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Popular lefty talk show host dropped by KBOO Radio

KBOO Radio announced Tuesday it will stop airing the Thom Hartmann show, after running a three-month experiment.

But the Hartmann show will return to the local airwaves via a new Portland community radio station in formation, KXRY.

Hartmann, an author and one of the nation’s most popular progressive talk show hosts, moved to Portland in 2005 to co-host a local talk show on commercial station KPOJ, along with his nationally syndicated show.

When radio giant Clear Channel pulled the plug on its progressive talk format for KPOJ in 2012, that sparked a campaign to get Hartmann’s show back on the air here, led by the liberal blog BlueOregon.

KBOO, a 45-year-old community station in Portland, decided to start airing one hour of Hartmann’s national show, in a three-month experiment. But the listener-supported station’s members voted to return to the prior show, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez’s international news show “Democracy Now,” at the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekday slot, says Erin Yanke, KBOO’s interim program director.

Feedback from KBOO’s paying members was pretty clear that they wanted to return to “Democracy Now,” she says, while feedback from others who aren’t paying members was more split on the idea.

But, Yanke noted, the Hartmann show will run to the Portland airwaves in February, with the planned launch of KXRY.

KXRY will be at 91.1 on the FM dial, between KBOO at 90.7 and KOPB at 91.5.

Then we’ll also see if Portland’s left-leaning radio listeners will be able to sustain two community radio stations in town.

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