the past week, along with selected comments posted by readers at fresnobee.com.
Radio deal ends
What happened: Fans of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck will soon need to find their favorite talkers somewhere other than KMJ (AM 580 and FM 105.9).
Peak Broadcasting, the parent company of KMJ, announced Friday morning that its 25-year relationship with Premiere Radio Networks, which syndicates Limbaugh and the others, is ending.
What it means: Premiere Radio Networks is owned by Clear Channel, which owns its own cluster of Fresno radio stations. That seems like the most logical fit, but Clear Channel's regional programming manager for Fresno had no comment Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, Peak said KMJ will focus on local programming, like its already popular talk shows with Ray Appleton and Chris Daniel, among others.
What readers said:
"Hannity IS annoying, and Glenn Beck is the maniacal megalomaniac with a messiah complex. Limbaugh IS worth the time. That having been said, all of the folks on this thread who think that they just read in the Fresno Bee that Conservative Radio is leaving town are deluding themselves. This is the same way many Liberals and young folks thought they heard Obama promise them free health care in the last campaign. They were not paying attention to the words on the page, nor the words coming out of Obama's mouth. And then they go out and vote based upon things they "heard" but were never "said".
"I have a question for you. Do you actually think Rush and Hannity don't disparage the liberals? Why does everything have to be so divisive? I'm not saying the liberals don't do the same thing, but enough is enough. I sometimes listen to Rush because I think he's funny. Hannity ... not so much. But don't you think all this "us versus them" is bad for our country? It's getting to the point where you have to be on one side or the other. You can't be fiscally conservative yet still think there's some cause for abortion. Don't you see that these extremists, on either side, are just pulling us further apart as a nation?"
"Fresno's IQ may improve."
Pain at the pump
What happened: Gasoline prices in California spiked sharply last week, startling motorists and raising the price of premium above $5 per gallon at some stations.
The state's inventory was already low when a Torrance refinery that produced 150,000 barrels of gas daily for the state closed Monday because of mechanical failure. The potential for diminished gas supplies pushed up wholesale prices.
What it means: Price spikes were most apparent at independent retailers, which do not have the same long-term contracts that large chains have and that control costs to some degree. The spike in gas prices should be short term, but just how short was unclear.
What readers said:
"the good news is that both the USGS and Mexico announced huge new discoveries today now if we get rid of OBAMA we can drill for them and drop prices significantly"
"We have never seen gas prices this high, it is Obama's fault. Oh wait, in 2008, it was higher than it is now, but Bush was president. Who cares, let's blame Obama!"
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